Downloading treks.

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To download a trek, do I have to use a garmin? and how does one go about doing it?
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Reply By: On Patrol & TONI - Tuesday, Jan 25, 2011 at 22:21

Tuesday, Jan 25, 2011 at 22:21
Hi Alan
I have a Garmin Map60C & I download it to a file in a given folder on my puter and open it in "mapsource" so I can load it onto the Garmin.

Mapsource should have come with the GPS.

Hope this helps, cheers Colin.
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Reply By: Member - Fred B (NT) - Tuesday, Jan 25, 2011 at 22:46

Tuesday, Jan 25, 2011 at 22:46
You download the file as a GPX file or PLT file (to use in OziExplorer) and save to your computer. You can open it in OziExplorer (both GPX & PLT) or the GPX file in most other mapping software programs, or copy direct from your PC to your GPS (depends on the type of GPS).
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Jan 26, 2011 at 09:12

Wednesday, Jan 26, 2011 at 09:12
Hi Alan

Firstly welcome to the forum from one Crow Eater to another.

Depending on how you have asked your GPS or mapping programme to record the data collected as you travel will be the basis of the quality of the track data collected. I have in the past like many outback travellers, collected track data on a freelance basis for one of Australia's major map manufacturers. The stipulation for any of their work is that it must be recorded at every 30 metres of travel, along with other requirements, so this is the starting point when setting up the GPS and or the mapping programme.

To collect this data you must have and be using the programme 'OziExplorer'

What this programme does is in a very layman's terms is read the data that is being received from your GPS unit and then displays the data as real time mapping. I will give a an example of the data collected below, and you will see what I mean. You do not have to have Ozi running at the same time, but must save your recorded date before it starts to overwrite the first recorded data. In this situation when not running Ozi, you must still open it to save the data collected by the GPS

Any type of GPS receiver is capable of recording data, from the small cheap mouse type GPS receivers, through to the high priced units.

Like anything new, practice makes perfect and just play and you will soon pick it up. Like most modern day toys, once you have used Ozi, you will use it every time you go for a drive and want that track data saved.

There are a couple of experts here on the forum and they will most probably reply as well.

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This screen dump of the Warburton Track gives you the details that were recorded and the files opened to read the data. Details such as Lat/Long, the date and time the data was recorded, the speed that you were travelling at that exact moment etc


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Reply By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Wednesday, Jan 26, 2011 at 09:18

Wednesday, Jan 26, 2011 at 09:18

Not sure if this will help but there is a Blog on How to download trek notes

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Reply By: Member - Alan C (SA) - Wednesday, Jan 26, 2011 at 20:17

Wednesday, Jan 26, 2011 at 20:17
Thanks to all who have helped with answering my little problem,
what I have done is downloaded the trek note from halls gap, it came out in microsoft office in text form, that way I have to type in every grid position individualy.
I understand that oz explorer is used on a lap top, I was hoping to load it direct to a gps, then plug and play, so to speak.
However if this cannot be done ,then my next step is to get oz explorer and go from there. then that creates another head banger for me to work out, once again thank you for your thoughts.
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