… and of course other associations as well.
during a recent activation Juerg, HB9BIN, asked me whether I have waypoints files for summits in the DL association, which could be imported into a gps-receiver.
This question brought me up to post the following information.
First the good news: Most higher summits in DL, i.e. my main playground for activations, are decorated with, more or less, huge summit crosses. Therefore it isn’t a challenging task to find the correct location for an activation; of course this might be in contrast to other regions/associations.
The bad news: I’m a self-confessed fan of good old (paper-)maps. It’s always fun to spread out a (paper-)map in high wind or if it’s raining
As a consequence I do not have ready-to-use waypoints files.
As this answer would not be very helpful, I did a little bit research on this topic and found quite a nice solution.
First of all, I found that Joerg, DL1DLF (the creator of the rucksack radio tool), did quite a nice job providing up-to-date KML files for all associations. KML stands for “Keyhole Markup Language”, a file format which can be directly loaded into Google Earth, but I guess most of the gps-receivers are not able to make directly use of this file format.
The KML-files can be found here: http://www.dl1dlf.de/sota-references-google-earth
Second, in order to import the gps-positions, listed in the KML files, you can easily convert this type of files into e.g. the GPX file format. This GPX file format will be understood by many of the newer gps-receivers.
An online converter can be found at: http://gpx2kml.com/
(Already converted files can be found here: http://www.on6zq.be/w/index.php/SOTA/SOTA)
If your gps-receiver does not understand the converted GPX files, not everything is lost. In this case you might try GPSbabel, an application which can be downloaded free of charge from: http://www.gpsbabel.org/
GPSbabel is something like a swiss-army-knife for converting between different gps formats. It supports quite a long list of gps-receivers from different vendors.
In order to convert a KML file, you just have to choose the file format “Google Earth (Keyhole) Markup Language” in the input section and the proper output format for you gps-receiver.
I’m sure there are a lot of other procedures for getting up-to-date waypoints files, but I hope, this information will be helpful, especially for those, who had no luck with importing KML or GPX files into their gps-receivers.
73 Stephan, DM1LE