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Post GPS Tracking
What do you all use or suggest to get into GPS tracking? Pros/cons on the systems you use?
I have been using a simple Garmin automotive with the back roads map memory chip and PDF Maps app on my phone, neither one allow for gpx track exports or multiple map overlays.


Mon Mar 27, 2017 10:42 am
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A mapping GPS is required.

I have two similar units. GARMIN GPSMAP60 and GARMIN MONTANA

They both work well.

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Mon Mar 27, 2017 11:31 am
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Garmin Nuvi series will allow track recording and uploads via Garmin Basecamp to Everytrail or Google Drive.
I like the one with the 7" screen.
Recorded tracks disappear after a few outings but are stored for up to a year in the offline memory in the unit.
You can not download tracks to it, but you can create a route with Basecamp and download that. This works very well
for turning points on a new trail. It is important to switch the unit to pedestrian or offroad mode.
BC Backroads chip seems to be as good as any offroad topographical.
These units will still record your track without the topo maps, as the track is just a set of co-ordinates.
Then you can follow the blue line to get back to where you were

Garmin Extrex/Oregon/Montana can be purchased with TOPO Canada maps included.
These maps are not as good as BC Backroads but will give good detail.
These units accept the BC Backroads chip.
Major difference is the cost and size of the screen. Oregon has all the features you would need.
Oregon is cool because there is an easy interface to the Kenwood 710 APRS output to show
location of other APRS equipped rigs.
I found the Etrex too small and clumsy to use, and the Montana to be too expensive.
You can store many tracks, and can download someone's saved tracks.
These units will still record your track without the topo maps, as the track is just a set of co-ordinates.
Then you can follow the blue line to get back to where you were

Android series phones and tablets can download Topo Canada maps, and the app works quite well.
I would say as well as the Nuvi series.
I do not know if the BC Backroads chip is available for these.
If you want to save and upload your tracks, get the (free) Everytrail app.
These apps would be adequate for the gps challenge and general off road runs.

There are a number of other phone/tablet apps I have not tried yet.

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I have looked around for GPS units, and they have some on sale at Cabela's in Abbotsford and at Wholesale Sports in Langley.

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also check out gps city and gps central

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I agree with Rick, go into Whole Sale Sports or Cabellas and play with your GPS, then order it from GPS City, Frequently have the best prices, and like 2 day shipping!

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Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:33 am
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Post Re: GPS Tracking
I have prepared a two page summary of GPS functions aimed at the beginner user. I would appreciate any feedback from the more experienced users before I make a final copy.
Thanks

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Thank you Filip and others for the corrections.
Revised version to be posted soon.

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