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I'm looking for a way to make my caching system easier. I have a Lowrance setup, an Airmap 500 (Basically a I-Finder Pro with aviation features), Mapcreate 6.3 Topo, and a 512MB SD card.


(I'm not a premium member and don't want to become one just yet.) Here is what I do, I download one page of caches at a time to .loc files via EasyGPS. I combine the files copy/ paste into one EasyGPS file, then copy/ paste to Word where I clean up the format (That is a huge mess) to mach what Mapcreate will accept as an imported waypoint list. Then I load them to the GPS and can pretty much handle it from there. I do not want to buy any more equipment other than what I have now. (Like a Data cord or more software.)


Mapcreate will accept this as an imported waypoint list,

36.xxxxxxxx, 086.xxxxxxxx, GCxxxx

36.xxxxxxxx, 086.xxxxxxxx, GCxxxx

and so on.


Any thoughts will be appriciated.


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You can use GPSBabel (freeware, http://www.gpsbabel.org/ ) in order to convert *.loc files directly to Lowrance *.USR format. Read this thread how to do this:




And there is at least two ways to combine multiple *.loc files into one:


1. GPSBabel can do this from command line (but not through GUI). Command is

"gpsbabel -i geo -f 1.loc -f 2.loc -f 3.loc -o geo -F big.loc".

You can find this in documentation.


2. Using free utility 'EasyGPS Companion': http://www.factsfacts.com/geocachingsoft/EZCompanion.htm

Edited by Hoary
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Got 7-zip running and extracted GPSbabel files. I think I got Babel running, but it isn't working right. I'll work on it some more and try to get it running.


Thanks for all the help, I may need more yet, but I'll work with what I got.




Edited for update


I got it running, it displayed a bunch of benchmarks in Mapcreate, I have more experimenting to do but looks good, Thanks a lot, this beats the heck out of trying to convert it manually.

Edited by Airmapper
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