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Can a NUVI tell what county you're in?

 

How can I get my GPS to show what COUNTY I'm in? POI file? Map setting? Something else???

Thanks.

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KD5XB in DM84

I don't recall seeing one

KD5XB wrote:

How can I get my GPS to show what COUNTY I'm in? POI file? Map setting? Something else???

Thanks.

There's a POI file that shows state lines. I don't recall seeing one for county within the state you are in. That would be a lot of data.

It could get hairy and confusing

that would just be extra lines, some states have a bunch of counties.

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Cain versus Unable 2012

Still doesn't know which one

BarneyBadass wrote:
KD5XB wrote:

How can I get my GPS to show what COUNTY I'm in? POI file? Map setting? Something else???

Thanks.

There's a POI file that shows state lines. I don't recall seeing one for county within the state you are in. That would be a lot of data.

It will show you where you are compared to the line, but still doesn't know which county or state you're in. For that you would need some kind of a transparent map to cover the area. Not all units supports such a thing though.

State and County Lines for USA

1490

JJEN: Do you have that map on your 1490 memory or on the SD card?
Does the map affect your boot-up time?

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1490LMT 1450LMT 295w

Zip Code

nickjr made a zip code file that shows what zip code you're in and near....over 40,000 plus entries. Just thinking out loud, I wonder if there's a way to compare zip codes to county ?

http://www.poi-factory.com/node/2356

There's also this one by H Hannah

http://www.poi-factory.com/node/20160

This website returns a county name for a zip code.

http://quickfacts.census.gov/cgi-bin/qfd/lookup

SD Card

spokybob wrote:

JJEN: Do you have that map on your 1490 memory or on the SD card?
Does the map affect your boot-up time?

No effect that I can tell. I also include topos of some states which I select as needed. They are all transparent.

Counties

jjen wrote:

This is what I use.

http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/maps/view/10/

I've just put this one on my Dezl 560. I see the lines, but if I'm in the middle of a county, it's going to be hard to tell what county it is. Still, I'll keep it! smile

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KD5XB in DM84

Here's why

I'm a ham radio op, and I operate HF mobile. A lot of other hams "collect counties", trying to talk to someone in each county in the United States. If the GPS could tell me what county I'm in, it would be a lot easier, otherwise, I have to try and watch the signs, and hope I don't miss one.

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KD5XB in DM84

County Lines

That is a great find. Thank you for posting that!

Not always Easy

KD5XB wrote:
jjen wrote:

This is what I use.

http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/maps/view/10/

I've just put this one on my Dezl 560. I see the lines, but if I'm in the middle of a county, it's going to be hard to tell what county it is. Still, I'll keep it! smile

Unfortunately it is not always easy to tell which county you are in. You may have to check a few surrounding counties to determine which county it is. The name displayed on the line may be that of an adjoining county.

I use this locally

For Illinois I have created a poi file for each county court house.
Long | Lat | County | Address & City
I hope to have my own pic of each one some day.

I have started a similar file for Indiana and Tennessee.

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1490LMT 1450LMT 295w

Not on any portable standalone GPS

the data size is way too big to fit into any standalone GPS. You are better of using a smartphone where a cloud center can store the data and automatically download to your phone as needed. That's how Google map operates.

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The map overlay should do it.

Great find JJEN!!!

jjen wrote:

This is what I use.

http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/maps/view/10/

Oh man, JJEN, you just made my day.

I've been a member here for more than five years ... your "after market" county boundary overlay map is one of the best tips I've ever received on POI Factory. It should be pulled out and made a "sticky".

We travel all over the US in an RV. Often times my weather radio will alert ... but we have no idea what county we are even in.

I've already put the overlay map on my 2460 and my 1450 .. it works perfectly with 2013.1 USA map.

Now granted, you have pull the map around to find a county boundary and name ... but the overlay map appears to work like a charm.

Thanks.

And thanks to the original poster for asking the question about how to tell which county you are in.

Thought everyone knew

I thought everyone here knew about GPSFILEDEPOT. Lots of good stuff there. I like the transparent maps that overlay Garmin maps. I like to use the Topos that are transparent.

Zip Code to County

No way as there are too many variables. For example a zip code may cover two or more counties. I live in a zip code that that covers two counties.

Has Anyone

tried this on a 660, just seen the post today.

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johnm405 660 & MSS&T

KD5XB wrote: How can I get

KD5XB wrote:

How can I get my GPS to show what COUNTY I'm in? POI file? Map setting? Something else???

Thanks.

I'm interested too. Light me up.

Thankx

Steven ... this is the answer to your dreams

From jjen

State And County Lines For USA
This is what I use.

http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/maps/view/10/

Well...

cbwatts wrote:

From jjen

State And County Lines For USA
This is what I use.

http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/maps/view/10/

Those are OK, but what I REALLY want is for the GPS to tell me what county I'm in when I'm nowhere near a county line.

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KD5XB in DM84

County Lines

Good luck on that one as I don't think it is possible. County lines are not uniform and there are so many roads that will cross those lines it would be an impossible task to cover every one in the US.

Another example would be the accuracy of the location. I just live about 1/2 of a mile from the county line that runs right down the street. Park on the south side and you are in one county and if you park on the north you are in another. How accurate do you

When you are on the air just give the other station your coordinates and let them figure out what county you are in. County hunters will have access to that information if they are serious.

Been a ham for 49 years and DX is the name of the game here.

Cool!

Speaking of DX -- I worked S57DX a few nights ago on 20, and JA3CVX this morning, also on 20. Both from the CAR.

I doubt the GPS will be able to tell me what county I'm in, although it does seem to do that with states.

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KD5XB in DM84

i am going to try this one ...

It works on my nuvi 2455 ... I will try it out and will report back if I have any problems.

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it's the dog's fault

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Garmin nuvi 2455 - nuvi 2555 for my other car - nuvi 350, 260 (spares) - my other toys: iMac G5, MacBook, Mac OS-X 10.6.8 and my best friend, Mayhem - a 2009 Harley-Davidson Superglide - and his Garmin nuvi 2455. The dog's name is Punky.

I understand

I understand it would be nice to see what county you are in ...

But like I say ... we do a lot of RV'ing around the country .... it is going to be nice to be able to scroll around and see what counties we are near.

A weather radio ALERT is pretty useless if you don't know what counties you are near ... eg ... a tornado warning has been issued for Peoria, Stark and Woodford County and is headed towards the northeast.

JJEN's find makes it easy to scroll your Garman screen and see what counties are southwest of you.

Another good thing about JJEN's county map is that it is an OVERLAY and has a small footprint ... doesn't slow down Garmin city nav map at all.

County Map

I have that map in all my units, 760, c580 and c330. Works well and no problems. I usually am in view map mode and set to a screen shot that shows all the small county roads as I drive along.

The county lines show up nicely and I have plenty of time to read the county I'm in as well as the one I am entering. It just sort of becomes a mental check in the mind where I am at, just like knowing what the current mile marker is.

The things we do with hours of windshield time at our disposal...but it isn't hard to get used to if you do it all the time.

Daniel

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Garmin StreetPilot c580 & Nuvi 760 - Member 32160 - Traveling in Kansas

Blue Press

Would be nice if pressing the vehicle icon brought up the county information along with nearest gas, hospital and police. How hard would it be to program that? How much extra data would it require?

What county am I in?

perpster wrote:

Would be nice if pressing the vehicle icon brought up the county information along with nearest gas, hospital and police. How hard would it be to program that? How much extra data would it require?

Good idea, but Garmin would charge for it.

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NUVI40 Kingsport TN

Some already

have Where I Am. Giving hospital, police, and your location.

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3790LMT; 2595LMT; 3590LMT

2 routes to the same thing

rthibodaux wrote:

have Where I Am. Giving hospital, police, and your location.

That's what I was referring to two posts above. I forgot that there's a menu icon for it as well. Pressing the blue icon on the map view brings up the same info. Wondering why county info couldn't also be on that info screen.

Can A Garmin Nuvi Tell What County You Are In?

cbwatts wrote:

.....We travel all over the US in an RV. Often times my weather radio will alert ... but we have no idea what county we are even in.....

I am interested in if you use the older style 1050 hZ weather radio or if you have the newer SAME weather radio? I suspect that it is the odler type because otherwise you would have already had to look uo the county to get the SAME code. Anyway, on another forum I was kicking around the idea that it would be handy to have a weather alert receiver that has GPS built in. That way as you travel it could re-tune to the correct frequency for that area AND alert when necessary.

The other idea for the RV situation is the new Wireless Emergency Alert system for cell phones. Not all phones are capable of this, but the ones that are will alert for an emergecny for the area that you are located in. Which is fine if:

-You have a cell phone.

-Your phone has power.

-You are in a coverage area.

-The cell phone is Wireless Emergency Alert capable.

http://www.ctia.org/consumer_info/safety/index.cfm/AID/12081

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jjen wrote:

This is what I use.

http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/maps/view/10/

Fantastic find.

http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/m

http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/maps/view/10/

That is a fantastic find ... I am always amazed at what I run across here. Thanks so much!

CC

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If you dont know what country you are in, then you really need a GPS!!!!

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Unless you are the lead sled dog, the view never changes. I is retard... every day is Saturday! I still own the StreetPilot c340, and the Garmin Nuvi 765t, but upgraded to the NO "recalculating", 3590 LMT.

Umm ...

COUNTY not COUNTRY

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