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the past 10 years GPS units have revolutionized how anglers navigate
and recognize productive areas to fish.
Of course the technology is much better today than it was a few
years ago, but it’s still very important and necessary to organize
and maintain way points.
it or not, units such as Lowrance’s LCX 113C-HD (GPS and depth
sounder combination unit) with a built in hard drive can and will at
some point reach a maximum storage capacity. Not to long ago I became
well acquainted with this circumstance when my unit reached its
maximum level. I had never
backed-up or maintained my way points, and the engineers at Lowrance
told me I had a lot of work to do.
the last several years I’ve raced across the nation saving way
points on lakes from
you’re lucky enough to have a new unit with a clean hard drive start
way point maintenance immediately.
Purchase a memory card from a local supply store; I suggest one
with at least 120MB of storage. If
you’re tournament fishing and done with a particular body of water,
it’s time to back-up your system.
First name the way points, for example, “Rend Lake 2007”
then select transfer data and save all of the way points and routes
for that particular lake or river system. If
you want to be extra cautious then burn two cards, a master copy and
one for transferring data back to your unit.
Once all of the data is saved onto the memory card go back into
system setup and delete all way points and trails for that body of
water. This will clean-up the unit’s hard drive so you can start
from scratch next trip. At
any point through system setup and transfer, data can be loaded from
the memory card back into the unit’s hard drive.
This is the best procedure for saving storage space and
it’s more time consuming for those of us who have units with years
of saved way points. Start
by going into the unit and pulling up the way points stored on the
hard drive. Starting with the first way point, write down the
longitude and latitude quadrants of each one. Once completed, go back
into the mapping section and locate each body of water that you
visited. Write down the
way point number associated with that body of water.
For example, if you were on
more work if a couple of years of way points are saved up, but in the
long run it is worth the time to deal with the issue as soon as
possible before your unit reaches its maximum capacity.
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