Logging with the Blumax 4044
The Blumax 4044 is a GPS logger with which I intend to contribute to OpenStreetmap during my next visit to Georgia, where I hold the callsign 4L9MH.
This page serves as public memory on how I interact with it using Linux (very recent Ubuntu , kernel 3.0.0-14-generic).
1 Install the client program
There is a good commandline client for Ubuntu and other linux derivates calles mtkbabel
sudo apt-get install mtkbabel
It will also install missing dependencies such as the PERL module to handle serial connections.
2 Read tracks
Read out tracks, store them in a converted format with the following command:
mtkbabel -p /dev/ttyACM0 -f 2011-12-13_gpsdata -t -w
which will produce the following files:
2011-12-13_gpsdata.bin 2011-12-13_gpsdata_wpt.gpx 2011-12-13_gpsdata_trk.gpx
3 Erase the Blumax memory
It is possible to erase all the existing positions with the following command:
mtkbabel -p /dev/ttyACM0 -E