Live feed of the 34th GPS Training podcast
For our mid April 2020 GPS training Podcast we recorded the live stream, I hope you enjoy watching it.
Lots of chat on geocaching, the best outdoor GPS unit for the summer of 2020, webinars and Ian's FAQ's.
Welcome to this second GPS Training podcast for this month, it’s our 34th episode.
With the current lockdown in the UK we are creating two Podcasts a month, rather than our usual one to hopefully keep you entertained.
1. In this month’s we again have Ian and me Jon, both from GPS Training.
2. Have you been up to much Ian over the past month?
So, without further ado let’s get on with today’s podcast ……
This month’s Podcast we are going to look at -
· Geocaching, what is it and how with the current lockdown you could go geocaching as part of your one hour of a day exercise
· We look at the best Outdoor GPS units for the summer of 2020
· We then have Ian’s FAQ’s, the frequently asked questions Ian has answered whilst supporting our customers or on some of the GPS Training courses he has been leading.
1. To start this month’s Podcast, we are going to chat about Geocaching
- It’s a treasure hunt with a GPS that's happening right now, all around you.
- Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.
- You will find details of all active caches on www.geocaching.com where you can register, find caches, log your finds and become part of the geocaching community.
- If you register for standard membership (free) you can print off details of caches
- Premium membership offers digital downloads of caches direct to your GPS; this is referred to as paperless geocaching
- There are two players in the game; the person who hides the cache and the person who seeks the cache.
- A traditional cache is a hidden box or container that always contains a logbook or log sheet for you to log your find. Larger caches may contain a logbook and any number of items. These items turn the adventure into a true treasure hunt. You never know what the cache owner or visitors to the cache may have left for you to enjoy. Remember; if you take something, you should leave something of equal or greater value in return.
- If you get into geocaching you will find that there are different types of caches to find the most popular being Traditional Geocache, Mystery or Puzzle Caches, Multi-Caches, Earthcaches and Virtual Caches.
- Quite often you may also find a Trackable, a sort of geocaching "game piece" that you. Each Trackable is etched with a unique code that can be used to log its movements on Geocaching.com as it travels in the real world. Some of these items have travelled hundreds of thousands of miles thanks to geocachers who move them from cache to cache!
- Once you’ve found a cache you can log your find on geocaching.com, thank the cache owner (TFTC) and let the owner of the cache know you’ve found it
- Members of the geocaching community hide and maintain all of the geocaches listed on Geocaching.com. You can hide one too!
- The most popular GPS units used by geocachers is the Oregon 700/ 750 (adds camera) and the GPSMAP66s series
- Best GPS unit for Geocaching - watch the video here.
If you want to find out more about GPS units that are most suitable for Geocaching please just get in touch with us here at GPS Training
2. The next thing we are going to look at in this month’s GPS Training Podcast is the best Outdoor GPS unit for Summer 2020
Over the last couple of weeks I have been updating the ‘best GPS’ videos ahead of summer 2020.
We look at –
- The best budget GPS unit
- The best top end GPS unit
- And finally, the best large screen
To watch the video reviews just go to our website – gpstraining.co.uk – click on reviews – and the second story down is - The Best Handheld Outdoor GPS unit - Summer 2020
3. The next thing on this months Podcast is Ian’s FAQ’s, the questions he has been asked whilst both delivering courses or in his support role which we offer at no extra cost to people who buy GPS units from GPS Training.
In this part of the Podcast we talk over some of his FAQ’s, the frequently asked questions he has been asked whilst supporting our customers and also on the courses he has led over the past month.
- Garmin - How do I find a route or a track that I’ve copied direct from another route planning programme in to the Garmin gpx folder of my GPS?
Jon, this has come up twice very recently when people are copying the gpx file straight in to the GPS Garmin Internal Storage folder without first importing them in to Basecamp. I know that this can be done but on both occasions I’ve advised they do it via Basecamp to avoid deleting critical things in the GPS. Also, as we know, they can view, amend etc the downloaded gpx file and see what they have is either a route or a track which will making finding it easier in the GPS.
- Satmap - What is the advantage of buying the Premium Xpedition2 planner as opposed to the free one?
Someone today has queried this and moaned at having to renew this every year.
We can mention using other planners/gpx file importing and also thought we could mention the Webinar on the 29th April
Don’t forget we have lots of tips and solutions to your questions in the GPS Training online resource - go to – gpstraining – click on – online resource – on the top menu bar – and then log in – select your unit and you will see the top tips for that unit down at the bottom of the menu of units.
4. And Finally
- Many thanks for listening and let us know anything you would like to be covered in the Podcast please do let us know and if you know of anybody interesting that you would like to hear interviewed in future podcasts please do let us know.
- Give us a call especially if you are thinking of a new GPS unit
- Please do look a look at both our physical GPS courses and also our webinars, just go to GPSTaining.co.uk and click on – GPS Training courses
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- Many thanks for Ian for joining me on this podcast and please do take full opportunity of some of the online training and webinars we have coming up over the next few weeks.