Sams is selling a thing called Beacon GPS tracking unit. It has no maps on it 
and no big fancy screen to break. It got a rubber edge. It's design for vehicle 
track on tracking of your hiking trailing. You need to plug it in to a usb port 
to download the track data. But that is superficial and unnecessary. The unit 
have a simple green lcd on which you can display current coordinates and height 
compass directions and satellite reception. I did an initial charge on it 
almost a year ago and used it a few times. I think the unit ran me about 85. 
Was looking to use it as a vehicle tracker to see how our service Van was  used 
but it was to cumbersome to use that way IMO and no external antenna ended up 
getting a different unit with external antenna and gsm system so I can see real 
time live on a web app interface where the van is and driving speeds and where 
it's been without accessing the device in the van. 

This first unit I today just use to get gps coordinates and high info so I 
don't have to use laptop or a fancy flashy gps unit that costs a lot. It's 
about the size of a thicker flip phone so can easily be stored in your pant or 
breast pocket. 

Ohh you charge by USB cable and I want to say it came with usb sync/charge 
cable and car cigarette lighter adapter if not the later you probably own a few 
already or you can pickup a cheap one at any place that sell cellphones, pda's, 
mp3 players and in truck stops or even in many gas stations if you would end up 
forgetting it or if you simply just to have such a adapter in each car you and 
the business uses. 

/Eje
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-----Original Message-----
From: "Robert West" <robert.w...@just-micro.com>

Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2009 16:23:50 
To: 'WISPA General List'<wireless@wispa.org>
Subject: [WISPA] Handheld GPS recommendations, anyone?


I'm finally getting rid of my Delorme Earthmate GPS unit.  It has served me
well these past 10 years.................  I will certainly miss having to
boot up my laptop, plug the thing into the serial port of my OLD laptop
because the newer ones do not have the serial port and to use that USB to
serial adapter is more fun that I could handle....  Then hope and pray that
the batteries in the Earthmate are still good for I always forget to check
before I go out............  But with that said, I need a replacement.

I've been looking at some small Garmin all weather units but they seem to
stress geo-caching and hiking.  If I had time for that, it may get my
attention, but I own a small business that I started because I needed to be
more flexible with my time.  Working 80 hours+ a week is about as flexible
as it gets so no, I do not have time for that sort of crazy, high on life
sort of living.

I simply need a GPS that I won't break (or be too badly damaged) when I drop
it off a 70 foot AP (it will happen, trust me), that will not be ruined when
I forget it on the top of the same AP and go home and it just happens to
rain overnight, can be recharged in the van and will give me the two pieces
of information I really desire.........  My location coordinates and how
high I am.  Someone else can mess with all those other functions, I'd have
to give it to my 4 year old to figure that stuff out anyhow, I just need to
know where and how high.

Anyone have a good recommendation on a handheld GPS unit?  (I guess I could
have just said one line but it's not as fun)

Thanks in advance.

Robert West
Just Micro Digital Services Inc.







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