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#1 geohiker

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 08:22 AM

Here is an interesting new device from Garmin.  The Chirp will broadcast info to the newer Garmin GPSr units when you get within about 30ft.  Could be used for redirector or give hints when in the area of GZ.  Of coarse you have to have the latest Garmin units for this to work.  Another nudge to get people to upgrade?

http://www.gpsfix.ne...p-announcement/

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 08:43 AM

That is such a neat idea!

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 12:29 PM

Sorry to sound negative, but that's a lot of money to lose if a cache gets muggled...  :'(  ...it's bad enough that ammo cans have gotten so expensive...

It is, though, a cool idea.  :)

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 03:00 PM

I was thinking the same thing so the Chirp would have to not be in the container. If the Chirp got Muggled, that would be a pretty expensive loss.

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 10:51 PM

We got these in this week. I read something today that said they would work with any ANT device. I have not been able to call my Garmin rep to ask any questions, but it is on my list.  O0 He has "ofice days" on Tuesdays, so I will try him then. I might just take one of mine and Michelle's Oregon 300 up to the store and "play" and see what happens.

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Posted 16 October 2010 - 06:33 AM

The web site says they work with Garmin GPSr handhelds that have wireless communication.  That is the units that can share waypoints.  For example the GPSMAP 62st and 62s would be compatible while the GPSMAP 62 would not.  It makes that $100 to get the sensor package a little easier to spend.

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Posted 16 October 2010 - 09:04 PM

Humm... think of the fun we could have with a "Chip Event"



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Posted 16 October 2010 - 10:33 PM

Humm... think of the fun we could have with a "Chip Event"


Texas Challenge??? >:D

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Posted 16 October 2010 - 11:37 PM

I just ordered one.  Should be fun.
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Posted 17 October 2010 - 09:32 AM

I just ordered one.  Should be fun.


What side of town to you live on? REI Willowbrook has them in stock.

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Posted 17 October 2010 - 07:10 PM

Far side of Missouri City.... How long would you guess REI.com will take.  They said "usually 2 to 3 weeks" for the backlog, but i figure that was default text.

Not really in a hurry, but I am curious.



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Posted 18 October 2010 - 12:18 PM

Far side of Missouri City.... How long would you guess REI.com will take.  They said "usually 2 to 3 weeks" for the backlog, but i figure that was default text.

Not really in a hurry, but I am curious.


ussualy 7-10days.

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Posted 18 October 2010 - 12:23 PM

While I was updating the firmware on my GPSr this morning I noticed it added support for the Chirp.
So I guess if you're getting one or going after a cache where a chirp is used you'll most likely have to update your firmware.

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Posted 18 October 2010 - 01:05 PM

Did you put down the latest Beta?  Looks like some nice features.
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Posted 18 October 2010 - 01:15 PM

Nope. v.2.70 is the latest. I don't know why garmin has that beta listed. It's a little buggy too. I had random lock ups when I had it installed.

Here is the changelog for my 62s. I'm sure it would be the similar if not the same for other units.
http://www8.garmin.c...ils.jsp?id=4995

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Posted 18 October 2010 - 09:41 PM

The web site says they work with Garmin GPSr handhelds that have wireless communication.  That is the units that can share waypoints.  For example the GPSMAP 62st and 62s would be compatible while the GPSMAP 62 would not.  It makes that $100 to get the sensor package a little easier to spend.

pretty sure this page was not current the other day, because it now lists more units. our Oregon 300's are "on the list" YAY O0
https://buy.garmin.c...4811#productTab

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Posted 19 October 2010 - 05:52 AM

The Oregon 300 has the wireless data sharing but the 200 will not work.

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Posted 19 October 2010 - 07:22 AM

I was curious about the ANT protocol and found this interesting (but geeky) article on my favorite non authoritative information source.

http://en.wikipedia....ki/ANT_(network)

Sounds like a pretty robust technology for what it does.  I'm sure a chip event wouldn't be a problem for it.

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Posted 19 October 2010 - 08:09 AM

http://en.wikipedia....ki/ANT_(network)


That would be http://en.wikipedia....i/ANT_(network)

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Posted 19 October 2010 - 12:26 PM

Chirp approved by GroundSpeak. 

http://www.gpsfix.ne...by-groundspeak/

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