Etrex, Legend

foulshot

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I purchased a Etrex, Legend.  Took it out with me on a chukar hunt this weekend and I am very happy with it.  For the price and features that I need it was just the ticket.  The next purchase is the Mapsource software.  Has anyone had any problems with this model?  I can't forsee any problems, but then I just got it.  It is so light that I forgot I had it in my hunting vest.  Just my thoughts on this unit!
 



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FoulShot

Keep us advised on your unit.  I've been in the market for a new one all summer and not made up my mind yet, was looking at that model tho.

Does the UTM coordinate digits have 2 of the numbers enlarged?   How large are the UTM digits, they aren't small are they (for my old eyes to see?)

I just wondered about that because somebody complained about the small size on one unit.

Thanx

Tinhorn
 

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I've got an eTrex Legend also and like it.  Not sure on the UTM numbers tinhorn.  I'll take a look later today and let you know tomorrow.

I haven't had any problems with it yet.  Neatest thing I've done w/ it so far is capture a "track" while the wife and I went on a whale watch off the coast of Maine.  I brought it back and mapped where the boat went when we got home.  Neat toys.

Todd
 

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How long do your batteries last?  I've got a Magellan and it can chew through a set in under 10 hours which can be kind of a pain when you're out for extended periods of time.

Does anyone make one with a rechargable battery pack (better than two AAs)?
 

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Tinhorn, as far as the digits go, my 32 year old eyes can read them from about 2 ft away.  I haven't figured out if you can enlarge them yet.  Maybe ToddP has that answer.  ToddP, with the legend can you find locations by inputing the coordinates?  I have found I can navigate by moving the pointer, but there must be an easier way.  songdog, I haven't kept track of battery time yet, but I'll do a test tomorrow.  The E-trex has an adapter for cig. lighter, but that doesn't do much good if you are on foot.  I'll let you know about my battery time after the test.  I guess it depends on how many buttons you push also.
 

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Songdog,

Look into getting a solar powered recharger for AA only. I think you can get them through REI. I have two FRS radios, headlamp, mini mag, GPS, weather radio, handheld SW radio, CD player all powered off AA. Thats 16 batteries. My battery bill is killing me.
 

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Ok, hold on.  Have to get the unit out of the truck.  

k, back.  
foulshot, yes you can input coordinates to find a location.  You would need to do this if you get into geocaching. (see Geocaching thread under GPS)  Basically you are creating a waypoint.  Go to the Main Menu then select Mark.  You can go down and change the coordinates there then map it.

Batteries...I've got the same pair of WalMart AA's in that I put in when I left Maine to come home.  (I think)  I had my GPS on most driving up and back.  What I noticed is that if you have the Map up the redisplay as you move along uses up the batteries quicker.  I'm guessing I had to swap out the batteries around 8 hrs in.  Not sure though.  On the way home I primarily just had the Trip Computer displayed.  This really saved on the batteries.  14 hr trip home and the batteries are just below half used up.  Mind you... this wasn't a concentrated effort on evaluating battery life so I might have some information wrong.  I do remember a difference  in battery usage between the the trip up (map display on) and the trip back (trip computer on).  One thing I did figure out is that my truck odometer is off by about 5 mph for every 100.  Hence,  I'm driving a little faster than my spedometer shows too.

What else.. what else.... Oh yeah,  Tinhorn and his bad eyes.  I don't think they can be enlarged.  Maybe if you use Viagra instead of batteries!!!  :jaw-drop:


Todd
 

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I use a Garmin 12xl which I am very happy with.  To save battery power I have it hooked up to the lighter with a power cord.  My Dad has an etrek which he is trying to get used to.
 

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Thanks Todd, I did follow the thread to the geocaching.  Looks like a cool idea.  I might go look for some this weekend with the family.  Now I see how to input the coordinates, thank you.
 
On the battery issue, mine lasted about the same time.  I had about 4 hours on the pair and they lasted about 7 hours today before dumping out.  I had kept the map page on so I don't know if that uses juice faster or not.  I noticed the same thing with the MPH on my truck also.  Do you think a CHP would buy it?

Tinhorn, maybe one of those window magnifiers that you see on the back of motorhome windows would help with the eyes.:pullshades:
 

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ha ha, thanx for the magnifier idear FoulShot

Actually, I was referring to two different Large Numbers

1.  was how big the UTM coordinate numbers were, I heard they are pretty small on the Etrex's

2.   The other "Enlarged" numbers I was talking about are 2 digits of the 6 or 7 digit UTM coordinates.

On some GPS's,  2 of the digits are larger than the others, which makes finding yourself on a Topo real fast.

e.g.  enlarged digits
 8<font size="4">16</font>315 E
41<font size="4">34</font>909 N

When using Topo's, it's much simpler to use UTM coordinates rather that Long/lat.  Altho you usually have to draw on the UTM grids with a pencel and yard stick, it's worth it.

For those who don't know, someday when I have more time, I'll post a brief tutorial on using UTM coordinates

See Ya!

Tinhorn
 

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I use a Garmin GPS12.  Bigger than the e-trex units but has 4 AAs in it.  I don't know if the extra batteries make it receive better, or last longer.  I get 3 or 4 solid days out of the batteries and only couldn't receive once down in a deep ravine covered with trees.  It fits nicely in an extra sunglasses case, I'm real happy with it so far.

The big digits is a great idea, but without it, my eyes now go directly to those numbers anyway.  I've not seen that feature, but have managed without it.

My $.02
 

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Thanx Todd, for that site

Just want to abbriviate their example for those who don't know, using the sites example map below displayed below, UTM's are real easy to learn.

The "X"'s UTM coordinate on the map is
 5<font size="4">59</font>741 E
42<font size="4">82</font>182 N

This is the UTM reading you would get on the GPS if you were standing at the "X" location.  This technique will also let you find that "X" spot on the Topo Map from the UTM coordinates.

1st
when thinking about UTM coordinates, always think "Rite, then UP"
So, looking at the example coordinates, we see that the enlarged numbers are 59 & 82.  Look at the Map below and go "Rite" to 59 and up to 82, we immed'y know we are somewhere inside that 1.5" box on the topo, defined by 59 & 82.....

2nd
to pinpoint where we are, look at the 3 digits following the Enlarged digits and round them off to a single number
e.g.
741 = 7
182 = 2

These rounded off numbers represent TENTHS of the way across the map from our coordinate lines, 59.7 and 82.2
so to pinpoint ourselves within the 1.5" box we already found, find the 59 line and go "RITE" 7 tenths of the way across the box and find the 82 line and go "UP" 2 tenths of the way.........there we are, rite at the X

Don't forget, may have to draw your own grid lines on your map with a pencil and yardstick.  Not all topos do that for your but they  "ALL" have the UTM tick marks on the Margins

 

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I just bought a Legend. Has anyone else gotten a headache reading the manual? I've got a Masters degree but I'm finding it difficult to learn how to operate my Legend. Seems to me the manual is not well written, e.g. organization, definitions. Is there an alternative "grassroots" manual for the Legend?
 

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Don't know Mike.  My Masters degree seemed to work for me.

I thought it was pretty easy.

ToddP
 

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Those Japanese, er ah, Chinese Engineer's are having trouble with English is all,    ha ha
 

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And all along I thought Taiwan was our friend! For some inscrutable reason they want Americans to get lost following their translation. Guess it's an oriental thing. :>)

I think part of the problem is that as a first-time GPSer I'm overwhelmed with all the different options. But I still maintain the manual is poorly written.
 

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Seeing if the map comes up at this link.




I kind of like this UTM thingy. I just may be a convert. :surprised-purple:
 


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