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Old 08-04-2010, 11:16 AM   #121
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I just had my Magellan Meridian Platinum stolen. Bummer I know but I was over due for a new unit. Just did not want it to happen that way.
Anyway

Prior to a new unit purchase i'm concerned about the PN-40's street routing ability as some people have said it's rather poor.
Can someone explain where it lacks.

Could someone post a screen shot of the unit at the zoom level where all the street names appear. I'm curious how close in you have to get to read street names.
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Old 08-05-2010, 07:51 AM   #122
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[IMG][/IMG] some roads show from .25 miles down these are roads and alleys in hazleton
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Old 08-05-2010, 08:26 AM   #123
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I'd agree that routing is lacking. It is nowhere near as easy to use as some of the Garmin or Magellan car based GPSs that I've used. I almost always plan my rides out in advance and upload a track to the PN-40. Following a track allows you to use the whole screen to see the map. Following a route will require some of that screen space for next turn directions, etc., which makes the viable area on the map smaller... and it's a small screen to start with.

Check out this link. The screen captures here appear to be actual size:
http://delorme.http.internapcdn.net/...mo/default.htm

I love my PN-40 on the motorcycle for the following reasons.
- Low cost (think I paid $225).
- Detailed maps come with the unit (not extra $ like Garmin).
- Waterproof.
- Can upload/download tracks.
- Sturdy enough to resist the killer vibes from my LC4.
- Compact size.

My wish list:
- Slightly larger screen.
- Make the lines for tracks thicker/brighter.
- The user interface for Topo software is NOT user friendly. Very powerfull, but damn, they couldn't have made it harder to figure out and use. I work with computers every day and even I have a hard time figuring it out and need to consult with manuals a lot.
- Better battery life.
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Old 08-05-2010, 08:37 AM   #124
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I want to hardwire my PN-40 to my KTM's battery. Can someone please tell me exactly how I can do this without risking any damage to my PN-40? Specific part numbers and/or links to where I can buy the parts would be much appreciated.

Thanks a lot.
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Old 08-05-2010, 08:47 AM   #125
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Quote:
My wish list:

- Make the lines for tracks thicker/brighter.
- The user interface for Topo software is NOT user friendly. Very powerfull, but damn, they couldn't have made it harder to figure out and use. I work with computers every day and even I have a hard time figuring it out and need to consult with manuals a lot.
- Better battery life.
Save your tracks as draw layers, then you can make them look any way you want, thick solid lines to thin dotted lines, you can even display more than one track at a time, So learn to save your tracks in a draw layer, also when you move your cursor on the line it will display the name of the track.
The new PN60 has much better battery run times.
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Old 08-05-2010, 08:56 AM   #126
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Save your tracks as draw layers, then you can make them look any way you want, thick solid lines to thin dotted lines...
SWEET!!!
Thanks a lot.
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Old 08-05-2010, 08:58 AM   #127
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I want to hardwire my PN-40 to my KTM's battery. Can someone please tell me exactly how I can do this without risking any damage to my PN-40?
I think I might have answered my own question here. Kinda funny how I can't find this stuff via a search on this site, but Google and Delorme's site searches point me back here...

Has anyone with the PN-40 tried using this weatherproof USB Power Socket? I'm using the rechargable Delorme battery.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=569860
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Old 08-05-2010, 09:17 AM   #128
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^^^^^^I ran power from my battery to a Walmart 12v auto socket, then used a USB/power socket adapter. I've run my PN-40 off this system for several months with no problems, rain or shine.
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Old 08-05-2010, 09:23 AM   #129
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Save your tracks as draw layers, then you can make them look any way you want, thick solid lines to thin dotted lines, you can even display more than one track at a time, So learn to save your tracks in a draw layer, also when you move your cursor on the line it will display the name of the track.
The new PN60 has much better battery run times.
This is what I do.... IT works great. I also do this when I make routes on the TOPO USA software. Then just cut and transfer them to the PN...

I love this thing. Works great....
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Old 08-05-2010, 09:44 AM   #130
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Quote:
Originally Posted by J Banning
I'd agree that routing is lacking. It is nowhere near as easy to use as some of the Garmin or Magellan car based GPSs that I've used. I almost always plan my rides out in advance and upload a track to the PN-40. Following a track allows you to use the whole screen to see the map. Following a route will require some of that screen space for next turn directions, etc., which makes the viable area on the map smaller... and it's a small screen to start with.

Check out this link. The screen captures here appear to be actual size:
http://delorme.http.internapcdn.net/...mo/default.htm

I love my PN-40 on the motorcycle for the following reasons.
- Low cost (think I paid $225).
- Detailed maps come with the unit (not extra $ like Garmin).
- Waterproof.
- Can upload/download tracks.
- Sturdy enough to resist the killer vibes from my LC4.
- Compact size.

My wish list:
- Slightly larger screen.
- Make the lines for tracks thicker/brighter.
- The user interface for Topo software is NOT user friendly. Very powerfull, but damn, they couldn't have made it harder to figure out and use. I work with computers every day and even I have a hard time figuring it out and need to consult with manuals a lot.
- Better battery life.
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Old 08-05-2010, 10:38 AM   #131
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Wow, I'm learning a lot today. Thanks guys!
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Old 08-05-2010, 12:36 PM   #132
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You can also change the fields. If you want the ODO or the Altitude. Whatever... you can pretty much make the what you want.


I know that there are many folks that complain about the Delome software but once you learn it you can do just about anything.... Its pretty awsome.

I will take the local (County PDF) maps that are black and white and use them as refrence to find dirt roads. Then I "Draw" them in TOPO8 (9 soon I hope) then cut them.... (make sure you turn off all the other detail in the options..ask me how I know..) then transfer them as an overlay and Boom.. you are GTG....

It really is an easy software package once you get use to it. Delorme just didn't follow the normal "Windows" set up..... Hell dare to be different.

I have had some issues with the GPS but nothing that a little research and asking questions over on the Delorme Forurm didn't fix.

BTW if you ever have a problem with it locking onto SATS there is a procedure to fix it.... something to do with a table that tells the GPS where the SATS are..... not a big deal... I did the method that I was given... now it works fine actually better than before....

For the price and features I think that it is hard to beat.... I am no world traveler and as of right now I really don't need anything more. I am going to have to look into the Xmap software though. I like the idea of being able to scan in maps and adding them in..... pretty coool

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Old 08-06-2010, 04:07 PM   #133
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Quote:
Originally Posted by J Banning
I think I might have answered my own question here. Kinda funny how I can't find this stuff via a search on this site, but Google and Delorme's site searches point me back here...

Has anyone with the PN-40 tried using this weatherproof USB Power Socket? I'm using the rechargable Delorme battery.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=569860
I mounted it under the dash on my Dakar. It works great! I hardwired it directly to the battery, so make sure you turn your PN40 off once you stop riding! There is a picture of my setup on the thread you referenced.
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Old 01-09-2014, 06:31 AM   #134
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I am looking to buy one of these second hand ($75.00) off of E-Bay with map discs included. Regarding road route use, should the road route be pre-planned on a computer and saved / uploaded onto the GPS, or with the US Road Map software can you use route guidance (turn by turn) on the fly?
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Old 01-09-2014, 10:47 AM   #135
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I plot tracks and routes on the computer and then transfer to GPS. I think you can simply type in a address and get directions that way also.
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