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Old 02-18-2013, 07:56 AM   #6991
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I am doing a TAT trip this summer. I will be using Sam's GPS tracks. Would I be wise to load the Maps (CNNA, Topo) and all the tracks on the SDCard and making backup of the card? Or would I be safe putting maybe the CNNA maps on the Garmin memory (CNNA and Topo will not fit on the internal memory together)

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Old 02-18-2013, 08:17 AM   #6992
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Cool2 late to the game...

So...with my new Montana bought yesterday...I've now installed BaseCamp on my Mac. I'm a long time user of MapSource. BaseCamp is very cool how you can search for other people's routes online.

I always had trouble transferring files between an older 2610 and MapSource. The Windows PC would blue screen almost every time. The interface between the Mac and Montana seems to be reliable, so far.

After 10 years of using Garmin GPS units, I'm finally in a good place.
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:46 AM   #6993
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I am doing a TAT trip this summer. I will be using Sam's GPS tracks. Would I be wise to load the Maps (CNNA, Topo) and all the tracks on the SDCard and making backup of the card? Or would I be safe putting maybe the CNNA maps on the Garmin memory (CNNA and Topo will not fit on the internal memory together)

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It's always a smart idea to have backups. SD cards are cheap considering how much money you're going to spend on a trip like that.
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:51 AM   #6994
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It's always a smart idea to have backups. SD cards are cheap considering how much money you're going to spend on a trip like that.
Ditto.

I keep a spare taped to my Montana battery.



At an annual rally last year one of the guys who'd come up to Canada from Vermont didn't have maps for this area in his Montana so I traded my spare card for his empty one and bingo, he had all the maps he needed.

OSM maps, of course... so no copyright violation.
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:33 AM   #6995
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Not sure if this belongs here but...

I set up a pretty simple route (about 20 miles) to see how BC and the Montana interact. I'm using the most recent version of BC on a Mac running OSM routable maps (I posted the link a few posts ago). I used a start and end point, had BC generate the route then had it convert it to a track. Both of these were sent to the Montana with no issues. BTW both BC and the Montana are running the same map.

On the Montana I set the track to View and changed the color to black (DRTBYK suggestion...?) then loaded the route. When it came up I noticed there were A LOT of blue dots along the route. When I clicked "Go" it came back with the 50 points error.

My question: is this a Montana issue, BC issue, OSM issue or operator error?

I like to use routes when I can for the turn notifications and there are times when I want to set up a route while sitting in a parking lot. Right now it doesn't appear I can do that, is it just me?
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:44 AM   #6996
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You should try osm while you wait for city nav. They work well is most areas but dont have all the nice stuff of city nav. At least you can play around with that for a while.
Please define "work well". I can't get it to find the intersection that's a mile from my house. I even went so far as to zoom in to see exactly how the roads were named and still nothing. I left off the "Rd" and picked from the choices it gave me still no luck. I used the County and State Rt designations... nada. What am I doing wrong? (Where to? > Intersection )

If I can't count on it to locate something around the corner I don't have much faith in finding something 500 miles away.

I'm sure it's something I'm not doing right because so many here sing the praises of using OSM but I'm not seeing it.

Thanks for any advice!
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:46 AM   #6997
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It's pretty much crowd sourced material. So if you are in an area without much input they are really not that great. For other areas (Europe specifically) they are generally really good.
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Old 02-18-2013, 01:34 PM   #6998
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That makes sense (I think). It looks like I'll be ordering CNNA tonight when I order the mounts I need.

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Old 02-18-2013, 04:38 PM   #6999
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Eh? I'll need Canada topo...

Damn! That's right! Thanks for the inadvertent reminder. I'm going to need topos for Canada. Emmbeedee knows why.

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Old 02-18-2013, 05:10 PM   #7000
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Damn! That's right! Thanks for the inadvertent reminder. I'm going to need topos for Canada. Emmbeedee knows why.

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Old 02-18-2013, 06:18 PM   #7001
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:08 PM   #7002
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What he said. Dont forget to send in your track log if something is missing. Thats how it works. Please contribute back to the project. It only gets better if you contribute corrections or new roads.

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It's pretty much crowd sourced material. So if you are in an area without much input they are really not that great. For other areas (Europe specifically) they are generally really good.
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Old 02-19-2013, 03:47 AM   #7003
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What he said. Dont forget to send in your track log if something is missing. Thats how it works. Please contribute back to the project. It only gets better if you contribute corrections or new roads.

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That's the interesting part. When looking at the map (it's the only map enabled) the intersection is there, right where it should be. So I'm not sure what the issue is: is it the map, the GPS or the operator?

Also, I'm VERY new at this OSM thing. I wasn't even aware of it until last week so I'm not sure how to contribute back. I'm willing to learn but not really sure where to start, any suggestions?

This is starting to feel like a thread hijack but I still don't know if this is a Montana/me issue or not.
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Old 02-19-2013, 11:37 AM   #7004
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Ditto.

I keep a spare taped to my Montana battery.



At an annual rally last year one of the guys who'd come up to Canada from Vermont didn't have maps for this area in his Montana so I traded my spare card for his empty one and bingo, he had all the maps he needed.

OSM maps, of course... so no copyright violation.

That is a great tip. Thank to all who replied, I will put it all on a card with a backup card.

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Old 02-19-2013, 03:42 PM   #7005
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Just placed an order for a 650T from Cabelas.

On sale for $549

$5 shipping w/ Visa Club membership, no tax

$500 worth of Cabelas gift cards bought with Citi Thank You points.

$55 paid w/ Cabela Points

Total out of pocket - $0!!!

Hope I'm not making a mistake going back to Garmin after the fiascos I had years ago with my StreetPilot and having to 'repurchase' maps because I happened to get a new laptop. Now I just need City Nav DVD and an AMPS mount...
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