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Hoges in WA
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      06-20-2011, 02:17 AM
I already have a Garmin 76CSx. It's ok for Geocaching but not great
as it doesn't have paperless capability and I can't put pocket queries
directly onto it. I need it for marine use also so I'm not looking to
get rid of it.
What I need is a second unit for caching. I've looked at the eTrex
but I'm a bit confused/sceptical - the Garmin stuff says they come
with a built in topo basemap that cannot be changed, so you are
supposed to think carefully about where you will use it.
As we are on a long voyage and will be heading south in about 6
months, then over the Atlantic, I don't want to be stuck with a
useless item.
Can anyone suggest a unit that I can buy that will do paperless
caching and can take Citymap or a similar detailed map base? I looked
at the Majellan but may have been looking at the wrong one as the
reviews at the bottom said it was suspected that it was to be
discontinued as it had not had any updates for a while.
I like my 76 but I'm not wedded to Garmin (in fact, I'm not all that
happy with their service after they cancelled my on-line purchase
order for Nth America and didn't tell me until I inquired why I hadn't
received it.)

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      06-20-2011, 02:53 AM
On Jun 20, 10:17*am, Hoges in WA <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
> I already have a Garmin 76CSx. *It's ok for Geocaching but not great
> as it doesn't have paperless capability and I can't put pocket queries
> directly onto it. *I need it for marine use also so I'm not looking to
> get rid of it.
> What I need is a second unit for caching. *I've looked at the eTrex
> but I'm a bit confused/sceptical - the Garmin stuff says they come
> with a built in topo basemap that cannot be changed, so you are
> supposed to think carefully about where you will use it.
> As we are on a long voyage and will be heading south in about 6
> months, then over the Atlantic, I don't want to be stuck with a
> useless item.
> Can anyone suggest a unit that I can buy that will do paperless
> caching and can take Citymap or a similar detailed map base? *I looked
> at the Majellan but may have been looking at the wrong one as the
> reviews at the bottom said it was suspected that it was to be
> discontinued as it had not had any updates for a while.
> I like my 76 but I'm not wedded to Garmin (in fact, I'm not all that
> happy with their service after they cancelled my on-line purchase
> order for Nth America and didn't tell me until I inquired why I hadn't
> received it.)
>
> thanks
> Hoges in WA


Sorry - just answered my own question. Came across a Majellan
Explorist GC that looks pretty good for only about $200.
 
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Hans-Georg Michna
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      06-20-2011, 01:21 PM
On Sun, 19 Jun 2011 19:53:17 -0700 (PDT), Hoges in WA wrote:

>...
>Sorry - just answered my own question. Came across a Majellan
>Explorist GC that looks pretty good for only about $200.


How about a smartphone instead? That would have multiple uses
and can therefore be cost-efficient. And it offers a wider
variety of software options or at least the promise of that for
the future.

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Craig Wallace
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      06-20-2011, 09:35 PM
On 20/06/2011 03:17, Hoges in WA wrote:
> I already have a Garmin 76CSx. It's ok for Geocaching but not great
> as it doesn't have paperless capability and I can't put pocket queries
> directly onto it. I need it for marine use also so I'm not looking to
> get rid of it.
> What I need is a second unit for caching. I've looked at the eTrex
> but I'm a bit confused/sceptical - the Garmin stuff says they come
> with a built in topo basemap that cannot be changed, so you are
> supposed to think carefully about where you will use it.
> As we are on a long voyage and will be heading south in about 6
> months, then over the Atlantic, I don't want to be stuck with a
> useless item.


Which models of eTrex you are referring to?
If you mean the current models (Legend or Vista HCx etc), then I think
they will be much the same as your 76CSx for geocaching (and most other
features). They do have a really basic/not very useful basemap, but you
can add other maps on the memory card.
And what do you mean by putting pocket queries directly on it? If you
want to transfer waypoints to it, you have to use MapSource or GPSBabel
etc. And it won't transfer the full cache details/description etc, so
not particularly useful for paperless geocaching.

If you mean the recently announced eTrex 10/20/30, then it seems there's
not much information available about it yet. This announcment has some
details:
http://garmin.blogs.com/my_weblog/20...ot-better.html
It says the 20 and 30 can use City Navigator maps on a memory card. And
they have some paperless geocaching features, including uploading GPX files.

Or you could look at the Dakota or Oregon series. I think they have
similar features for paperless geocaching and mapping etc.
Or the 78sc? Its the newer version of the 76CSx, and apparently does
paperless geocaching.


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Chris French
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      06-22-2011, 03:21 PM
In message <(E-Mail Removed)>, Hans-Georg
Michna <(E-Mail Removed)> writes
>On Sun, 19 Jun 2011 19:53:17 -0700 (PDT), Hoges in WA wrote:
>
>>...
>>Sorry - just answered my own question. Came across a Majellan
>>Explorist GC that looks pretty good for only about $200.

>
>How about a smartphone instead? That would have multiple uses
>and can therefore be cost-efficient. And it offers a wider
>variety of software options or at least the promise of that for
>the future.
>
>Hans-Georg


My wife has an iPhone and we use that for geocaching, it all works fine,
the GPS bit isn't always quite as accurate as our etrex vista hcx under
challenging reception conditions - but using the Geocaching.com app the
whole paperless side works very smoothly.

But the battery life is pants, using the GPS receiver really eats up the
battery, we regularly have to stop using the GPS bit and just use it for
the cache details. Wouldn't want to rely on it without extra backup
battery. also it relies on a data connection to get the maps - thopugh
there maybe other solutions for that we haven't botherd looking at

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      06-23-2011, 09:10 AM
On 22/06/2011 16:21, Chris French wrote:
> In message <(E-Mail Removed)>, Hans-Georg
> Michna <(E-Mail Removed)> writes
>> On Sun, 19 Jun 2011 19:53:17 -0700 (PDT), Hoges in WA wrote:
>>
>>> ...
>>> Sorry - just answered my own question. Came across a Majellan
>>> Explorist GC that looks pretty good for only about $200.

>>
>> How about a smartphone instead? That would have multiple uses
>> and can therefore be cost-efficient. And it offers a wider
>> variety of software options or at least the promise of that for
>> the future.
>>
>> Hans-Georg

>
> My wife has an iPhone and we use that for geocaching, it all works fine,
> the GPS bit isn't always quite as accurate as our etrex vista hcx under
> challenging reception conditions - but using the Geocaching.com app the
> whole paperless side works very smoothly.
>
> But the battery life is pants, using the GPS receiver really eats up the
> battery, we regularly have to stop using the GPS bit and just use it for
> the cache details. Wouldn't want to rely on it without extra backup
> battery. also it relies on a data connection to get the maps - thopugh
> there maybe other solutions for that we haven't botherd looking at
>

I seem to be using my etrex vista gps less and less nowadays because my
HTC Wildfire works so well with C:geo on for geocaching and MM Tracker
with maps loaded onto a SD card for mapping, having said that battery
life is an issue so if I was away camping or trekking I would of cause
have a gps unit with me.
MP

 
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