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Offline TwoWheeledExplorer

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Magellan eXplorist 200
« on: August 26, 2004, 09:27:57 pm »
Does anyone have any experience with the new Magellan eXplorist line, and the 200 model in particular? I have a Magellan 315 and a Garmin eTrex, and the major things that I like the Garmin for are the easy bike mount and the .000 readout. The eXplorist still has a clunky handlebar mount, but the $150.00 model comes with base maps and 3 meter accuracy.

Hans Erdman, WEMT
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Offline Fred Hiltz

Magellan eXplorist 200
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2004, 08:49:32 am »
Some second-hand experience from the GPS newsgroup, Hans. The eXplorist line is very broad, competing with essentially all of the Garmin lines. The entry-level 200 is rather limited, so check carefully that it can do what you need.

I hope I am not confusing models here. Check the catalog before believing all of this (grin):

1. Battery not replaceable. You need a power outlet every day.

2. No connection to a PC. Thus no advance route preparation and no track download.

3. No external power, thus not for extended use driving to the trailhead.

4. No uploadable maps. I consider them essential for biking and hiking, as does most of the community: http://gpsinformation.us/main/gpshiking.htm

The top of the line 500 model, expected in October and priced to compete with Garmin's GPSmap60C, will not be so limited, apparently.

Now some first-hand experience with the WAAS corrections that give 3-meter accuracy. It works in the clear, but disappears with the slightest blocking of the signal. It works for me about 1/4 of the time while road biking, almost never when off road (which means amid trees here in Vermont).

There are two WAAS satellites, both in equatorial orbit, only one of which is visible in most of the US. Much further away than the GPS satellites, their signal is much weaker. My receiver is on the handlebar. When I round a curve and turn my back on the WAAS satellite low in the southeastern sky here, I see the correction drop out.

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« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2004, 09:56:50 am »
Thanks Fred, that really helps. You saved me $150.00, and I will probably go with one of the better Garmin eTrex models next month. We have a really exciting project starting here, where the USFS has opened up 300 square miles of the Superior National Forest to MTB trail propsals, with a shortened approval cycle. (We could be building by spring.) so I need to move up quickly.

Thanks again,
Hans


Hans Erdman, WEMT
Backcountry Trail Patrol-MN
www.trailpatrol.org
St. Brendan's Two-Wheeled Explorer
www.twowheeledexplorer.org
Dedicated to the adventure of missionary exploration...to the ends of the earth.

Offline Fred Hiltz

Magellan eXplorist 200
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2004, 11:14:49 am »
Now that project sounds like fun! If you anticipate using GPS to help with mapping--waypoints at trail junctions, track logs, etc.--then consider a unit that accepts an external amplified antenna. Clipped onto your hat, it improves performance dramatically under tree cover. It is the best $25 GPS investment for this kind of work.

I related my experience with one in the "Tracks in Wet Forest" thread.

Fred


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« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2004, 01:41:40 am »
We got the new National Geographic Topo! yesterday, and it works really nicely with the eTrex. After so long fighting with the DeLorme stuff, this was such a joy to use! I may not even need to the upgrade GPS!

Thanks for your advice Fred!

Ride safe,
Hans

Hans Erdman, WEMT
Backcountry Trail Patrol-MN
www.trailpatrol.org
St. Brendan's Two-Wheeled Explorer
www.twowheeledexplorer.org
Dedicated to the adventure of missionary exploration...to the ends of the earth.

Offline Fred Hiltz

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« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2004, 04:52:01 pm »
You are welcome, Hans, and thank you for the testimonial about NG Topo! Please let us know how the trail mapping project goes.

Fred