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Re: Road Scholar B

Post by EastStroudsburg13 » April 2nd, 2014, 4:55 pm

In what context are you referring to a "map sector"? There are map sections in PLSS, but I'm not entirely sure what you mean by sector.
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Re: Road Scholar B

Post by Voltage » April 2nd, 2014, 5:06 pm

sunlim, by map are you referring to a topographical map?

In that case, there are 9 sectors in a topo map. They are all the same size and are rectangles/squares that fill up the map in a grid pattern. There is a NW sector, a N sector, a NE sector, an E sector, a center sector, a W sector, a SW sector, a S sector, and a SE sector. The sectors can also be numbered, with 1 as NW, 2 as N, 3 as NE, 4 as E, 5 as center, 6 as W, 7 as SW, 8 as S, and 9 as SE.

You can figure out the boundaries of sectors by using graticule tick marks. If you go along the side of a topo map you'll find a place where the latitude or longitude is marked. Move into the map from there are you'll eventually find a little cross hair that is a graticule tick mark. That tick mark is one corner of 4 sectors.

Sectors help you find stuff. For example, if I were to ask you a question that involved Cheeseman park on the Englewood quad, you would have to search the whole map looking for that park. Whereas, if I were to ask you a question that involved Cheesman park, sector 1 on the Englewood quad, you would only have to search 1/9 of the map.
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Re: Road Scholar B

Post by Unome » April 27th, 2014, 1:28 pm

I'm going to join this event next year, Is there anything I should know for starting?
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Post by zyzzyva980 » April 27th, 2014, 1:44 pm

The Road Scholar Wiki has lots of great information to get started, and a lot of specific questions you might have have probably been asked and answered in this thread, so I'd suggested reading over those two to start off.
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Re: Road Scholar B

Post by HeavyHitter406 » May 9th, 2014, 2:14 pm

Unome wrote:I'm going to join this event next year, Is there anything I should know for starting?
I would recommend reading road maps for fun or right before you go to bed. It has been a favorite pastime of mine for several years, even before I got onto Road Scholar. It can be pretty fun, or maybe I am just saying this because I enjoy doing it. I do think that it can be pretty fun. Get a big atlas for the entire US, so you can be prepared for any state they give you. I have reached the point that I can answer questions about physical features in each stats wight even looking at the map because I have looked at maps for fun for a long time.
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Re: Road Scholar B

Post by AJTheGreat1729 » May 9th, 2014, 8:42 pm

There is a reason we fare quite well in road scholar. The reason posted above me. ^.^
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Re: Road Scholar B

Post by bearasmith » May 12th, 2014, 8:52 am

syo_astro wrote:
JonnyL wrote:Can someone explain UTM, azimuths, and PLSS to me? I just don't get it. :?
Have you taken a look at the wiki?
http://scioly.org/wiki/index.php/Road_Scholar

It does cover stuff on UTM, azimuth, and PLSS (at least in summary). I have no idea how PLSS works since I don't think it even exists in NYS >.<.

For UTM, I would recommend going on youtube to find videos, there's a few good websites online from various sources, though. It's the Universal Transverse Mercator system. It's a map projection that approximates a grid and turns the world into multiple 6 degree zones. You usually find it on quadrangles, and you can use its system of easting and northing (remember, read right, read up, that's how you write your coordinates) to locate points on maps. You can also use it to calculate distance and bearing/azimuth between points.

Azimuth (which is related to bearing) just tells you an angle relative to north you go from one point to view another. There's better summaries online I'd bet you could find.

Hope that helps!
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Re: Road Scholar B

Post by HeavyHitter406 » May 13th, 2014, 12:29 pm

AJTheGreat1729 wrote:There is a reason we fare quite well in road scholar. The reason posted above me. ^.^
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Re: Road Scholar B

Post by AJTheGreat1729 » May 14th, 2014, 7:53 pm

HeavyHitter406 wrote:
AJTheGreat1729 wrote:There is a reason we fare quite well in road scholar. The reason posted above me. ^.^
Mr. AJTheGreat1729 wants your truly to get an ego by complimenting me. For that reason, do not listen to him.
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Re: Road Scholar B

Post by HeavyHitter406 » May 16th, 2014, 6:04 am

And he's also a grammar critic. :D
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