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GNS 2000 Plus has 1 second recording

Correction to recent post

In my recent post on this device I sated that it recorded only every 5 seconds. Thanks to a tip from Rob Plowright who has an earlier model, I found that when transmitting via Bluetooth, you get 1 second records. In fact you get up to 3 records per second.

This makes the GNS 2000 Plus even more useful.

A quick look

The GNS 2000 Plus records a track point to the device every 5 seconds. However, data transmitted to a smart device via Bluetooth, whether or not also recording to the GNS device, gives 1 second intervals.

The GNSS Commander file records into its own data file only every second. This app is intended for high level use in that it handles data in respect of DGPS land stations. Therefore I believe the additional transmits to an external app such as OruxMaps may be a means of ensuring that at least one data record per second will get through in a more demanding environment.

Tip: If setting the function to record on the GNS device, carefully observe that the green light flashes quickly 3 times as the switching to effect this is time sensitive.

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Australian Orienteer Summer Edition is Mapped

Geostationary Satellites

Orienteering map technology

The coming edition of the Australian Orienteer carries three articles relating to technology and orienteering maps. Continue reading Australian Orienteer Summer Edition is Mapped

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A Drone Goes Orienteering Mapping

Drone with camera

Drones in orienteering mapping?

This is not to claim that making orienteering maps is boring, as one dictionary suggests that a drone is  “A person who does tedious or menial work; a drudge” ….. on the contrary, anyone who knows me will know that I find the work stimulating and rewarding, and certainly not menial. Indeed making orienteering maps is one of my passions in life, and another (there are more!) is the theory of flight Continue reading A Drone Goes Orienteering Mapping

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The Lost Art of Navigation?

Map and Compass are not dead in the great outdoors…

… according to Tarquin Cooper and British adventurers Alastair Humphreys and Tristan Gooley (also author of The Natural Navigator).

Read the article The Lost Art of Navigation to find out why map and compass should still be used in this age of GPSrs.

Lichen on all sides
Lichen on all sides

btw I rather wonder whether The Natural Navigator has the tip about finding direction by checking for lichen growing on the side of trees? This photo is of the north side of a sign in Wheatsheaf, VIC. If you didn’t notice the other sides, which were similarly lichened, then you would likely be in directional trouble.

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Thumbs Up for InReach SE Satellite Communicator

geospatial

InReach SE delivers every 10 minutes

InReach SE night-O route
InReach SE night-O route

Two more bush tests of the InReach SE and it worked flawlessly in ‘tracking’.

The image at right is of the waypoints during a 3 hour night orienteering event. I was able to watch from home in real time as Anitra orienteered. The InReach was set to deliver a location for every 10 minutes.

As a user of Route Gadget, I had to keep reminding myself that the straight lines between waypoints mean absolutely nothing in terms of actual route. In fact, although the term ‘track’ is used in the manual, what it delivers on the screen is really the same as a ‘route’ in GPSr terms.

Battery life

Over the course of the 3 hours (plus probably 30 minutes prior and post event), it used just 6% of battery capacity. This is considerably better than SPOT 2. The quid pro quo is that the InReach weighs 190 gms vs SPOT 2’s 120 gms and InReach is 4cm taller including aerial.

However, in our case it will normally be used when mapping, bush walking and trail riding thus the difference in weight and size is not consequential. Critically, InReach works for us whereas SPOT 2 does not.

InReach SE carry
InReach SE carry

Surprising performance

For the night orienteering event, the InReach was in a waist-belt pocket with just half the aerial poking out as in the image at left. It didn’t miss a beat. Even when SPOT 2 was working well in the first 2 years we had it, it had to be fully exposed and preferably off the body to work well.

However, continuous tracking is important only if you want to follow on the internet the route of a person using the device. If you are interested purely in the SOS aspect, then all the device has to do is deliver a single waypoint at that time. I am confident the InReach SE will, but based on our SPOT 2 experience, I cannot be confident that SPOT 3 would work in the terrain and vegetation where we normally operate.

We are now a lot more comfortable again with the other partner being out in the bush for solo mapping, bush walking and trail riding. We recommend InReach SE as a safety device at least for we older solo bush venturers who are susceptible to more serious injury in a fall and the like. And for adventurers like Alastair Humphreys riding the world or rowing the Atlantic, who have an audience that is interested in their progress.

2019 update

Increasingly we are both out in the bush at the same time in different areas. So we are buying another InReach. This time the Mini which is lighter at 100g and smaller at 99 x 52 x 26mm. Also cheaper at $499 (plus the usual communication plan).

On our InReach SE, we use the Recreational Satellite subscription plan. However we will trial the Freedom plan on our Mini on the basis that because both of us are not always out at the same time then it will not be used as often as the SE.

I note that Spot has released model X which like InReach, is a 2 way communicator. Price is the same as InReach Mini. I still would not go back to Spot down south for reasons mentioned above. I gave my old Spot to a geologist nephew and he uses it frequently in northern Australia and Timor-Leste. It works very well up there.

Footnote: I do not receive any commercial benefit from promoting use of Garmin InReach. I do benefit from knowing that promoting satellite emergency communicators might save an orienteer’s life but much more likely, provide comfort to family back home.