2600 replacement ??.

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by NortwestRider, Dec 16, 2013.

  1. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    I have been using a 2600 for several years and the screen is finally delaminating.
    I need to replace it and was wondering what a good option would be.Here is what I want to do with a GPS.
    1..Be able to load tracks like BDR maps.
    2..Be able to chart my own path to find my way back out.
    3..Be under $300.


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  2. Canuman

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    Sounds like you want the GPSmap 78. Although the screen is small, it's very durable, extremely waterproof, does tracks and routes nicely, handles a lot of different map formats, including many of the open-source formats, and most importantly, does not rely on a stupid micro USB for external power. It has a proper four-prong external charging plug that will not fail after a month. Even on batteries, it gets about 12-16 hours out of a set of alkalines.

    Best of all, it's under $200. The big disadvantage is that it uses a patch antenna, which may become an issue if you do a lot of riding in the Arctic, but it does feature an external antenna port, so if you're riding in fringe areas, you can connect a helical antenna. It's also easy to use with gloved hands.
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    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    Yup , sounds like what I need. !!.
    What's a patch antena. !?.


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    There are several flavors of GPS antennas. The best is a helical antenna -- which will pick up signal wherever signal is to be found. I've got a General Dynamics "spookbook" laptop with GPS that was designed for military vehicle mounting with a built-in helical antenna. It will obtain a fix within seconds sitting in my basement, and get eight or more satellites in those conditions. But that's military hardware. . . not easy to find, and not the thing to mount on your dash.

    A patch antenna is a little simpler, and is not as powerful in fringe areas. The 78 is designed for marine use. These units work best mounted at between 45 degrees of flat or nearly flat. I've never had a problem getting signal on the bike with mine in reasonable conditions. If I was going up to the Arctic, I guess I'd invest in an external antenna, which Garmin offers for a fairly reasonable price. There are ports for an external on the 78.

    For most of us, the patch antenna will work fine. The big issue with most of the available units is that the micro USB port is total crap for charging. USB is simply too fragile for reliable motorcycle use. The 78 has the very reliable four-pin plug that was such a feature on the Garmin 60 series.

    Trust this helps.
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    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    This all helps.
    Thanks guys !!.


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