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    Posted: Sep. 20 2004,11:11 am QUOTE

Dear Navicache Forum Users,

For a High School Engineering course, my engineering group and I need to conduct a quick survey about GPS to continue the development process in our project. We would highly appreciate if you would take the time to answer these 5 questions allotting us the data we need in order too continue on the project. You can either post on these forums or email me at chester_zeros87@hotmail.com We would like too thank anyone willing to participate and tell you that any information you can provide will be put too good use.

-Steve

1. How or where do you carry your GPS unit when geocaching or during other related activities such as backpacking or hiking?

2. When carrying the GPS unit in the manner above described, is it found to be uncomfortable or an inconvenience? If yes, how so?

3. How is the reception of the GPS unit when carried this way?

4. Do you use Waypoints? If so is it difficult or inconvenient to use or enter waypoints, when carrying the GPS unit this way?

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?

Thank you for your time.
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    Posted: Sep. 20 2004,3:53 pm QUOTE

ANSWERS:

1 - I always use my GPS to enter and locate coordinates of a hidden Geocache. Once the compass needle and distance show I am within about 15 feet I put it away and start my search via looking around.

2 - No...actually most hand helds are very small and quite easy to carry and use. They tend to fit in most shirt pockets or around a wrist using a strap. several people also use a carry case strapped to the belt. You can also in many instances use a cell phone case.

3 - Reception is always a factor. It is more-so determined on the type of GPS you are using than it is the way you are holding it though this is also important. I use a GPS with a Quad antenna over the patch type antennas. My unit as well as most have the antenna built into the top or nose of the GPS and for this reason I carry it facing the antenna upwards.

4 - simply mark any location you happen to be standing and either name it while it sits in the edit mode or edit the coordinate you wish to go to. You can also navigate to the waypoint page and use this feature but I fond the mark way the simplest.

5 - The best reception on any GPSR is found in the clear of the sky. If you tend to walk under heavy tree cover you will lose reception quite quickly. Thus I hold mine with the antenna facing the sky and keep an eye on the sattelite reception page to make sure I am not drifting out of coverage. Valley areas and tree's seem to be the villains for reception problems.


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    Posted: Sep. 20 2004,6:41 pm QUOTE

1. I carry my GPSr in my hands.

2. It's inconvenient, because I have other things to carry or to pick up or to push out the way or to hold on to to keep from falling.

3. You get the best reception holding the GPSr out in the open.

4. I set a waypoint at the car, at the trailhead, and for the destination. It's easy to use the GPSr when you are carrying it in your hands.

5. To get the best reception, I carry the GPSr in my hands. It would be more comfortable in a pocket, but reception is bad.


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    Posted: Sep. 20 2004,7:40 pm QUOTE

1. Generally carry the GPS untill within 15-20 feet of coordinates, then hang from belt.

2. In most cases no unless trying to go through thich brush

3. rarely have problem with reception and if I do generally stop and hold GPS out away from body.

4. When geocaching about the only waypoint I may set is at the car

5. lying flat on its back to follow the compass can sometimes affect reception, When this happens holding in an upright position iseems to help.


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    Posted: Sep. 22 2004,10:57 am QUOTE

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?


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    Posted: Oct. 03 2004,3:29 am QUOTE

oh man, I forgot the questions.

1.  If not in my hands, I carry my GPS in a pocket on the back of my backpack.  it fits in there snug and seems to get decent reception while biking or hiking.

oh the questions are below...
2.  nope, that pocket works well, and the GPSr does not bother me at all.  to look at it, I must just reach and pull it out then return.  no sweat.

3 reception apparently good.  but my GPSr is from 1992.

4. I guess I use waypoints.  easy to enter,  

5. to get best reception, I might hold it out and high, or just set down then go do some exploring while it found itself.  The trees and terrain are troublesome where I go, often.  Have no manual for this ancient GPSr.
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