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Rafikey



Joined: 14 Jan 2012
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Location: LaSalle MB

PostPosted: Mar 24, 2012 5:39 pm    Post subject: GPS to buy??? Reply with quote

I'm new to this activity, I'm looking at the Magellan 310 any thoughts or input would be greatly appreciated

Thanks Don

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Hakliva



Joined: 12 Sep 2010
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PostPosted: Mar 24, 2012 11:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just use my blackberry, and it works beautifully with the cachesense app... for placing and finding and convienence and user friendlyness... better than my magellan explorist 500 on all counts...
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glacier_ice



Joined: 16 Aug 2007
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PostPosted: Mar 31, 2012 4:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rafikey, Here is a discussion on a Delorme GPS that has gone on clearance sale.

http://www.mbgeocaching.ca/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1902

Here is the shopping link.

http://shop.delorme.com/OA_HTML/DELibeCCtdItemDetail.jsp?item=30536&section=10460

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Old Billygoat



Joined: 28 Oct 2005
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Location: Just south of Winnipeg

PostPosted: Mar 31, 2012 4:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does the PN-40 support paperless caching, I know the PN-60 does, but their website is not clear on this with the PN-40 that I could find.
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MissionMode



Joined: 27 Nov 2009
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PostPosted: Mar 31, 2012 7:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The PN-40 supports everything that the (stock) PN-60 does. The PN-60 had some better stuff under the hood (significant battery life improvement) and a graphical menuing system similar to most other GPS instead of a text based menu system like the PN-40. There are versions of the PN-60 that support connection to Spot or In-Reach but those have extra smarts anyway.

So yes, the PN-40 has always been fully paperless, which is why I bought one when I started caching.
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dios



Joined: 14 Jan 2012
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Location: Land of Coldness and Sunshine

PostPosted: Mar 31, 2012 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just bought a PN-60w with spot, and while the unit is great, I am disappointed with the topo maps that come with it. They are about 300 feet off here in Northern Manitoba. I am going to hold onto it for a while and see if they are better in paces farther south.
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ruylopez



Joined: 16 Aug 2010
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Location: Winnipeg

PostPosted: Apr 01, 2012 5:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The topo maps are terrible outside of any major city. So if you cache in Winnipeg, for example, they are fine, but outside of Winnipeg, you will see the same problems as up North.
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ertyu



Joined: 25 Apr 2005
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Location: Winnipeg

PostPosted: Apr 01, 2012 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The traditional recommendation is to get a Garmin. They are by far the most widely used and supported device. The only downside is that Garmin seemingly hasn't been able to produce a totally bug free device as of late. There is quite a range of units from Garmin to choose from, the new etrex series, 62 series, montana series, etc.

You can find reviews of many different GPS models here for some comparison
http://gpstracklog.com/our-gps-reviews
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fallyn



Joined: 11 Oct 2010
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PostPosted: Apr 16, 2012 1:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hakliva wrote:
I just use my blackberry, and it works beautifully with the cachesense app... for placing and finding and convienence and user friendlyness... better than my magellan explorist 500 on all counts...


ditto to that!
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glacier_ice



Joined: 16 Aug 2007
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PostPosted: Apr 16, 2012 4:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a Blackberry Torch with Cachesense and a Garmin 60Cx.

I find that the Blackberry can get me by in a pinch and 'occasionally' it helps when I'm finding a bit too much signal bounce on my Garmin.

99% of the time, my Garmin is way more accurate.

Also, the rule of thumb when hiding a cache is to take the coordinate reading with a dedicated GPS unit rather than a smart phone.

Having said that, Cachesense with the live API rocks.

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