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  • On the quad-helix antenna I have played with the eTrex and 64 side by side and never found one to be better then the other. I wouldn't let the antenna influence my decision. The biggest difference I've found in locations where it's hard to get a si…
  • I downloaded the OSM map you linked to and found what you are finding. BaseCamp had campgrounds but not the GPS. Looking into the map of my state that has campground listed I found all of them in BaseCamp but only part of them on the 64s. I then loo…
  • I agree that's a great price on the Oregon and that it's good GPS. I also agree on the compass, it's not needed but nice to have. After getting use to it on my 64s any GPS I buy will have one. I'm not saying touch-screen is bad just that there is p…
  • I think the "Bed and Breakfast" or is "Inn". If you look under "All categories" do you see any campgrounds? Can you post a link to the maps you are using? In the case of the OSM map from http://garmin.openstreetmap.nl/ if you don't have a link to …
  • I think the biggest thing you need to look at between the Oregon and eTrex is the touch-screen. It has pros and cons. To some people it's a big advantage but to me it's a deal breaker. If you have a store near you that carries them go in and play …
  • Is the map enabled? If you push the Find key and select Lodging what do you get? On my 64s with a map for my state from the site you link to above Campground is the 5th item on the list.
  • Are there any campgrounds on the map? If there are none the category won't be listed. If you have a map with campgrounds it will be under "Find" "Lodging" "Campgrounds".
  • $300Us for the 30X is a bit excessive imo. For that price I expect a bigger and touchscreen at least for a dedicated device. Why buy this instead of the 64 for a few bucks more?? Garmin’s price for the eTrex 30x is unchanged from the eTrex 30, but …
  • The new 20x and 30x may yet be good upgrades, but everything hinges on (a) how legible (reflective) the higher-resolution display is in bright light, and (b) whether the processor is faster, to at least preserve performance while driving more pixe…
  • Looking at the US site now that it has the 20x and 30x listed the only things in the write up and specks is more memory for maps, higher screen resolution and on the 30x the Hunt/Fish Calender goes away. I don't see the largerer memory as an adva…
  • "I know with camera equipment there is often a big lag b/t announcement and availability. Will these be available in retail outlets shortly or is there usually a lag? From the above link "Available in summer 2015".
  • I'm also wondering what is different about the screen. The excellent visibility in bright is a strong point. Without making the screen larger and or higher resolution I don'y know what could be improved. The price is also up a little. The eTrex 30 …
  • Everyone is different but for me the magnetic compass is the only difference that mattered. It's not needed I was happy without one for years. The only time it helps is when you are stopped as soon as you start moving the compass will work based on …
  • sussamb is correct. There is a slight difference in size and resolution. Both are the same as far as being able to read and are excellent in bright sun. and very readable in less then bright light. Even in low light or no light I have never found ne…
  • The map is the difference of if it will use cycle paths or not. The CN map for Europe must have at least some rotatable cycle paths on it. I've never seen a cycle path on CNNA. OSM is free so if you try it and don't like it you are not out anything.…
  • The Montana and Monterra were specifically designed for use in "hot" mounts. They have a row of heavy duty brass contacts along the side. The cradles have contact fingers that engage the contacts. So everything is waterproof and there's no need for…
  • The eTrex 20/30 and GPSMAP 64 both are working good at this point. The replacement for the eTrex if it's on the way could have a lot of bugs for a while. I've always liked the handhelds better then the Edge units. Like you I don't want or need some…
  • You can find free maps. For Topo maps I would start with http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/index.php (has some pay maps but most are free) and http://www.miscjunk.org/mj/mp_cotopo.html The second site has limited states but is worth a try. If you would li…
  • I tried a cycle route of 370 km on the 64s and got the warning. It would get to 78% to 80% done every time then stop for a while and error out. I then added a point in the middle and it would calculate the route in seconds. This is a lot longer then…
  • I've never seen anything close to that on my eTrex 20 or GPSMAP 64s. I wonder if it has anything to do with the map being used.
  • Just done a test for you on my Etrex 20, using routing setting set for Car/Motorcycle A 30km route took around 10 seconds. A 100km route into the centre of London took around 90 seconds. I've never timed mine but this is about the time I would gue…
  • I've never seen the times you are talking about and have no complaints on speed. I have never tried to time ether one but the 64s is enough faster you will know it's faster without timing it. I think but have no way of knowing that it has a more pow…
  • I have an eTrex 20 and have never seen the times you are talking about. I have had it lock up if I go off the route and it starts recalculating the route and I make another turn before it's done. If this happens I need to power it down and sometimes…
  • Yes you can load the whole US. I would recommend loading it on an SD card instead of in memory. You can also load more than 1 map at the same time.
  • Are you using software version 4.20? As sussamb said you need a lock. If you don't have a lock before resetting you should be able to see it in the track as a straight line from somewhere to the start point.
  • I don't think it changes the way it uses power only the display. I have changed my NiMH batteries to Lithium (Alkaline if I can't find Lithium) when I didn't have a spare set with me. I have on occasion forgot to change the battery type and have nev…
    in Oregon 650 Comment by DaveM March 2015
  • Check the owners manual for your minivan to see if you can have the power stay on to the cigarette lighter or if there is a different one that stays on. My current minivan has cigarette lighters that stay on and others that don't. Iv'e also had vehi…
  • Push and release the power button and it will display. Also if you haven't set the battery type yet go into Setup from the main menu then System and set the battery type to Alkaline.
  • If by road software you mean maps the answer is yes. It has limited memory so you will need to load sections of maps. If you go to a different area you will need to delete them and load a different section.
  • In the file that changed by 0.2 miles I tried the first point of 2 ft and the last point of 15 ft. If deleting the point was enough to change the mileage it should have went down not up and should have not have been more than 0.1 max so if it would …
  • I did another hike today. The trip computer and track shows 8.7 miles. If I eliminate a point it reads 8.6 miles. So far in two tries it changed 0.2 and 0.1 miles. I will keep testing and if it's always within 1 or 2 tenths I will be happy. In the…
  • Yes. I should be able to get out and hike tomorrow and test it again.
  • I had a chance to hike today so tried the etrex 20 with 4.20 software. The trip computer screen and the track showed 5.5 miles. When I forced BaseCamp to recalculate the distance goes up to 5.7 miles. It looks like the bug is not fixed yet.
  • Maybe the latest update will resolve that http://www8.garmin.com/support/download_details.jsp?id=5553 That's interesting! As you know I had a case open with Garmin. I received an email stating this problem is fixed in the 64s. I replied asking abo…
  • As sussamb said it's correct that if you clear your GPS before getting a satellite lock it will add the distance from the last lock. The eTrex 20 and some other Garmin's have a bug that can also make the mileage high or low. If you clear the Track …
  • @Boyd I agree I wouldn't want one ether and would much rather have a handheld. As for the screen size the older I get the farther from my eyes I need things not at my nose. I do think it's cool and know people including one of my grandsons that wil…
  • It's cool. However you would need eyes a lot younger than mine to be able to use it.
  • I like both ... so I can choose ;) I agree. Sometimes I know where I'm going so mute it. Sometimes I don't know so have the sound on. Sometimes I know the area but not the location so I mute it until I'm close. The same thing is not always best i…
  • >I mean that, because its screen is way too small, I'd rather keep using a smartphone with a 5" screen. I don't have a problem with the screen size on the etrex 20. If you use it for nav the screen will auto zoom. However every one is different …
  • I agree with sussamb and privet01. With some screenshots we could try creating routes with the same start and stop points as you are using and maybe find why you are getting the results you are.
  • I agree with privet01 on going with a dedicated GPS. They are waterproof have good battery life and will mount on your handlebars or stem. They also make a bike mount that works with a lot of their handhelds. Note this is a different mount than th…
  • If you are not seeing the maps under "user data" in BaseCamp they ether are not there or there is a problem with them. Use Windows File Explorer to look at the card it should look like an external drive. If in BaseCamp its listed as listed as card…
  • Hook your GPS to your computer with an USB cable or if your computer has a sd card slot you can put the sd card in it. Use File Explorer to look in the Garmin directory of the sd card. How many .img files are in it? What are their names?
  • BaseCamp without an attached device works on an 15th century map Yes the basemap is useless. I wouldn't wast my time trying to make a route with it. Ether plug your GPS in, or you can copy the map from it to a USB drive or sd card in a directory c…
  • I've put waypoints in a median cross over of four lane divided highways. you are rerouted to the next intersection to make a u-turn and go back through the waypoint. I've put waypoints "in the air" between elevated&separated bridge lanes. Th…
  • If it's routeing you that far out of the way I would have a good look at how the avoidances are set. If it's set to avoid certain road types it could be routeing you a longer on a different type of road. I agree with sussamb I would never put a poi…
  • I also hope that is an exaggeration. No GPS or mapping software will ever chose the best route 100% of the time. If I'm in my car and it sends me a mile out of my way who cares, it's better then driving around for miles lost and trying to read signs…
  • GLONASS reception should be good. I've found that the more cover from trees, hills, buildings, etc. the more difference it makes having the additional satellites. I don't know any downside so I would enable it. The etrex is a nice GPS I have an etre…
  • I don't see the error when I look at track logs from 2013 and before. I think it came with one of the software upgrades.
  • I would call within a mile out of 268 good. Was that this year? Most of my hiking is on hilly trails in the woods so closer to 2 mph. If I get a chance I will try doing some walks where I can walk closer to 3 mph and see what happens.