GPS Training Podcast podcast

GPS Training Podcast

Jon Monks, GPS Training and reviews

Keeping you up to date with everything going on in the world of outdoor GPS navigation

65 Episodes

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    GPS Training podcast – number 65

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    On New Years Day we have an interview with Allan Knight, the oldest man to walk from John-o-Groats to Land’s End on foot.
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    GPS Training podcast – number 64

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    Our Christmas get together, a look back over the past year So, it’s our Christmas party, well it’s not really but we are going to look back over the year and look ahead to 2022 If I said – tell me about 2021, in relation to GPS Training, what one word would sum it up for you Key points, that I can think of, from the past year -- January/ Feb – New website - The start of the ‘walk and talk’ series – more about that later - Starting to get out delivering courses – Easter?- June – Andy coming back - September – The introduction of the free OS route planning software – again more about that later 2. Big progressions over the past year – post-sale automation – We tweak and work at this all the time. LynnWhat is it?Series of emails customers get from us for the year after they have bought a GPS unit from usIt encourages them to look at the resources they get from us – including the support and training options they have access to. And therefore, people know where to find the answers they are looking for. Many people do pay after the first ‘free first year’ to continue to have access to both the online resource and one of our support packages. 3. Big progression 2 – AndyIf customers can’t find the answer they are looking for they then work their way through to Andy.Andy came back in mid-June – June 14thSupport – both in person and also creating videos for online resource/ YouTubeHad the business changed in those two years away?Videos for online resource (what is the online resource) – Over 50 videos now for most units – How do you go about structuring these, recording, editing, uploading and embedding within the online resourceTherefore with each unit being covered in such an in-depth manor the questions I am now getting are very specific and more than likely to be ‘a problem’ rather than how do you do x or y?Training courses – throughout UKScottish Borders Northumberland Lake District Peak District Northamptonshire Gloucestershire South Downs New Forest1:1 Zoom training – only been introduced a couple of weeks but a great success, we have had one customer who booked back-to-back 2 hour sessionsAndy – what’s been your big takeaway for 2021?Using two-way satellite communicationPutting into practice myself, what I have been teaching in the classroom for a number of years nowThis gives me the ability to relate to the experiences customers are getting4. Big progression number 3 – walk and talk – Jon and JaneHow it came about – Buckham’s Bridge – a long way up the valley – Between Christmas and New Year – a long way up the Valley – Snowy day – Dere Street, Pennine Way – Cold Day!The frustration of people not understanding the principle and how a GPS will look when navigating. Originally, we were going to get them ‘professionally shot’ but trying to understand ‘how to do it’ I just went out with my iPhone and my own personal GPS unit.And that turned into the first-ever ‘walk and talk’.Since then I have filmed them on short walks on summer evenings, long walks in the Cheviots, on a number of long-distance trails in all weather and in every season.One of my favorites is the eTrex 10 – I took a £100.00 GPS and our free route planning software i.e total spend £100.00 and showed how you can get a great navigational experience from a ‘budget’ GPS unit. I have also personally got lots from walking with each of the units and spending some ‘quality’ time getting to know them and all their good and bad points. How do I create them? Our most recent one was with the Garmin Fenix watch, still a few holes to plug, mainly GPSMAP 66sr and more watch videos. Our final big progression of 2021 has been our free OS route planning software.Why did we do this?Tried to make it as simple as possible? And in the run-up to Christmas, we even had a free webinar for those who want to get 100% out of it You access it by clicking on OS planner on the top menu bar on the GPS Training website and ...
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    GPS Training podcast – number 63

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    Walking in the dark, an update on the stock situation and the big updates for the Garmin GPSMAP 66 and Montana 700 series of GPS Units. In this month’s podcast As it’s now turning dark shortly after 4.00, we talk to Andy with regard to walking in the dark, what are some things that may help you.Stock – With many units out of stock until late January/ early Feb we go through your options and the reason whyWe look at the big software updates that have just come out for Garmin GPSMAP 66 and 86 series + Montana 700 seriesAndy’s top tips So, without a further a do let’s get on with this month’s GPS Training Podcast 1. The first thing on this month’s Podcast is a look at walking in the dark, what things do you need to take into consideration when navigating with an Outdoor GPS UnitAndy, with your training ahead of the Spine Challenge Race next year you have been getting out a fair bit in the dark.Andy, how’s your training going? You can sponsor Andy via his Just Giving Page. You may not be planning to walk into the dark, but at this time of year it is very easy to end up in the dark and therefore you do need to think and plan ahead. Backlit buttons10% screen brightness – button GPS unitTie into chat on GPSMAP 66 seriesHeadtorches - what are you using and why Brightness of headtorch Nebo and SilvaWalking with Poles? Planning/ downloading your route beforehand, especially when walking in the dark 5. Anything else we have not covered? If you want to find out more about headtorches just visit our website – gpstraining.co.uk > GPS Store >Headtorches and torches 2. Stock – With many units out of stock until late January/ early Feb we go through your options and the reason why Lack of chipsSupply chain is not as it should beOut of stock – Garmin eTrex 22x, 32x, 35t and Oregon 700 and Garmin GPSMSAP 65, 65s and Garmin GPSMAP 66srPromised GPSMAP 66i back in stock 10th December, fingers crossedSo, if you are wanting a unit as a present, please do buy why we still have a number of units in stock.I honestly don’t know what January will bring, but fingers crossed.SatMapTo find out more about GPS Units please go to our website – gpstraining.co.uk > GPS Store > Handheld GPS Units 3. The next thing on this month’s GPS training podcast is the recent software updates for the Garmin GPSMAP 66 and 86 series and Montana 700 series - Andy, what are the main ‘fixes’ or new features that have been rolled out with this software update? Fit & GPX files match Fixed selecting current activity sometimes shutting downOn Course off course on tracks and new courses feature Can now use Garmin connect to send courses to watch - How do we update our Garmin GPS units? Basecamp Windows Devices menu, Mac Basecamp but search for and download Garmin Webupdater or Garmin Express To watch video tutorials on how to update your unit please do sign up for the GPS Training online resource, this is packed full of video top tips. Go to our website – gpstraining.co.uk and click on the – Online resource – on the top menu bar 4. The next thing on this month’s GPS Training Podcast is Andy’s top tips – and we have lots of them – Garmin – If unit with built-in battery locked up frozen screen what to do – Hold power button in 20 – 30 seconds or until re-boot SatMap -Stopping for long break inside say a pub for lunch rather than turn unit off – power button once – hibernate 1hr  or 2 hr – One tap power button back on(Main Menu – Settings – Hibernate Settings Option to change from defaults) To find more top tips please do sign up for the GPS Training online resource, this is packed full of video top tips. Go to our website – gpstarining.co.uk and click on the – Online resource – on the top menu bar And Finally Jon leads Many thanks for listening to this month’s Podcast.If there are any subjects you would like to cover in future Podcast’s, please do get in touch – ASK US SOMETHING!
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    GPS Training podcast – number 62

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    PODCAST SPECIAL - After walking 118 miles the microphone is turned through 180 degrees as the guest presenter, Paul Freeman asks the questions and finds out the highs and lows of walking 118 miles. If you can support, please visit my Just Giving fundraising page - more here Overview of Charity Walk Every year, Shepherds Walks raise money on the challenge walks for two great charities - Hospice Care North NorthumberlandNorthumberland National Park Mountain Rescue With the year we have just had, it has been impossible to donate as we have in the past so I am personally going to step up to the bar. The route Starting Melrose - St Cuthbert's Way to - St Boswells then Border Abbey Way through Kelso - to - Jedburgh then St Cuthbert's Way to St Cuthbert's Cave then Northumberland Coast Path to Warkworth then St Oswald's Way to Rothbury
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    GPS Training podcast – number 61

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    Best route planning software, battery save tips, ways to carry your GPS, and Andy's top tips. Welcome to the GPS Training podcast, it is our 61st episode. This month I am joined by Andy or ‘tech’ guy at GPS Training, welcome Andy to this month’s podcast. In this month’s podcast Garmin BaseCamp, Xpedition 2 or the GPST Free OS Planner?Battery Save tips as winter is loomingWays to carry your Garmin and SatMap GPS UnitAndy’s top tips So, without a further ado let’s get on with this month’s GPS Training Podcast The first thing on this month’s Podcast is a look at BaseCamp, Xpedition2 or the GPS Training route planning software. When would you use each of them and why? We have had a few people call and ask the question – which should I use? What is route planning software?What is Garmin BaseCamp?PC/ Mac? – Desktop only?Free, but really need Garmin GPS if you want OS maps on itWhat is Xpedition2Good points about it – saving into cloud, easy to usePoorer points – subscription basedGPS Training OS PlannerGood points - Online route planner, SimplePoorer points - Can’t store pre planned routes/ tracks within unit BaseCamp – offline no internet, Garmin GPS with OS Maps, birdseye map downloads, software updates,Xpedition2 – Online- premium map for other parts of world, manage Expedition cloud can be used for wifi sync of routes setup wifi Xpedition2 live site – Enter user name Xpedition username & passwordGPST OS planner – Online , GPS with no os maps or want more detailed 1:25k, simple to use less tools but easier, no subscription free Links to each of the Route planning software we have discussed - BaseCamp - https://www.garmin.com/en-GB/software/basecamp/Xpedition2 - https://xpedition2.com/GPST OS planner - https://gpstraining.co.uk/pages/ordnance-survey-route-planner2. As cooler weather is just around the corner, we look at the best way to conserve your battery level in an outdoor GPS UnitGarmin tips for better battery life – Units that run on AA batteries - Correct battery setting, recommend Eneloop or LithiumKeep spare batteries warm, eg inside pocket For all units – both AA batteries and built-in batteries Setup display Battery save function Battery save – swipe down oregon 700 or power button other units reduce backlightSetup Map – Orientation North UpLeave screen not on map pageWifi , Bluetooth turned off SatMap tips for better battery life – lower main backlight using button on the side and use Advanced power setting change boost time to no more than 20 seconds Power control screen turn off down from 3 minutes to 1 minuteAdvanced Power Setting – Power saving mode – Advanced (Only North up)Power off button – set button to screen off in settings – hibernate settings make button 3 screen offAdvanced power – make sure Lipol Rechargeable selected with SatMap battery or if using emergency aa pack recommend Lithium AA change here talking about this later.Spare batteries as Garmin keep warm, take battery out if not using for sometime You will find videos about battery save tips and lots more in the GPS Training online resource. Please just go to GPS Training and click on – online resource – on the top menu bar The next thing on this month’s GPS training podcast the different ways to carry an Outdoor GPS unit Garmin - Carabiner Clip - black or silverGarmin Backpack TetherGarmin Cart MountGarmin Quick Release LanyardGarmin Retractable LanyardGarmin Lanyard CarabinerGarmin Montana 700 Carry CaseGarmin Montana 600 and GPSMAP Carry CaseGarmin eTrex and Oregon Carry Case I have created a video looking at the varies Garmin accessories – just go to GPSTraining.co.uk > Product Reviews > The best way to carry a Garmin GPS unit - your options SatMap – Carry Case – official/ non-officialLanyardQuadlock belt clip To find out more about the accessories we have listed above please go to GPS Training > GPS Store > Accessories
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    GPS Training podcast – number 60

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    The October GPS Training Podcast - A big thank you – more about that later, Old OS map cards in new Garmin GPS Units – what you need to know, The Garmin GPSMAP 65s with a 1:25k map card, GPS course locations for 2022, and Andy’s top tips. The first thing on this month’s Podcast is a very big thank you to Ian As you may hear we have no Ian on this month’s Podcast, this is, very sadly he has decided to leave GPS Training. Ian has been a member of the GPS Training team for 14 years. He has also been my fellow co-host on the Podcast since episode 19, so he hosted 40 Podcasts with me, and despite everything that has happened over the last 18 months we had lots of fun doing so. He also delivered x 3 courses in the South – South Downs, New Forest, and Northamptonshire. So it was with a very heavy heart I accepted Ian’s resignation in the last month and he will be a massive loss for GPS Training. Thanks for everything Ian over the past 14 years and best of luck with everything going forward from all the team at GPS Training and the listeners of the GPS Training Podcast. A big thank you Ian The next thing on this month’s GPS training podcast is the different map cards you have got over the years as some of the older OS map cards are not working in the new generation GPS Units. What are the different types of OS map cards? DiscovererTOPO PRO v1TOPO PRO v2You get each of these map options in both 1:50k OS scale and also 1:25k, which also has the 1:50k map card on the same card.TOPO PRO – Routable data within National Parks What is the problem some customers are encountering? New GPS Units – list these – will only work with the TOPO PRO map cards Buy your new map card when you buy a new unit – 1:50k map card half price when you do it this way To find out more about the different Garmin GPS Units go to – gpstraining.co.uk and click on GPS Store (top menu bar) > Handheld GPS Units The next thing on this month’s GPS training podcast is - The Garmin GPSMAP 65s with a 1:25k map card What is the problem?Back Story – our GPS UnitAnd a solution – short term?Expected fix date? Thanks to the cartography team at Garmin who I know have been liaising with Andy – End OctoberIn the short term you will see we have not been selling the Garmin GPSMAP 65s with the 1:25k map card.Garmin GPSMAP has become one of our best-selling GPS Units alongside the Garmin GPSMAP 66srGarmin GPSMAP 65s – Multi band, Topo Active mapping, works alongside the explore app and this stunning 15 hours of battery life with 2 x AA batteries To find out more about the Garmin GPSMAP 65s please go to our website – gpstraining.co.uk > GPS Store > Handheld GPS Units > Garmin GPSMAP 65s and when on the product page The next thing on this month’s podcast is – Our GPS Training course locations for 2022 We currently have 2 x courses 1 x day SatMap course2 x day Garmin Course Current course locations South DownsNew ForestNorthamptonshirePeak DistrictLake DistrictNorthumberlandPeebles - Scottish Borders New for 2022 – Gloucestershire - Ashleworth Memorial Hall, Nup End, Ashleworth, GL19 4HU Also, for 2022 – More midweek courses – Many thanks to everybody who filled in the course questionnaire that we have linked to a couple of times from the newsletter over the past month To find out more about our GPS training courses please just go to our website – gpstraining.co.uk and click on – GPS Training Courses on the top menu bar The next thing on this month’s GPS Training Podcast is Andy’s top tips – and we have lots of them – list on my job sheet (11 in total) Garmin – In out routes on Basecamp dont overlap on top as compass will be confused, use duplicate reverse or create 2 x Routes1:25k/ European maps - ages to loadElevation – resetting – videos in the online resource for all the units SatMap - SatMap Active 20 GPX file copied straight into unit - if tracks shown as footprint icon in internal folder n...
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    GPS Training podcast – number 59

    Free route planning software, basic terminology, mapping options and ask Ian In this month’s podcast We look at the FREE NEW GPS training route planning softwareBasic terminology – what does it all mean?Mapping options for an Outdoor GPS unitAsk Ian – Ian answers the questions you have been asking over the past monthStock availability So, without a further ado lets get on with this months GPS Training Podcast The first thing on this month’s Podcast is a quick look over the new FREE GPS Training route planning software Where do you find this? gpstraining.co.uk and click on OS planner (top menu bar) or scroll down to the bottom of homepage and you will see a banner taking you to it. Why have we done this? Trying to give a free alternative to those not wanting to use Garmin BaseCamp or Xpedition 2 as we are finding it hard to support OS route planner, Memory map, Qua, Anquet etc etc Also – to get traffic onto the website – link building – so if anybody can help with this it would be appreciated. Very basic, easy to use route planning softwarePlan on 1:25k maps even if you just have 1:50k maps on your GPSAnd to prove this I recently did a walk and talk with a Garmin eTrex 10, first planning my route on our OS planner firstIt is free and will continue to beAndy has created training videos, these you will find underneath the route planning software Please enjoy, share with your friends, walking groups and anybody who may be interested in it, its FREE! And if you can link to it from your walking group, walking festival, local website it would be very much appreciated. To access the free OS route planning software please go to gpstraining.co.uk and click on OS planner on the top menu bar and a very big thank you for all the kind comments you have sent us about it over the past few weeks, since it has been launched. The next thing on this month’s GPS training podcast is to discuss the basic terminology we/ you use when navigating with an outdoor GPS unit What is a - WaypointRouteTrackCourse To find out more about our GPS training courses please go to our website – gpstraining.co.uk and click on GPS Training Courses on the top menu bar The next thing on this month’s GPS training podcast is a look at the varies map options you get on both Garmin and SatMap GPS units So Ian, lets start off with the SatMap options – UK options- Solo Unit- Adventure maps 25k – Open Street mapping – really 1:25k?- 1:50k option – Land ranger map equivalent – pink cover- Platinum Edition – 1:10k, 1:25k, 1:50k and 1:250k – Explorer map (1:25k) Orange cover in the paper form Moving onto the Garmin options – again UK options- Topo Active maps – Walk and talk we discuss using the Garmin eTrex 10 (a GPS with no maps) - Birdseye Download – Voucher – 25,000 sq km – Don’t get confused with Birdseye satellite download25k maps also show Field Boundaries, open Access areas and permissive paths, which you don’t get on the 1:50k maps- Discoverer mapping and TOPO PRO (map cards) – what are the differences – Routable data and updated map set- TOPO PRO – 1:50k and 1:25k (1:25k, 1:50k and 1:250k) – How do you select each of these map sets? If you want to see what each of the map sets look like, please go to our website – gpstraining.co.uk and click on the magnifying glass (top right) – and type in map options – underneath the products you will see an article - Garmin mapping options for outdoor GPS The next thing on this month’s podcast is – Ask Ian. From Nathan - After meeting your colleagues at the Geocaching Mega in Lincolnshire last week. I've been reassured that sending in questions of the one I'm about to ask should attract a response - it'd be interesting to see how many others are facing the same issue, or whether it's another one of those early bugs I've caught. The issue pertains to some Geocaches not showing on my Garmin Montana 700. It seems random in which caches are affected,
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    GPS Training podcast – number 58

    An in-depth but lighthearted look into the world of Outdoor GPS Navigation, the OS App, GPS Courses, and Andy is once again back with his technical insight. This month I am again joined by my co-host Ian, our South of England trainer here at GPS Training. In this month’s podcast A quick update on the OS appGPS courses and a new course going forwardA new piece – Andy’s top tech - updatesBefore you head away on holiday with your GPS, a few things to work through.Ask Ian – Ian answers the questions you have been asking over the past monthGPS training YouTube channel – an update The first thing on this month’s Podcast is a quick update from Ian regarding the problems he has been encountering with the OS App …. The story continues ……The next thing on this month’s GPS training podcast is a look at the GPS training courses we have coming up this summer and some plans we have for the future.Garmin GPS Training weekendDate - 31st July and 1st AugLocation - Northumberland SatMap GPS Training courseDate - 7th AugustLocation - Northumberland Garmin GPS Training weekendDate - 4th and 5th SeptLocation - New Forest Garmin GPS Training weekendDate - 11th and 12th SeptLocation - Lake District Garmin GPS Training weekendDate – 18th and 19th SeptLocation – Northumberland Garmin GPS Training weekendDate – 25th and 26th SeptLocation – South Downs Garmin GPS Training weekendDate – 2nd and 3rd OctoberLocation – Peebles, Scottish Borders GPS in the Hills – Date – locationMust have been on a training course with us in the past To find out more about our GPS training courses please go to our website – gpstraining.co.uk and click on GPS Training Courses on the top menu bar The next thing on this month’s GPS training podcast is Andy’s handy top tech updates - looking at some of the current issues and solutions for Outdoor GPS users Maps on GPSMAP 65sFit file on 66 range – elevationMontana 700 - Find Current activity crashingUnits with built in batteries - crashing - what to do Online resource – what have you need updating? Over 40 videos to date for the Garmin GPSMAP 65s To watch this all-new training resource for the Garmin GPSMAP 65s in the online resource go to our website – gpstraining.co.uk and click on online resource on the top menu bar The next thing on this month’s GPS Training podcast is a look at what you need to work through before you head away on holiday with your GPS unit Local grid reference – set this upPower – batteries, plug adapter, power bank, solar panelsCalibrate your compassMap Options – Topo Active, Open-source maps, Local maps, To find out more about the varies open-source map options that are on offer please go to our website – gpstraining.co.uk and click on GPS Store > Maps The next thing on this month’s podcast is – Ask Ian. Hi Ian, I have a question about my GPSMAP 66sr. How do I change the colour of an imported track? I want to do this because the default purple is difficult to see against roads when wearing sunglasses. I have tried Selecting a Track in Saved tracks, clicking on Menu and Set color. However although when I Find Track and see it on the map it is in the new colour, when I click on Go it reverts to Purple. Any ideas would be appreciated Best wishes,Peter Wilkinson The colour reverts to magenta when you actively navigate the track. This is the colour set by Garmin which can’t be changed.Compare with Satmap where you can set the colour for routes (Main Menu screen>Settings>option 26 Route Rendering) I have recently restarted using Basecamp to plot routes for transfer to my GPS. Now when I create the waypoints the software seems to jump backwards so I end up with a series of unintended spikes between my waypoints. What has gone wrong? If I plot a track instead it seems ok! I have updated Basecamp to the current version.Hope you can help.Best wishesNeil Rothwell Almost certainly the incorrect Activity Profile.
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    GPS Training podcast – number 57

    2021 Garmin Map Card, Spine Race, what have they done to the OS app, more units discontinued and ask Ian. In this month’s podcast A quick update on the 2021 OS map cards from GarminSpine race – well done to all our customers who have taken part in this event.After we sung the praises of the OS app in a recent Podcast, in their wisdom they managed to undo any good work they had done just a few weeks later. We look at what they have done.Yet more units discontinued by Garmin, we look at a year where Garmin have certainly cleared the stable out.Stock availability – sorry I know it is a recurring theme, but a quick update on stock issuesAsk Ian – the questions you have been asking Ian over the past month The first thing on this month’s Podcast is a look at the recent update on the Garmin 1:50k map card Last month we discussed that Garmin, after a very long wait, updated the 1:25k map cardIn the past month we also received and update of the 1:50k TOPO Great Britain PRO 1:50k map cardSo both map cards are now V2OS release ¼ of the country every year as a map update so cards get updated every 4 years but for some reason the 1:50k map card has been updated after 3 years.What changes on OS maps? You can buy the new map card as a standalone product on GPS Training and all new Garmin GPS unit bundles are now being shipped with updated map cards, unlike some other retailers The next thing on this month’s GPS training podcast is a look back at the Spine race – well done to all our customers who have taken part in this event. The Montane Spine Race is widely regarded as one of the world’s toughest endurance races. There are both summer and winter events and the summer event started on Saturday 19th June. In our 31st episode, we interviewed Paul Freeman after he completed the Spine Challenger race.A truly epic challenge that will test your physical resilience and mental fortitude. Racing non-stop along the Pennine Way – 268 miles There are ‘shorter’ races within the main race but all are true challenges. As I spoke about this in last month’s Podcasts many people are introduces to GPS units for the first time with an event like this. We have had a number of customers participating in the event and well done to all those who took part. Before they start the Spine Race they have to demonstrate they can get their current Grid reference from their GPS unit. So, Ian how would people do this – Satellite pageCreate waypoint of your current location If you want to find more about the Spine race please just go to their website – thespinerace.comThe next thing on this month's podcast is the recent updates to the OS app. After Ian sung the praises of the OS app in a recent Podcast, in their wisdom OS managed to undo any good work they had done just a few weeks later. So Ian, what have they done? Basically, when you plan a route on the app, it exports as a track in to Garmin Explore unlike all the other apps you can use….. I am slowly working on the OS. They have now admitted that they have trashed it for the time being and accept it needs to be altered back to what it was prior their three app updates in March. That still hasn’t been done. As we do have, I think, quite a few customers who use this app, it may be worth talking about it/other options that work?The next thing on the GPS Training Podcast is the end of the road for the Garmin Oregon 750 Another one bights the dust – This year we have seen the A number of units ‘discontinued’ – Touch 25t, we still have the 35tGPSMAP 64sx and GPSMAP 66stMontana 610, 680 and 680tThen the Oregon 750tAnd then this week we saw the Garmin Oregon 750 be discontinued. Don’t work both ourselves and Garmin will continue to support these units for many years to come.Stock availability – sorry I know it is a recurring theme, but a quick update on stock issues Currently out of stock of GPSMAP 66sr, Montana 700i Shortage of ‘chips’
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    GPS Training podcast – number 56

    In this month’s podcast - GPX files, the Garmin GPSMAP 65s is making some waves and Ian's FAQ's. If you are heading away this summer, we are going to discuss some good websites to download .gpx files from. Don’t worry if that makes no sense to you we will tell you what a .gpx file is, and what you do with them.The recent upsurge of the Garmin GPSMAP 65s, it has taken a few months to gain traction, but we are now struggling to keep them in stock.No - Ian’s FAQ’s this month but an update about some big changes in the next few weeks. The first thing on this month’s Podcast is a look at GPS files, what are they and where can you get them from. Ian, what is a GPX fileGarmin and SatMap?Route, track or course?Create/ source GPX file from third party website or third party route planning software – Walk Highlands – GPS Training website (plans for the future)Once we have sourced a GPX file what do we do with it and what navigational experience will it give us? Key websites, but open to any suggestions post podcast Best websites to download .gpx files - Long distance trails National trail websiteGPS – RoutesLDWASaturday Walkers ClubWalking Englishman Best websites to download .gpx files - Day walksWalk HighlandsGPS-routesWalking EnglishmanWalking WorldHarold StreetWalking AboutHappy HikerBest websites to download .gpx files - Mountain Bike routesPedal NorthSingletrackworld - Magazine that share .gpx files of routesAll TrailsMountain Bike RidesMTB Foodie To find out more about GPX files and direct links to the websites mentioned please go to our website – gpstraining.co.uk > click on the magnifying glass, top right, and type in GPX and under - Pages and articles you will see an article - Recommended best websites to download .gpx walking and cycling routes Also, don’t forget if you come on one of our weekend courses (Garmin) we spend 2 hours looking at GPS files, if you are unable to come on our ‘physical’ courses please do join us on one of our online masterclasses, 1.5 hours (Zoom) looking at GPX files - Masterclass - GPX files - Garmin The next thing on this month’s GPS training podcast is a look at the new kid on the block making some waves, the Garmin GPSMAP 65s Launched – Oct last year Was the ‘little brother/ sister to the 66sr But now come very much to the fore Being used a lot by ultra-event participants – AA batteries, lightweight, spine race participants My walk and talk with this unit – am I becoming, after lots of trying, an influencer? To find out more just go to our website – gpstraining.co.uk > GPS Store > Handheld GPS units > You will see both the Garmin GPSMAP 65 and 65s – what’s the difference? Also videos coming soon for the online resource, but more about that in the next story! Ian’s FAQ’s – well Ian’s FAQ’s with a big difference, no FAQ’s. In last mid-month podcast you hopefully had your ‘fix’ of tech questions! So looking forward there are changes ahead. Jon currently doing tech support – poor customers.But thankfully it is just for another two weeks – for both the customers and my sanity!As we have a new or not so new member of staff starting.Andy is back, if you have watched the videos in the online resource, you will know or at least heard Andy.Andy is coming back to do tech supportdeliver North of England and Scotland training courses (Peak District, Lakes, Northumberland and Scottish Borders) and if you are booked on the Northamptonshire courses (SatMap and Garmin) in early July you will see him there working alongside Ian.work on the GPS Training online resource, new units and update some of the existing training programs (SatMap Active 20)And also to bring some technical insight to the GPS Training podcastSo as Ian is no longer doing support and after the great uptake of the mid-month podcast we are going to have a new piece - Ask Ian – [email protected] You can email your questions in and Ian will answer them within the po...

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