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DENelson83

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  1. I definitely agree with that notion.
  2. All you need to do is push the "find" button and pick a point to navigate to -- just one point -- and then choose the "follow roads" navigation option. Then it will tell you where to turn in the guidance text. If you're using a route you picked out yourself, it will just say "approaching via point", but in the turn preview page, you get a graphic display of the turn you need to make.
  3. I've found two caches after 7 DNF's for each one of them.
  4. Maybe your electronic compass is on when you don't want it on? Hold down PAGE to toggle it on/off.
  5. I'm not sure if this kind of thing has been considered here yet, but if you always want to know the characteristics of a geocache you're searching for, without having to fumble with programs that help you out with this, I suggest encoding the properties of the cache right in the ID of the waypoint on your GPS receiver. I came up with a system that allows one to do just that. Note that this only works if your GPS receiver can handle waypoint IDs of up to twelve characters. After the proper GC***** waypoint ID, add a space and then a four-character string that encodes the cache properties. The first character encodes the cache type: T = Traditional M = Multi-stage P = Mystery/puzzle H = Letterbox hybrid (letter chosen so as not to conflict with L for large size) E = Event C = CITO Second character is the cache size: U = Micro (letter chosen so as not to conflict with M for multi) S = Small R = Regular L = Large O = Other N = Not listed Third character is the difficulty rating: 0 = Unknown 1 = 1/5 2 = 1.5/5 3 = 2/5 4 = 2.5/5 5 = 3/5 6 = 3.5/5 7 = 4/5 8 = 4.5/5 9 = 5/5 Last character is the terrain rating, and follows the same scheme as the difficulty rating. So for example, for GC10GW1, "A Criminal Education," the extended waypoint ID would be "GC10GW1 PN41". Whaddaya all think?
  6. You mean "are not locked together", right? To clarify, the compass ring always orients itself with heading up. The compass pointer always points to the destination waypoint.
  7. DENelson83

    eTrex help?

    Page 19: To change the location (latitude/longitude): From the MARK WAYPOINT page, press the [uP] or [DOWN] button to highlight the 'LAT/LON' field, then press [ENTER]. The EDIT LOCATION Page appears. Then follow the directions on screen.
  8. DENelson83

    Garmin 76CSX

    Does that statement imply that you don't know how to get your current latitude and longitude from anywhere but the satellite page? You can get it on any page that shows data fields, like the map page. You just need to show a wide data field.
  9. Did you release the buttons too soon? Try the procedure again, except hold the buttons down for a much longer period. You need to keep holding them down until the entire firmware update has completed.
  10. Are you using new batteries in your Vista, and if not, have you turned up the display contrast?
  11. If you're going to Canada, MetroGuide Canada v4 has more accurate maps than City Navigator North America, and it does auto-routing as well.
  12. You can always try recalibrating the on-board compass.
  13. Why not try contacting Navteq directly and asking them about this problem? The mapping data for MetroGuide Canada comes from DMTI Spatial, based in Markham, ON.
  14. If you're using a GPS on a boat, get one that floats if you accidentally lose it overboard. All versions in the 76 series of Garmin receivers float. By compass, do you mean an electronic fluxgate compass, or just the compass graphic?
  15. I was just curious about how many geocachers own more than one GPS receiver, and what is their reasoning behind it? I'm under the impression that if you purchase more than one GPS, you're really just wasting your money on an extra unit.
  16. Are any online stores with PayPal, such as tigergps.com, offering City Navigator North America 2008 yet?
  17. Are you asking for a 60CSx with a MediaTek receiver chipset rather than SiRFStarIII?
  18. "H" refers to the high-sensitivity GPS receiver circuit, which the GPSMap 60CSx already has.
  19. The electronic compass on my eTrex Vista works just fine after calibration, and it works just fine when the "hold level" message disappears, which I know how to make happen quite well.
  20. How about "sight-o"? That's how I pronounce this acronym.
  21. If you have a radio scanner, you can easily access that recording, known as ATIS, to get your current altimeter setting. The ATIS where I live is on 118.6 MHz.
  22. I posted a comment on an entry in Garmin's official blog asking what kind of high-sensitivity receiver chipset Garmin would use in these new eTrex® units. I am personally hoping that the SiRFstar III chipset will be used, but if this new Mediatek chipset is even better, I might just be sold. My preference would be for the eTrex® Vista HCx, although it says it won't include its own microSD card. edit: According to this page, if the Mediatek chipset Garmin uses here is the MT3, it would be even better than the SiRFstar III chipset, with 32-channel receiving capability instead of 20, but with just one dBm missing from the sensitivity. I'm not exactly sure what that means—I know the fix accuracy won't improve, but it might just allow for an instant fix on a warm start.
  23. And how would I do that with a Garmin eTrex Vista? edit - Never mind. I already just found out that MapSource handles .loc and .gpx files.
  24. When I view the details page for a geocache, such as http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC116GF (one of mine), the coordinates presented to me are in degrees and decimal minutes, as well as UTM coordinates. I primarily use degrees, minutes and decimal seconds during my geocaching adventures, and I'd like to be able to view the coordinates of the caches I'm looking for in that format (DDDMMSS.S). Could you allow individual users to view cache coordinates in their preferred system on geocaching.com's cache details page?
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