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OT-GPS units
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gregWis    Posted 03-28-2003 at 21:09:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thinking of getting a GPS unit to use for hunting, backpacking, canoeing and the occasional romp in the Big City. Any one have any recommendations? Decided I was going to look into it last year when I was up in the Big Woods and the trail petered out and we were about 30 miles from nowhere. Had my topo but was pretty much useless in the woods. Had to back track and chnage our route quite a bit.

Slofr8    Posted 04-01-2003 at 12:51:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Greg, I bought a Magellan Map 330 a couple of years ago and LOVE it. I use it for hunting, canoeing, and even when we go on trips as it has mapping capabilities. In addition to the GPS I allways have a compus, topo map, and extra batteries. I even carry a UTM multiscale tool that allows me to transfer coordinates from the GPS to your map and leaves no guess work as to where you are on the map. Most of the time (unless I'm mapping) I only turn it on to check my position on the map. This really saves the batteries.
I really impresed my wife with it when we went to a wedding in another state. About five vehicals were to follow someone from the motel where the reception was to the church about 12 miles away in mostly city trafic. I turned on the GPS and followed him there and had the "route" on my unit. After the the wedding the "lead" car left and everyone was in a panic to keep up for fear of getting lost. I just took my time and followed the crumb trail back with out a doubt as to where we were going. We arived and were haveing a good old time long before a couple of others arrived. Learn how to use it and you won't regret it. Have fun and be safe!

Ludwig    Posted 03-30-2003 at 05:31:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
As has been said, magellan or garmin. Theres really nothing else.
I have a Magellan that plugs into my Visor handheld. The GPS unit itself is great, works really well. The problem I have with it is the software, which is to say there isn't much. I had hoped that I'd be able to pull map files right off the Visor, but the software doesn't support it. They do give out the software development kit for free, but my programming skills are woefully inadequate for what needs to be done...
There have been 2 updates since I've had the thing, so maybe they'll upgrade the software soon.

TB    Posted 03-29-2003 at 12:03:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have an Etrex summit it does every thing I want it to do. The Etrex line from garmin seems to be good small (Fit in pocket) compatible with my Terrain Navigator from maptech. Free software upgrades and able to upload and download from my computer witch allows me to make my own custom topo maps. However I am not sure if you can put streets and maps into it. The plane etrex is a good one for the money to learn on and is easy to use. I got mine from GPS city witch is a good place to research a lote of the different gps’s and what they are capable of. Hope this helps

Dave Smith    Posted 03-29-2003 at 04:11:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a Etrex the kids gave me for Xmass in 2000. Works good. I have seen them on sale for $99.

walt    Posted 03-28-2003 at 21:59:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Magellan or Garmin. Both top quality. I even think WallyWorld sells the handheld for under $150.

Linda    Posted 03-28-2003 at 22:04:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'll be buying a small gps unit this spring. A knowledgeable friend said not to go with anything other than Magellan or Garmin.

krair WY    Posted 03-28-2003 at 21:52:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
I can't help you on type or brand but I will say them puppies are the cat's meow for hunting. Imagine a normal hunt. You leave camp, wonder around half a day. Shoot your critter. Now which is the quickest way back to camp. You put the camp in the gps so hit goto, camp, and you save a lot of walking. Then if it's a large animal, elk, etc. and you got to make several trips. With a gps you don't have to wonder around looking for your critter. Works at night too, fog, etc. The uses are endless.

Bill in TN    Posted 03-29-2003 at 18:49:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have the etrex legend by garmin....Not only do I use it when hunting but also when traveling. Interfaces with my laptop, so I can use the bigger, color display on the laptop. Plan routes on the laptop and download to the gps....Only thing; it eats batteries every 10 to 12 hours.

drizler    Posted 04-01-2003 at 18:44:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Speaking of NIMH batteries heres what to get. Walmart and or Sams Club has a set of 8 AA with nice little charging unit for $20. I got mine in answer to battery munching digital camera woes. I have to say that while they charge all night and day to get finished that they are on par with a duracell or equivilant. They far surpass the AA nicads I have used for years. Take a look in the camera stereo dept.

Ludwig    Posted 03-30-2003 at 05:29:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nickle Metal Hydride (NiMH) rechargeables will fix that. Look for some with a 2000Mah rating. NiCad rechargables top out at about 1200Mah and alcalines are not much better.
To get the 2000mah you have to order, I can post a link if you'd like. A bit pricy at $13 for 4, but way cheaper than throw aways.
The Rayovac are real good at 1800mah, and the Energizer are even better at 1900mah. You should be able to find those at the grocery store.

This is all of AA batteries, if you need AAA all the numbers are half, except for price, which is about the same.

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