Ken B

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    southern Oregon
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    Better bicycle rides, off the beaten path. Garmin Montana 650, Dual XGPS160, BU-353, Surface 3 tablet
  1. I found an answer to GLONASS augmentation question: proposed, according to Wikipedia GNSS Augmentation (August 2016). And in development, a Russian paper in English, GNSS GLONASS Augmentation System, status and development (2015).
  2. For information, the XGPS160 driver is unnecessary on Win 10, Surface 3. Driver installation at the Dual website is confusing. It seems the non-ESRI option is for Apple OS, maybe the ESRI option is also the Win option, but I won't spend any more time "testing". I was unsuccessful at installing the Skypro GPS Status Tool, which provides internal tracking, export of the track (the difference between XGPS160 and Garmin GLO) and viewing firmware version of the device. The Status Tool comes either from the Apple store or Google store. Seems I don't have a "white bag icon" to click and don't care to spend any more time figuring that out. Without internal tracking, Garmine GLO is the less expensive Bluetooth option, though I haven't test the GLO. With the GPS system, we have WAAS augmentation, if that equatorial satellite is visible. I don't know if augmentation service is available for GLONASS satellites?
  3. Thanks, Dan. I have successfully connected to the Bluetooth Dual XGPS160 to a MS Surface 3 under Windows 10 and ExpertGPS. Sweet! The XGPS160 has a USB connector for charging battery only. No GPS function via USB. Testing, I had 8+ satellites indoors, by window. In the satellite view I saw satellites numbered as high as 40, though can't tell which are GLONASS sats. Is there a numbering convention? I count 17 good years as ExpertGPS user. Many thanks for robust software!
  4. For the purpose of improving location in canyons, under vegetation, I'm thinking that using some of the other satellite navigation services might be useful. The USA service is called GPS, the Russian service is called GLONASS. I suspect there yet more navigation services. There are also augmentation services that account for satellite position fluctuations to improve accuracy of location. WAAS is the augmentation service typically found on many receivers sold in locally. Lately there are receivers that downlink GPS and GLONASS data (these are Bluetooth receivers): Garmin GLO,, DUAL XGPS160, The question is what does it take to use the 24 additional GLONASS satellites? Is ExpertGPS ready? Putting an antenna on my head improved satellite signal reception, but I still have data lapses in rough mountainous terrain.
  5. Garmin Product Support says in an email today that their GLO receiver now connects by Bluetooth with Windows 10 devices. I asked specifically GLO with Surface 3 and Windows 10?, the answer was "Glo is compatible with Windows". I have yet to try it myself.
  6. Using ExpertGPS v. 5.73, I don't see legacy images in the Map menu. Are the old Type 1, Type 2 sub-directories in the map folder now (2016) entirely depreciated?
  7. My favorite destinations are far from the WiFi hotspots and far off the end of the pavement, so I have had the desire to batch download. However, if I had the capability, my bandwidth usage on the public/free servers would increase exponentially. I also know that raster files on consumer-grade drives are not the most efficient way to store large amounts of data. Please, may I do just one batch download of 100 sq mi per year? I'm kidding. By the way, Dan, I have Type 1, Type 2, Type 4 sub-directories under my Topographix Image Files directory. Is there any use for this heritage data, or shall I liberate those sectors?
  8. Roger that. I tried a USB port extender, lasted for about 5 minutes. If you can stand 1 USB (2 including the recharger mini port) and 1 micro SD card, the tablet is handy. The quad core CPU has much of the computing power of my 5 years old desktop.
  9. The Surface calculates time remaining on a charge. I get 6 hours when 100% charged, I have not run it to exhaustion to see real charge life. More than 20 minutes, but less than 11 hours seen in some advertising. There are those solar chargers that would work to some degree. My favorite, the solar backpack with panels on the flap and USB ports in the pocket. ExpertGPS would fit in the 2G version, 4G would accommodate more software or more data. If only ExpertGPS is loaded, there would be lots of room to store map data for a pack trip on 2G machine. The 128G mSD would allow storage of map data for many trips.
  10. Yep, Win 10, Surface 3. Works fine. Just don't hold your breath for a Bluetooth GPS receiver. Apparently a Win 10 issue, but I'm staying out of it until somebody says it works. Bluetooth mouse does work (though it's a little strange not pulling a wire). I have 4GB and it is 25% with ExGPS and a few others. I put map folder on microSD. The keyboard cover is handy. At 1280x1920 and 10", the text and image size is rather small. Amazing that so much of the power of a desktop is in a tablet. See my rants about Bluetooth and GPS receivers (the pill that sticks magnetically on rooftop) elsewhere in the forum.
  11. Old topic revisited... I'd like to see DEM as a map option. I'd also like to see a slope toggle on the map options, that is DEM is rendered as slope, derived from DEM. Put this in ExpertGPS Pro and I'd be propelled to upgrade! Slope maps are very interesting way to view the DEM. A slope map of Mount Shasta shows individual lava flows on the volcanic pile. Also a great way to view topography. Here's a sample at ArcGIS where slope bins are mapped. Continuous color scale from 0-100% is useful.
  12. FYI, a fine EXIF metadata tool, Phil Harvey's ExifTool: Reads, writes EXIF, GPS, geotaging, One would be surprised how much metedata is incorporated into camera files. If you have some idea what the metadate means, Phil will use it in his decoding algorithms.
  13. Dan, I did an export to KMZ for Montana 650 (very, very nice!). I presume the associated image folder and MAP file follow the KMZ to the GPS custom maps folder on the SD card. In some (not all) exports, the progress bar at the bottom of ExpertGPS did not complete, although the activity in Task Manager/Process showed no activity. The KMZ loaded correctly in Google Earth, including roads and trails data overlay. Win 10 home on a desk top. I did a 9999x9999 px export at 1:13298. Also noticed that as I zoomed in and out while selecting the export region, that the scale wasn't always exactly the same at the same zoom level. Didn't seem to cause any problem, though. Although I downloaded the aerial photos just a week ago, all of the tiles in my export region had been updated. I did ctrl-F5 to refresh each screen-full. Had me thinking that a yes/no toggle to download newer tiles would be nice. Maybe that would refresh all tiles, everywhere, so ctrl-F5 is not a huge inconvenience. ExpertGPS is so much better than 7.5 min quad, pencil, barometric altimeter, clinometer, compass! Many thanks for fine work!
  14. Too late. ExpertGPS works well on Windows 10 home edition. I have it on a 5 years old desk top and Surface 3 tablet. However, Bluetooth GPS receivers do not work, yet. From searches, this has been ongoing issue since Win 10 came out and Bluetooth GPS users commenced to complain. Garmin GLO (Bluetooth) definitely does not work, yet. Wired USB receivers do work. Cool is ExpertGPS on a tablet, with USB receiver the size of a cookie. With a wireless GPS receiver, will eventually be even nicer.
  15. After much surfing of the internets, it appears that there is a problem with Windows 10 and Bluetooth GPS receivers. The few that work use a com port driver accessory program specifically for Win 10 and Bluetooth. Garmin GLO does not currently work, confirmed by Garmin support. Seems the issue is being worked by Microsoft Win 10 support. That's all I'll say, I don't want to spread poor quality information. I have successfully run 2 Globalsat USB wired receivers with Windows 10.