County Line Crossings Locator
County Line Location Process
In this method, which was first developed and supported in CQ/X version 188.8.131.52 and is described in detail in the document Developing Crossing File Using Google Maps, the user performs the following steps with the objective of steps 1-4 being simply to obtain a file of latitude and longitude values describing the path taken by the route.
If Streets and Trips was capable of exporting the lat/lon values for a trip steps 2-4 would not be required, but unfortunately that capability does not exist in current versions of S&T. Although the above is a multi-step process each step is very simple requiring only moving and saving of files with the only additional requirement being the development of some skill at using Google Maps and tweaking/editing the map, as described in step 6, to make sure that the resulting path goes where you plan to go. Here are screen shots of the CQ/X dialogs used in steps 5-6. In the first dialog you specify the file of lat/lon values that define the path and specify the output file where the crossings found are to be saved. During the calculation process the most recent county line crossing found is shown in the status window to indicate progress of the calculations. Once the process completes in typically about 30 seconds, the first dialog is closed and the second dialog showing the found crossings is opened. Buttons at the bottom of that dialog provideCounty Line Locator Demos
Here are links to several demo routes which have been analyzed using the tool. These maps show the planned route, the counties involved and the entry/exit points for each county.
NO5W 2009 FQP Route -- Route used by NO5W in the 2009 Florida QSO Party.
N5NA 2011 NMQP Route -- Route used by N5NA in the 2011 New Mexico QSO Party.
Orlando to Seattle -- Demo multi-state route from Orlando, FL to Seattle, WA.
Ham-Com-2011 Demo -- Demo route Plano-Austin-The Woodlands-Plano for Ham-Com 2011.
CTDXCC-2012 Demo -- Demo route New Orleans-Austin for CTDXCC 2012.
Copyright: C.W. Sanders, NO5W
Last Updated: 07-March-2014