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GPS the Easy Way (2nd Edition) [Paperback]

David Brawn
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16 Jan 2006 2nd Edition
The exercises in GPS The Easy Way use Ordnance Survey mapping and British National Grid co-ordinates to guide the user through all aspects of using a gps for navigation. Exercises are replicated for the user's own region of UK. This is the 2nd edition of UK's best selling GPS manual. Synopsis The exercises using OS mapping and BNG co-ordinates deals with the GPS navigation for walkers. Exercises are replicated in the user's own region of UK. This is the 2nd edition of UK's best selling GPS manual.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Discovery Walking Guides Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (16 Jan 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904946224
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904946229
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 12 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 322,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

GPS The Easy Way is the only GPS manual that discusses the use
of GPS in UK and Europe, and the only one using Ordnance Survey examples
for the practical exercises. An essential book for anyone thinking of
buying a GPS, or who wants to get the best from their GPS unit.
We are surprised at the Stargazer "sailing geek" review as all examples use
Garmin gps units and this updated 2nd edition includes models such as the
Garmin 60. The discussion on which gps unit to buy guides people new to gps
into choosing a suitable gps unit for their needs.

About the Author

David Brawn is the co-author of several Walk! guide books to European destinations, and is surveyor/designer for the Tour & Trail Map series of topographic maps.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars really useful 24 Feb 2006
By A Customer
I wanted to get into using my garmin for walking and unlike alan i found the manual near useless, so i spent a fiver on a great little read. Read it in an evening and had a weekend running through the exercises and now the garmin goes with me on every walk. I signed up to gpsu software and now plan all my walking rotues plus when i get bak i can see exactly where i have been.
For me this has been a really useful introduction to gps and how to get the best out of it.
Five pounds well spent and thoroughly recommended.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best, clearest manual for understanding GPS 26 Feb 2006
By A Customer
I was so pleased to get my Garmin as a Christmas gift. However, after a few attempts to get to grips with it using the booklet that came with the unit, I gave up in exasperation.
What a relief to find this little book. No jargon, practical examples and a pleasure to use. The mysteries of using a handheld GPS are solved by this easy-to-read book.
I recommend it unreservedly to anyone beginning with GPS (especially Garmin!)
Worth every penny several times over.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for beginners 10 Dec 2006
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This little book is designed to explain how to get the most out of your GPS unit. It is not a substitute for the manual. Entertainingly written, it shows the strengths and limitations of GPS then goes on to explain how to get the most out of your new gadget. The theme of the book is "what can GPS do for me" and if you approach it with this message in mind then it will do a great deal. Incidently, be sure to check the latest specs of the various units reviewed in the back of the book. I have just bought a Garmin eTrex which is not highly rated, probably because of perceived lack of memory. The latest spec is better than the author suggests.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars updated edition now even better 2 Jan 2006
GPS The Easy Way has been UK's best selling gps manual for over two years. Rather than simply re-print the 1st edition again I have updated the content and illustrations to reflect gps in the UK for 2006. All UK exercises now use OS Grid Co-ordinates. Many illustrations have been updated and the review of gps units now includes the latest Garmin GPS 60 and Magellan series of receivers. All the good points from the 1st edition are kept including the pocket money price.
Thank you for all the fan mail you have sent me. If you own a 1st edition there is not enough new to justify buying the 2nd edition, but if you are buying for the first time get the updated 2nd edition, recognisable by the yellow flash across the cover.
David Brawn - Author
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For Garnin users 3 Sep 2010
By marcoscu TOP 500 REVIEWER
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The is a good little book - and little it is too at just 80 pages. It is lavishly illustrated in what appears to be 1980's clip art but is well laid out and easy to read.
It is aimed at the novice GPS user, a GPS user that is the owner of a Germin device. Garmin devices are mentioned and referred to throughout and feature in the illustrations. That said the general principles of GPS use as set forth here will equally apply to other devices.
This is not a bad book. It assumes no prior knowledge and explains in simple terms the basics of GPS device use and is easy to read and follow.
If you are a Garmin user this would be a good choice. Users of other devices or those looking for a more detailed book on the subject might look elsewhere.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this book. 16 Mar 2012
Over the last decade I have become a friend of the author, David Brawn, of GPS The Easy Way. His book has been the best selling gps manual on the UK market ever since it was first published in 2003, and then rewritten in 2006, selling tens of thousands of copies. But it is a book of its time, way back in 2003. It only deals with basic gps units such as the eTrex, the examples in GPS The Easy Way are based on the Garmin 12XL unit that introduced David to gps navigation, recording walking routes, using third party software such as Oziexplorer and GPSU.
Talking to David he admits that the book is now 'old hat' though all the principles of GPS The Easy Way are as relevant today as ever, but due to its time line his publishers are making a pdf version of GPS The Easy Way available as a free download on their website.
I can't encourage you to buy this seminal gps publication when it is available for free as a pdf download on the Discovery Walking Guides website.
We are now a decade (almost) on from its first publication but the gps world has moved a whole techtonic shift since then. Mapping gps units such as Adventurer, Lowrance Endura, SatMap, Garmin Oregon, Magellan Explorist et el. 3G phones and their apps are the new must have for outdoor adventurers. I hear from David that DWG are about to publish a new 'Choosing and Using a GPS Unit' section of their website including a section on 'Get a Mapping GPS Unit for Free' covering 3G phones as gps mapping units.
It sounds like 'state of the art' in gps navigation for all us walkers.
Much as I have loved the adventures in David & Ros Brawn's Walk! guide books backed up by their Tour & Trail mapping I have to sadly say that GPS The Easy Way is now only worth buying, free download at DWG website, as a collectors edition of the guy who pioneered gps navigation for a couple of generations of UK hikers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners 4 Oct 2010
By Quique
A good book for people with a new brand GPS device and no idea of what they really can do with it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GPS newbie 13 Mar 2009
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This is a very user friendly account for those new to (and a bit concerned about) using a GPS. It explains why even hardened map readers would find a GPS useful and goes through basic uses of the gadget. Some simple exercises make the user far more confident in using the device.
Good value too. However, it may start to show its age over the next few months.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not happy
Even though it said that is helps you with any GPS, it certainly was as clear as mud for mine. It didn't help me in the slightest.
Published 1 month ago by Chrissie
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Didn't help much with Etrac 10
Published 2 months ago by Tony Allen
1.0 out of 5 stars GPS
this book was of little help and did not relate to my GPS, so it has been a waste of money I have spent
Published 6 months ago by lilyheaton
5.0 out of 5 stars Handy
This is a handy little book to get you started with a GPS if you have never used one before.
Well worth the money
Published 6 months ago by Lonjac
5.0 out of 5 stars gps made easy
Good value for money. This book is a very good read and would recommend this book to be read by everyone
Published 8 months ago by alan holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent GPS manual
Acceptable, and easy reading as a new user of GPS equipment this was a useful addition to my kit. Therefore recommend to other beginners
Published 11 months ago by Dr. N. WOODRUFF
1.0 out of 5 stars GPS THE EASY WAY
This book is not very good unless you are totally unfamiliar with GPS.The author has filled the book with self praise for his business. Read more
Published on 6 May 2010 by Timothy Mc Sweeney
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat irritating style
I wouldn't go as far as one other reviewer who thinks the book shouldn't have been published. However, I do understand what irritated him about it. Read more
Published on 5 May 2010 by Francis Webster
2.0 out of 5 stars Of some value but........
After several months I am still trying to wade through this book. The author does know his subject and it is possible to glean some useful information from this volume but I, too,... Read more
Published on 21 Jun 2009 by P. Coates
3.0 out of 5 stars Do not get too excited
The purchase of this book was what might be described as " stocking filler" type of birthday present. Read more
Published on 22 May 2009 by J. A. Bradley
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