Sunday, February 28, 2010

With spring approaching and planning to come, getting a GPS for navigation is one important step in making the longer trips happen. After picking up the GPS you have to learn how to use it properly and know how to get the most out of your GPS system. You can't just take it out of the box and go. This is the one I decided on for many reasons.

This unit features a removable microSD card for detailed mapping memory and a waterproof, rugged housing. The microSD card slot is located inside the waterproof battery compartment. I can load map data and transfer routes and waypoints through the unit�s fast USB connection. In addition, this unit features a new, highly sensitive GPS receiver that acquires satellites faster and lets users track their location in challenging conditions.
Considered the mainstay among serious outdoor enthusiasts, the GPSMAP 60Cx and GPSMAP 60CSx offer a large color TFT display and turn-by-turn routing capability. Each unit comes with a blank 1 GBmicroSD card. I picked up a 2GB card for the extra space, as well as the Garmin Blue Chart for Newfoundland.
� New high-sensitivity WAAS-capable GPS receiver by SiRF
� Built-in quad-helix receiving antenna with remote antenna capability
� Unit dimensions: 2.4� W x 6.1� H x 1.3� D
� Display: 1.5� W x 2.2� H, 2.6�-diagonal, 256-color, transflective TFT (160 x 240 pixels)
� Supports English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French languages.
� Weight: 7.5 ounces with batteries (not included)
� microSD card slot allows for storage of optional MapSource detail (64 MB microSD included)
� LED backlit display and keypad
� Battery life: up to 18 hours using two AA alkaline batteries
� Includes a built-in Americas autoroute basemap with automatic routing capabilities, including highways, exits, and tide data (U.S. only)
� Internal memory is preloaded with a marine point database
� 1,000 user waypoints with name and graphic symbol; 50 reversible routes
� Trip computer provides odometer, stopped time, moving average, overall average, total time, max speed, and more
� 10,000-point automatic track log; 20 saved tracks (500 points each) let you retrace your path in both directions
� Water resistant: IEC 60529 IPX7 standards

Another much needed addition to the Pathfinders equipment inventory.

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