Note: This page describes an obsolete version of GPSBabel that may substantially differ from the current or development version.

Magellan SD files (as for Meridian) (magellan)

This format can...

  • read and write waypoints

  • read and write tracks

  • read and write routes

This format has the following options: deficon, maxcmts .

GPSBabel supports the following Magellan receivers:

310Meridian Color
315Explorist 100 (with aftermarket cable)
Map330Explorist 200 (with aftermarket cable)
SporTrak Map ColorExplorist 300 (with aftermarket cable)
SporTrak MapExplorist 210
SporTrak Map ProExplorist 300
SporTrak Map TopoExplorist 400
Meridian (green or yellow)Explorist 500
Meridian GoldExplorist 600
Meridian PlatinumExplorist XL

This format is used for both the serial protocol used on the devices with serial ports such as Map330 and Meridian and for the files stored either in either the unit's internal memory (Explorist 210, Explorist 400, Explorist 500, Explorist 600, Explorist XL) or on removable memory.

If you specify a serial port for the file (.e.g. "COM1", "/dev/ttyS0") to be read or written, GPSBabel will use serial protocol. Specifying a file, either on local filesystem or on a mounted flash card reader, will results in the file-based format being used.

deficon option

Default icon name.

The deficon option is used to control the icon output when writing to this format. It overrides any icon informatino that might be present in the source data.

maxcmts option

Max number of comments to write (maxcmts=200).

The maxcmts option allows you to specify the number comments that will be sent to the unit.

Magellan receivers allow a maximum of 200 waypoint comments. Unfortunately, DirectRoute uses waypoint comments to provide next turn directions for navigation pop-ups and that comes from that pool of 200 comments. It is therefore sometimes convenient to limit the number of waypoint comments written to the receiver. For example, a geocacher might want to upload 400 waypoints, but only 190 with comments so that DirectRoute could provide driving directions for the next ten turns.