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What GPS tracking program do you use?

The SPOT site has its tracking function, but it is very primitive and user unfriendly. What is the good alternative do you use?

Here what I am looking for:
1. Able to upload the GPS coordinates from Spot.
2. Able and easily to include or exclude data point either in Table mode or Google Map Mode.
3. Ability to add connection line between data point
3. Easily export Map view as a jpeg file.



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Re: What GPS tracking program do you use?

i use motion x gps for my tracking....not sure it does any of that lol...works great as a gps program and recording gps tracks.

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Re: What GPS tracking program do you use?

Good question. My plotter functions in a number of programs, Garmin, Sailcruiser (Jeppesen NavSim), and Polar Navy. They all track/record GPS positions but I don't know if I would be able to upload that data so as to transmit my track. That kind of data would give a very accurate record of position if it could be uploaded somewhere.

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Re: What GPS tracking program do you use?

Do you want others to be able to follow your track?

We used Yellowbrick on the return last summer. It was expensive, but worth it. WE just stuck it on the stern rail and forgot about it.

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Re: What GPS tracking program do you use?

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The SPOT site has its tracking function, but it is very primitive and user unfriendly. What is the good alternative do you use?

Here what I am looking for:
1. Able to upload the GPS coordinates from Spot.
2. Able and easily to include or exclude data point either in Table mode or Google Map Mode.
3. Ability to add connection line between data point
3. Easily export Map view as a jpeg file.

You can do all of that by using the SPOT "adventure" sub-website, by manually transfer of your spot data to the 'adventure' site. You can add or delete 'track points' to your hearts content. The 'adventure' data doesnt auto-disappear after a few days as it does on the standard "SPOT" site, so 'transfer' all your recent SPOT data to the SPOT ADVENTURE site as often as possible if you want to SAVE it ... a one to two week data load to the standard website is all you get then it auto deletes based on 'capacity' of your assigned 'cache', especially if your SPOT is always 'on' ... you have to upload to the adventure site manually.

If your out at sea for long passages and without internet connect and want to save all that data, get someone on land to do the manual transfer into your Spot Adventure account on a routine basis ... and before the SPOT standard site starts trashing its limited cache. Take extra Lithium batteries as if your spot is constant on you wont get much battery life. Once an hour or two ... on then off ... is good enough when making a passage.

You can do a 'screen shot' as a jpg./jpeg and then crop off all the extraneous 'headers and menus' in just about any 'photo' software ... but Im in Mac-speak here.

I agree with you though that the SPOT sites including the 'adventure' sub-site arent very 'intuitive' ... you just have to play around with them until you understand the full features and capabilities. When 'playing around' be sure that you dont inadvertently delete a track set - "save as" often as you 'play'.

Are you even aware of the SPOT "ADVENTURE" sub-website? if you have an activated Spot you've already paid for the adventure privileges ;-)

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Re: What GPS tracking program do you use?

Rich,

Oh yeah, I forgot about that. I did browse around a few years ago and found it not too user friendly. I will revisit it again to see if it is better now.

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Re: What GPS tracking program do you use?

We used the SPOT on our last cruise and the only thing I didn't like was that it didn't automatically report our position every so often (maybe there is a way to do that in the programming, but I couldn't figure it out).

With just that feature, I would have been fine with it.

But, six month old technology when you talk about electronics, is ancient.
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Re: What GPS tracking program do you use?

I've been working on a site that does most of what you are asking for:
BLUEWATERSAILINGDATA.COM

You can send positions via a variety of methods including SPOT, Satellite phone, SMS, Internet or SSB (Winlink or Airmail). The positions are displayed on a map. You can put a small version of the map can be embedded in a web page, say a blog, or just share a link to your map page with friends and family. You can also export your trips to GPX files.

Here is an example of one of the test boats:
Boat: Rendezvous RV6282 Trip: St Martin to BVI\'S
They have been sending their positions via Satellite phone SMS message and are on the way from the Caribbean to the South Pacific.

The site is mostly free, but I do plan on charging a small fee (say $5/month) for some premium services such as integration with Facebook, Twitter and WordPress. A companion Android app is in the works.
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Re: What GPS tracking program do you use?

The Motion X tracking software has the ability to send updates to a website and you can give out the site to anyone and track the boat. I THINK you need an internet connection...not 100% sure. I uses it for coastal sailing and it works like a gem. In the app you give yourself a 5 digit number, on the Motion X website you put in the 5 digit number and it tracks that boat. Thats it. You can set the update interval in the app. The software gives you the ability to save the track, email it, or store it until you delete it on the device.

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