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Anolphart
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From: Yamba, NSW
Joined: 12 November 2017
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18 December 2017 10:36 am

I’m thinking of buying the Garmin 78 hand held GPS that has the ability of installing a MicroSD card with a topographical map of Australia. The price of a new topo map is about $150.00 (the one that has 10 meter contours) but I see that they are also listed on fleabay as ‘refurbished’ for about $25.00. Generally the refurbished ones seem to have good reviews, but I’m wondering whether they are Chinese copies masquerading as refurbished originals.

Has anybody used the 78 and in particular with one of those refurbished maps? What are your thoughts?

Zol

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Redfin
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18 December 2017 01:22 pm

They work fine, but, if you look hard enough in the right places you can download them for nothing, like most maps on fleabay.


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Ridge Runner
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18 December 2017 01:51 pm

Anolphart wrote:

I’m thinking of buying the Garmin 78 hand held GPS that has the ability of installing a MicroSD card with a topographical map of Australia. The price of a new topo map is about $150.00 (the one that has 10 meter contours) but I see that they are also listed on fleabay as ‘refurbished’ for about $25.00. Generally the refurbished ones seem to have good reviews, but I’m wondering whether they are Chinese copies masquerading as refurbished originals.

Has anybody used the 78 and in particular with one of those refurbished maps? What are your thoughts?

Zol

I have owned the 76 for about 10 or 15 years and I bought the 72 about 2 years ago, I love how simple they are, I don't like GPS's with maps in because I only want my info in there, they draw their own map of where I have been, and they have multiple data fields if you need them, They can zoom in to about 20 feet or 6 metres from memory and the 76 has major towns and cities in it, I like the bigger screens they have, I also have one of the Garmin Street Pilot III for dash mounting and it has worldwide mapping but I keep it turned off again because I just want it to record what I am doing.

Battery life on the 72 and the 76 is about 24 hours running on 2 AA's which is pretty good but if you use Energizer Lithium you will at leased double that time. I have tried the cell phone thing but using the GPS in a phone sucks the life out of the battery, I also have 2 of the American Army Issue Cammenga Compasses the ( 3H ) which has self powered illuminous cardinal point made out of Tritium and I also have the model 27 version as well for backup which just has the normal illuminous markers.

hope that helps.

John.


Dig em all,

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Anolphart
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From: Yamba, NSW
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18 December 2017 04:01 pm

Thanks for your input guys. I have had several GPS’s and own the current Etrex10 to get me back to my car, but I want to hike into some new areas and I would normally take a detailed topo paper map with me so I figured it would be cheaper in the long run to use the electronic version.

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#5

HoudiniHarry
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From: GT, VIC
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18 December 2017 04:15 pm

I bought one of these a while ago and great. You set where your car is (or gold) and directs you straight back

https://www.sportgps.com.au/bushnell-ba … int-3.html

Not complicated and you just follow the arrow. $109

Cheers


Having a great time searching for gold....
GPX4500, Equinox 800 and SDC2300

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Ridge Runner
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18 December 2017 04:15 pm

Anolphart wrote:

Thanks for your input guys. I have had several GPS’s and own the current Etrex10 to get me back to my car, but I want to hike into some new areas and I would normally take a detailed topo paper map with me so I figured it would be cheaper in the long run to use the electronic version.

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Well I would still carry the maps because they don't have batteries to run flat, and it pays to have a backup plan just in case, all those things need to be carried on your person and not in a pack, I always like to have a couple extra backup plans to fall back on.


Dig em all,

#7

lids
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31 December 2017 08:00 am

Maps are best if you can get them and use the god as a check nav, to make sure you are where you think you are.
I only ever saw garmin being used in the army.

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condor22
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From: Adelaide, SA
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31 December 2017 12:11 pm

To answer the original Q.

A few years ago, I wanted the Topo maps for my old ETrex, so I bought a $25 Fleabay special. The ETrex (B&W) had a base map which was very basic, when I looked to install the Fleabay map, I found that it was the same base map I already had. It was advertised as Topo. I contacted the seller, informing them that I would seek Paypal resolution if they did not refund. I got my money back and they did not ask for the SD card to be returned. So Buyer Beware.....

I now use the Etrex E20 (it was a freebie when I bought the 5000) I bought the Garmin $150 maps for it. However, a few tips for using any handheld.......

1. To conserve battery, switch it on at the car, have a waypoint named CAR, reset its position to your current location, then turn off the GPS. Only turn it back on if needed to find the car.

2. Preparation - To navigate to a pre selected spot - carry paper maps if you wish, I don't, as I have Oziexplorer and a lot of Topo mapping for it at 25k scale. If I pre plan a location/s on Ozi (laptop) I mark those with a Waypoint then transfer them to the E20, then use it to navigate there. Once there, I turn the GPS off.

3. If you only have paper maps, you can use the legend and map coordinate system to fix positions then manually key in those as waypoints to the GPS, before you leave camp.

4. The E20 uses 2 x AA (I use Alkaline bats) by only using it as needed, I only replace my batteries once a year, but it's not difficult to carry a spare set.


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