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Old 10-29-2007, 05:32 AM   #15
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I also have the Delorme in the laptop and last spring went for the handheld and it works fine as I have it mounted in a nest on the dash in my site line. you can plan your route and load it in and save many trips . The prpblem with it is is it has too many functions and is not user friendly. the hand held PN-20 dosenot have voice but beep signals one a short distance from your turn and 2 at the turn. After using it all summer I am just getting to know it. I am sure my grand kids wouldn't have any trouble with it with thier savy of electric gadgets. It has many funtions that can be displayed MPH, alt, dist traveled , to next turn ect. It is a gadjet!!
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Old 10-29-2007, 08:38 AM   #16
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I would not travel without a GPS - and maps for fine tuning!

One example of the value of GPS. We were exploring the coast north of San Diego, going north and south, enjoying the sights, but when it came time to head back to base camp south of SD, we had no idea which was the best way to get over to I5 for the trip back, but the GPS did instantly. Yeah, driving to the nearest settlement to get its name, then a quick consult of the map would have also worked, but with these days of $3.00 gas I'm just not all that interested in backtracking any more.

Been there, got the t-shirt, prefer the alternative.
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Old 10-29-2007, 09:11 AM   #17
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I have a Garmin 550 and will not go anywhere without it........... first let me say i drove semi's for thirty years and read a map very well so that was not the problem......... the problem with maps is that you have your thumb on the map where your at and trying to watch the road at the same time............. with the gps the road is lit in purple where you have it routed to and even shows you what lane to be in for your turns..... when everyone is in the vehicle with me (like leaving the airport when picking up guests) i can talk to them and just occasionally glance at the gps..... also when someone gives me directions to there house i just politely listen and then i just put there address in the gps and get right there.
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Old 10-29-2007, 12:15 PM   #18
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I too have played with GPS receivers for several years and have had a number of them. The two brands that generally stand out are Magellan and Garmin. Kind of like Ford and Chevy. One other brand stand out on the wrong end of the scale, Cobra.

All the units and features are quite hard to sort out, depending on what you want it for. There's a unit made for joggers, a large number made for hikers. Some have features for geocaching. Some for drivers only complete with young female voice telling you where to go. Some for marine operation.

When I bought the first one, 1997 or 1998, "Selective Activity" was running. Once that was turned off on May 1, 2000 the whole GPS thing changed to make practical use possible, which I think is a good thing.

Two other points I'd like to make. 1. A GPS is only a tool that makes navigation easier. It cannot replace a road map, or more important for hiking, replace a map and compass. 2. Which ever brand or model you purchase it's only your first not your last.
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Old 10-29-2007, 03:45 PM   #19
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with help and consideration from another related thread on this great board, we have purchased a Garmin C330. Works great, but I still need convincing to be sure I can rely 100% on her. I say HER, because the voice promp we have opted to use is a female and sounds remarkedly like our next door (1/2 mile away!!!) lady named Linda. SO we tagged our GPS "LINDA!!!!.
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Old 10-29-2007, 04:42 PM   #20
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with help and consideration from another related thread on this great board, we have purchased a Garmin C330. Works great, but I still need convincing to be sure I can rely 100% on her. I say HER, because the voice promp we have opted to use is a female and sounds remarkedly like our next door (1/2 mile away!!!) lady named Linda. SO we tagged our GPS "LINDA!!!!.

The limiting item in vehicle GPS receivers is the mapping. If the mapping software is good the GPS will get you to the right place. Sometimes you might be routed through the neighborhoods on the wrong side of the tracks, so beware.

As for accuracy, one of the best way to learn how to use and how accurate GPS receivers is to go after a few geocaches. With a vehicle mounted GPS receiver you'll have to find those that next to a road, instead of requiring some walking. With a hand held you can find any of them. Goecaching.com is the place for geocaches. I actually didn't really learn to trust my GPS receivers until I found a few geocaches.
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Old 10-29-2007, 05:36 PM   #21
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Glad to hear a bunch of you are geocaching with your GPS's...... I've been doing it for about four years now and it is a most enjoyable way to get out in the woods for a nice hike and to find some treasure. I have 82 finds to my credit so far on geocaching.com....Matter of fact i just went out and bought a new compass today.
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Old 05-05-2008, 10:36 AM   #22
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For those of you still getting lost even with your Garmin GPS, Garmin has just released a map update (City Navigator North America NT 2009 Map Update). Who knows... it might help.
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Old 05-05-2008, 11:06 AM   #23
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Glad to hear that Garmin is releasing a new map version. Oregon based businesses need the revenue. The old version was not as good as Magellan offerings, especialy for city use. I purchased higher end (4.3" display) Garmin and a Magellan and compared each. I took the Garmin back to Costco and kept the Magellan 4040. I use the Magellan for city driving in cities that I don't know because the way they detail street names is better than Garmin. I use a Lowrance I-Way 500c for back country and long trips because the mapping detail of secondary roads and historical sites is better than the Magellan. Like Byron says, it's like Chevy and Ford to most people but, for me, it's the better mapping detail of the Magellan.
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Old 05-06-2008, 08:54 AM   #24
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We recently bought the Garmin Nuvi 750 - has a new feature called 'where am I?' that instantly tells you where the closest fuel, police and hospital are located from your current position. We thought that would be a handy feature on the road. We also like the the voice telling you street names - less distraction because you don't need to look at the map while driving. We have been testing it out in the area - places that we know how to get to (or thought we did ) For example - headed to Amity, OR Daffodil Festival - been there several times:
Husband: 'Are you sure you typed in Amity?'
Wife: 'Yes'
Husband: 'Did she (Lola, aka the Garmin) just say Wheatland Ferry Road?'
Husband and Wife: 'Are we going on the ferry?'
Lola: 'Board ferry and then get off'
So we got to the Amity Daffodil Festival but not the way we usually would have gone.

Pete - good luck on your choice (and I like your mother-in-laws philosophy)
Daniel - thanks for the heads up on the city map update

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Old 05-06-2008, 11:15 AM   #25
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We don't have one...but we do have a cute story about one! Last year friends purchased one and so when we went camping together to Larabee State Park we followed them. We turned in behind them and sure enough there was an archway saying Larabee State park and a park ranger in a booth collecting camp fees. Instead of getting into line our friends pulled to the side and one of them walked back to let us know that this wasn't the right place. We then followed them back onto the road and headed another 10K or so down the road to a dark access road with a barrier across. We still tease them about this! I gather that was the old entranceway.

So remember a little common sense is also needed
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Old 05-06-2008, 11:44 AM   #26
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My brother was on a trip in his vintage MG. One of the other fellows said he need to go to a costco, put in the address, followed the GPS directions, ended up in a field beside a subdivision. After a few laughs they spoke to a guy cutting his grass. The Costco was going to be built there, but was instead built 2 roads over because of zoneing. The GPS unit was very accurate, just not quite perfect
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Old 05-06-2008, 02:26 PM   #27
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I use GPSs regularly. I wouldn't leave home without one. At the moment, I'm driving a Class D expedited delivery truck for FedEx Custom Critical. When I get a dispatch for a pickup and delivery all I have is addresses for two locations that can be cross country from each other. The directions and instructions I get from my dispatcher about how to get from point A to B are sketchy at best. No pun intended, I'd be lost without a GPS.

The big drawback for me is none of the GPS truly take commercial vehicles into consideration. The GPS in my truck du jour is a Garmin Nuvi. It. like all of its predecessors, is always directing me down streets that are restricted to vehicles sized like mine. A few times its told me to go under bridges that are not as high as my truck. So of course, I absolutely do not rely 100% on the GPS directions.

Whatever GPS system you are using or considering, they are tools. IMO, they are tools to be used in conjunction with other tools to help you plan a route. As long as its telling me an interstate or a state route I'll believe it. Once it says anything street or road I start calling for additional directions. I have lots of maps, rulers and magnifying tools in my truck. I also have multiple cell phones to use when the dreaded faded signal happens while talking to the one person at the plant who can articulate which streets around the location are part of the truck route.

To find the road less traveled, GPS are dubious. If no one is using the road you almost have to be on it for it to register on my system. If I put in an obscure road from several states away, the GPS can't locate it. When I'm near the destination it will do a screen jitter and find where I want to go.

For camping and traveling, I'd pretty much use a GPS like I do when I'm working, with caution.
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Old 05-06-2008, 03:25 PM   #28
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My wife like wineries. I have found on the WEB many wineries by state and loaded them in to the GPS.
So were ever we are I can look up a winery and we can go tasting. Sweet.
Also When we are home wife wife's job send her to different stores and she uses the GPS all the time.
She says it's the best thing ever. ( and she no longer has to call me for directions)
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