[Loadstone] Beginners guide to Loadstone.

Clarence Whaley clarence.whaley at comcast.net
Sun Sep 10 12:57:08 BST 2006

How very helpful!  I am off to buy a bluetooth GPS today and install 
the software.  One question for now.  Is there a way to see what 
areas have points defined?  I travel for business all over the US but 
wonder specificly if any for Tennessee at this point.  Also, how much 
space do the points take up?  I only have the 64 meg card that came 
with the 6682.  Thanks for all help.

At 11:09 PM 9/9/2006 +0100, you wrote:
>Beginners Guide to Loadstone.
>1. After installing the software package, find the program on your phone
>2. Select "open" under the Options menu.
>3. After opening, you will find the following under Options:
>If you have no satellit reciever attached then you will be offered the
>Exploration Mode
>Auto announce ON
>Position  sub menu
>Label cell
>Enter point
>Record memo
>Play memo
>Position will only refer to "Cell"
>If you have a satellite reciever attached then you will be offered:
>Exploration mode/Navigation mode
>Auto announce ON
>Find point (only in Exploration mode after points have been stored)
>Position sub menu
>Label point
>Label cell
>enter point
>Record memo
>Play memo
>Back to start menu:
>second option is
>File sub menu:
>Load points list
>Import database
>Export sub menu
>Load database
>Start logging
>Back to start menu
>Third option
>GPS sub menu
>Connect default GPS
>Find GPS
>back to start menu
>Fourth option
>Gives details of version.
>The next step is to start making points. These can be imported from the
>Loadstone web site or made by you where ever you like.
>Be sure your satellite reciever is on and properly setup under the
>connectivity settings on your phone. The usual code for pairing the GPS to
>your phone is "000".
>Open Loadstone.
>You are automatically in "Navigation mode".
>Go to the Functions option in the Start menu and arrow once to the right
>This will announce "Exploration mode" as an option to change to, indicating
>that you are currently in "Navigation mode".
>Then arrow down three times to  "Label point"
>Select this and you will be prompted to enter a name for the point.
>You may add further detail if you wish by arrowing down to the subsequent
>fields in this area.
>When finished select options on the phone function1 key.
>You will be offered two options here:
>1. Save from commencement (of typing)
>2. Save from current.
>The first will save the lat and long references for the point as they were
>when you started typing in the details. The second will save these
>coordinates to those now current which may not be the same as above if you
>are on a bus or train.
>This way build up a database of points of interest in your area.
>This general database is different to a further function which is to creat
>routes and save these.
>Making routes:
>To do this you must first of all "mark" chosen points.
>This requires you to first change from "Navigation mode" to "Exploration
>mode" by pressing the phones select key  on the first item to the right in
>the Functions option. Remember the spoken title here is what you can change
>to, not what is current. This is a toggle.
>Once in Exploration mode you will now find a new command under "Functions"
>called "Find point"
>Using this by typing whole or part of a name, or using the numberic keys 1
>to 9 bring a chosen point into focus. You may now press the "Star" key,
>bottom left, to "Mark" or "unmark"this point.
>You may also press the Hash key, bottom right, to enter update mode for the
>point in question wherein you may edit all settings.
>As soon as you mark your first point new options appear on the Functions sub
>You will now notice "Rout on" and "point on".
>After marking all points of interest for your route go to "File" on start
>Here you will see new options as well and choose Save point list to store
>your route. Upon entering this you will be offered a "slash sign" or "new
>file". Choose the latter and enter a file name for your route.
>All your currently marked points but no others will now be saved into this
>After turning off the program and re-entering it you will have to "Load"
>this file in again to get back your route. Without doing this the program
>will automatically bring in its general database of unmarked points that you
>have previously made but none of these will be "auto announced" as you
>travel towards them.
>A nice feature of this program is that no matter what mode you are in, if
>you press any arrow key you will be told the nearest point of interest to
>you in that direction.
>Remember uparrow is always the direction you are heading unless you have set
>"points" to "Cardinal" in the main settings, in which case it will be always
>If there is no point in that direction or if the point is out of range then
>you will be told "No point found".
>Another feature is that in "Navigation mode" all the numeric keys report
>different information about your position.
>These are:
>1. Speed of travel and compass heading
>2. Accuracy(A feature of the GPS)
>3. GPS fix
>4. Altitude
>5. Latitude
>6. Longitude
>7. Number of visible satellites.
>8. Label cell name
>9. Current cell name
>*. Atomic clock time(gmt unless corrected in main settings)
>0. Toggle Exploration and Navigation modes
>#. Label current point.
>It can be very confusing when changing mode from Navigation to
>Exploration mode as Talks calls the mode that you may next change to and
>this could be thought to be the current mode which it is not.
>Sometimes Talks speaks the last state just after you have changed it. This
>out of place echoing could lead to confusion as to whether the change you
>want has actually taken place. i.e "not connected" just after it connects to
>your GPS.
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