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Gps witch one to buy??

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Old 05-14-2003, 08:36 AM
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Gps witch one to buy??

witch gps to buy? anybody got a favorite one or had a bad experience with one ?
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Old 05-14-2003, 01:39 PM
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Chad... The one dissappointment I have had with GPS is in heavy tree/timber type cover the antenae systems lost signal very easily.

The newest Garmin and Magellan units seem to perform better. The Marines over in Iraq were using a lot of store purchased Garmins instead of the D.O.D. issued units because they work better.
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Old 05-14-2003, 02:17 PM
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Re: Gps witch one to buy??

I have a Garmin GPSIII and it works very well, wish I had waited and gotten the one you could download topo maps to but, never knew they were coming. Garmins GPS V is the best I've seen, batteries might drain a bit faster than mine though, it has a color screen and slightly faster processor I think.
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Old 05-14-2003, 04:19 PM
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Re: Gps witch one to buy??

Garmin 12XL, they had problems with the internal batteries with a small batch but supposedly was corrected. That said I have one that has the problem but haven't sent it back, (more $$$ spent on something I bought for $100.) The Magellans had more features in '01 when I bought mine, again I paid $100 for mine so that played a big part in purchasing it.

Also used by military.
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Old 05-14-2003, 07:00 PM
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Garmin eTrex Vista-- 24 MB of downloadable map space--More than you'll probably ever need. WyoWhisper and I both have these and we think they are the cat's *****... Good luck with whatever you decide.
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Old 05-14-2003, 07:11 PM
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Re: Gps witch one to buy??

I have been using a Magellan 315 for several years under some pretty big pines and oaks.

I have never had a problem with not being able to get a signal and maintain lock.

It is a pretty basic unit and quite affordable. (Lost my first one.)

I also use the Delorme TOPO4 and 3D TOPOQUAD software to print USGS quadrangle maps with a grid.

This combination has worked great for me.

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Old 05-15-2003, 01:23 AM
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Re: Gps witch one to buy??

For what itīs worth,I have used a Magellan 315 for some years now as well. Itīs been through hell and high water,literally. Very cold,very hot,wet,dust,dropped a million times,rough hunting use.

No complaints except itīs got no way to lock the buttons,which I would like. Compared to some units it works in a pocket and inside the car without problems as well.

Nothing fancy,a very basic unit. If I lose it I will get another one.

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