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Sue and Bernie

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  1. We don't suffer this problem - when we pick up TBs we keep them with us until we can log them and only then do we drop them into another cache. All this grabbing malarkey only happens when you just hop a TB from one local cache to another, particularly on the temporary visit. Just hold 'em till you can log them, resist the temptation to drop them like hot potatoes and bingo! - sorted!
  2. I saw that some-one was concerned about buying a US 60cxs GPS unit because of the inbuilt base-map - Don't bother yourself at all! The -x- series take a microSD (Transflash as was) memory card - a long, long overdue move by Garmin. This means you can upload wads of map data into your unit and complete forget about the base-map completely. I've got a Vista Cx fitted with a 512 MB card. I load it with data from City Navigator V8 and, complete with the auto-routing data, this unit currently holds the whole of the UK, Ireland, Holland and part of Germany down to street level. My basemap is USA - who cares - it never sees the sun!
  3. I concur with the sage advice already given above. Garmin have a superb aftersales service - they regularly replace damaged units with new ones well after the warranty period. For a personal example, I sold off my 18 month old Vista C and after a few days the buyer complained that the rubber surround was coming loose. Garmin took it back and issued a brand new replacement. They even provided the new buyer with a code to enable City Nav Europe to work with the replacement unit (I had used the spare "unlock" to enable CN to work with my original Vista C). Having owned virtually all the various eTrex models, I would also recommend the Legend as the best compromise between facilities with price. It has a high resolution screen, internal memory for street level mapping and comes with a data cable. If you can get hold of a Vista, that has 24 mb of memory compared to the Legends 8 mb. All you need then is some Metroguide software to provide the street level road data, a PC (pref with a serial port already - so an older model will be fine) - and you're set! Of course, you do not need these extra features - but you will want them when you see them. I started with the basic yellow eTrex many moons ago, now after lots of buying and selling, we have a StreetPilot 2610 for the car and a Vista Cx that shares the City Nav software that came with the Streetpilot. So now we also have an auto-routing Vista on the handlebar of my pushbike...
  4. Sorry, I knew I was likely to forget that crucial piece of information - but still managed to do it. It's a Garmin Etrex, I think - the bright yellow one (not that the colour makes any difference to the fittings, of course ) Thanks for the answers so far, guys. ...then the Garmin handlebar mount - quite cheap at the Wiggle site (link in tteggod trackers entry). There's a bit to stick round your handlebars and a replacement battery cover to use with the mount. If anyone needs a spare battery cover, I've got 2 here surplus - you don't use the cover with a Vista C/Cx and, having bought two mounts... these are left over.
  5. "I wouldn't bother with the types with integrated phones they tend to be a bit of a faff." ...I beg to differ! I use a HP Ipaq 6340 which is a PPC phone. I find it totally invaluable and it consolidates all the things you need into a single unit. The phone side of things was the least problematically of the whole device - slip in the sim card, turn it one - it's a phone! The Ipaq comes with the phone fully unlocked so it takes any sim. I regularly use it in the car with TomTom 5 doing the car routing thing with a Bluetooth GPS unit. At the same time, I use a Bluetooth earpiece to have my phone available while driving. The company with whom I recently started provided me with a company phone - I swapped the sims over, diverted my personal phone (sim card now in the company Nokia) to the Ipaq (now with the company phone sim) so that when I have my personal phone switched off - when on company time - I still get all my calls. The greatest advantage of using a PPC phone is that you have all your contact information available in the box completely synchorised with Outlook 2003. Phone no, address, email - whatever. Make a change in PPC or Outlook, it immediately updates the other when they connect. The Task List is an absolute boon too. Since I can touch-type, I also have a folding Bluetooth keyboard. With this beauty, I can actually keep up with the children when texting - and irritate them by using proper English and full punctuation! I can also start working up a document in any idle moment - or send emails - or... you get the picture. Dead useful software onboard includes: Tomtom5 (with POI-Warner for "Safety Camera" alerts and Cache locations), Memory-Map (again with cache locations) Word, Excel, Listpro, RMR Expenses, GPS Sonar (with cache details), Roboform (with all your personal details - encoded) and, for the quieter times, Scrabble and a few books and music files. I have now started carting a load of heavily compressed films around on a spare memory card. It ain't brilliant but, when you want to while away some time, it provides a great diversion using earphones - or even the BT earpiece. It was a cheap black & white Palm IIIxe that got me into using a PDA for paperless caching, I found the organiser functions so useful, I ended up going the whole hog. The only time I will hang up my Ipaq is to buy a better one...
  6. I can bore for Britain on this particular subject. If you own a Garmin unit that supports auto-routing, you can only get this to work if you install map and auto-routing data from one of Garmin's high end software such as City Select or City Navigator. Both are only supplied with hardware at "home" or very expensive as a standalone product abroad. For example, in the USA, a Streetpilot comes with CN USA and they can buy CN Europe. In Europe, we can buy CN USA. Complicated - yep! Expensive - you bet! These high end software programmes are protected through codes that only allow the software to work with a specific unit via it's internal serial number. NOTE: City Select Europe is no more - when CN Europe V8 was issued, CS was stopped. I mention it for those who may still use it. However, Garmin will allow an owner a second unlock code for free. So, if you already own a Streetpilot (or other unit that came with autorouting software) you can use the software with a second unit. This is what I have done, I use City Navigator Europe V8 in my Streetpilot 2610 AND a Vista Cx. With Garmin's blessing, I recently sold on my old Vista C along with CN Europe V7 unlocked for that Vista C. (Going well down there in Cornwall Chris?). V7 is the end of the line for the Vista C due to its fixed 24Mb of internal memory. By the way, if you can get your hands on an old copy of Metroguide USA V4 - it includes autorouting data that can be installed into your Vista C and will enable it to autoroute (in the States of course). The map data is well out of date but it works...
  7. Regatta Packaway Jacket and Trousers... ...as the name suggests, these weight nothing at all, pack up small and when the heavens open - invaluable.
  8. I (Bernie) believe that the most significant quality of a GPS unit is its memory capacity. Second, the resolution of the screen. Putting our money where my mouth is, I have flogged off our Vista C and lashed out on a Vista Cx. The big difference - the latter takes a microSD card, the former is limited to its internal 24 MB of memory. We also own a Streetpilot 2610. An older piece of kit by present standards but.... read on. This was a considered choice, based on many years familiarity with Garmin hard and software. The SP 2610 comes complete with City Navigator software - this is installed on a PC and downloaded to the Garmin unit as required. The real billy bonus of this solution is that the software, protected by Garmin's uncrackable security system, can be unlocked for a second Garmin GPS unit - for free! This is the point when you lash out on a Garmin Vista or other autorouting-capable unit such as the 60CS.
  9. All of the above plus cycling about the place - much more fun travelling to visit a different cache location each time, nice long rides through new areas - when the weather is good! We've cleared much of our local area so now take the bikes some distance out from home before setting out. It also adds something special when we visit friends or family and take them to some overlooked or unknown delight in their own locality of which they were oblivious.
  10. Don't like 'em - particularly when they bump everyone else's contribution to the forum out of sight under a hail of mass mutual back slapping. It is frustrating to watch your own pride and joy thread continually dumped off the front page into obscurity. I reckon it is this aspect that causes the fuss rather than some of the less attractive traits used to label those that do not enjoy these innocent pastimes. ...but we always use Firefox and the brilliant magic cross solution to banish them from our screen.
  11. Do it! If you do not, you will just spend the next couple of years regretting not making the most of your trip to the States... and of course, you will end up doing it anyway. Trust me, the high res mapping and the interfacing with the software (waypoints, routes and tracks) on the PC will greatly enhance your geocaching fun. Get GSAK too and you will be cooking...
  12. I concur with rutson's statement. However, since you have the opportunity, if you are going for the lower spec B&W models, I would still recommend that you go directly to a Legend (8 MB map store) or, even better, a Vista (24 MB map store). These two units have high resolution screens and will hold street-level map data from Mapsource data discs. Once you see one of these in action - you will want to upgrade. You also get a PC data lead included saving £10 - £20. Make the most of the opportunity you have while you're in the States, you know you really want to! Over the years, I have owned the whole range of eTrex units, presently with a Vista Cx International version. Ignore the basemap issue completely - you will never want use it. The low quality basemap is "overwritten" by the hi-res maps you install. This is only a temporary "overwrite", the basemap is fixed in memory, the hi-res maps you load are displayed instead when appropriate. When you load different map data, the original area of the basemap will be displayed - but it is pish!
  13. I have both an old Yellow and a Vista C and can only agree that the reception on the Vista is MASSIVELY better than on the Yellow. Richard We have "upgraded" to a Vista Cx from a Vista C. The biggest advantage for us is Garmin's move to incorporate standard memory cards into these and other units as indicated with the "x" suffix. Our Cx currently presently has a 256mb microSD card fitted. With this, we can installed the whole of the UK and Holland with street-level maps and full autorouting data from City Navigator V8 (using second "unlock" from the software that came with a Streetpilot 2610). We can now leave home on holiday with all sorts of different maps installed or on additional cards - brilliant move! ...so if you have a Garmin unit with separate autorouting software and have not made use of the second (free) "unlock", get yourself one of Garmin's autorouting handhelds and you are away! Now we use the Vista Cx to steer us by road to the cache location, switching over to "off-road" when we exit the car. Now thinking of getting a 1GB card...
  14. We were the same as Jango & Boba Fett, we cossetted our "local" caches, up to 25 miles distant, as cycling destinations. However, lifestyle change - in the form of Bernie finishing after a quick 37 years in the RAF, followed by swift employment in another part of the same sort of industry albeit as a "civvy", mean we are in the process of re-location to a final destination, undecided at present. As a consequence, we are making the best of mopping up all the local caches we had previously saved due to our impending move away to undefined pastures new... A radical way to refresh your local access, but highly effective.
  15. Dave, I bought my Vista Cx (International basemap) at this place via eBay: GPS Online Shop ...straight forward and cheapest I found. Do not concern yourself with the installed basemap - it is irrelevant because the microSD card will allow you to expand and install skiploads of maps. Using a 256 MB microSD card (instead of the paltry 32 MB leftovers that Garmin sends out), I have installed the street-level maps for the whole of the UK and Ireland, Holland and a good bit of Germany - just because I could - and this is using City Navigator V8 as the data source so using non-autorouted Mapsource data, you could get an even bigger area installed. You should have taken the opportunity to have a closer look at my Garmin at the Ely event this weekend...
  16. Sorry chap, if you had followed the earlier link in this thread, you would have ended up on the UK page where all the details are... detailed! This "auction" ended at 2200 on Fri 7 Apr 06 so I'm afraid your enquiry was too late for me to respond to. Thank you for your belated interest... I shall now be locking this thread. Thanks again...
  17. We have added a few more posts and details on the UK forum entry including this graphic of the map set currently loaded into the 24MB memory: The software has street level map data and points of interest for the whole of Europe so, all you users in Euroland, this unit with the City Navigator Europe V7 softwre included, would be good for you too...
  18. We're not at all shy, we did mention the sum of £200 in the OP as an all-in price for the Vista C and City Navigator V7 software. The Vista C has a mini USB lead to connect it to the PC to transfer data at high speed, changing the maps is a very quick job. We're including a car power supply that uses the same USB lead to power the Vista so that the backlight can be left permanently on when night driving. We use a normal phone holder to mount the GPS when we're using it for autorouting in the car. We often go out with just the Vista C when caching in the local area. We live near Norwich so currently, the Vista C is loaded with this area: ...so the Vista C can provide full autorouting in the whole of the red area. If you look closely at the top LH corner, you will see this is screenshot from CN7. ...hope this helps.
  19. I smile at all the abuse that is heaped on SatNav systems and their users when these hilarious events abound. If the story about the bloke blindly following his box into a river is true, he needs locking up! What all the detractors of SatNav forget is that the box is simply reacting to information programmed in by people. As a regular Garmin Streetpilot user, I've got used to half the road ahead "disappearing" when I zoom out because, at the side junction ahead, the road I'm going to be driving along has been classified as less significant than the current bit. GIGO is still the paramount rule! A fine example exists near Marham in Norfolk, the box will try to direct me off the main route we all use to drive to the A10 onto a single track road to Shouldham village, through the village, then back onto the same main road. It's not the programme - it's the road data that is programmed wrong. The box wants me to turn off because someone's told it that the other bit of road is better than the one I'm on. They were wrong so I simply continue on the obviously more comfortable road I'm on and let the box re-route. Driving with SatNav is infinitely better than relying on maps. On a recent business trip, the host company booked a hotel for me. I looked the hotel up on the internet in seconds, plugged the post code straight into the box and went there in one go. Delayed by an accident on the M25, I was really grateful to be able to drive into Yeovil for the first time in my life and get directed straight to my hotel. No maps, no stops for directions, just straight to the door. Bloody Marvellous!
  20. Shameless, self-interested, bump. Not a single question - a back-handed compliment to my post perhaps, plenty of casual visitors though. B
  21. Oooh! We'd love to assist but the reason this kit is for sale along with the excellent City Navigator Europe V7 is that we've bought a Vista Cx and have upgraded to CN8. Both bits are very expensive and we have a large impending hole in the credit card account looming. The monies from selling off the Vista C with CN 7 will go some way to filling the deficit. Thanks for responding though, we thought there would be loads of questions particularly about the software since this sort of opportunity is so rare - certainly we have never seen this combination up for grabs before. This situation has only come about because we originally owned a Streetpilot 3 with CN 5. When the Vista C came out and Garmin stated it would auto-route with City Select or Navigator, we decided to get a Vista C for using on our bikes and geocaching instead of the B&W Vista we used then. Later we sold off the SP 3 with its CN software and bought a SP 2610 with CN7. This software was unlocked for the Vista C as well as the SP 2610 - this is the combo up for sale. As Garmin issue 2 new unlocks at each software upgrade, when V8 came out, we decided to "upgrade" the Vista... ...so that how this Vista C and a fully working, street-legal version of CN7 Europe are available.
  22. ...my Vista C is up for sale along with a street-legal, working City Navigator Europe V7: Vista C with CN7 software thread... ...a real bargain bundle.
  23. Thanks but I got one drom spell dog earlier. I would respectfully suggest that you therefore close and lock the thread if your requirement has been fulfilled.
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