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What was your first GPS?


I was scanning through some really old press releases today and came across a release that caught my eye… It was announcing the first GPS I ever purchased. I’m not going to say what it was right now, I’ve got a little contest planned later for that. But what was your first GPS? I’m sure some readers here go way back (as far as GPS goes) so drop a line in the comments below and let the memories begin.

21 Responses

  1. Magellan 320. Still in use. Found geocache today with it :)

    Just ordered a Colorado 300 btw, is being shipped as we speak

    doc - February 28th, 2008
  2. Garmin GPS III back in early 1998.


    Spyder63 - February 28th, 2008
  3. Garmin etrax 12 channel gps. Still use it as it has waypoints stored in it of all the moose and deer we have taken over the years, and have not figured out how to get them on the explorist 500 le so I can finally put the relic to rest.

    Tom - February 28th, 2008
  4. Feb. 1994: old Magellan Meridian 1993 (white), priced at $480. Really hard at acquiring satellites…

    Carlos - February 29th, 2008
  5. I am a relative newbie….

    Tomtom 910!

    infama - February 29th, 2008
  6. Delorme Tripmate in 1997-ish… Followed by a Garmin GPS 12, Garmin GPS V, Garmin Forerunner 301, Garmin Streetpilot i2, and a Holux GPSlim 240. A Garmin Forerunner 305 just landed on my desk 30 minutes ago, but that’s for my fiance’s birthday!

    Bill - February 29th, 2008
  7. Got into this late in the game and it was, and is, a Magellan Maestro 3100

    Bill Kunert - February 29th, 2008
  8. O.K. I admit it, I am a geek. In the early 90’s (I think) I bought a Sony PYXIS IPS360. I remember it cost about $1000, and ran on 4 AA batteries or 4 D batteries. The 4 AA batteries would supply about 3 or 4 hours of power, but the problem was it took up to 20 minutes to acquire its location.

    The antenna was a parabolic dish that you pointed to the sky, and it included a weight that connected to the dish so it would always point up.

    Allen - February 29th, 2008
  9. Icom GP22 cost 700 bucks in 1993. 5 channel parallel receiver as I remember. Two line numeric display. Saved 99 numbered waypoints. LiIon Battery 4 hours battery life. Took it to Europe and used with a compas and map to walk around Paris. Then Garmin GP 45 (Sequential Receiver) graphical display, then Micrologic ML150 (had graphical display, better parallel channel receiver and state boundries graphically preloaded), then Garmin GPS III, then GPS V (better display), then Garmin Emap – hated the expensive cards but more memory than the V, then Magellan Meridian Gold (SD Memory Yea!), then Garmin GPS 76Cx (better maps and Street routing!) Presently a Etrex HCX and a Nuvi 370 (international maps and routing).

    Martin Brenner - February 29th, 2008
  10. I’m a newbie, my first is the TomTom Go 920 – hopefully I won’t be upgrading anytime soon!

    Mark29 - March 1st, 2008
  11. Garmin eTrex Camo! Still have it but let my Dad use it a few years ago. Since then I’ve gotten a Garmin GPS 12 for $5 at a garage sale, Garmin nĂ¼vi (350, 360 and current 660) and also a Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx.

    Chris Nauman - March 1st, 2008
  12. Navman Pin back in 2005, then upgraded the software to OnCourse Navigator. got fed up with it in 2006 and bought my current Garmin C550.

    Jason - March 1st, 2008
  13. I’m a newbie. I bought my first last May 2007, the TomTom One.

    Lisa - March 1st, 2008
  14. My first GPS was a Garmin 2610 Street Pilot.

    Charles Sido - March 4th, 2008
  15. My first GPS was a Garmin GPS 55 AVD which I used back in my flying days. Still have it.


    Bob Baldwin - March 5th, 2008
  16. My first GPS was the one built into my 2005 Toyota Prius. I have no idea who makes it.

    JeepLover - March 6th, 2008
  17. Was and still is the Magellan Maestro 3100. I too came late to the game (7/07). I would really like an Ipaq 310 but to tell you the truth, at the end of the day as long as it gets me where I want to go I am satisfied. Still, it would be fun to play with some other units just because I can……

    patruns - March 8th, 2008
  18. A Garmin eTrex 12 channel GPS that I got for free from Mercury Marine.

    Uncle Ben - March 12th, 2008
  19. I dont know if this counts, but my first GPS was using Verizon’s VZ Navigator on my LG VX8600.

    beatmix01 - March 19th, 2008
  20. A Garmin GPS 45, sometime in the early 1990s. Still have it, but no longer in use.

    Fschwep - April 4th, 2008
  21. Would anyone be willing to sell me the power/data cable for a Garmin GPS 55? Or could anyone tell me what signals are on what pins on the connector? Garmin only tells the signals by wire color in the cable.

    Charles Hubbard - June 11th, 2009

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