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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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    GPS Training podcast – number 55

    Ask Ian. In this months Podcast we test Ian's tech knowledge, as he answers some of the listeners questions. Questions - Anthony Tranter - In the Basecamp software when I look at the GPS unit I see the recorded Tracks. The strange thing is the unit has recorded two tracks with different naming conversations. For example one might be named 2021-02-21-11:00:31 (consistent naming convention with Saved Tracks in the unit) and another might be named 21/02/2021 09:42:24. This looks like it’s the same track but notice the difference in naming. By can you tell me what the differences between these two tracks is please and which one do I keep? Forward facing date – FIT fileBackward date - gpx file Anthony Tranter Allan Humphrey - The Garmin eTrex 32x I recently purchased from you is doing what I wanted and expected it to do - recording walk timings, distance covered, etc., but there is an issue with the walk mapping that is troubling me. At the end of a walk I check that the route taken is clearly drawn onto the map, then I switch the unit off. No problem so far. On arrival home, even with the unit turned off, I find that the system has drawn a straight line connecting my home to the end point of my walk. Sometimes this can be many miles, and the actual walk route is then a tiny section at the end of a very long connecting line, making it unreadable. Is there a way of preventing the GPS from drawing this unwanted connecting line, and why does it do it? Allan Humphrey. Save the track before heading home/switching the GPS off Elaine Savage - I use an Oregon 600 GPS to record the tracks that I walk and I have noticed a discrepancy in the distances I am recording once I transfer my walk to BaseCamp on my Mac. I am always careful to clear my tracks before starting to record, to start recording and then to stop recording and save the track before I step inside my house (if walking from home) or get into the car (if travelling to a walk). So I am fairly confident that I am not adding extra data that I haven’t walked. The discrepancy can be observed by comparing the following screen shots: In the first shot, I have highlighted all the index points:and you can see that the total distance is recorded as 5.8 miles. In the next screenshot, I have excluded the final index point: and the distance is recorded as 5.5 miles even though the leg distance is only 16 feet. In the same way, if I exclude the first index point, with a leg distance of only 1 foot, the total distance comes out as 5.5 miles. I have noticed this discrepancy for some time, especially when trying to understand why a fellow walker’s GPS came up with a different measurement to mine. But it has been highlighted today when I decided to export the gpx file to my OSMaps application. The route recorded on OSMaps taken from the gpx file recorded by my Oregon 600 comes out as 5.5 miles. So where has my 0.3 of a mile gone? And is there something I can do to ensure that my Oregon 600 is measuring my tracks accurately? Do hope you can help. Kind regards Elaine Savage GPS variability, different satellites being received Peter Chapman - GPS Training Clinic question I have a GPSMAP64S with Snowdonia OS 1:250 000 from you. I’ve learnt by using and have confidence in my position in Lat/Long; how do I convert to OS coordinates for rescue purposes etc?I now also want to locate specific sites located on sheet maps but do not know how. Can you help please? Thanks so much Kind RegardsPeter Chapman Setup>Position format>British Grid When I replied top Peter saying his question would be answered in tonight’s GPS Training clinic he came back with the following question – Thanks for that Extra query; when exploring and trying to sort best route on the ground, or identify something just seen at a distance, need to use paper map to get overview before zooming in on GPS. Is there a better way?? Thanks!
  • GPS Training Podcast podcast

    GPS Training podcast – number 54

    The best budget GPS Unit, why has the Garmin GPSMAP 66sr grown so much and let us have your questions for ask Ian. In this month’s podcast We are going to discuss the real shift from Garmin into the Garmin GPSMAP range – why is this?Ask Ian – a mid-month Podcast SpecialThe best budget GPS unitAnd then we have Ian’s FAQ’s, the frequently asked questions Ian gets asked whilst supporting our customers. The first thing on this month’s Podcast is a look at the real change in shift regarding GPS units, with the GPSMAP range really coming to the foreHistory – Garmin GPSMAP 60, 62s, 64s, 66s Now we have – GPSMAP 65s, 66s and 66sr In the past we had just 1 x GPSMAP GPS unit, but now we have x 3Shift away from Touch Screen Units? But massive growth in sales on the Montana 700 range To find out more about our thoughts on the best budget, top end and large screen GPS units please just go to – gpstraining.co.uk > Reviews and top article - Best Handheld Outdoor GPS unit2. The next thing on this month’s GPS training podcast is our proposed mid-month Podcast this month – Ask Ian In two weeks’, time we are going to have a special mid-month Podcast – Ask Ian. So, if you have any tech questions or queries, we can put Ian through his paces. Normally you only get access to our technical support if you have bought a GPS from us, been on a course or you have one of our paid support package so here is your chance to get your questions answered for free Please just email your questions to [email protected] and make sure your message title is – Podcast – tech question – otherwise you will just confuse us and I will email you back saying you don’t have support from us!3. The next thing on this month’s GPS Training Podcast is a look at the best ‘budget’ GPS unit. With the end of the Garmin eTrex touch 25t, GPSMAP 64sx over the past month I thought it would be good to look at this again, AND, I have also just updated the review video looking at the units we are going to discuss, I will tell you where you can find that later. In this category – Garmin eTrex 22x, 32x and Touch 35t Garmin GPSMAP 65 and GPSMAP 65s How they rank - budget handheld GPS Unit Best budget buttoned GPS unit - Garmin eTrex 32xwith TOPO ACTIVE mapping only (£219.99), with Birdseye plus voucher (£269.99), with 1:50k maps (£329.99), with 1:25k maps (£519.99)Best budget touch screen GPS unit - Garmin eTrex 35twith TOPO ACTIVE mapping only (£249.99), with Birdseye plus voucher (£299.99), with 1:50k maps (£349.99), with 1:25k maps (£549.99)Best budget buttoned GPS unit (worth extra if you can afford it) - Garmin GPSMAP 65swith TOPO ACTIVE mapping only (£325.00), with Birdseye plus voucher (£374.99), with 1:50k maps (£399.99), with 1:25k maps (£599.99) To watch the video where we look at the best ‘budget’ GPS unit please just go to – gpstraining.co.uk – click on – product reviews – and you will see the top article - Best Handheld Outdoor GPS unit - Spring 2021 4. Ian’s FAQ’s, the frequently asked questions Ian gets asked whilst supporting our customers. GarminWhy is it that when I’ve downloaded a long distance walk I can see it on my Basecamp but not on my GPS? On road – 50 pointsOff road – 250 pointsOn and off road – 50 points How you download and breakdown a long distance walk are covered in the On line Resource under the ‘GPX Library’ Satmap Can I transfer a route to my Active 20 without using my PC? Yes you can. You need a Premium Xpedition2 account and to set up the Active 20. Main menu>Settings> WiFi settings>Default WiFi state - ‘On’, Xpedition2 connectivity - ‘Live Site’Enter User Name>User name - ‘Name of the Active 20’, Xpedition user name and password - these are what you use to log in to your Xpedition2 account Watches How do I transfer a gpx file to my watch? Transferring a gpx file can be done by: importing the gpx file from the Internet to your PC hard disk and then in to...

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