Welcome to this month’s GPS Training podcast, it’s our 8th episode.
1. Today we have Andy and myself, Jon
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So, without further ado let’s get on with today’s podcast ……
In today’s podcast, we are going to look at the following –
1. The all-new TOPO Great Britain PRO 1:50k mapping from Garmin which was launched last week.
2. SatMap Active 20 unit software update, we will look at what has changed.
3. Garmin BaseCamp – the update, and not before time.
4. Andy’s top tips – both SatMap and Garmin
5. And then finally we will look at our video top tips in the GPS Training online resource
Garmin’s new map card – TOPO Great Britain PRO 1:50k –
Last week, after a very long wait, but more about that later, Garmin launched their 2018 map card and as hoped it has been modelled on it’s more expensive 1:25k brother or sister, the TOPO Great Britain PRO 1:25k map set.
So Andy, what has changed with this new map card?
– 2018 update of Map set – Garmin update every four years as ¼ of the country is released by OS as an updated version.
– Turn by turn routing within National Parks, the true ‘hiking’ ‘activity’ or ‘routing’ option.
– Isle of Man now added
The famous, or infamous ‚ hiking option. The biggest mistake people make when setting up any GPS unit and now it gets a little more confusing.
In the past on the 1:50k map we use the direct routing, how do we set up a GPS unit to utilise the feature when you are within National Parks.
– Set activity/ Routing
– Set up a new profile so you can easily swap as you go in or out of a National Parks
We have a step by step video taking you through how to this on an Oregon 700/ 750 in our online resource – Go to – GPS Training.co.uk, login and then go to the Garmin Top Tips section
And now we can let the cat out of the bag regarding the development of this map card.
– We first received some pre-production cards late last year and we have been helping Garmin develop this product.
– Before everybody says – why did you not say everything – we have signed a nion discosure agreement with Garmin as we do get shown things well before it is announced to the public and press.
– I actually recorded a piece for the podcast between Christmas and New Year as at the time we all thought it was going to be released top market in January.
– It’s been fascinating to work with them.
If you want to find out more about this new map set and how it works go to – GPS Training.co.uk – click on reviews – and you will see an article – NEW 2018 Mapping now with Routable Trail Data within the National Parks
SatMap Active 20 unit software update
Active 20 – “Snap to Foot”, Snap to Bike, Snap to Road routing in Routes Menu – Create new Route
– On an Active 20, with a Wi-Fi connection, you now have the ability on an Active 20 to create a “snap-to-track” route.
– Currently, this functionality is in “beta” testing mode – but as soon as it is fully tested and stable, it will be formally released.
– USES Open Source Data via SatMaps server hence may not snap on trails on OS maps this may change in futue
Also, you will have the ability to link the GPS to hotspot wifi on your phone, not currently working
– To test this functionality, the latest beta Software Version is 3.11.936 or later on your Active 20 (this was released on 27th March 2018), and can be loaded either by Wi-Fi, or via SatSYNC.
Beta may still have bugs you can always go back and re-install latest fully tested version currently v3.11.671 24th Jan 2018
The last two Beta updates have added:
Ability to change data boxes in trip -log screen
New Data fields – now 72 options
Improves battery life
Full list on www.satmap.com – support – software updates
Garmin BaseCamp – the updates are just around the corner
View Maps on GPS, plan routes mark waypoints to transfer to GPS, manage what’s on your GPS, review your track recordings, update your software
We are still waiting for more from Garmin but this week we received the following statement from Garmin –Next month, Garmin is releasing new versions of and BaseCamp™ that provide improved data security.
At that time, Garmin will retire the Cloud Storage option. Be sure to export your user data from Garmin Cloud Storage before May 21, 2018.
In addition, BaseCamp™ allows you to configure your favorite cloud storage provider as a replacement so you can keep your favorite waypoints in the same place you store your other important files.
Please note, data will no longer be available from Garmin Cloud Storage after May 21, 2018. Detailed instructions for exporting your user data can be found in our FAQ.
If you used BaseCamp with Garmin Adventures™, thank you for your participation in our online community for the past 5 years.
It’s with sorrow we announce the end of Garmin Adventures. Any adventures you have created in BaseCamp will remain on your local computer but will be removed from the online community after May 21, 2018. You will still be able to create Garmin Adventures on your computer and load them to your Garmin device.
See our BaseCamp Support Center content if you need assistance.
Please take action prior to May 21, 2018. If you are no longer a current user or this data is already saved elsewhere, please disregard this email.
What is Garmin’s Cloud Storage and Garmin Adventures and how will this effect BaseCamp users
Garmin cloud let you sync data with their cloud for backup and retrieve on another computer, you can still use File – Backup
Adventures let you search for walks, cycle rides etc. shared by other Garmin users, there are still may great websites sharing routes for free.
It is nice though to see, after all this time, Garmin are updating Garmin BaseCamp, do you think it’s just tidying up the security of the software or will there be any big changes?
Andy’s top tips
· Garmin – for new mapping rather than keep changing your Routing method we recommend Creating New Activity Profile from – Setup Activities do get the best out of this mapping when in National Parks, video on online resource for Oregon 700 under Garmin Top Tips, we will be adding videos for our other units, if you have etrex touch Oregon 700 video is same method, Older units Setup – Profiles
· SatMap – Use Wifi page for updates make sure Wifi Blue bars have a solid dot underneath may take a few minutes shows connected to satmap server
And we have an extra Top Tip this month
Comment on our Podcast feed from Ken (sorry I don’t know his surname)
Maybe a tip for next podcast?
Was using Basecamp earlier for downloading some walks around the Moffat area in Dumfries and Galloway.
I couldn’t work out why I could not see the OS map on Basecamp with my Garmin connected
It turns out the area is in the North of England map rather than South Scotland on the 1:25000 maps
And then finally we will look at our video ‘Top Tips’ we produce every week and put in the ‘Online resource’.
I put this story in the newsletter just last night after spending a full day yesterday editing videos
– First of all a little bit of history about our weekly top tips
– These we used to put in our weekly newsletter, I very much hope you have subscribed to this.
– It is about a year ago we sat back and thought how can make these better.
– So every week we release two new top tips videos and put them into the online resource.
– What’s the online resource?
– How can you access it and how much does it cost?
– Once you have logged in just go to either –
Courses > Garmin > units then Garmin Top Tips
Courses > SatMap > SatMap Top Tips
Courses > Garmin BaseCamp > Garmin BaseCamp top tips
– This gives you a good overview of the main key areas we do top tips for.
Some of the past weekly top tips –
BaseCamp for Mac Top Tip Videos
– Convert Route to Track to remove waypoint marks
– Copy and reverse route
– Backup Birdseye Map images .jnx files directly from your GPS to your Mac
BaseCamp for Windows Top Tip Videos
– Export your track recordings from Basecamp as a GPX file to email to friends or as a KML file to view in Google Earth
Battery Save options – Garmin – all units
Trackback function – Garmin – all units
Adjusting volume and tone settings – SatMap – Active 12 and 20
Using profiles on SatMap Active 10 and 12 –
Battery Save options – SatMap – Active 10, 12 and 20
Using profiles on SatMap Active 20
Removing Battery Active 20
Active 20 Toggle on or off Primary Screens
Fitting replacement USB Cover Active 20 –
—– And how many videos have we uploaded to YouTube? OVER 400!
These are featured both in the online resource and also on the maim GPS training website
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