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Johnny Thunder

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Help with Garmin Oregon 550t.
« on: 08:15:09, 07/05/20 »
Good morning everyone. I am after a little help if possible.
I have one of the above devices which I purchased a number of years back, for Geocaching with the children.
The maps I installed are obviously old now. I would guess at around 8 years or so.
I'm pretty sure the maps were free, but I cannot remember where or how I obtained and installed them.
Will these maps still be appropriate for the UK or will I need to find more up to date maps for the device?


Thank you.

GinAndPlatonic

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Re: Help with Garmin Oregon 550t.
« Reply #1 on: 08:19:18, 07/05/20 »
Good morning everyone. I am after a little help if possible.
I have one of the above devices which I purchased a number of years back, for Geocaching with the children.
The maps I installed are obviously old now. I would guess at around 8 years or so.
I'm pretty sure the maps were free, but I cannot remember where or how I obtained and installed them.
Will these maps still be appropriate for the UK or will I need to find more up to date maps for the device?


Thank you.
Try Talky Toaster for excellent  free & some paid for, maps. I`m not sure if he does maps specifically for geocaching though.

https://talkytoaster.me.uk/

Johnny Thunder

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Re: Help with Garmin Oregon 550t.
« Reply #2 on: 08:21:40, 07/05/20 »
Brilliant. I will have a look.


Thank you.

Owen

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Re: Help with Garmin Oregon 550t.
« Reply #3 on: 08:27:05, 07/05/20 »
You need to go on Garmin's website for updates. Just connect your GPS to your computer and download.

Johnny Thunder

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Re: Help with Garmin Oregon 550t.
« Reply #4 on: 08:33:07, 07/05/20 »
Thank you Owen. I have installed Garmin Express and carried out all software updates and it all seemed to go smooth.
I think I am probably good to go, but was just curious as to whether more detailed maps will now be available.

sussamb

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Re: Help with Garmin Oregon 550t.
« Reply #5 on: 14:01:46, 07/05/20 »
If it came with a topo map (which it probably did) these aren't updateable.  I use freely available and free OSM mapping, there are numerous ones out there and no need to pay for the talkytoaster ones, though he does do a free one without as much detail.


I use


https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/0B-BtzqG8Y_Z0fkwxRm5vOWNjOEdHZGlUTUYzM0p3dEFmaTVMcHowNjBsZ3RXUWh6QzVfMkU


mainly for walking, but they'd be fine for geocaching too.  Others that are good are:


http://www.freizeitkarte-osm.de/garmin/en/index.html
http://garmin.openstreetmap.nl/
http://www.openfietsmap.nl/downloads/europe


The latter is particularly good as it's updated fairly regularly  O0
Where there's a will ...

Johnny Thunder

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Re: Help with Garmin Oregon 550t.
« Reply #6 on: 18:17:49, 07/05/20 »
Thank you all very much for your help. I went with the free one from Talkytoaster.
Much more detail than the map already on the device. I am definitely good to go now.