[amsat-bb] Re: GPS for dx-expedition

Rick Tejera saguaroastro at cox.net
Wed Sep 1 21:47:54 PDT 2010


I've had the Vista HCx for several years now and am quite happy with it. It
compact ( a plus when packing a lot of other gear) but quite functional. I
use mine for Geocaching & general navigation. I have Garmin city navigator &
Topo 2008 on it along with a free version of Arizona topo. Plenty of room on
the SD card for all the maps you can load.  This model also has the magnetic
compass and barometric altimeter as well. 

One nice thing I noticed when starting to work bird is that it has a datum
for maidenhead. You can read your grid square right off the screen. 

My only beef with it is the screen is hard to see during the day without the
backlight on, which needless to say cuts into battery life. 

I believe it's still in production and is a bargain if you get the bundle
from Cabelas. (GPS, Case, SD card, & Topo).

Hope this helps.


Clear Skies

Rick Tejera
Editor SACnews,
Public Outreach Coordinator
Saguaro Astronomy Club
Phoenix, Arizona
saguaroastro at cox.net 

-----Original Message-----
From: amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On
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Sent: Wednesday, September 01, 2010 18:41
To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
Subject: [amsat-bb] GPS for dx-expedition

I am looking into purchasing a Garmin "eTrex Vista HCx"  GPS to use for
dxexpeditioning in working different grids.


Has anyone got any reviews on this gps?


Does anyone suggest a better one to use for dx-expeditioning?  


I appreciate all info and suggestions.  


Thanks in advance.






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