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Old 12-21-2012, 12:47 PM   #1
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wpt file for gps

anyone ever dealt with a gps file with a .wpt extension?
am going to give gpsbabel a try but some background info might be interesting....all I know is it is a file for a canoe trip...
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Old 12-21-2012, 04:48 PM   #2
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I think in the old days some of the 3rd party data software (OziExplorer, GPSUtillity, WP+) may have divided up the data into separate files, waypoint (.wpt), track and routes. If I'm correct I think a .wpt file will be a text file of waypoints. Fairly sure GPSBabel would do the conversion if you had a better idea what software was used originally.

Also if you can open the file in a text editor you may be able to copy the data without the header and paste into a text file created by other software. I believe that most GPS data files are just text files with unique headers and formatting depending on the software used to create them.

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Old 12-21-2012, 06:34 PM   #3
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anyone ever dealt with a gps file with a .wpt extension?
am going to give gpsbabel a try but some background info might be interesting....all I know is it is a file for a canoe trip...
You should find the WPT extension under the OZexplorer in GPSBabel. That point file can be converted to GPX which is a more useful file type.

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Old 12-22-2012, 10:26 AM   #4
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here is part of the contents of the file as viewed in Notepad...it is a garmin file of some sort...
The F3WPT is probably the key to understanding.....

F3WPT--.-- . # 01 Where the route starts, on a bogan on McKay Brook. Garmin\Garmin\08198.bmp MS Sans Serif,255,8,0 Xd|G@dnrP c ي-@     t 31 Garmin\Garmin\08198.bmp MS Sans Serif,255,8,0 ߨG@M"rP c !92@     15 Where the route crosses the Spurline Road. (An old railway bed.) Garmin\Garmin\08198.bmp MS Sans Serif,255,8,0 Y" G@FDUqrP c 3g2@     t 03 Garmin\Garmin\08198.bmp MS Sans Serif,255,8,0 b0G@ urP c z#2@     06 Where the route crosses a very small stream. This small stream flows into McKay Brook. Garmin\Garmin\08198.bmp MS Sans Serif,255,8,0 3G@mrP c Ȱ2@     t 09 Garmin\Garmin\08198.bmp MS Sans Serif,255,8,0 2 {G@0FhrP c &2@     t 10 Garmin\Garmin\08198.bmp MS Sans Serif,255,8,0 C:G@,7\rP c El-2@     11 On the old partially grown in horse road. Garmin\Garmin\08198.bmp MS Sans Serif,255,8,0
YG@,{XrP c J52@     t 12 Garmin\Garmin\08198.bmp MS Sans Serif,255,8,0 AϦG@N\rP c x=2@     t 13 Garmin\Garmin\08198.bmp MS Sans Serif,255,8,0 Y} G@⮀grP c aדG2@     14 Where the route leaves the old partially grown in horse road.
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Old 12-22-2012, 11:03 AM   #5
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OK skip what I said. Did you try the OziExplorer format in GPSBabel as DRTBYK sugested?

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Your WPT file could also be DeLorme file. But GPSBabel can handle them all.

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Old 12-22-2012, 05:02 PM   #7
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OK skip what I said. Did you try the OziExplorer format in GPSBabel as DRTBYK sugested?

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yes....from what I see in the notepad printout it is a garmin file so I'm just trying garmin at this point.
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It's not a Garmin file. It's only referencing a Garmin Symbol bitmap image.

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Old 12-22-2012, 05:53 PM   #9
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that might be good to know..in searching for info on the sequence "F3WPT" it might be garmin PCX5 file from the mid 90s...which used a .wpt file for waypoints, rte file for routes etc...
http://filext.com/file-extension/WPT
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Old 12-23-2012, 09:27 AM   #10
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Good luck. Maybe the poster of the file knows otherwise I would just start working through the more popular formats in GPSBabel.
In the early days every new program seemed to have it's own unique format which is why the standardized .gpx was needed and thus adopted.

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Old 12-23-2012, 11:43 AM   #11
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problem solved....

I was able to open the file with a demo version of Fugawi Global Navigator 4.5......I got the hint from the website of file extensions where Fugawi was mentioned.

looks like in interesting program which might be more capable than mapsource, maybe of more use in marine or aviation applications

turns out the file was a series of waypoints to portage between 2 brooks deep in the woods of New Brunswick...
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