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What GPS device(s) do you use?

Discussion in 'Electronics' started by ajnin, Feb 27, 2011.

  1. ajnin

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    What gps devices do you use to do your geocaching?

    If you use a smart phone, which and what software?

    Why?

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    Personally I have 3 devices that I play with when looking for treasure. a Smart phone, and 2 GPS with paperless geocaching.


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    I started using a Motorola Droid and the software c:geo found on the market. I have since read that this may be a violation of geocaching.com terms and I will be looking more into it. I do find this to be the easiest method of geocaching at least when I have a 3g connection.


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    The second unit I picked up is a Magellan Explorist GC. This is sold as a geocaching device, not necessarily a GPS unit. It does of course act like a GPS but lacks a lot of the features that a "real" gps unit would have. It does however have a massive 10,000 waypoint storage. I feel this unit is great for just geocaching or weekend camping trips. You can set waypoints and navigate back to them with relative ease, but without the ability to add new maps and no sd card slot, your pretty much just following arrows. This unit cost around $150.


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    Finally I picked up a Earthmate pn-40. Its a full feature GPS device with paperless geocaching added on. I really like this unit. It has the ability to take waypoints/caches from a sdcard or directly from geocaching.com. It stores waypoints in sets of 1000, which I find nice because I can simply have caches stored based on city or area I am in. it also has the ability to use topo maps with a added feature of using satellite image overlays which helps it act a bit more like my droid. They cost a few bucks depending on how much are your trying to cover, but its well worth it. This unit was also around $150.
     
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  2. Old Philosopher

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    I have the Garmin eTrex Venture HC. ($170 at Cabela's, less elsewhere)
    It has geocaching-specific features, including the ability to list "found" caches separately from "unfound". When you find a cache, it allows you to make a log entry in the unit with any comments for future reference. This is really nice for when you are posting your find on the geocaching website.
     
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    Garmin Dakota 20. With TOPO 2008, City Navigator North America and Nat Geo custom USGS maps.
     
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    I have a Garmin eTrex Vista HCx. I have installed Topo 2008 on it as well.

    Sent from my Ally using Tapatalk
     
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    Trimble Scout..old but works great.

    Drifter
     
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    I currently use a Delorme PN-40.

    Why?: I bought at a great price online, it came with mapping software, it is waterproof, has a geocaching menu separate from my trek entries, and I have had no problems from it.
     
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    Besides the initial cost factor, the Venture HC comes with a data cable, and MapSource software for the PC interface. I found FREE topo maps for my region, and they uploaded into MapSource seamlessly. I can save different maps with different annotations on them, and transfer them to the GPS as needed, depending upon what activity I plan.
    I have one map that is nothing but geocaches. I have another that is just trails I want to hike some day. I have yet another that has historical sites on it. As the year progresses, I will have another map that is just "fishing holes". ;)
    It is also possible to interface directly with Google Earth via the PC and data cable.
    Yeah...I'm a map freak. :p
     
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    I use both my phone and gps for geocaching.
    For my gps I use the Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx. Great unit but I would like to try the newer version the Garmin GPSMAP 62CSx.
    For my phone I have an HTC Hero with the same C.geo app that I like to use. The satellite view is nice to give you an aerial view of possible trails or easier terrain in the area.

    For inquiring minds: According to the Geocaching website the C.geo app violates the terms of use. There was a thread about this on the geocaching forum.
     
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    All Greek to me! Glad I don't have a phone to worry about. :)
     
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    I use the same.
     
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    I'am still learning about them. Old School Map&Compass for Me now LOL
     
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    I use a Venture Etrex HC. It has been a good GPS for me so far. I also use Groundspeak's Geocaching App on my Iphone as well (plus map & comapss)... If you want info about the cache you might as well get it from the source right?
     
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    I also use the Garmin eTrex Venture HC. Have had it for two years and it has done everything I have needed.
     
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    I have been using a Garmin 76s for several years and have had no problem with them.
     
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    I have a delorme Pn-40, it took my buddy Bob a couple hours to get it set up to rock no roll, but it has all the topo 9 maps, arial photos and other goodies.

    a very cool unit!
     
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    We play around with our Garmin Vista HCx which we have been using for the last three years. We have it loaded up with free topo maps of the Western US from GPSfiledepot. They blow away the Garmin Topo maps and are updated much more frequently. Plus they are free. I wish I had known before I purchased the Garmin Topo 2008 way back when.
     
  19. Old Philosopher

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    When I was looking for Montana maps, I went to gpsfiledepot. From there, it lead me to http://www.miscjunk.org/mj/mp_main.html . They don't cover a lot of states, but the maps are 1st rate!
     
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    I have one like this [​IMG]


    and one similar to this, mine has a green base plate [​IMG]

    I forgot to add one of these, too [​IMG]
     
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  21. Old Philosopher

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    Hahaha! I hear ya!
    I have one of these:
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    and one of these:
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    and one of these:
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    and one of these:
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    But none of them will *BEEP* at me when I get close to my destination. or tell me when the sun is going to set, or tell me how far it is to the nearest Hollliday Inn when I decide I've had enough of this woodsy crap! :D
     
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    True!

    Hotel? Thats what the rain poncho is for. Portable hotel room.

    BTW, we both forgot to add some of these... [​IMG]
     
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    Oh, yeah..."Prayer Beads" for when you run out of water, food, step on your compass in the dark, and your GPS batteries give out. ;)
     
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    I never looked at them that way. I will keep that in mind the next time your afore mentioned happens to me.
     
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    My apologies to the original post of ajnin for high jacking his thread with all this low tech gadgetry.
     
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    I have a Garmin eTrex Legend. This is the blue one with a black and white screen. I bought this in 2006 for the purpose of geocaching. I also use it on my bike for keeping track of mileage.

    I have an app for my Droid X phone that I have used for geocaching as wee, but it doesn't always work the greatest.
     
  27. Old Philosopher

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    Hey! GPS stands for "Global Positioning System". If your system to find where you are on the Globe is a compass, so what? :p :D
     
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    Before I got the Garmin, my SIL took his "Lola" out of his car to try to find a cache. As it turned out, he got as close as the eTrex did!
     
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    I use my iPhone and a PN-40. I really like the PN-40, but I had some issues with it freezing and shutting down and had to have it replaced. luckily the CS at Delorme is top notch.
     
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    That's why my compass is a Cammenga 3H, just incase I step on it and my GPS batteries die. The Cammenga should be OK.
     
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    Started with a Magellan which didn't last long. Then bought a PN-20. Then at the end of 2009, while at a Geocaching event in Utah, I won a new PN-40. Lot more of a GPS than I need, but really like the ability to download USGS maps and aerial imagery.
     
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    Delorme PN-30 here with my Droid X as a backup. I love the software capabilities that the TopoUSA software has. Takes a while to learn but once you get the hang of it, it's really impressive what it can do.
     
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    Garmin Rino 530HCx
     
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    We use Garmin GSP72. Great unit, with screen and buttons big enough I can see them.
     
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    I had one of those and used it so much the screen washed out and you couldn't see anything. I bought my Garmin 76map and liked it so much I bought another one for my son.
     
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    Garmin 60CSx with local topos & 2008 City Nav installed
     
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    I honestly didn't read through all the pages.. But, I used the geocaching app for the iphone 4.. Its nice because I get more than the gps function.. I get all the information on the cache.. Tips, photo's, etc.. Basically what the website has.. Plus I can comment and read comments.. All from one application.. Even if I had a really nice handheld GPS it would never get used for geocaching..
     
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    I use a Garmin gpsmap 60CSx, I love it and will be heartbroken if its broken/lost/stolen.
    best unit I've ever owned.
     
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    Garmin GPS60 here. Good unit no maps & no color but it works well. Also use a old Palmiii with cachemate.
     
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    Garmin Etrex Legend.
     
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    garmin

    Garmin eTrex Vista HCx user also. Topo card installed. Love it.
    Also use geocaching.com to find caches, and the app to send the coordinates to the unit via usb cable.
     
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    have 4 units

    When we go, all three of us can have a unit if we want to.

    Somehow though...Dad always gets the biggest one.

    We use: Garmin GPSMap 60Csx, Garmin GPSMap76S, and Garmin eTrex Venture.

    I'd like to have a smart phone just so that I don't have to print out the caches to bring, and to be able to find other caches in the area that I didn't print out. Would also be good for trips. I'd still put the lat/long into the garmins to search with though.
     
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    So far I've used my phone with this app. Do you have a link to that thread? I'd like to read it for entertainment purposes only!
     
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    I, too, have a Garmin eTrex Venture.
     
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    My first was the "Trimble Outdoors" app for my samsung cellphone but we quickly moved up to the Etrex Venture HC when my wife got interested. Now I also use Geobeagle on my Droid, but the Garmin goes with me regardless.
     
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    pn-40 for me.I also use to mark my mushroom spots as well as hunting locations.
     
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    Garmin eTrex Vista HCx w/ Topo East and Blue Chart
     
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    Just getting set up with my Droid X. I had an app already but haven't used it. I grabbed the others mentioned here. I really don't see how/why an app should be a violation of terms, but hey, I guess if they run the show, they can deem what they want. I don't care. I just need to find someone to run with and go! Never been 'caching before and want to get started.

    Ditto tho on the map and compass crowd. Out of my gear, I own more compasses than anything save my knives. Had a blast with the Scout troop orienteering. My favorite Silva was more accurate than the SM's iphone compass app!
     
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    Work upgraded my Etrex to a Garmin Rino 530HCX. Pertinent topos were loaded in for my area and I have the whole country on disk. Every once in a while I still pull out the old Garmin GPS 72.
     

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