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slippery_1



Joined: 23 Apr 2006
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Location: Manitoba

PostPosted: Jun 23, 2006 2:22 am    Post subject: New GPS ? Reply with quote

I am going to the City on Monday June 26.



I want to buy a new GPS and hope to find one simular to what Peter uses.



Think it's a Garmin 76cx? (Correct me if I'm wrong.)



I want the type of maps you have and how the animation is on your screen. Any suggestions where I can buy one in the Peg? And any ideas of costing now?



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grnbrg



Joined: 27 Sep 2005
Posts: 248
Location: 4948.505', -9708.066'

PostPosted: Jun 23, 2006 2:52 am    Post subject: RE: New GPS ? Reply with quote

slippery_1 wrote:


I want to buy a new GPS and hope to find one simular to what Peter uses.

Think it's a Garmin 76cx? (Correct me if I'm wrong.)

I want the type of maps you have and how the animation is on your screen. Any suggestions where I can buy one in the Peg? And any ideas of costing now?





You might also consider GPS Central, in Calgary. They currently have the Garmin 76cx available for $489.00. Plus $12.00 shipping and 7% GST, works out to $536.00. There is also a USD $100.00 rebate available, dropping the price to $400.00.



http://www.gpscentral.ca/products/garmin/76cx.htm">http://www.gpscentral.ca/products/garmin/76cx.htm




GPS Central ships XpressPost, and if you order on a Monday morning, you'll probably have your order by Wednesday. I really recommend them.



If you can wait 'till after Monday to buy, you can check out a bunch of models at the event at the UofM....





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Dragonfreys



Joined: 12 Feb 2006
Posts: 364
Location: Manitoba-Westman

PostPosted: Jun 23, 2006 2:53 am    Post subject: RE: New GPS ? Reply with quote

Hey Slippery_1,



For a cost comparison, Prairie Geomatics out of Minnedosa is usually fairly competitive:



Prairie Geomatics Garmin 76 models



I see there's a rebate on the 76cx.



HTH, Dragonfreys



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slippery_1



Joined: 23 Apr 2006
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Location: Manitoba

PostPosted: Jun 23, 2006 3:04 pm    Post subject: RE: New GPS ? Reply with quote

Dragonfreys wrote:



Hey Slippery_1, For a cost comparison, Prairie Geomatics out of Minnedosa is usually fairly competitive: Prairie Geomatics Garmin 76 models I see there's a rebate on the 76cx. HTH, Dragonfreys




I have done cost comparisons from both quoted companies, and have purchased from GPS central in the past. Great company, geocacher friendly.



Minnidosa Manitoba, Prairie Geomatics, Local company comparative pricing local shopping(Manitoba Friendly).



Coupled with the fact I have business ties to this community I think possibly I may lean to local shopping, to quote someone, Shop Locally, suppport our local business's.



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grnbrg



Joined: 27 Sep 2005
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PostPosted: Jun 23, 2006 3:20 pm    Post subject: RE: New GPS ? Reply with quote

S.I.R. Sports Store @ 1300 Ellice has the 76cx for $579.99. Plus tax -- $661, minus the US$100.00 rebate.



I'm all for buying locally, but not for a $150.00 premium. And GPS Central and/or Prairie Geomatics are not Walmart.





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slippery_1



Joined: 23 Apr 2006
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PostPosted: Jun 23, 2006 3:28 pm    Post subject: RE: New GPS ? Reply with quote

Whole heartitly agree...or in other words...here...here.

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Dragonfreys



Joined: 12 Feb 2006
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Location: Manitoba-Westman

PostPosted: Jun 23, 2006 5:47 pm    Post subject: RE: New GPS ? Reply with quote

You may wish to consider the 60 series. Had one out on a search & rescue exercise in the ravines on the east side of Riding Mountain in 4 m hazel and never lost lock all day. There were people along with 76 units that worked okay but they were the poor cousins in terms of field operation.



The 60cx is the most impressive field operations model I have used yet. Time between start up and lock (warm or cold) is unbelievable. The only thing I don't like about it is the plastic lip that the battery cover uses to anchor at the bottom. I dropped it once (1m to laminate floor) and as luck would have it, it landed right on that piece breaking it. I repaired it with the strongest super glue I could find, and it is holding but it irked me. The only design flaw on the otherwise perfect handheld GPS.



Oh one other minor thing. One thing I liked in the 76 model is that you could customize the number and font size of fields showing on the map page. I like the small fields so I could get all the info I needed on one screen (bearing, distance, ETA,track, speed), but on the 60s you only have the option of large fonts for those fields, and only up to 4 fields displayed which takes up most of the map. The 76s also have a bit bigger display.



Cool tool, Dragonfreys



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JayPeg



Joined: 02 Jun 2006
Posts: 131
Location: Winnipeg

PostPosted: Jun 24, 2006 8:49 pm    Post subject: RE: New GPS ? Reply with quote

Hey Slippery,



I will be at the event on Monday, you can take a look at my map60CSx. I like the external antenna and the fact I can add extra memory.



See you monday.

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