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Old 11 Sep 2011
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OOhh yeah..

I'm another pleased and exited victim of Bert's recommendation... bought a Montana 600 as well and dumped my 60Cx including the TT bracket

well not regarding this post's over here, (found this afterwards).. but yes thanks to Bert's great emails and skype efforts with personal touch and of course my own analyses, experiences about what I'm expecting from a modern GPS... yes I must admit, the 600 covers all needs for bike travellers.. it's near perfect

I was so feed up with the 60cx regarding all it's bugs, freezing the maps, painful slow, that I was playing with the thought to get a z660... but hey yea the Montana 600 got everything needed.

After deleting most of the crap, stored on the 600, like all sorts of voice files, manuals, pictures, wallpapers, demo files and so on, which I would never use anyway, I found all the space I need for all my maps, POI, waypoints... and I found use for storing special JPG's for on the road without a PC...
As I did scan in my passport, driving licence, V5, and so on, it's actually very useful space to sore short infos like short notes, conversion tables and else that can be useful for a quick view see the Arab-Latin number image for example...

the 600 is even able to zoom this images as well...

yes special thanks to Bertrand

ahh yea and I'm wonder about the next HU meetings, where little circles of Montana 600 owner doing WiFi-WP-exchange partys and sending each others there latest WP via air around... great future isn't it
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This looks the buisness

I have had the Colorado and Find it great for off the beaten track nav and in some ways prefer it to the zumo 500 I have on my road bike.

Apart from the fact that Zumo is designed to work with gloves on.

I do like the music player function on my Zumo mind (does the montana have one??).

This looks the buisness for my next trip

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small correction

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- 3000 waypoints
Walter it's 4000! even better!!

I've loaded over 300 thousand Custom POI's and still cannot get the unit to 'crash' - things just keep improving- I'm still looking for where the limit is!

Dual battery system - swappable lithium battery pack or AA batteries

It's clever to have the option of using AA's but an oversight on Garmin's part- that could have won them even more brownie points if they had wired the unit to charge those as well. Sadly, the unit cannot recharge those when it is in its powered cradle- That's a shame- hoping for a future fix on that.
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Question clarification

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When powered up, you can chose in the 600, to 'Enable' or 'Disable' any gmapsupp images (or the gmapprom for that matter) that you need/don't need at that particular time.
Remember NOT to have two maps enabled for the same area- else...
Sorry Bertrand but just to clarify, with this unit (600) do you mean it can switch from one map to another without need of a PC/Smartphone? or you still need something to rename the file?

Thanks!
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In a word- yes Emiraff, provided you have already saved your different maps to the micro SD card.

Maps stored on the micro SD card need be called gmapsupp (only once can be called gmapsupp) then gmapsupp1, gmapsupp2, gmapsupp3 and so on.

You can have more than one 'Enabled' at the same time but remember never do that for two (or more!) maps for the same area! else the results will be VERY confusing!

And the more maps you enable, the slower the gps.
As with so many things in life, keep it simple- one map at a time
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Maps stored on the micro SD card need be called gmapsupp (only once can be called gmapsupp) then gmapsupp1, gmapsupp2, gmapsupp3 and so on.

You can have more than one 'Enabled' at the same time but remember never do that for two (or more!) maps for the same area! else the results will be VERY confusing!

And the more maps you enable, the slower the gps.
As with so many things in life, keep it simple- one map at a time
That is extremely cool.

I am angry with myself for not getting one before my current trip to Morocco.
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Didn't you use the zumo? What's the reason for wanting to ditch it?
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In a word- yes Emiraff, provided you have already saved your different maps to the micro SD card.
On my 276c, that has very restricted memory, I often select a subset of the maps of France, (full set wont fit on 256meg) in Mapsource and save it to a .gdb. Then, "switch product" to France Topo and load the sections of that mapping for my destination or route and save these into the same .gdb.

That way I have the current routeable mapping and all the twiddly bits on top when I zoom down to them.
Does that still work with the Montana?

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That way I have the current routeable mapping and all the twiddly bits on top when I zoom down to them.
Does that still work with the Montana?

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Hello John
I don't understand what you mean by 'twiddly bits' !! but if you look at my post #7, that is how to add maps to the Montana.
In its internal memory you store (if you want to that is) one gmapprom map image and on the micro sd all the gmapsupp's ones.
You can chose map 'enable' or 'disable' as you wish.
Then you can zoom in and out.
If the 'twiddly bits' are icons, you can chose the various zoom levels when you want these to appear or not.
Is this what you were looking for? hope it helps

p.s read the bit about not having 2 maps enabled of the same area in #37!
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Hello Guys.

Sorry if this question is phrased badly.

Can you upload a log file from a previous trip and follow it? I'm talking about a "Bread Crumb" trail. (tracks?)

If so is there a size restriction?

For example I have a 3.20 MB .gdb file covering a trip of four weeks, with 140'250 points.

Do these points = Custom POI's?

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Yes you can upload previously saved tracks and use 'Trackback'
You can change the colour of the tracks too which helps.
(I always keep my current one red)
Size I cannot answer as I don't have one that large to try.
If you want to email me the track in a mapsource gdb format, I'll do it and tell you how it went.

Tracks are not Custom Poi's -
Custom POI's are provided by Garmin and can also be 'user designed' - to make them work requires an excel file and a bitmap image (so that you can see an icon relating to the waypoint)
Just one thing, if you do want to use an icon that describes the waypoint (easier to see ron screen and recognise rather than having to see a bl;ue spot and read the name to figure out what it is) all the waypoints in the excel file must be (for example) petrol stations as you can only have one excel file associated with one icon and both files must have the same name.
I have classified mine like this
Fuel
Mechanics
Tyre Places
Camping
Accommodation
Hospitals
Pharmacies
Embassies
Borders
and so on.

so the result looks like this I use the country name in front as it these will be Alpha listed on the gps.
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France_Fuel
France_Mechanics
France_Tyre Places
France_Camping etc etc


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If you want to email me the track in a mapsource gdb format, I'll do it and tell you how it went.
Very kind offer, I will email you
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Matthew- the combined tracks -all-in-one you sent me contained:
140542 Points
It loaded in mapsource and it loaded into the Montana
BUT
the track was only visible from Bilbao to just west (about 10Kms) of Furengirola
Checking the spec of the Montana on the Garmin website, it states:
Tracklog 10,000 points, max 200 saved tracks and therein lies your answer.

I should have checked that first!!!!! D'uh silly me
  • I could navigate your track
  • I could save it
  • reverse it
  • Track-back-ed it :0)

BTW- did you know that you can also shrink the tracks and choose how many/often you want the gps to save a point.

As a rule of thumb, the more complicated the place (back streets of Casablanca!) or the more off road/away from signage I am, the more points I will set the gps to save and vice versa.
So far, I've been ok getting to and from tesco's!!!!
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Checking the spec of the Montana on the Garmin website, it states:
Tracklog 10,000 points, max 200 saved tracks and therein lies your answer.
Thanks very much for testing that so quickly, you're a star.

Do you think the above means 10,000 points in total over 200 saved tracks or 200 tracks of up to 10,000 points each?

If its the latter then you could have 200 days worth of log files, I'm guessing.
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Thank you
I interpret that as 200 tracks of 10K each IMHO but hey I could be wrong- I'm the proverbial optimist!
I'd suggest you adjust frequency of waypoints using either distance or time to suit your needs.
aka no point to have a waypoint made every 100 meters if on the M1 to Birmingham!
A useful trick- clear aka 'cut' the files and paste on a safe folder on your PC a whole load of files on the Montana that you'll probably never use thereby freeing internal memory.
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