I just bought yet another gps!
Since the etrex 10, 20, 30 came out the used prices for the older models have dropped a lot from a year ago when I looked. So, I just picked up a mint condition etrex vista hcx for $140 w/case, charger, microSD, etc.
For an old model this thing is pretty awesome. Loaded it up with a free NW usa topo and it works perfect. Can't wait for hiking season to start!
So, that makes 5 garmins, 1 tom tom... I'm an addict.
anybody else use a garmin handheld on this site?
Yes, I have the eTrex Legend HCx for hiking. I think it's nearly your unit minus the compass and maybe a barometer in your unit.
Great battery life, uses AA batteries, etc., etc.
I too am addicted. I got a handlebar mount for my Legend and use it for bicycling.
That's an excellent vintage geocaching unit. About a bazillion geocaches have been found using those.
Is there any limit to how many POI's I can download to these units? on my nuvi I have close to 100,000 without any problems but I don't want to overload the etrex by doing that.
You are only limited on space available on the unit. With GPS connected. Right click on drive and then properties that will show space available.
I believe it has an SD slot. If so, the capacity for waypoints is infinite.
I have a Nuvi 1350lmt and a new (Jan12) Oregon 550 which is quite a useful gps.
Navigating to geotagged photos is most interesting. As we are planning a fall trip to Europe I use GoogleEarth street view to check out restaurants somewhere (Prague CZ for example)
I PrtScn that to PS and make a large (1400x900 or bigger) image, add lat/long data and store the .jpg on the Oregon's micro sd card. Call up the photo, drill down so I can even read a street clock, press the little globe and because I have downloaded quite complete maps of Europe from OpenStreetMap, I can pinpoint the photo location on the map. So not only can you arrive at a destination by gps, you can view a detailed image to confirm your surroundings - slick.
Next move is to design a simulated walk from a hotel to that restaurant. All this from the comfort of my easy chair, enjoying a Merlot and listening to some fine tunes. It's great to be retired and to have enough time to pursue some rather indulgent hobbies.
But I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge that I have had lots of assistance from this forum and a couple of other gps forums. Thanks All from the great white North flatlands where it is sunny and +5C / 41F.
My very first GPS was a etrex (is blue in color) and is just sitting in a box and has not been used for many years. Maybe I should retreive it and see what it can do for me.. Or just sell it for a few $... Who knows.. I forgot all about this device!
You may well have a local school program or scouting program that would be extremely grateful if you were to donate your old eTrex to them.
I will do that.. it is just sitting here and I dont have the time or want to try to sell it. Thanks for that reminder to donate!!
My first was a GPS 2+, too long ago to remember, since then I got a little yellow etrex, the same but etrexH, nuvi 660, and the now trustie Nuvi 3760.
We use the etrex for geocaching now and again, it sits on the bikes handle bars too.
How do you add coordinates on the HCX? Just got one brand new for 99$ but no instructions on how to enter long/lat? Would love to use for geocaching. Very tech savvy but not experienced with GPS.
SpiiiGuy said in part..
Sometimes I use my 1300WTGPS as a handheld.
I really like my etrex legend. Mine came with 100K topo map. I've been thinking of getting the 20K for the extra detail but I havent needed it.
You mark a Waypoint and then edit the coordinates to what you want.
I bought an Etrex 30 and have been using it for geocaching and hikes. Yup, this is Garmin #3 for us. Nuvi 350 and 760. I liked the free Topo and trail maps that are available even though they don't have the 3D terrain shading that the Garmin Topo maps have. When I learned that the Garmin 24K Topo maps have almost as much routable road detail as CNNA, some routable trails and POI, I popped another $100 to add that, too. Nice to know where the nearest Dairy Queen is when we're hiking in the woods.
Does double duty by allowing me to auto-embed GPS coordinates into our travel photos.
Gotta say I miss Jill a little, though.
I have a 76CSx with Garmin maps so it will also auto route. Came in real handy the other day when I didn't have the 855 in the car but happened to have the 76 in the glove compartment. We used it to take some back roads to another town.
I use to load City Navigator on the 60Cs, but I've found the Nuvi models are easier to use in the car.
I still use my old eTrex Venture (the translucent green one) and my almost as old Fortrex 101. I like the Fortrex model better as it attaches to the wrist like an oversized watch keeping both hands free, but has all the same features of the eTrex. At my age, having the Fortrex attached to my wrist means I can't forget it someplace...
for hiking and recording my trails. I really enjoy saving new trails to my PC and looking at them on the topo maps. This model uses 2 AA batteries and gets great life. I walked over 300 miles the summer of the year I got it and only changed batteries once!
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