[talk-au] Garmin Handheld with osm and shonkymaps

Ben benedikt at cortado.de
Fri Oct 23 02:15:56 BST 2009


I dont know much about shonkymaps,
but Im using a Garmin 60Csx with osm+contour maps for bushwalking. I 
dont miss any map details, and if, I add them..

My opinion about the device: In comparison to other models, the 60Csx 
delivers the best package in terms of accuracy, device layout and price.
The Vista HCx is similar in regards to features, but I dont like the 
smaller screen and lack of  buttons.
If you dont need the barometer (what I dont use at all) or the compass 
(what I love, especially when reception is poor), then go for the slim 
brother of both above mentioned, and save a few bucks.
For a floating (but bulkier) unit, the 76C(s)x has similar/same features.

There are a couple of sites where you can get prebuild OSM images for 
Garmin, e.g. here: http://garmin.na1400.info/routable.php and here 
However,  thats not ideal for me in terms of rendering, so Im creating 
custom maps from OSM data using mkgmap.
I am about halfway through the process of creating proper rendering 
rules and TYP files for my two main purposes: hiking and mapping.
If someone else is using mkmap, Im happy to exchange about the scripts 
and rules Im using.


Ross Scanlon wrote:
> Hi All,
> I'm looking at buying a handheld gps, probably Garmin, that can have the
> osm maps and shonkymaps loaded.
> This will mainly be used for bushwalking, thus the shonkymaps, so I'd like
> to be able to have both available all the time.
> Is anyone here using a Garmin with osm maps and/or shonkymaps? If which
> model?

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