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  1. Your steering wheel? Doesn't that make your car a tad hard to drive?
  2. Strange, it's there now. Must be a delay between the two pages or something. Mods - please remove this post, as the problem has fixed itself.
  3. This has me scratching my head. I'm pretty sure it's not me... I uploaded an image to my log entry for GC1B27. The image shows up in the gallery and also if I look at the individual log entry, but it doesn't show in the logged visits (but the log text does).
  4. Other people have posted pictures of their inexpensive GPSr car mounts, so I thought I'd post mine. All it took was three clothes pegs and a hair band... Two clothes pegs go in the air vent (right-hand drive Nissan Almera), to stop the GPSr sliding sideways when I go around corners. The vent is closed, just to be on the safe side. On the back of the GPSr, I attach the hair band to the battery panel release (it's never come undone while driving, it takes a good strong 90 degree twist to undo it). The third clothes peg clips on to the hair band The clothes peg on the hair band clips to the upper vent... ...and the GPSr hangs down over the lower vent Cheap and cheerful, but it does the job very nicely. It's in an easy-to-reach spot and the 76CSx is easy to operate while driving without being distracted too much (nice big buttons).
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    GPSMAP 76CSx

    I prefer to think of it as "feature-packed". I bought mine a few months ago and I love it, but I can certainly see why some people might struggle a bit with it.
  6. If you're considering the 60CSx, you might also want to check out the 76CSx. When I was looking to buy a few months ago (before the HCX came out), I was originally going to get a 60CSx until I discovered that the 76CSx was pretty much the same unit but cost less. Some people don't like the buttons being above the screen, but personally I find it really handy when holding the unit in the palm of my hand - the buttons are in just the right place for pressing with my thumb. You also don't have an antenna stub sticking out of the top of the unit with the 76CSx. As far as I can tell, the 60CSx and 76CSx have the same performance. Personally I love my 76CSx and have never regretted buying it.
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    Google map changes

    I like the new map, but when there are two caches close together there doesn't seem to be a way to pick which one you want. Near me there are two caches with very similar (or perhaps identical) coordinates. One is a puzzle cache, so the coordinates aren't for the final location. I can pick that one but can't pick the other one at the same place.
  8. I've had a 76CSx for a few months now and I love it. I also bought a couple of Gilsson cases for it, which I also like. Pretty much my only complaint was that the basemaps weren't all that brilliant. But I got involved with openstreetmap.org and there are some utilities to convert OSM map data into Garmin format. I suspect I'll eventually buy one of the new HCX units as a second GPS. But the 76CSx serves my purposes very nicely and I have no plans to switch. And from what I gather, there are still a few firmware issues on the HCX that Garmin still need to sort out.
  9. I'm fairly new to geocaching. When I first started, the first thing I did was buy some knick-knacks to use as swag. Keyrings and stuff. Recently it has occurred to me that some people go geocaching with their kids (or at least, take the chosen swag home to their kids). I figured Hot Wheels are pretty cheap and might make good swag for boys. I'm not quite sure what would make good swag for girls (stuff from Claire's Accessories perhaps?) I read a post in here recently pointing out that some people go geocaching with dogs, so dog toys might also be a good idea. So my question, in a roundabout way, is what kind of swag do you like to find in a cache? Things for kids? Knick-knacks for adults (fridge magnets, keyrings, etc)? Useful things such as emergency rain ponchos, anti-mosquito wipes, etc?
  10. My 76CSx does that too, if you save the track. Not only does it strip the timestamps out of the saved copy, it also strips them out of the "current" track (the one you're saving). So if you download it after you've saved, no timestamps. Very annoying, but I now know not to do it. Presumably it's how Garmin have always done it, although in these days of cheap memory you'd think they could at least give you an OPTION to not strip that information out.
  11. Those MicroSD cards are pretty small and the socket is spring loaded (push the card in to release it). Best not done "in the field" (figuratively and literally) because if your finger slips the card could ping out and may be difficult to find. Fortunately this hasn't happened to me, but I can see how it could happen quite easily. Personally I've become involved with openstreetmap.org for my mapping needs. Not much of America is covered yet, but as I understand it it's only recently opened up outside of the UK. There are utilities to convert openstreetmap data to Garmin format. My local area isn't mapped much yet (I'm helping to rectify that), but it's better than the base map for me. Best of all, it's free. Your mileage may vary, depending on where you are.
  12. I can't comment on the HCX, but I've recently bought a 76CSx and I'm very impressed with it. I'd previously been using my dad's old (monochrome) Legend and wasn't overly impressed with it. It didn't like tree canopies, which wasn't a lot of use for where I was walking (but it didn't present him with problems because he tends to hike in open spaces like moors). The 76CSx works really well by comparison. I can get a signal in my living room, so trees present no problems. The accuracy seems very good too, even though I hardly ever get WAAS (I'm in Europe). The base maps weren't very good (not much detail) but I soon discovered a utility to convert Open Street Map maps to Garmin format. Much cheaper than buying City Navigator or topo maps.
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    Garmin 76CSX

    I didn't notice it in the manual, but I've discovered that the first page in the page rotation list is the page the GPS starts up on after the splash screen. Mine was set to the satellite page when I got it, but I've now moved that to the bottom of the list and have it start up on the map page instead.
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    New 60CSx

    Regarding #1, if it's anything like the 76CSX you should be able to go into the menu while on the map screen and change the orientation from Track Up to North Up. The satellite page can also be set to orient North Up or Track Up. Personally I prefer the map with North Up (the pointer still shows your track).
  15. Thank you for posting that link. I've been using SimpleGPS until now, but MacCaching looks much more like what I want, with the ability to read the descriptions and stuff within the program itself.
  16. I recently used an old Legend (probably at least 4 years old) with my Mac iBook G4. I used a Keyspan USB-Serial adapter and Mac SimpleGPS software (www.macsimplegps.com). The software itself is pretty, well, simple but it did the job of getting the waypoints into the Legend. I think the only problem I encountered was that I had to ensure I plugged the Keyspan into the Mac first, THEN plugged the Keyspan into the GPS. If I plugged it in to the GPS first SimpleGPS would tell me it wasn't responding.
  17. I'm in the UK and about to go on holiday to Canada. I'm considering buying a Garmin 60CX or 60CSX while I'm there because the prices seem to be much better than UK prices. From what I've found on the net so far, if I buy one in Canada it will have the American basemap rather than the European or Atlantic basemap. So I have a couple of questions: - If I use it in England, will the basemap show anything? - If I buy the GB topo maps, can I use them on a Canadian-bought Garmin? Would there be any difference to loading them on a UK-bought Garmin?
  18. On a related note, is it considered bad form to move a bug a short distance? ie. from one cache to another one only a few miles away?
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