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Old 02-08-2005
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I'm teaching my youngest daughter to use my camera effectively, since I can't take all the pictures I'd like to when we're out there, lol!
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An onboard radio stack wasn't enough..
An onboard GPS locator wasn't enough..
An onboard GPS guided navigation system w/ satellite imagery wasn't enough..
..now he needs an onboard photo-journalist as well?!
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Well, Colin, you're not available on a regular basis, so we have to work with what we have...

And, we might as well face it: "enough" is not something most of us on this board ever consider...
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Now for some pics of my stuff!
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Whoo hoo!!!! Looks great!!!

I just redid mine, I'll take some more pics when I get a chance. I figure daylight is probably a good idea. It's now centered and I have an alternate GPS mounting point on the center console when the computer is in. To mount the computer centered and down load I have to relocate the GPS. I have it set up so I can mount the GPS in either location quickly and easily. The laptop now mounts to the plate with that industrial velcro as well. In fact, getting it OFF is hard now, lol -- that stuff is incredible.
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Yeah, I think I have you ALLLLLL BEAT! I have a better way to track my progress when I'm on the go... I take all of my old, moldy bread that I don't eat, and I toss pieces of it out the window... it tracks my progress perfectly, unless, you know some pelicans stop by to snack on my MBPS (moldy bread positioning system), so yes... in all serious-ness... John, you're awesome... Keep up the amazing work... it inspires me to do things I always put off, everday...
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Thanks, Charles! I may copy your system and use your MBPS (LMAO!) as a backup system in case my "top level" technology fails!

Oh yeah one more thing...about putting things off...I am always putting one thing or another off to get this stuff done and it's not always stuff I SHOULD be putting off. There's too much to do so SOMETHING is always getting put off, lol.
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John,

I downloaded the USAPhotoMaps software to my home PC and have been using it with my GPS along with the geocaching web site. I know I downloaded a zip file from http://www.jdmcox.com/ for NJ (and other NE states) but I notice the program says downloading when filling the map. I guess I could easily disconnect my internet to find out, but does this download from a website or the zip file that i decompressed into the folder? I'll probably have already found out, but any other tips and advice for using this in the truck via laptop?Does the program use a "live" feed from the GPS or were you just using the software to get the visual for the area you were in which you got from the GPS and entered into the PhotoMaps software?
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The zip file only contains USGS landmark data useful for surveyors, or perhaps in some instances for geocaching. There is also elevation data that can be overlaid with the photo maps. You still need to "fill" the areas you will be visiting with map data.

Don't forget: there are two photomap resolutions: 1 m/p and 8 m/p. When you fill the screen, when you are way "zoomed out", make sure you specify 1 m/p downloads. Don't just use the "F" key to fill the screen. However, you should also download the 8 m/p maps because it significantly speeds up panning and zooming on wide area views.

Also, you have to separately download the topo maps, but they are all 4 m/p resolution and can be downloaded from any zoom.

If your GPS outputs either Garmin or NMEA output, the photomaps track and pan to follow your location dot when you start tracking (spacebar command). When we did the test I was "live navigating" in two modes: I could see my position on the colored route lines I'd pre-planned, and I had downloaded the route to my GPS so it warned me turn-by-turn just like on a regular street! My position dot was always superimposed over the map.
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