wpt file for gps

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  1. BKMLWR

    BKMLWR Wondering around...

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    anyone ever dealt with a gps file with a .wpt extension?
    am going to give gpsbabel a try but some background info might be interesting....all I know is it is a file for a canoe trip...
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    I think in the old days some of the 3rd party data software (OziExplorer, GPSUtillity, WP+) may have divided up the data into separate files, waypoint (.wpt), track and routes. If I'm correct I think a .wpt file will be a text file of waypoints. Fairly sure GPSBabel would do the conversion if you had a better idea what software was used originally.

    Also if you can open the file in a text editor you may be able to copy the data without the header and paste into a text file created by other software. I believe that most GPS data files are just text files with unique headers and formatting depending on the software used to create them.

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    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    You should find the WPT extension under the OZexplorer in GPSBabel. That point file can be converted to GPX which is a more useful file type.

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    here is part of the contents of the file as viewed in Notepad...it is a garmin file of some sort...
    The F3WPT is probably the key to understanding.....

    F3WPT--.-- . # ¦ 01 Where the route starts, on a bogan on McKay Brook. Garmin\Garmin\08198.bmp MS Sans Serif,255,8,0 Xd|¾¥G@dànrPÀ ÐcÁ ²ÙŠÑ-ã@   ÿÿÿ   t 31 Garmin\Garmin\08198.bmp MS Sans Serif,255,8,0 ‹©ü®ß¨G@Mš°"rPÀ ÐcÁ !¾92ã@   ÿÿÿ   ´ 15 Where the route crosses the Spurline Road. (An old railway bed.) Garmin\Garmin\08198.bmp MS Sans Serif,255,8,0 Y"ß §G@¼FDUqrPÀ ÐcÁ —3³g2ã@   ÿÿÿ   t 03 Garmin\Garmin\08198.bmp MS Sans Serif,255,8,0 Óûb0ä¥G@¹ ¿³urPÀ ÐcÁ z´#ˆ°2ã@   ÿÿÿ   Ë 06 Where the route crosses a very small stream. This small stream flows into McKay Brook. Garmin\Garmin\08198.bmp MS Sans Serif,255,8,0 š‹«ì3¦G@êÄÈmrPÀ ÐcÁ È°°2ã@   ÿÿÿ   t 09 Garmin\Garmin\08198.bmp MS Sans Serif,255,8,0 ¼2 Ò{¦G@Æ0€FhrPÀ ÐcÁ ëç&±2ã@   ÿÿÿ   t 10 Garmin\Garmin\08198.bmp MS Sans Serif,255,8,0 C¢:–¦G@,7«\rPÀ ÐcÁ El-±2ã@   ÿÿÿ    11 On the old partially grown in horse road. Garmin\Garmin\08198.bmp MS Sans Serif,255,8,0 £
    ÄY¯¦G@,ç{XrPÀ ÐcÁ Jƒï5±2ã@   ÿÿÿ   t 12 Garmin\Garmin\08198.bmp MS Sans Serif,255,8,0 A”’ϦG@¦“N\rPÀ ÐcÁ ‰x=±2ã@   ÿÿÿ   t 13 Garmin\Garmin\08198.bmp MS Sans Serif,255,8,0 µY} á¦G@‘⮀grPÀ ÐcÁ aדG±2ã@   ÿÿÿ   ± 14 Where the route leaves the old partially grown in horse road.
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    OK skip what I said. Did you try the OziExplorer format in GPSBabel as DRTBYK sugested?

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    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    Your WPT file could also be DeLorme file. But GPSBabel can handle them all.

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    yes....from what I see in the notepad printout it is a garmin file so I'm just trying garmin at this point.
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    It's not a Garmin file. It's only referencing a Garmin Symbol bitmap image.

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    that might be good to know..in searching for info on the sequence "F3WPT" it might be garmin PCX5 file from the mid 90s...which used a .wpt file for waypoints, rte file for routes etc...
    http://filext.com/file-extension/WPT
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    Good luck. Maybe the poster of the file knows otherwise I would just start working through the more popular formats in GPSBabel.
    In the early days every new program seemed to have it's own unique format which is why the standardized .gpx was needed and thus adopted.

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    problem solved....:clap:clap:clap

    I was able to open the file with a demo version of Fugawi Global Navigator 4.5......I got the hint from the website of file extensions where Fugawi was mentioned.

    looks like in interesting program which might be more capable than mapsource, maybe of more use in marine or aviation applications

    turns out the file was a series of waypoints to portage between 2 brooks deep in the woods of New Brunswick...
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