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  1. True, sadly bad coding always is an issue. But this also could easily be handled by a "format selector" (like it was available in the past for GPX versions 1.0 and 1.1). That selector simply offers to either create GPX' (old) 1.1 format, or (new) 1.2 format (or whatever version it might get). That way GPX for old devices could get their format, and better coded devices or utilities could use the new format. But waiting for another company like Garmin to support something that does not exist results in simply "never".
  2. Yes... and no. I think there are folks here who would feel comfortable sending the generic basemap as it's the basemap for all of the GPS units. The 100k topo map... well, that's both a proprietary and paid feature, and while the map isn't technically locked to the device, we regular forum users (at the behest of the forum owners) are wary of condoning activity that might not be completely legal. The first thing I would do is verify that the map files are in fact on your device. Plug it in and look for the following within the Garmin folder: gmapbmap.img gmapprom.img or gmapprom1.img and maybe gmapsupp.img If those files are there, then the maps are there, the GPS just isn't reading them properly. I would perform a hard reset. Doing this won't erase your data, but will reset the databases as well as return all settings to factory settings. If the map files aren't there, or the hard reset doesn't fix your problem, then I would contact Garmin anyway and see what they have to say. In theory, they have the files on hand and can send them to you. Or they might tell you to find someone with a functioning GPS to give you the files. If the latter occurs, then sure, we'll help if Garmin condones it. If you'd like some free and legal topo maps that are better than the 100k basemap, browse through what www.gpsfiledepot.com has to offer.
  3. I had this problem yesterday as well. It often happens where changing a zoom level or 2 fixes it, but this time it was every zoom level and no matter if I refreshed. Very annoying as I just wanted to open a specific cache's page (that i was looking at on the map). Luckily I knew the cache name so I could Google it instead. Seems this problem has been around for a very long time. I experience it more often on the phone (Samsung S8) but that's because I'm using the phone more often I suspect. Yesterday it was on the Windows PC (Win10 and Firefox). Very annoying.
  4. My basemap file is corrupt and the 1:100K terrain map is either missing or also corrupt. Can I download basemap from somewhere? Garmin is no help as the unit is no longer covered. Thanks in advance.
  5. I do this often but then on reading the above the thought came to me that searchers don't approach a cache holding their device at arms length in the air. So that raises a question in my mind that should I just hold my GPS normally as if searching? BTW I use the waypoint averaging function of my Garmin (sometimes I'll use two at a time). I'll do several averaged readings then when I get home I manually write them all down and average the averages.
  6. Right, the same math works in both devices. Only relevant change is the quality of the input signal, not the CPU. The antenna of iPhone looks this (the tiny part in tweetzers) Garmin GLO antenna looks like this (The huge blue part on the board) Do you know why Garmin is using so large part instead of the tiny replacement used in iPhone? Let me guess... it makes this device work in woods.
  7. I don't see why Groundspeak needs to wait for Garmin, or other vendors. GPX is a specialised XML file. So, new properties and attributes are simply ignored by the reading software. We already have a lots of attributes in the GPX (XML) that are not important for Garmin, or other vendors, at all. So logically they are simply ignored during import. Of course, vendors need to enhance their import jobs, if the want to make use of the new properties / attributes. But as long as they don't these new items are simply not available.
  8. The best way is to use a dedicated GPS receiver (Garmin, Magellen, etc). They generally have a coordinate averaging feature, which will determine over a few minutes, the best coordinates it can get for that spot. I believe there are also coordinate averaging apps for smartphones. Remember though that at the best of times, you're looking at about 4m of accuracy, meaning that whatever coordinates you have, they will be within a circle roughly 4m radius.
  9. I am using Garmin GLO to get accurate coordinates into my phone. When using a GPS receiver don't forget to raise it over your head and point the integral antenna (front side) toward the sky. If you keep the device in front of you, your body prevents the best reception.
  10. Same issues over the last couple of days for both my wife and me... she runs Firefox and Windows 10 pro, I run Chrome and Windows 10 pro and another machine running Win 7 pro and IE 11. Doesn't matter which mapset we use, either...
  11. You didn't say what you aren't without. So if I detail the best iPhone App that I've tested, and then you say you are also without iPhone, it's tougher to divine an answer for you. Although IOS and Android have "GPS Averaging" Apps that are kind of close to what I could do with a dedicated GPS, I greatly prefer the ability of a Garmin GPS to take many waypoints and save them individually, and I select a candidate or two. Each time I return to the intended cache spot, I check my selected waypoint to see if it's still a good one. An average of many points is... SURPRISE!... an average. But the results are not terrible in GPS Averaging Apps if you're diligent enough to put the actual work into doing "waypoint averaging". "GPS Averaging" isn't the best thing for everyone, it's actually more like a whole new level of complicated. “GPS Averaging” gives me coordinates I least like, but I'm not actually returning in all seasons, times of day, in all weather... it's a lot of work to do it, if one's plan is to do “GPS Averaging”. A suitable plan may be to instead take a whole bunch of individual points, and select the one that is most consistently close. I absolutely never use Google Maps to find my cache coordinates, and anyway my caches tend to be among trees in a forest, so I can't just drop a pin. If your waypoints are over 30 feet off all the time, how are you even finding caches? Whatever you're doing that gets you finding the cache (really good hints?), that's how you set up your cache page. If you can't get close by using methods that cause suitable precision (letting the GPS reading settle, choosing a likely point and testing it, whatever), finders may provide help, such as mentioning how far off you are. Or they provide coordinate corrections. If you see that in your cache logs, see what you can do to improve the coordinates. Good luck!
  12. I take several readings and sit the GPS at GZ to allow it to settle. I find that the coordinates on Google maps are quite good for where I live and they usually closely match my Garmin coordinates, but according to some others, they claim that's not the case everywhere. However, wherever you are it's still a good idea to put them in Goggle maps to check the coordinates are in the right area, and not (I have seen this more than one) say 150 metres out.
  13. For the Garmin protocol devices (pre-GPX) the most definitive list that I know of is in the GPSBabel school-of-hard-knocks. https://github.com/gpsbabel/gpsbabel/blob/8fd790e1beceaee4062b4694f0b699c12c5cfafe/garmin.cc#L198 receiver_short_length is the length that GPSBabel will try really really hard to keep the names unique to. receiver_must_upper is true/false on whether the device can handle those newfangled lower case characters. The Magellan case is a bit harder to follow, but traces down to wpt_len as in https://github.com/gpsbabel/gpsbabel/blob/8fd790e1beceaee4062b4694f0b699c12c5cfafe/magproto.cc#L881 It decays approximately to second-gen explorist: 20 (the potato shaped ones, not GPX) map330, second gen Meridians, sportrak: 8 (what this group calls "meridian", not the one from early 1990s) 315, 310, map410: 6 You can tell that GPSes went through a pretty rapid change between hard-coded data structures that you could reasonably code in assembly, to "long enough to not be a total nuisance", to "probably the primary key in a sqlite3 table or the index in a hash map". The code in GPSBabel came around when I was caching in the early days, and a series of Dalmatians came out. I loaded everything into my GPS (this probably even predates PQs) and got to that side of town to find only one of them in my GPS. It doesn't handle every possible case (trailing english words only to "nine", for example) but when I was done, everything that went to the GPS was actually unique, even if not exactly the best reduction from the <name> tag. I'm pretty happy to not have to worry about such things these days. Modern GPSes just handle this better.
  14. OMG, I didn't expect that someone feels concerned about my joke about windows. Reasons to start a war because of nothing. As usual. Stay calm, folks.
  15. Same issue in Windows 8.1, Chrome browser
  16. I have met this issue in Firefox both in Windows and Linux. It exists in the Browse Map for a long time but it seems to be more annoying since yesterday.
  17. Not at all... My Windows XP has worked already over 15 years without problems because no updates
  18. Yep, same problem here, this is very annoying if you had to prepare for almost 100 caches. As others wrote. Sometimes zooming helps, sometimes not. F5 also. But geocaching.com had this problem in the past already. So I wonder why this happens again and again. this remebers at Windows, right?
  19. For name limits on Marine chartplotters go there: https://support.garmin.com/en-HK/?faq=HGD9XaRzls9HmNiZcs15I6 But CAUTION: the GPX name field is for geocache code only, whereas the literal waypoint (cache) name goes to the GPX description field. Hans
  20. GPSBabel was the first program that implemented smart name truncation - and for that very problem. If you're a Windows user, it's hard to argue that GSAK doesn't make this easier, but for any other OS or if you just want to use open source GPSBabel, use the global smartname option (-s) to enable it, and then use the snlen option in the GPX writer to tell it how long this month's model of Garmin wants the names to be. It can also handle sending to your GPS directly. There's code there to detect trailing numbers and tries to keep them, but even it if fails, it'll do better than having fifty points truncated to "The Series Na", but the numbers might not match.
  21. You can also use the Garmin Smartphone App to sent coordinates from the Geocaching App to the Drive.
  22. I just did this, plugged in my old Oregon 450, waited until my computer saw it as a drive, logged in my Basic Account, went to https://coord.info/GCRFZ2 hit the download gpx, and was able to Save and then direct the save into the K drive, ie, the card in the Garmin. And it's there, all complete, hint description and last most recent 20 logs. This will be one gpx at a time, but it's not real time consuming if you're just looking to find a cache or two or three now and then. Possible that if you wanted a bunch, it might work faster to save to the computer (downloads tends to be the default), then copy paste the group all at the same time to the Garmin gpx folder.
  23. Looking at buying a Garmin Smartdrive for the car to get between caching parking points. Does anyone know if it is geocaching friendly?
  24. From the cache page click "Download GPX." It will download the gpx file to your computer, probably to the Downloads folder. You must cut or copy and paste the file into the Garmin/GPX folder on the 450. If you have the option to choose the destination when downloading the GPX file, pick the Garmin/GPX folder and you'll be able to skip the cut/paste step.
  25. I just moved to a new state about a month ago & I haven’t been geocaching that much in the last 5 to 10 yrs. Maybe one or two every year or so, & that’s why I do have a premium membership. I did have many yrs ago when it 1st started but don’t really need it. But I would like to load the GPX file to my Oregon 450 but can’t seem to do it. Is it because I’m not a premium member? Is there a way to load GPX files to my Garmin? I have had an account here since Nov 2011 TNX
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