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    Default GPS system combined with PC mapping..?

    Is there a budget GPS unit I can use with pc mapping software to build up a record of the things I find?

    I would like to build up a database of whats where in my area, for future reference I can remember all now, but its getting bigger all the time!

    Cheers, al.
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    Could you just get a cheap Garmin or GPS off the bay and then write down to add when home?

    just a thought : ~)

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    Cheap Garmin handheld unit with a memory card/USB connection and then export tracks to MemoryMap (not free), Google Earth or myGarmin (both free).

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    my tracks is good, and i used to use it a lot

    but my vote is for android phone and the locus app
    ive got the pro one but the free one isnt hobbled

    i can record tracks and statistics, but also it shows google maps, satelite, OS maps etc

    you can open and edit google maps and import.

    the best bit is you can take photo POI, add notes etc, can overlay the different catgories etc.

    also if you have tracks installed, you can actually record to my tracks instead of the locus tracks etc

    everything can be exported to kml for google earth and gpx etc
    Al

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    I use MotionX GPS on the iPhone, you can export various things to a PC

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    Hmmm... Cheers guys.

    I'll look into both a hand held unit, or an android. Appreciated, al.

    P.s, whats the accuracy of both? I could do with something that will work to a few meters if possible
    Last edited by The Big Lebowski; 10-03-2012 at 19:34.
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    i've been considering the Bushnell Backtrack D-Tour for a while after reading a magazine review, liked the idea of multiple 'return-to' points, as well as being able to overlay the resultant route onto google maps on the return...

    the problem now (as i see it) seems to be that so many mobile phones can now do this, and more, that it may well be easier to just bite the bullet and upgrade to a 'smart-phone'


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    best app I found for gps logging on my Android is funny enough called GPSLogger, Simpe to use and allows you to upload via email, it will save both google earth (kml) format and the more advanced one called GPX. the best thing about the GPX file is it allows me to upload the tracks to www.openstreetmap.org which in case anyone is wondering an open sourced mapping site, fantastic for helping to keep maps upto date. If needs be when out on the trail and I need to view electronic copy of maps (my position on the map) I use Maverick. Hope this helps.
    Otherwise if you haven't got a smart phone you should be able to pick up a garmin etrek cheep on fleabay, if you get the lead for a pc it will allow you to view it on google earth or openstreetmap.org.

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    the etrex vista hcx is 89 quid on amazon just not, cheapest ive seen it must be because the newer ones are out

    it has barometer and altimeter too ... i use mine with memory map OS maps

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