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    Default New member .. Hi all and one question!

    Hi all,

    I've just joined your group and GAGB.
    My name is Steve (styks nik name) I answer to either
    I live near Dolgellau North Wales.

    I'm generally a solo walker but not so unsociable that I won't join a group every now and then.
    I did use a Garmin 12 for a short time, that's now actually up for sale on evil bay, but I was not very impressed. Oh it did what it's supposed to do and did it well, I just never got into it I guess.
    Anyhow I've been looking to get a mapping GPS, one I can install OS maps on. Now the prices have come down some I think it will be a great investment and they do look fun/usefull.

    Searching around I come across this Geocaching site ... my it looks fun!
    I think I'll give this a go

    My question if I may.
    I also do Ham Radio (MW1 CKK)and use a Yaesu VX-6 which I sometimes take on my journeys.
    Ahh me thinks ... can I combine GPS and HT ... Search and rescue etc etc.
    Now on another forum there is a dedicated Ham/gps page but it does seem mainly US users.
    Are there any members here who combine 2/70 TX and a Handheld GPS?
    If so which would be the best in you opinion?
    I was tempted by the Garmin eTrex Vista HCx but I read it does not have NMEA in/out for PC/Radio use (Not sure if I have that correct, just learning)
    So I'm thinking about a Garmin 60 CSX which I believe does?
    Can anyone point me in the right direction please?
    If I'm going to buy one it may as well do everthing I would like from the off.

    Sorry for the long first post ......... But if really get into it there will be longer ones, I can get rather verbose!

    Cheers!
    Steve.

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    Welcome!

    Lot of questions, I'm sure others will be along to give answers.

    Ham Radio? Have you seen the SOTA (Summits on the Air) site? There's often a cache nearby.

    If you like walking try Cache Walker. Although most are around Warwickshire/Worcestershire/Gloucestershire, all are welcome.

    (And if you want to add routes with caches around your area, all the better!)
    I have a Geocaching problem...
    Work gets in the way!

    * Cache Walker -Caching by byway, not highway! CacheWalker.co.uk
    Walking and Caching in Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire areas

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    Welcome Steve

    I'm not going to plug any particular GPS, other more techie folks can do that, but you might like to look through this thread from last year -
    "Any radio hams here?"

    There is also a regional Geocaching forum for North Wales and Cheshire which you may like to have a look at.
    Last edited by Mrs Blorenge; 18th April 2009 at 09:56 PM.

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    styks Guest

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    Thanks both,

    Yes I know about SOTA, I've had several contacts with Hams from the local sumits here.
    Unfortunately my knees ( until fixed ) limit my ability to get to sumits.
    When I'm sorted I will no doubt bag a few.

    Thanks for the links, I'll join the local forum for sure. I understand your reluctance to push a particular GPS. All I really need to know is which GPS will allow me to input/output data (NMEA) in real time to my laptop and I can combine with Hand Held 2/70 TX.
    I found a site a few years ago that told me exactly what I need to do the job, but do you think I can find it!
    Once I can post on the other US forum I'll ask in their dedicated sub forum because quite a few Hams on there it seems.
    I can certainly add roots/caches around my area, there are some wonderfull and little known routes I've discovered.

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    Don't quote me...
    But, I think all/most Garmins do have NMEA in/out...?
    Even my old Etrex Legend has that in the settings.

    www.summitcaching.org.uk for another cache/radio link
    I have a Geocaching problem...
    Work gets in the way!

    * Cache Walker -Caching by byway, not highway! CacheWalker.co.uk
    Walking and Caching in Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire areas

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    styks Guest

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bear and Ragged View Post
    Don't quote me...
    But, I think all/most Garmins do have NMEA in/out...?
    Even my old Etrex Legend has that in the settings.
    Ok thank you,

    I do now know that the new etrex Vista HCx does not do NMEA also after my research I have discovered that a serial conection is best and the 60csx does infact allow serial and usb conection.
    My only worry now is that my Sony Vaio only has usb capability.
    There might be a way around it, I hope anyway.

    I'm currently leaning towards the Garmin 60csx. It appears to be well thought of so it may do everything I need.

    I'll do a little bit more digging but so far it's winning.

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