GPS Units at the Frances Loeb Library

The GPS units listed below can be borrowed at the Circulation Desk at the Frances Loeb Library. For questions concerning the borrowing, please go to the Circulation Desk or call 617-495-9163. For technical questions or complaints about the units, please contact 

Bad Elf GPS units

a. In the App Store, download the Bad Elf GPS app.

b. Activate Bluetooth  on iPad (Settings → Bluetooth) and on the GPS receiver (click the center button and hold for 3 seconds) and accept pairing on both devices 

c. On the iPad, open the Bad Elf GPS app. If the pairing worked, the left menu should have “Bad Elf GPS Pro” as the top item, displaying information about the GPS device

●    If the device hasn’t connected properly, go back to the iPad Bluetooth settings menu, forget the GPS device and reconnect
●    Update firmware of the GPS receiver if required—sometimes this will require updating the iPad OS to work

d. Note you do not need to use wifi on the app for the GPS receiver to work! 

a. Once the GPS receiver has “locked”, click the GPS button (bottom left) and hold for 3 seconds to enable trip logging. Logging is indicated by a blinking circle at the center bottom of the receiver’s display. 


b.To log a waypoint (“POI” or Point of Interest in the interface), hold the bottom GPS button again, and click the middle button, “SAVE POI”.

c.To stop logging trip data, old the bottom GPS button again, then click the bottom button, “STOP LOGGING”.

a.    After Bluetooth pairing the GPS receiver and Bad Elf GPS app, click on the top menu item, “Bad Elf GPS Pro” for device-specific information.

b.    The top item in the menu panel will show whether the GPS receiver has “locked” (i.e. has found enough satellite signals to make an accurate estimate of location). Once this has happened, turn on the “Datalogging” switch in the same menu to record tracks.

c.    To log a waypoint, click “Save POI” (Point of Interest). This will result in waypoints in the final file.

d.    To finish the file, press the “Datalogging” switch again

e.    Under the “Bad Elf GPS Pro” menu item, a prompt for downloading the new trip will appear. Select OK, then choose whether to delete the original file off of the GPS receiver on the next prompt.

a.   Plug in the (powered off) Bad Elf GPS Pro+ receiver into a computer USB port.

b.   Click the bottom button of the receiver to activate USB mode (this often takes a minute or two to activate).

c.    Open the folder “logs” and copy the GPX files (each file has a date-coded name) to the computer.

a.    Open the Bad Elf GPS app, connect to the receiver through bluetooth

​b.    In the app, click the menu item “X Trips stored on this iPad”. This will open a list of all trips stored on the iPad app

c.    In the upper right corner of the panel, click Edit. This will result in checkbox circles next to each trip for multiple selection

d.    Select the trip you want to download, then press the Export icon (second from the right on the bottom of the panel)

e.    Choose the format you wish to export in, KML (Google Earth format) or GPX (standard GPS device format) with an option to zip the file or not pending size

f.    Choose the mode of export: Mail, AirDrop, or iPad Notes

a.    The Bad Elf GPS app troubleshooting menu is an excellent internal resource for problems and FAQ. It is located on the lower left of the app’s main menu.

b.    Bad Elf GPS Pro manual:

c.    Bad Elf GPS Pro+ manual:


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Magellan Explorist GPS Unit


** Please do not remove the SD card from the GPS.  If you must do this be very careful not to lose it, and make double sure that it is properly seated before you return the GPS. **



1)      Tap the screen to bring up the Four Corner Menu

2)      Select the Main Menu icon in the lower left corner

3)      Select Tools at the bottom

4)      Select Settings


1. Tap the screen

2. Select Main Menu in the lower left

3. Select Tracks

4. Select Options

5. Select Clear Active Track

1. Tap the screen

2. Select Options on in the lower right

3. Select Start New Track

1) Save the track:

  • Tap the screen 
  • Select Main Menu in the lower left
  • Select Tracks
  • Select Options in lower right corner
  • Click “Save Active Track

If you want, you can rename this track by clicking the track name

2.) Click lower right button again, and choose ‘Save’.

1. Plug the GPS into your computer via the USB cable.  

2. Two new storage devices appear on the computer: One is the permanent memory of the GPS; the other is the SD Card

3. Find the new track in the Tracks folder on the SD folder. Copy it to your computer.

1. Open Google Earth

2. File -> Open

3. Navigate to your folder with the gpx files and load them

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QStarz Data Loggers

Go to​

a.      Under SELECT YOUR PRODUCTS, select GPS Travel Recorder under SELECT YOUR MODEL and select BT-Q1000XT.

b.      Download the driver for Win XP/ Vista / 7.

c.      Follow the instruction of the installation wizard, reboot your machine when prompted.

d.      After rebooting, click Start > All Programs > QStarz QTravel >QTravel.  If needed, enter this product key:


Leave email field blank, and cancel out of the GPS Setup Wizard. If a message appears saying “software registered more than 3 times” just click OK.

a.      Start the QTravel software

b.      Connect your GPS to your computer with the USB cord

c.       Click File > ConfigGPS

d.      Set the distance or time interval to log data at, and click OK

e.      The GPS battery changes through the USB cord when connected to a computer that is turned ON.

f.        To set time zone, click on Options in the Menu bar

a.       Tracks: Turn the switch on the GPS from Off to LOG. The GPS will start recording locations automatically at the specified interval, if signal is received.

NOTE: GPS is receiving signal when orange light flashes!


b.      Waypoints: Push the red button to record a waypoint

a.       Connect the GPS to your computer via the USB cord

b.      Open the QTravel software and Click File > Read Device Log

c.       Turn the switch on the GPS to LOG

d.      The GPS tracks will be added to the map

e.      Click a Track in the list to highlight it

f.        Click File > Export Wizard  to export the GPS track into .kml, .csv, or excel format. 

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