So we got a Garmin eTrex Venture HC for Christmas today. We spent a few hours playing around with it (walking around the neighborhood, trying to find 2 nearby geocaches, etc.) and it seems to be about 50-100 feet off. I'm trying to figure out if this is a user error problem or a hardware problem (perhaps the unit needs to be calibrated?)
On the satellite acquisition screen it shows that I should be within +- 15 feet, but as I'm walking down the street it shows I'm walking about 50 feet to the west of the street on the map. As I approach a cross street the map shows I'm already about 50-75 feet south of it.
We went looking for a geocache and when we got to the location we were in the middle of the street about 30 feet from the entrance to the park where the geocache was supposed to be located. We found the same sort of thing when we went looking for the other cache. It seems that it will be impossible to find caches if we are always 50-75 feet away from it!
The map shows a dotted line for where we have walked. Should that dotted line be anywhere close to the actual street, or is it common for it to look like we are far to the west and south of where we actually are?
I'm hoping this is just a simple calibration issue (for instance I stand in the middle of an intersection, put the pointer on that intersection and tell the unit - this is where I am right now). Or maybe not.
Thanks for any help for a newbie!