In reply to G0CQK:
I am a little surprised not to see a full technical analysis from Andy in
this thread yet although that may yet come (and he may be preparing as I
Give me a chance, I’ve not been back long from a yomp up The Minch Moor, the drive back in thick fog was… exciting!
For the record, I have a Garmin Vista HCx. I use that with downloaded routes and printed maps from Anquet. It does me, I like to use the old way of navigating and check the GPS when I think I know where I am. I save the track logs and can review them on Anquet. So I’m not in the market for a full mapping GPS. Anyway, my eyes are too far gone. I can no longer read the screen on the Vista or my cellphone whilst walking. I have to stop and count to 3 while my eyes focus. Or put glasses on which takes longer. I’d need an iPad sized GPS to be any good!
I haven’t seen anything to disagree with. The GPS60CSx (or whatever it is replaced with) is probably what I should have bought simply because it has a quadrifilar bi-helix antenna and mine just has a patch antenna. It’s not as sexy or shiny as a QFH!
I have a GPS in my Noka E71. It works but it takes an age to get a fix and most of the time wants to use up my broadband internet allowance downloading maps. Whenever you disable the GPS I have to reboot the phone My phone is not weatherproof. It lives in my trouser pockets unless the heavens open when it goes in the dry bag. So make sure whatever you buy is really waterproof and shockproof. I’ve got the genuine Garmin softcase and that along with the Garmin case itself is very rugged. Mine has be dropped and bashed against rocks and still goes well with just one small scuff on the plastic.
I use 1800mAh NiMHs in the GPS. These are about 7 years old now. One charge will do two good 6-7hr walks with a week inbetween. The cells seem to last another 4-5hrs but I cycle them after two outings. I carry a spare set of cells, so they spend 2 weeks charged in the rucksack then 2 weeks in the GPS. Lather, rinse, repeat.
YMMV! Make sure if you buy a full mapping display type GPS that you can read the display at the resolution you need in the dark and bright sun. Make sure you can swap the batteries in the dark and that you don’t need to spend a gazillion pounds on a custom battery. My 817, camera and GPS all use AA cells. Commonality is useful, the camera batteries can be pressed into service in the GPS if need be.