Simple guide to getting a grid location on android, apple, PC or tablet

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Stolen (with permission :angel: ) from the Portable Antiquities Scheme guide produced by the Northern FLOs - we thank you :Star:

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On an iPhone - not sure about the other lot - wherever you are, open the compass and it has a 6 figure grid reference at the bottom. Place your finger on it to copy and then paste and send anywhere you like (email, text, etc.) :thumbsup:
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And the compass is in ‘Utilities’ might save you searching. (Only showing off, just had my first iPhone)
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DaveP wrote: Sun Jul 26, 2020 4:44 pm On an iPhone - not sure about the other lot - wherever you are, open the compass and it has a 6 figure grid reference at the bottom. Place your finger on it to copy and then paste and send anywhere you like (email, text, etc.) :thumbsup:
I have an older IPhone 5se and it shows the location as Latitude & Longitude...Any idea if the phone can be set to give a grid ref instead?
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Pete E wrote: Sun Jul 26, 2020 5:27 pm I have an older IPhone 5se and it shows the location as Latitude & Longitude...Any idea if the phone can be set to give a grid ref instead?
Oops, you're right - it is Lat and Long. But still says where you are in a field. Alternatively, what three words is quite good to remember your location when you find the special find.
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You are all right but they prefer you give 8 or 10 figure grid reference, not 6. I guess that's why they suggest this method? If there's a better way though I'll feed back to them :Star:
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Just tried What3 words for my house. Then put the words in to Grid Reference Finder - 3rd picture on Cath's post - and you get all the info you need. That means you could use W3W in the field and copy the words and send to yourself for later. Add some notes for each find in case you get them muddled up - you'll have so many - and it will all be there waiting for you when you get home.
Tried putting the GPS coordinates in to Grid Reference finder and it put me about 50 miles from where I am.

Good post from Cath as it makes you think about different way of working in the field.
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DaveP wrote: Sun Jul 26, 2020 5:46 pm Oops, you're right - it is Lat and Long. But still says where you are in a field. Alternatively, what three words is quite good to remember your location when you find the special find.
Cheers, I thought I was missing something obvious!

I actually downloaded an app called GPS OS. There is the free version with adverts ect, but I paid a couple of pounds for the full version as it allows you to email the grid ref automatically..It' s really simple and quick to use and I generally take a pic of the item attach it to the email and send it to self..
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Pete E wrote: Sun Jul 26, 2020 6:18 pm Cheers, I thought I was missing something obvious!

I actually downloaded an app called GPS OS. There is the free version with adverts ect, but I paid a couple of pounds for the full version as it allows you to email the grid ref automatically..It' s really simple and quick to use and I generally take a pic of the item attach it to the email and send it to self..
Might try that - thanks Pete :thumbsup:
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Oxgirl wrote: Sun Jul 26, 2020 5:50 pm You are all right but they prefer you give 8 or 10 figure grid reference, not 6. I guess that's why they suggest this method? If there's a better way though I'll feed back to them :Star:
For those you not familiar with grid references, a six figure ref will locate you to a square 100m x100m, an eight figure grid ref will locate you to a square 10m x 10m while a ten figure grid reference will theoretically locate you to 1m X 1m square...

While the ten figure ref might seem the best, be aware most hobby GPS or cell phones can't deliver that sort of accuracy..

Also, when noting a grid reference for your FLO, be sure to include the two letter map sheet designator as a prefix, or reference it to a nearby town or village to avoid any confusion....
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Oxgirl wrote: Sun Jul 26, 2020 6:38 pm

Might try that - thanks Pete :thumbsup:
Just checked and it's an iPhone only app and is still available. The paid version is acutally 99p and it's definitely the one to go for just for the sheer convenience of being able to share\email it quickly without faffing about...
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Thanks for the info, i was thinking of splashing out on a g p s but i will give this a try first. :thumbsup:
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