Garmin BaseCamp (version 4.0 or later) includes a handy feature for tracking compatible Garmin handheld devices: BaseStation. With BaseStation, every update received from other devices by your tracking handheld is sent to BaseCamp, allowing you to track yourself, your dogs, and your contacts on your computer. This can free your hands and allow you to see more of the map on a bigger screen. You might find BaseStation ideal for a variety of situations, including tracking dogs at hunting competitions or coordinating search and rescue or fire fighting operations.

Supported GPSr

  • Before you can use the BaseStation feature, you must have a compatible Garmin device.
  • The BaseStation feature is compatible with the Astro® 320, Alpha™ 100, and Rino® 600 series.
  • To ensure BaseStation compatibility on these devices, make sure they have the latest firmware installed.

Activate BaseStation

  • On an Astro 320 or Alpha 100, navigate to System Setup, and set ‘BaseCamp BaseStation’ to ‘Prompted’.
  • On any Rino 600 series unit, navigate to System Setup and set ‘Interface’ to ‘BaseStation’.
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  • Connect your device to your computer via USB.
  • When asked if you would like to enter BaseStation Mode, select ‘Yes’.
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Using BaseStation

  • Detailed data can be viewed by selecting “BaseStation” under your device, then double clicking on a dog or a contact.
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  • BaseStation gives you the same information your handheld does, right on your computer.
  • Alpha and Astro users can see alerts and statistics for each dog.
  • Rino users can see incoming text messages from their contacts.
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  • Alerts can be viewed in the status bar.
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BaseStation Following

  • Before you can follow a contact or dog with BaseStation, you must connect a compatible Garmin device.
  • You can follow the locations of dogs, contacts, and the BaseStation device on the map.
  • The map pans and zooms automatically to keep all of the followed objects visible.
    1. Select the BaseStation folder below the device.
    2. Right-click a contact (contact icon.png) or dog (dog icon.png), and select Open.
    3. Select the contact or dog you want to follow.
    4. Select an option:
      • Select Follow None to stop following all contacts and dogs.
      • Select Follow Selected Contacts to follow only the contacts or dogs you have selected.
      • Select Follow Selected Contacts and Base Station to follow the contacts and dogs you have selected, plus the device currently connected to the computer.
      • Select Follow Base Station to follow only the device currently connected to the computer.
    5. Select Show On Map.

BaseStation Tracking

  1. Turn on the device.
  2. On the device, select Setup > System > BaseCamp BaseStation > Prompted.
  3. Connect the device to your computer.
  4. On the device, select Yes to enable BaseCamp BaseStation mode.
  5. The device appears below the Devices heading in BaseCamp.
  6. Under the device name, select the BaseStation folder.
  7. Select contacts or dogs to view them on the map.

Save BaseStation Tracks

  • You can save the paths that dogs or contacts have traveled as a track.
    1. Disconnect the device from your computer.
    2. BaseCamp will ask if you would like to save the tracks collected while in BaseStation
    3. Select Yes.
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