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Q: Which GPS receiver should I buy?
A: Basically the whole Garmin "etrex" and "Geko" product series* are well qualified for outdoor sports. Some stores lend receivers as well that customers get the possibility to test them. But more expensive receivers satisfy customers more often. ;-)
When you choose a GPS receiver remember that interface cables are not included in delivery of most cheep ones.
The list below gives a good overview about Garmin receivers which are mostly used for outdoor sports:
For further product information go to www.garmin.com.
* unfortunately we could not make any experience with receivers of other brands.
Q: Do I need printed maps when I want to use your tours?
A: Basically no. But every experienced tour guide does not only use GPS navigation. Maps open possibilities of alternative tours and include loads of additional information about the region.
Q: Many tours go through deep forests, do I receive GPS signals there?
A: Really deep forests, deep valleys or a disadvantaged position of the satellites can cause signal interupts. But in most outdoor sports you frequently change your position and therefore signal interrupts are mostly short timed. The electronic compass - if included in GPS receiver - helps you with orientation during signal interrupts.
Q: Why do you use G7ToWin?
A: G7ToWin (author: Ron Henderson ) is freeware, software to submit data from/to GPS receivers. GPS-Tour.info uses G7ToWin file formats to convert it into other file formats. G7ToWin need not be installed on your system, is for free and has all basic functions to submit GPS data.
Q: What file format does G7ToWin create?
A: G7ToWin saves data from GPS receivers in many different formats. We are using the popular GPX-Format, which stores waypoints, track logs and routes.
Q: How can I exchange data between G7ToWin, TTQV, Fugawi and TOP50 (AustrianMap)?
A: Unfortunately every software needs its own file format. But there is a - little complicated - way to exchange data, through the GPS receiver. That means upload data to your GPS receiver with software A and download it again with software B.
Q: Do I need further software?
A: For the submission of GPS data from your computer to your GPS device - and back - you only need for example the freeware G7ToWin. If you want to build your own tours on the computer you have to use additionally map sources (like TOP50 (AustrianMap)).
Software like TTQV and Fugawi are useful for professional overworks of tours.
Q: After tour upload my tour is viewed with double distance in the tour profile.
A: Maybe there are two versions of one tour on your GPS receiver, one as saved track (with name or date) and another one in the ACTIVE LOG. Open G7ToWin and list your track (Track / List). Select and delete all data which does not belong to the ACTIVE LOG. When you upload the tour now it should be alright.
Q: Is it possible to upload tours to GPS-Tour.info which are created on the computer with digital map material?
A: Basically yes. But in most cases information about the difference in altitude is missing. When you record a tour information about the difference in altitude will be saved as well. That is important that GPS-Tour.info could automatically calculate the altitude profile. If you create a tour on your computer it would be good when you proof it before you upload it.
Q: The GPS receiver sometimes records breaks or points beside the track. What can I do about that?
A: That can happen in cases of really deep forests, deep valleys or high buildings right next to you. But only short interrupts does not bother navigation. Big errors can be corrected with software.
Q: Where should I set waypoints?
A: Everywhere you want to. It would be good if you mark sights or other beautiful places. At some crossings waypoints can really help you when you name them "left" or "right", "up" or "down".
Q: What about batteries?
A: Most GPS receivers only work with batteries. Therefore you either use normal batteries or rechargeable batteries. When you choose rechargeabel ones make sure they are fully charged before you go on tour. It is always good to pack more batteries than only that ones in your receiver!!