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    Default Waypoint management in newer Garmin field GPS units

    I have had many Garmin GPSmap and eTrex devices over the years and have found it easy to transfer all my waypoints to my computer for analysis and backup. On a GPSMap 76CSx or an eTrex Vista HC I could simply attach the USB cable and upload data to G7toWin, Topo!, Mapsource, etc. Then I could translate these to CSV and put them in a spreadsheet.

    That was then. Now I have a Garmin GPSMap 62s, which acts as a USB mass storage device. The data are stored in GPX files, but here is the problem. For some crazy reason, the device produces a new file for every day that you create waypoints, e. g. Waypoints_23-07-11.gpx. Eventually there will be hundreds of these files, each containing only a waypoint or two. In addition there is a Current.gpx file, which seems to contain automatically saved points of the track followed.

    Question: How can I get all my waypoints in a single file on my computer, and if possible on the GPS? It appears that I will have to open ever single GPX files separately and extract the data. Surely there is a better way.

    Note: the newer GPS units have no manuals, even on PDF, worthy of notice, and in the case of the 62S there is no mention of the data files, or transferring user data. The lack of documentation is disgraceful.

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    You should use Basecamp to manage your 62 waypoints . BaseCamp allows to create, view and edit waypoints, routes and tracks. BaseCamp organizes waypoints, routes, tracks stored in the Library.You can import the following file types.
    GPS Exchange Format (.gpx)
    Garmin GPS Database (.gdb)
    WORKING WITH WAYPOINTS IN BASECAMP:
    1. Waypoints can be uploaded to the unit directly from Map Source, however, they can not be downloaded from the unit to MS.
    2. Waypoints can be imported from .gdb or .gpx files into BaseCamp (Recently Imported) and then "copied" to the unit's List.
    3. When waypoints are deleted from the unit's List, they are also deleted from the unit.
    4. Waypoints and tracks in the unit can be edited in the bottom panel.

    WORKING WITH TRACKS:
    1. Unlike waypoints, tracks can be downloaded to MapSource.
    2. The current tracks inside the unit are displayed by BaseCamp when the unit is plugged in.
    3. Any selected track can be edited in the bottom panel, Properties.
    4. Highlighting track segments in the bottom panel changes their color to orange in the Properties and can be deleted.
    5. Also available in the bottom panel is the profile of the track.
    6. The saved tracks are in: x:\Garmin\GPX while the current track is in: x:\Garmin\GPX\Current.
    These tracks can be downloaded by programs that recognize the .gpx format.

    There are programs, like GPS Babel (GPS Visualizer online), that will convert from CSV to GPX. Basecamp will open a GPX file.

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    Thanks, catymag. Yes, I can upload a gpx file from the 62s via USB, and then open that gpx file in Basecamp. I can also set Basecamp to *show* coordinates and elevations in my desired format, say UTM, NAD27, and feet. However, if I then have Basecamp export this to a CSV file, the coordinates are in lat/long format! Do you know a solution to this? I want UTM coordinates in Excel, hence in the CSV file.

    I am still absorbing your info above and will perhaps need to ask more. In the meantime, however, I am still puzzled at how I can get a complete list of my waypoints without having to upload and then open every GPX file, and then manually consolidate the data. Surely there is a better way! With older units, like the GPSMap 76CSx, I could upload all in one action.

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    have you tried ?
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    You have to navigate to get to the good.
    Nuvi1250/Nuvi 34xx/Nuvi 2200/Nuvi 66/Oregon 600/Galaxy S5 MM 6.0.1/TomTom GO/iGO Nextgen Avic,Basar,Isr.Gift/Navigon
    Please don't flood my pm box with questions you can post on forum!! You won't hear back from me.

 

 

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