[OSM-talk] Garmin eTrex Vista Hcx

Shalabh shalabh.w at gmail.com
Sat Oct 31 14:02:43 GMT 2009

Writing this email as a review for *Garmin eTrex Vista Hcx* so other
potential users can use this. Also to check if I am the only one with these

1. The altimeter loses altitude all of a sudden at times when there is
actually no loss of altitude. Just 2 or 3 examples. A few days ago, while
climbing a mountain pass, it suddenly lost 100 metres altitude. Today
morning, it lost 130 metres in a flash. I swear I did not jump down that
distance. :) A point to note though, all this happens only when climbing or
coming down a mountain. I am talking altitudes above 2000 metres above MSL.

2. The altimeter calibrates with a long delay. After a long climb up a
mountain pass, I had to wait for 45 minutes for the altimeter to stabilize.
It was at 3159 metres when I reached the top and stabilized at 3261 metres,
a whole 102 metres of increase.

3. I parked my car near a village a day before, marked a waypoint. The
satellite error was at +- 5metres. Today morning, I came back and marked
another waypoint. This time the error was +-4 metres but this waypoint is
150 metres off the earlier one. The car keys were with me and I can vouch
that my car does not move on its own. :)

Would just like to figure out if any of you have had the same issue with
this model or any other Garmin GPS.

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