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So with the added FIT features has anyone seen if this works with ANT+ Agent or Garmin Connect to automatically/easily upload tracks with heart rate/temp/cadence included? Has anyone then been able to use garminsync to get the info into Strava? If this device can do that without having to manually browse for gpx files, then it is a game changer for me.

 

Setup -> Tracks lets you choose to output GPX files, FIT files, or both.

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On my Oregon 600t I bought the City Navigator® Southeast Asia NT map for a trip I'm taking. When I try to load it on the Oregon with Garmin Connect, it says not enough space (great, the 600t only has 300MB of internal space). I inserted a MicroSD card that has a lot of BirdsEye images on it and although it now has enough space, it gives a warning that a file with the same name already exists and I will be overwriting it. I'm assuming it is talking about the built in 100k topo, but that is certainly not on my MicroSD. How can proceed with screwing something up? :unsure:

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On my Oregon 600t I bought the City Navigator® Southeast Asia NT map for a trip I'm taking. When I try to load it on the Oregon with Garmin Connect, it says not enough space (great, the 600t only has 300MB of internal space). I inserted a MicroSD card that has a lot of BirdsEye images on it and although it now has enough space, it gives a warning that a file with the same name already exists and I will be overwriting it. I'm assuming it is talking about the built in 100k topo, but that is certainly not on my MicroSD. How can proceed with screwing something up? :unsure:

 

Are you able to get install the map in mapsource ? Export it to a local hard drive as gmapsupp.img. Then rename it to something like asiant.img and manually copy to the SD card /Garmin folder

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It's fascinating reading all about this. I'll be (hopefully) getting a 650t for my birthday . . . which was a month and a half ago. :lostsignal: When might these be arriving and be available for purchase. It looks like some are shipping . . . but it's not clear to me. Any ideas here?

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On my Oregon 600t I bought the City Navigator® Southeast Asia NT map for a trip I'm taking. When I try to load it on the Oregon with Garmin Connect, it says not enough space (great, the 600t only has 300MB of internal space). I inserted a MicroSD card that has a lot of BirdsEye images on it and although it now has enough space, it gives a warning that a file with the same name already exists and I will be overwriting it. I'm assuming it is talking about the built in 100k topo, but that is certainly not on my MicroSD. How can proceed with screwing something up? :unsure:

 

Are you able to get install the map in mapsource ? Export it to a local hard drive as gmapsupp.img. Then rename it to something like asiant.img and manually copy to the SD card /Garmin folder

 

I tried it on my PC and it worked just using Garmin Connect on their website. On the Mac it continued to give the error. On the PC it allowed it to install right onto the SD card. It installed a .gma file, a .unl file, and SoutheastAsia_v2012_20.img.

 

Thanks, I was having a mini-heart attack!!

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So with the added FIT features has anyone seen if this works with ANT+ Agent or Garmin Connect to automatically/easily upload tracks with heart rate/temp/cadence included? Has anyone then been able to use garminsync to get the info into Strava? If this device can do that without having to manually browse for gpx files, then it is a game changer for me.

 

Setup -> Tracks lets you choose to output GPX files, FIT files, or both.

 

I saw that, but in the past there were issues getting the files into garmin connect from Oregon devices without manually selecting the gpx files. Also curious if garmin sync is working with strava.

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L L Bean and Garmin have done it again. I originally ordered a 650T back in January. Since then the shipping date has changed many times. It changed once again today from this weekend to the 23rd of May. At this rate I should have in my hands by Christmas.... the ? is which year. <_<

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L L Bean and Garmin have done it again. I originally ordered a 650T back in January. Since then the shipping date has changed many times. It changed once again today from this weekend to the 23rd of May. At this rate I should have in my hands by Christmas.... the ? is which year. dry.gif

 

I feel your pain but I think it's nothing to do with L L Bean...they can't ship what they don't have in stock.

 

I want a 650 but, like you, I may be waiting till Xmas.

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L L Bean and Garmin have done it again. I originally ordered a 650T back in January. Since then the shipping date has changed many times. It changed once again today from this weekend to the 23rd of May. At this rate I should have in my hands by Christmas.... the ? is which year. dry.gif

 

I feel your pain but I think it's nothing to do with L L Bean...they can't ship what they don't have in stock.

 

I want a 650 but, like you, I may be waiting till Xmas.

I have a 650 on order from GPSCity (the American site). Yesterday, they moved back the date they expect it to arrive from May 19 to May 28. I think the vendors are as much victims of these delays as are us consumers.

 

--Larry

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L L Bean and Garmin have done it again. I originally ordered a 650T back in January. Since then the shipping date has changed many times. It changed once again today from this weekend to the 23rd of May. At this rate I should have in my hands by Christmas.... the ? is which year. dry.gif

 

I feel your pain but I think it's nothing to do with L L Bean...they can't ship what they don't have in stock.

 

I want a 650 but, like you, I may be waiting till Xmas.

I have a 650 on order from GPSCity (the American site). Yesterday, they moved back the date they expect it to arrive from May 19 to May 28. I think the vendors are as much victims of these delays as are us consumers.

 

--Larry

 

First I had a 650t on order with Amazon since mid-March, then bailed on it on the 3rd as GPSCity claimed they'd have it by the 5th, then they moved it. I'm ordering from the one place I know has had the darn thing, REI. Should have gone there in the first place. Getting the 600. Cross fingers I'll have it before GeoWoodstock.

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Cincinnati REI store has 600s in stock (no numbers but it's listed). Also, REI doesn't have "online only" for the 600 and 600t as the only way to order one.

 

True dat, but their online Find In Store doesn't list many with it.

I may not hold out for the Oregon 650 either. I'm curious, what are the advantages of the Oregon 650 over the Montana 650 that I'm considering purchasing in lieu of? Aside from form factor, camera megapixels and GLONASS, what sets apart the Oregon 650 from the Montana 650?

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Cincinnati REI store has 600s in stock (no numbers but it's listed). Also, REI doesn't have "online only" for the 600 and 600t as the only way to order one.

 

True dat, but their online Find In Store doesn't list many with it.

I may not hold out for the Oregon 650 either. I'm curious, what are the advantages of the Oregon 650 over the Montana 650 that I'm considering purchasing in lieu of? Aside from form factor, camera megapixels and GLONASS, what sets apart the Oregon 650 from the Montana 650?

 

You covered all the pluses the minus would be the small Oregon screen. I am assuming they will come out with a new Montana that has the Oregon features in the future. The larger screen puts more icons on it.

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I may not hold out for the Oregon 650 either. I'm curious, what are the advantages of the Oregon 650 over the Montana 650 that I'm considering purchasing in lieu of? Aside from form factor, camera megapixels and GLONASS, what sets apart the Oregon 650 from the Montana 650?

The form factor (weight and size) was the reason I chose Oregon (600) over Montana. I think it comes down to deciding if you want a 3" or 4" screen and if you are OK with the weight and size difference that comes with the larger screen. The Montana requires an additional AA battery.

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Does anyone know how many custom .img maps can I can on my oregon 600 ?

 

Also, will getting a class 10 microsd card speed up map drawing ? Especially at high zoom levels

 

I expect you can have up to the readable capacity of SD memory stocked with .img files. My Oregon 450 has several states, but I only have enabled the one I'm currently in (o:

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After waiting for the last few months on GPScity backorder list just to keep having the time pushed back, I saw my local REI (Reading,MA) had the 600 & 650 available in store. Ran right over and picked up the 600. Loving the 600 over my 450...loads super quick with very many maps (have OSM for NA, the 24k NE & West topos, North America City Nav, and some KMZ files) and well over 20,000 caches. Even got to use the new GSAK beta to try the new GGZ format and works amazingly well. Very impressed so far!

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After waiting for the last few months on GPScity backorder list just to keep having the time pushed back, I saw my local REI (Reading,MA) had the 600 & 650 available in store. Ran right over and picked up the 600. Loving the 600 over my 450...loads super quick with very many maps (have OSM for NA, the 24k NE & West topos, North America City Nav, and some KMZ files) and well over 20,000 caches. Even got to use the new GSAK beta to try the new GGZ format and works amazingly well. Very impressed so far!

 

650?!? Sure it was an Oregon?

 

I noticed the second wave of 600s have hit REI stores across the US. A few days ago only 3 showed 600 in stock, now there are pages of stores with the 600 in. Got shipping confirmation this morning mine is on the way to the REI near work. :)

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I'll be watching my local REI's. I hope one comes in at a store in the Houston, TX area before I leave for Geowoodstock on 5/22. Currently the closest available at an REI is 680mi. I may just be keeping my full cache list for the trip, ~10K caches, on my phone and just put a subset of caches we intend to target on my Oregon 400t.

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After waiting for the last few months on GPScity backorder list just to keep having the time pushed back, I saw my local REI (Reading,MA) had the 600 & 650 available in store. Ran right over and picked up the 600. Loving the 600 over my 450...loads super quick with very many maps (have OSM for NA, the 24k NE & West topos, North America City Nav, and some KMZ files) and well over 20,000 caches. Even got to use the new GSAK beta to try the new GGZ format and works amazingly well. Very impressed so far!

 

I'll be downloading the new Beta tonight, that way if I get a hold of a 600 before heading to Geowoodstock I'll have a .ggz ready to go.

 

Now only if I can figure out how to easily filter GSAK databases into 6K chunks for performing refreshes efficiently. I think I'm going to go search the macro's again. I wish GS would just put a 42K limit per week instead of 6K per day, that way I can efficiently do the updates to my data bases.

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Does anyone know how many custom .img maps can I can on my oregon 600 ?

 

Also, will getting a class 10 microsd card speed up map drawing ? Especially at high zoom levels

 

The SD card's class is something that lets you know the minimum write speed. When you are displaying maps, you are reading from the SD card, not writing to it. The only place that you'll notice a difference when having a higher class of SD card in an outdoor handheld is the speed up when loading IMG files onto the SD card from your computer. Writing out photos to the SD card might be faster, too.

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Does anyone know how many custom .img maps can I can on my oregon 600 ?

 

Also, will getting a class 10 microsd card speed up map drawing ? Especially at high zoom levels

 

The SD card's class is something that lets you know the minimum write speed. When you are displaying maps, you are reading from the SD card, not writing to it. The only place that you'll notice a difference when having a higher class of SD card in an outdoor handheld is the speed up when loading IMG files onto the SD card from your computer. Writing out photos to the SD card might be faster, too.

 

Problem is that the SD card interface on the Oregon 600 is still very slooooow. A class 10 card won't help at all with writing out photos or copying maps (while the card is in the Oregon).

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Pedestrian Routing with the Oregon 600

 

I like to walk on the streets, and hike on the trails, in the area within which I live.

 

I have never been satisfied with the pedestrian street routing performance, or lack thereof, of the Garmin Montana 650, Garmin Oregon 300, Garmin Colorado 300, Garmin 60Cx, Garmin 60C... ad infinitum.

 

I purchased the Oregon 600, and have taken it out on a few street treks. In each instance I used the routing interface, instructing the Oregon to route me to a destination, usually a waypoint.

 

The results have been very gratifying. The Oregon 600 quickly provides instructions even at a slow speed (3.4 mph). In addition, in many instances I did not follow the Oregon's routing directions. The Oregon quickly recalculated the route based on where I was in relation to the destination.

 

I set the Oregon to provide routing directions as a pedestrian (Setup-> Routing-> Activity-> Pedestrian Walking)

 

Finally!

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I'll be watching my local REI's. I hope one comes in at a store in the Houston, TX area before I leave for Geowoodstock on 5/22. Currently the closest available at an REI is 680mi. I may just be keeping my full cache list for the trip, ~10K caches, on my phone and just put a subset of caches we intend to target on my Oregon 400t.

 

A few days ago I ordered a 600, to be delivered to my nearest REI - received email this morning it's on the way there :) You may wish to go this route. Should have one before GW :)

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A bit off-topic question.

 

This is my first GPS that allows multiple img files with maps.

 

I built my own garmin map that's transparent and routable. If I enable it along with any other routable map (i.e.Topo 24k) it will not route. It used to work on my 60csx. Is that normal behavior for these newer GPS units ? Only one routable map can be enabled ?

 

thanks

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So it turns out the Oregon 600 batterypack is 2 AA's NiMh batteries.

 

 

 

yeah this was always known, the only question was if using different kind of AAs might cause any issues.

 

I am getting my Garmin pack delivered today, $25 is pretty pricey but I got 15% off my Oregon 600 so I'm still ahead :)

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650?!? Sure it was an Oregon?

 

I noticed the second wave of 600s have hit REI stores across the US. A few days ago only 3 showed 600 in stock, now there are pages of stores with the 600 in. Got shipping confirmation this morning mine is on the way to the REI near work. :)

 

Yep, sure it was!

 

One thing I noticed, though maybe Im just missing something silly, is when the Oregon 600 is in automative Nuvi mode it wont go into landscape.

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650?!? Sure it was an Oregon?

 

I noticed the second wave of 600s have hit REI stores across the US. A few days ago only 3 showed 600 in stock, now there are pages of stores with the 600 in. Got shipping confirmation this morning mine is on the way to the REI near work. :)

 

Yep, sure it was!

 

One thing I noticed, though maybe Im just missing something silly, is when the Oregon 600 is in automative Nuvi mode it wont go into landscape.

 

It does for me

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650?!? Sure it was an Oregon?

 

I noticed the second wave of 600s have hit REI stores across the US. A few days ago only 3 showed 600 in stock, now there are pages of stores with the 600 in. Got shipping confirmation this morning mine is on the way to the REI near work. :)

 

Yep, sure it was!

 

One thing I noticed, though maybe Im just missing something silly, is when the Oregon 600 is in automative Nuvi mode it wont go into landscape.

 

Is your screen orientation set to lock in portrait?

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Oregon 600, Software Version 2.60

 

Firmware Anomaly Noted

When you activate “Where To?” you get a number of choices from which to choose. It appears however that there are a number of “Where To?” choices which are not accessible to the user.

 

Do this to replicate to what I am referring:

 

• Activate “Where To?”

 

• At the bottom right of the screen are 3 horizontal lines, touch those 3 lines. A dialog box appears with 2 choices, "Search Near" and “Change Item Order.” Choose “Change Item Order.”

 

• You will see that the choices below (there may be more) are available to be raised or lowered in the “Where To?” section, but they are not available to be chosen by the user as a “Where To?” selection:

 

Use Map

Trails

Tracks

Routes

Extras

Restricted Areas

Facilities

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When you activate “Where To?” you get a number of choices from which to choose. It appears however that there are a number of “Where To?” choices which are not accessible to the user.

 

Barrikady, I have noted this almost immediately after receiving the unit. It has been reported to OregonBeta@garmin.com. X2 wouldn't hurt.

 

Cheers!

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When you activate “Where To?” you get a number of choices from which to choose. It appears however that there are a number of “Where To?” choices which are not accessible to the user.

 

Barrikady, I have noted this almost immediately after receiving the unit. It has been reported to OregonBeta@garmin.com. X2 wouldn't hurt.

 

Cheers!

Yogazoo, my apology for not noticing your report. I will send my finding to OregonBeta@garmin.com.

 

My regards.

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Mine has just arrived on Friday ( Portugal ). Finally .....

 

Unfortunately it had a "dead pixel",and I went to the shop to exchange it. As usual on Ciclonatur this was not an issue for them and I have a brand new one. Two in the last 24 hours.

 

:rolleyes:

 

First impressions. It is faster then my last Oregon 450t. It is more readable with direct sun light.

 

I have one first issue.

If I set up the power switch to take "screen pictures" all other "Configure Keys" stop to work.

Is it just me ?

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Well I got some hands on with a first GPSr the Montana 650 and really, I didn't like it much. It really was too big to carry out in the woods. I want to be able to pocket it easier and/or clip it to me. The images online and in videos didn't do it justice. The camera was very sub-par for 5mp. Ordered an Oregon 600 from rei today. Hopefully that should do the trick before a geocaching event coming up first week of June.

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Oregon 600, Software Version 2.60

 

Firmware Anomaly Noted

When you activate “Where To?” you get a number of choices from which to choose. It appears however that there are a number of “Where To?” choices which are not accessible to the user.

 

Do this to replicate to what I am referring:

 

• Activate “Where To?”

 

• At the bottom right of the screen are 3 horizontal lines, touch those 3 lines. A dialog box appears with 2 choices, "Search Near" and “Change Item Order.” Choose “Change Item Order.”

 

• You will see that the choices below (there may be more) are available to be raised or lowered in the “Where To?” section, but they are not available to be chosen by the user as a “Where To?” selection:

 

Use Map

Trails

Tracks

Routes

Extras

Restricted Areas

Facilities

 

That's because they won't appear in the "Where To?" list unless any of them exist on the device. For example, "Trails" will only appear in the list if you have a map that has the "named trails" feature. Topo Deutschland 2012 PRO is an example of a map that has named trails. "Extras" shows up if you have a GPI file in the Poi folder on your device. I believe "Restricted Areas" are something you'll find on marine maps. The "Use Map" item is for when you are making a route. When you go to add a route point, you get the same list as when you select "Where To?", but it also includes "Use Map". That takes you to the map so you can select the next point that you want to put in your route. I'm going to hazard a guess that "Use Map" isn't in the "Where To?" list because you can just open the map and select somewhere and go to it.

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Oregon 600, Software Version 2.60

 

Firmware Anomaly Noted

When you activate “Where To?” you get a number of choices from which to choose. It appears however that there are a number of “Where To?” choices which are not accessible to the user.

 

Do this to replicate to what I am referring:

 

• Activate “Where To?”

 

• At the bottom right of the screen are 3 horizontal lines, touch those 3 lines. A dialog box appears with 2 choices, "Search Near" and “Change Item Order.” Choose “Change Item Order.”

 

• You will see that the choices below (there may be more) are available to be raised or lowered in the “Where To?” section, but they are not available to be chosen by the user as a “Where To?” selection:

 

Use Map

Trails

Tracks

Routes

Extras

Restricted Areas

Facilities

 

That's because they won't appear in the "Where To?" list unless any of them exist on the device. For example, "Trails" will only appear in the list if you have a map that has the "named trails" feature. Topo Deutschland 2012 PRO is an example of a map that has named trails. "Extras" shows up if you have a GPI file in the Poi folder on your device. I believe "Restricted Areas" are something you'll find on marine maps. The "Use Map" item is for when you are making a route. When you go to add a route point, you get the same list as when you select "Where To?", but it also includes "Use Map". That takes you to the map so you can select the next point that you want to put in your route. I'm going to hazard a guess that "Use Map" isn't in the "Where To?" list because you can just open the map and select somewhere and go to it.

Ah, interesting. What you state makes a lot of sense. Thanks for illuminating the situation.

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Hi,

 

I consider to buy the NiMH Akku pack from Garmin.

Can anyone, who bought this pack, tell me, how long it lasts, to charge the pack from 0% to 100%.

At the moment I have an external charger with lots of enveloop batteries and I am not sure, if the Akku pack is the better solution for me.

 

Thanks.

Florian

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So it turns out the Oregon 600 batterypack is 2 AA's NiMh batteries.

 

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I tried splashy´s solution. It works! The eneloop batteries charge, but it seems, that the device doesn´t regognize, when the batteries are fully charged.

The oregon always show me, that the Batteries are charging. Is there an Icon at all, that shows, that the batteries are fully charged?

 

Does anybody have other experiences?

 

Florian

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