Joined: April 2004
||Posted: May 03 2004,8:22 pm
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,
Since the Legend has the higher resolution screen, I decided to go for it and hope that reception would not be a problem.
|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.|
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.
no signal loss here