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#253620 - 06/04/07 07:43 PM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: Hogbear]
Wes Parrish
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 Originally Posted By: Hogbear
It doesn't have an electronic compass but a "compass type display" that only works when you are moving according to Delorme's website and the reviews that I've read. Still, it sounds like a neat unit.
I've not experimented much with the electronic compass aspect, but it must work just like a compass even when you're moving at normal walking speeds.

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#290353 - 07/06/07 02:08 AM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: mike243]
Francis
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I have been very lucky with GPS. I worked with one of the original GPS Govt contract reps. He knew the original inventors of GPS. I spoke with him for hours on the subject. I have alot of insite. I have had numerous GPS devises over the years. Here's the bottom line:
Trimble is the grand daddy of them all. Magellan is a close 2nd. Garmin did not do research and development, but has a lot of good user friendly screens. No matter who you use, they are a tool to supplement Mr. map and compass. They can save your life, but don't bet your life on them. They have batteries. Batteries die. Just like anything, the more you practice, the better the tool is when you use it. Supplement your compass with GPS, not the other way around. I just bought 2 old/discontinued Magellans for my kids to learn on. They do not have map on the screens. If your do, then enjoy them. My point is that the old ones work great if you know how to navigate. Don't let the fancy new ones fool you, you have to use a map and practice.
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#290444 - 07/06/07 07:50 AM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: Francis]
Hogbear
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If Trimble is the Grand Daddy, I guess that makes Rockwell Collins the Great Grand Daddy. We were using those suitcase-sized manpacks back in the 80's at 29 Palms and China Lake when coverage was very spotty. We got the Trmble Trimpacks later.
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#290972 - 07/06/07 06:02 PM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: mike243]
Francis
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Rockwell had distribution based on the govt. contract. Some of the inventors themselves were/are tied in at Trimble. They all had ties together before the launching of the block I sat's. It was the Navy's original request that started the whole GPS in motion. I'm just glad the civilians get to use the system. Hard to remember sometimes that it did not always exist, sorta like cell phones but not so intrusive.
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#291818 - 07/07/07 07:50 PM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: Francis]
mike243
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i finaly got a 2 gig sd card & loaded the whole state on my gps,looks like there's enuf room to put some more states in if needed,its great to be able to look at our lease & see the elevations,mike243
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