Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
Grabs

GPS unit

Recommended Posts

I am considering a GPS unit to add to my list of "toys". Here are a couple of things that I need to consider when purchasing this unit. Handheld, WAAS compatible, and Lakemaster compatible.

What else should I be considering? What units do you recommend? I am currently favoring Garmin, because of the experiences others have had with service through them. Should I be considering others? Cost is also an issue,..which I have found to lead directly to the amount of memory. How much memory do I need? What is the difference between memory and number of waypoints that the unit can store? Most say 500 waypoints, but the amount of memory varies....does this control how much labeling I can do with each point or what?

Thanks in advance

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest

Grabs,
Your list of things to consider narrows your choices down, there are only a couple models that match to Waas compatable. As far as Lakemaster, you can import and export waypoints off their software but not the map itself. Almost any currect model by Garmin, Magellan, and Lowrance can do this. As far as memory, don;t confuse number of waypoints to memory size. They are two different things. Memory listed is how much information you can load from the CD to the unit. But most of the cd's available to upload are propiritary. So not all will work with a given GPS.

Rob

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Rob, thanks for the input. I am currently looking at getting the Garmin Etrex Venture model. It only has 1MB of memory, but the Legend, one model up, has 8MB. The difference in cost is nearly the same as the amount it would cost to upgrade the Venture to the 8MB chip. Any input on the direction I am heading with this purchase?

Now all I need to do is find someone who will buy my $50 Gander gift card, since Gander doesn't carry this model.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest

The Garmin Venture is a plotter screen unit, not mapping. The memory on this unit allows downloads from the Points of intrest CD only. And the memory is internal. It can't be changed later. The Ledgend is a mapping unit, it will show the main highways and lakes on the plottr screen. The memory can take downloads from several of Garmins CD's. This gives a overlay to the basic map giving it more detail it is not possible to do this on the Venture.

Rob

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ok Rob, here is the question. Which GPS unit would you buy if all you were going to do was use it to interface with the Lake Master software to load and store GPS points. Both of which could be used during ice fishing and summer fishing. I don't plan on using it for any thing else, just punch up waypoints and drive to them. Which one would you choose, and why? Both with unlimited budget and with say a fixed budget, trying to buy the cheapest functional unit.

Thanks

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest

Grabs,
I would probably go for the Magellan 315, it is a basic plotter screen unit that is user friendly. It has the same basic function as the Garmin 12 but has a few advantages, 2 AA batteries vs 4 in the Garmin and the 12v adapter is about half the price and it floats. It will connect to Lakemaster for waypoint management, and holds 500 waypoints.

Rob

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Rob, I looked at the specifications for the Magellan 315, a couple of things come to mind after reading through them. For one, it doesn't appear that the Magellan is WAAS compatible, which is something I think I want in a unit for future use. Second, the operating temperature of the 315 scares me, it is only rated down to 14F, but I can not determine if this is a normal rating or what, especially since most of the electronics I design are rated to -40F and this 14F scares me.

In comparing the Garmin Venture and Magellan 315, I think I would perfer the Venture since, side my side they are very similar units, but the Venture has the WAAS compatiblity for future use when WAAS is released fully. Granted the Venture doesn't float, and I need to find out the temp rating on the Venture also.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest

I went to Gander Mountain today to look for a dash mount unit and the guy told me that all the newer units are WASS(even hand held) enabled.He also said that this feature is on all the time but you will not know if you are recieving a WAAS signal or not.Was I getting straight information?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest

The operating temp is more of a factor for the batteries than the unit. If the batteries get cold and drop voltage it will shut the unit off. Unless you are planning on mounting it on a sled I would not be overly concerned.
Some handheld units are WAAS compatable and some are not. The ones that are will show that they are getting a WAAS signal on the satilite status page. The difference in accuracy between the two for water use in not very great. From our testing it has been less than the length of a 17' boat.

Rob

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Posts

    • It is really beautiful! Awesome pics.
    • slice, grill, garlic,salt pepper, eat. 
    • Who's "They"???
    • Now you are catching on! BTW, if you haven't heard, they finally figured out that eating cholesterol in food doesn't raise blood cholesterol. 
    • Juneau4  won with 353 for 6th win of season 2--BlackLudProV        343 3--Swiveldigger           299 4--huckfin                   279 5--88fan                     266 6--Catzman               259 7--fishingstar            237 8--Henry's Heroes    231 9--Musky999             230 10-jar jar                    227 11-mnwildman         211 12-gregg52               120 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FINAL LUCKY DOG STANDINGS 1--Juneau4                     9634 2--mnwildman               9412 3--Swiveldigger              9402 4--Catzman                     9389 5--huckfin                        9328 6--fishingstar                   9216 7--Musky999                   9134 8--BlackLundProV           9071 9--88fan                            9052 10-Henry's Heroes          8994 11-jar jar                           8898 12-gregg52                      8788 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- NO LUCKY DOG STANDINGS 1--Juneau4                          10216 2--Swiveldigger                   9981 3--Catzman                         9864 4--mnwildman                    9797* 5--fishingstar                      9772 6--huckfin                            9726* 7--Musky999                       9614 8--BlackLundProV              9592 9--88fan                                9479 10-Henry"s Heroes              9455 11-jar jar                               9266* 12-gregg52                           9093* *    These competitors were not entered the first week.  I only put  the NO LUCKY DOG SCORES  up so you could see how they would compare. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Week high scores   Both were at Dover week 29 1--  huckfin            388 2--BlackLundProV    383 LOWEST WEEKLY WINNING SCORES Swiveldigger and Juneau4               200       Daytona     week 1  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Most wins for year Swiveldigger    6 Juneauu4         6          They both had the lowest winning scores though too! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Those of you that played the game --Thankyou I can only say as the CHAMPION it was more Luck than Brains! Next year if I set it up again I wish to have those who participate to say whether Lucky Dog or not -Have a good winter and Happy Holidays to all.           
    • Bag 'em up and souse 'em!!!  
    • Great! To all the Coyotes and Wolves up in our hunting area.  I hope they all waste away!
    • The only problem we have had with the kdrill is today we had ice build up between the center point cutter and the first tooth on the chipper blades. Once I cleaned that out it drilled like day one. Don’t need any other auger. 
    • How much ice do you need to feel comfortable putting your perm shack out there? I have a 4x6 made from 2x4s and thick plywood. Its on the heavier side. Im thinking 7-8 inches.
    • All that smoke and spice to try and make pork belly edible. 
  • Our Sponsors