I'm Tom Hughes and I live in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, which I am currently surveying.
One of the OSM System Administrators
My hardware is a Fujitsu-Siemens PocketLoox N520 - a PDA running Windows Mobile 5 with a builtin SirfStar III GPS receiver. I'm currently trialing the BeeLineGPS to capture NMEA logs for OpenStreetMap.
Windows Mobile 5 includes support for sharing the GPS port among multiple programs so I can run TomTom at the same time as capturing logs without needing any additional software like GPSGate.
My other GPS is a NaviGPS GT11 which has the advantage that it can run for much longer periods on a single charge and has a bicycle mount to mount it on the handlebars where I can see it.
Having used BeeLineGPS for several weeks now it seems to fulfill most of the requirements for a useful track logger:
- Can log tracks to a CSV file, but this is a pain to upload to OSM as it does not include timestamps.
- Can also log raw NMEA output from the GPS receiver, which is much more useful as gpsbabel can easily convert this to a GPX file for upload.
- Can export waypoints in GPX format for loading into JOSM.
- Has a good status screen showing number of satellites in view and in use, along with the signal strength from each satellite and the HDOP, VDOP and PDOP values.
- Will happily run at the same time as TomTom and log data over a number of hours.
- TomH is awarded the Mega Star for uploading one million trackpoints
- TomH is awarded the North Star for the awesome contribution to the openstreetmap project