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General Discussion / New POI tool
« on: August 21, 2011, 07:37:25 PM »

I wanted to create a set of POI's representing active and closed mines (we like to rockhound).  I tried a number of utilities around to convert the data which can be had in a number of formats.  I didn't have good luck with any of the tools (like GPS visulizer, etc).

I decided to write an application to do the conversion myself.  It takes the data from the US Geologic Survey Mineral Resources Data System output in a csv format and converts the data to a 4 field csv format compatible with Garmins POILoader.  The fourth field can be a combination of the mines information like minerals, ore, host rock etc.

Anyway, if anyone else finds this useful please feel free to download it from my website:


P.S.  Its fast... Does over 300,000 rows in under 10 sec.
Have fun!

Map Making Support / Another map source
« on: April 02, 2010, 12:43:49 PM »
I have accumulated some maps if anyone needs an additional download locations.  Most of them are USGS topo maps with the geolocation data which I used in OziExplorer.  I don't mind providing a mirror source for some of the maps here if anyone is interested as well since my provider allows unlimited storage and bandwidth.

Here's the URL:

I haven't updated them in a while ...

Thanks for the input, I think I will just have to deal with swapping cards and carrying multiple cards with me.  I will try to get a regional mapset that provides what need most commonly and use my iphone to do turn by turn road routing.

My main issue really is the limit of map segments forces me to have to switch cards, or else resort to renaming maps.  What I would really like is the ability to have one SD card installed, and be able to have a single map file that covers a large geographic area (West half of the US).  I wouldn't mind having to switch between layers for routing vs. topo views, however it seems kind of difficult to swallow having to carry around a few different SD cards and switch them when I am in different regions.

From reading some of your replies, it seems like I may be able to create a map file with less segments using some of the tools like mkgmap and MapEdit, but I would really like to know if its really not feasible to cover such a large geographic area and still stay within the limitations of the 60CSX?  And if its feasible, has anyone done it?  I wouldn't imagine I am the only one to want to do this...

Hello, I am new to the forum and am looking for some assistance from GPSMAP 60CSX owners in understanding how many maps I can put on this device.

Some background:
I understand there is a 4GB max for the card, and the 2025 map segment limit.

I spend about 80% of my navigation time in the Jeep, and about 20% on foot (off trail/road).

What I would really like to do is have all states west of the Mississippi on the SD card with routeable data for all roads and trails in the Federal Lands (BLM, Nat For, Nat Parks etc) as well as regular roads.  Is it possible to create a map that would fit this critera and would fit onto the SD device?  Or has someone else figured a different way around the issue other than having lots of 4GB cards and switching them around and using another GPS to do routing?

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