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PostSubject: hand held gps   Fri Mar 08, 2013 9:11 am

need help....i need to purchase a hand held GPS ...i just need something easy to use and must have the download leads for the computer

what type ?
how much ?
where can i get it from ?

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PostSubject: Re: hand held gps   Mon Mar 11, 2013 3:27 am

Tuggy,

We are using a Garmin GPSMAP 62s which has been perfect for us. There is another version 62st I think that has maps for Europe included.

I will confess, it wasn't the most intuitive to use in the beginning (a function perhaps of not reading the manual?!?!?) but once we got the hang of it, it was a very valuable tool. That said, we always had a map as our first reference ... can't beat old fashioned paper!

To use it in the vehicle we found it beset to connect it via USB cable to a power source rather than keep changing AA batteries.

We still haven't found the best computer software to link it to ... that bit needs more research. Suggestions anyone?

We bought ours through Amazon (good 'ol Amazon) after spending time at some or other outdoor store holding it and many others.

Feel free to ask any other questions you may have!

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PostSubject: Re: hand held gps   Mon Mar 11, 2013 3:48 am

I think memory map do a version for Garmin,

http://www.memory-map.com/

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PostSubject: hand held gps   Mon Mar 11, 2013 4:54 am

I think you should check that memory maps are compatible, they aren't according to the guy I've spoken to about the Garmin.
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PostSubject: Re: hand held gps   Mon Mar 11, 2013 5:17 am

You can also get them with Bluetooth so you don't need the leads.
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PostSubject: Re: hand held gps   Tue Mar 12, 2013 6:34 am

I've got a Garmin Montana 600 i'm trying out at present

Not cheap but seems to be good

Use it with Garmin Basecamp (african girl child - thats the free garmin software you can use for you gps map too) . You can get vehicle mounts, boat and cycle mounts

You can also easily use Open street map maps which come preformatted for the garmin

I use it for geocaching and I can download points, find them and comment and then upload the comments to the website.

I've got european maps (european city explorer - makes it act like a Nuvi)) , GB 1-50,000 (also routable) and then open street map for morocco , mauritania and portugal

I've got a 16 GB SD card for it so loads of space for waypoints, tracke and geocaches etc., it also has 3gb internal storage

But I repeat - not a cheap unit, you can get oregon units which are similar but smaller and cheaper

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PostSubject: Re: hand held gps   Thu Mar 14, 2013 12:54 am

ok i bought one this morning...

.http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/121074021744?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649


ok its got lots of buttons to press and other things that make it work....... :shock: .... it can do lots of things and come with a thing you plug in.. Rolling Eyes .....and only 129 quid,,,, Very Happy


good job somebody whos navigating knows how to use it,,,, thumbsup

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PostSubject: Re: hand held gps   Thu Mar 14, 2013 12:57 am

plus i have my tom tom so the nice lady tells me where to go... adore ....this exploring stuff is easy.. doh ..anybody can do it.... thumbsup ..

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PostSubject: Re: hand held gps   Thu Mar 14, 2013 5:49 am

So, if anyone tells you to "get lost" you just wave your sat nav at them and say "I can't" and smile.
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PostSubject: Re: hand held gps   Thu Mar 14, 2013 6:58 am

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So, if anyone tells you to "get lost" you just wave your sat nav at them and say "I can't" and smile.

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PostSubject: Re: hand held gps   Thu Mar 14, 2013 6:38 pm

Do you want a GPS just to give you lat/long? or an actual sat-nav to direct you somewhere?


I've got a couple og garmin GPS3+'s, they great little things. very basic maps on them, but for latlong (or in my case, OS grid ref) they're ideal, and i have them plugged into my carPC for memory map.

There's another little garmin, forget the model, a yellow unit, which is under £100 in most of the outdoor shops. probably cheaper in Gib if you can find one in a tax free shop.
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PostSubject: Re: hand held gps   Thu Mar 21, 2013 8:09 am

diesel_jim wrote:
Do you want a GPS just to give you lat/long? or an actual sat-nav to direct you somewhere?


I've got a couple og garmin GPS3+'s, they great little things. very basic maps on them, but for latlong (or in my case, OS grid ref) they're ideal, and i have them plugged into my carPC for memory map.

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I've got a GPS III bought 2nd hand in 1999 - still works fine and I'm installing it as additional / spare gps in the truck

Great piece of kit.

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PostSubject: Re: hand held gps   Thu Mar 21, 2013 8:25 am

slightly off topic, but I went to Beaulieu motor museum last month, and there was a technology section there, with a GPS3 and other units in it.

I never realised that Garmin was developed by two blokes, Gary Burrell and Min Kao, hence GarMin.
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PostSubject: Re: hand held gps   Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:42 pm

Just as well their names weren't Tom Burrell and Tom Kao, could have been awkward. Rolling Eyes

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PostSubject: Re: hand held gps   Thu Mar 21, 2013 6:08 pm

Nah, a name like that would never catch on....... Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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