News letter August 09
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New sletter August 09 In this issue Odometer issues KMF – Great Big Treasure Hunt winners Garmin launch new models with sunlight-readable touch screen displays & image geotaging At last 50k OS Discoverer GB coverage for the Colorado, Dakota and Oregon Ranges Create you own Custom Maps - compatible with all Garmin mapping GPS units Update for Satmap Unit Firmware & SatSYNC Lowrance re-enter UK outdoors market with the Endura Range GPS with OS maps Late Availability Offers on courses in Aug & Sept - details Odometer Issues From time to time we get long and detailed email from GPS users complaining distance issues when making comparisons between the GPS Odometer, their Mapping System, or another GPS being used at the time. Some users can get quite hot under the collar about this issue so on the last occasion the subject arose we got this advice from the guys at Garmin support; we thought you might be interested in their advice. The first recommendation was for the user to update the unit firmware; easily done online using Garmin’s webupdater. They said that there had been distance issues in the past which had been fixed by software updates to the unit’s firmware. All those who have attended our courses will be aware that to record the distance of a walk the odometer and tracklog need to be reset at the beginning of the walk, Garmin reiterated this point and in addition mentioned the subject of signal loss; pointing out that the odometer does not compensate for distance in the event of any signal loss whereas the tracklog does effectively drawing a straight line between the two points were the signal was lost and regained (as this is a straight line it will reduce the accuracy of the distance record) KMF – Great Big Treasure Hunt winners We are pleased to announce the following prize winners drawn from the correct answers submitted during KMF weekend – winners should apply to Customer Services at George Fisher Ltd Tel 017687 72178 1. DORIAN WISKOW - . £200 worth of Berghaus 2. BEN DEWHIRST - . £100 GF voucher 3. SUE WILKINSON – Garmin GPS plus OS Mapping 4. KATH HADFIELD - GPS Training voucher worth £120 Garmin launch new models with sunlight-readable touchscreen displays & image geotagging New for the autumn are two new additions to the Oregon Range the Oregon 550 & 550t and a new product The Dakota which offers a slightly smaller touch screen than the Oregon. All the new models offer what Garmin describe as a sunlight-readable touchscreen which we assume is an effort to address the issues around the readability of the Oregon screens in direct sunlight The main new features added to the 550 (RRP £429.99) & 550t (RRP £479.99) over and above the existing Oregon’s (200,300,400t) are a 3.2 megapixel auto-focus digital camera with automatic geotagging, a sunlight readable touchscreen and 2 AA NiMH batteries with battery charger included in the box. If you’re wondering why you would need a camera integrated into a GPS unit the clue is geotagging; widely used amongst the Geocaching fraternity and on sites like Google Earth and EveryTrail. The all new Dakota 10 (RRP £229.99) & Dakota 20 (RRP £279.99) are new products from Garmin with a slightly smaller screen size (2.6”) than the Oregon and a more reasonable price structure; both units offer the benefit of the new sunlight readable touchscreens and high sensitive GPS receiver with Hotfix that acquires a position quickly and maintains that position even under heavy tree cover, a worldwide basemap and 850MB of free internal memory ready for map transfers The Dakota 20 a neater version of the Oregon adds 3-axis electronic compass and barometric altimeter, unit to unit wireless data transfer and Micro SD card slot. A GPST review of all these products and the new sunlight readable screens will be available from the GPS Information page our website very soon Save £££’s when you purchase a new Oregon or Dakota 20 Stock is expected on 1st August of Garmin’s OS Discoverer coverage of whole GB at Landranger or 50k scale, as with Topo GB the OS Discoverer 50K mapping is being offered on plug & play micro SD cards in three regions Scotland, Northern England & Midlands and Southern England & Wales the RRP for each region is £119.99 (GPST less 10%). Each title includes OS 50K data for the area, OS Road Map 250K coverage of whole GB and Navteq Points of Interest & Auto routing data for whole GB allowing the user to navigate both on and off road To celebrate the launch of these new models and the new regional OS mapping we are offering one half price 50K Discoverer title with each Oregon or Dakota 20 sale GPST and unlimited access to the GPS Training OnLine Resource with step by step guides and video clips based on the operating system on the Oregon and Dakota Ranges find out how you can save over £100 on any one of these great offers. Create your own Custom Maps - compatible with all Garmin mapping GPS units Did you know that it’s possible to create your own custom maps for your Garmin mapping GPS? Its not something that is shouted from the rooftops for obvious reasons; but if you’re reasonably computer friendly then using a clever software application you can create maps for your own use like the example seen here (OS Landranger Mapping as seen in Garmin GPS Map60Cx) Provided you can scan/copy a map segment and give exact geolocation fixes for three points on the map segment then the software will allow you to calibrate, vectorise and transfer your custom map directly to your Garmin GPS in almost any grid format including Lat/Long, UTM/UPS and British Grid. We found the software easy to use & inexpensive ($45 US) if you have the time and energy to use it then it could be the key to having maps at both home and abroad. If you would like to know more; then we have written a comprehensive review which is available in PDF format from our GPS Information page with links to Mapwel the software house who sell and licence the product. Our experience was that the creation and transfer of a map to a GPS was a five step process: 1. Scan paper map or capture image of the map from Digital Mapping software like Memory-Map or Quo on your PC (we used Snagit) and save the scan or image to your PC 2. Import image to Mapwel 3. Calibrate map – you need to be able to give an exact grid reference to three positions on your map portion, Mapwel supports most grid formats like British Grid, Lat/Long, and UTM/UPS. 4. Vectorise map – turns your Raster image into a Vector format acceptable to MapSource 5. Transfer to GPS using Mapwel (unlock code required) Map Auto-Vectorised from Satellite Image Update for Satmap Unit Firmware & SatSYNC SatMap Active 10 users should update there firmware to the latest version v1.328 with the following updates: • GPX date format should be YYYY-MM-DD • French datum added • UTM coord entry • GPX schema validation • Ascent calculation improved • Panning speed - Faster at 1:250m With Geocaching continue to grow in popularity, Satmap is responding to the needs of geocachers with a new version of SatSYNC. Enabling uploads of .LOC and .GPX files, users can now benefit from cache description, terrain difficulty, type, size and hints. These updates accompany Satmap’s ongoing expansion of its European mapping catalogue, so that geocachers can enjoy high-detail topographical mapping whether they’re at home or abroad Visit this page on the Satmap website and follow the on screen instructions to update both applications. Lowrance re-enter UK outdoors market with the Endura Range of GPS with OS maps Huge in the marine navigation marketing the US Lowrance had an unhappy experience with the iFinder in the UK several years ago; despite this experience they are bringing a new range of colour, touchscreen, handheld GPS to the UK, we expect the launch of both GPS and a range of OS mapping titles on plug & play SD cards in August We’ve been promised a demo unit as soon as they are available. Once we have had a chance to use the unit on the hill and got our heads round how the operating system works we’ll add a review and details of the cost of both GPS and maps to our website GPS Information page. Late Availability Offers on courses in Aug & Sept – Save £39 when booking both days We have late availability on the following two courses: 385M (Mungrisdale North Lakes) & 390H (Hampshire Martyr Worthy book both days and save £39 on the normal price – now only £99pp for the two days. 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