[GeoStL] Re: Garmin Oregon 450

  • From: Tom Wolpert <tom_wolpert@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: geocaching@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 7 Mar 2013 11:24:19 -0800 (PST)

There's nothing to calibrate.  It sounds like the unit does not have a fix.  
Turn it on, set it outside with a clear view of the sky, and let it "soak" for 
at least 20 minutes.  (Oh, and make sure you don't have the GPS functions 
off -- that is, make sure you're not in "demo" mode).

If you want routable road maps, you probably are better off paying Garmin's 
prices.  If you're only interested in topo maps, consider a BirdsEye 
subscription instead.  For around $30/year, you can download scanned copies of 
the USGS 7.5 minute topo maps (from Garmin) and put them on your GPSr. All you 
can download for one low, low price ;)  Not as convenient as the prepackaged SD 
cards.  And they take up a lot more room on the GPSr.  But they're cheap -- and 
the USGS topos are the gold standard for the US.

Also consider the freebies from gpsfiledepot.

From: Patricia Hutchison <patriciahutchison@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: geocaching@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Thu, March 7, 2013 1:07:47 PM
Subject: [GeoStL] Re: Garmin Oregon 450

Yikes!  I'm looking at the BaseCamp program (and of course I'm lost) but 
something about the Garmin maps, so I went to the Garmin site and the road maps 
are like $80 per item.  Well, I guess that's fine and dandy because I really 
only need North America, but then when you look over at the hiking maps, 
by region and they can be over $100 a pop.  So, I guess the next question is:  
What maps (if any) have other GO 450 users downloaded into their Garmins?  What 
do I need and what's superfluous?  I should also add that I'm heading to REI 
after work today to help me get this silly thing calibrated.  I did everything 
it told me to do and it said it was calibrated, but it is still showing the 
wrong time, the wrong date and it says my cache (which is behind my office) is 
240 miles away.  Something's not quite right here....

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