[Taxacom] GPS units that record the time a waypoint was taken

Frederick W Schueler bckcdb at istar.ca
Tue Mar 17 09:20:58 CDT 2009


Our original Garmin 45 GPS units (1996) recorded the time a waypoint was 
taken, and stored waypoints as a simple text file, from which we were 
able to extract locations for entry into our database.

In 2004 the displays on these units began to fail, and we bought Garmin 
eTrex units, which stored the waypoints in an inaccessible format, and 
didn't record the time they were taken. We've worked around the 
inaccessible format, but Garmin technical staff assured us that the time 
a waypoint was taken isn't recorded anywhere by the units.

Since we use use GPS for drive-by recording of roadkills and colonies of 
invasive plants, this failure to record the time is a real hardship, but 
we've borne up under it. Now the eTrex units are failing, and we wonder 
if others have advice about GPS units that would record both time and 
location. We don't need maps or civic addresses or any of the currently 
fashionable GPS features, just waypoints and the capability to go back 
to them.


             Bishops Mills Natural History Centre
           Frederick W. Schueler & Aleta Karstad
        RR#2 Bishops Mills, Ontario, Canada K0G 1T0
     on the Smiths Falls Limestone Plain 44* 52'N 75* 42'W
       (613)258-3107 <bckcdb at istar.ca> http://pinicola.ca

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