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Monacans

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Good morning - while having been Geocaching for a while, I am requesting assistance from those with more experience then I. A friend and I would like to do the Maryland star cache, and found out that if we take a quiz, and get answers, we can be granted access to a GPX that has most of the coordinates already in there.  Time saving I would think.  Problem is, I don't know what a GPX is, and I wouldn't know what to do with it once I got it.  So, before taking the quiz, I want to make sure that I can upload the GPX into my Magellan explorist 510.  My friend has a smart phone.   Thanks in advance to anyone that can help !
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Zekester

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Happy to help you out!  Many of the C3F group were involved in the creation and placement of the MD Star hides, so you've come to the right spot!  GPX is an acronym for GPS Exchange Format, a file format for parsing data in a particular way so that it can be both machine and human readable.  You've most likely seen it as a file extension, just like.doc is for a Microsoft Word document.  If you use Groundspeak's website at all to download caches, one of the file formats that they use is .GPX.  Go to any cache page, click on the "GPX File" button under the coordinates, and your browser will download a GPX formatted file that you can then transfer to your GPS unit.  I have no doubt your Magellan will be able to read such a file, and these files can hold the data for more than one geocache.  A Groundspeak pocket query produces a GPX formatted file with multiple caches within it, you've probably been using these sorts of files but have not just known the computerese jargon to describe them. Our "Useful Links" page (http://c3f.finditlogitspreadit.info/links/) has a variety of tools and websites that may help you find out more if you desire, and if you do a search for GPX on Wikipedia, an good explanatory article is available there.  Hixon is the cacher who has created the quiz and resulting file that your refer to for the Maryland Star, so you might also want to contact him as well if you have further questions.  Hope this helps, enjoy the star!
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Monacans

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Thank you!  That really helps

So the next question is (yes I can look it up but sometimes the techno jargon gets to me).

How do I transfer the file to me GPS and/or smart phone?  An how does it show up? Does it go into way points or geocahces?

I have not used pocket queries because I was not sure what to do with the resultant file.  Baby steps.
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Deepdish23 will be well versed in how to get a GPX file onto a Magellan unit, as he uses one.

For iPhone, i would suggest using the Geosphere app, which can link with Dropbox if you are familiar with that.  Alzarius will be your expert there.

For an Android phone, C:Geo would be your application of choice, ProdigiousOne would be your expert there.

Alazrius and Deepdish23 are likely to attend our monthly meet and greet event in Eldersburg, which next occurs next Tuesday, see the write up here: 

http://coord.info/GC5PKVW

Some of this might more easily be shown than explained via this forum....but I'll see if I can get some other folks to respond to this thread.
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deepdish23

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To transfer a GPX file to a Magellan device, plug your Magellan device into your computer.  Once the Magellan connects to the computer a window should come up containing the directory structure of the Magellan.  Click on the Geocaches directory.  If there is no geocaches directory, click on the GPX directory.
All you need to do is cut and paste the GPX file into the geocaches directory on the Magellan.
Creating GPX files using pocket queries are the easiest way to populate your GPS device with geocaches.
I have 8 pocket queries created that cover all geocaches that I have not found in the state of Maryland.  They are divided by approximate 1000 caches a piece and are sorted in time order:

Maryland_1 2/2001-5/31/2006
Maryland_2 6/1/2006-7/31/2007 etc

all the way to Maryland_8 - 1/1/2015-7/01/2015

I run the pocket queries once a week except the latest one which I run twice a week.

I usually populate my GPS device once a month with all the pocket queries and the latest one maybe once a week.
This makes it easy for me so that I always have all the Maryland caches I haven't found on my device so I only have to load up my GPS when I go out of state.

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alzarius

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If your friend uses an iPhone, i can help with that.

I don't use the ‘official’ Groundspeak app, but the last time i checked, it couldn't import GPX files. The app i use, Geosphere, can. It's a paid app, but at $8 it's still less expensive than the official app ($10) and provides loads more functionality. At the MD Star launch event, several iPhone users purchased Geosphere on the fly and within minutes had the GPX file with corrected coords loaded onto their phones.

It's as simple as e-mailing the file to yourself, opening it in the iPhone's Mail app, clicking the ‘action’ button to export it, and then clicking on the Geosphere icon to load the GPX into Geosphere's database. That might sound a bit complicated, but if you saw it done in person, it would probably seem pretty straightforward. It's just a matter of remembering the steps.

I'm planning to attend the next Turdy Thiesdas in Eldsburger event; if i see you there, i'll be happy to show you how it works on my phone.
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Monacans

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Thanks Alzarius. We are good to go now on the iPhone.

Deep dish. I did as you directed and I dragged the file to the geocaching folder. I can see it on the computer, but when I open the Magellan this does not show up. : (
Any ideas.
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deepdish23

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I will try and remember to bring my laptop to the next ELdersburg event and see if we can get this working.  I have never had a problem dragging and dropping a GPX files onto a GPS device, either Magellan or Garmin, so I don't know what the problem would be.
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Monacans

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Maybe the problem is the equipment operator???

Thanks .... I will bring mine also.
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