Re: GPS Units

Subject: Re: GPS Units
Date: Tue, 5 May 1998 15:48:31 +0900
I bought a Garmin 40 some years ago and was foolish enough to hang on to
it. If you have the approximate location keyed in, it MAY find your new
location quickly. but if there is much cloud, let alone being under tree
cover, it is  a total waste of time. You cannot put it in your pocket and
expect it to keep working. I suspect it is really designed for mounting on
a car with an outside aerial. I tried using it recently in northeast India
and often it would not find my position after 30 minutes under a completely
clear sky, though at other times it took only a minute. I suspect there is
a problem with the clock on mine being out of sync with the satellite
positions, but I would advise circumspection in buying one of the older
out-of-date models. Perhaps if I rigged up an aerial wound round a hat it
might work better.

Des Allen


At 11:52 AM 98.5.5 +1000, Andrew Taylor wrote:
>Wildsports (Sydney 02 9264 2095) has the Garmin GPS 38 featured in the
>Easter sale brochure for $349 supposedly reduced from $449. This doesn't
>include a car power adaptor.
>The Garmin 38 mentioned above sells for US$150 in the US. It has a good
>reputation as a cheap GPS which can connect to a computer.  I'd been
>thinking about buying the Garmin 38 previously but have decided to buy a
>new 12-channel model, the Garmin 12XL (US$240), this is more to do with
>being a technophile than a birder.

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