04/10/2020 at 12:09 pm #32537
Online User Group Meeting — April 18, 10:00 AM to noon
Thanks to the Corona Virus pandemic our face-to-face user group meetings had to be cancelled, but all is not lost. Let’s try doing an online version using Zoom. We tried it at one of our Wednesday morning Zoom meetings (that we have in lieu of Wednesday breakfasts) and it seemed to work just fine. Participants can see the computer screen (e.g., BaseCamp) of whoever has a question or wishes to show something to the group. We can walk through step by step how to load routes on your GPS device, how to create routes in BaseCamp, and address questions users have using GPSs and BaseCamp.
Let me know (text or email) If you’d like to participate on April 18 and I’ll include you in an invitation I’ll be emailing to folks about a half hour before the meeting begins. Click on the link in the email to join the meeting. Zoom is pretty easy to use, but if you haven’t used it before please sign in a few minutes early so we can lend a hand if needed BEFORE the meeting begins.
You’re welcome to participate, even if you just want to listen in and see what goes on.
So let’s give it a try – it should be fun for all!
04/14/2020 at 11:29 am #31753
Would you like to know how to load routes into your GPS, plan routes and stops while you’re riding, or create routes on Basecamp? Have you run into problems using your GPS or Basecamp? Or do you have tips you’d like to share, or an amazing route you created you like to show to the group? Good news – the GPS/Basecamp Users Group is going to meet again this spring on March 14 and April 11 to help you ramp up for the riding season ahead.
March 14, Saturday, 10:00 AM to noon — Room A of the Garfield Heights Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library, 5409 Turney Rd, Cleveland, OH
- The first portion of the meeting will be devoted to helping you load routes into your GPS. You’ll get the most out of this if you can bring your computer and your GPS, and a USB cable to connect the two. There will be an experienced user at the meeting who is familiar with your computer and GPS and can walk you through the process. You should leave knowing how to load route files we circulate for club rides onto your computer and GPS. We’ll also show you how to load routes from the GPS library on the BMWMOC website.
- The second hour will be devoted to questions people have, show and tell, demonstrations of techniques, etc.
April 11, Saturday, 10:00 AM to noon — Room B of the Garfield Heights Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library, 5409 Turney Rd, Cleveland, OH
- The agenda for this meeting will flow from the needs and interests express in the first meeting.
These were fun, spontaneous, and immensely useful sessions last year and we can expect the same this year. The meeting rooms are fully equipped to display our screens and devices on the big screen so all can see exactly what we are doing. The library allows us to bring in snacks so feel free to bring your morning coffee and donuts.
Get your batteries charged and be there!
04/20/2020 at 11:22 am #32670
2nd Online User Group Meeting — May 9, 10:00 AM to noon
Our first online GPS/BaseCamp User Group meeting was a success! I think it’s fair to say we all learned a lot, with everyone contributing their questions, answers, tips and tricks. Mark showed us his Basecamp screen online and we helped him figure out how to transfer active tracks from his GPS to Basecamp to free up space on the GPS. We fiddled around using different activity profiles (motorcycling, atv, direct, etc.) and different route preferences (faster time, curvy roads) to see what difference they made on how BaseCamp calculated the route.
So we decided to schedule a 2nd meeting this spring. The format will be the same, but this time several people will be showing us routes they’ve created. And who knows what else will come up – that’s the fun of a user group. We all contribute, and we all learn. Lurkers are welcome. The only dumb questions are the ones no one asked.
If you weren’t on the list for the first meeting, let me know and I’ll add you to the list of invites for the Zoom meeting on May 9.
Notice how I’ve schedule the meeting for the 2nd Saturday in May — leaving room for club rides on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays just in case the Governor opens things up!
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