Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Dahitman44

Looking at a portable GPS

19 posts in this topic

Thinking about getting a new one of these for x-mas. I have the magellan and have always hated it. It doesn't run my maps.

I am thinking about the Lowrance -- what are you guys liking/not ling about what you use?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

the H2Oc is a great unit with the lakemaster or navionics chip. There have been complaints about screen visibility in direct sunlight, but most any LCD screen is difficult to read in those condiitions, so it is not an issue unique to the Lowrance. Using rechargeable batteries or the supplied 12V plug-in is the way to go with these units, alkaline batteries do not have a long service life. I love my unit and it is indespensible for use while snowmobiling. I have a ram mount on my sled and the trail maps on an memory card. It is nice, especially when riding on unfamiliar trails. My biggest beef with Lowrance is that the mapping software is better for the garmin units. It is diificult trying to convert data from a non-Lowrance source.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Dead --

Good to hear from you.

They have trail maps on a card for this?

Where do you get them?

How accurate are they?

Cool.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have the ihunt-c unit and I love it! THe color screen is great and I run the lakemaster MN chip and it is a great combo. I have been trying to get the software same maps onto an SD card to work but have not been able to yet (so if you know anything let me know)! I think that the problem might be with my vista but i am not sure! Other than that I am very happy with the unit!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

my chip is like a year old -- does anyone know if the new ones are all that much better?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a garmin etrex legend-c with the MN lakemaster map on cd. Its great, very detailed and I can bring up the maps on my laptop for a larger screen to look at. I like this unit over the lowrance h20's because it is smaller/more compact and very user friendly. Although, if you already have a lowrance graph/gps for your boat I think you can use the same map chip for both the boat and some lowrance hand held gps.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have to agree with dead, I have an h2oc now for two years with the lake master chip and I love it. It's the best toy I ever bought. I think the new maps just have more hg (high graphic) lake maps on them, not sure though.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Is the handheld lowrance like the boat unit as far as how you use it?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I got the H2O non color unit, and it has the same function buttons as their boat units. I couldn't justify the extra $100 for a color unit, plus the battery life is less. The new navionics premium north 08 chip has about every lake you might fish on it, it is for sure on the christmas list cause I'll buy it for myself if no one else does. laugh.gif.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Quote:

Is the handheld lowrance like the boat unit as far as how you use it?


not exactly. hitman, what are you doing tomorrow afternoon? If you say work, that's not the answer I was looking for. I can give you a tutorial on the ice if you're interested.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Quote:

I got the H2O non color unit, and it has the same function buttons as their boat units. I couldn't justify the extra $100 for a color unit, plus the battery life is less.


The H2O has lower resolution and 4 less WAAS channels than the H2Oc.

Here's the comparison: The H2O has a 3" display with 240x180 resolution and a precision 12-parallel channel GPS+WAAS receiver. The H2Oc has a slightly smaller 2.83" screen but a 320x240 resolution and a precision 16-channel GPS+WAAS receiver. To me that's worth the extra money.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

H20C with a Lakemaster chip is what I ended up going with and I've been happy with it so far. If you do a little searching around online you can get the gps along with the chip for around $300 total. Good Luck!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Dead --

Quit milking the big females for the DNR and start working at a sports store -- you have me sold!

thanks

Hit

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

yeah the color unit H2O really sucks in the sun. If you are going to be out riding sled in the middle of the day you DO NOT want the COLORED one you won't be able to see it bro! I have 4 buddy will H2Oc and they are always trying to switch thiers out with mine(i have the non-color H2O) when we are out fishing or sled. Yeah its WAAS it better but you have to be able to see what you're doing unless you like the dark. I dont know, think about it.

Dead do you ever have problems seeing yours in the day time?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Come on dude, don't be so technical. I just need it to get close to my spot, after that I'll find the spot on the spot. A chip will be a nice addition so I can find some new areas to fish. Hit, the functions on the Lowrance handhelds are the same as the boat graphs. If you are proficient with your boats gps, it is the same on the handhelds so there is little tutorial needed. Dead, give me a holler, I got the permanent out tonight and put 10 slabs on the ice after dark. Heading out again tomorrow with the kids if you want to join, just bring your sled to get out.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

thanks, guys.

Hitamn

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Quote:

Dead do you ever have problems seeing yours in the day time?


I usually can see it pretty decent. I haven't used it much trail riding when its been sunny out, since it is usually cloudy and snowing then. If you wear polarized glasses, the display pops out at you since there is minimal glare. I think if anything, the vibration of the unit on the sled makes it harder to read, than the sunlight. When I'm looking for my fishing spot while riding the sled, the bumpy ice can make it diificult to read without having to stop. I'm not sure if there's any better option, but this is when you are trying to fine tune in on the spot.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just got one yesterday -- I love it. It is really cool. Just wished it had a deal on it that made fish bite on my hook. smirk.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

hit, buy those plastic screen protectors that they sell for PDAs, cell phones, PSPs, etc. Put it on the screen of your H2O so it doesn't get scuffed. it won't affect the screen visibility.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • cheapicetrick
      Thanks for the information. I believe yours must be different by the sounds of it. Mine looks like the one below. A bolt actually goes through the pin and bolts onto the actual trolling motor and you have to pull the lever completely out to remove it from the boat.  
    • leech~~
    • phishnerd
      Crawlers work great for a mixed bag of fish.  Fresh cut bait like suckers or shad work great for channel cats.  I've never fished North Lake in Red Wing. Have fun!
    • Chevy Nation
      Have you or anyone tried North Lake in Red Wing by Treasure Island?? Just curious if anything have been biting there?
    • eyeguy 54
      I seen this I seen that.....   I go and correct it once in a while... LOL  somebody has to help you peasants 
    • Chevy Nation
      Thanks a lot phishnerd! I will give it a shot and let ya know how I do! I am hoping to get out tomorrow if not hopefully this weekend! Thanks for the tips on baiting also! What would you use for live baits?
    • leech~~
        ikr, who let da dang englsh techer on dis fishn frum anways! Hck evn that pushbuttom guy whos a techer ant raggen onfolk! @*!&
    • Wanderer
      I would think so.  You still need a passport too.  Seems like the only change is loosening up on the mandatory check in.  You only have to if they ask you too.   I never took an RABC to exempt me from the check in requirement before this change.
    • Wanderer
    • Rick
      The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has released a draft operational plan for management of the Sand Dunes State Forest, located in central Sherburne County, about 3 miles west of Zimmerman. The draft operational plan will undergo a 45-day public review from June 21 to August 4. Members of the public are invited to read the draft plan on the DNR’s website and provide comments through an online form; both are located at www.mndnr.gov/forestry/sand-dunes. The DNR will hold a public meeting to discuss the plan on July 10, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Big Lake High School cafeteria; 501 Minnesota Ave., in Big Lake. Members of the public will be invited to interact with DNR staff and learn more about the draft plan. The meeting will begin with an open house, followed by a brief DNR presentation about the plan and, conclude with an open microphone session. Last summer, the DNR organized a group of local residents, government leaders and other interested people to provide perspective and advice on management issues in the Sand Dunes State Forest. The group held six open meetings, and there were often additional people in the audience who joined in the discussion. These citizen-centered discussions helped shape the new draft plan released this week. Sand Dunes State Forest, established by the Minnesota Legislature in 1945, includes about 6,000 acres of land owned and managed by the state. It features pine plantations, rare sand dunes, wetlands, woodlands, oak savanna and prairie and is home to more than two dozen rare plants and animals. The forest is a popular recreation destination for hikers, horseback riders, hunters, campers and others. For ongoing news regarding Sand Dunes State Forest and future meetings of the advisory group, sign up for email updates . Enter an email address and then select Sand Dunes State Forest from the drop down list.  Visit www.mndnr.gov/forestry/sand-dunes for notes and resources related to the meetings.
        Discuss below - to view set the hook here.