Welcome to this month’s GPS Training podcast, it’s our 12th episode.
1. Today we have Andy and myself, Jon
As always, we are streaming it live on Facebook
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So, without further ado let’s get on with today’s podcast ……
It’s our 12th podcast, we did our first ever GPS Training Podcast in September last year so its nearly at our 1st birthday, maybe we can something a bit different next month.
Then the following month, October, we first streamed it live in Facebook.
Since that first month it, hopefully, it has improved, we have had plenty of good GPS chat and some great guests such as
Tom from Garmin, who has been on twice
Ross from SatMap
Pete from the Podcach show, I actually met Pete last week at the Mega GeoCaching event in Yorkshire, he bought a new GPS unit from us
Mike, the walking Englishman
and of course, Duncan, the Scottish guy who has built his own rowing boat and is rowing across the Atlantic and as of Thursday he is half way so he’s going well. Duncan has got one of our Garmin inReaches with him and if you get our Friday newsletter you will have been able to track him live online.
Let’s hope over the coming year we can continue to get some great guests on.
In today’s podcast, we are going to look at the following –
1. We will look at the new Garmin Fenix 5s plus, the smaller brother/ sister of the 5 plus that we talked about in last months Podcast
2. We will chat over what motorbike ‘trail riders’ need to navigate along ‘green lanes’ both in the UK and beyond
3. We have Andy’s top tips – both Garmin and SatMap
4. If you get our weekly newsletter you will see this week I asked if anybody wanted anything covered in this month’s Podcast.
On the back of this request, we got lots of ‘support’ questions of how to do this/ that etc so this month, for one month only, we are going to have a ‘Ask Andy’ when I will ask Andy some of these technical/ support questions that we received this week.
5. And then finally we are having our first ever GPS Training competition, but you will have to wait until the end of the Podcast to see what you can win
1. Garmin’s new Fenix 5s plus
Last month we had Tom on the podcast talking about the new Garmin Fenix plus GPS watch.
But over the past month they have now brought out the little brother/ sister of this watch, so Andy, what is the difference between the Fenix 5 plus and the Fenix 5s plus
A, Smaller 42 x 42 x 15.4mm compared to 47 x 47 x 15.8mm
Strap 20mm wide compared to 22mm
B, Lighter 65g compared to 86g
C, Battery 7 days normal 11hrs GPS , compared to 12days Normal 19hrs GPS
In the GPS Training online resource, Andy has put together some great step by step videos about everything you need to know to use the new Fenix 5 plus to its full potential.
How many videos in total are there? 28
And they cover everything from switching it on for the first time, pairing it with your phone right through to using Garmin Pay and lots more
Please do take a look at the new Fenix 5 and 5s plus on our website – just go to gpstraining.co.uk – click on – GPS store – then under – multi-activity GPS watch – you will see – Garmin GPS watch
To watch the training videos for the Fenix watch in our online resource – just go to – gpstraining.co.uk – click on – the online resource and you will see them under – courses – multi-activity GPS Watches – then – Garmin Fenix 5 Watches
2 – Motorbike ‘trail riders’, what do you need to navigate along ‘green lanes’ both in the UK and beyond
1. Garmin Montana 610/ 680
– Why would you choose one of these units, what are the benefits for the trail riders.
– What map set do the trail riders use and why?
2. Bike mount or AMPS kit
– I suspect everybody knows what a bike mount is but what Andy is the AMPS kit and what are the benefits of it.
– You want either a bike mount or an AMPS kit, is that right one or the other?
3. Ram mount
– So this fits onto your handlebars, the bike or amps kit sits on the top of it and then your GPS sits in that?
If you want to find out more about this Andy has done a video taking you through everything you need and how it all fits together maps – and you will see – Garmin Montana 610 Trail Riders Bundle – with GB OS 1:50k Mapping.
3 – Andy’s Top Tips
1. SatMap – Active 20 in the Rain – Main Menu – Settings – Touch Screen Settings – Touch Screen Enabled – Turn to Off
2. Garmin – BaseCamp remember to use File Backup on regular basis
AND this month we also have had a Top Tip emailed in from Andy Cousin, many thanks for this.
He says –
Hi guys, really enjoying the podcast and the online resource videos are brilliant, I have a tech tip that may be helpful, when planning a route on Garmin Basecamp (on Mac, but may work on Windows) I’ve found that instead of using the black box to move the map and zoom in / out you can use your keyboard arrow keys to move the map and the + and – keys to zoom in and out, works better for me! All the best!
That’s a great one, thanks Andy for emailing this in.
Your name does not have to be Andy if you want to email your own top tip in for this section!
4 – Ask Andy
As I said at the start of the earlier this week I asked if anybody wanted anything covered in this month’s Podcast.
On the back of this request we got lots of ‘support/ tech questions.
So for one month only, we are going to have ‘Ask Andy’.
1. The first question came from somebody who was on one of my webinars this week, and I did not know the answer, so what better time to find something out myself –
Q. I’ve noticed that 2 versions of the recorded track saved to the Oregon with slight differences in distance and speed. Which is the most accurate: the Track Manger version or the one saved in Activity History?
New generation units save file as GPX in Track manager saved as time at end and .fit file in Activity Manager saved as start time , bith files the same except gpx file stores sensor data eg using tempe sensor, heart rate monitor .fit file used in Garmin connect, connect can be set to just elevation data from DEM data stored on connect database
2. The next one comes from Percy Hunt
Q. Good morning,
I am probably doing something stupid, however –
I do all the things I have been shown and transfer the plotted route to my GPS.
What I find is that the direction pointer is out by 180 degrees and it has done this a number of times.
I know the paths I’m walking so I ignore it, but is there something I’m doing wrong – I assume there must be but I haven’t found it yet.
Pointing at point on route which could be off to side
Make sure setup system battery set to correct type
Make sure setup Routing – Route Transition auto
3. The next question comes from Anne Scoular, who has been one of our SatMap courses in Northumberland.
Q. My Satmap 12 fairly often ‘drops’ the active route on the walk, even although I activate the route and press the ‘start’ button at the beginning of the walk. This happened twice on my recent walk of 22k. Any thoughts?
Could it be an intermittent loss of satellite signal in the Scottish Highlands, perhaps?
Would be good to hear if anyone else has experienced this issue.
Look forward to the Podcast.
Lock screen to make sure do not move joystick – press power button
Size of Route would split longer Routes into sections could be a fault with button Ann has advised sending back to SatMap for refurb due to damaged button
4. The next one comes Pauline Watkins who is from Cornwall.
I’ve had to be away from my newish GPS for four months and I’d appreciate a mention with editing tracks, more particularly of how to join tracks and ensure they all go in the correct direction. Mine don’t, and I’m having trouble finding out how to correct them.
Zoom in on Tracks or Routes Red Arrow show direction of Travel
Right Click on Track or Route name in bottom left window – Select Invert will reverse direction
Highlight using arrow up on keyboard two tracks you want to join in bottom left windows – right click on highlighted tracks – select Join Selected Tracks – box appears that lets you arrange track order before joining
If you’ve time, thanks very much.
ANSWER in online resource – Garmin BaseCamp > Garmin BaseCamp – Video Tutorials > and it is the 8th video down – Amending your off-road walking route.
6. The GPS Training Podcast competition
As this is out twelfth Podcast I thought let’s have a competition to celebrate us creating a podcast for every month for the past 12 months.
The prize is a free Birdseye Voucher.
And the question is – Last weekend (4th August) I was at a large event with Garmin. What was the event. If you don’t know just go to our Facebook page and scroll down to the team shot from that day.
Please just email your answer to – firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for the competition is the date of our next Podcast – 14th September
7. And finally
– Many thanks for listening and let us know anything you would like to be covered in the Podcast, we made it to our eleventh Podcast.
– Give us a call especially if you are thinking of a new GPS unit
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Many thanks for Andy joining me on this, the 12th episode of our GPS Training podcast.