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Garmin Forerunner 301

I've got a Garmin Forerunner 301 that I use for running/biking/car trips. It sometimes takes a long time to pick up a signal which is kind of annoying, but otherwise seems to be a nice little unit with built-in heart-rate monitoring and the like. I wanted to use it on Linux as I don't use Windows. A quick search revealed this entry which gives a couple of command lines to grab data off the GPS. After a quick apt-get install, I tried them and they seem to work. The first just gives a long series of coordinates. The second gives a .kml file which I was able to import into Google Earth (though that's extremely slow on my hardware, so not very useful to me).

gpsbabel -t -i garmin -f /dev/ttyUSB0 -o gpsdrive -F tracks.gps

gpsbabel -t -i garmin -f /dev/ttyUSB0 -o kml,points=0,line_color=ff0000ff -F waypoints.kml

I'd really like to put some data into Open Street Map. It would be a fun project for the summer to bike around the neighbourhood and fill out their data.

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forerunner & linux

Hi keverts.

I am the blog who write the entry about the garmin and linux. If you want to see your garmin logs in the computer, and your machine is too slow to run googleearth, perhaps would be interested for you pytrainer (http://pytrainer.e-oss.net) :)

Pytrainer is a tool that i have been developing for 1'5 years and it is used to record sport logs.. It would be interested for you because one functionality is to log the gps tracks and display it in a googlemaps embed (faster than googleearth).

The pytrainer have some bugs.. but i am reparing... If you want it perhaps would be better probe the svn version.

Best regards.


Testimony: gpsbabel works with Garmin Forerunner 205

Thanks for the instructions above. I just thought I'd mention that they work perfectly well with the Garmin Forerunner 205 too.

:-Dustin Kirkland