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Old 28 Dec 2010, 07:00 am   #1 (permalink)
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I want to put a compass in my truck but due to the electronics and
magnetic field I cannot get one of the add on ones from auto zone etc.
to work.
Would a G P S work? All I will need is an intersection and direction of
travel. If you think this will do the job, what
brand and how much should it cost? Thanks all

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Old 28 Dec 2010, 11:42 am   #2 (permalink)
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shilot@webtv.net (Herb Eneva) found these unused words:

> I want to put a compass in my truck but due to the electronics and
>magnetic field I cannot get one of the add on ones from auto zone etc.
>to work.
>Would a G P S work? All I will need is an intersection and direction of
>travel. If you think this will do the job, what
>brand and how much should it cost? Thanks all


GPS will work as long as it can 'see the sky'. It's nn-magnetic, so no metal
interference.

Get the best you can afford. There's major differences in reception, thus
continuous readouts.

There may still be some 'hand' units with attachable [extra] antenna. Put
the antenna onto the glass [suction cup] and mount the hand unit where you
can see, but itsn't distracting.

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Old 28 Dec 2010, 06:31 pm   #3 (permalink)
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"Sir F. A. Rien" <jaSPAMc@gbr.online.com> wrote in message
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> shilot@webtv.net (Herb Eneva) found these unused words:
>
>> I want to put a compass in my truck but due to the electronics and
>>magnetic field I cannot get one of the add on ones from auto zone etc.
>>to work.
>>Would a G P S work? All I will need is an intersection and direction of
>>travel. If you think this will do the job, what
>>brand and how much should it cost? Thanks all

>
> GPS will work as long as it can 'see the sky'. It's nn-magnetic, so no
> metal
> interference.
>
> Get the best you can afford. There's major differences in reception, thus
> continuous readouts.
>
> There may still be some 'hand' units with attachable [extra] antenna. Put
> the antenna onto the glass [suction cup] and mount the hand unit where you
> can see, but itsn't distracting.
>


The garmin compass screen looks like this:

http://www.webbikeworld.com/garmin-g...ass-screen.jpg



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Old 29 Dec 2010, 10:54 am   #4 (permalink)
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On Tue, 28 Dec 2010 08:42:51 -0800, Sir F. A. Rien
<jaSPAMc@gbr.online.com> wrote:

>shilot@webtv.net (Herb Eneva) found these unused words:
>
>> I want to put a compass in my truck but due to the electronics and
>>magnetic field I cannot get one of the add on ones from auto zone etc.
>>to work.
>>Would a G P S work? All I will need is an intersection and direction of
>>travel. If you think this will do the job, what
>>brand and how much should it cost? Thanks all

>
>GPS will work as long as it can 'see the sky'. It's nn-magnetic, so no metal
>interference.
>
>Get the best you can afford. There's major differences in reception, thus
>continuous readouts.
>
>There may still be some 'hand' units with attachable [extra] antenna. Put
>the antenna onto the glass [suction cup] and mount the hand unit where you
>can see, but itsn't distracting.


I had the same problem with my Tundra. Now, I use a Garmin 60CSX
handheld, the one I use for geocaching, in my Tundra. It sits on the
dash in a friction mount (beanbag). It's never needed an auxiliary
antenna and works just fine with the one it comes with. Besides the
compass, the screen gives Speed, Distance and Time to next waypoint
and ETA to destination. It has another page with a trip computer:
odometer, trip odometer, max speed, moving time and average, time
stopped and average and elevation.

With maps you can program it to addresses, intersections or just
about anything else you can do with the street pilot or nuvi models.
Amazon has them from $200. I find it amazing how such a small thing
can do so much.

Here's a picture, a little small but you'll get the idea
https://buy.garmin.com/shop/alt-imag...ductImageLarge.

Or, you can get a more expensive compass that you can adjust for
variating/declination (the difference between true north and magnatic
north) and deviation (the effect metal and electronics have on the
compass.
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Old 29 Dec 2010, 12:39 pm   #5 (permalink)
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Skipfromla <skipfromla@yahoo.com> found these unused words:

>On Tue, 28 Dec 2010 08:42:51 -0800, Sir F. A. Rien
><jaSPAMc@gbr.online.com> wrote:
>
>>shilot@webtv.net (Herb Eneva) found these unused words:
>>
>>> I want to put a compass in my truck but due to the electronics and
>>>magnetic field I cannot get one of the add on ones from auto zone etc.
>>>to work.
>>>Would a G P S work? All I will need is an intersection and direction of
>>>travel. If you think this will do the job, what
>>>brand and how much should it cost? Thanks all

>>
>>GPS will work as long as it can 'see the sky'. It's nn-magnetic, so no metal
>>interference.
>>
>>Get the best you can afford. There's major differences in reception, thus
>>continuous readouts.
>>
>>There may still be some 'hand' units with attachable [extra] antenna. Put
>>the antenna onto the glass [suction cup] and mount the hand unit where you
>>can see, but itsn't distracting.

>
>I had the same problem with my Tundra. Now, I use a Garmin 60CSX
>handheld, the one I use for geocaching, in my Tundra. It sits on the
>dash in a friction mount (beanbag). It's never needed an auxiliary
>antenna and works just fine with the one it comes with. Besides the
>compass, the screen gives Speed, Distance and Time to next waypoint
>and ETA to destination. It has another page with a trip computer:
>odometer, trip odometer, max speed, moving time and average, time
>stopped and average and elevation.
>
> With maps you can program it to addresses, intersections or just
>about anything else you can do with the street pilot or nuvi models.
>Amazon has them from $200. I find it amazing how such a small thing
>can do so much.
>
>Here's a picture, a little small but you'll get the idea
>https://buy.garmin.com/shop/alt-imag...ductImageLarge.
>
>Or, you can get a more expensive compass that you can adjust for
>variating/declination (the difference between true north and magnatic
>north) and deviation (the effect metal and electronics have on the
>compass.


Only reason to need the 'booster' antenna is when you're under trees or
other areas that every bit of singal is needed. It also helps NOT to have
the unit visible to 'others'.

Most TOL GPS have an option for 'true' and magnetic' north display. However
that file has to be updated yearly.
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