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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2002 7:18 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Welcome to Geocaching!

Everyone has their favorite units, and seriously, I think it is safe to say if you buy a new unit from Magellen, Garmin, or Lowrance, you'll have a good piece of equipment. Make sure it has full 12-channel reception (I think you would only need to worry about this is you are looking at buying a used unit).

When I got started, I ran out and bought a basic Garmin eTrex. These can be bought for 100 to 120 bucks new. I have been happy with it ever since Image It is very small, rugged, and has very easy one-handed operation. Even though I called it a "basic" unit, it is packed with fun and useful features. Garmin offers several more models in the eTrex series which offer goodies like roadmaps, digital compass, etc.

I do know that the Magellan units have a slightly better built-in antenna, and supposedly do a little better under dense tree cover. My eTrex usually does just fine though. And it is a very bright yellow color that makes it very easy to spot if you should happen to drop it Image

The new Magellan Meridian series looks to be a winner. They start at 200 dollars, all have built in maps, AND expandable memory, and user reviews have been very positive on their accuracy. Plus they have a very large screen, making it easy to read. I went out to buy one of these a couple weeks ago (I wanted something with maps), and elected not to, simply because they seemed huge compared to my eTrex, and I was put off by the front side control buttons. They seemed to press rather easily, and I was sure if I put the thing in my pocket, the odds were pretty good that the buttons would accidently get pressed. My trusty Garmin has rugged side buttons that are close to impossibe to activate by accident.

There are so many good units out there now-a-days, I don't think you can really go wrong if you are buying new. Just look at a bunch of different ones, and decide what features you want.

Does anyone know of any units to stay away from? That would probably actually be MORE helpful.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2002 7:58 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Thrax failed to mention that another advantage to his 'Little Yellow Etrex' is that they are chick magnets Image

We started with the Magellan 315 as it had that better antenna Thrax mentioned; there are two types of antennas, Patch Antenna and Quadrifiler helix, also known as Quads. Garmin's Etrex line has patch antennas, and their GPS line (II, III, V) have quads. Magellans have quads, as do the Lowrances.

As hrax said, the only thing you DON'T want is a non-parrallel receiver, and only the very old ones fall into that category. Have fun, and welcome to WGA!
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