Garmin 276Cx hidden tricks for route navigation.

If you are doing old school routing i.e.’ Direct routing’ you may want to move on to the next waypoint before arriving at the current one, maybe the ground has changed and you can’t reach it , like a new dune or gulley blocking your progress.

If you are using AUTO in the routes setup

Routes setup on Garmin 276Cx to auto advance the waypoints of a route
Routes setup on Garmin 276Cx

then the Garmin will advance automatically, but do you know how it decides that you are not trying to get to a waypoint ?

Well here is an explanation. ( sorry about the artwork I was in a moving car/fighter jet /Drunk or I am just rubbish at drawing)

How GArmin GPS decides to move to the next leg of a jurney automatically

so there is no option to force a move onwards you have to wait until the GPS has detected you have crossed the bisected line which does work well in most cases.

But , what happens if your have a reason to us a distance radius to the waypoint to make the Garmin progress to the next waypoint, then unless you travel inside the radius you have set in the menu then the Garmin will keep pointing at that waypoint.

Routes setup on Garmin 276Cx to Disyance advance the waypoints of a route
Menu to set a radius to activate the next leg of the route

Why would you use Distance/radius to do this?

Well competitions where you MUST follow a route exactly and validate each waypoint, or situations in an area with lots of tracks and it forces you onto the right track, using AUTO could give you a XTE (cross track error)  type situation and lead you into undesirable terrain that is adjacent to the easy path.

The Solution only appears when the Route Setup is set  DISTANCE or MANUAL.

When the route is activated, press the NAV button and this menu appears with the NEXT ROUTE WAYPOINT menu option highlighted

Move to next waypoint route option on Garmin 276Cx
Move to next waypoint

simply press ENTER and the next leg of the route will be selected or in other words the next waypoint in the route will be selected as the next destination

the menu option is available in all PAGES

But not when the routes setup is set to AUTO

Move to next waypoint on Garmin 276Cx
Move to next waypoint not available in Auto


when on MANUAL the GPS will alert you with a beep approximately 20-15 seconds before you arrive at the Waypoint so there is no set distance to alert you it depends on speed,

It BEEPS on the internal speaker if it is handheld, however it uses the external speaker if you are in the mount used for cars. If you have no speaker plugged into the car mount then you will not get notification to manually  move on so BE CAREFUL.

Enjoy this little tip from bd 🙂



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