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Question: What GPSr do you use? :: Total Votes:38
Poll choices Votes Statistics
Magellan 21  [55.26%]
Garmin 13  [34.21%]
Lowrance 0  [0.00%]
Cobra 0  [0.00%]
Some Blackmarket Russian Military Gadget 1  [2.63%]
Other 3  [7.89%]
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apogee Offline
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    Posted: May 03 2004,8:22 pm QUOTE

I bought my first GPSr about a month ago.  I had the choices narrowed down to a Meridian Gold or an eTrex Legend.  I heard a lot of claims about the superiority of the quad-helix antenna compared to the patch, and that pushed me in the direction of Magellan.  

My nephew is a field geologist who relies heavily on consumer GPSr's as a tool of the trade.  I knew he owned a SportTrak, so I asked him about reception.  He replied,
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It works reasonably well under trees, but the issue is always how to carry it and still have the antenna get reasonable tracking while hiking (i.e. not having it in your hand).  The overall size is a bit smaller than the Gold, but with the same screen I believe.
Since the Legend has the higher resolution screen, I decided to go for it and hope that reception would not be a problem.

My experience has been very good after a 100 hours of use.  Reception turned out not to be an issue at all.  It seems I can get satellite lock anywhere, including inside the house!  [due to re-radiation, no doubt] The only time I lose signal is when the receiver hangs vertically under a tree canopy.  It only takes a few seconds to reacquire, however, so that isn't really a consideration.  

On the other hand, higher screen resolution doesn't equate to better readability.  I have to hold my eTrex next to the steering wheel to read the map and upcoming turn indicator.  I wonder if the Magellan screen might not be better suited for navigation in the car.

I think both companies make fine starter units.  Most of today's models can handle the practical needs of geocaching.


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    Posted: May 04 2004,8:38 am QUOTE

I just got a Lowrance iFinder Pro+.
It acquires a postion faster than anything I've ever seen.
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    Posted: July 24 2004,8:30 pm QUOTE

Just upgraded from my MAP 330 to a Meridian Gold. Got to love the SD Card expandability!! Now to get Direct Route...
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    Posted: Sep. 24 2004,2:01 pm QUOTE

I use a Trimble Flightmate GPSr.  It boots up saying 1992.
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    Posted: Sep. 24 2004,6:46 pm QUOTE

What if the answer is "more than one"?  (e.g. Deluo unit plugged into my laptop or similar while riding around, Garmin portable for "on foot" use until I can afford a Sharp Zaurus...)

The standalone I have is a Garmin, just because it seemed more "hackable" (better chance of being able to find a way to generate my own maps, etc. than Magellan.  Garmin's protocol seems to be a bit better documented and understood).  I considered a Magellan in the same price range (I liked the SD expandability, but if my only option is to "buy" permission to use pre-made maps only, it's of limited use to me...)


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