Road trip, w/ mini sat comms
Of course there was Spot, which did a fine job tracking the whole trip, boat rides too, using GPS and Globalstar satellites. Unfortunately the beta version of Spot sharing is still dropping data after 24 hours, so even yesterday’s leg back from the Cape (below), with a great Airmar fishfinder tutorial along the way, has all but disappeared from my share page. But the data is still available at my private Spot page, and I can save it in several formats. If you’re interested in seeing how those files work, here’s the whole trip in .gpx format, and in .kml format.
Then there’s the Lowrance XOG I used for GPS road navigation. I updated its software just before I left, and am even more impressed with how well this bargain-priced unit performs. I have not tried similar, and more popular, Garmin Nuvi and TomTom devices, mind you, but don’t think any of them can also do chart navigation like the XOG can. Finally, I also had that Bushnell ONIX 400 along, which gave me access to all XM satellite radio channels and some of its weather data. The ONIX is an interesting development that I’ll write more about soon. At any rate, there’s a heck of lot of utility in those three gizmos, and note they can all go into a small bag and onto a boat, no problem.