[kag] Re: Garmin Etrex Summit - PC Interface

  • From: Hoover <mlehotay@xxxxxxx>
  • To: kag@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2005 12:24:36 -0500 (Eastern Standard Time)

On Fro, 18 Mar 2005, Joe Measure wrote:
> I am new to Geocaching, thanks the Healz.  I have a late 90's Garmin 
> Etrex Summit that did not come with a PC Interface or software.  I am 
> looking to see if anyone has a PC interface and/or the Garmin Waypoint 
> Manager software that they would be willing to sell.

I have an eTrex Summit too. I use OziExplorer (shareware, no expiry date) 
for mapping and I download free maps from 
http://toporama.cits.rncan.gc.ca/ and http://www.lio.mnr.gov.on.ca/

For waypoint management I use GSAK, but its recent introduction of nag 
screens is really starting to annoy me. I may switch to GPSBabel (open 
source) soon. GSAK is just a fancy interface for GPSBabel, but it's handy 
to have a GUI.

Even if you never get a cable, I recommend using some sort of mapping 
software. It helps a lot.

As for cables, they are ridiculously overpriced. Garmin cables at 
www.gpscentral.ca are currently selling for $41.95, but I see that they 
are now stocking Wolfe brand cables for $11 cheaper.

If you are technically minded, you can buy a "shareware" connector from 
http://pfranc.com/ build your own cable for very cheap. You can also buy 
pre-built pfranc cables from people like these guys: 


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