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"GPS II® Plus bounces back"
Recently I was out in the field marking the position of some
groundwater monitoring wells. I was leaving, and in the process
of putting everything away, I left my Garmin® GPS II Plus on the
top of my vehicle. I forgot it was there and drove off. A few
miles down the road, going about 55 mph, I heard something tumble
off my roof luggage rack.
I looked back in my rearview mirror and saw, to my horror, my
GPS II Plus bouncing down the asphalt pavement. I saw it bounce
at least four to five feet off the pavement two or three times,
cartwheel several times, and then slide to a stop. Fortunately,
there was no other traffic. I returned and picked it up, expecting
to find a dead unit.
The removable antenna was gone, nowhere to be found. But the
unit still powered up, with a few nicks on the case. I replaced
the antennae a day or two later and everything worked perfectly.
I did need to replace the AA batteries because the g-force of
the impact was so strong that the little dimples on the plus polarity
of the batteries had been crushed.
I must congratulate you on producing such a sturdy device. I
"GPS II Plus passes ejection test"
I am a pilot attack instructor in the South African Air Force
and make use of the GPS II Plus as an instructional and navigational
aid. I have made a bracket for the GPS which is attached to a
strap and fastened around my left leg near the knee during flight.
Unfortunately, I was recently involved in an incident in which
I experienced a compressor stall which resulted in me having to
eject from my aircraft. I was taken to a hospital for treatment
where I remained for some time, but my GPS II Plus was found lying
in a field the next day, still working as advertised and only
missing its antenna. I therefore successfully ejection-tested
your product, which passed with flying colours. Thanks for a great
"GPS II Plus in off-road event"
Three members of our local Land Rover group recently headed south
of the border to Baja to watch the SCORE Baja 1000 off-road event.
After camping one night at Laguna Hanson, we decided to head south
toward San Felipe and cut back north across Laguna Salada. Laguna
Salada is a (sometimes) dry lake roughly 60 miles in length running
north to south. It lies between Mexicali and La Rumarosa. At the
north end is the main highway between Mexicali and Tiajuana, roughly
seven miles from the United States border.
Our group reached the last military (anti-drug) checkpoint in
late afternoon. We turned off the main road and headed west to
the dry lake. I had navigated this expanse many times in daylight
in the past, but it was now 3 p.m. and the sun would set today
Sure enough, it began to get dark, and all visual cues soon disappeared.
I called up the waypoints set on previous trips and forced myself
to ignore my senses which were trying to make me drive west (into
the mountains) instead of north. Due to reduced visibility, we
averaged only 30 miles per hour when normal speeds were up to
60 mph on the flat lake bed. There was no moonlight due to a low
cloud cover that moved over the area that afternoon. The soft
green glow of the GPS II Plus and the bright blaze of the Hella
3000s pointed our way north.
Two and a half hours later, we could see the lights from the
highway ahead and we all gave a sigh of relief! Thanks again Garmin
for another exciting and safe weekend adventure.
G.S., T.B., and M.F.
"GPS II Plus good company in gator country"
Just wanted to take a few minutes to let someone at your company
know how happy I have been with my GPS. This summer, a friend
and I planned a canoe trip down the entire length of the Pee Dee
river. One of the items I picked up beforehand was the GPS II
Plus. I have to say, it was a worthwhile addition to our supplies.
Used in conjunction with a good topographic map of North and South
Carolina, I believe it allowed us to travel greater distances
every day. For anyone unfamiliar with this river, there is a general
lack of suitable camping places along the way. By knowing exactly
where we were, though, along with our average speed, we were able
to tell when we were closing in on prime camping grounds. We did
not fully appreciate this until about the fifth day of our trip,
when we entered 'gator country. Paddling in the company of alligators
puts a whole new twist on what you consider an acceptable camping
We were able to set daily distance goals for ourselves and, thanks
to the GPS, we would know when our speed was faltering or when
we were spending too much time stopping to fish and gawk at wildlife
along the way. We saw so many things that I never imagined I would
see in the wild. Some of the highlights were Bald Eagles (we logged
at least 50 bald eagle sightings), river otters, and alligators.
In the end, we made it to Murrell's Inlet, South Carolina, in
eight days. I think without the GPS we would have easily added
two days to the trip. We were especially grateful for the extra
days, since Murrel's Inlet is only minutes away from Myrtle Beach,
South Carolina, where we got an oceanfront room and enjoyed a
couple of days of much deserved rest and relaxation, after eight
hard days of paddling.
Anyway, thanks at least in part to the GPS II Plus, the summer
canoe trip was a complete success. Since my return, I take my
GPS nearly everywhere with me. You never know when you might find
yourself lost. I only wish I had had one of these 20 years ago
so I could have marked all of my grandfather's secret fishing
holes and favorite hunting spots. Thanks for the great product.