Joined: April 2002
||Posted: Sep. 22 2004,10:57 am
How or where do you carry your GPS unit when geocaching or during other related activities such as backpacking or hiking?
1. Short distances in my hand held away from the body. Slightly longer maybe in a pocket, but only in areas I am likely to get another lock 'easily'. Longer distances, I usually clip it only my fannypak thing or backpack (whatever I happen to be using at the time depending on estimated distance).
2. When carrying the GPS unit in the manner above described, is it found to be uncomfortable or an inconvenience? If yes, how so?
It would be uncomfortable to carry it in either hand for miles and miles, but I can almost always put in a pocket. Or as I said clip it to something.... doing so makes it more convenient, being hands free
3. How is the reception of the GPS unit when carried this way?
Generally the more of the sky that is 'hidden' from the antenna the worse the reception.
Handheld, good. Clipped to something, ok, on the gpsV I can rotate the antenna so it still receives well compareded something that can't be rotated.
Pocket, usually poor, close to or beyond losing reception. But very helpfull when wanting to hide the gps from people passing by (urban caches?).
4. Do you use Waypoints? If so is it difficult or inconvenient to use or enter waypoints, when carrying the GPS unit this way?
Um? Well the cache is set as a waypoint. Might mark the car if going aways. I usually don't build a route for a cache.... might use autorouting in getting close, does that count?
5. When trying to get the best possible reception how do you hold the GPS unit? Where would you carry it based on how comfortable it is only, without regard to reception?
Hand held, at arms length so my body is not blocking so much, with the antenna orientated as specificed in the manuel. Strapped to my arm?