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Thread: Newbie GPS research

  1. #1
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    Newbie GPS research

    I discovered this site while doing research for a GPSr purchase. Glad to see so many people in AR active in geocaching. I've searched the Forum & FAQ for info on which GPSr's y'all use. Not a lot of specific info. I currently am leaning toward Magellan explorist units. My introductory question: Does anyone here use one or have any info for a Beginner? I am looking at the 210 (basic) or 500LE (color!)

    Thanks,
    Gerwurz

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    First welcome to the group and we hope you get something worthwhile from us.

    As to the brands there are every brand and model known used by the cachers that I have met. But it seems to me that the large majority of them are Garmin. That does not say that the Magellan is not a fine GPSr.

    I will say that the GPS accuracy contest at the Clarksville event last April there were only 1 or 2 Maggies in the top 10 and Garmin was in the first 4 places I think.

    Good luck and welcome......poppy
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    Color screens are good to me. A lot of preference depends on what you plan to use the unit for. I have topos in mine. Work great for me. No street names. I have a Garmin legend C. Is budget a big issue for you? That makes a big difference in what there is to choose from.
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    I bought a 500LE and took it back because I didn't like the features. You could install a memory card for downloads but its work memory would hold 200 caches. If I was going to by a magellen I would get the 210 for the 22MB of memory. I currently have a 200 and it is a pretty good unit. The next gps that I by will be garmin 60CSx, they do it all I hope. Most cachers carry garmins they seem to be faster at aquiring sats and position and software is more availiable for them. Hope I didn't confuse you to much.
    AR-HICK
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    Here is a thread from another board. Check out this gps...
    http://www.arkansascanoeclub.com/mb/vie ... php?t=4673

    Some more discussion here

    http://www.arkansascanoeclub.com/mb/vie ... php?t=3712
    Got peace like a river!

  6. #6
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    Thanks for everyone's input so far. Now the Garman Legend Cx is sounding good, so I will look into it as well. USE? EXAMPLE: I have done some genealogy off and on over the years. One book I have acquired is a Cemetery Record book for Arkansas County. I have found family members listed in the Book, but sometimes cannot find the cemetery. The Book has a hand drawn "map" of the county with dots marking the "location" of the cemeteries. No roads, no towns, nothing else on the "map". Thought I would locate and record as many of these cemeteries as I could & share with interested parties.

    Gerwurz

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