Still have the same Number o useful devices hey
I have 2 devices: one car GPS with Windows CE and one Android phone. On both of them I se iGO and rarely Navitel.
Still have the same Number o useful devices hey
Normally I use my tomtom XL is I am abroad and dont really trust my out of date car GPS.
If I am in my home country I mainly relay on waze...
Still using my one device - an 8 year old Navigo Widescreen SY-895
Phones don't work where I go "I said Radio not phone" and dash mount GPS's are for wooses coz as soon as you leave the Highway they are useless and want you to turn around and go back, and the outer city road up dates are out of date anyway.32-50c = 90-122F. But that's a handheld device. What about a dashboard mounted GPS? You call each other every 15 minutes whenever the temp goes over 104F? You'd have to stay on the phone permanently all summer long here!
My in car Nav is one of these:
Have been using this for 15yrs now as back in the day there wasn't any in car nav systems.
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Ya may not of seem one of these used for mapping so here it is, gets me to the place no other unit will.
Not even hema maps are as good as the one I have.
Edit: By the way when your out in the bush with no roads, tracks or many points of reference in 40c + temps you can get lost or disoriented thus the hand held and the radio call is to make sure ya still alive, we wear camel backs and only go out for 2hr stints, Gold is elusive you know.
Last edited by Magnetron; 3rd October 2016 at 11:25.
What's a camel back, a water carrier of some sort I suppose. I go out into the Arizona and California deserrts too. Carry a lot of water and emergency gear. I don't know what your GPS is and it seems that it is even older than mine which as I said is about 13 years old now. My 276C works good off the road out in what you call the outback too, and that's one of the main reasons I'm afraid to get a new one with all the bells and whistles. I don't know if they will work good off the road and lead me in and out to my various waypoints where I have stashed my gold hordes. Well not really tho I did try panning for gold when I first came out here. But it wasn't like in the Jack London gold rush stories that I read where gold was so plentiful that it covered the bottom of the pan so that it looked like it was covered with butter. Mine was more like you need a good magnifying glass to see the tiny gold dot.
My first GPS was the Garmin model 2. No map. The model 2+ had as I recall the first hint of a rudimentary map. It had dots for cities. I thoughht that was quite amazing. There was scrambling of the GPS signals then too so there was a margin of error when you tried to get to a waypoint or whatever. Back then I'd say GPS and hardly anyone knew what I was talking about. Garmin's service was great in the early days. My long out of warranty model 2 broke so they sent me a newer model 2+ for free. And they'd answer the phone right away.
I always have left my GPS's in the vehicle, even in the summer with the blazing desert sun and the windows closed or mostly closed. The new models pop on and off easily but mine don't. The only problem I've had with the heat is the screen fades until it cools off. They've all been like that. My 276C has another problem in the cold. The buttons are very unresponsive until it warms up.
I'd like to get a new one one of the years. I know they have a lot of nice improvements and there are some things on the 276 that annoy me, like the cold button issue, and the way it slowly drawls out instructions when I'm approaching a confusing intersection..."In...500...feet...turn.....left" Hey, you gotta talk faster and say the turn left part first!
I just have a cell phone. It works in a lot of places and so does the portable data receiver for my computer tablets, but there are also vast areas in the "outback" where it doesn't. How far does you radio transmit? I used to think about getting a radio but I forgot that plan. I'll think about it again when I'm trapped someplace and dying of thirst. I was once trapped in - and u won't believe this if you don't know the area I'm talking about - New Jersey, the most densely populated state in the country, for a couple of days when I managed to bog down my rented car in sand over the axles. I don't think anyone had been in the spot I was for 150 years. You couldn't even see it from the air due to the dense tree cover. I had to hike out eight miles in the rain through an air force bombing range with big signs saying ALL PERSONS ARE FORBIDDEN TO ENTER!!! I came out on a lonely road. Then I had to find a tow truck to go in there and tow me out. Don't ask. When I finally did the tow truck guy blasted in through the do not enter signs and blasted right by all the careful marks I made in the unmarked sand roads each time I made a turn (there were no rocks to make cairns) so then we became totally lost and the road was getting worse and the tree branches were crashing into his windshield and broke his mirror and I was afraid that he would say. hey screw it I'm outa here! The only thing I had to lead me to my car was my GPS, the 2+ I think, and the worst thing was that the batteries were almost dead and the cig lighter didn't work in the tow truck so I couldn't charge it and he had no AA batteries. It would have probably been awkward to tell the rental car company, Oh sorryI lost your car, that's no problem is it? No? They would have probably billed me $30,000. My little old obsolete busted up almost dead GPS saved the day!
I have a new trick I learned to get out of a sand bog that I need to practice. I saw it on an australian youtube. I suppose it wouldn't have worked that time in NJ though. I had almost nothing with me in that rented car except two bottles of Mackeson Stout beer. No rope. The only thing I had for a shovel was big seashell that I had picked up on the beach.
Great book about the place I was in New Jersey, by John McPhee, The Pine Barrens. If u go to the front page of the amazon reviews that's my review there, at least it was last time I looked. That's amazon US of course.
PS Where'd Neil go? I scared him off huh? The big baby!
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A camel back is yes is a water bag in a backpack type of thing.
I realize I've had 4 of thoughs Etrex, the first one died the day I came back from a road trip to Melbourne 6600Km round trip, of cause was out of warranty "cost $129 exchange" bought another from a M8 who has past long time ago, that did the same thing the screen went dead, same $129. That one is my spare and is still A1, the one I use for walking around is loosing pixels by the line but becomes readable as it warms up, was given a Magellan Trail Blazer as old as it is it works quite well and comes with a car charger, has a detachable aerial so you can attach an external car one, the unit is the size of about 3 cig packets. was given another Magellan but through that in the bin even though it worked it only took an hour to lock. .
The PDA pictured they also made them with phones in them as well, the early tv show the "24 hours" they use to say send it to my PDA. Mine has no phone, these where made by HP "iPaq" series, they have 2 memory slots "Compact Flash and SD upto 2GB" so the GPS is in the Compact Flash slot and I have a 2 GB SD on which are the Maps. I run OziExplorerCE since version 1 now at 2.40 on it, it doesn't tell you where to go, you have to do a route for that. So the Etrex has the goto wp the PDA shows me the possible track to look out for "and that could be 30yrs old." ^_^, so on top of all that if I had a "telling me were to go GPS" I would become lazy and really not learn a thing as to where i am in a city or how to get back to where I started. When the Etrex's die I may treat myself to one of the Garman 30's or what ever in the future, The Missus has a Tomtom XL250 that she had for 12mnths but never got to use so I used it for a couple months and the heat killed it "of cause out of warranty". So one day I'll tose it in the recycle bin, have had it apart to try to fix but narda could do.
Good thing about the Etrex and the PDA is I can record the tracks I drive and put them into mapping software and Google Earth, very good tool for seeing were you have been and how close you were to other places you didn't know about, I also use this Data on my Netbook with Topo/Geological and Tenement Mining Maps on the PC version of OziExplorer and to top all that off I can also connect the Etrex to the Netbook and have a Big Screen Moving Map YAY
So there it is all the info as to what and how I use my GPS devices.
"if I had a "telling me were to go GPS" I would become lazy "
I've been using GPS for so long while driving I hardly even know where I am without it. I'm not sure I could find my way home. So far, though, I haven't driven into any lakes or off a cliff following a mischevous GPS instruction like I read about people doing. So far. BUT the GPS has gotten me into hot water all right. I think the worst was when I took what looked like a nice shortcut through the woods to the water on my GPS map and I came out into some compound right at the shooting range and it was all full of guys with killer looks on their faces and reflective sunglasses and they flagged me over and asked what I was doing there and how I got in. The fools didn't even know about that road through the woods! I was lucky to get out of that jam alive, and there's a little more to that story as well. But I am proud of myself for not driving into a lake yet anyway.
"Good thing about the Etrex and the PDA is I can record the tracks I drive and put them into mapping software and Google Earth, very good tool for seeing were you have been and how close you were to other places you didn't know about"
You save your tracks then. Good idea. I don't do that.
So u live in a very hot desert climate too, but u don't use a dashboard mounted GPS do you? Do you know which of the new ones might be heat resistant? Perhaps they are similar to mine with the exception of the new ones made of metal. The metal gets very hot.