Garmin GPSMAP 60Cx/60CSx/76Cx/76CSx info & discussion

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Re: Garmin GPSMAP 60Cx/60CSx/76Cx/76CSx info & discussio

Postby rnw422 » Mon 2008-11-03, 02:03:57

Hello all, One question. My family and I are new to Geocaching and are interested in purchasing a handheld unit. We were looking at a Garmin 60cs. Would this be a good starter unit for us and what, if anything else, would we need to get? Thanks.

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Re: Garmin GPSMAP 60Cx/60CSx/76Cx/76CSx info & discussio

Postby GizmoGuy411 » Mon 2008-11-03, 03:39:43

The 60Cs or 60CSx are not really starter units. However if you can afford one, it would be an excellent choice to be your permanent GPS unit, thus skipping the need for a starter unit.

One down fall of buying one however is that you may not appreciate it as much, not owning a lower end unit first! :(

To use it geocaching, you do not really need anything else. Optionally a dash mount and car cord would be handy. Read the first message in this topic thread to find some suggestions and sources. For instance, you can get a car adaptor with a USB jack, and use the USB cable that comes with the unit, rather than buying an actual car cord.

If you want to take better advantage of the 60CS/60CSx features to use it for more than just Geocaching, then you eventually will want to buy a larger MicroSD memory card (blank) and the "City Navigator North America NT DVD" mapping software. With 2 gig memory chip, you can install ALL the data for North America, with room to spare for other items on your card.

Just be sure of four things when buying the software!
1) Do not buy it from an auction source (ie: eBay) or Garmin may not support it!
2) Make sure it is the LATEST version, which is 2009 as of this message post.
3) Make sure it is the "NT" edition. The "NT" edition has data that is more compressed than the non NT edition, thus giving you more free space on your memory card. (EDIT: Another important reason to get NT is that you can purchase a one time upgrade subscription for it!)
4) Be sure to buy the DVD software and NOT the preloaded memory card. It is a more flexible and safer choice.

And when buying a blank memory card, make sure it is a MicroSD, and NOT a MicroSDHC card as these units do not work with the "HC" card. (Note that 2 gig MicroSD cards are the compatibility limit of these units. Anything more than 2 gigs, and you are in "HC" territory!)
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Re: Garmin GPSMAP 60Cx/60CSx/76Cx/76CSx info & discussio

Postby rnw422 » Mon 2008-11-03, 10:35:36

Thanks for the information. Where do you purchase the software for the unit? Can this be purchased in Toledo somewhere or is it cheeper online and at what sites? :( Sorry for the questions but not sure about all this. Again, thank you.

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Re: Garmin GPSMAP 60Cx/60CSx/76Cx/76CSx info & discussio

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Re: Garmin GPSMAP 60Cx/60CSx/76Cx/76CSx info & discussio

Postby bandb14139 » Fri 2008-11-07, 11:32:44

Hi,
We have just switched to a 60Cx to be used exclusively for geocaching, it was a lateral move since we have been using BeeLine on our automotive GPS with Sirf III. The 60Cx is much more user friendly when geocaching, longer battery life, replaceable batteries, buttons to enter info and change screens and the list goes on.
This site seems to provide the answers related to geocaching that the manual does not cover. So here is our first request. Can the proximity alarm/message be changed? Presently we get a beep and message about 30 feet from a cache. We have tried to change the distance using MapSource / properties and have turned off the proximity alarms in the menu/setup/system screen, neither approach worked. We would like an alert about 4 feet from the cache if possible.
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Re: Garmin GPSMAP 60Cx/60CSx/76Cx/76CSx info & discussio

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Re: Garmin GPSMAP 60Cx/60CSx/76Cx/76CSx info & discussio

Postby rnw422 » Mon 2008-11-24, 03:41:27

Hello again,

Well, we took the plunge and purchased the 60CSX as our first unit. Got a GREAT deal on the unit so we went right to the unit that we can use for a long time. Will probably get this thing running here in the next few days but was curious if someone experienced with this particular unit will be at the Maumee Meet and Eat if I had some questions? Ya gotta eat right???? Thanks.

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Re: Garmin GPSMAP 60Cx/60CSx/76Cx/76CSx info & discussio

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Re: Garmin GPSMAP 60Cx/60CSx/76Cx/76CSx info & discussio

Postby sm_geo » Thu 2009-01-08, 03:17:59

Got the 60CSx, too. I really like it! I will always have a place in my heart for the old ETrex Legend, though. I still need to figure out some things, but it's really nice up grade from what I was using.

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Re: Garmin GPSMAP 60Cx/60CSx/76Cx/76CSx info & discussio

Postby OnDHunt » Sun 2009-01-18, 01:21:28

I just followed the directions in Gizmo's post from 11/3/08 to purchase maps and mine was a little less expensive.

Map $79.95
Tax 0
Shipping $7.37
Total Cost $87.32

Thanks for the advice!
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Re: Garmin GPSMAP 60Cx/60CSx/76Cx/76CSx info & discussio

Postby T-Hunter » Fri 2009-01-30, 00:34:21

mine was free as well as the topo....just gotta ask around

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Re: Garmin GPSMAP 60Cx/60CSx/76Cx/76CSx info & discussio

Postby cheechgang » Mon 2009-04-06, 19:47:33

New software available

GPS SW Version 3.00s

Software Version 3.90 (change states purpose is to implement maps greater than 2GB)


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Re: Garmin GPSMAP 60Cx/60CSx/76Cx/76CSx info & discussio

Postby SmackyJ » Wed 2009-04-22, 21:14:43

I have a question. Does the Garmin 60CS usually take a while to accure satellites, compared to the Garmin 60CSx that picks satellites up instantly?
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