On my first attempt to load data from Garmin to Garmin's MapSource
World, I had a similar result. Connected via Serial to USB adaptor,
loaded the adaptor driver etc and all looked OK. First try at waypoint
transfer and the software told me to use the Options menu to check there
was a connection. It couldn't find a connection and none of the remedial
suggestions had any effect. Whilst fiddling with some manual waypoint
insertions, and goig to save the file, I noticed File Import Data. I
tried that and it immediately found the Garmin and uploaded the
waypoints! There are clearly times when it pays to ignore TFM!
Gerry Winskill gwinsk@xxxxxxx
Forget FSNav. The only data direction we have for FS right now is out - from FS to a GPS unit - thanks to the GPSOut software. I must admit that I would also like to see some sort of GPSIn software but I doubt this will be developed.
If a GPS position is fed into FS then the program needs to know how to handle it. It could do the reverse of GPSOut and feed you current position into FS but I guess this is somewhat pointless as few GPS users would actually be in motion and also have the time to run a laptop with FS running on it. It might be possible for the incoming signal to be detected as AI traffic but then you would have to chase it in FS to find out where it is going. The latter option would be very handy for me as I could feed the data from the SBS1 into FS and have real traffic flying around the skies.
There are many GPS program written for the PC. Some are static like Waypoint or GPSUtility - all you can do is download the stored track from your device and it will plot this on the screen - whilst others like Pocket FMS are live feed programs. Pocket FMS should work if the data signal is compatible. It uses the standard NMEA format so if your little device can output this via the data cable you should be laughing. The downside is that PocketFMS only detects signals from COM ports so if your unit is USB only then you won't get it to work
Don't rush out to buy lots of batteries. My Garmin has several cable options one of which is a combined data/power cable. This allows you to plug the unit into a PC and also feed the power to external sources. The GPSIII is quite versatile in this respect as it will take any DC power from 9v up to 28v - and I have happily plugged it in an aircraft's 28v socket as well as feed it from a 12v transformer sitting under this desk.
-----Original Message----- From: jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Gerry Winskill Sent: 17 September 2005 12:10 To: JHB AIRLINES Subject: [jhb_airlines] GPS Prezzie
Another year less young and one of my new toys is a Garmin Geko 201. They're really intended for cycling, hiking and sailing, to none of which I feel irresistably re drawn!
Now, it will obviously be possible to enter the scheduled stopping places for January's cruise but the mobile-phone-sized display would be a bit sparse. Has anyone experience of linking one of these things to a laptop based Interactive World Atlas or, better still, to FSNav?
Off to look for rechargeable AAAs and charger, since an hour seems to be about battery life. Why is it most presents I get seem to involve me in additional expense? Some variation on Sod's law?
Gerry Winskill gwinsk@xxxxxxx