Grasscatcher Posted August 14, 2007 Share Posted August 14, 2007 I surely don't intend to come across as "holier than thou", but for the life of me I can't understand why there is so much confusion, and so many "perceived" problems with the electronic compass on the S models of Garmin GPSrs. A compass is a tool that works by determining which way is North. ....PERIOD! It does not know about or even care what a "cache" is. It does not know what coordinates are, so it absolutely CANNOT help you find a set of "them". The compass will NOT point to a cache location. unless that cache just happens to be due North of your current location. On the S models, Garmin didn't help much by having only a 2 axis compass. It has to be held level to work properly. I would like for any one to explain to me how to do both of the following things at the same time. How can you hold the GPSr level in order for the compass to work properly , and at the same time, hold the GPSr near vertical for the GPSr to work properly to direct you to the set of coordinates for a cache? You think you're confused? Think about the compass, it's trying to determine which way is North and you are holding the unit vertically where it cannot work! What is confusing to many folks is the "Pointer". That is NOT, I repeat NOT, THE COMPASS. (even though it is displayed on the "Compass" page). (I personally set my unit to for the pointer to display "Bearing"). In the forums, I've even seen people with "Non S" models, describe "compass pointing problems".......when they don't even have a compass on their unit! When you do a "Go To" to a set of coordinates, once you start moving, the bearing pointer will point toward that point described by those coordinates. The bearing pointer does not care which way is N,S,E or W. It only cares about where the GO To point is in relation to your present location and direction of movement. Here's how to stop all the confusion and "problems".......ONLY Use the Compass exactly like you would use a manual/magnetic compass. That is, standing still and held level, then turn the Compass OFF. Then with the GPSR held upright , use the Bearing Pointer to direct you to the coordinates location. Yes, I know that you are supposed to be able to define the speed and time at which the unit switches from compass to GPSr , but there is still an interference. Try it as described above and the problems will go away. Quote Link to comment
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