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  • New GPSMap 66 is coming
    In addition to not having to pay the annual subscription, anyone who has gone through the agony of the long downloads of Birdseye imagery via Basecamp (including missed tiles requiring redownloads) and transferring these images from Basecamp to the device, will appreciate the potential advantage of this feature.
  • New GPSMap 66 is coming
    One of the interesting side features on the North America version of the GPSMap 66 is being discussed on the Groundspeak forum:
    "Access to BirdsEye Satellite Imagery with direct-to-device downloads and no annual subscription".
    I assume "no annual subscription" means it is a "free" "lifetime" subscription. That is something new for Garmin handhelds.
  • New GPSMap 66 is coming
    And it's official:
    Navigate your next outdoor adventure with the GPSMAP 66 series. Whether you’re hiking, hunting, climbing, geocaching, kayaking or mountain biking, you can explore more with this premium, rugged handheld with a 3” color display. It features access to BirdsEye Satellite Imagery with direct-to-device downloads to help you find your way plus preloaded TOPO U.S. and Canada maps on GPSMAP 66s. And it offers offers multi-GNSS support as well as wireless connectivity for Active Weather, direct downloads and Garmin Explore compatibility.
  • New GPSMap 66 is coming
    This link was posted on the groundspeak forums:
    Here's a Google translation. Nice they are updating the GPSMap series, and I suppose Galileo support is the main feature, but the rest doesn't do much for me. And a 240x400 pixel screen in 2018? Really??? :O)
    Garmin's GPSmap 66s is a rugged outdoor professional, significant upgrade and successful expansion of the GPSmap 64 Series! Improved hardware and features enable a very long battery life in StandbyTrac mode (up to a week) and even more accurate, faster satellite tracking (even on difficult terrain) thanks to GPS; GLONASS and GALILEO, the Quad Helix antenna and the automatic ABC sensor calibration.
    Also new are the extra large, sturdy 3 '' color display (240 x 400) and additional weather features. With pre-installed WW Basemap card, the huge 15.5 GB of internal memory can be additionally expanded via the microSD card slot. With Garmin Explore (Sync Data via Portal and App), Garmin GPSmap 66s also lets you plan tours and tracks offline.
    Satellite system: Highly sensitive GPS, GLONASS and GALILEO receiver for fast satellite reception, even in difficult terrain.
    Quad helix antenna for accurate location.
    3 '' display (65k color transflective TFT), resolution 240 x 400, legible even in sunlight.
    Outdoor-optimized dual battery system for longer battery life (up to one week in StandbyTrac mode.
    Extremely rugged, Mil-STD-810G handheld.
    15.5 GB of internal memory with plenty of room for tracks and caches.
    Protected microSD card slot for additional maps, TracBack, waypoints and route navigation.
    Pre-installed map WW Basemap.
    Automatic calibration of the barometric altimeter and the electronic 3-axis compass.
    3-axis accelerometer.
    Weather forecast and radar.
    LED flashlight.
    SOS beacon.
    Night vision mode.
    BirdsEye satellite download via Wi-Fi (real time).
    Live track.
    Wireless SW updates, apps, widgets and data fields via Connect IQ.
    Geocaching Live.
    Garmin Explore Portal and app for data synchronization and planning your own routes and routes.
    Wireless data transfer via ANT + to GPS devices or sensors (chest strap, cadence ...).
    20 routes.
    Track Log: 10,000 points.
    500 waypoints.
    Supports raster maps.
    Custom Map Support.
    Topo Maps, BlueChart g2, BirdsEye.
    Connected Features (Notifications, LiveTrack, GroupTrack, Activity Upload.
    Battery life up to 1 week (in StandbyTrack mode).
    Operation with 2 mignon batteries (not incl.).
    Shock and dust resistant as well as water resistant (according to IPX 73).
  • Garmin DriveTrack 70: Big screen with BirdsEye and 100k topo included
    No need to track anything so I don't know this unit.. maybe people use it to track cattle or Moose as well across the wide open range ? who knows.. I don't care for Birdseye or don't have much use for it. With my DSL loading time is bad etc. I have 24 K for my hiking and snowmachine needs.. and my business runs Drivesmart 61S which does a great job.
  • Garmin DriveTrack 70: Big screen with BirdsEye and 100k topo included
    Well here's a very interesting product that I've never heard of even though it was introduced in 2016. Don't recall any discussion of it here or any of the other sites I frequent.
    It's designed to work with their expensive dog tracking systems and requires a device like an Astro that pairs through bluetooth to access those features. But it looks like you can just turn that off and use the unit like a big screen vehicle GPS. Aside from the dog features, it appears very similar to the DriveSmart 70 with a pre-loaded topo map. I wonder if it has been tweaked to display topo maps better than their other automotive devices? Their website implies that but it's hard to tell from the few screenshots they post. It's supposed to be compatible with their HuntView maps.
    But the huge difference is that it works with BirdsEye Satellite Imagery and includes a one year subscription. That seems pretty major to me, there are no other 7" devices in the lineup that can display raster imagery. It's strange that Garmin has not promoted this feature. I wonder if it also works with Custom Maps (.kmz files)?
    List price is $400 and I don't see any retailers selling it for less. But conisdering what you get (BirdsEye and the 100k Topo would cost $110 if purchased separately), this seems pretty reasonable. The only other choices for BirdsEye Imagery on a large screen are the Zumo 595 at $700 and the GPSMap276cx at $700 (for the version that includes City Navigator). But both of these are only 5" screens and they don't include the pre-loaded topo.
    What do you think?...
  • Map 78 reboot? Stuck.
    Have you removed the memory card? I am talking about the memory that is built into the GPS. For starters I would make a backup of everything on the GPS. Just make a folder on your computer and drag or paste all the files there.
    Then go and remove all the stuff from the GPS that you have added yourself. Basically that would be any maps you have added - files that have a .img extension. Do not delete gmapbmap.img or gmaptz.img, they are system files. What other .img files do you have?
    Then delete ALL .gpx files, none of them would have originally been on the gps.
    Also delete the CustomMaps folder (if it exists) and all the files in it. They would be files that you added also.
    Alse delete the birdseye folder and its contents.
    Then you should have a pretty "clean" unit. I would make a second backup of the GPS in this state (also keep the other backup). Then see how it works. If you need any of the stuff you deleted, start adding it back one file at a time and you can probably isolate whatever was causing it to crash.
  • Information on Birds Eye and SD Card
    I had forgotten about that old thread. But it looks like they just improved some of the areas that previously had poor quality imagery instead of a global upgrade. The highest quality Birdseye in NJ never looked as bad as your example on the left. I know there used to be a pretty signifiant regional quality variation with Birdseye. Hopefully the update evened things out in that regard.
    Really, a bigger problem for me was the screen on the Montana and older Oregon series. They don't reproduce this kind of imagery very well and it's hard to see details. Load some on your GPS then hold it up to your computer screen and compare to the way it looks in Basecamp. Have not used a newer Oregon with the glass screen, hopefully that is better.
  • Information on Birds Eye and SD Card
    I found the old image showing the difference between V1 and V2 ... will attempt to use another free site. V1 Birdseye is the left half, V2 is the right half image
  • Information on Birds Eye and SD Card
    I didn't even realize there was a version 2.0. What is different? The original BIrdseye had a resolution of about 2 feet per pixel. The file sizes you posted imply that this is still the same with your imagery. I believe the last time I downloaded anything was 2011.
  • Information on Birds Eye and SD Card
    That may be the answer Boyd. Sometime I will do some more experimenting to see if eliminating the OSM map solves the boot up issue.
    One other interesting tidbit I forgot to mention is that when all 10 .jnx files are there, it also will not boot into mass storage mode when connected ... shuts down before it gets there. When BirdsEye was 1.0 version (lower resolution) I had the same area loaded with no problem. The problem started when I replaced the 1.0 files with the 2.0 files.
  • Information on Birds Eye and SD Card
    The 3gb OSM file catches my attention there. Do you have it installed along with Birdseye? Might be related...
    I'd check how many map segments it contains. If you have more than 4000 segments (total of all segments in all maps on both the card and internal memory) then it will cause problems. I have read that you can't load the whole US OSM map due to segment limits, but have never used it myself.
  • Information on Birds Eye and SD Card
    On my Oregon 550, I have 10 .jnx (Birdseye satellite) files loaded, each about 250 MB for a total of about 2.5 GB. This covers a rectangular area of approx 32 miles by 30 miles for a total of 980 square miles.
    This pretty much makes my Oregon choke at boot up. It will start the boot then just go dim and unresponsive and never gets to the menu display. If I remove any one of the 10 files it will boot up and operate just fine. Now that I know the practical limit for this device it isn't a problem, but it would be much easier to manage if Garmin allowed you to enable/disable individual .jnx files. But they don't (at least on the Oregon) ... it is all or nothing. So I have to manually rename or remove one of the .jnx files.
  • Information on Birds Eye and SD Card
    This is an old thread, but my numbers should give you some idea of how much coverage you can fit on a card.
    Rounding off... figure about 2.5 MB per square mile for the highest quality imagery. So that is about 400 square miles per gigabyte. So, theoretically, you could fit 25,600 square miles on a 64gb SD card. That would be the equivalent of an area 160 miles x 160 miles.
    Now my subscription expired a long time ago, and I know they have made some changes. But according to my old thread, there are 150 image tiles per square mile. I think you will probably hit some other limits before reaching 64gb - that would be almost 4 million tiles and I doubt your device can handle that many, regardless of the memory card size.
    I have a 16gb card that is full of birdseye imagery. When I insert this in my Montana, it takes forever to start up, which I found unacceptable. You will have to do some experiments to see how much imagery actually works well on your GPS.
  • Magellan TRX off-road 7" touchscreen
    Just saw this on their website, it looks pretty cool. Pretty close to what I was hoping Garmin would introduce several years ago. List price is $650. That's a lot, but arguably better than Garmin's slow/buggy $800 GPSMap276cx. I like the idea of downloading satellite imagery and other content directly on the device using wifi, so you can do it in the field with your phone as a hotspot as opposed to Garmin Birdseye that requires a computer with Basecamp. $30/subscription is the same cost as Birdseye.
    Only thing missing (from what I could tell) is the ability to use third party maps or make you own. Magellan quality and support has disappointed many people in the past, I wonder if they have improved? TRX7.pdf
  • Oregon 700: my equipment does not turn on correctly
    Thank you very much for your response, it has been very useful since I deleted all the "BirdsEye" images I downloaded recently, these files are equivalent to 10 GB of data saved on the Garmin Oregon 700 device card, and now my GPS works properly.
    Now I wonder if it is possible that so much information stored in SD has caused the problem. Could you tell me how many GB it is possible to store on the memory card without the device being affected in its total or partial performance?
    Thanks for your time.
  • Garmin BaseCamp won't let me delete waypoints or logs from my eTrex Venture HC!
    I think Basecamp is compatible with your old eTrex BUT it cannot delete or edit any data directly on the device. So you would have to manually delete data on the eTrex. You should be able to read the data from the device and modify it as you choose in Basecamp. You should then be able to send the modied data back to the eTrex in Basecamp.
    AFAIK, Basecamp is compatible with all Garmin devices that have a USB interface. It does not support units with serial interface however, even if you have a USB to serial adapter (or so I have read).
    Obviously some Basecamp features (such as BIrdsEye Imagery) won't be compatible with an old device like the eTrex.
    I have heard that Mapsource can be run with WINE on the Mac, and thought it would be fun to try sometime, but really don't have the time. I have been impressed by what WINE and WINEBottler can do… and they are free. :)
  • Problem with double map display on Zumo 550 and OSM.
    I'm not sure. I know in BaseCamp you can change the visibility of BirdsEye data. However Boyd should be along shortly, he's the one who can answer that question for you.
  • Montana 680T
    Yes a straight copy. Note though that most of your profile information is in the Profiles folder. I just keep a back up of that, plus of course all the maps and BirdsEye I have loaded.
  • Garmin Nuvi 500 Replacement?
    No need to be a programmer if you want to use a phone or tablet. There are many, many apps available and almost all of them work in basic mode for free. Then if you like the app, typically the cost of a "pro version" is in the $10 to $20 range, so it's nothing like purchasing a dedicated device.
    For Android, I like OruxMaps and the best part is that it's free. It can work either online or with maps stored on the device. A variety of maps come with the software, you can purchase specialized maps, or you can make your own. This is more complicated, but you certainly don't need to be a "programmer". The USGS has a tutorial here:
    On iOS I like the Galileo app. It isn't free, but IIRC the pro version cost me $9. But there are many other apps for both iOS and Android. I have a GLO and like it for a variety of reasons. But I would not consider it a necessity, especially if you have a newer phone. My iPhone 6s Plus has a pretty good built-in GPS that receives the GLONASS satellites just like the newer Garmin handhelds. I don't bother with the GLO for use in the car anymore.
    If you want to stick with Garmin, look for a refurbished Montana 600, they can usually be found for around $300 - I see a Montana 600t refurb at GPSCity now for $330 (same thing but it includes a pre-loaded Garmin 100k US Topo).
    I have a Montana 600 and have been very happy with it, the 4" screen is bigger and better than the Nuvi 500, it runs much longer on batteries and has more map options, such a satellite imagery and scanned USGS topo maps from Garmin's Birdseye series.
    Also has some very sophisticated features that let you automate common tasks and customize almost every aspect of the device. You would also need a mount, Garmin sells a few different ones and there are also third part mounts.
    If you have some disposable income, there's also the new GPSMap 276cx with a 5" screen and pushbutton interface for $800. :-O