There are basically 2 steps to uploading data from your PC into the GPS:

  1. Load data from a file or GIS graphic into the DNRGPS Data Table

    • Go to File => Load From and choose a source (File, Database, Arcmap, Google Earth). Note: To load from Arcmap it must be running.

      • NOTE: For track logs, each GPS Unit has a different amount of memory to store coordinates. If your upload is too large you may get an error: *TBD*
    • Once the data is loaded to the data tables, you may edit it prior to upload. Edits include modifying cell values or converting between waypoints/tracks/routes. To see more options for data manipulation see the data table page.

  2. Upload data to the GPS

    • To upload your entire Data Table (waypoints/tracks/routes), go to GPS => Upload All.

    • To upload only waypoints, tracks, or routes, go to that GPS data type’s menu and select Upload (Waypoint => Upload, Track => Upload, or Route => Upload).

    • Note: Uploading into the newer GPS devices, you will be prompted to specify a the name of the GPX file that gets created.

      • To change the name of an individual track you would change the IDENT value for the track header (the dark gray record).
      • To combine two tracks into a single saved track you would need to make the second track be a subset of the first. To do this, find the first row of the second track (dark gray) and change the NEW_TRK value to False.
      • To change the name of a route you would change the rident value for the route header.

Garmin Colorado, NUVI, Oregon models - These units have a different communication protocol with the computer and, therefore, have a bit different technique for Uploading/Downloading data. When the GPS is connected to the computer it shows up as a mass storage device (a Drive in Windows Explorer). When you Upload data in DNRGPS a GPX file with a timestamp for a name gets placed on the Mass Storage Device into the upload folder (usually GARMIN/GPX). The next time the GPS is turned on this data will be incorporated into the main memory of the GPS.

Note: Newer GPS units automatically save the track log information to the tracks, instead of saving to the Active Log. For users uploading to an older GPS unit (one that doesn’t have a drive letter appear in windows explorer) DNR GPS prompts the user to upload tracks to Named tracks or to the Active Log.