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#628672 - 02/23/08 08:17 AM Can you recomend a GPS
rocky_top_cop
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I'm thinking of purchasing a GPS. The problem is that I have never used one and wonder how easy they are to use. I want one that is reliable and easy to use. I dont care to spend a little extra if it is simple to use and reliable. I also wonder if I purchase one if I'm gonna have to purchase software separate and wonder if its something I can hook up to my computer and download updates. If anyone can give me some advice please do. ...THANKS
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#628988 - 02/23/08 02:25 PM Re: Can you recomend a GPS [Re: ]
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also check out the delormn pn-20, they have a good deal going right now, easily download all gps points onto computer, can buy aerial photos on line for $0.75 each, minimum $10.00 purchase, makes it real easy to look where you have been on computer screen with all your gps points posted ontop of aerial
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#629372 - 02/23/08 08:29 PM Re: Can you recomend a GPS [Re: rocky_top_cop]
Plott 1
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I also love my Garmin 60 I purchased my off of E-bay and got a lot better deal. I also have the new Garmin Mapsource which has the Google Earth option although some areas like most of the Cherokee National Forest will not zoom in as clear but you can still get the layout of the terrain
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#630312 - 02/24/08 03:30 PM Re: Can you recomend a GPS [Re: Plott 1]
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I just use the Garmin Etrex.
Got it at Gander Mountain for $88.00
Nothing fancy, but it will keep you going in the right direction.
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#630582 - 02/24/08 06:57 PM Re: Can you recomend a GPS [Re: RUGER]
GRAMPS
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I also have the Garmin etrex. It really helps me find my truck when I have been wandering around the woods all day. \:D
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#630963 - 02/24/08 09:54 PM Re: Can you recomend a GPS [Re: rocky_top_cop]
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https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=145&pID=351

I have this one and got it from Amazon for about 170.00 cheaper than the MSRP listed.
You can buy maps (street, topo, or lake maps)
I love it you can build waypoints on your computer then upload them to the unit, and vise versa. You can get the mapsource software pretty cheap.
I would try and find it online.
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#630975 - 02/24/08 09:57 PM Re: Can you recomend a GPS [Re: In_my_sights]
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Here is one on amazon
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000CSQRYS/ruggedelegance14439-20/ref=nosim
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#631195 - 02/25/08 12:32 AM Re: Can you recomend a GPS [Re: In_my_sights]
gil1
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 Originally Posted By: In_my_sights
https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=145&pID=351

I have this one and got it from Amazon for about 170.00 cheaper than the MSRP listed.
You can buy maps (street, topo, or lake maps)
I love it you can build waypoints on your computer then upload them to the unit, and vise versa. You can get the mapsource software pretty cheap.
I would try and find it online.


I'm sort of looking into stepping up to a GPS too, but I mostly want it for hunting - I need to map out logging trails, rublines, property boundaries, etc. on a couple of deer and turkey leases. Then, overlay these trails to a computer, map it, print it, etc. I'd like it for the water, too, but mostly land.

The description on the unit you recommended goes out of its way to say this unit is mostly for marine use. Could I use it easily for either application? Don't really have a clue what the difference would be.

Thanks.
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#631297 - 02/25/08 07:32 AM Re: Can you recomend a GPS [Re: gil1]
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 Originally Posted By: gil1

I'm sort of looking into stepping up to a GPS too, but I mostly want it for hunting - I need to map out logging trails, rublines, property boundaries, etc. on a couple of deer and turkey leases. Then, overlay these trails to a computer, map it, print it, etc. I'd like it for the water, too, but mostly land.

The description on the unit you recommended goes out of its way to say this unit is mostly for marine use. Could I use it easily for either application? Don't really have a clue what the difference would be.

Thanks.


The Garmin 76 series and the 60 series are basically the same units but in a different case. The 76 is a little larger but will float if dropped in the water. The 60 is shaped to fit in the hand better and is still waterproof but will sink if dropped in the water. They can both use the Garmin topo land or the water chart mapsource sofware.

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#632692 - 02/25/08 09:17 PM Re: Can you recomend a GPS [Re: ]
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If you are a gadget man, buy one that you can download everything and play with it. If you just want it to mark a few stands and find your way, the etrex or legend either one will do.
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#632874 - 02/25/08 10:40 PM Re: Can you recomend a GPS [Re: Matador]
gil1
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Matador - I'm GPS illiterate. Please explain. You can't download from an etrex or legend?
I'm a gadget man, but I just have never used this gadget. I want to play around with stuff, but I don't want to have to be a brain surgeon to do it.
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#633874 - 02/26/08 03:13 PM Re: Can you recomend a GPS [Re: rocky_top_cop]
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i got a garmin etrex summit hc and it rules. you can interface w/ the computer and all that stuff. and i got the us topo 2008 from mapsource. and its great soft ware as well. pm me if you have specific questions.
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#635002 - 02/27/08 07:12 AM Re: Can you recomend a GPS [Re: thebeard]
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lowrance i hunt
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#641200 - 03/01/08 09:23 AM Re: Can you recomend a GPS [Re: Hogbear]
rocky_top_cop
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I ended up going with the etrex summit HC it came with topo 2008... once I played with it for a couple days I figured it out and I think its gonna work great for my use...Thanks for all the advice !!!
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#663123 - 03/15/08 05:47 PM Re: Can you recomend a GPS [Re: gil1]
Matador
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 Originally Posted By: gil1
Matador - I'm GPS illiterate. Please explain. You can't download from an etrex or legend?
I'm a gadget man, but I just have never used this gadget. I want to play around with stuff, but I don't want to have to be a brain surgeon to do it.

Probably didn't explain very well. yeah you can get cable and software to download in both etrex and legend. I consider these two just good basic GPS units. You can buy more expensive units that will have a lot more capability with software and downloading. A lot of guys like to play with this technology. I have an etrex and a buddy has the legend. Both units do all we want by marking stands and finding them and keep us from getting lost. Only time we use them is during deer season.

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#663386 - 03/15/08 09:56 PM Re: Can you recomend a GPS [Re: Matador]
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Garmn Rino series!
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#663496 - 03/15/08 10:46 PM Re: Can you recomend a GPS [Re: gil1]
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 Originally Posted By: gil1
Matador - I'm GPS illiterate. Please explain. You can't download from an etrex or legend?
I'm a gadget man, but I just have never used this gadget. I want to play around with stuff, but I don't want to have to be a brain surgeon to do it.


delorme.com look at pn 20, easy as pie to use. downloads straight to aerial photos that you can purchase from delorme for $0.75 each, $10.00 minimum purchase. i am not a brain surgeon at all, have a hard time finding a bandaid.
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#1030811 - 11/15/08 01:37 AM Re: Can you recomend a GPS [Re: Hogbear]
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I HAVE THE GARMIN LEGEND CX. LOVE IT.
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#1037564 - 11/18/08 04:18 PM Re: Can you recomend a GPS [Re: RUGER]
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 Originally Posted By: RUGER
I just use the Garmin Etrex.
Got it at Gander Mountain for $88.00
Nothing fancy, but it will keep you going in the right direction.


That's the one I use.
Every time I think about upgrading, I decide to stay with it,because it's simple,and it works for hunting and fishing very well. I have all my stand locations marked,and routes to get to any of them in the dark.
I bought the yellow one. The camo is easily lost.
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#1040577 - 11/19/08 07:11 PM Re: Can you recomend a GPS [Re: LCU]
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I have the blue one. can't remember what they can't call it. has basic highway map which is handy in the hunting truck on roadtrips. upload my GA maps and waypoints. Can take them back out if running low on memory and then restore them before the next trip.
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#1044516 - 11/21/08 12:13 PM Re: Can you recomend a GPS [Re: rldel]
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Garmin map60 Pretty good. not real fancy. Works best on the water.
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#1079810 - 12/12/08 06:32 AM Re: Can you recomend a GPS [Re: A.K.A.]
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Garmin Etrex HCx
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#1108240 - 01/01/09 05:37 AM Re: Can you recomend a GPS [Re: TNhunter]
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I have had several GPS units over the years and most did way more than I needed and some didn't do what I needed when I needed it. I use two GPS systems now and one is the Garmin Astro which track me and my dogs so neither one of us are ever lost. What I really want to share is the BUSHNELL BACKTRACK that just came out. They are so simple anyone can use one and they make finding your way back to the truck or to your stand so simple. They only store three marked locations and have two buttons to use. You can get one for less than $70 so there is never any need to be lost again.
http://www.conkeyshoundsupply.com/Backtrack.html
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#1108273 - 01/01/09 07:38 AM Re: Can you recomend a GPS [Re: Coondog]
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 Originally Posted By: Coondog
I have had several GPS units over the years and most did way more than I needed and some didn't do what I needed when I needed it. I use two GPS systems now and one is the Garmin Astro which track me and my dogs so neither one of us are ever lost. What I really want to share is the BUSHNELL BACKTRACK that just came out. They are so simple anyone can use one and they make finding your way back to the truck or to your stand so simple. They only store three marked locations and have two buttons to use. You can get one for less than $70 so there is never any need to be lost again.
http://www.conkeyshoundsupply.com/Backtrack.html


that looks about as simple as it gets.
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#1108376 - 01/01/09 09:56 AM Re: Can you recomend a GPS [Re: stik]
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I have the Garmin map60csx and it is great.
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#1109448 - 01/01/09 11:30 PM Re: Can you recomend a GPS [Re: BIGORANGE]
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Garmin map 60csx is the way to go it is really top notch
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#1109469 - 01/02/09 12:15 AM Re: Can you recomend a GPS [Re: rrhoghead]
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I've used the Lowrance Ifinder models for years and they are easy to figure out and very reliable. They come in several models depending on what you want out of a gps.
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#1109785 - 01/02/09 10:21 AM Re: Can you recomend a GPS [Re: Chaneylake]
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About 10 months ago, I started researching and learning about GPS systems. Here's what amazes me. People buy Garmins. Lots of them!

The strange thing is that they have the worst mapping software of all of the systems I tried, and I tried a ton of them. They have excellent units, but the units are only as good as the maps.

If you want to get from here to Florida by interstate, the Garmin maps are fine. If you want to mark your hunting property, they are absolutely the worst. The contour (elevation lines) are every 50 feet, so unless you're mapping out very mountainous terrain, the map looks like a flat Nebraska cornfield.

The good news - Because their maps are so comparatively awful, Garmin is furiously trying to upgrade. They already have a few western states done and should have the rest of the US done in the next 5 years. I don't know if that mapping software will be compatible with the present Garmin units, though.

When they get the upgrade and assuming there are no major glitches, they will be at the top of the class. For now, though, they are pretty bad. When I went to buy, I ranked 7 different brands. Garmin came in last.
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#1111883 - 01/04/09 01:57 AM Re: Can you recomend a GPS [Re: holstonangler]
gator-n-buck
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I use the backtrack and it don't get any easier than that device. I have two Garmin Gps Radios (120&130) and they have too many buttons. The BackTrack wll log three location, Point an arrow towards the location, and count down the yards. It only has two buttons and it has no problem picking up satelite reception (even indoors).
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#1113385 - 01/05/09 08:59 AM Re: Can you recomend a GPS [Re: gator-n-buck]
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gil-

Make your own custom maps for the garmin-

Do a search for garmin custom maps.

I made one for my area in Scott County that looks just like the 7.5 minute topos (1:24,000) with contours every 20'.

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#1113478 - 01/05/09 09:43 AM Re: Can you recomend a GPS [Re: ewc]
gil1
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 Originally Posted By: ewc
gil-

Make your own custom maps for the garmin-

Do a search for garmin custom maps.

I made one for my area in Scott County that looks just like the 7.5 minute topos (1:24,000) with contours every 20'.


I've already bought another brand unit, but I'm curious as to how you do that with the Garmin. Maybe I totally missed the reason folks don't mind the terrible Garmin software. Maybe there's another way. Can you upload these maps on your Garmin, then mark trails and waypoints on it, then save it all back on to the computer so you can print it out?
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#1113587 - 01/05/09 11:02 AM Re: Can you recomend a GPS [Re: gil1]
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Yep. Best of all (to me anyway) is its just like holding a 24,000 series topo in your hands.

Take a while to make. You have to pull data from several places, but its free and in the end, much better than anything else I've seen.

If you wanted, I think you can have contours set for whatever you like. I set mine for 20'.

Check out his website, it will show you map details and step-by-step instructions.


Edited by ewc (01/05/09 11:04 AM)
Edit Reason: forgot something.

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#1115307 - 01/06/09 08:14 AM Re: Can you recomend a GPS [Re: ewc]
Casey82
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Bushnell Backtrack.Easy to use and affordable.If your not wanting a hi-tech GPS that's what I'd go with.
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#1125767 - 01/12/09 04:28 PM Re: Can you recomend a GPS [Re: ewc]
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 Originally Posted By: ewc
Yep. Best of all (to me anyway) is its just like holding a 24,000 series topo in your hands.

Take a while to make. You have to pull data from several places, but its free and in the end, much better than anything else I've seen.

If you wanted, I think you can have contours set for whatever you like. I set mine for 20'.

Check out his website, it will show you map details and step-by-step instructions.


Do mind sharing that web site again or any other how too's??
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#1125795 - 01/12/09 04:53 PM Re: Can you recomend a GPS [Re: Tiny]
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Tiny-

I don't think tndeer will let me post the site address.

All my info is at work and I'll gladly send you an email with site address and anything else I can think of.

If you'll do a search for "garmin custom maps" - all the info you need will be found in the first site, I think it has an address with roadrunner in it.

If you need more, I can email you tomorrow.

You can make EXTREMELY detailed maps with his instructions.

Really takes the garmin to another level and I've owned 3 different GPS.

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#1125804 - 01/12/09 05:00 PM Re: Can you recomend a GPS [Re: ewc]
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Saved you some time - found the site and pm'd the address.

Let me know if you need some help-

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