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NeWcS
04-27-2010, 08:07 PM
I wrote a tutorial on taking paper maps and using them to help you mark waypoints and loading them onto your GPS. Let me know what you think.
http://outdoortipsandtrips.com/Fishing/Map-to-wps.html

ReelJerks
04-30-2010, 01:02 PM
Nice job but, I think Hot Maps Explorer is simpler and only $20.

NeWcS
04-30-2010, 01:21 PM
Thx for the reply. Ill have to take a look at that one. Never heard of it. I did update it with a few free programs that can be used

NeWcS
04-30-2010, 06:02 PM
Nice job but, I think Hot Maps Explorer is simpler and only $20.

Just ordered it online for $9.95 with free shipping. Going to check it out and see.

-Jay

Whacked
04-30-2010, 06:07 PM
1) Mark points with Google Earth and save
2) open KML with GPS Trackmaker (freeware last I checked)
3) save as using your GPS file format (.usr for Lowrance, .gpx Garmin, etc.)
4) upload new file into your GPS unit
5) Go fishing

Garmin's MapSource can be used instead of Google Earth/GPS Trackmaker, faster and easier. Mapsource also does tracking, routes, etc.
I dont know if other GPS units have software thats something similar

NeWcS
04-30-2010, 06:24 PM
Google earth doesn't show points, Humps, depressions, channels, road beds, under water bridges, depths etc

-Jay

NeWcS
05-06-2010, 05:48 PM
Nice job but, I think Hot Maps Explorer is simpler and only $20.

Ok I ordered Hot Maps and for Colorado it sux butt. Here is a side by side...tell me which is better

http://img2.pict.com/26/8a/a6/3473001/0/300/granby1.jpg (http://img2.pict.com/26/8a/a6/3473001/0/granby1.jpg)http://img2.pict.com/45/72/66/3473003/0/300/granby2.jpg (http://img2.pict.com/45/72/66/3473003/0/granby2.jpg)

Maybe for other parts of the country but here in Colorado Id much rather scan my own maps and use those.

-Jay

ReelJerks
05-07-2010, 05:50 AM
Ok I ordered Hot Maps and for Colorado it sux butt. Here is a side by side...tell me which is better

http://img2.pict.com/26/8a/a6/3473001/0/300/granby1.jpg (http://img2.pict.com/26/8a/a6/3473001/0/granby1.jpg)http://img2.pict.com/45/72/66/3473003/0/300/granby2.jpg (http://img2.pict.com/45/72/66/3473003/0/granby2.jpg)

Maybe for other parts of the country but here in Colorado Id much rather scan my own maps and use those.

-Jay

OK, so you missed my point. No problem. Explorer is mainly for manipulating waypoints. That is what I thought your tutorial was all about. My mistake.
..... taking paper maps and using them to help you mark waypoints and loading them onto your GPS.
You can combine MapCreate 7 and Dr. Depth for some awesome results if that's what you're into. Me....I don't really care about the contour lines (personal opinion), my sonar gives me accurate depth readings and shows all shelfs, ledges, and so-forth. As far as waypoints go, I generally convert waypoints into trolling routes or patterns.

Edd