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Discussion in 'GPS / Geocaching & Mapping Applications' started by slicvickie, Feb 25, 2008.

  1. slicvickie

    slicvickie Member

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    I'm looking to get started geocaching and need some advice.

    What should I be looking for in a GPS unit?

    What is everyone's experience using theirs? Why did you buy the one that you did?

    If you were going to buy a new one, what would you get? And Why?

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    I love my Garmin. I went on a trip to Michigan and I had never been there. If I had mapquested it, I would have been lost for sure. 3 times the garmin directed me to get on the freeway, but all 3 exits were closed due to construction. It recalculated the route every time, and I was able to get to where I needed to go.

    I was very anxious using the Garmin and was panicking, but my 16 year old son kept calming me down, saying Mom it's recalculating quit getting hysterical.

    I won't leave home without it, now. How did we find places before? Hysterically I think.

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    I received a Garmin Rino 120 for Christmas way back when they first came out. This unit is a walkie/gps combo, the new Rino's are cool too and have color screens. I use mine mostly for geocaching here in Colorado. It works perfect and it's nice to have the extra communication feature of a walkie talkie. If I were going to buy another unit today I would look for something that has a big screen, has a color screen, and can give me weather details, i.e. NOAA.

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    We have been using our Garmin Etrek for almost 10 years. It isn't quit as accurate as some of the new ones, but we have been able to locate 2 neighborhood geocache on our first two tries. (We're new to Geocaching too). It gets us close enough to begin the hunt, knowing we are within 20 feet or less.
    The mapping features on the Etrek we used originally, but the past several years we are using the GPS connected to a laptop computer with Streets and Trips for navigation.
    We might add a newer GPS to our Christmas wish list, but it would be a luxury only. One reason for trading up is to be able to download way points from the Geocaching.com web page.
    Our biggest GPS usage is when we canoe in the mangrove islands in Sarasota Bay. There are lots of islands, and they all look the same from 3 feet off the water. So we track out outgoing path, and can figure out how to get home by backtracking or finding our launch position on the tracks.

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    We purchased a Garmin Etrek. At the time it included all the topo maps for Canada. This extra detail is very nice to have! One of the reasons I like our unitis that we can connect it serially to our PC and download waypoint data. If we get the urge to go out and do a cache, I just key in the point but if we are going on vacation it is nice to checkoff all the caches of interest, even those along the way, and just download them to the GPS. This saves a lot of keying and possible errors.

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  6. slicvickie

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    I decided to ask the one person that I know and trust above all other opinions and reviews, so I just said..."Dad, what would you buy if you were going to buy a new one?" He said "Lowrance Expedition C". It's the one he's had his eye on for a while now. I bought one and it's a great unit. I also got the MapCreate software and can now pinpoint every road in the US. It all loads into the onboard SD card. Plus POI's everywhere. He's pretty jealous now, but said I am now the navigator for this year's salmon fishing expedition!

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    I have been using a Magellan for a few years now. The model I have is obsolete now but it still does a fine job.

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    I have been using a Magellan for about a year now... what you want from a gps depends on how you plan to use it. My neighbor has the same model as I do but he does not use any of the features. I go paperless caching so I upload everything into the GPS. I also have uploaded the local maps so it makes it a bit easier. Good luck...

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    I use a Garmin GPSmap76. I use it for kayaking too, and got it primarily because it floats, and is supposed to be waterproof. I had seen some reviews on the internet that say it is not truly waterproof, as claimed. It also can be connected to a computer, and maps can be downloaded into it. It is a bit larger than some of the other units, but the screen is large too. My bifocals like that feature. You will most likely want to get a model that has maps capability. I use maps almost everytime I use mine.
     

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