Garmin eTrex Vista HCX
gpstracklog.com Rich Owings - What kind of maps do I need for my Garmin handheld?
gpsfaqs.org/faqs Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Garmin eTrex Vista HCx
openstreetmap.org/wiki Garmin eTrex Vista HCX
openstreetmap.org/wiki OSM Map On Garmin/Download
openstreetmap.org/questions Which GPS Device ?
The most popular GPS unit for use with OSM, by a long chalk, is the Garmin eTrex Legend HCx. It’s rugged, has plenty of memory (if you put a MicroSD card in it), lasts a day on standard rechargeable AA batteries, and is fairly easy to use. You can put your own maps on it, and indeed many OSMers either use the mkgmap program to create their own Garmin map ‘images’ from OSM data, or download one of the many pre-built images. These include customised walking, cycling and boating styles and even ‘no-name’ styles which highlight unnamed roads in OSM.
Uploading traces to your computer, if you have a MicroSD card installed, is a simple matter of connecting the two via a normal USB cable, putting the Garmin into “mass storage mode”, and copying the file across. (If you also want to copy waypoints, you’ll need to use GPSBabel or a similar program.)
After years with a little map-free yellow eTrex and a Geko 201, I got a Legend HCx for Christmas a few years back and have been delighted with it. Having the OSM map on your GPS really does make a difference.
Don’t take too much notice of the list price on the Garmin site - in the UK these units are widely discounted, and I presume the same is true in the States.
garmin.openstreetmap.nl Select and generate
Free maps for Garmin brand GPS devices
Combine maps request accepted
You will receive two emails:
One email containing a link to a webpage where you can track the status of your request which will be sent immediately.
One email containing the download location for the Windows BaseCamp/MapSource installer, Mac OSX BaseCamp/RoadTrip installer, Linux package and gmapsupp.img when the server has processed your request.
There are currently 1 requests in the queue…
The email containing the tracking URL is successfully sent.
You successfully requested a Garmin map on http://garmin.openstreetmap.nl.
Below you find a link to a webpage that shows the current status of your request.
Note: Your map will only be available for 60 hours. Please make sure to check your mail often enough so you won’t miss the download window.
Your request for a Garmin map on garmin.openstreetmap.nl is ready.
The server has generated four different configurations of your map:
- _windows.exe = Installer for Garmin BaseCamp/MapSource (Windows).
- _macosx.zip = Installer for Garmin BaseCamp/RoadTrip (Mac OSX)
- _gmapsupp.zip = Combined image for direct manual placement on the GPS device (gmapsupp.img)
- _tiles.zip = A zip file containing the tiles in the request, especially useful for Linux users (e.g. QLandkarte)
Please browse to the website listed below and download the map configuration(s) you’re interested in. Your request will be available on the server for 60 hours before it’s deleted.
tiles.txt 2016-09-27 05:12 845 Contains a list of tile numbers that are used for the maps in this directory. wget http://osm2.pleiades.uni-wuppertal.de/garmin/generic/20-09-2016/6fb109a76127cbe4a7f1983c72f58bb6/tiles.txt osm_generic_windows.exe 2016-09-27 05:15 275M Map installer for BaseCamp/MapSource on the Windows platform. osm_generic_tiles.zip 2016-09-27 05:14 276M Compressed file that contains the tiles and overview map. This is useful for applications like Qlandkarte and Linux users. wget http://osm2.pleiades.uni-wuppertal.de/garmin/generic/20-09-2016/6fb109a76127cbe4a7f1983c72f58bb6/osm_generic_tiles.zip osm_generic_macosx.zip 2016-09-27 05:16 273M Map installer for BaseCamp/RoadTrip on the Mac OSX platform. osm_generic_gmapsupp.zip 2016-09-27 05:13 262M Compressed file that contains a single image that can be placed directly onto the SD-card of the GPS. wget http://osm2.pleiades.uni-wuppertal.de/garmin/generic/20-09-2016/6fb109a76127cbe4a7f1983c72f58bb6/osm_generic_gmapsupp.zip license.txt 2016-09-27 05:12 1.0K License information for OpenStreetMap. Also contains the Mkgmap version used to combine the maps. buildlog.txt 2016-09-27 05:16 5.0K 63240000_license.txt 2016-09-27 05:12 379 License information for OpenStreetMap. Also contains the Mkgmap version used to combine the maps. 63240000.nsi 2016-09-27 05:12 9.3K Nullsoft Scriptable Installer script used to create the BaseCamp/MapSource installer.
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