Hand held GPS file exchanges

 

This may not be exactly the right place to find the answer, but I suspect many users of vehicular GPS receivers are familiar with hand held versions, so I am going to give it a shot.

I am a Park Ranger. I have had a private website for several months where visitors can download a .GPX file, showing our park's many miles of canoe/kayak trails, complete with waypoints and tracks. Users can then upload it to their handheld GPS and paddle the trails like a veteran, regardless of where they are from. I have a Garmin handheld, and the GPS units on our patrol boats are Garmin. Garmin is all I am familiar with.

What I need to know is: can users of a Magellan, Lowrance, Tom Tom, etc handheld use .GPX files? I am getting ready to post this data on the State website and I want to make sure it is usable for everybody. If not, what format should I use.

Thanks...

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Cum catapulatae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.

HH GPS

RangerJ,

Sorry I can't help you with your specific question because I have a 76CSx.

But I am curious to know what State you are located in ?

It would be super if ALL the States could follow your lead and make a GPS compatible map available on their State web site for people to download.

BTW... I'm in MAryland.

Thanks, Tim

I'm in Maryland!

I know Garmin handhelds use .GPX files, and I just got a reply (in very poor English, however) from Magellan and I understand they can use .GPX files, too. As soon as I hear something from a couple other manufacturers, I plan to have our park's page updated to include the link.

Thanks for the kind words; it seems like a good idea to me to have the info available. I have also tried to get all our parks listed as a POI file. Maybe when I get this done, I can work on that.

Thanks again.

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Cum catapulatae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.

Cool Latin phrase; however....

you have one too many a's in the first catapulatae.

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Phil in Mentor, Ohio -- Garmin Nuvi 1450