I had a reader contact me recently who wanted to learn how to use her GPS. She wrote:[quote]I have had a GPS for a year and can’t figure it out.[/quote]
That got me thinking – there must be other people out there in the same boat. I know this is a potentially embarrassing topic, but please share your experience .
- How many of you own a GPS and don’t know how to use it?
- Were the directions that came with the GPS unit too difficult to understand or do you learn by being taught something?
- Did you seek out other ways to learn how to use your GPS? Which were the most useful for you?
- Can you recommend a book that teaches how to use a GPS?
- Did you learn how to use a GPS from REI, your scout troop, or some other school you’d recommend?
- Did you have to buy other products such as digital maps that cost more than you expected?
- What are the main functions you use your GPS for?
- Do you plot your course on a map and in your GPS when you go for a hike, or just in your GPS?
Personally, I own a GPS, but a very ancient Garmin Gecko 301 which I only use to measure elevation or take periodic grid fixes when I want to double-check my map position. I taught myself how to use it, though with some difficulty, and rarely carry it. As far as I know, you can’t load maps onto it. I’ve avoided upgrading to a more modern GPS because I’m a bit intimidated by the whole technology thing which seems amazingly confusing and time consuming. I have problems clearing paper jams in copy machines, so I steer clear of complex electronics whenever possible.
How about you? Please share your own GPS experiences in a comment.
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