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Garmin GPSMAP 60Csx - initial thoughts

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Offline homerboy2u

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Garmin GPSMAP 60Csx - initial thoughts
« Reply #15 on: February 22, 2007, 08:10:09 PM »
What's up Gurus...would you believe that I still haven't acquired my GPS :?: ...Fact is I can't decide which one to go with:

 One one hand, Garmin's 60 Csx is very handy, recieved 2006 outdoor magazine equipment of the year award and has all its features.

  On the other hand Garmin's 376 C , I mean, it just speaks for itself.

  I love all the features of the 376, but at the same time the 60 csx is all out handy..

  Decisions....decisi ons...decisions.... Come on: Time for some opinions here. :cry:
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« Reply #16 on: February 22, 2007, 08:53:19 PM »
I have the 60CSX and have been very pleased with it.  

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« Reply #17 on: February 22, 2007, 10:08:13 PM »
Quote from: "WL2"
I think this refers to software loaded to the GPS unit not a computer.  I have upgraded software on all my GARMIN units multiple times and it has always worked flawlessly.


Well, please correct me if I'm wrong, but as I read the Garmin instructions it sounds like the software is being uploaded to the GPS itself.

*  Spanner allows you to use your GPS 18 USB with most NMEA 0183-compliant mapping programs. It adds a virtual com port interface to your GPS 18 so that you can send NMEA data to other programs.
* Spanner works only with GPS 18 software version 2.90 or later. Be sure to load the latest GPS 18 software before using this program.

However, that struck me initially and now that it would be odd to have the GPS holding the port definition.....so I am going to download it and see what the situation is. Perhaps Garmin just hasn't described it correctly???
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« Reply #18 on: February 22, 2007, 10:10:32 PM »
Quote from: "homerboy2u2"
would you believe that I still haven't acquired my GPS :?: ...Fact is I can't decide which one to go with


Homero, any GPS is better than no GPS. However, that is not a reason to proceed incautiously since you do want the best unit for your purposes.
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« Reply #19 on: February 22, 2007, 11:19:08 PM »
Quote from: "WL2"
I think this refers to software loaded to the GPS unit not a computer.


Well, I downloaded it and it does install to the computer and is managed from there. So, there is no issue at all. Interesting that Garmin only promotes it for the GPS18.

I haven't tried it with the GPS yet, but I see no reason why it would not work. It appears very similar to the Franson software I presently use. However, MicroSloth Streets & Trips has been balking badly recently and I think it has developed some conflict with the Franson utility, though the crash error message provides no real clues. It will be interesting to see if it behaves better with the Garmin version.
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« Reply #20 on: February 23, 2007, 08:36:23 AM »
The only problem we had over several hours of using MS Streets and Trips and Spanner to get our position from the GPS was the occasionally Spanner would have some error and restart itself.  

You can set Streets and Trips to record your tracks.  Can't do much but look at the tracks in Streets and Trips, but I never expected much out of the whole experiment except to give me something to play with on the road.
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« Reply #21 on: February 23, 2007, 09:00:50 AM »
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but I never expected much out of the whole experiment except to give me something to play with on the road.


and to find the Discount Tire store, get the address, plug it in, and be guided right to it - which was right cool.

Garmin GPSMAP 60Csx - initial thoughts
« Reply #22 on: February 23, 2007, 09:38:22 AM »
My Garmin GPS 60CSx was a father's day gift last year.  I've found it to be invaluable--although it is taking me a while to figure out how all of its features work.

I've added the City Streets to it, which I find I rarely use, but which is handy to have.

I've also added the Topo Map for the U.S., but only have portions of the Texas and New Mexico "activated," as I've read that this will result it faster operation.

I use the Topo Map feature all of the time.

The Topo Maps and the "tracking" feature--combined with the MapSoft Software on your pc, allows you to easily analyze your trek from a whole host of perspectives--includinge a real neat elevation based image. It also keeps track of the time and mileage from point to point, etc.

If only the manual explained all of these features, and how to access and utilize them.

Does anyone know of a good, easy read, reference for learning how to utilize all of the tools on the Garmin 60CSx and MapSoft software?

Homero, while the GPS60CSx would likely provide everything you need from a feature standpoint, I have found that its screen size is not as big as I would like for use in a vehicle.  If you intend to use it mostly on road trips, you may want to go with the one you referred to above.

Also--Casa Grande and RichardM--any thoughts about having a "tracking" library as part of the forum?  Perhaps only for members?  I observe that the actual files might not be feasible to store on the forum, but members could make posts of what they have in their library.

And, of course, have users sign a waiver? :)

Sorry, I couldn't resist, since I'm the reason for the addition of the forum disclaimers. :lol:

Oh--one other thing--the GPS60CSx is very durable.  I dropped mine from a ledge, it fell about 20 feet onto rock, and I heard this "pop," and was certain it was history.  But it took a lickin, and kept on tickin.  All that happened was the 1GB SD card popped out of its clip--and all I had to do was clip it back in.
"No, that did not happen to me.  You have me confused with someone else."

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« Reply #23 on: February 23, 2007, 09:58:07 AM »
Quote from: "Boot Canyon 1 Cougar"
Oh--one other thing--the GPS60CSx is very durable.  I dropped mine from a ledge, it fell about 20 feet onto rock, and I heard this "pop," and was certain it was history.  But it took a lickin, and kept on tickin.  All that happened was the 1GB SD card popped out of its clip--and all I had to do was clip it back in.



Glad to hear of it's durability.  Although I have yet to drop mine, I know that day is coming (not a question of "if", only a question of "when").

Does the 1Gig card work ok on yours?  Did you get the card from Garmin or just order one off Ebay or other source?


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« Reply #24 on: February 23, 2007, 10:16:28 AM »
I have been reading that BBH , Shane , Randell , WL2, Presidio , Bdann use their 60 Csx a lot. I assume since, they are so far away from BIBE, they use them on their commutes, city trecking...and basically getting to know their gadgets.

  One thing Boot Canyon 1  points out is the size of the screen, when driving that can mean something...or nothing depending who is doing the driving, but eventually it can come down to something when guiding yourself.

  What i really like about the 376 C , is that i can get , if i want, Xm radio as well and hourly weather reports on my specific coordinates. To sbscribe to those services can be a little bit pricy, $ 100.00 bucks a month for the weather feature and normal rates for the XM thing. A t least i would have the option to decide where and where to subscribe.

  I haven?t seen any one hiking with the 376 C so far...could that be a hint?. :cry:
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Garmin GPSMAP 60Csx - initial thoughts
« Reply #25 on: February 23, 2007, 10:57:50 AM »
Quote from: "homerboy2u2"
I have been reading that BBH , Shane , Randell , WL2, Presidio , Bdann use their 60 Csx a lot. I assume since, they are so far away from BIBE, they use them on their commutes, city trecking...and basically getting to know their gadgets.


Hi Homero!
That is exactly what we have been using our 60CSX for -- city navigation, thus far and it works great for that.  Will definitely use it in BIBE during our trip this year (probably in early May).  

I agree...a larger screen and maybe having the one that talks to you when the next turn is coming up would be helpful.  But, since we want to use ours for BIBE and city nav, the 60CSX seemed to fit the bill.  The holder for it on the dash (the beanbag deal as Shanea refers to it) works great.  

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« Reply #26 on: February 23, 2007, 11:44:54 AM »
Quote from: "homerboy2u2"
I haven?t seen any one hiking with the 376 C so far...could that be a hint?. :cry:


The target audience for the 376C is boaters.  The 60Csx targeted to hikers.  Hence, we all purchased the unit tailored to hikers needs.  You can also use the 60CSx in your car or mount it on your moutain bike.
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« Reply #27 on: February 23, 2007, 12:50:37 PM »
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The only problem we had over several hours of using MS Streets and Trips and Spanner to get our position from the GPS was the occasionally Spanner would have some error and restart itself.


That is what I experience with Franson. S&T just crashes, sometimes as soon as I start it.  It clearly is some defect in Microsloth programming as the virtual port works flawlessly with every other program.
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Garmin GPSMAP 60Csx - initial thoughts
« Reply #28 on: February 23, 2007, 02:31:33 PM »
If you have a GARMIN maping GPS and Mapsource and want to load tide tables go to:

http://www.garmin.com/support/download_details.jsp?product=010-00191-00

It says it works with Garmin 162 but I have loaded the tide tables onto my 60CS and it works well.  It is loaded onto the GPS just like it was a map.  gives tide information for selected tide stations in the US.

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« Reply #29 on: February 23, 2007, 10:38:29 PM »
Quote from: "homerboy2u2"
Xm radio as well and hourly weather reports


Just buy both :!:  :idea:

I figure Garmin is about due to come out with the next generation of GPS to match up the 60CSX - probably have XM and weather capability.  Gotta give the 60 series users some reason to buy something new.  The 60 series is certainly top of the line for hand held units.  Of course,  :P it took Randell and I two GPS's to find our way around BIBE.  :P

 


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