+Firefishe Posted May 17, 2002 Share Posted May 17, 2002 Greetings, All. Firefishe, outta Michigan. A couple of questions on the new, just-out-in-April, GPSmap 76S. 1. Does the current firmware for this unit have the Geocaching icon? 2. Does the unit have averaging. 3. Is this a good unit for geocaching? I saw this report at Joe Mehaffey's site (Relevant paragraph 3/4 of the way down the page under the heading "Geocache": GPSmap 76S Review ala Mehaffey I'd like some input from real-life users of the GPSmap 76S, how one may have a personal technique/workaround for the polarization-of-antenna/built-in-compass matter mentioned in the review. I am a bit skeptical of Mehaffey's review when he says that the GPSmap 76 has 2 to 3 times more position errors when held upright. Isn't this how this unit and the rest of the GPS 76x line is supposed to be held? Or is this just relative to using the built-in compass and/or pointer (either singularly or in combination) when going to a cache? If the GPSmap 76S can pick up satellites like the GPSmap 76 that I just held today at my local Boater's World store--through a wooden roof with 3D 4, 5, and 6 satellite lock within 5 minutes--and less when the info. was already in the unit and I turned it off, then back on again--I can't help but wonder why it wouldn't be excellent for geocaching, regardless of this particular review. Thank you for you assistance. Firefishe Addendum: For comparison--as I've been considering the eTrex Vista--I held a Legend (no Vista in the store, but I figured as it had the same engine, it would probably be similar) and it didn't get *any satellite lock* at all, and through the same wooden roof! To me, this is telling, but I'm still desiring opinions. --<*[[[[>< Note to those who wonder why I post so much and don't get out geocaching as much as I'd like to: NO money to buy GPSr! I'm working on this problem, possibly with a grant to start a not-for-profit group locally that would use geocaching as a means to introduce young people to the outdoors, treasure hunting, map and compass work, etc. Wish me luck, please. So, if I can't 'cache, then I'll post, inquire, and seek technical information, reviews, opinions, etc. Kind of like the person who--when wanting to be a helicopter pilot in the army and is told he does not qualify, gets a position on the crew as a observer-technician, so he can still be near what he loves. I hope this example satisfies those who have been somewhat critical of me recently (you know who you are --and I hold no grudges...life is too short. 'Cache on!) [This message was edited by Firefishe on May 17, 2002 at 11:26 PM.] Quote Link to comment
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