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bluewaterpirate posted 01-11-2008 11:07 AM ET (US)   Profile for bluewaterpirate   Send Email to bluewaterpirate  
There some other things you can do with MS in addition to building, transfering, importing, exporting waypoints/routes/tracks/charts.

One of the more interesting things is that you can view a days fishing trip in detail (if you have connected your GPS/CP to your FF via NMEA). The data received from your FF is stored in the track history section and can be downloaded VIA memory stick to MS. Once the info is uploaded into MS you can not only view the track data on MS charts but also the information attached to each track history point.

In the picture examples below, the track history data that was brought into MS had 1411 total track points of which you'll see a view of some I selected. The value in this is that you can view navigtional data (i.e time of track point, course, speed, lat/long, time of leg, distance of leg) along with water depth and temperature. What I do is mark the locations I catch fish so I can view the data later (you can mark it using wpt's). That way you can see the smallest of temp breaks and in some cases underwater features that were not included on your installed marine charts.

I've kept computer historical data for about five years and use the data base to help me find fish based on previous observed temp variants, boat speed & direction of movement. The more robust these units become the more data there is to learn from. Fruit for thought.

Zoomed chart view of the area where we caught fish.


Track Properties.

Each number represents one track history point. You can see the data that is available from each point. Remember, track history point intervals are selectable on your GPS/CP's. I've highlighted an area so you can see the data a little better. We caught alot fish on this trip fishing those small 1/10th of a degree temp variants.


Another feature of track history is if your GPS/CP is connected to a DSC VHF via NMEA you'll be able to see the DSC positional information on plotted on MS from DSC Emergencies and positional info exchanged with another DSC VHF equipped unit. Good from a historical percspective if you trying to recreate an emergency or days fishing trip.

Hope this sheds some light into some of the features of MS.

bluewaterpirate posted 01-11-2008 11:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
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