Jim Scotti's GPS Page

One of my friends likes to call his GPS his "Geek Positioning System" and I've been wanting a GPS for a number of years now, luckily "waiting" for the newest models and SA to be turned off.

I had my first experience with Garmin customer service and I have to say that I am impressed! I used their website to e-mail for support after the rubber bumper on my Legend had ripped and they sent me an RMA number and their address suggesting a 2 week turn around. So I sent my unit in (waving a sad goodbye, but luckily a friend let me borrow his spare Magellan 315 for the duration, so no GPS withdrawal symptoms...) and waited for almost exactly 2 weeks (which included the time it shipped to Garmin by priority USPS service). My Legend returned home and not only was the rubber repaired and shipped back to me FedEx overnight, but they updated my firmware to the latest version. I'm one happy Garmin customer!

I've used my eTrex Legend for several interesting adventures including 74 Geocaches (and hidden aobut 20 of them!) and a number of Geodash site visits. See links below to both geocaching and geodash sites, including our geodash adventure stories.

A brief update: I haven't done much with this webpage in some time. My old eTrex Legend got pretty well worn out and I upgraded to a Garmin 60CSx which served me well for geocaching and other exploring. I also used it for tracking my bike riding and general hiking as well as some geocaching. I've found over 200 geocaches and hidden more than 30 (with more than 20 still active), though I haven't done as much caching as I used to. I also have more GPS enabled devices, including an eTrex Forerunner that I use while biking to record tracks and heartrates to see how well I am working out the old ticker. I also moved into the world of Smartphones, buying a Motorola Droid when they first came out and recently upgrading to a Samsung Google Nexus. They do great for navigation in cars as well as tracking bike routes and hikes and include interactive maps in a way that the old Garmin GPS devices could only dream of.

GPS Links:

General information

GPS information (Joe Mehaffey's page)
The Global Positioning System
GPS Nuts
Gamin International
The GPS - A Revolution for Cars!

Yahoo! Groups

eTrex Legend
The Map 330 Club
Magellan Meridian
Geodashing
GPS Waypoints
GPS stash hunt

GPS Listservers

Arizona Geocaching

GPS diversions

Geocaching
Our GeoCashing experiences
Letterboxing North America
Letterboxing North America< (new site)/A>
Joe Mehaffey's Geocache page
Geodashing
Degree Confluence
GPS Waypoint Registry
OpenSourceGPS
National Geodetic Survey Marker search webpage
National Geodetic Survey webpage

GPS software

Garmin Update's & Downloads
GPS TrackMaker
G7ToWin
OziExplorer
Peter Bennett's GPS and NMEA Site
Topographic software
RoboGEO software - puts GPS location and elevation data into the EXIF headers of digital photos

Maps

Maptech MapServer
LostOutdoors mapping page
Sam Wormley's Maps & Mapping Agencies
Topozone interactive topomaps
GPS Maps for Recreation and Travel (link not active last time I checked, unfortunately)

Navigation, Misc.

SUUNTO Using a Compass
Coordinate and Datum Transformation
JeEep.com - Coordinate Translation
Navigation Calculators

Batteries

Green Batteries - great info on NiMH and NiCd batteries
Thomas-distributing NiMH batteries
Steves Digicams batteries

Reviews

Review of NiMH batteries
MAHA c401 review
Imaging-resource MAHA C401 review

FAQs

Thomas-distributing NiMH FAQ
batteries

Forest Fires/Forest resources

Southwest Area Wildland Fire Operations Website
Arizona White Mountains Tourism Guide (Updates on Rodeo-Chediski fire)
GEOMAC wildland fire map tool

Last update 2012 February 13