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"Thanks for adding MGRS to GPS III® Plus"
guys (and gals) are GREAT!! When I bought my Garmin® GPS III Plus
over a year ago, I was afraid I had gotten the wrong model because
I needed MGRS for military activities. I kept the III Plus because
of the maps I could use when driving or flying civilian aircraft.
I am in the Texas Army National Guard in a long-range surveillance
unit. The mission of this unit is to infiltrate 150 - 300 kilometers
behind enemy lines to gather military intelligence and communicate
it back to friendly forces. Land navigation is one of our most
crucial skills. That far from friendly forces, there's no one
to call for directions if you get lost.
For the last year I have had to convert from UTM to MGRS, which
is a real pain. I submitted a request some months back asking
you to consider adding MGRS to the GPS III Plus. Imagine how pleased
I was when I saw that I could download version 2.04 that supports
it! You have convinced me that I made the right choice Ñ and rest
assured, I give you my highest recommendation for civilian GPS
Among my duties in the Army, I teach the class on GPS use and
navigation, so I have PPS capable (crypto-enabled) units to use
alongside yours. I am convinced that Garmin has no peer in civilian
units. Students in my class frequently ask me which unit to buy.
My favorite low-priced unit for the individual soldier is the
GPS 12. My favorite map-capable unit is my very own GPS III Plus.
Several people have purchased on my recommendation, and the performance
of your units has never embarassed me. They are all very happy.
Our Garmin GPS units perform in all sorts of conditions ranging
from barren ground to heavy forest, damp to desert. On Operation
Tandem Thrust in Australia, where our U.S. government issued lensatic
compasses which did not work because the magnetic North Pole was
almost straight underneath us, many of us used our Garmins to
help us figure out where we were and where we had to go.
Garmin has also proven their commitment to improving each model
and supporting it with software releases every few months. Thank
you for continuing to support the GPS III Plus with upgrades.
Keep it up!
"Back to a safe harbor, thanks to the GPS III
I purchased a GPS III Plus about 18 months ago and have used
it extensively on vacations and various outings. However, I actually
had to rely on it for the first time the other day.
My wife and I recently purchased a 19-foot boat and took it out
to Newport Beach Harbor in California. I mounted the GPS on the
dash and proceded on our boating trip. We had wanted to see how
the boat handled the ocean current and tides for future reference
on boating trips. It was a very foggy day and visibility was less
than 200 yards. So before I got past the harbor inlet, I entered
a waypoint for the opening and off we went.
It turned out that the sea was too rough for us that day. I was
heading approximately due west and the current was also difting
us south. However, I didn't know that. I was too busy watching
the swells to notice the drift on the GPS. By the time I decided
to turn around, we had gone out about three-fourths of a mile.
I turned what I thought was a 180-degree turn and used the GOTO
button to get back to the harbor opening. That was when I found
out I was also about three-fourths of a mile south. As I said,
it was a very foggy day and I couldn't see the coastline.
At first I thought that the GPS was wrong and for about 15 seconds,
I headed where I thought I was supossed to go. Then I thought
of how pilots don't rely on their instruments and fly into mountains
or crash into the sea. So I quickly decided to follow what the
GPS was telling me, except with one deviation. This port has two
protruding jetties, so I proceeded on a course that took me to
a point in the ocean where all I had to do was turn right and
go straight toward that harbor inlet. I used the pointer on the
map page for this. And that is exactly what it did.
If it wasn't for your GPS, I would have had to call the Coast
Guard for assistance and the day could have been a very tragic
one. All my wife and I had planned to do that day was try our
boat in the ocean and spend a relaxing day cruising the harbor
looking at other boats and the homes that line the harbor. Thanks
to your wonderful product, the day turned out to be exactly that.
"Thanks for adding military grid to GPS III
Thank you, thank you. I want to believe that my voice alone was
finally heard, but I really believe it must have been a great
many people asking for MGRS to be added to grid types with the
GPS III Plus. You people are great and I really love my III Plus.
I can use my unit at work easier now with the addition of MGRS.
I use my III Plus for a great variety of things and am always
pleased with its simplicity, accuracy, and power conservative
nature. Thanks once more.
"GPS III Plus makes trip though interior of
Just used the GPS III Plus on a 6,200 km trip through the interior
of Brazil, near the Bolivian border. We were amazed with the accuracy
and detail obtained by downloading maps from the MapSource® CD-ROM.
Some of the tracks we took were real dirt roads, almost impassable
in anything but a 4x4, yet they showed up on the GPS and the tracking
arrow followed the track. Obviously, there were one or two discrepancies,
or places where the actual roads aren't where they appear on the
GPS, but this rarely happened. We did over 1,000 km on dirt roads,
and always knew where we were.
We also used the GPS III Plus in a single-engined Cessna to find
our way over the Pantanal and back and to check the roads. When
we went around the rivers and creeks in aluminium boats with outboards,
we also used the GPS. Everywhere appears the same - same vegetation,
same creeks - but some lead somewhere, others are dead-end. We
went 35 kms to find some nesting sites, then just did a TracBack®
with the highway page, which guided us safely back to base.
The unadvertised improvements which you incorporated into the
GPS III Plus are fantastic. I don't know how much other people
appreciate them, but I am a "manual reader" and like to get maximum
value from my instruments. The GPS III Plus is a marvelous value
- you just get so much sophisticated circuitry that I find really
easy to use and which presents the information in really usable
Anyway, congratulations on a great little instrument, which
was absolutely invaluable.
"Sea water and -25 F no sweat for GPS III Plus"
I wanted to let you know what a wonderful, top-performing product
you have in the Garmin GPS III Plus. I recently purchased one
and took it south to Antarctica for two and a half weeks. The
unit worked beautifully, even with exposure to windchill temperatures
of -25 degrees F. It also (inadvertently!) got soaked with sea
water and still continued to perform without a problem. Thanks
again for building such a great and reliable product.
"Roadside assistance from GPS III Plus"
I was driving from my newly inherited 101-acre ranch south of
Trall, TX, in eastern Williamson County to move from my previous
residence in Rush Hill, MO. My auto heater hose broke just north
of Miami, OK. I used my new Garmin GPS III Plus to locate myself
1.5 miles east of mile marker 313 on the Will Rogers Turnpike
and dialed *55 on my cell phone to get assistance from the Oklahoma
Highway Patrol. Thanks Garmin. I really needed the help.
"GPS III Plus is simply amazing"
I recently purchased a Garmin GPS III Plus and am just dropping
you a short note to tell you something you already know: This
is without a doubt the most amazing instrument I have ever held
in my hands.
I realize I haven't owned it long enough to have even begun to
put it through all of its capabilities. I am 66 years old and
a retired County Sheriff with a high school education, and I am
very impressed with the simplicity of operation after reading
the very well-composed manual that came with it.
My wife Sandi and I enjoy boating and fishing, and this past
summer we spent 82 days on the water with our pontoon boat fishing
on over 40 different bodies of water (and one lake in Canada).
I don't mind admiting that there were times when we weren't absolutely
sure where the boat ramp by which we had entered was located.
I am positive now that I won't have that experience in the future
with this instrument at my disposal, thanks to Garmin.
In the three days since my purchase, I have demonstrated it to
three of my friends and I am sure that two of them will own one
within the next few days. I plan to purchase your Roads & Recreation
CDs so I can enhance my Garmin unit even more. I suspect that
that program will provide me with even more information that I
can put to good use during my retirement. After 40 years in law
enforcement, I am ready to enjoy my retirement and I believe your
product will help me do just that.
"Thrilled with GPS III Plus and MapSource"
I am usually one of those people who send e-mails to whine about
a product, but since I bought your GPS III Plus and MapSource
CD, I have been just thrilled with the operation of the unit and
especially the ability to update the software from your web site
for free. While most companies try to use software updates to
make more money, your use of the Internet to offer free updates
and the trouble-free functioning of my GPS unit is the reason
I will tell all my friends about your products.