Free GPS tracker on handheld / pocket pc

May 27, 2009 at 10:07 pm Leave a comment

I hacked my Medion GPS a few months ago so I could add other programs on the device using instructions from this site. But a simple application that I really wanted but just could not find was a GPS tracker, a program that logs your coordinates to a file. Last week I picked up my Medion again determined to find the missing application, and I found it 🙂

The hacked gps with Windows CE desktop

The hacked gps with Windows CE desktop

The program gives information about the available GPS satelites

The program gives information about the available GPS satelites

The application is called NMEA Monitor CE and can be downloaded for free over here. For my Medion 95058 device (PNA150 model with Win CE 4.2) I needed the ARM H/PC Pro2.11 H/PC2000 download. Just copy the file to your device and run it over there.

Go to Option>Preferences and select your GPS’s COM port (on my Medion it is COM port 2). Then select File>save as and create a *.NME file. Now your coordinates are logged in NMEA format, so put that GPS in your backpack and go cycling for a while!

Once you come back all tired and sweaty you’ll want to check out the route you have cycled so copy the .NME file over to your pc. Now you’ll have to convert it to the *.kml format so you can view the route in Google Earth.

You can use GPSBabel, an open source program available at http://www.gpsbabel.org/download.html for this conversion.

The following screenshots show you the settings for converting the NME file to a kml file:

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The Filter button reveals some other options (which you can ignore safely for now):

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Click on “let’s go” and your kml file is generated. Open the file in Google Earth and you’ll get a nice view of the track! Sidenote: The new Google Earth appears to have a cool time slider which makes it handy to view where your were at what time.

The route in Google Earth

The route in Google Earth

If you know of other handy free tools that run on a handheld pc (especially gps-related tools), let me know in the comments!

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