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Configurable Data Fields

23 December 2011 @ 2:32 PM  / Trail Tech /


In the latest software update, the Montana gained more data fields and an improved method of data field configuration. With the addition of these new data fields, it seems appropriate to explain these new data fields as well as further explain the data fields used in Montana and other On The Trail devices.


New Data Fields

 

Data Field Description Example
Alarm Timer The current time of the alarm clock application countdown timer. Once in the alarm clock application, you can access the timer by selecting “Timer” in the option menu. Set the timer then start it by pressing the “Start Timer” button.  
Automotive Turn An arrow indicating the type of turn upcoming in an automobile route. This data field will inform you of the upcoming turn when routing on road. It also provides the “lane assist” feature by indicating which lane to be driving in when necessary. The routing activity must be set to Automobile Driving and you must be navigating.  
Avg. Lap Stopwatch field indicating the average time of the completed laps. A lap time is created by pressing the “Lap” button. The stopwatch in either the stopwatch application or the stopwatch dashboard must be running.  
Compass Heading The direction the unit is pointing based on the compass alone. This version of heading is independent of movement. Display options can be modified under “Setup Heading”.  
Current Lap Stopwatch field indicating the elapsed time of the current lap. A lap is added to the total by pressing the “Lap” button. The stopwatch in either the stopwatch application or the stopwatch dashboard must be running.  
Date The date of the current day.  
Elevation Above Ground The altitude of your current location above ground level (if maps contain sufficient elevation information).  
GPS Elevation The altitude of your current location using GPS only. The barometric altimeter is not used in this calculation.  
GPS Heading The direction you are moving based on GPS alone. The compass sensor is not used in this calculation. Display options can be modified under “Setup Heading”.  
Grade Calculation of rise over run. For example, if for every 10 feet you climb (elevation) you travel 200 feet (distance), your grade is 5%. You must be moving for this data field to function, otherwise a value of 0% will be displayed.  
Lap Distance Stopwatch field indicating the total distance of the last lap. A lap is added by pressing the “Lap” button. The stopwatch in either the stopwatch application or the stopwatch dashboard must be running.  
Laps Stopwatch field indicating the number of laps completed. A lap is added by pressing the “Lap” button. The stopwatch in either the stopwatch application or the stopwatch dashboard must be running.  
Last Lap Stopwatch field indicating the time in which the last lap was completed. A lap is added by pressing the “Lap” button. The stopwatch in either the stopwatch application or the stopwatch dashboard must be running.  
Location of Destination Displays the location of your final destination. The position format of this field can be selected in the setup menu. This field is only functional when navigating.  
None This is a blank field. When a new trip computer page is inserted, all of the data fields on this new trip computer page are defaulted to this field.  
Stopwatch Timer The current stopwatch time. This time can be started, stopped, and reset in either the stopwatch application or the stopwatch dashboard.  
Total Lap Stopwatch field indicating the total time of all completed laps. Each time a lap is added to the total, the lap time is added to a running total that this field displays. A lap is added by pressing the “Lap” button. The stopwatch in either the stopwatch application or the stopwatch dashboard must be running.  
Track Distance The distance traveled in the current track. This can be cleared by resetting the current track. The current track can be reset by selecting “Clear Current Track” in the Reset menu. The Reset menu can be accessed by selecting “Reset” in one of the following places: the setup menu, the option menu in the trip computer application, or the option menu in the Elevation Plot application.  
Vertical Dist. to Dest. Altitude difference between your current position and your final destination. This calculation is purely the altitude of your current position subtracted from the altitude value at your final position. This final position elevation will be acquired from either the last point in a track, the waypoint of the destination, or the DEM model data at the destination point. This field is only functional when navigating.  
Vertical Dist. to Next Altitude difference between your current position and the next waypoint on the current route. This calculation is purely the altitude of your current position subtracted from the altitude value at the next position on the current route. A route can be created using the Route Planner application. A route can be selected in the Route Planner application or by selecting “Routes” in the Where To? application. This field is only functional when navigating.  




Existing Data Fields

 

Data Field Description Example
Accuracy of GPS The estimated margin of error for your exact location. For example, your GPS location is accurate to within +/- 3.65m (12 feet). This accuracy is affected by how many satellites are in view and whether or not correction systems like WAAS are used or not.  
Ambient Pressure The uncalibrated environmental pressure. The pressure is displayed in the units selected in the setup units menu.  
Ascent – Average The average rate of ascent since last reset. This is reset by selecting “Reset Trip Data” in the Reset menu. The Reset menu can be accessed by selecting “Reset” in one of the following places: the setup menu, the option menu in the trip computer application, or the option menu in the Elevation Plot application.  
Ascent – Maximum The maximum ascent rate, since last reset, in feet per minute, meters per second, meters per minute, or meters per hour. This is reset by selecting “Reset Trip Data” in the Reset menu. The Reset menu can be accessed by selecting “Reset” in one of the following places: the setup menu, the option menu in the trip computer application, or the option menu in the Elevation Plot application.  
Ascent - Total The total elevation distance ascended since last reset. This is reset by selecting “Reset Trip Data” in the Reset menu. The Reset menu can be accessed by selecting “Reset” in one of the following places: the setup menu, the option menu in the trip computer application, or the option menu in the Elevation Plot application.  
Barometer The calibrated current pressure. This pressure is displayed in the units selected in the setup units menu.  
Battery Level The remaining battery power, shown in the form of a battery gauge. This can also be used as an external power indicator.  
Bearing The direction from your current location or position to a destination of navigation. This is different from Course because it is dependent on your current location. Display options can be modified under “Setup Heading”.  
Cadence Revolutions of the crank arm or strides per minute. Cadence accessory required.  
Course The direction from start of navigation to a destination of navigation. The direction of desired track from start of navigation to destination. Course is only dependent on your location when the Course is set, and it is not dependent on where you may have moved to. Course can be viewed as a planned or set route. Display options can be modified under “Setup Heading”.  
Depth The depth of the water. This requires a connection to a NMEA 0183 depth-capable device to acquire data.  
Descent – Average The average rate of descent since last reset. This is reset by selecting “Reset Trip Data” in the Reset menu. The Reset menu can be accessed by selecting “Reset” in one of the following places: the setup menu, the option menu in the trip computer application, or the option menu in the Elevation Plot application.  
Descent – Maximum The maximum descent rate, since last reset, in feet per minute, meters per second, meters per minute, or meters per hour. This is reset by selecting “Reset Trip Data” in the Reset menu. The Reset menu can be accessed by selecting “Reset” in one of the following places: the setup menu, the option menu in the trip computer application, or the option menu in the Elevation Plot application.  
Descent – Total The total elevation distance descended since last reset. This is reset by selecting “Reset Trip Data” in the Reset menu. The Reset menu can be accessed by selecting “Reset” in one of the following places: the setup menu, the option menu in the trip computer application, or the option menu in the Elevation Plot application.  
Distance to Destination The distance from your current position to your final destination. This field is only functional when navigating.  
Distance to Next The remaining distance to the next waypoint on the route. A route can be created using the Route Planner application. A route can be selected in the Route Planner application or by selecting “Routes” in the Where To? application. This field is only functional when navigating.  
Elevation The altitude of your current location above or below sea level. It is always a good idea to calibrate the barometric altimeter before using this data field. The barometric altimeter can be calibrated by selecting “Calibrate Altimeter” in either the setup altimeter menu or the options menu of the Elevation Plot application.  
Elevation – Maximum The highest elevation reached since last reset. This is reset by selecting “Reset Trip Data” in the Reset menu. The Reset menu can be accessed by selecting “Reset” in one of the following places: the setup menu, the option menu in the trip computer application, or the option menu in the Elevation Plot application.  
Elevation – Minimum The lowest elevation reached since last reset. This is reset by selecting “Reset Trip Data” in the Reset menu. The Reset menu can be accessed by selecting “Reset” in one of the following places: the setup menu, the option menu in the trip computer application, or the option menu in the Elevation Plot application.  
ETA at Destination The estimated time of day you will reach your final destination. The displayed is the local time of your destination. This field is only functional when navigating.  
ETA at Next The estimated time of day you will reach the next waypoint on the route. The displayed is the local time of the next point on your route. A route can be created using the Route Planner application. A route can be selected in the Route Planner application or by selecting “Routes” in the Where To? application. This field is only functional when navigating.  
Glide Ratio The ratio of horizontal distance traveled to the change in vertical distance.  
Glide Ratio to Dest The glide ratio required to descend from your current position and elevation to the destination elevation. This field is only functional when navigating.  
GPS Signal Strength The strength of the GPS signal.  
Heading The direction of travel or track. If you are not moving then heading is the direction the unit is pointing based on the compass sensor. Display options can be modified under “Setup Heading”.  
Heart Rate Your heart rate in beats per minute (bpm). This requires an external heart rate monitor.  
Location (lat/lon) Displays the current position in the default position format regardless of the selected settings.  
Location (selected) Displays the current position in the selected position format.  
Odometer A running tally of distance traveled for all trips. The only way to reset this is to clear all user data on the unit.  
Off Course The distance to the left or the right by which you have strayed from the original path of travel (course). This is only active if you are navigating.  
Pointer Graphical indication of bearing. The arrow will point in the direction from your current position to the destination of navigation.  
Speed The current rate of speed at which you are moving.  
Speed – Maximum The maximum speed reached since last reset. This is reset by selecting “Reset Trip Data” in the Reset menu. The Reset menu can be accessed by selecting “Reset” in one of the following places: the setup menu, the option menu in the trip computer application, or the option menu in the Elevation Plot.  
Speed – Moving Avg. The average speed of the device while moving since last reset. This is reset by selecting “Reset Trip Data” in the Reset menu. The Reset menu can be accessed by selecting “Reset” in one of the following places: the setup menu, the option menu in the trip computer application, or the option menu in the Elevation Plot application.  
Speed – Overall Avg. Your average speed since last reset. This is reset by selecting “Reset Trip Data” in the Reset menu. The Reset menu can be accessed by selecting “Reset” in one of the following places: the setup menu, the option menu in the trip computer application, or the option menu in the Elevation Plot application.  
Speed Limit The reported speed limit for the road. This is only available if the map or area supports it.  
Sunrise The time of sunrise based on your GPS position.  
Sunset The time of sunset based on your GPS position.  
Temperature – Water The temperature of the water. This requires a connection to a NMEA 0183 depth-capable device to acquire data.  
Time of Day The current time of day based on your time settings (format, time zone, and DST).  
Time to Destination The estimated time needed to reach your final destination. This field is only functional when navigating.  
Time to Next The estimated time needed to reach the next waypoint on the route. This field is only functional when navigating.  
To Course The direction in which you must move to return to, or intersect, the original course line that was set at start of navigation. Display options can be modified under “Setup Heading”.  
Trip Odometer A running tally of the distance traveled since the last reset. This is reset by selecting “Reset Trip Data” in the Reset menu. The Reset menu can be accessed by selecting “Reset” in one of the following places: the setup menu, the option menu in the trip computer application, or the option menu in the Elevation Plot application.  
Trip Time – Moving A running tally of time spent moving since the last reset. This is reset by selecting “Reset Trip Data” in the Reset menu. The Reset menu can be accessed by selecting “Reset” in one of the following places: the setup menu, the option menu in the trip computer application, or the option menu in the Elevation Plot application.  
Trip Time – Stopped The time spent not moving since the last reset. This is reset by selecting “Reset Trip Data” in the Reset menu. The Reset menu can be accessed by selecting “Reset” in one of the following places: the setup menu, the option menu in the trip computer application, or the option menu in the Elevation Plot application.  
Trip Time – Total A running tally of total time traveled since the last reset. This is reset by selecting “Reset Trip Data” in the Reset menu. The Reset menu can be accessed by selecting “Reset” in one of the following places: the setup menu, the option menu in the trip computer application, or the option menu in the Elevation Plot application.  
Turn The angle of difference (in numeric degrees or mils) between the bearing to your navigation destination and your current direction of movement. “L” means turn left. “R” means turn right. Display options can be modified under “Setup Heading”.  
Velocity Made Good The speed at which you are closing on a destination along a route. This field is only functional when navigating.  
Vert. Speed to Dest. The measurement of your rate of ascent or descent to a predetermined altitude. This field is only functional when navigating.  
Vertical Speed Your rate of altitude gain or loss over time.  
Waypoint at Dest. The last point on a route to your destination. This field is only functional when navigating.  
Waypoint at Next The next point on your route. This field is only functional when navigating. A route can be created using the Route Planner application. A route can be selected in the Route Planner application or by selecting “Routes” in the Where To? application. This field is only functional when navigating.  



Data Field Categories

 

With the growing number of data fields to choose from, a single list in alphabetical order gets to be long. To help streamline the configuration process, data fields are now grouped into categories. These categories are Time, Speed and Distance, Navigation, Trip Data, Elevation, Aviation, Current Status, Stopwatch Items, Heading, On Road Navigation, and Other. Some data fields apply to more than one category. For example, the “Trip Odometer” field can be found under both Trip Data and Speed and Distance categories. All data fields can still be viewed in a single list by selecting “All Categories” at the top of the categories list.




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