Saturday, March 16, 2013

HOW TO USE AN ANALOG WATCH AS A COMPASS

I mentioned to somebody today that the reason I wear a Rolex is because I can use it as a compass. This information amazed the person I was talking to, which in turn amazed me. I thought everybody knew how to do this . . . S.L.


Step 1: Determine if you are in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere.




Step 2: In the Northern Hemisphere:

1. Hold the watch horizontal.




2. Point the hour hand in the direction of the sun.




3. Bisect the angle between the hour hand and the twelve o'clock mark to get the north-south line (substitute 1 o'clock mark during Daylight Saving Time). North will be the direction further from the sun.




Step 3: In the Southern Hemisphere:

1. Hold the watch horizontal.




2. Point twelve o'clock in the direction of the sun.




3. Bisect the angle between the hour hand and the twelve o'clock mark to get the north-south line.




4.North will be the direction closer to the sun, south the other way.





Using a watch as a compass is the Green Beret way . . . but something else I learned in my travels was how to tell time WITHOUT a watch - this is the advanced technique:




- STORMBRINGER SENDS

6 comments:

  1. I'm with you, I thought it was common knowledge.
    Beats the fire out of the 'moss only grows on the north side of a tree' adage.

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    1. Yah I never knew why people thought that knowing where to find moss in case you got lost was so important - unless they get so hungry that they want to eat moss and need to know where to find it in a hurry....

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    2. Moss on the North of a tree is a wives tale don't use that to determine direction it will get you lost!

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  2. I "know" how to do it but when required I need to rethink through the process. It usually takes enough time to do it that clouds come along and block out the sun.
    Lazarus Long

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  3. My buddy was stunned when his cub-scouts correctly pointed south during an outing.
    No compasses.
    No watches.
    "How'd you do that?"
    "Gee, everyone knows satellite dishes point south."

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  4. We learned this in Boy Scouts, on how to do this. This was part of the map reading information in the Boy Scout Field Book.

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