Thia (KJ7CNH) introduced the international geolocation system and app “What3Words” on the regular weekly Wednesday night net on April 5, 2023. Visit the What 3 Words website for more information and links to the app. Wikipedia has a good explanation of the system in their article on the topic.

Three members volunteered to look into the system further and report back in a couple of weeks: Mike (KJ7HCH), Thia (KJ7CNH) and Gerry (KK7GAB).

Another Geolocation System

There are alternative systems to what3words that use numeric or alphanumeric identification strings, but one that are quite as user-friendly. The US National Grid system (link to federal government site on using USNG; a good Wikipedia article) is based on NATO’s Military Grid Reference System (MGRS) . There is an explanation of how it is being implemented in some areas in an article in Evacuation Safety magazine.