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Defining common GPS terms

You might have noticed — I certainly did — that more and more devices are using the GPS satellite system for a variety of gadgets.

To get the most out of these devices, you should know some of the terms that apply to GPS:†

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March 07 at 4:10 pm
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Saline WMA is now Dewey Wills

Dear Capt. Paul:

I know that this in not an entirely GPS question, but I have been impressed with your findings of different reader-requested hunting and fishing locations. I hope that you can assist me.

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February 01 at 7:00 am
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Use your GPS now to improve your hunting in 2017

If you have a handheld GPS unit, you can really put it to use for your hunting. Even in preparing for the next season.

Of course a smart phone with a GPS program will work to a degree, but it will not be as accurate if you use your GPS with the wide area augmentation system (WAAS) feature activated.

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January 08 at 9:00 am
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DGPS vs. WAAS: What is better in a GPS?

Dear Capt. Paul:

I am now running my Global Positioning System unit mated to a DGPS receiver while in offshore locations, but I am considering getting another GPS unit that I would be using in interior lakes away from the coastal waters. I am also considering one of the current handheld units offered.

I would like to see a comparison/discussion on DGPS vs. WAAS accuracy, and is WAAS available for all of Louisiana Mississippi and Texas? As you know a separate DGPS receiver can cost more than what several standard GPS unit would cost. Plus, the connecting cables make it a little inconvenient.

I would like to avoid that situation, if WAAS is as accurate.

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December 08, 2016 at 9:00 am
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Use your GPS for marking an SOS location

Naturally, if you get lost or stranded and have a GPS unit with you, it can be used to capture your position and forward it to a rescuer.

But suppose you don’t have a unit and there is an emergency?†

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November 08, 2016 at 9:00 am
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Backup, backup, backup

There is hardly a week that goes by that I don’t get asked what can be done to recover lost waypoints, tracks and or routes from a crashed or broken GPS unit or to enter waypoint data into a newer of different brand unit.

My first question is, “Did you make a backup of the data that was/is in your unit?”

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October 07, 2016 at 9:00 am
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Ask Capt. Paul: How to get from Empire to the Empire Jetty

Dear Capt. Paul:

Can you or anyone give me an idea of the safest way to get to the Empire jetties from the Empire marina boat launch? I’ve never been down that area before.

Is there a way that everyone goes? I’m 100-percent unfamiliar with this area and would love any advice you guys can give.

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September 07, 2016 at 2:55 pm
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DATUM settings in your GPS can be critical

I frequently get questions why a reader can’t find a stated position or a position a friend provides or why their GPS position information is not the same as their friends when both units are at the same position.

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August 08, 2016 at 9:00 am
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