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  1. I did not tell it to send to device after downloading because I want the maps on my card and not device.


    Now I can't figure out how to get it to the device. It will not let me "export selection" which is what I think I need it to do.


    Do I have to delete it and start all over? The embarrassing thing is, I think I've done this before, I have a few maps on my gps.

  2. I just noticed I did not spell screen right. :blink:


    I can't type on my netbook very well. Yeah, that's the ticket.


    Anyhoo, I saw a recomendation of boxwave in another thread so I ordered a pack. I'm really paranoid about it getting scratched. It seems like a touch screen would get worn spots after awhile.


    I'll post an after action report when it comes in.

  3. I had one on my phone and it was terrible. It finally got so scratched up I took it off. What a differance!


    I don't want my oregon to get scratched up like my phone, phones don't last long enough to matter, plus I don't need to see much on my dumb phone.


    I'm willing to put up with a slight decrease in display if it's what I need. Can these things be taken off? Which one is the best one?

  4. Hmmm, I got one of the oregons on sale, and soon after I got an astro 320, which is supposed to be based on the 62.


    I had read a lot of reviews that stated the oregon is slightly less accurate than other models but so far I've been very impressed! I've used it side by side with the astro and the astro sometimes will jump around when the oregon remains stable. Wierd considering the astro has that fancy schmancy helix antenna.


    Do you have another unit to compare it with? Maybe a friend has one?


    I wouldn't worry as much about the shift in waypoints. Mine varies quite a bit from day to day. Even my tracks will shift.


    I've had better performance with my eneloop rechargables then with alkaline batteries. I use a nice charger, it makes a differance. The other rechargables have given sporatic results. Sometimes they won't work fresh off the charger, even with a confirmed full charge?!?!? I don't know enough about this kind of thing to come up with a theory but I assume it has something to do with the way the unit sense them.

  5. I was pleasantly surprized with my oregon. I agree with getting the most advanced unit you can afford. There are other features besides the paperless caching that are featured. I didn't think I would like the touch screen and it's true that buttons get touched inadvertantly but sometimes I don't like to lock the screen so that's really my fault.


    When I got my million dollar astro for tracking my doggies I thought about selling my oregon, I had just gotten it on sale from rei so I could easily recoup the cost. I have found I love them both! I really like the big screen on the oregon, and it's so much easier to type notes and names.


    I sometimes use the oregon to mark and modify a waypoing and send it electronically to my astro!


    The astro is supposed to be based on the garmin 62 but my oregon seems more reliable. Sometimes the astro compass jumps while the oregon remains steady. I got the astro to track my dogs with but it does paperless geocaching as well. I also use it while hunting. I keep a differant gps with me though.

  6. Have you updated the software on the unit? Have you tried it since then? I have not noticed my units behaviour changing over time. My first vista jumped a lot at first but I updated the software and it was fine. My astro 320 jumps more than my oregon for some reason. The astro is supposed to be based on the 62, I thought it would outshine my oregon.


    How often do you calibrate the compass? If it was just one cache I wouldn't worry about it, like one poster said, they do this sometimes.


    Keep us updated.

  7. I discovered another quirk. I again tried to send wirelessly, with gps on, and it didn't work. Eventually I discovered the profiles have to match. Then it will work even with gps off.


    I have my recreational profile set up to share stuff. I don't have wireless sharing in the menu of the other profiles so it won't be cluttered.

  8. welp, as usual it was just user error. There is a problem with the gps saying "near" when the collars are near, they just display an inaccurate reading. But once past 100 feet they seem to work fine.


    Not sure what the deal was with the compass calibration. I suspect I didn't have the card seated properly.


    Once I had enough dog tracks on the unit I could use the map button to toggle the tracks. The problem before was not having enough tracks that were not overlapping.


    Anyhoo, I think there are still a few quirks but I am really liking it now. :P

  9. So i guess I will have to ask my question here. I suspect most folks here dont' have this series, the gps part is supposed to be based on the 62 but the buttons and software are differant so most of it doesn't really apply.


    But I'll roll the dice and take my chances. I got my astro and set it up the other day. I tested it more extensivly today with both the collars I got. I will list my issues as they occured.


    Problem 1 was getting the compass to calibrate. The gps was not showing the dog collars where they were supposed to be so I tried to calibrate the compass thinking that would help. It would not perform the final part where you roll it. Eventually I decided to take the card out and try it and it worked. I later repeated it with the card in and it worked that time. I had calibrated it with the card in before, not sure why it didnt' work at first today. I even changed the perfectly good batteries. I don't know why it decided to work the next time I tried it with the card in.


    Actually the first problem was the inaccurate collar readings. I don't expect pinpoint accuracy but when the collars are in front of me, with me between them, I don't think the gps should tell me they are 100 feet behind me and together.


    My latest issue is the dog tracks showing on the map. They show wheather I tell it to not show them at all, or show them for 5 minutes. If I tell it to turn dog track log off, it should turn it off.



    All this stuff cost me almost 900 bucks and I am not more likly to be able to track them than if I didn't have the stuff at all. :mad: I have already done an update. I swear, when I first got it I did a short test and it seemed to work fine. It hasn't been dropped or hardly moved from my desk.


    Garmin is closed now. I guess I will continue to test it and make a list of my problems. Hopefully this will be resolved.

  10. I have an oregon and an astro 350 which is supposed to be based on the 62, my waypoints show up.


    What do you have the map setting on? You can change how you have to zoom to see them, or something.


    THere should be a gpx file in one of your garmin folders that waypoints are stored in. Are they in the wrong folder?


    I used basecamp to transfer my waypoints that I had stored on my computer to my new units when I first got them. I had a couple of duplicate waypoints, I fixed it but I don't know why it happened. I usually use easygps. It doesn't have some of the special icons though, so when I downoad them into the new ones the symbol is differant.


    I don't know how to use basecamp to just download new waypoints. Maybe I will get used to it but right now I don't care for it. I like to clear my gps's sometimes and load region specific waypoints and geocaches. Of course my vista didn't hold as many so I had to do that.

  11. I got it to work. This time I tried it with the gps on. Herp Derp. :P


    When I tried it before it was in the house in demo mode, I was just getting to know the screens and setting them up. I went outside and remembered the issue with the wireless transfer thing and remembered that I was in the house. When I tried it again it worked!!



  12. I wish I knew that before I got an oregon on sale! I was thinking of selling it but I like the idea of having another gps so I think I will keep it.


    I don't have it yet, it should be here in a day or so though. I got it to keep track of my doggies. It's my understanding that the handheld gps is like the new 62, so I'm pretty exited!


    Apparently it's just been released, I've only found a few reviews. I downloaded the instruction manual, it's as useful as the other ones. I can't figure out if you can save the doggie tracks. I think it only saves them till you clear it or select new hunt.


    I've already subscribed to birdseye, now that I have 2 birdseye friendly units I'll get more of my moneys worth.


    From what I have skimmed it looks like it will be very similar to my oregon 450. Except it will have the joystick of my vista.


    I can do paperless geocaching too!

  13. Some of my waypoints have a day of the week in parenthesis after the name. The day does not show up when you are editing the name so I can't backspace and delete it.


    I think this happened after connecting to easy gps. I know this last time I consoladated the gps files in easy gps and uploaded all of them as one. These were waypoints already on the gps, there were no double names, at first I thought that was it.


    All of them don't have the day, I can't figure out what is differant with some of them that they have it.

  14. It's out now!! I don't know weather to get the astro 220 or the astro 320. I just got an oregon 450 on sale. It would be about 200 dollars more to get the 320 package and by package I mean the gpsr, 2 collars, and extended antenna.



    I went to the garmin site and compared them to try and decide. The 320 gives you the ability to save 200 tracks, paperless geocaching, internal memory, differant display.


    I heard something about these new ones being ecollar compatible but now I can't find it. That would be worth it to me if I needed to use one someday.


    I wonder if I should save the money and just get the 220.

  15. You missed a good sale on the oregon. I just got one. I usually use my vista and I actaully still use it. The battery life in the vista is pretty awesome and to me it seems more rugged.


    I use my gps's mostly for non-geocaching so unless I happen to be geocaching and want the paperless caching features I think the vista is superior in many ways. I do like being able to save the 200 tracks like I can with the oregon.


    It sounds like you use yours much in the same way as I do. I have mapped out 3 hunt clubs! I save my files so the 20 track limit isn't as much of a factor. I like to save my tracks and go to gpsvisualizer.com and superimpose them on satilite images.


    You can find refurbished units that come with the same warrenty as the new ones. The one I have now is refurbished. I lost the other one hunting. I don't know why they make everything black and gray. :sad: I have reflective tent cordage on my new one.


    I don't know if you can use easygps with the other brands but that's what I use to save my files.

  16. Hello,I don't post much but I have to sell some of my caches that are getting way out of hand. I would say I have 100 caches,mainly small plastic waterproof bottles used for my diabetes test strips. I am selling them for 0.50 cents each plus shipping. I will ship it anywhere. I will send pictures of the caches if you wish.


    ........You say your giving them away in your subject line but you actually want to sell containers. If you need to get rid of them they are probably recyclable.





    He/She has to sell them because they are getting out of hand! :lol: I wonder what they are doing? Are they jumping on the furniture? Or maybe they are peeing on the floor. :D

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