Welcome / open talk


"LightSquared Is Doomed"

First Android Dedicated GPS Unit

I guess this should not go in the smartphone forum since it is Android but does not have a phone. The website has lots of "Coming soon" and "Check this space for more information" so it looks a ways from full production.


"First Android Dedicated GPS Unit Actually Looks Pretty Decent

NTSB & cell phone

has everyone seen the news - NTSB wants all states to ban all use of cell phones in cars.

Next-generation GPS satellite inches closer to space

If you don't know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else. - Yogi Berra

looking for locations of dolphin statues

Is there a POI for the dolphin staues (Virginia Beach) and mermaid statues (Norfolk)?

Mike TOMTOM XL335 and VIA 1535

Contributors of the Week 2011-12-05

This week we are recognizing deere478. Deere478 is a newcomer on the site who's jumped right in and adopted the Tractor Supply & Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches files, which were both in need of some love. He's also been busy posting in the forums this week and has been good about sharing his troubleshooting results with the community.

Welcome and thank you deere478!

Jonathan (aka JM)

Chit Chat Thread for the week of December 12th, 2011

This is the place to talk about things that are not gps related.

Have fun...

This thread will be closed on Monday and a new one will be opened.


Mapsource and Basecamp

I currently use Mapsource for trip planning and routing. I read some time ago that has been phased out by Garmin. I am assuming that Basecamp is the replacement. I got Mapsource with a GPS that I purchased back in 2003 and I like the program. Is Basecamp a better replacement? Would it be to my advantage to switch to Basecamp now?


LightSquared test interferes with 75% of tested GPS units


From the article:

According to a draft of the report obtained by Boomberg News, LightSquared's signals "caused harmful interference to majority [sic] of GPS receivers tested. No additional testing is required to confirm harmful interference exists."

Garmin MapSource And/Or Base Camp On A Portable USB Flash Drive

I know that jump drives are pretty reasonable priced now and I am just wondering if anybody here has installed Garmin MapSource and/or Garmin Base Camp on a portable USB flash drive? I was thinking that when I travel, it might be handy to be able to just install that on a hotel computer if I just want to look at a map quick.

Looking for some first-hand GPS / digital map stories

I spoke with a writer today who's working on a piece about GPS and digital maps. She'd like to speak with a few people who have interesting personal stories that she can use in her article.

If we're lucky, our community might get a little publicity as a result. smile

Contributors of the Week 2011-11-28

This week we are recognizing shrifty. In addition to being a helpful regular in the forums, he maintains a "shapely" collection of files that are particuarly popular with some of our guy visitors.

Thank you shrifty!

Jonathan (aka JM)

LightSquared Update -- FAA summary

Here's a presentation given by the FAA on November 17, 2011 on the LightSquared issue:


Some summary comments from the June 2011 NPEF assessment:

Nuvi 2460, 680, DATUM Tymserve 2100, Trimble Thunderbolt, Ham radio, Macintosh, Linux, Windows

Chit Chat Thread for the week of December 5th, 2011

This is the place to talk about things that are not gps related.

Have fun...

This thread will be closed on Monday and a new one will be opened.


Can anyone answer this question? (why Garmin discontinued MP3 players?)

Hi everybody,

Does anyone know, or can anyone tell me why Garmin decided to discontinue incorporating MP3 players, in their GPS units?



Sullivan's Law: Murphy was an optimist!

Not as hard as I thought (made a bmp)

I uploaded the custom POI for Michaels Arts and Crafts. There was no bmp image for. I said "Let me try to make my own". So I googled images and found one of the Michaels sign. Opened with infaview. Made it about 22x24. Then loaded it in to the North America file and named it same as the POI.

Mike TOMTOM XL335 and VIA 1535

POI Factory friends from Florida

I am sure we should have a lot of people from Florida here. What part of FL from if you don't mind I am asking?

Street Pilot C340, nuvi 265WT, Mio Moov 300, nuvi 255W, Navigon 2100 (Retired)

December Birthdays 2011

This thread is to wish everyone Birthdays in Dec, "Happy Birthday and Many More"

johnm405 660 & MSS&T

Holiday Shopping Deals - December 2011

November's Black Friday and Cyber Monday are past, so it's time to start a new holiday shopping thread.

Any great deals you find interesting are fair game. It's okay to go beyond GPS.

Jonathan (aka JM)