Im looking to upgrade my Garmin GPS 12 which i bought 10yrs ago, any ideas? Thank you in advance.
Man, I went to wal~mart.com and got it for a fraction of what the other web sites wanted! $370 vs $499!!! I love it! Built in radio, if your buddy has one you can see him when we keys the mic, it's a awesome lil unit! HIGHLY RECOMMEND ONE!
Oh you have to type in the "Garmin Rhino 530hcx" in the search part of the web site or it won't show it, I dunno why, at least I can never find it without typing it in...
I replaced it with the 60csx because the reception under a canopy is unbeatable.
Best choices are the Garmin 60 or the Delorme. The delorme have much better scale maps but the battery life isn't near as good as the garmin. I bought the garmin because I felt more comfortable with the unit and the battery life was important to me as my Garmin Rinos would suck down 3 batteries in a single day. The new 60 is much faster in map loading and battery life. But the delorme (a thicker unit) has great map scales so that is your trade off. If you are doing day hunts I would suggest the delorme but if you plan on spending days out in the woods and have to pack extra batteries, get the Garmin.
Yes, you have to have an FCC license to use that radio. FRS radios operate on some of the same channels as that radio and don't require a license, but they are limited to .5 watt of power. Some dual purpose radios will automatically power down to .5 watts when talking on one of the FRS channels, so if you use that kind of radio you don't have to have a license if you stay off GMRS channels, but that radio is not a dual-purpose radio it always broadcasts at 5 watts and so requires a license.Don't you need a FCC liscense for that radio/GPS? Im gonna go check it out for sure, it looks sweet!
Groundspeak which is the forum for geocaching.com would be a good place to look..They always have the low down on what's new..You might have to register over there,but anything you want to know about a GPSr and more you will find in that forum..Look under the GPS and Technology section..Awsome, thank you for all of this info. Does anyone know where i can go to see whats coming out for NEW hand held GPS units? Thank you in advance.
The Garmin 60csx (and 76csx) are the most purchased GPS units by the US Forest Service. They are as close as you can get to a professional grade Trimble without spending $4,500. I highly recomend the Garmin GPS 76csx. I have used it extensevly for both work, my graduate work, and recreation (I bought my own personal one). It aquires signal fast (dual internal attenaes and WAAS), does a pretty good job in the low spots and canyons, highly accurate, and can take a pretty good beating. PM me if you want to know more about it and GPS in general.I researched extensively before buying and the Garmin GPSMap 60CSX kept coming up as the one most people were happy with.
I recommend paying $25 and buying a 2GB or 4 GB card and getting the 1:24000 Topo maps on CD then downloading your areas to the GPS.
You can find these units for around $300. I love mine. It does everything.
The screen is large and the reception is amazing. I can pick up the satellites in my basement!