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  1. This is probably a direct question to robertlipe.


    Since I've worked with the NG Topo software for a number of years, I have numerous "tpo" files. Are you aware of a way to convert "tpo" file data to "gpx"?


    Expert GPS will handle the "tpg" waypoint file so that is not a problem. It's just since TOPO went to a single file type instead of separate "tpo & tpg" files


    What I can't do with Topo is export the tracks in a format that I can then import into another program like USAPhotomaps, Expert GPS or MapSource, where I can do area calculations or plot the track on aerial photos


    The three softwares above will handle the gpx files and do area calculation.


    Topo software is by far the most user friendly and "logical" but like every other piece of software, it doesn't quite do everything.

  2. Do anybody know the size of the internal memory in the 60C(S)x and 76C(S)x models?

    Not the MicroSD card but the internal memory.


    Previous models had 56mb and 115mb in 60- and 76-series.




    Otto, you havent't gotten any better answer than I did to two previous posts asking the same question, but I was mainly interested in the 76CSx.


    "Peter" answered my last one that the 76CS actually had a 128mb chip in it. 13 mb for Basemaps and 115mb for Topo, CS,CN, Bluechart or whatever maps. (64mbcghip with 8mb for basemaps and 56mb for the 60CS)


    Comparing the 76CS vs the 76CSx----I still don't know how much memory or where, or what type, the 1000 wpts, 50 tracks,10,000 trackpoints, Routes, saved tracks etc are stored. Since the new "card memory" is strictly for added maps,isn't the above what you are tryng to figure out also?

  3. With the new x models , the "map" memory limitation problem is eliminated, so everything will evolve to CN instead of CS,and then they can start working on new features and stuff to work with the bigger memories. Right now, I think the biggest Micro SD card shipping is 512mb but Sandisk says next year will bring a 1 gig and there will be a 2 gig in 07.


    In some of the automotive units, you can add custom POI's (points of interest)CSV file format into the memory using a free "POI Loader" software program from Garmin. I think that's the direction they are headed with the handhelds. GeoCachers could load numerous cache sites where they would show up on the maps and have the location description and lots of other text info available on the handhelds, all stored in the "new" unlimited memory on the cards. That way it wouldn't affect the number of waypoints.


    There are a lot of folks that love the small size of the e-trex models, just want all the memory and other features of the 60's and 76's. (Drive a Cadillac with the handling of a Porche and the fuel mileage of a Hybrid) Different strokes for different folks!


    A question that I have that no one seems to have touched on is...what is the base memory (only interested in the 76CSx), or should I say Ram, excluding the "card" ? Does anyone know? Right now, my 76CS , has a total of 115mb memory. I'm assuming whatever it has for basemap storage , waypoints (1000), tracks (10saved tracks/10,000 track points), and routes (50 saved 250pts/each) is included in the 115mb.


    Now that Garmin has come out with the "card memory" I think they will evolve toward being able to store other data.

  4. The 12XL is an excellent recvr to start with.

    Doesn't have WAAS capability but it will still get you there accurately. If you choose to get an external antenna, the same antenna will work on Garmin's newer models also.

    After you've had it for a while you'll appreciate how accurate a recvr it is, and by then will start developing your own ideas on what features you want on your "upgrade wish list" for your next unit. (but you will also keep the 12XL)

  5. I wouldn't put more than $5.00 into that old of an antenna!  You can find a brand new external (with warranty) for $20


    I'm only 9-10 years out of warranty...you mean you don't think it would be covered?


    Really, it's now back to my original concept, that I should be able to do an inexpensive repair instead of replacing the whole antenna.


    Seems like there's no easy fixes ,so I'll just hang onto the old one for ocassional use and sentimental value and find a good deal on a new one.



  6. I've got a Garmin external antenna that I've used for over 10 years on many many snowmobile trail mapping trips, many ATV mapping trips,as well as hiking trips with it velcro'd to my helmet or cap.


    Because of all that use and abuse, I now need to replace the MCX 90deg conector on the end of the cable. It has a couple of the little "ears" missing and doesn't fit as tight as it needs to in my GPSr. leaving "gaps" in my trails.......I hate trail gaps.


    Anyone have any experience with obtaining and replacing the MCX connector on external antennas?


    I would hate to have to buy a whole new 27 antenna because of a measly little cable end that shoud be easily replaceable.


    I'm in rural Colorado with few TV /Electronic repair choices. Garmin didn't have any ideas.


    Anyone have any comparison between a GA27 and Garmin's newer, less expensive one. That might be the way to go? However, the old one almost has sentimental value,'cause it's been a trusty companion for so long.


    Thanks for any suggestions


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