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Keeping you up to date with everything in the world of outdoor GPS navigation. Reviews, top tips and everything you need to know about the world of Outdoor GPS unit navigation.

    GPS Training Podcast - number 58

    GPS Training Podcast - number 58

    An in-depth but lighthearted look into the world of Outdoor GPS Navigation, the OS App, GPS Courses, and Andy is once again back with his technical insight.







    This month I am again joined by my co-host Ian, our South of England trainer here at GPS Training.







    In this month’s podcast







    * A quick update on the OS app* GPS courses and a new course going forward* A new piece – Andy’s top tech - updates* Before you head away on holiday with your GPS, a few things to work through.* Ask Ian – Ian answers the questions you have been asking over the past month* GPS training YouTube channel – an update







    * The first thing on this month’s Podcast is a quick update from Ian regarding the problems he has been encountering with the OS App …. The story continues ……* The next thing on this month’s GPS training podcast is a look at the GPS training courses we have coming up this summer and some plans we have for the future.Garmin GPS Training weekendDate - 31st July and 1st AugLocation - Northumberland







    SatMap GPS Training courseDate - 7th AugustLocation - Northumberland







    Garmin GPS Training weekendDate - 4th and 5th SeptLocation - New Forest







    Garmin GPS Training weekendDate - 11th and 12th SeptLocation - Lake District







    Garmin GPS Training weekendDate – 18th and 19th SeptLocation – Northumberland







    Garmin GPS Training weekendDate – 25th and 26th SeptLocation – South Downs







    Garmin GPS Training weekendDate – 2nd and 3rd OctoberLocation – Peebles, Scottish Borders







    GPS in the Hills – Date – locationMust have been on a training course with us in the past







    To find out more about our GPS training courses please go to our website – gpstraining.co.uk and click on GPS Training Courses on the top menu bar







    * The next thing on this month’s GPS training podcast is Andy’s handy top tech updates - looking at some of the current issues and solutions for Outdoor GPS users







    * Maps on GPSMAP 65s* Fit file on 66 range – elevation* Montana 700 - Find Current activity crashing* Units with built in batteries - crashing - what to do







    Online resource – what have you need updating?







    * Over 40 videos to date for the Garmin GPSMAP 65s







    To watch this all-new training resource for the Garmin GPSMAP 65s in the online resource go to our website – gpstraining.co.uk and click on online resource on the top menu bar







    * The next thing on this month’s GPS Training podcast is a look at what you need to work through before you head away on holiday with your GPS unit







    * Local grid reference – set this up* Power – batteries, plug adapter, power bank, solar panels* Calibrate your compass* Map Options – Topo Active, Open-source maps, Local maps,







    To find out more about the varies open-source map options that are on offer please go to our website – gpstraining.co.uk and click on GPS Store > Maps







    * The next thing on this month’s podcast is – Ask Ian.







    Hi Ian,







    I have a question about my GPSMAP 66sr.







    How do I change the colour of an imported track? I want to do this because the default purple is difficult to see against roads when wearing sunglasses.







    I have tried Selecting a Track in Saved tracks, clicking on Menu and Set color.







    However although when I Find Track and see it on the map it is in the new col...

    • 57 min
    2021 Garmin Map Card, Spine Race, what have they done to the OS app, more units discontinued and ask Ian.

    2021 Garmin Map Card, Spine Race, what have they done to the OS app, more units discontinued and ask Ian.

    2021 Garmin Map Card, Spine Race, what have they done to the OS app, more units discontinued and ask Ian.







    In this month’s podcast







    * A quick update on the 2021 OS map cards from Garmin* Spine race – well done to all our customers who have taken part in this event.* After we sung the praises of the OS app in a recent Podcast, in their wisdom they managed to undo any good work they had done just a few weeks later. We look at what they have done.* Yet more units discontinued by Garmin, we look at a year where Garmin have certainly cleared the stable out.* Stock availability – sorry I know it is a recurring theme, but a quick update on stock issues* Ask Ian – the questions you have been asking Ian over the past month







    The first thing on this month’s Podcast is a look at the recent update on the Garmin 1:50k map card







    * Last month we discussed that Garmin, after a very long wait, updated the 1:25k map card* In the past month we also received and update of the 1:50k TOPO Great Britain PRO 1:50k map card* So both map cards are now V2* OS release ¼ of the country every year as a map update so cards get updated every 4 years but for some reason the 1:50k map card has been updated after 3 years.* What changes on OS maps?







    You can buy the new map card as a standalone product on GPS Training and all new Garmin GPS unit bundles are now being shipped with updated map cards, unlike some other retailers







    The next thing on this month’s GPS training podcast is a look back at the Spine race – well done to all our customers who have taken part in this event.







    The Montane Spine Race is widely regarded as one of the world’s toughest endurance races.







    There are both summer and winter events and the summer event started on Saturday 19th June.







    In our 31st episode, we interviewed Paul Freeman after he completed the Spine Challenger race.A truly epic challenge that will test your physical resilience and mental fortitude. Racing non-stop along the Pennine Way – 268 miles







    There are ‘shorter’ races within the main race but all are true challenges.







    As I spoke about this in last month’s Podcasts many people are introduces to GPS units for the first time with an event like this.







    We have had a number of customers participating in the event and well done to all those who took part.







    Before they start the Spine Race they have to demonstrate they can get their current Grid reference from their GPS unit.







    So, Ian how would people do this –







    * Satellite page* Create waypoint of your current location







    If you want to find more about the Spine race please just go to their website – thespinerace.comThe next thing on this month's podcast is the recent updates to the OS app.







    After Ian sung the praises of the OS app in a recent Podcast, in their wisdom OS managed to undo any good work they had done just a few weeks later.







    So Ian, what have they done?







    Basically, when you plan a route on the app, it exports as a track in to Garmin Explore unlike all the other apps you can use…..







    I am slowly working on the OS. They have now admitted that they have trashed it for the time being and accept it needs to be altered back...

    • 45 min
    GPX files, what are they and the GPSMAP65s, the unit making all the waves.

    GPX files, what are they and the GPSMAP65s, the unit making all the waves.

    In this month’s podcast - GPX files, the Garmin GPSMAP 65s is making some waves and Ian's FAQ's.







    * If you are heading away this summer, we are going to discuss some good websites to download .gpx files from. Don’t worry if that makes no sense to you we will tell you what a .gpx file is, and what you do with them.* The recent upsurge of the Garmin GPSMAP 65s, it has taken a few months to gain traction, but we are now struggling to keep them in stock.* No - Ian’s FAQ’s this month but an update about some big changes in the next few weeks.







    The first thing on this month’s Podcast is a look at GPS files, what are they and where can you get them from.







    * Ian, what is a GPX file* Garmin and SatMap?* Route, track or course?* Create/ source GPX file from third party website or third party route planning software – Walk Highlands – GPS Training website (plans for the future)* Once we have sourced a GPX file what do we do with it and what navigational experience will it give us?







    Key websites, but open to any suggestions post podcast







    * Best websites to download .gpx files - Long distance trails







    National trail websiteGPS – RoutesLDWASaturday Walkers ClubWalking Englishman







    * Best websites to download .gpx files - Day walksWalk HighlandsGPS-routesWalking EnglishmanWalking WorldHarold StreetWalking AboutHappy Hiker* Best websites to download .gpx files - Mountain Bike routesPedal NorthSingletrackworld - Magazine that share .gpx files of routesAll TrailsMountain Bike RidesMTB Foodie







    To find out more about GPX files and direct links to the websites mentioned please go to our website –







    gpstraining.co.uk > click on the magnifying glass, top right, and type in GPX and under - Pages and articles you will see an article -







    Recommended best websites to download .gpx walking and cycling routes







    Also, don’t forget if you come on one of our weekend courses (Garmin) we spend 2 hours looking at GPS files, if you are unable to come on our ‘physical’ courses please do join us on one of our online masterclasses, 1.5 hours (Zoom) looking at GPX files - Masterclass - GPX files - Garmin







    * The next thing on this month’s GPS training podcast is a look at the new kid on the block making some waves, the Garmin GPSMAP 65s







    Launched – Oct last year







    Was the ‘little brother/ sister to the 66sr







    But now come very much to the fore







    Being used a lot by ultra-event participants – AA batteries, lightweight, spine race participants







    My walk and talk with this unit – am I becoming, after lots of trying, an influencer?







    To find out more just go to our website – gpstraining.co.uk > GPS Store > Handheld GPS units > You will see both the Garmin GPSMAP 65 and 65s – what’s the difference?







    Also videos coming soon for the online resource, but more about that in the next story!







    * Ian’s FAQ’s – well Ian’s FAQ’s with a big difference, no FAQ’s. In last mid-month podcast you hopefully had your ‘fix’ of tech questions!







    So looking forward there are changes ahead.







    * Jon currently doing tech support – poor customers.* But thankfully it is just for another two weeks – for both the customers ...

    • 47 min
    Ask Ian, we put the listeners tech questions to Ian

    Ask Ian, we put the listeners tech questions to Ian

    Ask Ian. In this months Podcast we test Ian's tech knowledge, as he answers some of the listeners questions.







    Questions -







    * Anthony Tranter - In the Basecamp software when I look at the GPS unit I see the recorded Tracks. The strange thing is the unit has recorded two tracks with different naming conversations. For example one might be named 2021-02-21-11:00:31 (consistent naming convention with Saved Tracks in the unit) and another might be named 21/02/2021 09:42:24. This looks like it’s the same track but notice the difference in naming. By can you tell me what the differences between these two tracks is please and which one do I keep?







    Forward facing date – FIT fileBackward date - gpx file







    Anthony Tranter







    * Allan Humphrey - The Garmin eTrex 32x I recently purchased from you is doing what I wanted and expected it to do - recording walk timings, distance covered, etc., but there is an issue with the walk mapping that is troubling me.







    At the end of a walk I check that the route taken is clearly drawn onto the map, then I switch the unit off. No problem so far.







    On arrival home, even with the unit turned off, I find that the system has drawn a straight line connecting my home to the end point of my walk. Sometimes this can be many miles, and the actual walk route is then a tiny section at the end of a very long connecting line, making it unreadable.







    Is there a way of preventing the GPS from drawing this unwanted connecting line, and why does it do it?







    Allan Humphrey.







    Save the track before heading home/switching the GPS off







    * Elaine Savage - I use an Oregon 600 GPS to record the tracks that I walk and I have noticed a discrepancy in the distances I am recording once I transfer my walk to BaseCamp on my Mac. I am always careful to clear my tracks before starting to record, to start recording and then to stop recording and save the track before I step inside my house (if walking from home) or get into the car (if travelling to a walk). So I am fairly confident that I am not adding extra data that I haven’t walked.







    The discrepancy can be observed by comparing the following screen shots:







    In the first shot, I have highlighted all the index points:and you can see that the total distance is recorded as 5.8 miles. In the next screenshot, I have excluded the final index point:







    and the distance is recorded as 5.5 miles even though the leg distance is only 16 feet. In the same way, if I exclude the first index point, with a leg distance of only 1 foot, the total distance comes out as 5.5 miles.







    I have noticed this discrepancy for some time, especially when trying to understand why a fellow walker’s GPS came up with a different measurement to mine. But it has been highlighted today when I decided to export the gpx file to my OSMaps application. The route recorded on OSMaps taken from the gpx file recorded by my Oregon 600 comes out as 5.5 miles.







    So where has my 0.3 of a mile gone? And is there something I can do to ensure that my Oregon 600 is measuring my tracks accurately?







    Do hope you can help.







    Kind regards







    Elaine Savage







    GPS variability, different satellites being received







    * Peter Chapman - GPS Training Clinic question I have a GPSMAP64S with Snowdonia OS 1:250 000 from you.







    I’ve learnt by using and have confidence in my position in Lat/Long; how do I c...

    • 1 hr 11 min
    The best budget GPS Unit, why has the Garmin GPSMAP 66sr grown so much and let us have your questions for ask Ian.

    The best budget GPS Unit, why has the Garmin GPSMAP 66sr grown so much and let us have your questions for ask Ian.

    The best budget GPS Unit, why has the Garmin GPSMAP 66sr grown so much and let us have your questions for ask Ian.







    In this month’s podcast







    * We are going to discuss the real shift from Garmin into the Garmin GPSMAP range – why is this?* Ask Ian – a mid-month Podcast Special* The best budget GPS unit* And then we have Ian’s FAQ’s, the frequently asked questions Ian gets asked whilst supporting our customers.







    * The first thing on this month’s Podcast is a look at the real change in shift regarding GPS units, with the GPSMAP range really coming to the foreHistory – Garmin GPSMAP 60, 62s, 64s, 66s







    Now we have – GPSMAP 65s, 66s and 66sr







    In the past we had just 1 x GPSMAP GPS unit, but now we have x 3Shift away from Touch Screen Units?







    But massive growth in sales on the Montana 700 range







    To find out more about our thoughts on the best budget, top end and large screen GPS units please just go to – gpstraining.co.uk > Reviews and top article - Best Handheld Outdoor GPS unit2. The next thing on this month’s GPS training podcast is our proposed mid-month Podcast this month – Ask Ian







    In two weeks’, time we are going to have a special mid-month Podcast – Ask Ian.







    So, if you have any tech questions or queries, we can put Ian through his paces.







    Normally you only get access to our technical support if you have bought a GPS from us, been on a course or you have one of our paid support package so here is your chance to get your questions answered for free







    Please just email your questions to office@gpstraining.co.uk and make sure your message title is – Podcast – tech question – otherwise you will just confuse us and I will email you back saying you don’t have support from us!3. The next thing on this month’s GPS Training Podcast is a look at the best ‘budget’ GPS unit.







    With the end of the Garmin eTrex touch 25t, GPSMAP 64sx over the past month I thought it would be good to look at this again,







    AND, I have also just updated the review video looking at the units we are going to discuss, I will tell you where you can find that later.







    In this category –







    Garmin eTrex 22x, 32x and Touch 35t







    Garmin GPSMAP 65 and GPSMAP 65s







    How they rank - budget handheld GPS Unit







    * Best budget buttoned GPS unit - Garmin eTrex 32xwith TOPO ACTIVE mapping only (£219.99), with Birdseye plus voucher (£269.99), with 1:50k maps (£329.99), with 1:25k maps (£519.99)* Best budget touch screen GPS unit - Garmin eTrex 35twith TOPO ACTIVE mapping only (£249.99), with Birdseye plus voucher (£299.99), with 1:50k maps (£349.99), with 1:25k maps (£549.99)* Best budget buttoned GPS unit (worth extra if you can afford it) - Garmin GPSMAP 65swith TOPO ACTIVE mapping only (£325.00), with Birdseye plus voucher (£374.99), with 1:50k maps (£399.99), with 1:25k maps (£599.99)







    To watch the video where we look at the best ‘budget’ GPS unit please just go to – gpstraining.co.uk – click on – product reviews – and you will see the top article - Best Handheld Outdoor GPS unit - Spring 2021 4.

    • 52 min
    Chris the coast walker is back!

    Chris the coast walker is back!

    After 142 days of walking the Coastal Path of Britain, Chris had to 'bail out' from Wales as the country went back into lockdown. I again caught up with Chris, the coast walker about his adventures to date.

    • 1 hr 21 min

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