I recently acquired a Garmin GPSmap 62st and I've been working on setting up a portable system for GIS, weather/pressure/altitude, mapping, satellite imagery and tracking. I would like to include radio in the bunch, alas I have no gadgets except for a serial/RS232 scanner and that's far from portable.
My intention is to have a lightweight all-in-one system which I can use while wandering the woods, with decent battery life, and compatible with custom or commercial solar panel chargers. At the moment I'm using a Toshiba netbook, but there are other options with much higher battery life. It's more gear than I like to carry on but it can be quite useful.
So far I've integrated:
- NASA World Wind with JSatTrak.
- Google Earth with Basecamp
- MapSource (working to get topo maps for Europe, USA, Canada).
- GIS solution (still working on it, for weather mapping/meteorology).
I'm curious about fellow users of GPS devices with a barometer, so these would be the first few questions:
- Any free or government-sponsored weather mapping/meteorology application which can use real time readings for maps? Bonus points if we can 'connect' it to the GPS output to properly handle location, etc.
- Any application that can be used to record the altitude and pressure information from the rig through time? Does the device itself store this information, for how long?
- Is it possible to fit multiple regions in the same SD card so we can carry them all in one place?
- Does the Garmin GPSmap 62st & co have size limits for the SD card?
- Any free alternative for satellite imagery, or pre-built maps?
- Any software that allows us to automatically upload waypoints, etc to a server (bonus points if we can run this ourselves)? This comes handy in certain situations.
I'm sorry if some of these questions are answered elsewhere, but I thought it might be better to make my first post somewhat more interesting than a simple introduction.
If any of you likes astronomy, feel free to suggest software for that as well. I know people who could enjoy something like this for their stargazing escapades.