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Old 12-02-2003, 10:31 AM   #1
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2010 JCW Clubman

Default Handheld GPS

any thoughts on the good, the bad and the ugly??

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Old 12-02-2003, 11:31 AM   #2
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I'm not up with all the latest and greatest, but the Rino 120 (Garmin) I received last Xmas from my pops has been great to use. It's WAAS enabled, so your location can be pinpointed down to a few feet by a whole bunch of satellites. I was fishing in the Indian River up near Sebastian (FL) this spring, and with WAAS enabled, it got down to 6-9 ft. precision. Without, I think it was in the 30-50 ft. range. Plus, it had info for every buoy in the intracostal - which ones are radio, exact coordinates, more stuff I can't remember. The display isn't real big, but the FRS / GMRS radio is a nice feature even if it does take away from screen size. Great range on GMRS too, though one is supposed to pay the FCC $75 (IIRC) to get a GMRS license. I give it a thumbs up for a dual purpose device - you can easily pick the channel to talk on with your buddies and you're good to go. If one of them has another 120, you can send location info. with 1 click. It can do enhanced maps via upload, but I've found no reason to do so - the base maps (I think that's what the built-in / default ones are called) are fine for roadway navigating, on the water, and playing around. The only thing I don't have that I want to score is a car mount. The WRX cupholder just doesn't cut it Oh, and one other thing - battery life, since it uses 3 AA's, has been very good - I've only changed them once since last Xmas even with many many hours of GPS and radio use.

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