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What's a good brand/model handheld GPS?

Discussion in 'Communication (CB | GPS | HAM)' started by k5james, Mar 11, 2004.

  1. k5james

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    What\'s a good brand/model handheld GPS?

    I work in the rural mountains just east of San Diego and I do a lot of walking on trails during the night and would like to be able to know where I'm heading. I need something that will let me program a lot of waypoints and trails into it as a majority of the roads and trails I travel on will not be on any maps. I'm fairly new to this GPS stuff so any info is greatly appreciated.
     
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    Re: What\'s a good brand/model handheld GPS?

    I have a Garman GPS-12 I got on e-bay for $60
    It has a Man Overboard feature so if you get lost, you can retrace your steps. Works good.
    You can also upload Topo maps to it.
     
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    Re: What\'s a good brand/model handheld GPS?

    Magellan has a new software coming out that programs the waypoints without a lot of hassle. I think it's supposed to work on the Meridian series GPS.
     
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    Re: What\'s a good brand/model handheld GPS?

    I've got a Garmin eTrex Legend, and I love it. Pre-loaded with a North America basemap so you can always look and see what you're near. The navigation screens can be configured to display whatever you choose from a long list of info. 8MB of memory for uploading other basemaps. 500 user-defined waypoints can be stored (I think it's 500, anyway...). And it was on sale for $160.
     
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    Re: What\'s a good brand/model handheld GPS?

    I use a Garmin E-trex as well. I have the computer cable so instead of a built in map, I hook it up to my "Topo" program from sams club, and have consistant update of my position on down to a 1/24,000 topo map. I tend to keep my laptop mounted inside my truck for nav purposes, considering I'm new up in Alaska and don't quite know my way around. The E-trex has survived 2 deployments to afghanistan and one to iraq as well, and doesn't eat batteries too badly either. I'd recommend any of the above GPS systems. The Garmin 12 and the E-trex line are among the best I have seen to date.
     
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    Re: What\'s a good brand/model handheld GPS?

    I've got an E-trex too, great little unit and inexpensive.
     

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