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Old 01-01-2003, 09:47 AM
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I plan on buying either a Garmin 2006 vs Northstar 952 next fall. I'd prefer not having to enter each waypoint individually when I get the unit. I know the Bluechart CD Rom has waypoint management software included which can I can then download (I think) to the 2006. Have been reading through the online owners manual for the last hour or so to see how hard it would be for a total computer illiterate like me to comprehend. I'm beginning to wonder whether it'd be quicker just to do it manually-probably 400 waypoints. My questions are: 1. would the EasyGPS waypoint management software be easier for a dunb@ss like me (seems like it from their website) 2. can you transfer the waypoints from that program to 2006 &/or Northstar 3. is the Bluechart waypoint management software really easier than it comes across in the manual. I realize that the Bluechart CD makes more sense if you know you're getting Garmin (I'm leaning towards the 2006) but would like to keep my options open this far out from a purchase. Any advice would be appreciated.
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Old 01-01-2003, 11:56 AM
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MKM,
I looked at a few GPS software programs including EasyGPS and GPSU (GPS Utility). I ended up purchasubng GPSU because I liked its features the best and the owner was very helpfull when I had starup problems and also needed to know data regards my Furuno 1850DF.

Both of those programs are shareware and provide a free program for you to download and try. You can also email the GPSU owner from his web site, gpsutility.com, and ask him if it will work with your unit.

One of the features of GPSU was it will plot all your waypoints on a map and allow you to indicate any one as point zero, then each waypoint you look at will tell youexactly how far from the point zero waypoint - a nice feature.

I found EasyGPS was not as intuitive for me, GPSU seemed to fit my way of doing things.

I also looked at the more expensive charting software and found it to have features I would never use and was too expensive for my needs.

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Old 01-01-2003, 05:26 PM
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MKM...are your waypoints coming from a Loran or a GPS. If you were to enter them into Garmin as TD's they would go through their conversion to Lat/Lon. You probably will not end up at the same spot (because of conversion errors). Now if you know the Lat/Lon from another GPS you should be OK. With the BlueChart up on your computer you could enter them at the exact waypoint using the pointer and watching the Lat/Lon. Still have to do it 400 times. I not familiar with the software that's mentioned...are you suggesting a 'perfect' conversion from your TD's in your Loran directly to the new GPS? Others will have the answer.

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Old 01-01-2003, 05:50 PM
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The 2006 has a cursor you can move to a specific spot and then enter as a way point. I'd have to check but I think it indicates the lat/lon numbers before you enter. If so you can simply get the cursor to the spot, mark and name. I found because there are more characters available to name way points than my old unit I needed to attend to everyone anyway.

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Old 01-01-2003, 11:09 PM
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I use easy GPS for my Garmin 176 and it is a breeze to use. I recommend it . It makes lat/lon management a breeze. It is easier to enter waypoints on a computer than any GPS trust me. Once all are entered into the computer just download them to the Garmin. The only way to go....
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Old 01-02-2003, 03:46 AM
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second Cracker's response. Using Mapsource my fishing buddy and I can email sets of number back and forth and upload to our individual units (a 215D and a 76). Also, I download the track from each trip and date it for future reference. It is very easy on this program.
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Old 01-02-2003, 05:48 AM
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MKM, as someone who owns a Northstar, I would lean towards a Garmin. I think they make a better overall unit. I have several things I don't like about my Northstar including:

it loses it's signal for no apparent reason, always at the worst times,

it has no course up,

it does not keep up with miles traveled.

The last two may no longer apply as they may have upgraded the units as mine is 2 years old. Northstar's does have some real reliability issues IMHO. A friend of mine got tired of sending his back to Northstar because it would turn itself off for no apparent reason. The local electronics guy I purchased mine from in Wilmington has all but quit carrying them due to the number of problems users bring to him. Your experience may be differnet.

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Old 01-02-2003, 05:12 PM
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I'm using Mapsource that comes with the Waterways and lights CD. I recently went to the Garmin website and updated the software. Its easy to use. I originally manually entered close to 300 waypoints. I have an old version of Nobeltech which, appearantly is no longer supported that had all of my numbers in it. I couldn't download those into my new Garmin 182. (I was using a Furno GP31 with the Nobeltech). But, I was able to tranfer all the spots from the 182 into the Mapsource software and as a Christmas gift to a friend, I loaded all the public stuff into a couple of handheld Garmin 76 units.

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Old 01-02-2003, 05:19 PM
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John, I'm a little confused. Is the GPSU software free or do you have to buy it? As I understand it, the EasyGPS is free. Cracker, you're saying I can download from the EasyGPS to the 2006, right?Reel_time, from everything I've heard and read you're probably right about the Garmin being a better overall unit (certainly a better value). The only thing that keeps the Northstar in the running is it's speed although, I must admit, I'm really not sure it will make a difference in "real world" use. What are your thoughts? By the way, I believe the 952's have the course up, heads up feature now.
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MKM,

Download easy GPS and play with the program. But it is much easier to record your waypoints there first then just buy a computer cable from Garmin that connects from your computer to the back of your garmin and as long as the Garmin is powered up all your waypoints will download into the Garmin in about 30 secs to 1 min when you hit the transfer button. It is very easy. (Note: buy the Garmin computer cable that plugs into the wall and has the computer cord also, this powers up your Garmin machine while you download from your home computer) I find a laptop computer is little easier to use and lets me back up my valuable waypoints on two seperate computers. It isn't hard..
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Old 01-03-2003, 02:54 PM
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MKM,

Yes, easyGPS is free. GPSU has a free demo version. Their full version is very reasonable.

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Old 01-04-2003, 05:42 AM
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MKM

Take a look at ExpertGPS. It's the higher end software from Topografix, the same folks that make EasyGPS

I really love the thing and find the map overlays from their server very useful. Plus, if you decide to buy it, you can get $10 off from the EasyGPS site. Will cost you $49.

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Old 01-04-2003, 03:19 PM
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Thanks for the help guys!
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