Joined: Jan. 2004
||Posted: Jan. 06 2004,4:12 pm
|Quote (team_tar @ Nov. 14 2003,2:07 pm)|
|This is a sort of everlasting debate. To my knowledge, is definitively true that quad helix are somewhat |
more sensitive. This may depend on the antenna type, or on the "equivalent area" of it: a HUGE patch
would be surely more sensitive than a small quad helix... but, shortly, it's almost sure that eTrexes are
somewhat less sensitive in dense cover than their quad helix competitors, Magellan sportrack/meridian,
Garmin GPS III / V...
The debate is wether this difference is significant or not, practically. This forum seems to me to be
rather "Magellan oriented", conversely on GC.com (when the forum will rise again from its ashes :rock: ...
my impression is that the Garmin fans (or users), mainly eTrex users, are the majority.
They seem to place and find caches without major problems, so...
I always used eTrex (the "yellow submarine", and now since a month a Legend). In my "type" of woods (timber forests in the Alps, northern Italy) it always worked
well. Signal loss happened but only in sporadic cases. It never became an issue. Never
had the impression that I couldn't trust the "yellow submarine". Would a Helix perform better
in the same situation? Likely. SIGNIFICANTLY better? I never had significant problems, so would be
tempted to say no, at least for me.
I would say: consider the "antenna factor" in the purchase, but together with many others.
Don't think that a patch would be a MAJOR shortcoming...
The eTrex Legend/Vista are powerful GPS units.
All are very good points..... I think the final decision is how you will be using the unit. Me, I cant stand the little buttons on the side of the e-trex units. I like the buttons on the front where I can see them and push them while traveling in my boat, or car, or even walking. I've used and owned Garmin, and now I own and use Magellan. I think the quad antenna is better in dense forests like I enjoy in northern Michigan, so I got a Magellan Gold, than way I can put a SD chip in it and download all kinds of maps....wow, is it ever slick!
If God is your Co-Pilot, change seats!