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This is my first GPS. Originally I'd been set on getting the eTrex Legend Cx, but decided to go for the 60Csx in the end after a lot of research. This thing has to be one of the coolest gadgets I've ever bought. I've always been a map person, this GPS just takes all that to another level. I'm SO glad I got the 60Csx over the Legend Cx. I really like the larger size, it's easier to handle and the controls are much better. I can't wait to get it out on the trail at Big Bend!
When I initially booted up, the map showed a location in Taiwan!!! I guess that's where it was "born". Does the unit really work outside North America?
Yep, works "globally"...
ON ANOTHER NOTE.I left my tracks to collect on our 1,600+ mile trip and I found a really annoying glitch. the 60CSx as well as most gps units have a 10,000 track limit. After you hit the limit, the unit begins overwriting all of your oldest tracks. As a result, half of the trip tracks were overwritten. I have found a solution, though! Since the 60CSx has a micro SD memory card, you can set your gps up to redundantly save tracks to the memory card as well as the on-board memory. The result, no more overwritten tracks as the tracks on the memory card will continue to collect until you fill up your memory card or you manually remove them.
Also, don't make the mistake I made last year on the trip to Big Bend Ranch. I was "saving" off each day's tracks on the gps, then clearing the memory of auto-saved tracks. The problem is if you save a track, it compresses it and deletes the date/time stamp, leg time, and leg speed. Which is critical information if you like to analyze your tracks as I do.
Does the unit really work outside North America?
Next question - regarding datums, is the "NAD27 CONUS" the same datum as the "NAD27" used in USGS maps? There are several different NAD27 datums listed in the GPS unit, are they all the same?
I've also noticed that at "certain times" the GPS signal will "go away" when over near Barksdale AFB during an exercise. Some reliable source told me that on 9/11 when W was headed to Barksdale, Shreveport LA, #2 USSTRATCOM base after Offutt and NORAD, that virtually every signal in the vacinty was "blocked" as W was at an "undisclosed location". Signals included cell, GPS, etc. They didn't want word leaking out, for Natl Security and Continuity of Govt. Reasons, that W was in Shreveport.
There is a new free Garmin software called Spanner that enables you to use the real-time tracking on Microsoft Streets and Trips. The page and instructions say it is intended for GPS 18, but I read it works on all Garmin GPS units. Someone said they tried it with their 60Csx and said it works.
Warning This software should only be uploaded to the unit for which it is intended. If this software is uploaded to a GPS unit other than the product it is designed for, it will render the unit inoperative. If the software upload fails, and subsequent upload attempts prove unsuccessful, the unit may need to be returned to Garmin for service.
I have found a solution, though! Since the 60CSx has a micro SD memory card, you can set your gps up to redundantly save tracks to the memory card as well as the on-board memory. The result, no more overwritten tracks as the tracks on the memory card will continue to collect until you fill up your memory card or you manually remove them. If you are interested in this (and you should be if you have a 60CSx and go on long trips), scroll down to the Tracklog Memory section of this article and read on...,
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