Re: birding-aus GPS

To: Tony Russell <>
Subject: Re: birding-aus GPS
Date: Fri, 20 Aug 1999 10:49:34 +0800
I have an Eagle Explorer.  This is an excellent unit.  However, ....

It does take 5 minutes or so to relocate when I move places.   e.g. Perth
to Brisbane, or Perth to Argyle.  It effectively does a cold start.
However, if I have only moved 50 or 100km it usually does not take much
time to relocate.  It usually relocates in 5 to 30 seconds.  It works fine
in the car, whereas I noticed that I Garmin at work was losing lock under
the same conditions.

The 4 AA batteries don't last very long.  6 to 8 hours.  I do have a car
adaptor, although at the moment I have bent one of the pins :-(  This is
good, but you must remember to turn it off when you stop the car, and there
is no power and it reverts to the batteries.  This is the car's fault, but
there have been many times when I have stopped for "1 minute" to look at a
bird, then gone birding for 30 minutes or more leaving it on.

My Eagle explorer is very very easy to save positions (waypoints), and then
to retrieve them and calculate distance and direction between two points
which is needed for the Atlas form.  This did not seem to be very easy at
all with the Magellan that Birds Australia is selling, but I may be wrong.

I bought it a few years ago for about $360 dollars, plus $35 for the
adaptor.  I think new prices are now about $390.  See the Articles section
on my web pages at for the information
that I researched before I bought it.

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