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View Poll Results: Do you set the declination on your compass?
Yes 17 77.27%
No (but my compass has the feature) 3 13.64%
No (my compass does not have this feature) 2 9.09%
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Old 09-10-2012, 04:38 PM
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Compass Declination

If you have a compass that allows you to adjust for declination, do you set the declination?

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Old 09-10-2012, 05:50 PM
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Yes! ...And I learned the "interesting" way to set the GPS to the correct "north" NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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Old 09-10-2012, 06:01 PM
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My Suunto MC-2 has this feature and I use it as I can't come up with any rational reason, rational f NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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Old 09-10-2012, 06:35 PM
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I always set Declination on my compass. As easy as it is, I see no reason not to. NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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Old 09-10-2012, 09:55 PM
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Old 09-11-2012, 03:02 AM
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I use it because if I get tired or distracted for some reason, I don't want to forget to convert bet NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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Old 09-11-2012, 10:46 AM
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I have a baseplate compass in my pack with adjustable declination, but usually use a pocket compass NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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Old 09-16-2012, 11:14 AM
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I have drawn lines on my map before that was the amount of declination listed in the title block. I NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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Old 09-16-2012, 06:26 PM
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:49 AM
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I am trying to build my navigation skills so I do not set my declination because I want to get in th NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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