markusby Posted April 2, 2002 Share Posted April 2, 2002 I got my Navitrak today and have played around with it... I thought I would shate my initial impressions with you. I got the box - it was much smaller than I had thought. In it was the software, some topo maps of my area and a case containing the unit. THe case the unit comes in is super trick - similar to the military cases that held our AN/PVS7B night vision goggles in the fact that it is waterproof and airtight - there is even a purge valve for chenges in atmosphere. I installed the software on my computer, put the topo maps on the MMC card, stuck the card in my GPS and went outside to test it out... I got outside and held down the power button, looked inside and it came to live. I saw the map in the topo display, but I didn't see the position change. I watched the coords and they never changed once. I was thinking, man, this thing is broken. But then I realized it had gotten a cold fix from the time I turned it on to the time I opened the viewfinder and looked inside. Needless to say, I was pretty amazed. The viewfinder is bright and clear, but I think a thicker rubber boot would ne a bit nicer. Not to complain, though. The topo map is wonderful - I can't say that I've seen a GPS that is more accurate, including my Globalnav 6000 handheld chartplotter. I put a golfball on the ground, marked the position and came back to the spot every time within one meter. I have not turned the WAAS off to see the difference, but I'll probably never do that, anyway. The compass is awesome, too. You can hold it at a 45 degree angle and it still provides an accurate bearing. Also, when the compass is on, it projects a bearing line in the end of the viewfinder in the direction it is facing. Very cool. Loading the maps is a painless operation, though they include two programs - one for loading the maps to the card and one for actually managing data, like waypoints, tracks, routs and trails. I would like them to incorporate these items together into one package. Selecting and marking waypoints is very easy, as is all of the other navigation features. The menus are intuative and easy to use, as are the two buttons and "arrow key" type button on top of the unit. It's my guess that the unit averages the location because when standing still, my position never moved. The topo maps are awesome and provide very good detail; it's like looking at something from Topo zone in 1:24000 scale. Awesome! As an initial impresstion, I am very impressed with this unit. The fit and finish is outstanding, even though I hate yellow (I would rather have black and OD green). It holds nicely in your hands and feels very durable when squeezing tightly it in your hands. I'll have some photos, screenshots and more of an in-depth review on my site soon. Mark Dougan firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.geonavigation.com [This message was edited by markusby on April 13, 2002 at 07:29 AM.] Quote Link to comment
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