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  1. I am considering buying this product. I have a question though... I am curious how much memory will be eaten up by covering a particular area. The area in question is in Yellowstone National Park...Basically the area from the western boundary of the park starting at West Yellowstone and south to the southern boundary. Then, the southern boundary going east all the way to the south entrance highway and north on that highway to Yellowstone Lake, using the highway from West Thumb area of the lake over to West Yellowstone as the northern limit. In short, the entire south west region of Yellowstone. How many megs. of data would this area require? Thanks.
  2. This thread is exactly why I have no need or desire for an altimeter. Something else to get anal about, fret about and worry about calibrating, when, in fact it has absolutely no impact on a day of hiking or geocaching! My altitude is what it is...Like I'm going to worry about my actual altitude being 20 ft. different from what the GPS says it is...
  3. Big screen, easy to hold, just as accurate as any, won't do maps, but you don't need them for geocaching anyway. If it's a good deal, grab it! It will get you to the caches just as accurately and quickly as any other receiver out there once you figure it out a bit.
  4. Well, if you are looking for topo maps, you can't get any better. I am not aware of any topo products that will do road "lock on". As far as zoom...You just aren't going to find anything better in commercial products than the 1:24000 maps. You could zoom into a gnats eye, but still not get one bit better detail than the quads. Closer isn't the same as more detail once you below the maximum detail/zoom level. This is just "overzoom" and serves no purpose.
  5. Well, post the address and check back in. We'll see if we can get it for you...
  6. Well, no one can answer that for you. Let me put this to you though. If you had the Legend C, and I had my Foretrex 101, and we both started towards the same cache at the same time, your Legend with onboard maps wouldn't get you there any closer or any quicker than my 101 with my paper maps. It simply comes down to "Do you want maps showing you where you are on a color screen"?
  7. Why do you say the lithiums won't work? That's all I use in my Foretrex when hiking. I'm curious now.
  8. Make sure you are "locked up" with the satellites before you start tracking (actually if you aren't locked, it has nothing to track anyway...)
  9. Yes, the 101 can be interfaced. The cable is an option. I would never buy (or recommend) a receiver that can't be interfaced with a PC. There are really only a few out there that can not be. Tree performance is what you would expect from a patch antenna unit. It has been marginal in really heavy cover at times, but it has never once been an "issue" with me. If I lose signal for a moment or two, it has no effect on my hike or my day...It's an issue that (I think) is way overplayed. Now, if the day comes that Garmin puts SiRF into the 101...Baby it's mine! But until then, I stand by my undying love for this thing.
  10. I have owned the 101 for nearly a year now. I bought it for backpacking. I removed the wrist strap to save an ounce or so and now I just Velcro it to my pack strap. I have no interest whatsoever in topo maps being loaded on the unit. They aren't detailed enough. I always carry a paper map, and a compass. Therefore, I wasn't interested in a mapping unit. I wanted the smallest, lightest unit I could find for backpacking. The Foretrex fills the need perfectly. It performs flawlessly! It has now replaced my pedometer when I walk also. It is not much larger or heavier than a pedometer, yet it is so much more accurate, plus it will keep my weekly mileage totals running for me. For geocaching, it will do anything the "big guys" can do, and do it as accurately. Spending more on a geocaching unit will not enable you to find the caches one bit faster. I have taught GPS navigation clinics now for several years now, and the students are blown away now when they ask (as they always do) "What GPS do you use?" and I bring out that tiny, little Foretrex! Short of auto-routed city navigation, I will put this thing up against any receiver out there, and I have used them all at one time or another...And I mean them all. (O.K...I admit, I have never used any of the high priced surveyor grade units...) Memory, color, internal altimeter, internal compass...They are all fun to play with, but in an "off road" application I would just rather spend my extra money on a new pair of hiking boots or something...
  11. If you are using National Geographic TOPO, then you have the 1:24,000 scale, which is the best available on the consumer level. There are some special purpose maps used by various agencies and businesses that are more detailed, but also ridiculously priced.
  12. I wouldn't put more than $5.00 into that old of an antenna! You can find a brand new external (with warranty) for $20
  13. I don't think I'd worry too much about buying that license...I have been selling gmrs radios for about 7 years now, and to the best of my knowledge, no one I know has ever got that license. The FCC just isn't too worried about handheld 2 watt radios. I'm not advocating breaking the law...I just know that you don't need to worry one little bit about the "radio police" knocking on your door if you do.
  14. Whoa!.....What would an EPIRB do for a pack of Cub Scouts anyway? By time the satellites pick up the signal, the owner is verified, and local S&R resources are notified, you could have saved a lot of time by just making a cell phone call or sending someone out for help. EPIRBs are meant for very remote back country or open ocean life threatening emergency situations that require immediate S&R assistance. It wouldn't save any time at all for a lost scout, and would require that someone (with the EPIRB) stay put for hours, without moving, waiting for S&R to arrive, instead of aiding in the immediate search. Nope...Use this money to buy each scout a simple little etrex and a compass and teach them all how to use them!
  15. Go to this link on Garmin's website and download the manual "Using a Garmin GPS with Paper Land Maps". It has some scale tools you can print and use. My strongest suggestion I can make to you is to abandon lat. long. coordinates for this purpose and learn to use UTM. It is much easier to learn and you will be less prone to mistakes while using it. Using a Garmin with Paper Maps
  16. I used to sell Cobras (along with the Magellan and Garmin I still sell) and I will tell you point blank...THEY ARE JUNK! In seven years of selling and teaching GPS navigation, I have never seen such an inept GPS device being sold to consumers. I say to customers "If I was parachuting into the middle of nowhere, I would be tickled pink to have any GPS with me." That doesn't include Cobras! I would be scared to death if that was my only source of navigation! I am actually embarrassed to think I sold these things to people who trusted my opinion...
  17. Nothing "free" will download onto your GPSR. Sorry.
  18. The first thing to look at (and by far the most common cause of this) is to make sure you are set to the correct datum, which should be WGS-84.
  19. To any consumer model receiver, made by either Garmin or Magellan, on any particular day, at any particular time of day, in the hands of any particular user, there IS no difference between them, that you can offset, control and replicate.
  20. My foretrex 101 has totally replaced my pedometer! Peodmeter accuracy rates are too unpredictable...If my pace/stride length changes, so does my accuracy. I won't even go for a walk without my Foretrex. What's really cool is being able to reset my trip odometer each day after seeing how far my daily walk was, but not clear the overall odometer until the end of the week, so I have my weekly total. Way cool.
  21. Metroguide does not support autorouting on your 60CS. Being as the 60CS is an autorouting unit, you would have "horsepower" available, but not be able to use it with Metroguide. I don't believe there is any difference in the mapping/points of interest between CN and CS, just the square miles of area that are covered by the maps as mentioned above. For sure, go with the CS version, not CN.
  22. They are not the right units for aviation...That's for sure! I hear people say all the time "I wish they would do this, or that or something else", and I reply, "Well, Garmin make one that will do that, but it isn't this model." People who deal with any kinds of coordinates, for any reasons, were never the intended market for the streepilots. Those folks need to look at some other models, or they're just not going to be happy.
  23. You need take into consideration that these units are designed to guide you around a city in your car. They were not designed for geocaching. They are all about putting in addresses, and getting there. Or, asking where the nearest McDonald's is, and getting there. Or getting back to the airport. Garmin figured (and rightly so) why does lat. long coordinates or UTM coordinates matter? The average person who buys a C-330 (or other Streetpilot series) doesn't usually know what lat. long. or UTM even means, let alone what to do with them. They were never intended for "power users". By the way, I have purchased 2 C-330's as gifts for my kids this year, and neither of them would have a clue what to do with coordinates if they did have them available. In the event of needing to know where you are for emergency services, they report there position in address/street format...That's all EMS needs to get to you in an emergency.
  24. Yes, you need to change the coordinate format in your GPSR to degrees, minutes and decimal minutes. You need to dig into your owners manual a little bit to learn your unit better, and then go to www.geocaching.com to understand geocaching a bit better.
  25. Why? I always keep my WAAS turned off anyway...It slows down processor time too much, and makes no difference to the bottom line anyway. If you are flying, or out sailing on the ocean, then WAAS is good. But to us "Land Lubbers", I have proved to myself many times over that it is essentially worthless for day to day GPS use.
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