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  1. #1

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    Nov 2009

    Default Garmin 550t

    Hi to all as I'm a newbee I would like some advice on the garmin 550t gps. Does anyone know of any problems with this gps? Santa is bringing it soon. :cheers:

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    Oct 2005
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    Hope Santa can find his way with it!

    Welcome to the forums.
    Don't know that one myself, but I'm sure someone who does will be along soon.
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  3. #3
    nobbynobbs Guest


    I'm assuming you meant the oregon 550t?

    just did a google search :

    lots of reviews, seems good but expensive.

  4. #4
    keehotee Guest


    We've got a couple of Oregon 550s (without topo) and they're excellent.

    Started off with Talkytoasters freeby mapping, which was fine for driving and caching - but have recently put the OS 1:50k Discoverers on them, which just makes them even better.

    In automotive mode they work just like a TomTom (without the irritating voice) and take you as close to the cache as you're going to get on the road.
    Off road I use either the 1:50k OS map - or I can also put custom maps on, such as 1:25k from Memory Map - albeit only in smallish lumps of about 5km square.

    There's a GSAK macro that I use to consolidate my regular 5 PQs into one export - that also sends child waypoints like parking and my finds across as POIs rather than caches. But it'll hold 5000 caches, so I'm not looking to run out of space too soon.

    The camera's reasonably useful for taking cache piccies - but I tend to use it more to take pilot pics to later geotag photos from my proper camera. It marks up the exif with location, elevation - and the direction you took the shot - so very handy for things like Geograph.

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    Nov 2009

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    Thanks guys that info is useful, looks like santa's got an order

  6. #6
    LondonCacher Guest


    It's a bit of a late response, I know, but santa brought me a 550t too (he must have had a bulk purchase, and wanted to offload them on all the geocachers).

    So far, I really like it, although lock-on in the city is slower than my Blackberry (not totally surprising, since my blackberry has assistance from the wireless towers). How are you finding yours?

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