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Old 01-28-2009, 10:23 AM   #1
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Can you track a garmin gps online in real time?

For the life of me, I cannot find a service that would do this.

I use InstaMapper (www.instamapper.com) on my iPhone, so I know the technology exists. Also that SPOT thing (www.findmespot.com) can follow you live.
There has to be something that can follow my Garmin live. I will be making an adventure trip (www.wheelchallenge.com) and would like people to know my path.
If anyone knows something, please let me know! Thanks.
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Old 01-28-2009, 10:39 AM   #2
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I think at a minimum, the GPS would need to transmit a signal rather than simply receive passively.
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Old 01-28-2009, 10:54 AM   #3
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I think at a minimum, the GPS would need to transmit a signal rather than simply receive passively.
Do the Garmins do that?
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Old 01-28-2009, 10:59 AM   #4
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The Garmin is receiver not a transmitter. It receives signals from satellites to place your position not the other way around...Spot is a Transceiver, in that it has transmission capabilities. Most GPS capable phones...Iphone, Blackberry etc could do what you ask...
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Old 01-28-2009, 12:10 PM   #5
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there's a huge difference between receiving a signal and being able to transmit a signal.

Most GPSes simply receive a signal. Certainly they can't transmit back to the GPS network. So you can have a cell phone that sends its location, or a SPOT, or something like that. There is also a ham radio standard for sending location data, but that's a little over your head.

In other words, get a SPOT.
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IIRC, there is another company called StarTracks out there that does this also.

http://www.startrackgps.net/productpage.php
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Old 01-28-2009, 12:16 PM   #7
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IIRC, there is another company called StarTracks out there that does this also.

http://www.startrackgps.net/productpage.php
yep, but the equipment takes up a LOT more room. (edit: I was thinking of Star-Traxx. Probably still applies, though)

For us-based, there is another option using a nextel phone buried on the bike. But SPOT is certainly the simplest and cheapest option going right now.
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Old 01-28-2009, 02:22 PM   #8
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Do the Garmins do that?
You've seen the other answers, I think your best bet would be a SPOT. I think the service is inexpensive and would allow friends and family to track you on your travels.

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Old 01-28-2009, 02:35 PM   #9
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I use GSPEd with location info from my Blackberry. It's free, and works fine... until you leave cell coverage (which is often in my case).
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Old 01-28-2009, 06:05 PM   #11
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Old 01-28-2009, 07:34 PM   #12
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Looks like it works in the GSM cell network.
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Old 01-29-2009, 08:45 PM   #13
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If you look on the garmin site there are commercial tracking partners/applicatons for tracking newer Garmin devices. There is a harness for the Zumo but........to what???

But setup are not ready for private use yet.
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