Saturday, December 26, 2009

GSAK and the PN-40 for Event Hosts

One of the best things about GSAK (Geocaching Swiss Army Knife) is the ability it gives event hosts to prepare and load their new caches into a variety of GPSRs for the attendees. Version 7.6.2 of GSAK now supports the DeLorme Earthmate PN-20/30/40/40 SE broadening that range of supported units. I've done some quick tests with my PN-40 in prep for a New Year's Day event I'll be attending and it looks to be pretty easy. The first thing you'll need is the DeLorme USB cable, which of course you could ask the attendees to bring, but the cable is available for $12.95USD direct from DeLorme. With that and a few quick changes to GSAK's set-up you'll be able to load your new caches into the PN-40.

The first set is to go into the GPS Setup (from the menu; GPS -> Setup...) and select the "Delorme" brand, then the model. Click "OK" and move on.

Then go to the Send Waypoints dialog (from the menu; GPS -> Send waypoints...) and click the "Change Symbols" button. From the "General" tab pick the "Cache Type Only" and click on the "Save" button.

That's all there is to the set-up. Simply connect the DeLorme Earthmate PN series GPSR to the computer through the USB cable and click the "Send" icon.

Hopefully this will give the event hosts an easy way to load-up the new caches and the DeLorme users a quicker means to get caches into their GPSR.

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