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How do I load my GPS Map into my handheld GPS?

GPX File

Included in your purchase is a GPX file containing the GPS coordinates of river landmarks. GPX is universal file format that is compatible with most handheld GPS devices and map software.

General Requirements

Most handheld GPS units can be connected to a personal computer allowing GPS coordinates to be uploaded into them. This process generally requires the following:

  • Personal Computer - Most computer software used to transfer GPS coordinates from a computer into a handheld GPS require a windows compatible PC. Some applications, like GPS Babel, run on both Mac and PC operating systems.
  • Handheld GPS - Many different handheld GPS units are available on the market today. See a list of major GPS manufacturers.
  • Interface Cable - Available from your handheld GPS's manufacturer, most interface cables are either USB or serial.
  • Software Application - Almost all the GPS manufacturers offer software for transferring GPS coordinates, routes and tracks to and from a handheld GPS. Some is free and some is not. We recommend GPS Babel, a free application that runs on both Mac and PC.
  • GPS Coordinate File - When you purchase a river GPS Map you receive both a GPX file and a KML file. The GPX file is for uploading into a handheld GPS or viewing with map software. The KML file is for viewing with Google Earth specifically.

See you GPS manufacturer's instructions for the list of your specific requirements.


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