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    Re: Gps
    From: Gary Harkins
    Date: 2003 Feb 9, 12:52 EST
    In a message dated 2/9/2003 12:31:36 PM Eastern Standard Time, pboucher{at}LAVOILE.COM writes:

    If you zoom
    out your plotter screen to the maximum, you will clearly see a curve in the
    plotted course.

    I've done this on 5 different brand names of GPS chartplotters and I'll guarantee that they show a rhumb line but follow a Great Circle.  I told these units to go from Grand Rapids, Michigan to Yokohama <sp> Japan.  This should nearly send you over the pole, which is what the GPS indicated based on it's initial course.  However it drew a line from Grand Rapids straight west at the same latitude through the States and across the Pacific Ocean to Japan.  ALL units tested did the same thing!

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