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Pros and cons: Touch screen GPS controls

Dear Capt. Paul:

I am in the market for a newer GPS unit, but I am not sure to get one where the controls are activated via a touch screen or one that requires a rocker button. Of course, cost is a concern, but I am not sure which way to go. Is there a difference in weather protection?†

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October 05 at 6:20 pm
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Lowrance or Garmin Edge data for GPS units

Dear Capt Paul:

I have a Garmin GPS map 76 handheld, Lowrance hook 5, Lowrance elite chirp 7, and a Lowrance HDs 9 on my various boats. When I purchase your Fishing Edge files, will standard .gpx files work on all four or do I need Lowrance- and Garmin-specific files?†

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September 08 at 9:00 am
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LORAN TDís W-X-Y to Lat Long (NAD 83)

Dear Capt. Paul:

Can you recommend a conversion program to get from W-X-Y to Lat Long (NAD 83).†

Thank you in advance,†

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August 07 at 7:00 pm
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How to plot a position and course on a marine chart

Dear Capt. Paul:

This request is rather long, but it is the only way I can totally explain my needs. Recently, we were on a fishing trip about thirty miles offshore and we encountered a severe rain storm with lightning and thunder. This in itself was hairy enough, but to make matters worse, lightning struck a nearby oil platform and our radio and GPS units stopped working. By turning the units off and restarting they both came back on but the GPS unit had lost all of its route, tracks and waypoint memory as well as the internal maps that was on a memory card. All of my waypoints were now gone and I could not determine a course to reach our bayou’s jetties or even where they were located. The GPS was now displaying what I believed our current position expressed in a Latitude-Longitude format. I had a marine chart onboard and could see the jetties on the coastline but I did not know where we were located on the chart. I could not determine where we were on the chart in order to determine a course to reach the jetty. I knew we had to go north and finally we reached the shoreline but, we were miles away from the jetties. Can you describe how to determine a point on a standard marine chart.

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July 07 at 2:05 pm
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The Circle Rigs

Capt. Paul,†

I was wondering the coordinates for the circle rigs out of Belle pass. This is a group of rigs in a circle with numerous artificial reefs made up of old oil rigs and military APC’s. I believe it is approximately 30 miles due south of the pass?

Thanks,TB

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June 08 at 9:00 am
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Tides in Louisiana

I regularly get questions about the time and range of the tides in Louisiana coastal marshes. Many of the inquiries are about the time of the published tides from various sources listed as compared to the actual times that the high and low tides occur, and how are they determined.

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May 08 at 9:00 am
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Info on the old Lutcher Moore GMA

Dear Capt. Paul:

After reading your column about the Dewey Mills / Saline WMA in the Louisiana Sportsman magazine, I had an idea that you could possibly help solve a family mystery that has plagued our family, since the death of our hunting grandfather.

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April 08 at 9:00 am
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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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