I have been importing similar data by using two different methods:

  1. Entering the coordinates manually in excel and save as CSV, then importing in QGIS through delimited text layer. Column A is name, column B is Easting (X) and column C is Northing (Y). WGS is set at 84 for both map and CSV layer.
  2. Importing same data straight from GPS into QGIS

When I use option 1, my coordinate is corrupted and mapped 50 km from the actual location. I would like to find out why as I will create databanks using CSV.

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    Can you provide a sample of the coordinates you are entering into the Excel file in your question? – Dan C May 11 '15 at 15:06
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    Also, are the coordinates shifted consistently or do they all end up in a single point? – Evil Genius May 11 '15 at 16:33
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    Lat/long coordinates don't have eastings/northings. If you have eastings/northings you are most likely entering projected coordinates. WGS is a datum/geographic coordinate system, 84 being the year/specific iteration of that system. I think you mean you set the CRS to WGS84 for both QGIS project and layer when you added the points. Note that GPS units generally default to WGS84 coordinates but can use other datums. Please edit your question to describe the exact steps/tools you are using in method 2, verify the CRS being used by the GPS unit, and as Dan suggested include sample coordinate. – Chris W May 11 '15 at 21:51