Welcome to this month’s GPS Training podcast, it’s our 26th episode.
So, without further ado let’s get on with today’s podcast ……
It’s our 26th podcast.
In today’s podcast look at the following –
· We have a chat with tom, from Garmin about the all new Garmin Fenix 6 GPS watch.
· We chat with Ian about the new way we are now doing our technical support here at GPS Training, for those of you who have bought a unit from us, been on one of our GPS training courses or alternatively bought one of our Bronze, silver or Gold support packages that we offer
· And then finally we have Ian’s FAQ’s, both Garmin and SatMap
Tom, welcome again to this month’s GPS Training podcast
First of all Tom, lets start with the real basics –
A – They are smart watches, fitness trackers and GPS navigational aid.
The last Fenix watch to be released was the Garmin Fenix 5 plus, when was that launched?
A – June 2018
The rugged yet sophisticated design features an always-on 1.3″ display that’s 18% larger than previous fēnix models. It includes a stainless steel or DLC coated bezel and is tested to U.S. military standards.
A first-of-its-kind PacePro feature helps keep you on pace with grade-adjusted guidance as you run a course.
View how various settings and sensors impact your watch’s battery life, so you can make battery-extending changes on the fly.
View advanced training metrics that include running dynamics1, heat- and altitude-adjusted VO2 max, recovery advisor and more.
Use preloaded activity profiles for trail running, swimming, running, biking, hiking, rowing, backcountry and resort skiing, golfing and more.
Use TopoActive Europe maps to navigate your adventures and view run names and difficulty ratings for 2,000 worldwide ski resorts.
One question I have been asked this week Tom (by Andrew Kennard) is – some of the earlier Fenix GPS watches supported OS maps, why was this stopped and is there any thoughts about this being re-introduced?
Use ClimbPro ascent planner to see real-time information on your current and upcoming climbs, including gradient, distance and elevation gain.
Access full-colour CourseView maps for more than 41,000 golf courses around the world, and get button targeting and the PlaysLike Distance feature.
Follow a route or course with help from turn-by-turn directions, which let you know ahead of time when the next turn is coming.
Enter a distance you want to travel, and get suggested routes that will bring you back to your starting point. Trendline™ popularity routing helps you find the best local paths.
Access multiple global navigation satellite systems (GPS, GLONASS and Galileo) to track in more challenging environments than GPS alone.
Navigate your next trail with ABC sensors, including an altimeter for elevation data, barometer to monitor weather and three-axis electronic compass.
If you feel unsafe or if your watch senses that an incident has occurred, assistance and incident detection features send your location to emergency contacts.
Store up to 2,000 songs, or access preloaded streaming apps from your compatible services, including Spotify®, Deezer and Amazon, and listen through headphones with Bluetooth® technology.
Breeze through checkout lines with Garmin Pay contactless payment solution through participating providers.
Receive emails, texts and alerts right on your watch when paired with a compatible device.
Enhanced optical heart rate1 technology gauges the intensity of your fitness activities as well as heart rate variability to calculate your stress level score. It also tracks underwater without a heart rate strap.
For altitude acclimation or sleep monitoring, a Pulse Ox2 sensor uses light beams at your wrist to gauge how well your body is absorbing oxygen.
Optimise your body’s energy reserves, using heart rate variability, stress, sleep and other data to gauge when you’re ready to be active or when you may need to rest.
Download custom watch faces, add data fields, and get apps and widgets from the Connect IQ Store.
Trek far and wide between recharges. Expedition mode, an ultralow-powered GPS reference, lasts for weeks.
Internal, rechargeable lithium battery provides up to 14 days of battery life in smartwatch mode, 10 hours in GPS mode with music and up to 48 days in battery saver mode.
One last question that I have been asked to ask you by one of the GPS Training listeners (sorry, I forgot to make a note of your name) – You will have heard of What Three words – it has been in the press lots recently about a way to specify a location, is there any plans to incorporate this into a Garmin GPS unit?
And if you want to find out more about the Garmin Fenix 6 GPS watches please go to gpstraining.co.uk – click on – GPS Store on the top menu – then – on the left-hand side you will see under ‘multi activity gps watch’ – Garmin GPS watches
2 – The next thing we look at on this month’s Podcast is a chat with Ian about the new way we are now doing our technical support here at GPS Training, for those of you who have bought a unit from us, been on one of our GPS training courses or alternatively bought one of our Bronze, silver or Gold support packages that we offer
So a little bit about the support we offer to those of you who have bought a unit from us, been on one of our GPS training courses or alternatively bought one of our Bronze, silver or Gold support packages that we offer.
We have three support packages –
Bronze support package – Online resource and email support – You can purchase this, or you get this for one year after you have been on one of our GPS training courses.
Silver support package – Online resource, email support and telephone support.
You can purchase this at any time.
And then we have our Gold support Package, again you can purchase this or you get this free for one year when you buy a GPS from ourselves here at GPS Training (chart on next page).
How this support has worked in the past and how it is now working.
Ian – My support role and a response or two from a customer
Lady with the 66,
Gent very happy with the response explaining how to change the route/track lines in Basecamp. A little hidden in both Basecamp programmes – Did we not discuss this on last months Podcast?
Discussion with a customer on what mapping options are available and how Memory maps won’t work. Subsequently bought an Oregon 700 with 1:25 mapping
If you want to find out more about our support packages please go to gpstraining.co.uk – click on – gps store (top menu bar) – and under accessories (left hand side) you will see – GPS Support Packages
4 – Ian’s FAQ’s
Welcome Ian back to the Podcast to talk over some of his FAQ’s, the frequently asked questions he has been asked on his courses over the past month.
This month we are going to look in depth into a question we get asked lots on our GPS Training courses around the country –
b) Two stage process to start navigating and recording the route/track
start navigating the route/track
Oregon 700 pop up window reminds you to start the track recording, Map66 doesn’t. Press ‘Enter’ on the 66 to start the recording. Enter again to stop it.
c) Check after a few minute’s activity that there is the colour breadcrumb trail behind you and have a look at the Trip Computer screen
d) At the end of the activity ‘Stop’ on Oregon, ‘Enter’ on 66 and units go straight to the Info screen in the Track Manager. Floppy disc bottom right or bin bottom left and then ‘reset’ the data. There is also the option of ‘Resuming’ as well
You can change the layout and data fields in the Trip Log Screen on the Active 20
To change grid layout
b) Trip Log Layout
To change data field cell information, Press and hold the cell. You have the choice of 78 different pieces of information to use in the cell
You can also change the data field cells on the GPS map screen
Don’t forget we have lots of tips and solutions to your questions in the GPS Training online resource – go to – gpstraining – click on – online resource – on the top menu bar – and then log in – select your unit and you will see the top tips for that unit down at the bottom of the menu of units.
Tel: 01669 621044