Garmin EMap

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I had my little Garmin eMap from about 2000 until selling it on eBay last week. (July 2015) AH.. such good times we had together! Great Britain, Hawaii, Missouri, Canada...

It went to another ham so I know it's in good hands and being used once again. Much better than gathering dust in my eLab.

Maps for eMap

I tried loading a City Navigator map into the eMap tonight and it won't display. I looked up the eMap at the Garmin site and found there is no listing of any map data for it any more. So sad.

I still have many older CD's of data so no worry.

Getting waypoints into the eMap from ArcMap

  1. Create a point shapefile in WGS84
  2. Use GPSbabel (from

You can convert the shapefile to a GPX file and then edit the GPS to add xml "name" tags which will appear on the map in the eMap.

gpsbabel -i shape -f GarminWaypointsShapefile -o gpx -F Gar.gpx

If you are running on a Windows machine you can use the GPSBabel-GUI program so that you don't have to learn all the command line settings by heart.

Reading from Garmin eMap

Waypoints: gpsbabel -i garmin -f /dev/ttyS0 -o gpx -F current_waypoints.gpx

Tracks: gpsbabel -t -i garmin -f /dev/ttyS0 -o shape -F garmin_track

Sending data to Garmin eMap


I clear out unwanted points, delete all waypoints from the Garmin and then load the new points

gpsbabel -i gpx -f current_waypoints.gpx -o garmin -F /dev/ttyS0
gpsbabel -i gpx -f Gar.gpx -o garmin -F /dev/ttyS0