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United Kingdom : England

1.1 km (0.7 miles) W of Barkway, Hertfordshire, England, UK
Approx. altitude: 142 m (465 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 52°S 180°

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: Starting our walk #3: Gordon and Tone leaving the bridleway #4: The distant transmission tower is the only noticable feature #5: We passed the same tower on the way back past Reed #6: Gordon checking his coordinates #7: GPS #8: Track log

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  52°N 0° (visit #10)  

#1: 360-degree panorama

(visited by Terje Mathisen and Tone Norløff)

01-Aug-2004 -- We visited this point while on a Scout camp on the east coast of England. We had previously contacted England's most accomplished confluencer, Gordon Spence, and he agreed to join us on our trip!

We first drove A12 up to Ipswitch, then followed A14 west until we got to the vicinity of Gordon's home town. He jumped into the car with two additional GPS's, so we were very well equipped. :-) On the way to the confluence point, Gordon told his navigational sw to take us along the fastest possible route, which meant mostly major roads, while on the way back we followed the shortest route through a lot of small villages and hamlets.

With Gordon's local knowledge the actual walk to the point was a cinch, he even knew about the best openings in the sticky hedges between the fields!

At the point itself, Gordon & I followed a tractor trail out in the middle of a field, the only significant figure in the distance was a cell phone transmission tower. We passed the same tower while driving back north.

When looking for all zeros on the GPS, I was hoping that the EGNOS differential correction system would kick in, since that would have increased the GPS precision from the usual ca 5 m to 3 m or less. On the GPS photo you can see that sat 44 (which is a geostationary satellite sending the correctional information) has a grey bar, but we didn't have enough time to wait the up to 15 minutes required to get differential data for all visible sats. :-(

After we got back to Gordon's we had a nice cup of tea, said hello to his family, and then returned to the Jamboree.


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#1: 360-degree panorama
#2: Starting our walk
#3: Gordon and Tone leaving the bridleway
#4: The distant transmission tower is the only noticable feature
#5: We passed the same tower on the way back past Reed
#6: Gordon checking his coordinates
#7: GPS
#8: Track log
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