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post #11 of 87 Old 01-29-2012, 01:51 PM
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The newer e-trex's have a different chipset and are much improved over the older ones.

Prior to the two I have now, I had the old blue etrex legend.

It often lost signal in heavy cover, but seldom, if ever, loose signal on either of the two I've mentioned.

However, I still, take a paper map and compass when riding in the wilderness area or National forest.

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post #12 of 87 Old 01-29-2012, 01:56 PM
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I met a lady last weekend that had an old eTrex and she said it would lose signal in the woods. I have never lost signal anywhere thank God!

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post #13 of 87 Old 01-29-2012, 02:56 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the info. guys! I'm definitely going to research a bit more and maybe find one to play with before I make a definitive choice. Yay! So excited!

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this is good to know

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post #15 of 87 Old 01-29-2012, 04:42 PM
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I met a lady last weekend that had an old eTrex and she said it would lose signal in the woods. I have never lost signal anywhere thank God!
I have an old Garmin eTrex Venture and I loose signals frequently too. Sometimes I think it's the woods, other times I think it's the mountains.

There is one trail up here that is notorious for my GPS not being able to keep a signal on. It is both wooded and surrounded by mountains. My theory is that it takes a certain number of satellites to pinpoint it's location, so if the mountains or trees or whatever are blocking some of the signals it can't pinpoint it's location. I don't know how true that is, but that's my theory anyway!

I do love my GPS, although many times I forget to turn it on at the start of a ride. Or I turn it on and forget to reset the tracking information. But it does give me a lot of confidence to go cross country and explore and be able to find my way back to the trailer. So I really find it a valuable tool. Someday I should get a more modern one though.
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post #16 of 87 Old 01-29-2012, 05:14 PM
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Trailhorserider, the lady said her eTrex was about 6 years old! I showed her mine and she said she might look into getting a new one. I do not live in a mountainous area but we do ride at a place that has hills and heavy tree coverage. I have never noticed losing satellites. Hummm...next time we ride there I am going to check it when we are down in the deepest places.

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post #17 of 87 Old 01-30-2012, 10:57 AM
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Mine never totally loses signal, but when I put the track on a map in my computer at home, I notice that the satellite readings are pretty far apart when I am deep in the woods. I can always tell where I am though. Then again, I haven't tried it in places that I can get lost.

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post #18 of 87 Old 01-30-2012, 12:06 PM
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We used them weekend before last in the deep places and were navigating. I never had it tell me no signal so I am assuming all was good. How do you see how far apart the satellite reading are Celeste?

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post #19 of 87 Old 01-30-2012, 12:49 PM
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On the computer program, it shows little squares where a reading was on the map. Each of this is a number.

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post #20 of 87 Old 01-30-2012, 03:26 PM
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What program are you uploading it to?

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