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Dr Jeckyl and Mr Hide

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  1. I totally agree. My first gpsr was a blue eTrex Legend and I loved that thing until I got a 60C, then a 60CSx, but I would not waste time on any of those models at this point because the improvements in new models have been massive and impressive. I still like my Montana 650 a lot, but will eventually get a 700 series.
  2. I paid $300 Cd each for my two 66S units on Black Friday. They are back up to their regular price of $529 at Sail now, though. Back in the day, I paid over $500 each for a 60CSx and a 76CSx.
  3. I remember those. You'd dial your rotary phone, listen for the screech, then pop it onto the acoustic cradle. Oh, those were the days. Not.
  4. Serial is so slow, you could practically read it out in real time...
  5. Life is too short to waste it on an eTrex Legend... I gave away the one I had.
  6. In addition to the maps you end up with on the 66S, you can also connect the 66 to your smartphone, assuming you have one, with Garmin Explore and Garmin Connect, two very useful apps. Explore allows you to download many maps including Topo and OSM to the app on your phone, making it possible for you to see tracks/waypoints etc you sync from the gps to the app. You can create waypoints and routes in Explore and send them to the gps, or create collections and send those as well. Here's a couple of screen capture of my 66S syncing the day's activities to the Explore app, and a second screen capture from my iPhone, taken while I was walking a trail this afternoon. You can also download Birdseye map segments to the 66S for free. The 66S is an awesome device.
  7. So my 66S stopped syncing my activities in Garmin Connect recently. I tried everything to make it work again including contacting Product.support but after 5 days, I threw in the towel and did a factory reset. Unfortunately the reset does wipe everything out and go back to the new configuration, but at least it did fix the problem.
  8. Has anyone noticed that the Trip Computer window allows you to reduce or increase the number of visible fields while you're in the screen by pressing the + or -,buttons? The lower text fields, ie the ones not in the Dashboard area, can go from 2 large fields to 8 small ones. This could be handy. Seems like a bit of an Easter Egg.
  9. Well that is totally bizarre. I didn't use the 66s all day and this evening I decided to run more tests and fired both up, switched them to demo mode, and went to Send Wirelessly. I was able to send a waypoint, then a route, and then a track! I have no idea what changed as I didn't do anything to the settings from when I was not able to send tracks yesterday. I sent a couple more tracks successfully after that. So I have no idea why it didn't work before, and what changed and allowed it to work now. I sure hope we won't be plagued with weird behaviour on this model.
  10. Yes. It's only from one 66 to another that there's a problem.
  11. I ran another test - turned off Bt and WiFi again on both 66 devices, and was able to share a short route wirelessly between the two. Tracks are still a problem, though.
  12. The Wireless transfer between the Montana and the 66 is ANT+. My Montana is a 650. I turned off Bt and WiFi on both 66 units and they still connected, but the track transfer stayed at 0% for the 5 minutes I left it on. They remained connected the whole time, but no transfer happened.
  13. Well the fact that I can transfer between the Montana and the 66S successfully should probably be a big clue to them. I emailed product.support already, after spending 20 minutes on chat.
  14. Strangely enough, I am able to send and receive tracks through wireless transfer with a Montana as the other device in the pair, but not between two 66S units.
  15. Has anyone ever been able to transfer a track from one 66S to another? I can send waypoints and a short route, but neither 66 gets any farther than this in the track transfer process. Both units have the exact same firmware.
  16. Checking out the Garmin Explore web site a little more, it seems that having a 66S or compatible unit and your smartphone is almost as good as having an InReach or a Spot unit. You can set up a password protected tracking page which you can share, and which is updated as long as you have cell signal. Really useful!
  17. Do you have a compatible gps like the 66? There may be others with the same features, but the web site for Garmin Explore doesn't list any. aside from the 66.
  18. This is my view on Explore through a web browser. It looks pretty much the same on the apps.
  19. I searched and found many instances of "explore", but none for Garmin Explore. I wonder why? Are people not using this app? It's awesome, if your gps is compatible. I don't have a Garmin InReach, nor do I need one to use the site, as it says above. I bought a couple of 66S units the other day and so I downloaded the app to my iPhone and iPad, downloaded maps to the apps, and connected the apps to my 66 and lo and behold, tracks I had saved on my device are now showing up automatically in Explore. Pretty sweet! I also had a lot of tracks saved on my Montana so I transferred some to the 66S using ANT+, and they also showed up in the apps on the phone and tablet. Doesn't get easier than that!
  20. We have the following: Nuvi 1450LM Nuvi 780 DriveLuxe 50LMTHD Nuvi 2597LMT Monterra 2X Montana 650 2X eTrex Touch 35 2X 66S So yes, a pretty healthy collection indeed. The two Touch 35 units are gone now. Sold one, gave the other to my son.
  21. SAIL (in Canada) had the 66S as a Black Friday door crasher last weekend for $300 Cd. I didn't know I needed a new gps when I started the day, but I knew I had to have one. And when I got home, my wife sent me back to get one for her too. Bought silicone bumper cases for them from Amazon, red for my wife's and black for me, so we can tell them apart. I like it a lot. Like you, I also have Montanas though unlike you, I love the touchscreen on that. Happy to go with the 66 buttons though, as the touchscreen on my eTrex Touch 35 is not great.
  22. I find it annoying that people like yourself prop up old junk thinking they are helping geocaching by doing so. That's your prerogative. I do what I think is best.
  23. My wife is the one who logs the caches we find. We own a few in our area and check on them as often as possible. I can hardly find the enthousiasm to log my own finds, but my wife has logged 439 finds and 6 hides, most of which I participated in. We do try to clean up and restore caches if necessary. Saw some while camping last Summer and one in particular was placed by a Forces member who'd been moved away, but nobody wanted to adopt it. We changed the container and log book, and added some decent swag. The number of times I've reported caches in need of maintenance and never heard back is also annoying. But it gets tedious to always find the caches in similar condition.
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