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Old 04-01-2020, 12:07   #1
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How to send the active route as WPL & RTE sentences?

For nine years my navigational system has been MacENC running on a Mac with an iPad running iNavX at the wheel station. It has worked great but MacENC is obsolete and I must move on. Hence I am moving to OpenCPN and it is looking good.

One feature of MacENC is that once a route has been activated, MacENC repeatedly sends the active route over WiFi as a series of WPL and RTE sentences. This means that iNavX is always working with the latest active route as set up by the navigator below. If the navigator adds a waypoint, deletes or moves one, the iPad is promptly updated.

So how can I get something comparable when using OpenCPN? I am aware that I can export a route and airdrop it onto iNavX but this is cumbersome. There is a 'Send to GPS' function in the OpenCPN Routes tab but sending over a network connection is not supported. In any event, neither of these approaches keeps iNavX devices in sync with OpenCPN. It is crucial that I avoid a situation whereby the navigator makes an adjustment to the route but the helmsman continues with the now out-of-date route. Updating needs to happen automatically to avoid mishaps, particularly under arduous conditions or when watch keepers may be tired.

So I come back to wanting OpenCPN to send the active route as WPL and RTE sentences. Can this be done?

Help will be very appreciated.
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