Forum: Garmin GPS
Topic: HELP - Etrex
started by: Dyverdown

Posted by Dyverdown on Nov. 18 2003,8:42 pm
I currently own a Magellan Meridian Platinum and my father in law is interested in getting involved in Geocaching.  He was looking at the Garmin Etrex (the Yellow one) and I was wondering two things; 1) can you upload waypoint to the unit from a computer and if so through what software and, 2) could anyone tell me of their experience with this unit Geocaching (ie: would you recommend it or something else?)

Thanks in advance,

DyverDown

Posted by Quinn on Nov. 18 2003,10:05 pm
save yourself some time and just get the Meridian green. it's a few dollars more but you can do so much more with the unit and it's much more receptive.

The Etrex is small and fits well in the pocket, but it really is a basic for a reason. Look around first and then go with what you learn.

Posted by team_tar on Nov. 19 2003,5:59 am
Yes it can transfer wp,tracks and routes from/to the computer.
Very small, very basic, of course not mapping. Unsuitable for driving (button position,
need to be held horizontal...).
I used one for a year, then upgraded to a Legend. Never felt any problem with its reception,
and I don't live in the middle of the desert ;) (nor in the Amazonas Jungle, of course).
A lot of people uses the eTrex line: they are small, light, more or less cheap (depends on the model),
and do their work perfectly well.
If your father in law for the moment wants to "try out" how geocaching is the yellow is surely a good option.
In my experience people tipically upgrade from the yellow to  something more advanced
when they get truly involved in geocaching or any other GPS application, but while you don't know
how much you will like it is better to stay on the cheap side, with the yellow or
any other option of course: it's also easy to find used GPS...

Posted by PC Medic on Nov. 19 2003,8:14 am
While I prefer the Magellan (features, button placement, screen contrast, maps) over the Etrex (Yellow), it is possible to use the Etrex for geocaching. My first unit for geocaching was an Etrex and while in 'almost' all cases it was good, in some dense tree cover (I am in S.E. Virgina) I would sometimes have trouble with satelite lock. I also am in an area with a lot of swamp land and mapping (Topo) is a definate plus and something the Etrex did not offer. Nothing worse than trekking a mile into the woods to come acroos some swamp that you had to backtrack to get around.

I say spend the extra few dollars on the Mag.

Posted by welch on Nov. 19 2003,1:05 pm
1) can you upload waypoint to the unit from a computer and if so through what software and, 2) could anyone tell me of their experience with this unit Geocaching (ie: would you recommend it or something else?)

Yes, I use easyGPS but there probably other programs...

Its a very small compact unit, (which I like). And yes I would recommend it for someone that a good cheap unit to geocache with. However, if you check around you may be able to get a better unit (like one with mapping) for not that much more, but the yellow it is good enough if you don't want any 'frills'. :thumbs-up



Posted by MOCache on Nov. 27 2003,9:06 pm
Just as an aside, I saw locally that the Target stores have the yellow Etrex on sale for $79 tomorrow and Saturday... then again, as they say, for a few dollars more, you might prefer a unit that provides mapping. Check out eBay as well..
Posted by DustyJacket on Nov. 28 2003,3:49 pm
I believe the Extex Yellow does not come with a PC-to-GPS data cable. You'll have to buy it extra.  Other Etrex model come with the cable.

You may want to evaluate your total cost befor ebuying one.

Posted by Snipe33 on Dec. 27 2003,1:52 pm
I started out on a Garmin Geko 101 for geocaching and that got the job done and no problems with sat-locks except when I was in deep ravines.
I upgraded to the Garmin Etrex Legend and love it. I haven't had many problems with signals...just an occasional signal loss.
I'd definately get something with maps if you're going to buy a new one.

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