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What is a GPS unit?
GPS stands for Global Position System. A GPS unit is an electronic navigational device that indicates the userís
longitude and latitude. It can be used to get from one point to another point, to measure distance traveled, speed, and other related parameters. It works by
broadcasting a signal to satellites, and interpreting the response data to triangulate a location. GPS units range from $100 to $1000, and are used for a
variety of purposes both recreational and official.
Fun activities with a GPS unit:
is like a treasure hunt, with a very accurate map. Individuals and
organizations set up "caches" of rewards all over the world, ranging from toy
army soldiers to bragging rights. The cache creator then reveals the latitude
and longitude of these caches online, and provides additional clues if
necessary. The general rule of thumb is, "If you take an item, leave
an item, and write in the logbook."
Similar to geocaching, but benchmark hunters seek National Geodetic Survey
markers, used by the NGS to enable land surveying, civil engineering and mapping
activities. These markers are generally metal disks. Benchmark hunters who
locate a benchmark report their find online and often share pictures of the
moment of discovery.
Wrist-bound GPS units not only measure distance travel, but are also able to
monitor heart rate, speed, pace and calories burned. Many of these devices also
log lap times, so you can gauge performance over time.
Boating and Fishing: GPS
units are great for nautical adventurers, as they help with following fish
patterns, marking casting points, favorite fishing spots, etc.