Many Global Positioning System receivers can show positions in normal degrees, or in Universal Transverse Mercator units, known as UTM. Some GPS devices can also show Military MGRS (Standard), MGRS (Standard + 10), Map Fix, Loran TD, British, Irish, Finnish, German, New Zealand, Swedish, Swiss, Taiwan and Greek grids. UTMs are shown on USGS topographic maps. Degrees are shown in degrees, minutes and thousandths of a minute. They can also be shown in degrees, minutes and seconds. Local units like "British" are used in the local country only. Converting coordinates is accomplished through settings on a GPS.
Press "Menu," "Setup" or similar, and use the arrow keys or multi-selector to choose "Coordinate System" or similar. Sometimes "Coordinate System" can be part of the "Units" menu item.
Use the arrow buttons to scroll through to the units that you would like to use. If "UTM" is highlighted, scroll to one of the other normal settings, like "Degrees, Minutes, Seconds."
Obtain a fix by scrolling to the "Map" screen, and your co-ordinates will be shown in normal degrees, rather than UTM units.
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