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Easty
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2004 2:04 pm    Post subject: Very new to GPS Reply with quote

Hi everyone,

I hope you can help!

I was looking for a general post area for handheld units, but this forum is the closet I can find, I hope I'm not posting to completly the wrong area...

I am very new to the whole GPS arena and have a few questions about handheld units.

I own a VW camper and I'm looking at GPS technology to help on UK and European holidays, I am also looking to start sailing and so would like to be able to use it in the future when hopefully I'll be aboard ship!

What I think I need from a handheld unit is the following:

- The ability to save locations (I guess as a POI)
- Be able to see my position on a simple map
- Store a few maps on the unit so I don't have to have a PC with me to store them on (ie when I'm in the middle of Europe!)
- Get a rough compass direction
- Work out current speed etc
- Record my routes so I can look at where I've travelled on my PC (if that's just a text file of coordinates that's fine)
- Relatively cheap!

I have found the Garmin eTrex Venture GPS that looks like it fits the bill, but wondered if anyone has any recommendations?

Thanks in advance, I'll keep reading the site to try and learn more Smile

Easty.
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Dave
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2004 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmm, are you looking for navigation also ? In terms of getting from one town to another on the GPS ? If so, no single GPS will really fit the bill.

If you're looking for a single product the closest you'll find will be a Pocket PC with Memory-Map Marine maps and a Street Navigation program like CoPilot Live 5 or TomTom Navigator 3. Couple that with an Otterbox for waterproofing when on a boat and you'll be all sorted.

The closest handheld will be the GPSMap 76 / GPSMap76C (Colour version), or the GPSMap 60C. The GPSMap76C has the most amount of memory (115mb of map space) where as the 60C has 56mb. The 76/76C is more for marine use where as the 60C will give you turn by turn instructions (just not voice).
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Easty
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2004 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the ultra-quick reply!

As for the town to town navigation use, I don't really need route planning/guidance on the device, just where in the world I am at the time!

I have had a bit more time to look around the site and the Magellans and Garmins would seem to do roughly what I need...I think!

Thanks again,

Easty
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