Welcome to this month’s GPS Training podcast, it’s our 29th episode.
So, without further ado let’s get on with today’s podcast ……
It’s our 29th podcast.
In today’s podcast we look at –
I know this did bring Ian out in a hot sweat, so this month no Christmas chat but we are going to look more at what to look for and think about when thinking about changing or purchasing your first GPS unit.
On our website we have a form, I will link to it in the show notes (link here) which asks the following questions –
On road cycling
Off road cycling
Off road motorcycling
1:50k Ordnance Survey
1:25k Ordnance Survey
And if you would line a personal recommendation on what is the best GPS unit/ watch for you please do go to our website – gpstraining.co.uk and you will see on the homepage – Personalised GPS advice, get your recommendation
2 – The next thing we look at on this month’s Podcast is a look at the GPS training courses we have coming up in 2020
We are talking about this because if you have bought a GPS from us in the last twelve months you will be getting a mini brochure with all our GPS Training courses on for 2020.
If you don’t get one, don’t worry as you can request one in the New Year.
But in preparation for this we thought it would be good just to talk through the physical GPS training courses we deliver around the UK.
Jon delivers the courses in – Northumberland (Rothbury), Peak District (Eyam) and Scottish Borders (Peebles)
In 2020 we are very Southern focused with courses in New Forest (Burley), Northamptonshire (Great Cransley) and South Downs (Clayton)
To find out more about the GPS courses we have around the country please go our website – gpstraining.co.uk – click on – gps training courses (top menu bar) and on the left hand side you will see all the different course locations
3 – Whether to own a watch or not as well as a GPS, do we need two devices?
Benefits of a handheld GPS device
Benefits of a GPS Watch
2. Used at the gym for activities>Garmin Connect/Health stats
3. Music while travelling
4. …and it’s a watch
To find out more about the GPS Watches I had an informative with Tom, from Garmin about all the different models in the Garmin Fenix 6 GPS watches.
Go to our website – gpstraining.co.uk – click on reviews (top menu bar) and you will see the – Pre-Christmas chat – Garmin Fenix 6 range
Also currently we are clearing the previous model, the Garmin Fenix 5 plus from our shelves, this still has the maps on, as they are ‘plus’ models and we have over 20% off.
4. Sticking with GPS watches, the next thing on this months Podcast is a chat with Tom, from Garmin about the new Fenix 6x Pro Solar which has just come into stock.
You will get an additional 3 days when solar charging, and 15 hours in GPS mode with an additional hour when solar charging (All-day wear, three hours per day outside in 50,000 lux conditions)
Normally (with no solar charge you get)
Smartwatch: up to 21 days
GPS: up to 60 hours
Go to our website – gpstraining.co.uk – click on store and on the bottom of the left hand menu bar you will see Garmin GPS Watches
5 – The next thing on this months GPS Training podcast is a quick update on the Garmin GPSMAP86s and GPSMAP86i
After last month’s Podcast we discussed the GPSMAP86s
The Garmin GPSMAP86s is very similar to the GPSMAP66s except for three things –
The GPSMAP86s –
1. Has a built-in battery, the GPSMAP66s runs on AA batteries.
2. Is buoyant, hence the slightly larger size.
3. Because of the built-in battery the map card slot is now on the side.
4. The I version has the inReach technology built in
Other than this, the GPS units are the same.
We have put Ordnance Survey map card in the GPSMAP86s and it works fine, as we would have expected it to.
I have done a video comparing the two models, looking at the dimensions of each of these units. To watch this go to our website – gpstraining.co.uk and click on reviews and third story down is Size comparison Garmin GPSMAP66s v Garmin GPSMAP86s
5 – Ian’s FAQ’s
1. I’ve dealt with a couple of customers in November when one person had saved gpx files and Birdseye mapping on to their map card and one person felt, because of available space left on the map card, that he could download some more mapping on to it rather than swap it out for a different one
2. A quick query from a first time owner was the other day querying why he had no red arrow on the compass bezel as per the on line videos until I advised him that he needed to be navigating to somewhere
b) Satmap – I’ve had a few queries about the Active 20 not being recognised by their computer.
My Canned Response that I have created is:
1. Are you turning the Active 20 on as part of the connection process as it needs to be turned on?
2. Have you tried any alternative cables?
3. Have you tried all of the USB ports in your computer and if so, what was the outcome?
4. Are all your other devices working correctly in the USB ports?
5. What Software and Platform versions does the Active 20 have? Main Menu screen>Settings>Option 40 ‘About’
As you know, there were cable problems back in August/September and an alternative cable solved the problem for a lady the other day.
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.
5. And Finally
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