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GPS Discussion / Re: Android App to view GDMBR gpx
« on: July 01, 2013, 10:55:53 pm »
There is also the MotionX GPS app for iPhone.

Gear Talk / Re: ACA & Smartphones
« on: June 25, 2013, 09:40:24 pm »
All in all there were two things that I took the greatest care not to lose; my wallet and my smartphone.
Hence I combine them in one :)

GPS Discussion / Garmin introduces Monterra GPS with Android OS
« on: June 25, 2013, 09:28:53 pm »
Details on Garmin blog.

For over two years now, I had been expecting such a device. It is packed with features:
  • 3-axis compass with accelerometer and gyro
  • Barometric altimeter
  • UV sensor
  • Dual-band GPS and GLONASS receiver
  • 8-megapixel digital camera
  • IPX7 waterproof
  • Dual battery system: rechargeable Li-ion pack (included) or traditional AA batteries
  • WiFi, ANT+, Bluetooth 3.0 and NFC
  • Android spectrum of apps
Available third quarter 2013 at a suggested retail price of $649.99.

It is missing a few features still: heart rate monitor & bluetooth 4. I should better start saving for the next release of the Edge series with app support.

GPS Discussion / Re: Samsung camera with GLONASS.
« on: June 25, 2013, 08:31:45 pm »
Satellite signal acquisition is faster with GLONASS support. It is available on the entire Garmin eTrex line (10, 20, & 30). Oddly, for the Edge series, only on the 510 so far.

iPhone and its camera support it as well.

GPS Discussion / Re: Cue Sheet for navigating Ride with GPS routes
« on: June 25, 2013, 08:11:36 pm »
I did not use it after that as there was no really great need for assisted navigation for me.
What did you use instead for navigation for turn by turn?

GPS Discussion / Re: Garmin on Tour - Single or Multiple FIT Files?
« on: June 24, 2013, 12:19:13 am »
I start a new activity every day for two reasons:
  • Daily log for the activity of that day. When needed to split the day, I record separate laps
  • Safer files. While rare, it does happen that a file gets corrupt. I would then lose only one day instead of the entire trip.

GPS Discussion / Re: Run Garmin Oregon 450 off external power?
« on: June 21, 2013, 11:11:45 pm »
What I want to know is if I apply a USB charging current to the Oregon 450, will it switch to running off the external source and save the internal AA batteries?
It seems like it should. The manual recommends using an external power when operating the unit extensively, with a reference to Vehicle Power Cable "to power your Garmin device and conserve battery life."

The USB source should not be any different.

Gear Talk / Re: Solar Panel - Yea or Nay?
« on: June 21, 2013, 08:17:46 pm »
I have tried the Solio and did not have much luck with it. I would much rather carry extra USB batteries and USB charger. Each of these USB batteries bring the iPhone or the Garmin Edge 810 to about 50%.

The solar charger had to be in direct most optimal sunlight. Anything else would not charge the iPhone: change of angle, clouds, shade, and direction.

GPS Discussion / Re: Android App to view GDMBR gpx
« on: June 19, 2013, 02:03:55 pm »
which works well offline and and allows for downloading maps.
What is your reference here to "downloading maps"? Can it actually download enough map tiles to work offline? Does it know to automatically do that for all tiles related to the charted route?

GPS Discussion / Re: Android App to view GDMBR gpx
« on: June 13, 2013, 10:16:20 pm »
This is good to know. I am now curious why you were able to see this track but not the one from ACA. I will look into it some more.

GPS Discussion / Re: Android App to view GDMBR gpx
« on: June 11, 2013, 01:13:10 am »
I found that if i choose Waypoints instead of Tracks, I am able to see the ACA gpx files in Maverick!
Indeed, Maverick does appear to support points of interest but not routes or tracks. Perhaps at a later release?

Please update this forum with your findings. There has been much interest in such apps. Your feedback will be appreciated.

New England / Re: Loop tour in Northern NH or Maine
« on: June 09, 2013, 11:19:56 pm »
Are you interested in mountains, coast, lakes, or a sampler of the area?

All three regions are worth the trip and can fit within your schedule. Start in Portland, ME and travel to Sebago Lake, Conway, Crawford Notch, Franconia Notch trail, loop back on the Kacamagus Highway, Ossipee Lake, Portsmouth, and then return to Portland along the cost. This should be just about 500km.

The White Mountains will have plenty of climbing. Plan accordingly or choose alternate routes.

Fly into Portland directly. Or walk your bike (with reservation) on Amtrak from Boston North Station to Portland.

GPS Discussion / Re: Android App to view GDMBR gpx
« on: June 09, 2013, 10:55:46 pm »
#1 priority would be to load the ACA gpx file on the phone and see it on a map with my current location to see if I'm on track. I'd be satisfied if I could only do this when I have an internet signal although it would be nice if I could do it with a GPS signal.
I read about the Maverick Pro app you reference. I also watched their instructions video. I do not find any options in it for loading custom GPX tracks.

I searched for other apps that can load GPX tracks. I found the following:

I have tried this on my iPhone with two apps. They both seem to work fine without data connection:
In both apps, I followed these steps:
  • Loaded multiple files into the app using a data connection
  • Turned off mobile data & WiFi
  • Navigated the route on the screen, even though in some sections the map was blank as the phone could not download the map data.

Can you try one of those apps? How does it work for you?

#2 priority would be to have the capability of storing some maps with gpx tracks offline.  I've got Maverick Pro and have imported the gpx files but can't see them when I go to the map.  :(
I am not sure how to do that, except trying to cache some maps in memory while using the apps listed for #1 above.

To view maps online, try map apps like TomTom, although this is designed for cars and does not overlay the GPX track.

GPS Discussion / Re: Android App to view GDMBR gpx
« on: June 05, 2013, 11:33:36 pm »
What is it about those apps that did not "fit the bill"?

Is it mainly the offline capability? Many apps require internet connection to display the map. Without a data connection, they display the GPX route and your location on a black background without the map (unless some portion of it is already cached in memory). At least this is the case when I tested on iPhone. Does that work for you?

What other features are you looking for?

GPS Discussion / Re: Garmin Edge 500 Battery Life
« on: May 28, 2013, 10:52:50 pm »
I plan on daily.

I turn my GPS on as soon as I start riding and keep it on all day, regardless of stops, rests, and side tours. I record them all.

Garmin states the battery life at 18 hours for the Edge 500. It may potentially last more than one day depending on your style of touring.

For me, since I use the unit for navigation, and I want to make sure to record all the trip data, I take it safe, charge it daily, and carry an extra USB backup battery.

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