RFI - Garmin Etrex GPS Functions

Subject: RFI - Garmin Etrex GPS Functions
From: "Frank O'Connor" <>
Date: Mon, 30 Aug 2004 19:06:48 +0800

I am looking to upgrade my GPS.  I have been considering the various Garmin Etrex models, but getting information about their functions is difficult on the web.  A lot of the product PDF files seem to be unavailable.

I have a few queries.  From what I have found and due to my cost limits, the Etrex Camo model is probably what I am interested in.

Distance between Waypoints

I use this to complete my Atlas data sheets.  e.g. The distance from one waypoint (survey point) to another (post office).  e.g. 6.4km at 247 degrees from XYZ Post Office.   Is this easy to do on the Etrex models.

Sun & Moon

The sunrise / sunset and moonrise / moonset times are useful when I get to a new site.  This is supposed to be on the Etrex Camo.  Can someone confirm?

Ease of Storing Waypoints

On my current Lowrance GPS, I simply press WayPoint twice and it stores the point.  How easy is it for the Etrex series?  e.g. I am driving along and see a Wedge-tailed Eagle that I want to do an Incidental Atlas survey for.  I can currently do this easily without stopping (when using the 12V power adaptor).  Also, is the date and time recorded for each waypoint?

Cost of Accessories

What is the cost of a pouch?  Cigarette power adaptor and cable?  Dashboard mount?

Battery Life

The web site suggests 22 hours for most models (in Battery Save mode).  Is this what most people are getting for the Etrex models?

Thumb Stick 5 Position Cursor

This is available on the higher range models.  How useful is this?  Note that I very seldom use the Map page.  I mostly use the information page on my current GPS, although scrolling through waypoints can take time.  Are there any other features on the higher range Etrex models that would be useful.  The downloadable maps would not be of enough use to me to justify the extra costs.


Frank O'Connor           Birding WA
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