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Team DDC
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Joined: 2005-07-12
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Location: Lake Geneva, Wi USA

PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2005 6:18 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I would like to start cacheing with my family but the GPS unit I have now is an old Garmin e-trex. So what would you recommend in th $200 price range?

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Cache_boppin_BunnyFuFu
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Joined: 2004-05-06
Posts: 2008
Location: Waukesha, WI, US

PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2005 6:35 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I love my Magellan SporTrak Pro!! They are pretty accurate and run about $229 or so. My caching Buddy won one SporTrak Pro on eBay for $177 and it came with other odds and ends. Nice unit!
 
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Opossum
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Joined: 2005-05-11
Posts: 210
Location: WI, USA

PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2005 7:30 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Quick thought: A few people, myself included, use Garmin GPS-III units, which are almost 10 years old. If the new ones can't get a WAAS lock under tree cover they're as accurate as the old ones.

The GPS-III can upload/download waypoints via a serial connection, but not detail maps. I use a USB to Serial converter. The street maps are built-in, and for $80/used/mint/eBay it's a great unit. The GPS-V has downloadable maps and WAAS, and is also a good unit.

For caching accuracy I like the Magellan I used for a brief period.

As a note on WI State Statue 941.23, it should be overturned. The State is grossly wrong in this assumption, and the assumption that "the privilege of of self−defense" is a privilege and not a right, as stated therein. Realistically, most of 941 should be overturned, as its purpose is to remove power from the People and give it to the State, and that's unconstitutional on so many fronts....

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Team Honeybunnies
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Joined: 2005-05-03
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2005 7:48 pm Reply with quote Back to top

We have very limited experience with other units. We use a Garmin Geko 301 which is pretty no frills, but as long as the arrow points at the cache we'll find it. Mapping, etc. seems neat, but not having it hasn't affected us one bit. Of course I may be accused of being a technophobe...
 
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AstroD-Team
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2005 7:52 pm Reply with quote Back to top

We started with a Garmin Etrex and upgraded to the Garmin Legend. It has all the functions we need and we don't even use some of them!
It sells around $150.00. Its a small, lightweight unit that has given so little problems that we purchased a second one last year.
 
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Team DDC
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2005 8:00 pm Reply with quote Back to top

So can link to your computer (ie microsoft streets and trips)and upload info with any of those units?

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Docapi
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Joined: 2005-04-21
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2005 11:15 pm Reply with quote Back to top

For your price range, the best bang for the buck is the Garmin GPS V.

It goes for just over $200, and comes with Garmin's Citselect software.

Almost any other unit you will have to buy the mapping software seperately, for about $100.

I figure that the software runs about $100, the car power cable and car mount would have cost me another $50, so that is $150 in accesories that I would have had to buy with any other unit.

That means that I essentially got an autorouting GPSr for $50.
 
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Docapi
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2005 11:18 pm Reply with quote Back to top

quote:
Originally posted by Team DDC:
So can link to your computer (ie microsoft streets and trips)and upload info with any of those units?




Nope. The only mapping software that will work with any GPSr is the software sold by the manufacturer of the GPSr.

For Garmin, that means Mapsource products.

For Magellan I think it is Mapsend?

 
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LightningBugs Mum
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Joined: 2004-09-26
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Location: Fort Atkinson, WI

PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2005 9:31 am Reply with quote Back to top

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Originally posted by Really I'm Not Lost:
if you check dick's sporting goods for a legend etrex bundle special its $199 after rebate. http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/product/index.jsp?productId=1997426&cp=875821

it includes cables to download and upload info to your existing etrex unit as well as the new legend one. The bundle includes the E-Trex Legend, a PC data cable, a training video, a carrying case, a vehicle mount, and also the maps are included in the bundle, they normaly go for $125 alone.



I really like my Legend. This deal sounds great!

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TeamLotsacache
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Joined: 2003-08-25
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Location: New Berlin, WI, US

PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2005 2:42 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Not to start a holy war, but...If you have a Garmin, stick with a Garmin. Magellan's have a different (not bad) way of doing things which is often confusing to Garmin users.
 
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MajorBrat
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Joined: 2005-04-07
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Location: Silver Lake, WI USA

PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2005 11:07 pm Reply with quote Back to top

quote:
Originally posted by TeamLotsacache:
Not to start a holy war, but...If you have a Garmin, stick with a Garmin. Magellan's have a different (not bad) way of doing things which is often confusing to Garmin users.


Isn't that cute, if not sad? A poor little Garmin user can't adapt to a Magellan. I never seem to have a problem w/ Commander Bob's Garmin. I guess they just teach us Magellan users to be ready for anything...even a Garmin! ...Oops...did I start that war that Chad was trying to avoid? Image

 
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Miata
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Joined: 2002-02-20
Posts: 860
Location: Neenah, WI

PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2005 1:52 pm Reply with quote Back to top

You started it a long time ago when I won my Garmin hat....and you asked why they mispelled Magellan. What a trouble maker! Image

quote:
Originally posted by MajorBrat:
Isn't that cute, if not sad? A poor little Garmin user can't adapt to a Magellan. I never seem to have a problem w/ Commander Bob's Garmin. I guess they just teach us Magellan users to be ready for anything...even a Garmin! ...Oops...did I start that war that Chad was trying to avoid? Image




 
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Buy_The_Tie
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Joined: 2002-07-12
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Location: New Berlin, WI

PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2005 2:02 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I stand by my record....

With my Garmin, I've found well over 300 caches.

On the other hand, I have not found even ONE SINGLE CACHE with a Magellan.

 
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MajorBrat
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Joined: 2005-04-07
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2005 9:46 am Reply with quote Back to top

quote:
Originally posted by Buy_The_Tie:
I stand by my record....

With my Garmin, I've found well over 300 caches.

On the other hand, I have not found even ONE SINGLE CACHE with a Magellan.



With my Magellan Sportrack Map I've found well over 1400 caches.

I hate to say it, but I have actually borrowed Commander Bob's Garmin (for a trip to CA...it had turn by turn directions...very important when travelling...am I making excuses? Image ). I only found a few caches, but did enjoy the driving directions in a somewhat unfamiliar area.

 
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LightningBugs Mum
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Joined: 2004-09-26
Posts: 1604
Location: Fort Atkinson, WI

PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2005 11:54 am Reply with quote Back to top

quote:
Originally posted by MajorBrat:
Isn't that cute, if not sad? A poor little Garmin user can't adapt to a Magellan. I never seem to have a problem w/ Commander Bob's Garmin. I guess they just teach us Magellan users to be ready for anything...even a Garmin! ...Oops...did I start that war that Chad was trying to avoid? Image




With 2 different Garmins, we have suddenly and unexpectantly found ourselves the proud owners of a Magellan GPS310. Will we EVER be able to figure it out????

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