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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Lake Pontchartrain / Northshore in Southeast Louisiana
A friend of mine e-mailed me some of his way points and I opened them via Garmin's 'home port'software program on my apple pc.
I have a lowrance Elite-7 HDI chartplotter with a Standard Mapping chip. If I copy the way points to a blank micro sd card, will my Lowrance read them or will the code only be read by a Garmin GPS? Is there a way I can transfer the data without manually....  Read More
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Response by Captain Paul
July 25, 2014 at 1:50pm
Garmin Data to Lowrance protocol
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ Dog dude ~

No! Waypoints written in a computer language for a Garmin unit will NOT work in a Lowrance unit and conversely.

You MUST change the format that Lowrance has designed for their units.

The hard way is to re-enter all of the waypoints manually into your Elite-7 unit or find a way to convert them.

I use a program called GPS BABEL. It has the ability to reformat many different types of formats from one to another.

It is a free program on the internet at http://www.gpsbabel.org/

I suggest that you download the program in your computer and experiment with the conversion options. It is a real time saver.

First save the Garmin waypoints to a file then do the conversion, never overwriting the saved file.

To use the data, you will need a SPARE DATA card and the Lowrance transfer program called INSIGHT PLANNER. This is a worth while investment as it will allow you to transfer data from the GPS to your Computer and from the computer to your GPS unit. Saving your waypoints to a computer or thumb drive, etc, will give you the option of backing up all of your data.

Captain Paul
July 23, 2014 at 9:14pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Southeast Louisiana
hey Capt. You misunderstood me I want to know what you think of lowrance with a 7 inch screen which model is the best for the price. seems there are many models Hds /touch/ chirp. What is your opinion of structure scan? Can a map be made on a computer easily for this unit EX google earth how hard to enter your chip Capt paul edge. give you thoughts on these units please
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Response by Captain Paul
July 09, 2014 at 4:21pm
Which Gps to get? ?
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ Mike the Tiger ~

~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ Mike the Tiger ~

Sorry Mike,

If you are set on a Lowrance GPS unit, start with the HDS series Gen2 units are the top of the line in performance and price. For such Gen 2 they start at about $850.00.

I personally don’t like the touch screen models as they are sometimes hard to operate in bad weather and cold temperatures when you have to wear gloves.

Lowrance also has a line that they call the ELITE line. I would start with those units as a starting point.

Remember that the price increases as the size of the screens increase, as well as if it is a colored screen. I don’t know of a program that will allow you to use Google Earth images while under way. The Earth programs requires a link to a Wi Fi or cell phone data link in order to display the maps.

When planning your purchase be sure to include the Lowrance INSIGHT PLANNER. This will allow you to save and install tracks, routes and waypoints to and from your computer and GPS unit. It is a for sale item on the Lowrance web site.

I am sorry, but I can’t give you the expertise you will need to assist in the selection of the sonar ~ depth ~ fish finder part of the system.

Most sonar units will have a hard time giving you an accurate image of the bottom when traveling at today’s boat speeds in two feet of water. You may find one but I doubt it.

Captain Paul
July 02, 2014 at 7:47am
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in South Central Louisiana
How long you think before Academy will offer the humminbird 999 in store or on website? they have all the other new models in stock.
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Response by Captain Paul
July 01, 2014 at 7:24pm
Humminbird 999 in Academy stores
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ Accordionman ~

Both models of the 999 are in the $1500 range. As a top of their line units it may be some time before they filter down to Academy and Wal-Mart. I suggest that you contact the Academy people and ask them when it will be available in their stores.

Captain Paul
June 28, 2014 at 7:04am
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Southeast Louisiana
Hey Capt Paul looking for info on lowrance 740 series what model would be the best at the best price? I would like good GPS mapping (maybe use standard map chip for Lakes P.and borgne and some hopedale/delocroix areas These are my usual areas that I go. Also I want some good imageing of the bottom and fish or bait If possible will this unit give dept under power so I can tell if Iam in....  Read More
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Response by Captain Paul
July 01, 2014 at 7:16pm
Lowrance 740 ? ?
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ Mike the Tiger ~

Mike, I could not find a current model 700 etc., as a current model on the LOWRANCE web site. It certainly not listed as a current model, but may have once been a production model.

However GARMIN currently and a GPSMAP® 741xs and a GPSMAP® 721xs @ 1500.00

The premier Garmin GPSMAP 721xs combination chartplotter/sounder has 60 percent more processing power than its previous generation. Includes a 7” touchscreen with pinch-to-zoom, HD-ID™ sonar and CHIRP capabilities (transducer sold separately, some versions). Built-in high-sensitivity 10 Hz Garmin GPS/GLONASS receiver updates position and heading 10 times per second. It lists at $1,399.99 USD .

Naturally any map, accessories or charts for a Lowrance would not work in a Garmin unit.

I am not sure this is what you want. Get back with me if you can get any other information on the Lowrance unit.

Most sonar units will have a hard time giving you an accurate image of the bottom when traveling at today’s boat speeds in two feet of water. You may find one but I doubt it.

Captain Paul
June 25, 2014 at 7:36pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Delacroix Island in Southeast Louisiana
Captain Paul,

Is there a program available for this unit that give a true satellite image mapping option? If so what is it. Thanks in advance for your help.
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Response by Captain Paul
June 24, 2014 at 7:11pm
Try Garmin g2 VISION mapping
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ Chocohead ~

The Garmin BlueChart G2 Vision should work in the unit, but call the Garmin support section at 1-800-800-1020 to be sure. Garmin has another program called Bird’s Eye, but I don’t believe that it will work in that unit.

The Support section should be able to tell you about the Bird’s Eye program.

The BlueChart is ordered for different North America zones, and is a non refundable item. So, to be sure, go to a stocking Garmin dealer and ask to see the BlueChart g2 VISION program in one of their units. Go to an area that you know and zoom in on the location.

The BlueChart g2 has charts only, the BlueChart g2 VISION has ortho corrected aerial photo maps.

Please let me know how you make out.

~ Captain Paul ~
June 20, 2014 at 8:04pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Cocodrie / DuLarge in South Central Louisiana
I purchased the Edge coordinates for Lafitte and Cocodrie/Dulac. But i inadvertently bought them for the Garmin instead of my Humminbird 581iHD. I would like to know if their is anyway to exchange them. Also, the Humminbird unit is still pretty new to me, and I am operating from a Mac computer. So how would I transfer the data from the computer to the SD card? Thank you for your help and....  Read More
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Response by Captain Paul
June 16, 2014 at 5:12pm
EDGE transfer Info
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ JacobD89 ~

Send me an email with the order receipt to me and I will send you the correct one for your Humminbird GPS system. My enmail address is captainpaultgps@gmail.com/

I can’t guarantee that it will work on a Mac or Apple system, but you should get a HUMMINBIRD PC data transfer download. It is FREE vai their web site. You will need the model and serial number of your GPS unit to complete the download. I suggest that you contact the Humminbird Support people for that information concerning the MAC issue.

Basically, you save the EDGE file to a folder on your computer, I suggest that you name it something like Library/GPS/Lafitte and again for the Cocodrie area.

Then, open the Humminbird PC program and under the FILE icon, select the OPEN icon. The file should appear at the top of the screen. Now click on the displayed file in the Humminbird program and all of the waypoints for that area should appear. Next following the instructions of the PC program, transfer all of the waypoints to a spare SD memory card. This card is then placed in your GPS unit and the waypoints loaded into the internal Waypoint memory of your unit.

Contact me if you and additional info.

~ Captain Paul ~

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June 16, 2014 at 3:25pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Outside Louisiana
Hi capt. I'll admit it, I don't like being told my 172c is obsolete and therefore, like apple, I must bow to the gods of 'make money by forcing you to update' mind set that has spread like a virus in most progressive data tech companies. Seems like there bottom line is ' screw support, make them buy new.' So now here I sit with perfectly good old Garmin 172C maps chart/plot and a new area....  Read More
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Response by Captain Paul
June 13, 2014 at 5:07pm
Maps for older GPS unit
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ SLAYMASTER ~

First, you will need a transfer program to install the maps on a spare card or via your unit or by using a connection cable. Try Garmin’s MapSource, Trip and Waypoint Manager and the free download BASECAMP and or MapInstall. They still offer the BASECAMP and MapInstall on their web site. The others may be hard to find.

Secondly, the older discontinued GPS models cannot read new map data and the newer type maps can not work in these units.

If your GPS can accommodate the older MapSource files, you may be able to find something that will work from a mapping web site called GPS FILE DEPOT. (http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/maps/view/144/) Most of the Depot maps are free downloads, only asking for a donation.

Go to the web site and search for maps in the US and then NJ and NY. Try the TOPO maps for these states. Yes, I know, you are in a boat, but many of the Topos cover near shore features. The Topo version may give you what you need, although they don’t give water depths or marine NavAids as a NOAA Marine Chart will do. Depending on the draft and operating range of your boat you may be able to use the Topo version of the maps.

In trying download the Garmin BaseCamp from their web site, then the Depot files. The map files should show up in the BaseCamp program in the My maps window at the top of the screen.

Another way would be for you to purchase a Marine mapping program such as Richards MapTech Navigator and Navigator Pro. (http://www.richardsonscharts.com/product.php?cat_id=22)and installing it in laptop PC and use a connecting cable to your GPS unit. In doing so, your position will show up on the displayed charts, topos and aerial views of the program. In fact both MapTech programs have ALL NOAA Marine Charts from Canada to Texas.

I wish I had a specific answer to your dilemma, but I don’t. Sooner or later, hopeful later, you will be forced to purchase a new GPS unit. Yes, you will have to bite the bullet, but when doing so, check out the unit’s mapping types and date of issue. Most newer units can accommodate even aerial photo maps. Regardless, you should get one of the aforementioned backup programs and save your existing waypoints and routes which will allow you to back up all of the data.

Hope this helps.

Captain Paul
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June 11, 2014 at 12:53pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Vermilion Bay in South Central Louisiana
I recently purchased Captain Paul's Edge for Calc. Lake and Vermilion Bay. Being computer illiterate I had problems from the start: not necessarily with Captain Paul's product but with the Garmin downloads and lack of detail they give you on how to actually download the information onto your GPS/Sounder.

I fought this for hours when I decided to try to call Captain Paul for help. ....  Read More
June 09, 2014 at 8:33pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Fourchon / Grand Isle in Southeast Louisiana
Anybody know the coordinates to the Blue Camp out in the water in Four Bayous area?
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Response by Captain Paul
June 08, 2014 at 8:51pm
Camp in Four Bayou Pass
~ Captain Paul's response: ~

I have three camps located in the area called Quatre (Four) Bayou Pass.

As I have not been able to check they out for a couple of months, I can’t say if any are painted blue.

Camps

29°19.608’N ~ 89°50.852’ W

29°20.039’ N ~ 89°50.374’ W

20° 19.986’ N ~ 89° 50.486’ W

Hope this is of some help to you.

Unless otherwise specified, all positions are stated as Degrees, minutes and thousandths of minutes (DDD,MM.mmm) and were determined using WGS 84 Datum. All bearings and courses are stated in Magnetic degrees.

~ Captain Paul ~
June 04, 2014 at 4:13pm
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Capt. Paul, are you still having classes on GPS ?
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Response by Captain Paul
June 08, 2014 at 8:36pm
GPS Classes
Yes, I am still giving classed on the use of GPS, but health problems prohibit me from giving a full class full.

I am holding classes in by office at my home.

I could handle up to three individuals at a time.

Contact me via email for details.

Captain Paul

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June 04, 2014 at 7:30am
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Fourchon / Grand Isle in Southeast Louisiana
I have gone on Google Earth and identified several spots that I wanted to navigate to. I plugged the GPS coordinates from Google Earth in to my Garman. When I was on the water and attempted to navigate to those coordinates using the Garman, I was nowhere close. What am I doing wrong? An example is that I marked the opening for the Southeastern Louisiana Canal in to Barataria Bay. Google....  Read More
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Response by Captain Paul
May 31, 2014 at 7:44pm
your Plots
I could not attach a photo to this posting but look for another posting to you.

That post, has the photo of my plotting of y our position.

I have plotted the position as Degees, Minutes, seconds and hundredths of seconds. DDD,MM,SS.ss

using WGS 84 Datum.

As you can see it is at the mouth of the canal.

Try checking what DATUM is being used by the Google maps you used.

Some points about the errors:

Many aerial photo maps are NOT ORTHO corrected. The map that I used is an ortho corrected one.

I can’t say if the Google maps are corrected, I suspect that they area not corrected maps.

Check the DATUM that you were using as compared to the DATUM used by Google. Different datum settings could amount for the distances you describe.

Check the position format that you are using. Trying to enter a different format than the unit was set up to use will cause the inaccuracies. you describe.

Check if the iPhone has access to the WAAS differential system. If it does not and your GPS unit does have it, your unit will be much more accurate, usually within 3 meters. Without the WAAS feature the accuracy will be 60+ meters.

Note the included photo of my plot.

Captain Paul
May 29, 2014 at 12:17pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Leeville / Golden Meadow in Southeast Louisiana
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  • SW canal at the western part of Barataria Bay
I have plotted the position as Degees, Minutes, seconds and hundredths of seconds. DDD,MM,SS.ss
using WGS 84 Datum.
As you can see it is at the mouth of the canal.

Try checking what DATUM is being used by the Google maps you used.

Some points about the errors:
Many aerial photo maps are NOT ORTHO corrected. The map that I used is an ortho corrected one.
I can’t say....  Read More
May 31, 2014 at 7:37pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Lafitte in Southeast Louisiana
I use an iPad for a GPS. What is the best GPS program and maps to use in S.E. Louisiana?
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Response by Captain Paul
May 25, 2014 at 2:23pm
maps for iPad / iphone- cell phone
check your Apps under maps. I have several and use the hybird view. Most are Free. Google and many others should suit your needs.

Remember that most of these maping programs need some sort of a data link to show the maps as you move through the view.

Cell phone data links will do as would WiFi, however you may be out of range of the cell network. Test them out before venturing with that as your sole means of navigation. Please get a hard copy of a map of the area before you begin your trip.

Captain Paul
May 23, 2014 at 4:49pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana
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Here is our Best wholesale prices, Warranty policy, 3 month Return policy,....  Read More
May 16, 2014 at 10:25pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Southeast Louisiana
I just purchased and downloaded GPS Edge files for Cocodrie/Dularge and Grand Isle but I accidently downloaded Delorme Files instead of Lowrance files. Can they be 'exchanged'. Also, the do the Lowrance files download/upload successfully with the new Lowrance HDS Touch Technology units?

Thanks Capt
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Response by Captain Paul
May 12, 2014 at 5:49pm
On its way and the Edge will work in your GPS S
Captain Paul's response:

B y this time you should have received a new download file for the DeLorme mistake.

Yes, the Edge file should work in your new HDS Touch unit. However, to get the most out of transferring files to and from your GPS unit and your computer, you should get the Lowrance INSIGHT PLANNER from their web site. It is available as a for sale download.

The Insight Planner allows you to back up all of your waypoints, tracks, and routes in your GPS UNIT. In addition, you will need a spare data card to actually make the transfer.

Call me if you need any help.

Captain Paul
May 09, 2014 at 3:52pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Lake Pontchartrain / Northshore in Southeast Louisiana
I have a Garmin 541s, I would like to use it in my house to just learn how to use it. Is there a cable that I can purchase that will allow me to power it up in my home, or do I have to sit in my boat on my trailer in my driveway?
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Response by Captain Paul
May 08, 2014 at 8:47pm
Get a spare cable and a 12 volt DC power source
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ Rieblanc68 ~

You are making a very good decision to begin using your unit in your home. It will give you the ability to experiment with the unit form the comfort of home. It will greatly improve your ability to use your unit.

The Garmin web site indicates that a Garmin Fishfinder/sounder power cable, part 010-10918-00 at a price of $24.90 will work as you indicated.

You will need either a 12 Volt battery or an AC-DC converter (120AC to 12V DC).

Tape back the other wires and use only the red and black wires with the connection as per your owners manual.

I got my converter from Best Buy and put a 12 volt cigarette lighter type connector in the end that goes to the converter.

Remember that being indoors, you will not be able to actually “capture” or show your position live, but you can add any data that you may want to.

~ Captain Paul ~
May 08, 2014 at 12:50pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Vermilion Bay in South Central Louisiana
Hi Captain Paul.
I am wanting to purchase most of your GPS fishing edge files. I have a Raymarine chartplotter. Do you know if anyone has problems using the Edge files with these units? My real question is, which File to purchase that has the Houma area, Lake De Cade, Sister Lake, etc? I am planning on going to those areas soon.
Thanks,
James
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Response by Captain Paul
May 05, 2014 at 9:01pm
The Leeville WEST covers the Dulac area
I don't have any reports concerning the EDGE Files and Raymarine.

The Leeville WEST covers jmost or the area you mentioned.

Captain Paul
May 03, 2014 at 3:02pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Henderson Lake in South Central Louisiana
Capt. Paul,

I just purchased the edge file for Big Lake but wasn't paying attention and accidentally purchased the one for Delorme. I have a Lowrance and am wondering if I can convert it to upload and if so I will also need the Lowrance install instructions.

Thank you
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Response by Captain Paul
April 27, 2014 at 2:55pm
The Lowrance files are on the way to you.
The Lowrance files are on the way to you.

I hopoe you enjoy these fishing locations.

Captain Paul
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Response by Captain Paul
April 26, 2014 at 7:28pm
Delorme data will not work in a Lowrance
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ BLCJARMON~

Yes, send me an email to captainpaultgps@gmail.com with the attached files you have, and I will see what can be done.

Captain Paul
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April 24, 2014 at 8:42am
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Cocodrie / DuLarge in South Central Louisiana
Capt. Paul,
I am in the waiting process of my new bay boat. I have the new Lowrance HDS9 Gen2 touch being installed. I am thinking of adding the Standard Mapping map to it for a true life look. I was wondering if your fishing edge will work with both the Lowrance and the Standard mapping maps? Also will I need anything else to install them on my unit?
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Response by Captain Paul
April 26, 2014 at 7:38pm
Yes they will work in the unit as overlays
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~RIG MAGICIAN

The EDGE files are exclusively by The LOUISIANA SPORTSMAN in their OUTDOOR Store. They are delivered as an electronic download which is stored in your computer then transferred via a data transfer program to the GPS unit via a data card or connecting cables. They are stored in the internal memory of the unit and appear as waypoints overlays in what ever mapping program you may have in your unit.

You should get the Lowrance INSIGHT PLANNER from their web site to assist you in doing the transfer.

~ Captain Paul ~
April 23, 2014 at 5:40am
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Myrtle Grove / Port Sulphur in Southeast Louisiana
Can you give a brief explanation of how the Edge product is obtained. I have a Garmin Etrex Legend CX, I'm not sure if it will work on this unit, I am interested in getting the Myrtle Grove version. It is only a collection of waypoints correct? Or does it contain routes as well? Any info will be appreciated.
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Response by Captain Paul
April 26, 2014 at 7:22pm
EDGE will work in the Legend
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ IDLEWILDMAN ~

The Captain Paul’s Fishing Edge of GPS Waypoints is sold as an electronic download from the OUTDOOR STORE on the LA SPORTSMAN’S web site. It is a collection of waypoints that can be downloaded into your GPS unit via a connection cable or spare data card. The download also includes a .pdf of a general map of the area showing where the waypoints are located. This cannot be installed in your GPS unit, but offers a backup for the actual electronic waypoints.

The Garmin Etrex Legend CX unit uses a microSD card to add waypoints, tracks, routes and supplemental mapping for the unit. You should get a spare Micro SD card and the free Garmin data transfer program BASE CAMP, from their web site.

Then down load the EDGE files into a folder in your computer. Call it WAYPOINTS then Myrtle Grove, and any other areas you may be interested in.

Once in the folder open the BASE CAMP program find the Myrtle Grove .gdb or .gpx file and transfer the file into the program.

Place the memory in the GPS unit and turn it on. Complete any function in the unit. This will cause the unit to write a code to the spare card which will allow the Base Camp the ability to transfer the data to the card and ultimately to the GPS unit.

Contact me if you need any additional info or if you need assistance in loading the program.

~Captain Paul~
April 26, 2014 at 12:06am

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