[Loadstone] Clock-face cardinal discrepancy in exploration mode

Charlie Richardson charlieofalbany at hotmail.com
Fri Oct 12 21:44:50 BST 2007

You can put Loadstone on Auto Announce and it will announce every 10 seconds 
or so.  I found that when trying to navigate near a point some kind of 
constant sound would be good, but don't want to bring up that debate again 
because it is misunderstood and people think you are trying to get back to 
the inch that you started and of course have missed the point by then.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Sandberg, Robert" <robert.sandberg at sap.com>
To: <loadstone at loadstone-gps.com>
Sent: Friday, October 12, 2007 11:15 AM
Subject: Re: [Loadstone] Clock-face cardinal discrepancy in exploration mode

> Hi David!
> I agree, an intervaled Heading announcement would be  a brilliant
> feature to have. I'm not using Loadstone for steering, because as you
> say, it's too complicated what with all the other things going on. When
> steering, I use an Autohelm acoustic compass where you can enter a
> heading and it indicates deviation to port and starboard.
> Loadstone is good for planning a route though. If you're sailing a lot
> in a particular area, you can enter the main buoys such as harbour
> approach and shallow water. Then, if you want to go from A to B, you can
> determine the heading you need to steer, using the exploration mode.
> You can also check relevant buoys between A and B and have loadstone
> announce them on approach. You need to set quite a long approach
> distance of course. Then, on approaching, you can adjust your heading
> depending on whether you want to leave the buoy at Port or Starboard.
> It's such fun!
> Cheers,
> Robbie Sandberg
> -----Original Message-----
> From: loadstone-bounces at loadstone-gps.com
> [mailto:loadstone-bounces at loadstone-gps.com] On Behalf Of David
> Greenwood
> Sent: 12 October 2007 15:49
> To: loadstone at loadstone-gps.com
> Subject: Re: [Loadstone] Clock-face cardinal discrepancy in exploration
> mode
> Hi Robbie,
> You said...
>> Oh please keep that setting option. take out the clock/face if you
>> please, but leave me the degrees. I have mine set to degrees and it's
>> the most accurate option. Some of us are hobby sailors and this option
>> is most useful when determining a heading.
> First of all, I agree, in my experience the clock face is usually only
> used
> as a relative direction, and in exploration mode it might be less
> confusing
> if it was removed.
> My real interest though is your reference to sailing. I do quite a bit
> of
> sailing and have used Loadstone with some success.  My biggest problem
> though is with one hand on the tiller and the other on the main sheet,
> it is
> difficult to get a constantly updated reading of my course.  What would
> be
> nice, and if you have found a work around, let me know, is to have
> Loadstone
> constantly speaking out the course, say every 5 to 10 seconds.  This may
> also help when crossing wide open areas such as a parking lot or park.
> You
> may initially know the direction you want to go, but keeping a
> relatively
> straight line is sometimes a problem, especially when you get thrown off
> my
> obstacles.
> As well, I am interested in how you or anyone else uses Loadstone while
> sailing.
> David.
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