|GUIDE TO CHOOSING A GPS FOR
useful is a GPS?
GPS navigation can
make the difference between an off-road adventure and
Points of Interest
4WD vehicles can take
you to some amazing places. When you find a great
back-road, marsh, desert flat, etc., record the spot with
your GPS receiver. The GPS can guide you back there again
in the future so you can relive the adventure. Or you can
share your trip into with others, even over the Internet.
GPS is great for
pre-trip planning. Mark the location of good places to
set up camp and mark off dangerous areas that you want to
steer clear of. Off road racers can use GPS receivers to
determine paths that will cut time off a course. Also use
GPS to establish rendezvous coordinates so you can meet
up with fellow off-roaders.
Getting lost is not
always dangerous but it is a hassle that can be avoided.
A GPS will let you know where you are at all times so it
is very helpful especially when you are heading into
If you get into serious
trouble however, you can use a GPS unit and a two-way
radio to communicate your exact position to rescue teams.
What do I need?
Nice features to have
in a GPS: big screen with good back lighting, long
battery life, ergonomics (easy-to-use buttons and menus,
etc.), reliable brand with good service support, ability
to have an external antennae, etc
What accessories should
Consider an external
antenna, as it will improve your reception. The Vortech Reradiating GPS Antenna is a good choice. The Vortech
Antenna System sends boosted signals to your GPS and
since it doesn't require a direct connection to the GPS,
it will work with any model and is ideal for vehicle use
where roofs and overheads block satellite signals.
What else should I
Learn the basics of
how to read topographical maps. Mount the GPS unit in a
good, visible location where you and perhaps also your
passengers will be able to see it.
For more GPS and
mapping related resources please visit http://www.mightygps.com
MightyGPS.com delivers GPS
navigation solutions, maps, and gear at prices below the
manufacturer's suggested retail pricing.
Contributed by: Dave