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Old July 9th 07, 12:38 AM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
Michael Ash
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Default GPS for retrieval only??

Eric Greenwell wrote:
Michael Ash wrote:

Make sure it will let you input GPS coordinates and navigate to them. My
Tomtom Go doesn't let you do that. I didn't care at the time since I
bought it long before the idea of cross country retrieves was on my mind,
but it would be nice to have it now. So far I seem to be doing ok with
addresses and directions, but I'm thinking about replacing it with
something that will have that capability.


The newer Tomtom's have this feature (I'm using TT 6 on a PDA), so
perhaps an upgrade is possible.


Thanks for the tip. It appears that my hardware is limited to TT 5 and so
can't have this feature, but I will try a little harder before I give it
up.

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Old July 9th 07, 01:10 AM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
COLIN LAMB
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Default GPS for retrieval only??

Hi Udo:

I did a Google search for different Nextar models, but I never found a list
of the features -just selling highlights. Unlike the handhelds, which all
allow you to enter various coordinates, the auto gps units are often not too
concerned about some of those features, since most people simply enter an
address.

So, you must do your homework to make sure the particular unit you are
looking at has the features you want. I purchased an auto gps a few yers
ago when they were in their infancy. I figured they would become obsolete
quickly, so I purchased the cheapest Garmin I could find. It did not have
coordinate input. I need to enter an address. I have about 10 handheld
units so I can live without it. I can also work around the deficiency as I
carry a laptop with a mapping program. I can enter the coordinates into the
mapping program and it will "synthesize" an address, which I can then enter
into the GPS. I have used this frequently, although I will probably buy a
newer unit soon. I saved enough in the original purchase that I can
purchase a new one and still have a lower outlay than if I had purchased a
full featured one originally.

I suspect that features are disabled to force you to purchase the more
expensive models - but competition should solve that.

As others have mentioned, you should make sure your model will accept
coordinates entered in various formats - and make sure your wife can operate
it. Do not expect that a software upgrade will correct any deficiencies of
your purchased model. Manufacturers rarely are interested in upgrading
something they have already sold.

Colin



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Old July 9th 07, 02:59 AM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
Michael Ash
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Default GPS for retrieval only??

Michael Ash wrote:
Eric Greenwell wrote:
Michael Ash wrote:

Make sure it will let you input GPS coordinates and navigate to them. My
Tomtom Go doesn't let you do that. I didn't care at the time since I
bought it long before the idea of cross country retrieves was on my mind,
but it would be nice to have it now. So far I seem to be doing ok with
addresses and directions, but I'm thinking about replacing it with
something that will have that capability.


The newer Tomtom's have this feature (I'm using TT 6 on a PDA), so
perhaps an upgrade is possible.


Thanks for the tip. It appears that my hardware is limited to TT 5


But apparently I'm an idiot. After getting the software installed on my
computer it updated my GPS and now I can navigate to coordinates. Thanks
for prompting me to dig into this! And it was a free update, too, woohoo!

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Old July 9th 07, 05:30 AM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
COLIN LAMB
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Default GPS for retrieval only??

The really nice thing about the car GPS units are that when you take a wrong
turn, it simply recomputes and tells you the new way.

It never says "I told you so" or "you should have asked directions like I
suggested".

Colin


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Old July 12th 07, 07:05 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
Eric Greenwell
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Default GPS for retrieval only??

Udo wrote:
Colin
Does it mean the units you are talking about, of around $300, will do
the job? If so which of those would be best. My wife is planing to buy
a unit this week. The brand is Nextar regular for $350.00. Do you
think it will do the job that you mentioned?


Schucks Auto Supply had an ad today, offering the Nextar unit for $199.
If you don't have this store nearby, check their website, or one of
their partner stores probably has it, also.

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Old July 12th 07, 08:06 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
Udo
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Default GPS for retrieval only??

Thanks Eric,
Luckily I checked with Nextar by phone and it does not except
coordinates. I contacted Garmin and Nuvi 350 will, at ($499).
The Tom Tom One, at $350,00 will as well, as per the sales person.
I go with the Tom Tom One. It will arrive after I get back from the R3
contest. I just will not land out as my wife assures me.
Udo

Schucks Auto Supply had an ad today, offering the Nextar unit for $199.
If you don't have this store nearby, check their website, or one of
their partner stores probably has it, also.


 




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