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Re: AHA! My Rx Problem Explained!

And remember the Pilot adagio  "East is less and West is best"
This means that with east magnetic declination you must deduct from
the actual compas reading and when is West you must ad it, I hope
that is clear.....where to find the declination, call to your close
air field club etc.

Best regards..

AO-40 in Castellano www.sateliteros.com.ar
P/S ..Sorry I did not mean it from the foreign www...ji
I belive that there are no frontiers in the radioamateurs.
If not close the fence.....

At 11:29 AM 17/07/2001 -0500, you wrote:
>Hasan wrote:
>Today, I bought a compass. Guess what? I wasn't even close. Where I thought
>I was pointing at 108 degrees with a nice 8 deg squint....well, I was
>pointing at 120 degrees and 108 was in the middle of my TREE. Where I
>thought I was pointing at 135....I was pointing a lot closer to 150 deg. In
>fact 135 was closer to being in the middle of ANOTHER TREE!
>Wayne replies:
>Don't forget that your compass points to magnetic north which is not usually
>the same as true north because the magnetic north pole is NOT located at the
>geographic north pole.  Make sure you correct any compass readings with the
>magnetic declination for your specific location.  For instance, Boston has a
>magnetic declination of 16 degrees West (magnetic north is actually at 344
>degrees azimuth).  Seattle has a magnetic declination of 20 degrees East
>(magnetic north is at 20 degrees azimuth).  The magnetic declination is
>close to zero in Wisconsin, Illinois, western Tennessee, and Alabama.  
>Here's a site with blurry magnetic declination maps for most regions of the
>The Canadian government has a nice site where you enter your lat/lon and
>your magnetic declination is computed.  You can even see how it changes over
>the years as the magnetic north pole drifts around Northern Canada.
>Fortunately for Hasan, the magnetic declination is relatively small in Iowa
>- less than 5 degrees.  My magnetic declination in grid EN62af (Chicago
>area) is only 2 degrees 22 minutes West.  Back in 1980 my magnetic
>declination was only 0 degrees 2 minutes.
>Wayne Estes W9AE
>Mundelein, IL, USA
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