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  1. Well I was hoping to get on here and find that a couple early birds got there Garmin Oregon 600 series. But it looks to be delayed :huh:


    I was really wanting to see someone with a Standard .GPX file (1.0 or 1.1 - say generated from GSAK) w/ 30K+ caches in it loaded up and no balking.


    I have nearly 50k geocaches loaded on an Oregon 650.


    Nearly 22k geocaches surrounding Seattle, WA:




    And another 24k + geocaches loaded covering a large portion of the state of Arizona:






    I know it's been debated as to what they mean by unlimited, as for myself, I question it until I see a huge quantity in there. I don't mean all 2M geocaches but something that would cover a couple big cities. 1000 or even 5000 caches a few years ago would have been fine, but now many NA and EU cities are have > 10K caches in them. When I travel (even across the city I live in) I don't want my GPSr to be restricted to relatively small pockets of caches. I've had as many as 35K caches in my phone to cover my home city and two other cities I was visiting. Sure I could have gone live view on my phone but you never know when Data Service is going to crap out of Groundspeak decides to perform an update.


    I'll check back in a couple weeks (unfortunately after the Texas Challenge XI Mega Event) and see if anyone's demonstrated this.


    Hope this helped answer your questions :)

  2. Now GPSCity is showing May 6. Although Garmin has screwed up the launch, one can hope that the firmware will be less buggy than most of the newer Garmin GPSr's have been when it is finally released (i.e. fewer firmware updates in the first year of the unit's life).


    I suspect you will be pleasantly surprised. IMHO, the current firmware is already more polished than most of my other Garmin GPSr units at launch. And they are still polishing daily :)

  3. Is there a Windows Phone app? Is there a "to be released 6x0" FAQ? Providing established links with high traffic and quality will more likely get attention/action than a fishing expedition.


    I provided the requested link.


    And I pointed out another link error on the same page.


    The FAQ is full of wiki links, so I am very confused by your 'fishing' statement.

  4. Hi,

    I'm not sure if this is a bug or I am just doing something wrong.

    I have an E Trex20 and use it for geocaching. I am after some help with waypoints. If I save a GPX file with cache info on it I have no problems locating co-ords. The problem is two-fold, firstly if I manualy put in co-ordinates and then choose to navigate to them the E Trex will send me to the nearest cache that is loaded in.


    Sounds like you are looking at the Geocaching Dashboard, which ALWAYS points to the nearest geocache.


    Try using the Compass, or change the dashboard to something else, like the standard Compass dashboard, for example.


    Secondly if I am out and trying to mark waypoints, I name them and when I look at them later and get the saved info to transfer online then the possition is wrong. I have checked this by going arround my village to spots easy to find on maps. Any one know why?


    No idea without seeing your GPX files. How 'wrong' are they?

  5. Moderator note: Gallet asked a question and the last two posts are not helping to answer that question. I know nothing about the consumer protection laws in Aus, but it's entirely possible they require repair parts to be made available for some time even once they're out of manufacture. Let's please focus on actually helping your fellow posters instead of berating them or continuing along the socialism path.


    With all due respect, Gallet did not ask for any help that I can see.


    I can guarantee that if he sends his unit to Garmin along with money, they will fix it. Alternatively, he can use Google to find third party repair places.


    Exactly, Gallet was only whining about reasonable and normal wear for a device of this kind and age.


    Now, speaking poorly of socialism apparently will get Groundspeak moderator attention, as we all know where Groundspeak is based, in the land of never ending rainbows and magic unicorns.... and 'Puff the Magic Dragon..."


    They like to call it 'Freemont'. :)

  6. Wow. Geoget is quite impressive, and is currently using the api to grab all my finds. Quite a range of plugins too, although the google translations give some interesting english, you can generally understand what's what and, as you say, the program itself is in english.


    It's going to take a while to learn, but already it's generating stats of my own caches automatically. Very polished and impressive program, thanks!


    It seemed to import all my find via API (took nearly an hour), but I cant for the life of me figure out how to make them show up in any database.


    When you import data in GSAK, it is put in the open Database. Apparently, Geoget hides this data somewhere I cant see... so I have no idea how to move it to a database...


    What am I missing?

  7. I might try a complaint through the Australian consumer protection laws if I have no luck from Garmin.

    Huh? If something wears out after 5 years, well past the warranty period, on a device that has not been made for years, you want the government to fix it for you? Very sad.


    Exactly. Socialism is a disease. Get help man!

  8. Programs that you use to send coordinates convert to the coordinates required by the schema or the schema includes datum information. It is the same as with such things as time formatting. Unless you are using some homemade program or such, you would never have a problem.


    For instance, the GPX schema mandates WGS84. You can have your GPS set to any datum. When you send the file to the GPS, it knows the coordinates are in WGS84 and shows them in the correct location. Display on the GPS will be in whatever datum it is set to. Try it yourself before you say I'm wrong... I've done this many times and I guarantee I'm correct.


    I just created and saved a 'Test' waypoint on my Garmin GPSr.


    Opened the GPX file with a text editor and this is what I see:


    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="no" ?><gpx xmlns="http://www.topografix.com/GPX/1/1"'>http://www.topografix.com/GPX/1/1" xmlns:gpxx="http://www.garmin.com/xmlschemas/GpxExtensions/v3"'>http://www.garmin.com/xmlschemas/GpxExtensions/v3" xmlns:wptx1="http://www.garmin.com/xmlschemas/WaypointExtension/v1"'>http://www.garmin.com/xmlschemas/WaypointExtension/v1" xmlns:gpxtpx="http://www.garmin.com/xmlschemas/TrackPointExtension/v1"'>http://www.garmin.com/xmlschemas/TrackPointExtension/v1" creator="Oregon 650" version="1.1" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.topografix.com/GPX/1/1 http://www.topografix.com/GPX/1/1/gpx.xsd http://www.garmin.com/xmlschemas/GpxExtensions/v3 http://www8.garmin.com/xmlschemas/GpxExtensionsv3.xsd http://www.garmin.com/xmlschemas/TrackStatsExtension/v1 http://www8.garmin.com/xmlschemas/TrackStatsExtension.xsd http://www.garmin.com/xmlschemas/WaypointExtension/v1 http://www8.garmin.com/xmlschemas/WaypointExtensionv1.xsd http://www.garmin.com/xmlschemas/TrackPointExtension/v1 http://www.garmin.com/xmlschemas/TrackPointExtensionv1.xsd"><metadata><link href="http://www.garmin.com"><text>Garmin International</text></link><time>2013-03-26T17:22:56Z</time></metadata><wpt lat="34.862194" lon="-111.761384"><time>2013-03-26T18:52:24Z</time><name>Test</name><sym>Final Location</sym></wpt></gpx>


    What part of that file tells the GPSr what Map Datum to use? If the information is present, and GPS devices can read it and adjust properly on the fly, why do we need the option to change Map Datum in the GPS settings?


    Thank you for your help!

  9. The old eTrex Vista's didn't work with BaseCamp for Macintosh as their were serial, the Vista HCx the OP has uses USB and works with BaseCamp. As far as Mass Storage Mode, see page 38 of your Vista HCx manual. You do not use this mode to access the internal memory where the waypoints are stored, it's used to access the archived tracks saved to the datacard among other tasks.


    Thank You for the clarification. That information will be helpful. :)

  10. I doubt most will bother with a screen protector once they have an Oregon 6xx in their hands, and have used it some.

    That's an interesting comment.


    Why do you make that assertion?

    Based on my personal experience with an Oregon 650, and the experiences of others I have read about online.


    The screen appears to be very robust.


    Can I assume that the Oregon 600 series screen is made from a different material than previous Garmin screens? If so, other than being scratch resistant, are there any additional user benefits to be derived from the new type of screen?


    Thanks for all of your interesting and valuable insight.


    I have one to test, but I have yet to get any specific information from Garmin regarding the screen material. From all the Garmin GPSr I have handled, this screen certainly appears to be the most durable to date. Of course, more time and experience will tell us more, but I have no intention of putting a screen protector on my Oregon 6xx.

  11. I doubt most will bother with a screen protector once they have an Oregon 6xx in their hands, and have used it some.

    That's an interesting comment.


    Why do you make that assertion?

    Based on my personal experience with an Oregon 650, and the experiences of others I have read about online.


    The screen appears to be very robust.

  12. Basecamp will handle this task easily.


    Attach your GPS to the computer and start basecamp


    Under your listed GPS there should be a folder with your waypoints in it


    You can do this two ways,


    Delete the waypoints from the internal storage folder




    Creat a new library folder and transfer the waypoints you want to keep to that new folder


    Delete the waypoints in mass from the GPS and re-transfer only the waypoints from your new folder to the GPS


    I think that should do it. This is from memory so please forgive if I advised you incorrectly.


    Did the old etrex Vista's work that way?


    I didn't think they had a mass storage mode.

  13. Not really. Only if you are manually entering coordinates or manually comparing coordinates. Then, obviously, the datum of the coordinates being entered must match the settings on the GPS.


    Got that backwards.


    The GPSr datum must match the datum the coordinates were created with.


    As long as you are electronically transferring the coordinates, you are safe.


    I don't think so.


    When you transfer coordinates (i.e. waypoints) to your GPS, manually or 'electronically', the GPSr has no idea what map datum was in use when the coordinates were created, and certainly has no ability to magically convert them to whatever map datum you have your GPSr set to. If this were the case, you would not need an option to change the map datum on your GPSr.


    The main reason for changing the datum on the unit is to match up coordinates with a map printed in that datum.


    As stated, The GPSr datum must match the datum the coordinates were created with.

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