How to find your grid square using google maps

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How to find your grid square using google maps
Find a location's grid square values by using Google Maps. (Map image by Stephen VanHorn from

Finding your longitude (long.) and latitude (lat.) values on Google Maps is very straightforward. Simply open Google Maps in your Internet browser and click on your chosen destination. Once there, Google will automatically reveal the grid square values for the specific address or area.

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  1. 1

    Open you Internet browser and visit the Google Maps website. Navigate to the website by typing "" into your Internet address search bar and pressing the "Go" or arrow button.

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    Find your chosen address by holding down the left mouse button and dragging across the map. Navigate to the rough area of your address and then zoom in by rolling the mouse wheel upward or by double-clicking. Keep zooming in and dragging the cursor across the map until you have found the exact area or address.

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    Open the Google Maps menu by right-click on the exact point of the location. Select the "What's Here?" option to reveal the grid square values. The longitude and latitude of the location point will appear in the "Search Maps" bar at the top of the window. The latitude (lat.) displays first and the longitude (long.) second, for example, "37.181327,-102.934572."

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  • Independent websites such as F6FVY can also find a grid square using Google Maps. What this particular site also finds for you is the QTH value for the location. A QTH value is a grid square value used by amateur radio operators to pinpoint exact geographic coordinates, e.g. "IO91WL."

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