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danviento

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Since this forum is a "suggestion" type, how about a little role flip?

What do YOU suggest for GPS loggers that best work with HoudahGeo?

I'm looking for something to take on a 2-week Mediterranean Cruise with LOTS of port stops, and would like to be able to either hold all of the positions necessary for that extent of time (at least while awake, if not the whole time) either with internal memory or something like micro-SD card support. My fiancée convinced me to leave the laptop at home, so it's not like I can off load the locations every night.

There are just so many options out there, it's a little hard to narrow it down. Please keep in mind I'd also like to use the logger for landscape photography on hikes and other vacations/work trips.

Thanks in advance for the interest.
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Hi!

My current favorite is the [URL=http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000NU2QE0/105-1118835-2971638?ie=UTF8&tag=pierrebernard-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B000NU2QE0]Wintec WBT-201[/URL].

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Moderator - Is this still a favorite of yours? If so, what feature(s) make it your choice?

p.s. Just picked up HoudahGeo yesterday via MacUpdate Promo.
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And what makes you choose a separate device like that one vs. an iOS app like this:

http://trails.lamouroux.de


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Hi!

My current favorite is now the Wintec WBT-202.

It is more accurate than the WBT-201. Has removable memory. And requires no special drivers. It's memory mounts on the desktop like a USB pen drive.

I prefer a dedicated GPS track logger over an iPhone app. I don't want to risk draining my phone's battery with track logging.
I do however keep a track logging application on my phone. As a backup. In case I forget to bring a GPS track logger.

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Thank you very much for the reply.

Noticed the $100 price tag for the WBT-202. It appears the ability to mount the memory on the desktop is a big delineator from other loggers on the market.

Noticed the Canon SX230 can act as a trail logger in my research.

Also came across a GlobalSat BT-335 GPS Data Logger for $35!

I like the USB capability you described, however, for $35, I would really like to know if the GlobalSat BT-335 is that bad. I noticed HoudahGPS supports it (GPSBabel).

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I guess another consideration would be to use an old iPhone (no cell service) + a proper iOS app, for GPS logging?
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Hi!

I cannot commend on the GlobalSat. Never had one of those.

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I lost my Wintec GPS tracker a couple of years ago and finally bought another GPS tracker, an I-gotU(?).  I went on a 10 day land tour and forgot to bring the charging cable<sigh>. But I also had no way of off-loading the data anything else.  Then I realized that I had my phone that I keep charged - nightly if not more often.

I looked through the Apple iPhone app store and while I found a half-dozen GPS trackers, it wasn't obvious that any of them could export the GPS tracks to something for Houdah Geo. I don't know that it would be difficult, but I don't want to reinvent the wheel if it's already been done.

Does anybody have advice?


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Make sure the app you choose can export GPX or NMEA track logs. This is the most commonly used file formats for GPS track logs.

This way your track logs will not only work for HoudahGeo. You can archive them and count on always finding an application that can read the files.

If you have a choice, select GPX for use with HoudahGeo.

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I put I-gotU logger on the Mac, selected and a dialog box saying downloading with no indication that anything was actually occurring. I put it on an older PC laptop running Win7 (after installing drivers, etc) and downloaded tracks for a day. I thought I started the tracker after I started pictures and kep going until we got back at the end of the day. The tracker seems to stopped sometime in the mid-afternoon. Oh well.

I did get a GPS-photo logger from the App Store and will try that out.

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Hi
Does anyone have an updated suggestion for the best GPS logger that can be used with Mac OS?
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zevlac

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Seems the wintec WBT-202 is unavailable anywhere... Any other working suggestion? Thanks in advance!
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I still use the WBT-202. Unfortunately, this has been discontinued. I have no particular device to recommend.


Key properties you should look for in a GPS track logger:

- Does not need an extra driver. Ideally one that works as USB pen drive and can be accessed from the Finder. This feature is often called “USB Mass Storage Device/Mode”

- Writes log files in a format supported by GPSBabel.org, or comes with Mac software to convert the logs to standard GPX or NMEA. Other options for converting log files include applications like HoudahGPS, GPSBabel, or LoadMyTracks. 

- Removable battery if you plan longer trips without access to power

- Removable memory card if you plan longer trips without your laptop. A removable SD card also has the advantage of fulfilling the first requirement 

This seems to be a good choice: https://robservatory.com/review-canmore-g-porter-gp-102-data-logger/

I however have yet to test this myself.

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