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How to make pathplotmaps in Google Earth


Posted: July 2nd, 2010 under Hamradio, Software.

Several people have asked about how I make the maps I use on this page. If you don't know what I'm talking about, here are a few examples:

These maps are made in Google Earth. Download the program for free from here. To help me plot the path, I use Ham Radio Deluxe. That is another free program and you can get it here. If you are using this logging program already, it shouldn't be a problem. I don't, so I have to import the contacts. I do this via an adif-export from my other logging program. The important thing here is to fill out all the gridsquares in the contacts. To get the most accurate plot, use all the six letters. And also remember to set your homelocation. When all that is ok, choose the contacts you want to plot, rightclick -> lookup -> Google Earth. If everything is correctly set up, you should have a nice map with the plots.

Now comes a second question I got. If you look at my maps, you see I have the fields drawn up too. This is made with an overlay from HAM Atlas. Get it for free here.

Thanks to VE2XK. It was at his website I first found these types of maps. Check it out here.



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