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post #13 of (permalink) Old 06-17-2007, 09:48 PM Thread Starter
Shan
 
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quote:Originally posted by carmen


Is there any advantage in using a compass versus a GPS, besides not having a satellite nearby?


I've tried using some of the newer better models out where I do my research, but the problem I've run into is that under certain terain, geography, and vegetation cover, they can't lock onto the satelites... in such an area, many of the forester's use a GPS system that's the size and form of a heavy backpack in order to get a signal (used mainly for developing logging roads and mapping location of ecosystems). Size, battery life, and signal are some biggies... but some of the models have such simplified programs in them, that under the right conditions, you can simply trace back the way you came and or just use the little arrow on the screne to point you in the direction of get to where you want go.
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