can you buy anything on 4x4 tracks around australia for gps

Submitted: Wednesday, Apr 15, 2009 at 17:52
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good afternoon everyone, can you buy anything for the gps that shows all or most of the 4x4 tracks or is it just for the laptop mapping type. and why i am at it the new dick smith catalogue has turned up and it has a navman f15 gps for under $200 what are they like.i'm not interested in buying one over this amount for what i want it for and i know you get what you pay for.
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Wednesday, Apr 15, 2009 at 17:58

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2009 at 17:58
Do a search on the threads using GPS or Garmin

There are enough to keep you busy for a week.


In fact the thread under yours answers your question I think

garmin 760 Navman with a lot of technical cracks


The search function is well worth using


Other wise go to gpsaustralia.com.au and read the Navman thread if thats what you want
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Reply By: Motherhen - Wednesday, Apr 15, 2009 at 18:05

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2009 at 18:05
My little old Magellan software shows all the tracks including the internal track on our farm.

Each brand seems to run it's own brand of software, and some run free maps according to the posts you will find when you search.

I will update my GPS as it is b&w and hard to see the difference between tracks and creek lines, and being older technology, only takes a small memory card so I need to load the maps on for the regions being travelled - a nuisance on longer trips. I am still undecided as to brand to get next.


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Follow Up By: kym111 - Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 23:07

Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 23:07
HI Mother Hen
you've probably got something similar to my Dad's - a handheld Magellan Gold?
Same deal, greyscale lcd screen but does show old tracks!

We borrowed it when we lived in Karratha WA, and used it for following disused tracks out the back when hubby liked to go prospecting! It was great when the tracks disappeared and we had to use the Magellan to find our way again!

I did load the software onto my PC at one stage and download our travels, which was easy enough, but have since removed the program & info as it wasn't needed and taking up space required for photos!!

Hubby has a Garmin receiver he plugs into his laptop, with a marine program called C-Maps. He drives boats off it. Not sure how he'd go getting access to land based maps with tracks.

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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 23:21

Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 23:21
Hi Kym - Yes, Magellan Meridian Gold. Can be taken out of its cradle and used hand held on AA batteries. I didn't want to upgrade the Tracks software (2003 edition) as it want to get something in colour and with more memory. True, there are tracks that no longer exist on it. I love the zip trail so we can find our way back if need be.

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Reply By: DesF - Wednesday, Apr 15, 2009 at 18:26

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2009 at 18:26
Hi, You can download Shonky maps for free, it has very good dirt track coverage . then you can load it onto your GPS ( Garman).
if it has a SD card.
Cheers Des.
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Follow Up By: Skippy In The GU - Wednesday, Apr 15, 2009 at 22:48

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2009 at 22:48
You don't need an SD card to load Shonkymaps onto
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Follow Up By: DesF - Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 16:19

Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 16:19
Some units don't have a very big internal memory, thats why I suggested a card, also you can put the card into your mates unit if needed, Cheers Des
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Reply By: Member - Matt (Perth-WA) - Wednesday, Apr 15, 2009 at 19:47

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2009 at 19:47
Sure can..as other have said but it depends on your GPS. Most have SD/micro cards that allow other maps downloaded.

Shonky maps are good and then there are the Garmin Topo maps but GPSOz (advertiser on this site) does the OzTopo maps and they are great and well priced.

Have a look at GPSOz

Matt.
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Follow Up By: Member - Matt (Perth-WA) - Wednesday, Apr 15, 2009 at 19:49

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2009 at 19:49
ty again...

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Reply By: Sigmund - Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 07:34

Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 07:34
Yep, Shonky, Contours Australia, Tracks4Australia, Oztopo, Garmin topo Australia, Hema, and Rooftops are all dig maps/producers.

The first 3 are free.

There's a bit of a learning curve in managing and using them.

Cheaper GPS units do limit what you can do so you need to be very clear about your applications. DAMHIKT. Usually the cheaper ones only have internal memory (no removable storage like an SD card) so that means you will need to be prepared to juggle mapsets.
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Reply By: just is - Friday, Apr 17, 2009 at 14:19

Friday, Apr 17, 2009 at 14:19
thank you everyone found what i was after. much appreciated
cheers
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