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Old 02-21-2004, 04:58 PM   #1
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Hi All,
Nice to once again visit the forums. I'm looking for information regarding GPS gear. We bought a new car with a system built in (it's wonderful) and wonder if it is possible to buy a portable system to move with us from the AS Motorhome to the car without the system and to the tow vehicle for the trailer. What works well, what doesn't? Or, am I asking the impossible? I'd love to hear (make that read) your experiences.
As usual, thanks for the information.

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Old 02-21-2004, 06:54 PM   #2
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Get a portable hand held with WAAS!! like a Garmin 76 or equivalent, just be sure it is WAAS capable.
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Old 02-21-2004, 08:13 PM   #3
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Thanks Navigator, but what is WASS? But I'll look for it.
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Old 02-21-2004, 08:19 PM   #4
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WAAS is an additional signal that improves accuracy.
From the Garmin website: Newer GPS receivers with WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System) capability can improve accuracy to less than three meters on average. No additional equipment or fees are required to take advantage of WAAS. Users can also get better accuracy with Differential GPS (DGPS), which corrects GPS signals to within an average of three to five meters. The U.S. Coast Guard operates the most common DGPS correction service. This system consists of a network of towers that receive GPS signals and transmit a corrected signal by beacon transmitters. In order to get the corrected signal, users must have a differential beacon receiver and beacon antenna in addition to their GPS.
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Old 02-21-2004, 09:29 PM   #5
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Here's a thought, if your carrying a lap top with you, get the Delorme GPS system, it not only shows you where you are but will also plan your trip for you. I've had good luck with it. Stuart
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Old 02-21-2004, 09:49 PM   #6
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just bought the Earthmate USB

new on eBay. Planning on using on my laptop computer on the highway. It's also compatible with my pocket PC so I don't always have to lug the laptop along. It comes with Street Atlas 2004 but I'm also going to get their Topo USA which will show me all the back country roads. Can't wait to try it!

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