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Old 04-05-2009, 10:37 AM   #15
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If you're at all technically inclined, try this
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f451...kup-32038.html

Using a moving map on a laptop is orders of magnitude more flexible and useful than a packaged GPS with display. Right now you can buy a netbook with gobs of hard drive (320G) and a decent small display at Costco.

Netbook $300
GPS USB $100
Software $100 (www.Oziexplorer.com)

You can use topo maps, Google maps, or even scanned in maps of your own, like state highway maps (with all the little picnic areas, etc.). I'd be happy to send a DVD with a starter set of such maps for the 11 western states for anyone who buys the Ozi software. I don't have any connection to the company, I just love the software.

Here's some examples of maps using street information

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One important thing to note, here, is that the Ozi software does not switch scales automatically. You have to open the map manually, just like finding a file in any other windows-based application. But when you are in moving map mode, Ozi does find the next map and load it automatically.

If you haven't looked at some of the major cities lately, here's the Capitol at very small scale

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These are Landsat images for the Seattle that are fully calibrated as maps

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If there is sufficient interest, PM me and I'll post a short tutorial so you can see the power of using mapping software in a laptop.

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Old 04-05-2009, 10:49 AM   #16
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These topo maps of Seattle don't look like much

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but when you get out in the wilds of Utah (SE corner at Comb Ridge) they are much more helpful (you can hardly walk a quarter mile along the washes in Comb Ridge without coming upon a major anasazi ruin)

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The above topo maps are at 1:200,00 and 1:100,00. Quads (1:24,000) are also available, which are very detailed. All versions are useful, because there are different cultural features noted on the different scales.

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Old 04-05-2009, 11:15 AM   #17
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How do these things work way out in the boonies?
From experience, they work as well as they do in the city, as they get their positioning from satellites. It's kind of interesting watching the little avatar of your truck crawling across a line on the screen, with no other landmarks shown.
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I have a nuvi 260 , You see a flaw every once in a while , but all in all I would replace it with the same one, I can take it on my bicycle or walking when on a trip , I have also took it on a plane with me , it was real cool top speed of the plane was 568 MPH !!!! so cool left the ground at 180 MPH ,
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I have a nuvi 260 , You see a flaw every once in a while , but all in all I would replace it with the same one, I can take it on my bicycle or walking when on a trip , I have also took it on a plane with me , it was real cool top speed of the plane was 568 MPH !!!! so cool left the ground at 180 MPH ,
I did the samething on a flight to St Louis.. Watching it try to keep up with the road names was a hoot...Fun to see the route the plane took too...
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I was sitting on the plane watching the route and saw Talladega Superspeedway on the garmin , looked out the window and there it was , cool to see from way up there
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I have no experience with those two models, but I've had a Nuvi 350 for a couple of years. I've been a Garmin fan for years. I had an original III, a III+ upgrade, and have a GPS18 in my truck for ham radio APRS in addition to the Nuvi and a Lowrance 600C Airmap aviation unit for finding nearby airports and their associated radio frequencies. The Nuvi does a great job of providing guidance and has only sent me off on an unusual route once or twice. I'm using the British accented voice 'Emily' as I find her easier to understand than the US accented ones.
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