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Guest Paul Lamble

What in the world do we call these devices that lead us around so much? What is the common name?

 

Is GPS a good name for the hand-held device itself? Do you commonly refer to it as something else? (Something polite, I hope.)

 

I'm writing an article about them and the sport, and I'm limited on word count, so I need some shorthand to use since I reference the device so much.

 

Thanks for any help you can give.

 

Paul Lamble

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Guest makaio

John beat me to it, but that's exactly how they should be referred to, as that is all they do - receive signals from GPS satellites. You might call them 'handheld receivers' to emphasize the fact that they are mobile units versus those which are mounted in vehicle (cars,boats, etc.)dashboards, etc.

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Guest Snowtrail

I've told people about GPS systems, which is a little redundant. Doesn't really matter, most of the people I talk to have no idea even when I say the long name - and I still have to explain what it is and what it does.

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Guest dustystar

You are way to technical! Since my etrex is yellow and it generally shows me how far a location is in a straight line or "as the crow flies", I call it the "Yellow Crow".

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Guest bunkerdave

I have long referred to my Magellan MAP 330 as "My Little Green Buddy." It's an "LGB." Not to be confused with LGM's. I have occasionaly used the term "Gipper" or "Gips" but not as often.

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Guest Cache-potato

quote:
Originally posted by bunkerdave:

It's an "LGB." Not to be confused with LGM's. .


 

I have heard reports of LGM's using LGB's. However, I refer to mine as "THE WAY".

 

TO INFINITY AND BEYOND!! icon_biggrin.gif

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Guest Cache-potato

quote:
Originally posted by bunkerdave:

It's an "LGB." Not to be confused with LGM's. .


 

I have heard reports of LGM's using LGB's. However, I refer to mine as "THE WAY".

 

TO INFINITY AND BEYOND!! icon_biggrin.gif

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Guest PharoaH

Yes, we understand it should be referred to as a GPS Receiver. However, it is just plain easier to call it a GPS. While the nickname GPS may be a misnomer, it is something that new people will "pick up" and recognize because its easier to say than Handheld GPS Receiver. just my .02

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Guest geckoguy

I have a GeoDiscovery Geode GPS Module for my Handspring Visor Platinum. I would call it the Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy, v 1.0, but I'm lazy. I call it my Geode or my GPS. Geckogirl calls it my Geo-thingy.

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