RFI - Garmin Etrex GPS Functions

Subject: RFI - Garmin Etrex GPS Functions
From: Vin Lam <>
Date: Wed, 1 Sep 2004 09:43:26 +1000
On Tue, Aug 31, 2004 at 07:53:52PM +1000, Jennifer Spry wrote:
> Hi Frank,
> I can't answer many of your questions yet as I only bought my Etrex
> today. It is the cheapest model but it does do the sunrise moonrise and
> storing waypoints seems to be more difficult than what you explain for
> your Lowrance. A 12v power cable is $47 from Johnnie Appleseed.
> The reason I bought it though, in preference for the recommended Gecko
> models, is that IT IS DESIGNED FOR USE IN THE LEFT HAND! At last a
> manufacturer who knows the superiority of left handers.
> Sadly not though, the salesman tells me it is a military design request
> so that I can have it in my left hand while I have my gun in my right
> hand. Little do they know that I could not hit the broad side of ten
> barns if I had a gun in my right hand !! (the geckos are ambidextrous in
> use but I will disregard that fact as quickly and lightly as a
> politician disregards the truth)
> I had to buy it just because it is designed for LH use though, and
> because it was cheaper than the gecko and had as all features that I
> needed.

As I probably said before, the only reason I went for the Geko 201 was
that the Etrex only uses 2000 points in the track log. Unless you are
carrying a laptop or ipaq without, you will run out of active track points
in less than a day. On saturday driving from melbourne to killawarra
then chiltern and then back to melbourne, I used about 3500 track points.
The benifit of using active track points vs saved track points is that
the saved ones are trimmed down and dont contain altitude (possibly date)
information. The Geko is only $20 more than the Etrex, but the two
drawbacks are: The 'ON' switch is easy to switch on accidentially and
it uses AAA which dont last as long.

Having the gps in my hand is not an issue as I only take it out when 
I need it. I also got the power/serial adaptor, an IPAQ and it works 
great. I can see exactly where I am on the moving map. Saved me this 
weekend having missed a turn to get to Boweya. Would have taken me a 
while to figure where I went wrong.

If anyone intersted in getting a gps, DO NOT get the Geko 101 as you
cannot connect it to a computer or Ipaq. The Etrex is the lower garmin
model to get.


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