Using GPS Dump

GPS Dump is the program that we use for downloading tracks for competition use. It is also a very useful tool for any pilot to use. The best part of it, its FREE
there is a version of it for macs which is slightly different. The following refers to use on a perfectly boring windows machine.

First you need to download the latest version from here.

Then install it.

When you run the program you will get a screen display thus.


click on the {misc} tab at the top.

Then "select com port" Make a note of available com ports

Your GPS

there are basically 2 types of communications with GPS units. USB and "Serial port."

If yours is a serial port type you will have a lead provided with it that connects to a 9 pin "D Type" connector.

If your computer has not got a "D Type" serial port you may need to acquire a "USB Serial adapter"

If you are using an adapter you will need to insure the correct drivers are installed for that adapter


Communicating between the Two

Turn your GPS on and connect to the Computer
Assuming all the correct drivers are in place the next part should be pretty easy. Incorrect Driver installation is the usual cause of failure at this point.
On GPS DUMP click on the misc tab at the top.
Then {select com port}
If there is a com port available that wasn't there before, select it., it should be the correct one.
If you only have one com port, then selecting that should work. If you have more than one , you may need to try the others.

Now we need to look at the 8 buttons at the top of GPS DUMP
Which one matches your GPS unit? eg Garmin (RS232 ).
Click it!

Things should now happen.
If not, then press "abort transfer" and try a different com port.
If this still doesn't work then we need to go through a trouble shooting session (faffing)
Lets for a moment assume that things happen and the white screen fills up with lots of lovely gobbledygook data.
Well done. Have a cup to tea, and examine the data. be impressed that you have got this far.

Saving the data.

You should have a screen that looks something like this:-

If you put your cursor in the middle of the gobbledygook and the press CTRL and A at the same time. The date column will all go blue.

Saving as "kml"

This is mainly used for generating files that can be used by google earth. It is also the formate used by the BOS And Nationals competition Scoring Program.

As an added bonus the flight is optimised and distances are given like this :-


Saving as "igc"

This is used For things like the UKNXCL or programs like See You .

A new screen will pop up that will need bit of detail in. Its useful to use the "save with long name" as it provides a date in the file name.


Save log as "other"

Other formates can be saved using the {save log as} function. Useful for proprietary programs such as Flychart and Garmin programs

Uploading waypoints.

Open the waypoint file selection


Browse to the file you want to use


waypoint data entered in the view window


selecting the waypoints for Upload (ctrl A to select all)