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Ken in Regina
Ooops, I forgot to comment on the barometer issue. You do not need to depend on the electronic barometer. In the Setup Menu you can set up the Altimeter to Auto Calibration and that will cause it to be corrected by the GPS elevation readings. Or you can go MENU > Calibrate Altimeter and when it asks if you know the elevation answer "No". That will force it to use the GPS elevation data.

As far as using a GPS in an airliner, that is fun ... when it works. Getting a fix inside an airplane is not always the easiest thing to do. The aluminum skin does not pass GPS signals so you need to be right beside a window AND have windows that don't have a metallic coating on them AND have a view of enough satellites to get a fix.

...ken...
Ken in Regina
Chris,

Here's one option for sharing your track files on Google Maps.

GPS Visualizer: Draw a map from a GPS data file

You can cut/paste your track points into the appropriate box on the page or you can upload the .GPX file from your computer. I did a quick test using a .GPX track file from my computer and it works pretty slick.

I did not go further to try and see how you share the resulting map with others but it looks like there are descriptions there. I'm sure there are other ways you can do it. This was just the first thing I found.

I don't know if this link will still work but try it and see if you can still see the track. It's over the Duffy Lake road from Lillooet, BC through Whistler to Vancouver.

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http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/display/1249159720-03012-69.11.109.239.html
...ken...
Nevgar
Was able to see that no problem. Will have to investigate how that was done.

Oh - and I stand corrected on using the sd maps in mapsource. I guess I put too much faith in Garmin, thinking they would make it so you didn't have to buy 2 different maps to use THEIR software.
I see on the Garmin site that there is a DVD for all Europe, but not just for UK/Ireland.
And of course, the whole of Europe is much more expensive than just UK/Ireland.
I don't need all of Europe (although it would be nice to have), so don't want to spend the extra $$ if I can help it.

Thanks for all your help - that's one of the many nice things about this forum.

Chris in Inuvik
Nevgar
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Originally Posted by Ken in Regina
Ooops, I forgot to comment on the barometer issue. You do not need to depend on the electronic barometer. In the Setup Menu you can set up the Altimeter to Auto Calibration and that will cause it to be corrected by the GPS elevation readings. Or you can go MENU > Calibrate Altimeter and when it asks if you know the elevation answer "No". That will force it to use the GPS elevation data.

As far as using a GPS in an airliner, that is fun ... when it works. Getting a fix inside an airplane is not always the easiest thing to do. The aluminum skin does not pass GPS signals so you need to be right beside a window AND have windows that don't have a metallic coating on them AND have a view of enough satellites to get a fix.

...ken...
The biggest problem I have found with setting the 76 altimeter using the calibrate function is that it doesn't seem to update from the GPS even after you set it to auto calibrate. Maybe I am doing something wrong. Will have to play with that in the aircraft while we are in the air.
Needless to say, I will have lots of time to do so - we fly from Inuvik to Edmonton, then Edmonton to Toronto, then Toronto to London, then London to Glasgow. I'm getting tired just thinking about it.
Incidentally, I also have an external GPS antenna - it plugs into both the GPSrs - that I jam in behind the window shade on the aircraft. That way, I can have the GPS on and in the seat pocket and don't have to worry about holding it at the window for the whole trip.
And with the USB plugs on the seats in some aircraft, the batteries don't get drained either.
Ain't technology grand?

Of course, I ALWAYS get hit for a hand inspection of my gear bag (camera equipment, gps gear and computer stuff) so I make sure to allow an extra few minutes for security to check it out.

Chris in Inuvik
Ken in Regina
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Originally Posted by Nevgar
Was able to see that no problem. Will have to investigate how that was done.
Just take one of your handhelds out and drive around for a few minutes with it on. Then connect it to the PC, go into Mapsource and select TRANSFER > Receive From Device. When the transfer window opens give it a few seconds to discover any legitimate devices and select the handheld. Make sure that TRACKS is ticked and proceed.

DO NOT put the handheld into "Mass Storage" mode.

On the TRACKS tab you should see one or more track files listed. You can right-click on any of them and select to display on map. Delete any track files you don't want and when you have just the desired track listed on the TRACKS tab, use FILE > Save As to save it as a .GPX file. Use some sort of meaningful name.

Make sure you save it someplace you'll remember so you can find it for the next step.

Then go to the link I gave you and use the upload portion of the menu (upper right corner) to browse to your .GPX file and upload it. Then click to draw the map.

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Oh - and I stand corrected on using the sd maps in mapsource. I guess I put too much faith in Garmin, thinking they would make it so you didn't have to buy 2 different maps to use THEIR software.
You don't have to buy two different maps. You just have to buy one copy of the right maps.

I always buy the DVD maps because then they are usable in Mapsource as well as whatever else I bought them for (eg. Mobile PC on my netbook, or my iQue 3600 or my eTrex Legend HCx). I do have to buy multiple unlock codes if I want to use them on more than one device, but I can use them on Mapsource as long as they are unlocked to at least one device.

...ken...
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