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PostSubject: Selecting a GPS.   Tue Oct 11, 2011 2:13 pm

The very first thing to decide is how you will plan on using a new GPS, and the second is what you plan on investing in a GPS. Do you wish on using it into your car, for hiking in addition to backpacking, or for finest and/or fishing? Current GPS receivers are limited as to what they can do consequently they are optimized for a exact purpose. There are GPS particularly for flying, others for finest and/or fishing, and some others for car navigation. Several are just an electrical map that shows the on the map filter. Others have no maps by any means and can be just fine if you just want to know your longitude/latitude.
Should you plan on using your GPS with an automobile, there are several choices: a basic or mapping hand held receiver; a dedicated auto-grade receiver; a GPS having a PDA; or a Personal computer GPS.
Although handheld units may be used in a car there are particular disadvantages-the screen can always be hard to see car without any small size and some units really need to be placed forward on the dashboard where they can get a better indicator. With a basic (non-mapping) machine you can tell where you are, as long as you then have a paper map with anyone, to interpret that statistics.
A mapping unit may be the more useful choice entertaining the idea of driving usually involves roads. A dedicated automotive receiver is larger than a handheld to be able to accommodate a screen large enough that should be seen while driving. They are powered because of the car's electrical system and due to this; they can only use in a vehicle. Automotive units usually have voice instructions to allow you to navigate without taking your eyes journey road. Prices start on about $500 US.
A GPS having a PDA needs clear admittance to the sky for satellite reception. Some receivers have all the antenna built in or have the capability for an external antenna. An antenna about the seat of your car may or wouldn't work. The console may be the next best place - reception may just be questionable. An air vent mount is ideal and a windshield attach or the antenna placed all the way forward on the dashboard is more effective yet. The most reliable place is designed for an external antenna that should be attached to the roof on your car.
A laptop GPS requires a CF with an outward antenna, a Bluetooth GPS UNIT receiver, a mouse-type NAVIGATION SYSTEMS receiver, or be connected by using a cable to a handheld GPS unit so that the receiver can be placed ready for good reception. Obviously a laptop is great, but the main advantage is usually a very large screen pertaining to maps. If you have a need for a laptop in vehicle, this may be the best option and a mouse-type phone is inexpensive.
If you wish on using your GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM for hunting or backpacking there is three choices, a essential handheld receiver, a mapping handheld receiver and GPS having a PDA. It is also recommended that and also your GPS, you should relax and take a paper map, and over unity magnetic compass, and extra electric battery. Weight and size have to be considered when deciding which GPS for you to select. A basic receiver doesn't have mapping abilities, however it would display your location within the format that you decide on, and most likely latitude/longitude. Providing your paper maps have your chosen position format marked built in, your GPS will assist you to find your location over the map. If your maps do not own the position format grids as well as already, this is something you will want to do yourself. These will be the least expensive ways for GPS, often less than $100 US consequently they are as accurate as costlier units; they just will not have as many features. The leading feature they lack is mapping capability.
For hunting or fishing many handheld models contain best hunting and fishing times for just a given location and big day. Mapping handheld receivers can be larger, heavier, and/or receive shorter battery lives than basic units. Shorter wide variety life means carrying more extra batteries adding bulk and weight. With a mapping handheld unit you may have the benefit of obtaining maps displayed on ones own GPS. These also include other benefits for example a barometric altimeter, an electric compass, games, and a calendar and plan your route prior to on your PC and upload it to the GPS. These units display pre-loaded maps and map detail is reflected because of the size and resolution for the screen. This means that mapping units usually are larger than basic versions. The downside of a GPS which has a PDA is that it will drain your battery quicker you'll take pride in of the top of one's PDA. Mapping units are definitely more expensive than basic units; prices start at about $150 US until you get one with Bluetooth capabilities which you'll find more expensive. For fishing a chart plotter/GPS or maybe a GPS sounder are furthermore available. The chart plotter/GPS and GPS sounders usually have many features and start by about $400 US.
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