Garmin ETrex

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Bfinnigan
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Garmin ETrex

Postby Bfinnigan » Sat Dec 25, 2010 5:14 pm

Santa Dropped a Garmin ETrex down the chimney for me last night. It about the size of a pack of cigs and weighs just a few Oz. Santa also included the 12vt adapter, vehicle mount and carrying case. It has a lot of cool functions and I can download detailed maps off the net for it. Garmin has improved the antennae design to work in canyons or heavy tree cover.

I am looking forward to learning how to use it.

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As soon as I turned it on I knew where I was :DB: The map shows my place to be pretty much in the middle of nowhere. So it must be accurate.

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Re: Garmin ETrex

Postby realityguy » Sat Dec 25, 2010 7:13 pm

Now you don't need anyone to tell you where to go.. :lol:
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Re: Garmin ETrex

Postby Bfinnigan » Sat Dec 25, 2010 10:06 pm

I think there will be a few that still try. For some reason they all want me to go to the same place. It must be popular and have a lot of people I know. :twisted:
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Re: Garmin ETrex

Postby zelph » Sun Dec 26, 2010 1:59 am

Nice present, Santa is a nice guy/girl. Mt. Rainier is a great way-point :mrgreen:

My gps is old and does not like wooded areas :( I need new :D

You don't even have a road showing that goes off to your house............that's remote
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Re: Garmin ETrex

Postby JollyRogers » Thu Feb 03, 2011 2:31 pm

I have a similar GPS that I purchased the USGS maps for the US. Does yours take a memory card?
I found when hiking in the Pecos wilderness that GPS does not mean you do don't need a map. It was really hard to get bearings on such a tiny screen. I could see where I was but not what was around me.

SO by using the GPS combined with a map I could easily plot my course. This year, Santa got me one of these:Image
The large pouch is a folding waterproof map case and the smaller pouch is perfect for my GPS.

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Re: Garmin ETrex

Postby zelph » Thu Feb 03, 2011 9:54 pm

SO by using the GPS combined with a map I could easily plot my course. This year, Santa got me one of these:


Really nice looking set............you've been good to Santa :D
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Re: Garmin ETrex

Postby DarenN » Wed Sep 14, 2011 2:21 pm

a few years ago i bought a Garmin 60 Cx. and a couple of cards of marine charts (pricey) for the areas i paddle in. even with the more modern mapping capabilities of the GPS on my fore-deck i still find myself moving the GPS out of the way so that i can see the paper chart that's under it. that said; the mapping GPS is a God-send in heavey fog. one morning, i could hardly see the bow of the kayak and managed navigating about 10 miles of scatterred islands to my next camping spot.
i have been impressed with the better antennas they have come out with in the last few years. my old E-trex wouldn't work under a tree, but the newer 60Cx will track satelites from in the house.
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Re: Garmin ETrex

Postby hplar » Wed Sep 14, 2011 6:13 pm

I just installed Topo maps onto my Garmin eTrex Vista HCx yesterday by following a tutorial on the GPSFileDepot website... I've had the MicroSD card in the GPS since shortly after purchasing it but this it the first time it has been put to use... I saved the $99 that Garmin gets for a preloaded MicroSD card and only installed my local region for now... All I have to do now is get out and make use of the thing...

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Re: Garmin ETrex

Postby sudden » Thu Sep 15, 2011 1:10 pm

The Garmin 60 is a nice one.

I think you can load extra user made maps to it as well. Not sure where you go but if you're lucky, somebody may already have things like portages, trails, and good campsites available as a free overlay map you can install.

I'm talking about sites like this:
http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/
http://www.gps-data-team.com/gps-poi.php
http://www.gpspassion.com/forumsen/default.asp?CAT_ID=2
http://www.poi-factory.com/
http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/maps/view/53/

This one is just for PA. Not sure how you could find the same thing in your area. This is just for example.
My kids use it for kayaking trips.
http://www.learningdesign.com/cgi-local/rivergage

Also not sure why you had to revert to the map. There is a setting in your gps that should correct it to your maps datum
Read more on that here.
http://www.canoestories.com/mapindex.htm
http://www.canoestories.com/mapf2.htm

Before you can use your GPS receiver to find your position on the map, you have to enter some settings.

The first thing your receiver wants to know is "What format do you want me to use when I display your postion?"

In our case, we're using Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) maps so we want our position in the same format.

The second thing your receiver wants to know is "What Grid are you using?" There's more than one, and your GPS
receiver will give inaccurate readings if you don't set it to match the one used on your topographical map. Most of the current maps for Woodland Caribou Park use the 1927 Grid (or DATUM). If you look at your map, it will tell you what grid datum was used when the map was made.
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