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  1. Is there a good all around GPS for both automotive use and as a handheld for geocaching? I have found that the Garmin Montana does this, but it is also half a thousand dollars! I would like to not spend that much... Does Magellan or Delorme or someone else make a unit like the Montana, but not quite as expensive?

     

    Based on your search parameters, he Montana is it.

     

    No other GPSr like the Montana is produced.

  2. ...datum may also require changing depending on the reason for the information.

     

    Map Datum should never be changed unless you are using your GPS with a map that was created with a different Map Datum, or you are navigating to coordinates created with a different Map Datum.

     

    The most commonly used (and considered the standard) map datum in use is WGS 84.

     

    Unless you have specific information indicating your maps or coordinates were created with a different Map Datum, DO NOT adjust your GPSr away from WGS 84.

     

    Doing so will only lead to much grief and anxiety.

  3. I'm wondering if there are any free alternatives to GSAK?

     

    $30 is a lot of money to spend on something that I don't actually need - so far I've done reasonably well just copying pocket queries. I know GSAK has many loyal fans so I'm expected to get some abuse, since that seems to happen whenever anyone questions if there is another way, but still - is there?

     

    Geobuddy (now ExpertGPS) has been suggested in the past, but is even more expensive, £52.95. Incredible.

     

    I'm a supporter of FOSS and free software generally, both as a creator and user - so don't view this as just somebody being tight.

     

    I paid for GSAK and use it all the time, and consider it a great value.

     

    However, if you want to look for other similar software titles, several are listed here.

     

    One of my favorites is MGM.

  4. A discrepancy of 30' is not unusual and can be caused by several factors including different satellite constellations between the two readings. If I were you , I would use the waypoint averaging function on the Montana. Let it run until it shows a high confidence level (95% to 100%), then save and trust the averaged waypoint coordinates. If you want to increase the accuracy further, go back and re-average on a different day.

     

    Exactly.

     

    Return to the same location on multiple days, at different times of the day, and re-average the same waypoint each time, with the waypoint averaging application.

     

    I would believe the Montana reported GPS position to be more accurate than a nuvi.

  5. I heard from little green men that the new Oregons aren't a patch on their Interplanetary Four Dimensional Predictive Positioning Systems.

     

    But when I asked them about how many Geocaches they can store in their units they blinked, blushed and confessed they couldn't even wedge one stinkin' waypoint into them.

     

    We'll get them when we get them.

     

    Are you a writer by trade, or did you just stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night?

  6. A BIG THANK YOU TO THE TEAM FOR SOLVING THE MYSTERY. The only thing that is puzzleing is Garmin support did not even mention such a thing.

     

    Please--what was the problem and what was the solution? In case I have the same issue on mine.

     

    Also, what is the Main Menu Drawer? How do you see that it is open? And what does that mean?

     

    Sorry for all the dumb questions--I'm new to the Montana and still learning about its features.

     

    Nancy, try looking here for information about what a Main Menu Drawer is :)

  7. Why couldn't Garmin make "Show on Map" the "Default" instead of being "hidden" as now?

     

    Uh.....

     

    The reason it can not be done is because each GPS has a unique limit to the number of tracks it can actively index and display on the map screen. If the user loads more tracks into the device than can be indexed, how is the device to determine which tracks to 'show on map' and which to ignore?

     

    Ultimately, these decisions must be left to the user, and manually adjusted.

  8. Seems like someone asks this question at least once a week.

     

    The short answer is no, you have to manually set each track to show on map.

     

    My apologies, I did perform a search and no direct answer could be seen, thanks for the response. Perhaps they will build that feature into future GPSr's or data manipulation programs such as MapSource or BaseCamp.

     

    No apology necessary. Just seems this is a popular question as of late.

     

    The reason it can not be done is because each GPS has a unique limit to the number of tracks it can actively index and display on the map screen. If the user loads more tracks into the device than can be indexed, how is the device to determine which tracks to 'show on map' and which to ignore?

     

    Ultimately, these decisions must be left to the user, and manually adjusted.

  9. The version of Basecamp is the latest edition from Garmin's website as of today.

     

    I figured it out, for some reason, the Nevada Topo map won't work when the city navigator map is activated. Weird.

     

    Each map has a 'draw order', and generally, City Navigator is set to draw on top of most other maps, except transparent maps, which are set to draw on top of all other maps.

     

    I just checked and GPSFileDepot has no transparent topo maps for Nevada. :(

  10. I have never used pocket queries. Is there a good site you can recommend or an FAQ?

     

    Thanks for the battery life info. I am not sure how other devices can go for months without battery charges when this thing seems to eat batteries too. :)

     

    Get yourself some nice rechargeable eneloops, or Duracells, as shown here (I use both).

     

    As for Pocket Queries, try this link.

  11. I usually around 300 on the device. I add them all individually with gpx files. I have never used pocket queries.

     

    If you are loading 300 individual GPX file on your Dakota, they are not all being indexed. The limit is 200, after that the Dakota just ignores the rest.

  12. Well, I figured it out........... : )

     

    You have to bundle the maps at the same time. They both show up on the device now, and both are enabled, but the Nevada Topo isn't actually working for some reason? Oh well, I just really need the AZ right now anyway. SHHEEEEESSEEE!!! : )

     

    What happens is each map is saved with the same file name, and you likely are overwriting the first map each time with the second.

     

    Newer versions of BaseCamp/MapInstall have resolved this issue. What versions are you using?

     

    Look here for a step by step tutorial.

  13. I can not at liberty to disclose any specific information yet, but I want to warn those thinking about buying any other GPS for geocaching, you really might want to wait until after you see an Oregon 6xx in action, and then make your decision. Just sayin'.

     

    what about those who already pre-ordered 600 for geocaching ? Are we in good shape then ? :laughing:

     

    I can not tell you how much you will like it, or not. But I can tell you I am very impressed.

  14. I can not at liberty to disclose any specific information yet, but I want to warn those thinking about buying any other GPS for geocaching, you really might want to wait until after you see an Oregon 6xx in action, and then make your decision. Just sayin'.

  15. Did anyone have trouble updating their software on the eXplorist GC? I just bought one and when I try to install the software update from the preinstalled v. 1.0.1085.145 to the latest I keep getting an error that says: “The product identifier of the uniteXplorist is not compatible with this upgrade.” I definitely have the GC and otherwise don't have a clue what this means.

     

    I imagine the problem is simply due to my inexperience but have no clue how to proceed. I found nothing on their FAQs to help.

     

    was all excited about playing with my new toy later today... :(

     

    ~M

     

    I doubt it is you.

     

    Sounds like Magellan is outsourcing some work to Garmin software engineers :)

     

    Contact Magellan Support yet?

     

    Thanks for the response!

     

    I did shoot Magellan an email since I couldn't find anything on their site about it. Haven't heard back yet (it was only 1.5hr ago) but when I tried searching on Google found this thread and thought I'd give it a shot. Will post anything I find out here in case it comes up for someone else in the future.

     

    Here is a more direct contact, may get you quicker response:

     

    Jeff Caulfield

    National Product Trainer/Brand Advocate

    Magellan Outdoor GPS

    801-816-5774

    jcaulfield@magellangps.com

  16. Did anyone have trouble updating their software on the eXplorist GC? I just bought one and when I try to install the software update from the preinstalled v. 1.0.1085.145 to the latest I keep getting an error that says: “The product identifier of the uniteXplorist is not compatible with this upgrade.” I definitely have the GC and otherwise don't have a clue what this means.

     

    I imagine the problem is simply due to my inexperience but have no clue how to proceed. I found nothing on their FAQs to help.

     

    was all excited about playing with my new toy later today... :(

     

    ~M

     

    I doubt it is you.

     

    Sounds like Magellan is outsourcing some work to Garmin software engineers :)

     

    Contact Magellan Support yet?

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