Need advice for my GPSmap 76

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by Bucket69, Aug 6, 2012.

  1. Bucket69

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    I have an older Garmin GPSmap 76 that I use for hunting and fishing. I started using it on the bike but found that there are very few secondary roads that show up. I also don't have the cable to link to the computer. Should I try and get updated mapping and a cable, or just buy a new $99 GPS?
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  2. Countdown

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    Move up to 76Cx $150 from WestMarine.com In any case you must buy maps like City Nav or old Roads & Rec.
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    Realize this is an old convo, but how have you liked the 76? I have one also and am wondering if its worth the effort to update it?
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    Is it a 76 or a 76Cx? The "C" is for color screen and the "x" indicates expandable memory via microSD under batteries.
    The color screen and expandable memory are very desirable especially if updating to newer $ maps.

    If it is the 76Cx and you are OK with screen size and a limit of 20ea 500 point saved tracks, it should be fine for you. If a non "x" experiment with updating using the (free) OpenSourceMaps;
    http://garmin.openstreetmap.nl/
    Just keep sight of free space available and map size.


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  5. navydive

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    Its a 76CSx. Wondering if it's worth the time and effort or if this is so old i should just buy a new one?
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    As I said a newer 78 mostly differs in the track handling. Now if you are wanting a bigger screen or touch screen (not me) that's another story.
    I would not hesitate updating a good condition 76CSx with newer maps. OpenSource stuff is serviceable and free, I still prefer Garmin mapping products though.

    What are you wanting/lacking?

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    Bruce, i have a brand new never used 76CSx but it has 2001 maps on it. The garmin maps on the website are about 90$, so if it was a severely outdated model, i was going to just buy a brand new one instead.

    Thanks,
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    If you don't mind the smaller screen size it's a good unit. It has the buttons which I prefer over touch screen. The newer 78 doesn't have the ability to write a "master" track (.GPX) to the microSD card. And you already own it.
    If you have a new enough Android phone (OTG [aka USB Host] capable) the app "GPS Transfer" can overcome the 20 track limitation. It lets you move tracks to/from GPS to/from phone.
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    Cool, thanks for the advice. Any recommendations on the type of map. I am looking at outdoor topo maps, 1:24,000 scale or 1:100,000 scale.
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    Not sure if it's still available: Ibycus Topo. USA Canada versions. Free, donations accepted.
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