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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-07-2012, 04:49 AM Thread Starter
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Cheapest ($100.00 or so) most basic GPS. Picked it up a few years ago. It does everything I need it to do. I named him "Solly". He MUST have a name or I won't be able to talk about him. We mark the truck location before we go into the woods. No matter where we go Solly gets me back to the truck. Won't direct me a mile down/up the road and leave me guessing as to, "Which way is that truck?" If we find a spot to put together a ground blind we just mark the spot on Solly. He'll take me there for years if that's what we want. If we want to find the best spot to cross a swamp or stream Solly will take care of me. If we want to come back to pick up that monster buck Solly will do it. Solly doesn't care if it's day or night, he'll take me where we want to go. Solly does those "Solunar Tables", he tells me North or whatever we need, he tells me the time, he tells me his remaining power, he has a screen that lights up. He probably does other stuff but Solly and I are happy with all this information. How much more do we need? If his batteries die his brain will not care. As soon as he gets those new Duracells he's happy. He doesn't do the mysterious
"Computer Download" thing. He doesn't even know why this is necessary. He and his friend, "Mr. Compass", are O.K. with each other. Since Solly came along Mr. Compass is on standby but happy in his new role. Solly is basic and uncomplicated. He's just a happy guy doing all that is necessary for cheap dollars.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-13-2012, 05:06 PM
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Had one about ten years. Basic yellow model. Still don't know how to use it but my grandkid starts kindergarten next year and once he can read the manual, he can teach me. Same goes for the Garmin on the boat. Makes pretty pictures and tells me the depth, but don't know how to lay a crum line or get back home yet. Forget waypoints and numbers.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-07-2012, 11:02 AM
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Have to agree with everything said about my etrex. Including marking buck scrapes. After coming out onto a road that I "thought" was the right dirt road (how many ridges was that?) and not knowing which way to the truck, I decided it was time and have never been sorry. It gets used every trip in unfamiliar and big areas. Does not replace a compass, but they sure don't get worn out like they used to.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-01-2013, 06:37 AM
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Ive got 3 gps units. One expensive garmin one expensive delorne and a etrex. I use the etrex twice as much as both the others combined. batterys last long enough that you can trust it to get you home and most of the bells and whistles on the other two are so seldom used that they were about a waste of money. Only downside to the etrex is that its not a great performer when in the swamps or thick woods. You about have to find a small opening in the cover to get a good signal.

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This is ol' Tucoblue from post of Nov. 2012. Solly and I are still friends and he still does all as outlined in 2012 post. Was testing him in unfamilier area yesterday and all was well. Just thought I'd mention that.
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This is tucoblue. New name is credns still with the same ol' "Solly". Solly is still doing everything as in previous post of 7 Nov. 2012. Won't go in the woods without him and he has never failed. He is still good friends with Mr. Compass. He still loves those spare Durocells.
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Plus.....have seen the same ETREX on sale for

$80.00 or so. Basic unit and easy to use.
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