Author: Chris Boichel

Coming Soon: New Editions of Hema’s Australia Road & 4WD Atlases

New 12th Edition Hema Australia Road & 4WD Atlases

Hema have just announced the new 12th edition of their bestselling Australia Road & 4WD Atlases. Due for release on the 1st of December, the entire series has been revamped and updated. They will feature Hema’s new and much clearer easy to read cartography and nearly 20% more mapping. There’s also more detailed mapping for popular travel regions throughout the nation, think Cape York, Fraser Island, the Top End and the Kimberley and such.

All five versions of the Australia Road & 4WD Atlas are now available for pre-order.

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Hema HX-1 and HN7 Navigator Comparison Chart

HX1 vs HN7

Loads of people ask what the differences between the Hema HX-1 and HN7 are. In the interests of brevity, here’s a chart that outlines all the key differences. Which model is right for you depends a little bit on your needs. To be honest, there are only really two key things that, if you need, would lean you towards the old model – the ability to connect a reversing camera and the option to load your own maps on to it. If neither of those things are important to you, the new model is better in pretty much every other way.

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Large Scale vs. Small Scale Maps – What?

Large Scale vs. Small Scale – It’s Confusing

Everybody gets this wrong and it’s not hard to see why. You look at a map, the scale says 1:1,000,000 and you think large number, large area covered – that must be large scale, right? Nope. Our brains like to associate big things with other big things, but brains like doing lots of things they probably shouldn’t.

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Transferring data from your old GPS to your Hema Navigator

Transferring data from your old GPS to your Hema Navigator

A customer recently came in asking how to get the waypoints he got from a friend’s Garmin into his new Hema HN7. I actually didn’t know how, or even if, it could be done, so I took upon myself to find out. Turns out it’s pretty easy! And not just for Garmin to Hema, this will work for pretty much any GPS or software package to any other GPS or software package.

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Latest Cape York: Travel & Adventure Guide just arrived

Latest Cape York: Travel & Adventure Guide just arrived

Ron & Viv Moon have just released the new 13th edition of their inimitable guide to Cape York. Formerly known as the Adventurer’s Guide, it’s now called the Travel & Adventure Guide, which I suppose doesn’t mean a great deal really… Anyway, these guys know Cape York better than anyone and this guide has become somewhat of a “bible” for the area. In their words, “All of the information has been updated, extensively revised and distilled into a no nonsense guide to the very best of Cape York.”

If you’re planning your mid-year trip to the Cape, firstly I’m exceptionally jealous, and secondly you should probably have this book.

Read more and grab a copy here.

HEMA Navigator HN7 now available for pre-order

Hema have just unveiled the newest addition to the Navigator family. Following on from the huge success of the HN6, the HN7 will be available in mid-March. The new unit will be sporting a bigger, more finger friendly, 7 inch screen along with updated mapping and over 6000 Camps 7 campsites & caravan parks. If you pre-order now, you’ll also get a free sun visor, saving you a whopping $35! You could buy yourself a delicious block of Export with all that extra cash!

Read more and pre-order here

So long HN5i, it’s been real

After a long and largely confusing time together in this world, the choice between the Hema Navigator HN5i and Hema Navigator HN6 has just been made significantly easier with the retirement of the older model. That’s correct, it has officially been discontinued and so we wave goodbye to our fine five inch friend – the HN5i.

To be honest, this makes our job a whole lot easier – trying to explain the difference always felt like I was just making stuff up (other than the screen size) and when, at the end, a customer would say “So, like, I don’t really understand the difference”, I would have to admit that I didn’t really either…

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