Garmin iQue Differences

The Garmin iQue 3600 & 3200 are PalmOS 5.X-based PDA‘s which contain a built-in Garmin GPS. The internal GPS is accessed through a set of API‘s allowing a program running on the iQue to access the current positional information from the GPS. This is how SP accesses this information.

Moving Map DIA Support

The iQue 3600 has a Dynamic Input Area (DIA) which can be dropped to provide more screen area. The iQue 3200 does not have this DIA support. As the graphic on the left above shows, SP makes use of the additional screen area for the moving map display. In doing so, the actual map is the same size however, there is no text covering the bottom portions. Also, several additional values are displayed. The moving map screen on the right above is similar to what would be shown on the iQue 3200 and other non-DIA systems. It is shown for comparison.

NMEA/Port Config Screen iQue-Specific Configuration

The below graphic shows the proper configuration when using the iQue.

As the above shows, if you configured the Comp type to be “iQue”, SP will then use the lift/sink value coming from the iQue’s GPS engine rather than the value calculated by SP. Feel free to experiement with this to decide which value you believe is most accurate.

There are two additional checkboxes which appear once the NMEA Input Type is set to “iQue”.

  • Garmin Sim - The iQue’s internal GPS is always outputting a positional value when the PDA is turned on no matter whether the antenna is up or down. When up, it outputs actual GPS information. However, when down, the output is in “Simulation” mode. By default, this checkbox will be unselected meaning that SP will ignore information coming from the GPS that is marked as “simulation” data and only use actual GPS data. If you check, this box, SP will begin reading and using this simulation data. This can be helpful in testing and getting used to SP with the iQue. With the GPS off (Antenna down) and before running SP, you can use the normal Garmin location find tools to select a place/location that you want to simulate going to. Once this item is selected and you tell the software to “Route To” the selection, the iQue pops up a window asking if you would like to “Simulate Driving To This Location?”. If you select the “Yes” option, the iQue will begin updating the simulated position to follow the selected route. If you then run the SP application, you will find that SP will be using this same positional information. You will still get the Garmin detailed turn windows which will have to be dismissed however you can also perform most SP functions with this simulated positional information.
  • Use Serial - Because the iQue’s GPS is internal and accessed through the API‘s, there normally is no need to activate the actual serial port on the PDA for use. This option is thus not checked by default. However, it is possible to get the positional information from the internal GPS and ALSO receive additional information from a device attached to the serial port. The Borgelt B50 is an example of such a device. By checking this box, the serial port will be opened on the PDA. While any positional NMEA information coming through the serial port will be ignored, any additional information will be parsed and used.

Additional Hardware Button Support

Finally, in addition to the normal four hardware buttons and up/down buttons on the front of the PDA, the iQue also has three hardware buttons/dial on the left side of the unit which have been mapped to specific functions in SP for convenience. These items are shown in the graphic above.

Rec Button - The Rec button performs the same action as the Calc silkscreen button. It only has a function when on the Final Glide, Moving Map and Task Edit screens when it will open the Waypoint list in “Select” mode allowing the operator to select a waypoint from the list for use in the function from which it was called.

Esc Button - The Esc button mirrors the function of the Home silkscreen button. If you are on any screen other than the Final Glide screen, pressing this button will take you to the Final Glide screen. If you are on the Final Glide screen when the button is pressed, you will be taken to the Moving Map screen. This also provides the ability to easily toggle between the Final Glide and Moving Map screens.

Jog Dial - The Jog Dial actually performs two functions.

  • First, the up/down motion of the dial acts just like the Page-Up and Page-Down buttons. Depending on the screen being displayed this will have different actions sometimes increasing and decreasing values on the screen, sometimes changing a list of items up or down a page at a time.
  • Second, if you are on the Final Glide or Moving Map screens and you press inward (toward the PDA) on the jog dial, the “Save Waypoint” dialog will be displayed. Pressing the jog dial again or selecting the “Ok” button on the screen will save a new waypoint at the current location. See Creating On-The-Fly Waypoints for a more detailed description of this function.
soarpilot/ique_differences.txt · Last modified: 2006/10/25 11:24
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