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Newsletter July 2010


Hopefully we are all happy about the start of the rainy season ontime, either because mother nature was craving for water or we are simply enjoying the lower temperatures. Since it’s cooler outside, we’ve collected some interesting topics about outdoor activities for you.

We are working on some more international maps in the moment and are pretty sure to release them during the coming months. Maps for Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, South Korea, Vietnam and hopefully Japan will enhance your travel experience.

carNAVi is also planning of filing a license agreement to offer maps for the United States, Canada and western Europe. This maps may be available later this year.

Enjoy the read.
Your carNAVi Team

Using GPS in hiking is like breadcrumbs along the trail

PictureThere are several methods of navigation while hiking: easiest is to just follow the trail blazes or signs; follow the sun; a compass or use a GPS. Yes, you can also leave bread crumbs along the trail but if the birds have their say you will not have a return trail to found.

If you are not following a marked trail you should carry either a compass or a GPS. A secondary reason for a GPS is that it can provide information regarding your distance travelled and the elevations you have climbed. It is still recommended that you carry a trail map or guidebook as a backup and to have an overall view of where you are heading.

Try it out and take your carNAVi off the road next time. Check out this article in our FAQ pages for more information about off-road usage. Track-recording is explained here. After returning home you can transfer the recorded track data to your computer and display the tracks for example in Google Earth.

Geocaching – A new hobby for you and your family
PictureGeocaching is an outdoor activity in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers (called “geocaches” or “caches”) anywhere in the world. A typical cache is a small waterproof container (usually a tupperware container or ammo box) containing a logbook. Larger containers can also contain items for trading, usually toys or trinkets of little value.

Geocaching is most often described as a “game of high-tech hide and seek,” sharing many aspects with benchmarking, trigpointing, orienteering, treasure-hunting, Letterboxing, and waymarking. Geocaches are currently placed in over 100 countries around the world and on all seven continents. As of June 2010, there are over 1.1 million active geocaches around the world.

See how it works on YouTube.

Easy Steps to Geocaching

  1. Register at one of the Geocaching websites
  2. Search for a cache near you
  3. Choose an available geocache
  4. Enter the coordinates of the geocache into your carNAVi. (see page 31 in your users manual)
  5. Switch your carNAVi in off-road mode
  6. Use your GPS device to assist you in finding the hidden geocache.
  7. Sign the logbook and return the geocache to its original location.
  8. Share your geocaching stories and photos online.

Interesting? Read more by following this links:
[1] http://www.brillig.com/geocaching/philippines.shtml
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geocaching
[3] http://www.geocaching.com/

There are not many documented Geocaches in the Philippines. The Geocaching community needs you and your friends. Help to let grow this fantastic outdoor activity by setting up caches in places you now and you would like other people to see. Nature needs to be explored more. Let’s do it!

The carNAVi FAQ portal
PictureFAQ stands for Frequently Asked Questions. Our FAQ’s hopefully helps you to find solutions for questions others had asked already before. The FAQ portal at faq.car-navi.ph is offering a global search, simply key in the topic in the search field on top of the FAQ website. Or just browse the categories located on the left side. More information are also available here.

To be up to date subscribe to one of the RSS feeds and your browser’s bookmarks will be updated automatically. Simply click on one of the orange RSS icons displayed in the FAQ pages and follow the instructions in your web browser to subscribe.

You are also welcome to participate in this portal and submit your questions and – if possible – the answers to the knowledge base. Simply use the menu on top of the screen to add your questions or check what questions are still open – our technicians will reply your submissions and after editing we will enter the questions in the FAQ database.

PicturecarNAVi now available at S&R
Begining with July 2010 carNAVi navigation devices are available in selected S&R Shopping Centers in Metro Manila. Please check the ‘where to buy‘ section on our website for further details.

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