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    Used Microsoft Streets and Trips

    Quote Originally Posted by Motorradfahrer View Post
    Paulbach...

    Excuse my ignorance how did you post your/the maps onto the thread..? Thanks
    Hi Motorradfahrer

    I used Used Microsoft Streets and Trips & the process is a Charlie Foxtrot.

    1. Open Microsoft Streets and Trips and select starting and ending points.
    2. Have program get directions - which draws the route on the map.
    3. Use the dotted box on tool bar to select area.
    4. Copy area inside box to memory. (Control-C)
    5. Dump memory into an art program like photoshop or Paintshop and there are others even some free ones.
    6. Save image as a jpeg.

    Now you have two choices
    First upload to forum as an attached image

    or

    Upload image to smugmug, photobucket or the like
    Paste link into text message on the forum

    having said all the above some folks know a simpler and cheaper route using Yahoo or Google but I have that damn gene that likes doing things the hard way.

    Hey Google and Yahoo experts, share the process! Please?
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    Just tried Yahoo maps and it very easily produced this image.



    I saved the jpeg and uploaded same to photobucket.

    Copied image link to this message. Quick and Cheap

    I am headed to Lincoln because the Vermont MOV is paying for all members meal at a chicken barbecue.

    Should be fun!
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    Hmmm, nice reviews. I showed my pareja and she wants me to grab one too!

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    I noticed these units on sale at Best Buy this week; couple that with the tracking freeby, I think I'm going to get one. I've had my eye on them for a bit thinking it would be a good thing for those solo GS rides I like to take; even just the local outings.
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    Thanks for including me on your test ride. Here are the 4 MSGs that I received on Sunday for the test. (only removed e-mail addresses). We're they auto-sent or on command (push a button)?

    1)
    From: noreply@findmespot.com [mailto:noreply@findmespot.com]
    Sent: Sunday, June 15, 2008 12:34 PM
    To: various
    Subject: OK ESN:0-7399565

    Out riding through Vermont to the Lincoln Gap and then back to Babcock Lake. Wish you were riding with me.
    ESN:0-7399565
    Latitude:44.1052
    Longitude:-72.9972
    Nearest Location: Gove Hill Rd, Downingville, VT, US
    Distance: 0 km(s)
    Time:06/15/2008 12:32:05 (US/Eastern)
    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=e...UTF8&z=12&om=1

    2)
    From: noreply@findmespot.com [mailto:noreply@findmespot.com]
    Sent: Sunday, June 15, 2008 2:13 PM
    To: various
    Subject: OK ESN:0-7399565

    Out riding through Vermont to the Lincoln Gap and then back to Babcock Lake. Wish you were riding with me.
    ESN:0-7399565
    Latitude:43.8023
    Longitude:-73.0965
    Nearest Location: Grove St, Brandon (census name for Brandon Center), VT, US
    Distance: 0 km(s)
    Time:06/15/2008 14:13:25 (US/Eastern)
    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=e...UTF8&z=12&om=1

    3)
    From: noreply@findmespot.com [mailto:noreply@findmespot.com]
    Sent: Sunday, June 15, 2008 3:19 PM
    To: Various
    Subject: OK ESN:0-7399565

    Out riding through Vermont to the Lincoln Gap and then back to Babcock Lake. Wish you were riding with me.
    ESN:0-7399565
    Latitude:43.3302
    Longitude:-72.9918
    Nearest Location:not known
    Distance:not known
    Time:06/15/2008 15:18:44 (US/Eastern)
    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=e...UTF8&z=12&om=1

    4)
    From: noreply@findmespot.com [mailto:noreply@findmespot.com]
    Sent: Sunday, June 15, 2008 4:40 PM
    To: various
    Subject: OK ESN:0-7399565

    Out riding through Vermont to the Lincoln Gap and then back to Babcock Lake. Wish you were riding with me.
    ESN:0-7399565
    Latitude:42.819
    Longitude:-73.3967
    Nearest Location:not known
    Distance:not known
    Time:06/15/2008 16:40:25 (US/Eastern)
    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=e...UTF8&z=12&om=1


    Pretty slick technology for the cost. Has anyone found what they believe to be the best purchase value? (Unit + Service cost)

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    Talking

    I to was getting the email updates. I found it pretty interesting. I think one my be in my future.
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    Darn - it worked just as advertised. I wish I had thought to put SPOT on the bike and take a picture. It definitely will come in handy during the Salty Fog Rally.

    Best price I have seen is on Amazon for $141. There are a couple of other similar products. Has anyone used them?
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    Just got a SPOT report from StatDawg and was able to zoom in on his house by using GOOGLE maps.
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    Thumbs up Seems pretty cool!!

    I followed you as you drove over the weekend Paul. That was pretty cool. It was really neat when you were traveling during the day and could see your progression. I think one may be in my future as well.
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    Have been following the Dawg across country. So far the unit is working flawlessly.

    Last time "spotted" RedRider and StatDawg were on HWY 104 in New Mexico bound for San Albuquerque.

    Click Here for latest location received from SPOT
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    New Location for StatDawg and RedRider
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    Latitude:36.3955
    Longitude:-105.2857
    Nearest Location: , Angel Fire, NM, US

    Time:07/01/2008 17:01:24 (GMT)

    SPOT is working just fine!
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    Latitude:34.9374
    Longitude:-110.1316
    Nearest Location:not known

    Time:07/02/2008 15:54:13 (GMT)

    StatDawg and RedRider have been "Spotted" near Holbrook and headed for Winslow, AZ on Interstate 40
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    Regarding Spots ability to send a signal with limited sky view: I took mine on a trip to France last month. While in Paris, I placed it on a table on our outdoor terrace at our hotel. The skyview was extremely narrow with buildings all around. I didn't think there was any chance of a signal getting out. When I called a friend at home, he advised me he had received the O.K. message and found the location in the Latin Quarter. It seems to do a bit better than advertised or expected.
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    Have reached London Bridge


    Latitude:34.4802
    Longitude:-114.3512

    Time:07/03/2008 14:17:57 (GMT)

    Statdawg and RidRider have reached London Bridge - in Arizona
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    Neat toy Paul check email .Michael..

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