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[aprssig] Garmin and APRS

Wes Johnston, AI4PX wes at ai4px.com
Sat Feb 28 04:46:56 UTC 2009


When you speak to garmin, please reference the NMEA fix on the GPSmap276c...
they fixed it for me 4 or 5 years ago on that model.  Maybe it'll spur some
memories for them??
Wes
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On Fri, Feb 27, 2009 at 11:29 PM, Michael Carey <
michaelcarey at internode.on.net> wrote:

> Hi Scott,
> I will be sending an email to Garmin about this subject.
> I've noticed that my HamHud  waypoint generation function leaves
> multiple duplicates on my Gamin GPSMAP60CS with strange letter and
> numbers appended to the end of the name each time.
> I am presuming that this is the same issue you have with Gamin units
> other than the nuvi 350.
> Michael.
> VK5ZEA
>
> Scott Miller wrote:
> > As I think just about everyone here knows, I've been working a lot with
> > the Garmin nuvi 350 because through some fluke its fleet management
> > interface allows real-time waypoint creation (it's not part of the
> > documented protocol), and it works perfectly for APRS.  The Tracker2 and
> > now the D700/D710 or any other NMEA-capable tracker (with the GTRANS
> > translator cable) can use it.
> >
> > I've been trying for a year or more to convince Garmin to add this
> > capability to other models, but I really haven't had any luck.  I'm not
> > sure I've even convinced them that I'm not just a lone nut, so it's time
> > to let them know there are a lot of us nuts out there.
> >
> > I'm calling on any APRS users who own Garmin automotive navigation
> > systems (nuvi, zumo, StreetPilot), or would honestly buy one if their
> > APRS support was better, to email Garmin and let them know that you want
> > to see real-time waypoint creation through the fleet management
> > interface like on the nuvi 350.
> >
> > If you have a StreetPilot 7200 or 2720, a nuvi 600 series, or a nuvi
> > 360, these already create waypoints but they leave duplicates each time
> > a station moves.  This is a legitimate mis-feature to open a support
> > ticket for, and Garmin has changed waypoint behavior in the past at
> > customer request.  It'd be a minor change and would give us several more
> > APRS-capable models with larger screens and more features.
> >
> > The Garmin support contact page is here, for those who already own
> > Garmin products:
> >
> > http://www.garmin.com/garmin/cms/site/us/support/supportcontact
> >
> > I'm really hoping to get across to them how important this feature is
> > for emergency response, search and rescue, and related activities.
> > Situational awareness is a big deal, and most SAR teams, Red Cross
> > chapters, and so forth can't afford expensive mobile data terminals that
> > probably won't interoperate with anyone else's equipment in a major
> > disaster or mutual aid situation.
> >
> > It'd also be nice to let them know that you appreciate their support for
> > APRS with the enhanced NMEA input on the Colorado 300 and the new Oregon
> > handhelds.  The outdoor products division gets it, apparently.
> >
> > If you have APRS-related stories, testimonials, and so forth, you can
> > send them to:
> >
> > stories at garmin.com
> >
> > The new models are coming out with no waypoint display capability at
> > all, just a broken point of interest upload capability that won't work
> > for APRS at all.  We need to let them know it's important before it
> > disappears completely.
> >
> > The Colorado 300's example shows that Garmin CAN pull this off, and that
> > a tiny bit of work on their part opens up a lot of possibilities for us
> > APRS users.
> >
> > So please, let Garmin know what you think about this.  Be polite and
> > constructive, and let them know that helping out the APRS community
> > makes financial sense for them and provides a real benefit to our public
> > service capabilities.  They're closed for the weekend, so this is a
> > perfect time to get your messages in and get their attention on Monday
> > morning.
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Scott
> > N1VG
> >
> >
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