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  1. ... My old Magellan Platinum can hold 14,000,000 caches along with maps of the whole U.S. on a 2G SD card

    But the older Meridian Platinum was using more limited mapping data mapping and the geocaches were only waypoint/name/comment - no log, right?


    For the sake of argument I'd allow you MIGHT have been able to load up 14M caches -- if that many caches were ever in existence, and if you could accumulate them, and figure out how to organize your files. But what was the largest number you ever actually DID have loaded on it at one time?

  2. Whoa, the grumpy moderator certainly is today :D


    I missed where Garmin said the thing could hold unlimited caches or even 4.2 billion. ...okay, some of their blogs and blurbs DO say "unlimited," but... Their product info/specs page just says "load them all" and specifically mentions a limit of 4 million, not billion.


    Advertising hyperbole, sure -- but I won't grump about either "unlimited" or "load them all" because their number is around 2x more than the total number of caches on GC.com. Even if you added the three or four caches available on Garmin's OpenCaching you'd still have plenty of room.


    In practice, PQ size and daily limits are tougher limit to work with than how many I can fit into the GPS. Downloading only 5000 a day, much of your data will be stale before you've even accumulated a million in your local GSAK database.

  3. Not with the 550, but you should be able to with the 650 when it comes out. No pesky cable, Bluetooth using the Garmin Basecamp Mobile app.


    The current version of Basecamp Mobile only works with the Fenix. Curious to see what else Garmin might add to the app when they update it to support the new Oregon. It's kinda puzzling that this app is only available for iOS - most of Garmin's mobile apps are available for both iOS & Android.

  4. No mystery.


    DeLorme PN models do not have BlueTooth. The -W models use Zigbee protocol ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZigBee ) to talk to compatible Spot and inReach devices. As neither Android nor iOS devices support zigbee, making a smartphone compatible inReach meat bringing out a different model. I'm sure that's a support and supply line headache for DeLorme..


    It may be noteworthy that you can't buy a NEW model of any PN series GPS on DeLorme's website anymore, the only ones they list are refurbished. This may signalt new models are coming out -- and if so my guess would be the next DeLorme PN WILL support Bluetooth and they're going to drop Zigbee altogether.


    But this thread is to discuss Garmin... Sorry for the diversion. On the surface I would expect the Oregon 6x0 models will use Bluetooth for GPS-GPS and maybe GPS-computer data sharing. Maybe some kind of connection to Garmin apps on smartphones, too. But I consider a SPOT or other PLB connection a little less likely.

  5. Sorry to hear of your vision problem. But with that in mind, I'll state he obvious: go for the biggest and sharpest screen you can -- and since screen readability is a very subjective thing, don't buy anything unless you can actually try it out first to decide if it works for YOU..

  6. Just a guess about GGZ format (which I've already mentioned elsewhere)... I expect GGZ to be for Garmin pretty much was KMZ is to Google Earth – zipped bundle of many other file type(s). Would not surprise me if it contains GPX as well as other file types internally – geotagged images, map bundles, etc.


    The big gain in usability there if Basecamp will package it and you send it over one file, instead of a bunch of different files and types. Really, it amazes me today that you can’t even drop a zip’t GPX file into your GPS, that you have to unzip it first. How many bytes do you need to write a zip/unzip routine?

  7. ... in threads seems Garmin, realizing they're losing out to the phone crowd, has figured a way to turn their devices into high-end Geomate Jrs. - Is that about right?

    Nope, that's tunnel vision. Garmin embraces smartphones, and offers lot of software and services on iOS and Android - including OpenCaching apps.


    As for "losing out to the phone crowd" that may be true in terms of the market segment of "handheld navigation units for finding geocaches" (and some portion of the car navigation market). But it may come as a surprise to some folks here that Geocaching is really a tiny segment of the overall market for GPS devices.

  8. My wishful thinking/guess on GGZ files is that they are simply zip'd GPX files -- and that new Garmin devices will be able to read the and ZIP files without unpacking/unzipping them first.


    Throw in bluetooth file transfer to get them wirelessly to GPS from computer or smartphone, and it's be perfect.

  9. Hi Walt. there is more than "one specific router" that can do this; any router with USB port will do. You and I have even discussed batery powered, portable ones. I'm only pointing it out to keep you honest :)


    You're absolutely right that iOS devices don't support USB OTG -- but you invariably present this as meaning iOS devices can't transfer files to and from a GPS at all. With multiple was to get files between most smartphones and a GPS, it seems silly to me to hinge an entire purchase decision on whether or not the smartphone itself supports ONE particular way of doing that.


    The OP already has gear the works for him and asked how to make it work. You and others suggest to he buy OTHER gear (a different phone, a Bluetooth GPS, etc). Wouldn't it make more sense to use what he already has?

  10. IMO, the best solution is to spend a little cash on a Bluetooth GPS and leave the Colorado at home. The new Garmin GLO looks quite nice.

    That would be spending money to replace functionality he already has in the Colorado. You and I both mentioned loading PQ's at home before heading out, IMO that's really the best option for now. I'm stingy.


    But when the Colorado needs to be replaced? Yeah, maybe...

  11. By themselves, there are no smartphones that will be able to wirelessly exchange Geocaching info with a Garmin Colorado. If you want to carry a mess of extra gear with you (cables, card readers, wireless routers, etc) you can kluge together a solution for almost any make or model - Android or iOS.


    Walt often repeats the canard that it can't be done on an iPhone or iPad-- even though we've discussed the gear I use (wireless router with USB port) to do just that. And Walt's solution of using a "standard" USB cable doesn't actually work for a lot of devices- including his until he worked out some power issues with a little help from his friends ;)


    On sum, it just makes a lot more sense to copy your pocket queries from your computer to the GPS before you leave home. Unless you don't have a computer (like me) or don't have a home (like Walt).

  12. The only model listed as out of stock on DeLorme's website is a new PN-60.

    Refurbished 60 and 60W are both available at a discount, $225 and $275 respectively.

    New PN60W bundled with an inReach - for $599 combined - is the only new item listed.


    My GUESS be there will be a new model - or at least a significant repackaging of existing models - before summer.


    I'll go further out on a limb and say they might get rid of the Zigbee protocol on the 60W and go to Bouetooth. That would let them consolidate inReach production into one model instead of two, so buyers would be able to use the same model with their GPS or their cell phone. Easier choice to make means more sales.


    I am basing that on nothing but wishful thinking :D

  13. ...For me adding useless features and frivolous bells and whistles is BS....

    Hey, are you the same yogazoo who several posts earlier wanted to know if the GPS camera would be able to do sepia-toned images and other effects? :D


    One person's frivolous bells and whistles are another's necessities.

  14. I think some of the older ones may have used small cold cathode fluorescent tubes, as did some of the early colour screen mobile phones. Cold cathode fluorescents have the dual disadvantages of being fragile and relatively power hungry.

    I think my old Magellan M330 used electroluminescent panel, similar to Timex's trademarked Indiglo and some nightlights I may still have around here. Very distinctive blue green shade, with a high pitched whine just on the edge of most folks' hearing.



    "I SAID A DOUBLE! I may be blind but I 'ave acute 'earing!"

  15. Well, some thought Chirp would revolutionize geocaching... BUt it really hasn't caught on. Kinda like Wherigo -- some folks love them, but not many against the whole of Geocaching.


    There are few than a hundred Chirp caches in all of Canada -- and none within a hundred miles of the last cache find listed in your profile.


    So - unless you're interested in chasing something special and rare, I wouldn't make Chirp compatibility a determining factor in what GPS you buy.

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