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  1. BeeLineGPS has some new features that will directly control the SiRF GPS. Some SiRF enabled PDAs have the Static Navigation mode enabled when shipped. When enabled, this mode is used for vehicle navigation. For pedestrian use it's a good idea to have static navigation disabled. See menu item "Tools->GPS->Manufacture Specific->Setup SiRF Parameters..." These features are found in version 1.82.121.


    For more information on SiRF static navigation mode see this article.


    Added waypoint arrival comment:


    BeeLineGPS will continue to navigate after it shows the waypoint arrival dialog. It will continue to navigate and stop navigating to the arrived waypoint when the distance is greater than 500ft.

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    The question I have is that in the distance to waypoint box, it still says I have approx 55 feet (or yards?) to go still til I get there. I tried manually impoutting the coordinates also and get the same issue.

    What does this mean?


    Are there any settings I need to adjust? thanks


    If you have a "go to" enabled for a specific waypoint (cache), BeeLineGPS will advise you that you are within a distance threshold when near the "go to" waypoint. This distance threshold may be set by using menu item "Tools->Configuration->Map Properties...". In the map tab there is an edit box which allows you to set the "Waypoint Arrival Alarm Distance". By default it is set to 100ft. You can set it to whatever you want.


    Notes: The arrival alarm only advises the user that they are near the waypoint. When acknowledged, the waypoint “go to” is still active and all trip, compass and other indicators will still point to the direction of the waypoint. After the acknowledgement and the user movers away from the waypoint 500ft, then the “go to” will disable.


    Hope this answered the question - Have fun!


    P.S.- RumJungle, thank you so much for your post. I didn't even see it until after I had replied to the other. I think I like the idea of a bluetooth gps. Do you have any favorites or anything? Keep me informed!!! Thanks guy!


    If you do go with Bluetooth GPS, I would go with one that sports a SiRF Star III GPS chipset. This GPS has 20 channels of parallel receive with 200,000 correlators. What's that? I don't want to get tech here, but those specification allow the receiver to track under adverse conditions such as indoors and under vegetation. It also helps with Time To First Fix (TTFF) after power up.


    Bluetooth GPS manufacturers w/ SSIII


    Holux GPSlim GR-236

    GlobalStat BT338

    A bunch of others


    Have fun--

  4. As for the database corruption, this is unusual. My guess is that you may have a third party application that will force a program to close when the (x) is pressed. When the third party program forces the software to exit, it does not give BeeLineGPS enough time to exit and it will kill the program thread while in the middle of a database write. It looks that you may be using a beta version. Download the most resent version of the beta, it may fix this problem.


    When you are zoomed in very close you will start to see the accuracy of the GPS. For example, if you stop walking the position may appear to keep bouncing around a few feet. This error can very depending on the view of the sky. The GPSlim236 seems to perform well in a clear view of the sky. However, if you are under vegetation or indoors, you will notice the GPS position bouncing severely.


    You may want to check “Use course from GPS”. This will force BeeLineGPS to use the course from the GPS receiver rather than it calculating the course based on the distance threshold. This distance threshold also affects the track plot where you must move at least the threshold distance before a new track point is added to the plot.

  5. You could go several ways:


    PDA - Built in GPS like you had asked for or a PDA with bluetooth connected to a bluetooth GPS. I use both. When I'm hiking around, I through the bluetooth GPS under my hat and go on my way. You are limited to the features with a PDA with built in GPS. I have yet to see one that included Bluetooth and WiFi. There also is a third catagory, PDA phone w/build in GPS. If you go with the bluetooth GPS route, you have lots of choices in hardware and software.


    As for devices:


    Windows Mobile Devices w/GPS

    Mio GPS



    Mio 701 Phone

    Pharos -- Hmmm, this has BT and WiFi -- ignore my statement above!


    Windows Mobile Devices no GPS:




    Ruggedized WM devices:


    Symbol Technologies

    Tripod Data Systems




    Take a look at www.GPSPassion.com. It has lots of information on BT GPSs and PDAs


    Have fun!


    edit: I subbimited before I was done -- click happy.

  6. There is several cache centric GPS application that will work with your Axim. Here are a few:


    BeeLineGPS - Makes your PDA act like a handheld GPS. It allows you to download GPX and LOC files in to memory. You can manage, search, modify and "go to" specific waypoint or caches. It will also show you the cache information much like on geocaching.com. It also has lots of navigation features as well.


    GPSTuner - This application will alow you to import GPX files as well as have user calibrated "bitmap" maps.


    BackcountryNavigator - This application will allow you do import GPX files, view geocache information and download "bitmap" topo maps.


    GPXSonar - to view GPX files and their content


    CacheMate - Import GPX/LOC files, view, organize and search (for both PPC and Palm)

  7. You have several options:


    * BeeLineGPS - Centric to Geocaching. Download Pocket Queries and view the cache information, lots of navigation features.


    * GPS Tuner - Allows you to use scanned maps (you have to calibrate)


    * Mapopolis - Door to Door vehicle navigation and utilities to load GPX waypoints.


    * CacheMate - Allows you to view GPX files directly


    * GPXSonar - View GPX files


    * BackCountry Navigator - Able to download "bitmap" maps from the internet and plot your position on to the maps. Also imports GPX files.


    Can this be done in one step for all the Waypoints I am sent? I do not want to edit every waypoint sepratly. Also, it would be nice to have this info right in Beeline. I do not want to open explorer and have to look for a certain waypoint.


    Also, I am a premium Member


    If you have imported a PQ into BeeLineGPS, it will show you the cache details:




    You can view the cache information using the HTML browser by a tap-and-hold operation on the icon in the map screen, selecting Geocaching and then Show Geocache Info.


    The new BETA version of BeeLineGPS will allow you to view this directly from the Waypoint Manager. Tap-and-hold on the waypoint in the list and select "Show Geocache Info...".




    And, it still has no restaurant icon. (Sorry, now I'm getting picky.) :o



    Well, restaurant = "Food" icon -- maybe it should be called "Food/Restaurant" or maybe Restaurant/Food ? :bad:



    One feature that I wish Beeline would add is to show the bearing to each waypoint from your current position, when it shows the nearest to you list.



    Good feature



    Also, it would be nice to have the option of displaying the name of the waypoint on its map screen. (Or would this slow things down too much?)



    Should show up in the next version.

  10. Take a look at GPSPassion - They review many different models.


    Many Bluetooth GPS models are using a new chip-set from SiRF (SiRF Star III). This chip-set seems to work very well and the sensitivity is very good. I believe the HP Bluetooth GPS is using an _older_ GPS chipset (SiRF Star II).


    Garmin also has a Bluetooth GPS, GPS-10. This works well with the iPAQ. Whichever GPS you choose, I would make sure that it outputs NMEA data so you have a choice of other third party applications to use.


    Also you may want to download some Geocaching software as well. Here is a selection of a few:


    Pocket PC Magazine - Geocaching Software List


    If it were me, I would try to find a Bluetooth with the SiRF Star III chipset or use the Garmin GPS 10.


    Have fun!

  11. POI's are important and Garmin does have a good assortment of POIs. Note that Garmin uses the Navteq map data and most likely they have merged the POI database from Navteq to what ever third party POI database Garmin is using.


    The garmin software mapping is functional and seems to show enough detail. The best thing about having a PDA and GPS is that you could purchase some other nav software to try. You can even download Mapopolis and maps for trial. You also have a choose of TomTom, Pharos GPS and a hand full of others. I run Garmin, TomTom and Mapopolis on one unit.


    As far as the GPS 10 Bluetooth unit, I like it. It supports WAAS and is reliable. IF you run the Garmin que software, it puts the GPS 10 into Garmin binary mode. To use other GPS applications, you will have to place it back to NMEA mode.


    Lots of people like the Holux GPS with the SiRFIII GPS chipset. The SiRF III GPS chip set has been regarded one of the best and most sensitive consumer GPS solution. Check out GPSPassion for various articles on bluetooth GPS.


    As for Geocaching, the above applications will work to get you to the area. However, doing the detailed hunt they may suffer.


    There are other application that are made for geocaching. They are:


    BackCountryNavigator - Allows for scanned/satellite Topo maps, GPX import and some management functions.


    BeeLineGPS - I'm partial to this application since I developed it. It is specifically for the hunt and cache management. It will allows you to download GPX files, view the cache details and logs in HTML and has many features found in a traditional GPS handheld. It also takes advantage of the higher resolution of the 51v. It does not have detail road maps, but it will show your tracks in both North up and Course up orientations. It will also allow you to manage the cache using the Waypoint Manager or on the map using various tap-and-hold menu options.


    GPSTuner - This application will allows you to download scanned maps and calibrate them. It will also allow you to import GPX files and other various items.

  12. If you are only going to use the Garmin software with the 18, then it should be OK. However, if you would like to use third party applications, I believe that the USB version of the 18 does NOT support the NMEA serial protocol. Applications would have to know the proprietary garmin protocol. Most third application talk NMEA.

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