Displaying Your Coordinates with a GPS Module

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Contributors: Brandon J. Williams
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Let's Wrap it Up

“Hey, smart guy! How does this teach me GPS?” We all occupy a particular point on this big blue ball. There are dozens of satellites zooming around above us. This project gives you the tools to talk to them and physically see your coordinates in the simplest of means. The best part is that Google Maps takes Latitude/Longitude coordinates. This means you can see where you are on a map. Yes, yes, your phone has a GPS receiver and Google auto fixes to your position, but this is so much more fun!

For myself, this project has a special purpose. I love to go fishing and I’m a nerd. So my usage for this project is to map my catches. When I make record breaking catch of unearthly magnitudes (okay most of my trophies are around 4 inches, but lets both just move on), I’ll take a photo and then safely release the little guy. What I’d like to do is geo-tag those catches by using the coordinates I write down from my gadget and then pin them to the pictures of my catches. This way I can look back at where my biggest catches were so I can go there again, or just make some hypothesis as to the health of the lake. You know, everyday normal things.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial as much as I did. Let us know how you used this project or how you modified it. If you catch some giant whoppers then tag that spot as Qwiic as you can!