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  1. quote: WAAS and DGPS have no capability in communicating back with any of the satellites. That description could mean one of many things but one could assume it had something to do with the sequence of signal generated internally in the receiver that is similar to and matched against the incoming signal, which allows the receiver to determine time and hence the pseudo-ranges. I know the UNIT does not have that ability, but from what I have read the WAAS base stations DO have the ability to transmit to the satellite. Does anyone have any articles to back this up? -- SpongeRob rwmech@keenpeople.com www.keenpeople.com WPWU826 Cache'n Retrievers
  2. I have just completed my second tutorial on custom Garmin Maps. This is a followup to the popular first one. This illustrates how to use USGS maps to create custom maps that you can download into your garmin GPS unit. The article is located here http://www.keenpeople.com/index.php?option=news&task=viewarticle&sid=18 -- SpongeRob rwmech@keenpeople.com www.keenpeople.com WPWU826 Cache'n Retrievers
  3. I received my units from garmin yesterday and the repair order had listed on it "ajusted GPS signal drift". Curious about what there was to adjust I went out to the web to do a search. The only entry I could find was where the WAAS and DGPS send messages back to the satalites to correct signal drift by adjusting the clock on the offending satellite. That made sense. So my question is, what did garmin adjust? - Rob -- SpongeRob rwmech@keenpeople.com www.keenpeople.com WPWU826 Cache'n Retrievers
  4. Well I had to send my 2 units in to garmin last week and they both just came back today. 1 was in warantee the other well, let's just say that I said I "Purchased" them around the same time. Which was true however the second unit (in good working condition at the time) was purchased used so I didn know when the warantee was from. First, I called garmin and told them I think their rubber band is a major manufacturing defect. I was told by the rep that they don't see them come back again after they fix the problem. CyBret says his has come off "again". Now If/when mine ever comes off again I'm going to INSIST that garmin replace it because it is a defect in their design. I strongly reccommend that anyone presses the issue with supervisors on out of warantee units and insist the replace it. I was able to call them up and with a minimal amount of complaining have 2 units comlpletely repaired at garmin's expense. I love my eTrex legend but I dislike the problems I had with it. I also put together a list of the frequent eTrex issues which you can feel free to sight when you call about your Garmin unit. People shouldnt have to pay for faulty designs. List of Known Garmin eTrex Issues -- SpongeRob rwmech@keenpeople.com www.keenpeople.com WPWU826 Cache'n Retrievers
  5. Anyone have a link to this said "case" on the website I couldnt find it. -- SpongeRob rwmech@keenpeople.com www.keenpeople.com WPWU826 Cache'n Retrievers
  6. ChevyFam, There is a lot of information on maps and garmin maps on www.keenpeople.com . We are constantly getting new information, downloads etc on maps. We also have a tutorial on how to create a custom map for mapsource. It's not paper maps but could help you in your search for more info. There is also a GPX to PCX5 converter software for getting waypoints from geocaching.com and EASY GPS into mapsource. Hope this helps. -- SpongeRob rwmech@keenpeople.com www.keenpeople.com WPWU826 Cache'n Retrievers
  7. Two articles that may be of intrest... Upgrading the Garmin V memory Known Etrex issues which has a blurb on there about how to take apart an etrex. -- SpongeRob rwmech@keenpeople.com www.keenpeople.com WPWU826 Cache'n Retrievers
  8. There are some patches from garmin I'm aware of. Check out this FAQ -- SpongeRob rwmech@keenpeople.com www.keenpeople.com WPWU826 Cache'n Retrievers
  9. Not sure I agree. Was just at clingmans dome in TN and at the top of the observation tower I was reading 6700 feet. That's real close considering the elevation tower was a good 40 feet up. I think you just need to wait for a good lock. I had a whole article on Clingmans Dome on my website. - Rob -- SpongeRob rwmech@keenpeople.com www.keenpeople.com WPWU826 Cache'n Retrievers
  10. I'm currently developing a Garmin Product ID Registry for those that create custom maps for Garmin units. Below is a brief explanation. Input can be posted on www.keenpeople.com in the forums. The product ID registry will be a database available on a first come first server basis. Users will be able to register their website and obtain a "Product ID" for use in the registry of the Mapsource product. This is unofficial and not approved by Garmin. The purpose of this registry is for those that create custom maps for Garmin Units to be able to have a unique product ID and not conflict with other 3rd party map creations. Currently this will be hosted on www.keenpeople.com under the GPS & Cartography section. Development is already underway and the following is currently proposed for for the database schema. Comments on this will be accepted during it's development cycle. To post your comments and read more about this visit the following URL. http://www.keenpeople.com/index.php?option=com_minibb&action=vthread&forum=3&topic=6 -- SpongeRob rwmech@keenpeople.com www.keenpeople.com WPWU826 Cache'n Retrievers
  11. I put together an eTrex issue faq seeing as I had 3 different problems with my etrex alone. Others that have had issues not on my faq are welcome to submit them with any solutions they have found. The faq can be found at www.keenpeople.com -- SpongeRob rwmech@keenpeople.com www.keenpeople.com WPWU826 Cache'n Retrievers
  12. I just expressed mailed my 2 legend units to garmin for screen scramble, unresponsive buttons and rubberband problems. One unit is in waranantee and when I played dumb and said they were bought abount a month from eachtother they said no problem and RMA'd them both. So hopefully when they both return repaired I can say good things about garmin for a change -- SpongeRob rwmech@keenpeople.com www.keenpeople.com WPWU826 Cache'n Retrievers
  13. All depends on what youre looking for. It's a patch antenna which some say is not as good as the quad helix. GPSInformation.net shows pros/cons for each one. I have a legend and it works fine. I use it for the car and Geocaching. Sometimes it does loose lock however I've also been inside hotels and been able to get a lock. From what I've read in the threads there are many things that impact the signal. GPSInformation.net has a lot of good information. You can also go to my links page and find all sorts of links including information on how to build some external antennas for the legend should the need arise. I've not really needed to build one but YMMV. Hope this was helpful... -- SpongeRob rwmech@keenpeople.com www.keenpeople.com WPWU826 Cache'n Retrievers
  14. I investigated this myself. I never did get around to buying anything to increase the reception. There is a commercial product available at http://www.freshtracksmaps.com/antenna-vortech.htm which is really meant for a car. I have no idea on it's success.. Should you have an inclination to build one there is is a example Here -- SpongeRob rwmech@keenpeople.com www.keenpeople.com WPWU826 Cache'n Retrievers
  15. That's Actually not a bad idea. You could certainly create a carbide based device that uses no gunpowder. Carbide Cannons are very loud and a PVC version is as well. Would only need a battery some water and the carbide to make a big bang. Question is would it scare off a bear? -- SpongeRob rwmech@keenpeople.com www.keenpeople.com WPWU826 Cache'n Retrievers
  16. I just located Bear.ORG which seems to realy have a lot of good information on Black and Brown bears. -- SpongeRob rwmech@keenpeople.com www.keenpeople.com WPWU826 Cache'n Retrievers
  17. David, if you can you might want to upload a version to www.keenpeople.com as we have an extensive list of Geocaching/GPS software for users. We're always adding new titles and monitor the forums for them. -- SpongeRob rwmech@keenpeople.com www.keenpeople.com WPWU826 Cache'n Retrievers
  18. Well last I looked it's 73% to 27%. Just when does the poll end and justice served? Honestly I get tired of all the geocaching.com politics. The hypocrisy never seems to end. Youre supposed to be hunting down a cache. Go find a cache and get over it. -- SpongeRob rwmech@keenpeople.com www.keenpeople.com WPWU826 Cache'n Retrievers
  19. There's a good article on my website as well. Gives the "bare" necessities. What to put in your backpack. -- SpongeRob rwmech@keenpeople.com www.keenpeople.com WPWU826 Cache'n Retrievers
  20. Well My legend has been on over 120 caches now and I too am having problems. In fact after next week when I return from TN it's going back to garmin for warantee repair. I love the unit and I'm at about the 6 month mark and the rubberband is starting to go. The display is also acting flaky which a light slam corrects (something loose obviously). I have 2 legends and they both have problems. The second unit (out of warantee) has the same rubberband problem and the click stick requires a thousand pounds of pressure to click "OK" on it. The directions seem to be fine. Overall I'm going to really gripe at garmin when I call them and see if they will do both untis under warantee since I can easily point out that there must be some serious manufacturing problems to have similar problems on both units. -- SpongeRob rwmech@keenpeople.com www.keenpeople.com WPWU826 Cache'n Retrievers
  21. George that's great. I will also go out there and check that out. When I talked to John Duerr and got approval for Kane county I thanked him profusely however it always helps to have others chime in. Thanks A Ton George! -- SpongeRob rwmech@keenpeople.com www.keenpeople.com WPWU826 Cache'n Retrievers
  22. I have 2 legends myself. Both work awesome. value and function was really the main point of the Legend. As far as the inside of the car bit, I have seen MANY threads on here about people who have different cars have different results. Some have antennas in the windsheild which affect results. Personally I get much better Reception on my Caravan than I do my Lumina Van. -- SpongeRob rwmech@keenpeople.com www.keenpeople.com WPWU826 Cache'n Retrievers
  23. Easy GPS is good and unless your Vista has Map support there's really no need for the garmin software at all. You can find a list of many different software packages (other than Easy GPS) on my website at www.keenpeople.com. I try to add as many as I can when I run across them. -- SpongeRob rwmech@keenpeople.com www.keenpeople.com WPWU826 Cache'n Retrievers
  24. I know my Legend took the cold to about -10 outside. After that the LCD started to not be as bright and the batteries didnt last as long. I would think for snomobiling it should be fine. -- SpongeRob rwmech@keenpeople.com www.keenpeople.com WPWU826 Cache'n Retrievers
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