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GPS Training clinic - November 2017

Watch or read the transcript from this weeks GPS Training clinic. During this recording, the team answered a number of GPS questions that had either been e-mailed in or asked live during the live streaming. Jon: Welcome everybody to the first ever GPS clinic by GPS Training. ...

Watch us recording the GPS Training podcast - podcast 3

I hope you have had a chance to listen to the GPS Training podcast, if not you can listen to the latest episode here. During last weeks recording, we also streamed it live on the GPS Training Facebook page. We have also uploaded it onto YouTube and you can watch it be...

Just back from Japan

After helping a customer choose a GPS and providing her with mapping beforea  trip to Japan we received some great pictures back and I thought you may like to see them. B.W. wrote - We are back from our holiday in Japan and we did get our mountain in, so thank you for the m...

GPS Course Locations 2018

      - Clayton Village, South Downs - Clayton Village Hall, Clayton Village, West Sussex, BN6 9PJGrid ref: TQ 29938 14015View the location on a map here. Course Availability at Clayton:  1. Garmin GPS Day 1 2. Garmin GPS Day 23. Satmap Active 10/12...

Watch us recording the GPS Training podcast - podcast 2

I hope you have had a chance to listen to the GPS Training podcast, if not you can listen to the latest episode here. During last weeks recording, we also streamed it live on the GPS Training Facebook page. We have also uploaded it onto YouTube and you can watch it below. ...

What happens when you press the SOS botton on a SPOT3 personal tracker

The SPOT 3 person tracker enables other people to track you and you are able to send messages to friends and family. All this is done using satellites, rather than a mobile phone signal. The units also have a SOS button, but what happens when you press it. This week we receive...

GPS Glossary of Terms

GPS Glossary of Terms     ______________________________________ A - C_____________________________________ 2D Operating Mode A two-dimensional GPS position fix that includes only horizontal coordinates (no GPS elevation). It requires a minimum of three visible sa...

inReach: Escape through the Gold Mine

Just recently the Garmin inReach technology was used for a situation which we donít see every day – helping a group of backcountry hikers evade a tribal war in Indonesia and making it home safely. Tommy Danger and his team were in the remote area of Papua climbing the 5th o...

A small anecdote - our training in action

After last weekends GPS Training course we received this very interesting response to our e-mail requesting feedback - There is a small anecdote which you can pass on to the GPS instructor Pete. ...I did the Mungrisdale course on Saturday and on Monday I was using the Oregon 60...

Geocaching just got easier - Garmin Express

We admit it. Downloading geocaches to your GPS device hasnít always been easy. But thatís about to change. Thanks to our recent collaboration with Garmin, Premium members on GeoCaching.com can now send a list of geocaches to their Garmin GPS device with the click of a button. G...

Garmin inReach - what happens when you press the SOS button?

What happens if you do press it the SOS button on the Garmin inReach satellite communicator? A message is sent to GEOS who are the world leader in emergency response solutions and monitoring. Theyíve supported rescues in more than 140 countries, saving many lives in the pro...

GPS Handheld v Smartphone

This week the above graphic was forwarded to me Please click on image on left to see it full size on our facebook page here.I thought I would share it with you. It takes you through the differenced in the – #1 GPS reception #2 Battery Life #3 Safety #4 Rugged #5 Disp...

Support packages from GPS Training

This week we have launched our Bronze, Silver and Gold support packages. If you buy a Garmin GPS from us you get the 'Gold' package for 1 year (worth £125.00) and if you come on one of our two day GPS Training courses you get our 'Bronze' package (worth £50.00). We ...

We don't sell a box with an Outdoor GPS in.

If you buy an outdoor GPS unit from Shepherds Walks you are not just buying a box with a GPS unit in. Once you have made the purchase we spend an hour getting that unit ready for you.Below is a short video taking you through how we prepare your GPS ready for you, so you just have...

Galileo satellites experiencing problems with the onboard clocks

The onboard atomic clocks that drive the satellite-navigation signals on the new Europe's Galileo network have been failing at an alarming rate.Across the 18 satellites now in orbit, nine clocks have stopped operating.Galileo was declared up and running in December and here at GP...

Galileo satellite system - Outdoor GPS

The EU's Galileo satellite system has now gone live, aiming to supply the world's most accurate satellite navigation technology after 17 years of development, plagued by delays and budget increases.The 18 satellites initially launched will be of only limited use at first.It is ho...

Garmin announces first devices with Satellite Communication Technology: Introducing the inReach SE+ and inReach Explorer+

Last year Garmin bought a business called DeLorme who produce a product called inReach. This week Garmin released the first products to incorporate the technology from this purchase by announcing the new inReach SE®+ and inReach Explorer®+, the first Garmin devices with ...

A look inside the online resource

This week we launched a new YouTube film that gives you a look inside the GPS Training online resource. Please do take a look at this YouTube film.You can view the online resource here. ...

TOPO Great Britain PRO

TOPO Great Britain PRO Purchase Topo Pro Map Card here View Garmin GPS units bundled with this new 1:25k map card here (The units with the Orange 25k  logo on the picture have the new Topo Pro Mapping). In the last 7 days Garmin have launched a new map card, TOP...

Blog - after a GPS Training course

I have just completed the GPS Training Course, held by Shepherds Walks in Rothbury, which was thoroughly enjoyable and very informative.Being a complete novice with a GPS unit and having very limited knowledge of how they actual work, attending this course was a little daunting, ...

Competition winners

Thanks to everybody who entered our February competition at GPS Training.We had lots of people entering and all but one person put down the correct answer to the question - Q: What does GPS stand for? A: Global Positioning System   1st prize - Garmin eTrex Touch 25 with ...

Loan a GPS on a walking holiday in Northumberland

GPS Training have teamed up with Shepherds Walks Holidays to really add the icing to the cake to their self guided walking holidays in Northumberland. As you may know Shepherds Walks Holidays deliver some quality walking holidays along St Oswaldís way, St Cuthbertís Way, Northum...

What features do you need (or want) on an Outdoor GPS unit.

Before choosing your first GPS unit it is good to look at the features you need and will use on an Outdoor GPS. When you know this it makes your decision a little easier. But donít worry you can also ring a friendly expert at GPS Training who can help you make the correct decisi...

GPS Training course locations

We have some great locations for our GPS Training courses - Please find below all the information about each of the locations. If your are already booked onto any of our courses we look forward to seeing you on the day. If you are planning in joining us please just click on the ...

Mark's big walk - supported by GPS Training

We are pleased to be supporting Marks Big Walk - Raising money for the 'Simon Says' Child Bereavement Support charity.As well as using one of our Oregon 600 GPS units Mark is taking part in one of Training Webinars to get him up to speed prior to his epic 100 mile 48 hour walk.On...

Geocaching What is it?

Geocaching – What is it? - Itís a treasure hunt with a GPS that's happening right now, all around you. - Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geoca...

Open Street Maps for your Garmin GPS

When it comes to digital maps for our Garmin GPS itís undisputed that here in the UK we would prefer to use Garmin Discoverer with Ordnance Survey map data as this map data shows full rights of way data (footpaths etc.) and is backed up by clever software that allows the user to ...

SatMap Expedition issue - Chrome and Silverlight

Do you use Google Chrome and Have you recently experienced issues when logging onto SatMapís online planning and sharing resource? Then it could be down to the latest version of Google Chrome where the Silverlight plug-in has failed to work when using Xpedition. The guys at have...

Training options available from GPS Training

What training courses do we have at GPS Training? Online Training Resource - £9.99 - more here We have online training courses for Garmin, Satmap and Memory Map priced at £9.99 per course. (Un-limited login time) Learn at your own pace – an online training co...

BirdsEye Select vouchers now even better value

Itís not often that companies offer something for nothing; but Garmin recently doubled the GB Ordnance Survey 1:25k Explorer coverage you can download to your computer & GPS from 1500 sqkm to 3000 sq km using their BirdsEye Select map vouchers (£19.99 each from GPS Trai...

New GPS Course for 2015 - An Introduction to Memory Map TX GPS and PC Software

New Course - An Introduction to Memory-Mapís TX3 and TX4 Range of Android GPS & PC Software.  Would you believe that there is a reasonably priced waterproof rugged outdoor GPS bundled with either Full GB LandRanger or Explorer maps that can deliver accurate GPS navigati...

TOPO UK & Ireland Light - What is it?

For those of you not wanting to purchase full UK Ordnance Survey mapping Garmin have released a range of their bestselling outdoors GPS bundled with a completely new free recreational map using community generated OpenStreetMap (OSM) data. This they have called TOPO UK & Irel...

What GPS Training Courses do we have coming up in 2015?

In 2015 we have some great training courses coming up for Garmin, Satmap and those wanting to use a Map and Compass. You can view all our courses online here, but if you want to know a little more about the courses we have on offer please do read on. Garmin Courses 2015 Get to...

Garmin 1:25k mapping increased from 1,500km to 3,000km for just £19.99

Garmin Europe is pleased to announce that BirdsEye Select Great Britain sold through GPS Training have now been updated using the latest Ordnance Survey 1:25k data.   Coverage has also increased from 1,500km² to 3,000km², effective immediately.  Available via...

Satmap Active 12 - welcome into the GPS Training stable

Exciting times at GPS Training – we now stock all the three leading brands of GPS units. As GPS Training are completely independent we can give good impartial advice and training on all the market leaders in the world of Outdoor GPS units. So it is great that last week we...

Detailed footpath data for Ordnance Survey mapping

in January and February 2015 members of GPS Trainig and Walkingworld conducted a survey asking for peoples thoughts on the accuracy of the rights of way marked on Ordnance Survey maps. Invitations to take part in the survey were sent by email to over 65,000 members of Walkingwor...

Play Scotland Geocaching

Over the past few years GPS Training have spent many hours in classrooms, on playing fields and in the countryside introducing young people to Geo-caching. As you may know geo-caching is a treasure hunt with GPS units. More recently we have worked with many groups to deliver Ďge...

GPS Course Locations - 2015

We have some great locations for our GPS Training courses - Please find below all the information about each of the locations. If your are already booked onto any of our courses we look forward to seeing you on the day. If you are planning in joining us please just click on the ...

Sandstone Way - GPS Hire

The Sandstone Way is a new 120 miles / 192km (approx) mountain biking route between Berwick Upon Tweed and Hexham along the Sandstone Ridge in North Northumberland, linking numerous sandstone features, crags and outcrops. The route traverses through an amazing ever-changing lands...

Turn by Turn Routing for a Garmin GPS explained

We're all familiar with the concept of turn by turn routing driven by GPS in the car; what isn't so widely known is that off road routing is available off road as well. It's standard with most Open Street maps and included in some other mapping products like Garmin's Topo Germany...

Garmin 1:25k mapping - full UK

We try and keep you informed about any changes in the current range of Ordnance Survey products compatible with your Garmin device. As of October 14 Garmin have finally come up with GB Discoverer Premium that includes coverage of all of Great Britain at 1:250k, 1:50k and 1:25k sc...

Garmin Vivofit - all about

I first got introduced to the Garmin Vivofit a couple of months ago at the Ďon the edgeí event in the Lake District. A number of loyal Vivofit users told me how useful they had found it.So the following week both Jane and I put the Vivofits on our wrist for the first ti...