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  1. I currently have a Garmin 60csx and the City Select v7 mapping software. I am getting ready to buy the 2008 Topo software, but I don't know how the two mapping programs will interact on the gpsr. Will both maps overlap on one another on the screen or do you have the capability of selecting which map you want displayed on the screen? For example, can I select the City Select when I am driving and then switch to the Topo when I get our of the car? Any help or answers would be greatly appreciated.

     

    You can have both on your GPS, but you must select which one you want to display.

     

    I have CN 2008 and Topo 2008 on my 60CSX.

  2. I am looking for a good online source for GPSR accessories. I have a 60CSX and need a case, which case I'm not sure. I am also considering an antenna. Any suggestions would be great.

     

    I use the neoprene case for holding my 60CSX when geocaching. When driving, it sits in a RAM mount. Never had a need for an exterior antenna.

  3. I've used a decon container for a small cache. It hung in a tree for a couple of years and was perfectly fine. Unitl it was stolen by a muggle.

     

    The problem is not with the decon containers, its with the people that don't know how to close them properly. I've seen plenty of wet and soggy caches from those plastic lock n lock containers.

  4. I use a Palm M515 with Cachemate.

     

    Palm, in their wisdom, have decided not to provide Vista compatibility for this older PDA so I cannot use the Hotsync function.

     

    Instead, I just take the SD card out of the Palm, pop it into the card reader on the PC and transfer the files manually, whic is botheasy and faster than hotsync <_<

     

    Go to Palm's site and you can download a file to get your Palm to hot sync. I did this last year and have been hot sync'ing my m515 and HP Vista laptp ever since.

  5. I have a rain poncho, water bottle, small first aid kit, assorted trading stuff, extra batteries, flashlight, pen/pencil/marker, small tablet, PDA, glasses (sun & reading), orange vest for me and dog (during hunting season) etc.

     

    Carries all the gear I need.

     

    Plus, if your the kind of person who carries a little something for personal protection, there is a compartment for that too.

  6. I have no need or desire to carry multiple cards. I put as much Cn & topo maps on my single card as I need. I see no advantage to be carrying around the entire US when I have no plans anywhere in the near future to visit Washington, Oregon, etc.

     

    I guess its a bragging rights to be able to claim you have the entire US loaded into your GPS.

  7. This story evolved from a bit on the news the other day. A tractor-trailer driver attempted to drive his rig under a very well marked low bridge. According to the driver.....he was paying attention to his GPS instead of paying attention to the height restrictions.

     

    GPS a Driving Distraction?

     

    Monday, January 14, 4:33 p.m.

    By Josh Brogadir

     

    There was yet another tractor-trailer that became stuck under the bridge on Oak Street in Scranton Sunday. The driver from California told police he didn't see the warning signs. He said he was trying to follow his global positioning system, or GPS, and didn't see the height restrictions.

     

    Authorities said drivers should be able to use GPS devices and follow street signs at the same time.

     

    "There are multiple warning signs posted on both sides of the bridge notifying drivers of the low clearance. In this particular case the driver says he was paying attention to his GPS system and not paying attention to the road," said Patrolman Cord Mickavicz of the Taylor Police Department.

     

    GPS devices are more popular now than ever before for helping drivers get where they need to go, assuming they keep their eyes on the road along the way.

     

    Trooper Bill Satkowski said technically it is against the law to have a GPS attached to a dashboard or window.

     

    "We would recommend that they put it in such a spot where it's not obstructing their vision. So a good spot for it would be by the inspection sticker or anywhere that it's low enough, almost sitting on the dash," Satkowski explained.

     

    He added that GPS units don't need to be a distraction. Most of them talk and if programmed beforehand, drivers shouldn't have to fiddle with the screen as they drive.

     

    Jim McCluskey has been behind the wheel of a truck for 30 years and using a GPS for the last decade.

     

    He relies on his older style GPS and looks at the street signs to make sure the groceries in his truck get where they need to go.

     

    "I mean you've got to be aware anyway. If you're driving for a living, you've got to be aware what you're doing anyway, so. It's just a machine, it's just like us, we're humans, we're not perfect," McCluskey said.

     

    Police said the driver of the truck was not hurt in the crash but he was cited.

     

    Troopers also said drivers should be aware of the "smash and grab" allure of the devices. They are a huge draw for thieves in parking lots so it's best to keep them out of sight.

  8. I use Vista and don't have any problems.

     

    When I click on the file I save it into a folder named "GSAK" which is where I also save individual GPX exchange files when checking out the site.

     

    After the unzipped PQ is saved into the file I just load it itno GSAK by asking GSAK to look for the file in that folder. Don't know if this is the only way load them using Vista, but it works for me and I also used it when I had XP.

  9. Radar Wins Speed Test Against GPS

     

    A Sonoma County, Calif., judge has ruled a speeding case supported by an officer's radar cannot be thrown out. The speeder's GPS system allegedly recorded a speed contradictory to the radar reading, but the judge ruled radar more reliable.

     

    Roger Rude, a retired Sonoma County sheriff's lieutenant, brought the case to fight a ticket his stepson Shaun Malone received for going 62 mph in a 45 mph zone. Rude had installed a GPS system in the car to track his stepson's speeds. Rude alleged Malone never was speeding based on the GPS tracker.

     

    The court ruled against the GPS data, holding that radar data is more reliable.

     

    JB Harper, Radar Systems Engineer for Decatur Electronics, the manufacturer of the radar that clocked Malone, said radar is a time-tested speed assessment tool.

     

    "Decatur radar has been catching speeders for more than 50 years," he said. "Radar reads a speed at the speed of light rather than calculating geographic and time differences between two separate readings as is done in a GPS system."

     

    Officials with the Petaluma Police Department, which issued the ticket, agreed. Petaluma Police Capt. Dave Sears said GPS is a valuable tool but is not as accurate for tracking speed as radar.

     

    For more information about Decatur, visit www.DecaturRadar.com.

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