*DX RESOURCE* Distance Calculator, Google Maps

Members of the Dx Adventure Radio Club (DA-RC) find Google Maps Distance Calculator to be an effective shack and DXpedition tool.

You can use the Google Maps Distance Calculator to find out the distance between two or more points anywhere on the earth.  That is, the distance between A and B.

All you do is click once on the map to place the first marker and then click again to position the second marker.

The distance between the points will then be displayed in miles, kilometres, nautical miles, metres and/or feet.

You can also build up a series of locations to find a total distance.

An important feature of this tool is that is “as the crow flies”, so travelling in real life will normally involve larger distances, but this may also help those who need to measure off-road distances.

Here are a couple of different versions of a Distance Calculator:

How To Use:

  1. Zoom and drag the map to find the location of marker 1
  2. Click to place marker 1.
  3. Zoom and drag the map to find the location of marker 2.
  4. Click to place marker 2.
  5. The distance will be displayed below the map in miles or kilometers. You can change between miles or km at any time.
  6. Add as many points as required and the distance will build up.
  7. You can also drag and drop markers after they have been put on the map

Note: You can move the markers after they have been positioned so you can modify your route on the fly and see how the distance will be affected.


  1. Click [Clear Last] to undo the last marker placed
  2. Click [Zoom To Fit] to zoom the map around all markers
  3. Click [Clear Map] to erase all markers and start again
  4. Use the Quick Find text box to quickly relocate the map
  5. You can choose between miles and kilometers (km) for the Total Distance readout