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Mike01
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12/17/2002
20:32:12

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I currently have the Garmin GPS V navagation system in my DAK. Does anyone else have one? I dont know how Ive lived without this thing all these years. No more asking for directions or trying to find your way out of a bad neighborhood. Im trying to find someone who has any of the Parks and Rec maps. Apparently it has trail maps on it. Thanks Mike



CMeFly
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12/17/2002
22:41:00

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Tell me about it. Flying with it is even better! Within the next 5-7 years, most of commercial airlines flight will be what we call GPS DIRECT. Its exactly like it sounds, straight from one city to the next, not the 1950's VOR (ground based radio navigation) that they use for the most part now.



eallen
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12/17/2002
22:46:09

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I don't have GPS but was wondering if there is a monthly fee or not for the GPS service? I have tried to find this information and am getting mixed answers. Thanks for any help!! Garmin is the one I was thinking of going with. Which model do you have?



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12/17/2002
23:00:33

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I'm using the Garmin GPS 176C. What a sweet GPS!! I actually got it for use on my boat but it transfers nicely to the Dak.

Eallen, there is no "monthly charge". GPS signals are out there for the taking.



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12/18/2002
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Ever since I got my GPS I have thought the same. Plus being able to check your speedometer when you put on the bigger tires helps.

Having all of the street map info, trials, parks and topographical info is great especially off road. Mine even shows most of the trails at Hollister Hills. I have the Magellan Gold.

No monthly service fee though. You should be able to order a disc so you can map out your trips on your pc then upload them to your gps unit with added waypoints and all kinds of cool stuff. It really helps when out of town.

FXF

Never late for a Tee time or wheelin with my buddies! Always ready for both!!!

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Mike01
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12/18/2002
23:08:36

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IS GPS RECEPTION FREE???? No,one word TAXES!!! But if it makes you feel better ill tell you there are no monthly fee's. I own the Garmin GPS V http://www.garmin.com/products/gps5/). I love it. They do make a color unit that is $1000 and takes up your entire dash almost. The GPS V lists for $500 but i paid 1/2 of that. I noticed that someone had brought back the unit and i bought it as an open box purchase. So look after Xmas if your lucky. Anymore questions??

Heres the thing I've liked the most so far. All oh my family live outta town. So what I did is I put in waypoints (places) for the beach, mall,resturants and other points of interest. While im at work my outta town family can see all there is to see with difficult maps, just hit the button and their off. Do the math, its been more then helpful. Hey, does anyone have any software other than Cities??




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2/28/2004
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I have on CD a copy of the Garmin Topo maps on 3 cd's for sale. It covers all US, HAwaii, and Alaska, for $25. email me if interested



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2/28/2004
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A friend of mine bought some software at CompUSA that does topographic maps. He's a hiker and he plots all his trails. Every 50 yards he stops and stores the position he's at and when he gets home he down loads it to his computer and the software prints out a map of the trail he marked with the GPS and it details all the terrain features. It's cool as hell. I'm getting one soon.



Wadak
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2/28/2004
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I have use the Garmin-38, Garmin Etrex, Garmin E-Map, and Magellan Meridian. I really the Garmin E Map and the Magellan Meridan since you can customize the Maps for the location you are going.



Tom Huber
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3/17/2004
03:35:56

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Vehicle navigation systems ROCK. We had an older Philips Carin in our Spirit for 7 years. It took me and a friend an entire weekend to install it, but it was worth it. My directionally challenged wife never got lost again. Put in a street address, and the system told you when and where to turn to get there as well as your ETA.

We recently gave away the car and bought an '02 Durango for my wife, along with a Garmin StreetPilot 2610. Set it on the dash, plug it into the power outlet, and it's ready to go. I can't believe how much faster and easier to use the Garmin is compared to that old Philips. And unlike the Philips, I can unplug the Garmin and switch it to my Dak in about 30 seconds. Which of course was my real reason for getting the wife a new nav system in the first place...

BTW I'm a software engineer at NAVTEQ, the company that builds the digital maps for most of the car navigation systems out there. I write the GIS software that our geographers use to collect all the street, pavement, and point of interest data that the nav systems need.


Tom Huber
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6/14/2004
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I currently have an older Magellan 300 (okay...OLD!) hand-held size GPS that I made a mounting bracket for and which gets external ~3.35VDC from a regulated source I have "housed" in the extended-cab bench-seat compartment. The GPS bracket is velcro-mounted on the dash and gets 7 or 8 satellites (full reception) and sits just off-line of my driving forward-vision for quick safe viewing. The external power connection is made by way of a BNC female connector mounted through the dash discretely so I can disconnect the power and remove the GPS when parked or leaving it for the night.

I've actually considered switching to somehow mounting the GPS *in* the dash panel and either just having the GPS antenna extended somehow through the dash, or using a GPS unit with an external antenna that I can mount on/through the roof.

Any thoughts?



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