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Postby moneytastesbad on Wed Nov 05, 2008 4:39 pm

I just got the vista Cx. What do you all think of it? I still have the option of returning it if it is a piece os crap.
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Re: garmin eTrex Vista Cx

Postby Aquacache on Wed Nov 05, 2008 6:06 pm

I love my Vista HCx (with the exception of having to recalibrate the compass fairly often). The "H" series receivers have a high sensitivity antenna that could probably get a lock in a refrigerator. :lol: Other than that, yours and mine are the same. If upgrading to the HCx is an option, you might consider that. If not, the Cx should still work very well for you.

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Re: garmin eTrex Vista Cx

Postby Rock_Rat on Wed Nov 05, 2008 6:16 pm

:iagree: The vista's are fine units but if you can get one that has the SiRF III chip set (i.e. Hcx) you won't regret it.
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Re: garmin eTrex Vista Cx

Postby Aquacache on Wed Nov 05, 2008 7:54 pm

Rock_Rat wrote: :iagree: The vista's are fine units but if you can get one that has the SiRF III chip set (i.e. Hcx) you won't regret it.

FYI: The Garmin "H" doesn't use the SiRFstar III chip set. Apparently, nobody is really sure what they are using. I read a couple months ago that someone had an idea what it was, but can't remember now what that was.

Now I'm going to have to start looking for it again. :???:

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Re: garmin eTrex Vista Cx

Postby Rock_Rat on Wed Nov 05, 2008 8:20 pm

Aquacache wrote:FYI: The Garmin "H" doesn't use the SiRFstar III chip set. Apparently, nobody is really sure what they are using. I read a couple months ago that someone had an idea what it was, but can't remember now what that was.

Now I'm going to have to start looking for it again. :???:


Interesting, I just assumed it was using the same chip as the other high sensitivity units. By the wonders of Google I just found an article stating it's using a MediaTek 3 chip. I don't anything about those though.
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Re: garmin eTrex Vista Cx

Postby Spotty Spotty Pony Girl on Wed Nov 05, 2008 10:04 pm

Aquacache wrote:I love my Vista HCx (with the exception of having to recalibrate the compass fairly often)


fairly often = every cache trip, sometimes twice! heheheee

as it turns out my GPSr of choice has the SiRFIII chip and it does rock. (well if you exclude the 2 day hiatus it took).

having had both without-SiRFIII and with, I have to say there is a huge advantage to a GPSr that locks fast and holds tight.
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Re: garmin eTrex Vista Cx

Postby scoutingwv on Thu Nov 06, 2008 8:01 am

Aquacache wrote:FYI: The Garmin "H" doesn't use the SiRFstar III chip set. Apparently, nobody is really sure what they are using. I read a couple months ago that someone had an idea what it was, but can't remember now what that was.

Now I'm going to have to start looking for it again. :???:


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Re: garmin eTrex Vista Cx

Postby Knight who says Ni on Thu Nov 06, 2008 8:56 am

scoutingwv wrote:
Aquacache wrote:<snip> Now I'm going to have to start looking for it again. :???:


There's only a couple of screws between you and the answer ...


DON"T TEMPT HIM! After seeing him dismantle (and rebuild) SSPG's car, I am sure he would have no hestitation about pulling apart a GPS just to see how it works. :lol:

:ontopic: For anyone who has a Blackberry, SSPG and I recently downloaded a FREE program called Blackstar. It is similar to Cachemate and works quite well. I had some issues with getting a lock. When using her gps receiver, SSPG found it to lock fast and be accurate. You can find the links on http://www.crackberry.com.

Did I mention it is free? :grin:
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Re: garmin eTrex Vista Cx

Postby moneytastesbad on Sun Nov 09, 2008 9:03 pm

BTW, I made a mistake. I actually have the Vista HCx, so it sounds like I have a pretty good device, huh? I am still trying to learn all the features. I may actually have to read the owners manual. :eek:
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Re: garmin eTrex Vista Cx

Postby wvhunter on Sun Nov 09, 2008 10:48 pm

moneytastesbad wrote:I may actually have to read the owners manual. :eek:

Only as a last resort my friend!!!!!
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Re: garmin eTrex Vista Cx

Postby Knight who says Ni on Mon Nov 10, 2008 5:23 pm

wvhunter wrote:
moneytastesbad wrote:I may actually have to read the owners manual. :eek:

Only as a last resort my friend!!!!!


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