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denis, December 31, 1969 is there a canadian (Québec) map for this lowrance gps receiver
Robb, December 31, 1969 WOW! You're looking at the most feature packed GPS's in its class. Best bang for the buck I've ever come across. I spent 2 weeks comparing it against many GPS's. Excellent unit for Geocaching, Map Making, and travel. Menus can be cumbersome, stuff located all over the place so it can be frusterating, and a bit tough to learn. Unit is down-pour RAIN proof(well tested), but not IPX7 waterproof! All seals closed, lowered in water < 1 foot for 5 secs, it WILL get water inside! I got the water out of my unit, and it still works awsome. Waypoint creation is quite nice compared to other units because this unit will let you record an AUDIO note as you create a waypoint. The barometer is a 'tough cookie', I've taken it from 29Hg down to 8 Hg, no issues. The compass is very touchy on my unit (unit must be flat), so I don't use it much. The unit is not battery power hungry. I get 8 hours with no power saving, moving map, and with backlights on. 12 to 20 hours is very possible on 2 AA batteries. Because the unit uses readily avaialable AA's rather then a non-standard rechargable source, powering this unit is both cost effective and never a problem when the batteries die, and you don't have a wall socket and 2-14 hours to recharge. With MapCreate 6.3 upgraded maps, the GPS has very powerful search database (see Mapcreate 6.3 review). The screen is easy to see under all conditions, but differentiating between steams and roads can be 'difficult'. For such a low cost, feature packed GPS I expected the PhD to have a poor antenna, NOT SO! People on the net rave about the iFinder antennas! I can see why, it borders on being Super GPS! Dirt Biking 50 miles, my PhD worked well, plotting accurate data (I checked the tracks against maps of known roads) in steep mountains with THICK forest canopies (but you must keep moving to maintain a lock, walking may be too slow). The only thing able to stop this unit from locking on satellites would be Solar Flare activity. The effects are most noticable during sunset and sunrise. Later I added the Lowrance RAA-3 external amplified antenna. This turned my PhD into "Super GPS" able to maintain lock inside trailers with metal roofs! Both internal/external antennas at the same location, plugging in the RAA-3 causes signal strengths to jump up 25-50%. The RAA-3 makes the PhD more power hungry, but I haven't notice any major battery issues from it. Happy, you betcha! If you don't need color, but need features in a handheld unit, this is your baby!