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    Garmin eTrex H Handheld GPS Navigator

    Has anyone got a Garmin eTrex H Handheld GPS Navigator and what do they think of it?

    Was looking on Blacks and Amazon and both said it was very good, but wondered what people on here thaught as well.

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    As a GPS its really accurate and does the basics very well. The HC, the next step up has a bit more functionality, and is slightly easier to use. It depends what you want to use them for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marcush View Post
    Has anyone got a Garmin eTrex H Handheld GPS Navigator and what do they think of it?

    Was looking on Blacks and Amazon and both said it was very good, but wondered what people on here thaught as well.
    what do you want to use it for??
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    I bought my eTrex H about six weeks ago as it was on sale in Go-Outdoors for £49.99 and haven't been disappointed! It's accurate down to 5m and is ideal for geo-caching. The buttons are a little stiff but it can be operated one handed. The major down side is the PC interface cable which only comes with a serial connector so you will need to get a USB convertor although I have yet bought either given their high price. I've also been using it for grind reference confirmation when route planning for scouts, it's surprising how far out some features are on an OS map. Given the price I have no complaints! :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nigel D View Post
    I bought my eTrex H about six weeks ago as it was on sale in Go-Outdoors for £49.99 and haven't been disappointed! It's accurate down to 5m and is ideal for geo-caching. The buttons are a little stiff but it can be operated one handed. The major down side is the PC interface cable which only comes with a serial connector so you will need to get a USB convertor although I have yet bought either given their high price. I've also been using it for grind reference confirmation when route planning for scouts, it's surprising how far out some features are on an OS map. Given the price I have no complaints! :-)
    There is a usb connector look on ebay. I did have one with my last Etrex.
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    I was looking on amazon and it was like £84 for the GPS, cable and USB adaptor. which I didn't think was bad.

    and looking at doing some Geo-Caching with it, as been really looking in to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nigel D View Post
    I bought my eTrex H about six weeks ago as it was on sale in Go-Outdoors for £49.99 and haven't been disappointed! It's accurate down to 5m and is ideal for geo-caching. The buttons are a little stiff but it can be operated one handed. The major down side is the PC interface cable which only comes with a serial connector so you will need to get a USB convertor although I have yet bought either given their high price. I've also been using it for grind reference confirmation when route planning for scouts, it's surprising how far out some features are on an OS map. Given the price I have no complaints! :-)
    Did the connector cable come with it?

    You say that, but 40m on a map is very small, I know of an example of a building that is 40m out on the OS map and it is extremely tiny on the map. They did have a VERY poweral positioning device to measure it though.
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    the groundspeak app for phones is brilliant.

    well worth the £6 i pad on android

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    There are no Garmin Etrex H USB cables that I have been able to locate on the www, not even on ebay. But I would love to be proved wrong!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nigel D View Post
    There are no Garmin Etrex H USB cables that I have been able to locate on the www, not even on ebay. But I would love to be proved wrong!
    from what i've seen on amazon you need to get a USB to RS232 - USB Converter Cable for £2.08 and that will connect to the cable that goes in to the GPS.

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    One of my friends has the unit your looking at and uses it purely for geocaching and is very happy with it. If you've not done much of it before its a good machine to start with. As I said before the GPS side of things is pretty much the same not matter what machine you use, some are slightly more sensitive and reacquire quicker. Howver if you intend to become a premium member on Geocaching you'll definitely require a better machine to get the full benefit of downloading logs,hints etc on your GPS. My Etrex HC doesn't allow me to that.

    On OS maps it depends on the scale your using as to how accurate they are. I use the smallest scale at work (1:2500) , though their drawn 1:1, and they claim an accuracy of 1m. We never do any design with them other than pre-feasibility stuff and we always have to get a specialist topo survey in. It makes me sigh when I've been involved in land boundary disputes with a title drawn on a OS map and neighbours start measuring out boundary walls trees etc. If you think about it a road drawn on a 1:25000 explorer is 1mm wide at least which would make it 25m wide which is an error of 3 to 4 times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by big chris View Post
    the groundspeak app for phones is brilliant.

    well worth the £6 i pad on android
    I'm not keen on using phones as a GPS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aidan's father View Post
    One of my friends has the unit your looking at and uses it purely for geocaching and is very happy with it. If you've not done much of it before its a good machine to start with. As I said before the GPS side of things is pretty much the same not matter what machine you use, some are slightly more sensitive and reacquire quicker. Howver if you intend to become a premium member on Geocaching you'll definitely require a better machine to get the full benefit of downloading logs,hints etc on your GPS. My Etrex HC doesn't allow me to that.

    On OS maps it depends on the scale your using as to how accurate they are. I use the smallest scale at work (1:2500) , though their drawn 1:1, and they claim an accuracy of 1m. We never do any design with them other than pre-feasibility stuff and we always have to get a specialist topo survey in. It makes me sigh when I've been involved in land boundary disputes with a title drawn on a OS map and neighbours start measuring out boundary walls trees etc. If you think about it a road drawn on a 1:25000 explorer is 1mm wide at least which would make it 25m wide which is an error of 3 to 4 times.
    Would this machine though be a decent one for anyone in your opinion? as others have said it'd be good.
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    The problem with geocaching with phones is that they aren't accurate enough. Generally people who do geocaching with phones do about 30 of them then give up as they get to many did not finds. The logs can get full of them. (Although I sure somebody out there will prove me wrong and done a fair few).

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    sorry Marcush my reply crossed yours. Go for it, if you feel like upgrading you can always sell it on for £40+ on ebay (which my friend just did), but as a start for geocaching I (and he, who sat beside me at work) would defo recommend. They're a robust, quality and accurate piece of kit, and if I start off it's what I'd get.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aidan's father View Post
    sorry Marcush my reply crossed yours. Go for it, if you feel like upgrading you can always sell it on for £40+ on ebay (which my friend just did), but as a start for geocaching I (and he, who sat beside me at work) would defo recommend. They're a robust, quality and accurate piece of kit, and if I start off it's what I'd get.
    Cool. Was the text big, as from pics it looked an ok size, but obviously can't tell properly looking at a pic.

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    The text is decent. Once you've put in your waypoint, you tend to use the arrow pointer anyway. The resolution is very good on the screen though.

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    ooooo ok. I'm gonna speak to a few more people, as if I order of Amazon before 7pm I'll get it tomorrow i think.

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