While you can't hold the world in your hand, the Garmin GPS 76 lets you hold
the power to navigate it. It comes loaded with the location of major world
cites, so you can travel the globe. But if you prefer staying closer to home,
you can replace these with local points of interest.
Unlike most electronic devices, the case of Garmin GPS 76 is not only rugged
but waterproof. And since it also floats, you can take it out on the water
without fear of losing it. With a weight under 8 ounces, the slender case (1.2"
x 2.7" x 6.2") fits easily in your pocket, backpack, or tackle box.
Along with world cities, the GPS 76 comes with marine navigation aids and
U.S. tide data loaded in its 1 MB of memory. The navigation aids include such
things as buoys, milemarkers, beacons, and hazards. Using a computer and
data from a Garmin MapSource CD, you can also store you own points of interest.
The points of interest include places to eat or sleep, dock your boat or get gas,
see a movie or a historic monument, and much more.
A good GPS receiver should be usable anywhere and anytime, even in the dark.
And since the Garmin GPS 76 has a high-contrast backlit LCD screen, you can do just
that. The 1.6" W x 2.2" H (2.9" diagonal) 4-level grayscale screen has both
adjustable backlighting and contrast for optimum viewing under any conditions.
Even though the GPS 76 is a basic model, its guidance is up to date. It can
receive Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) signals to calculate a location
that's off by less than three meters. With an optional Differential GPS (DGPS)
beacon receiver, position accuracy within five meters can be obtained if WAAS
signals aren't available.
While knowing where you are is important, sometimes you need to also know
your exact path in getting there. The Garmin GPS 76 has an automatic track log
that records and saves your movements. So if you want to repeat a previous
route or retrace your steps later, you can. The receiver has space to store
10 trips from the track log.
The nine keys of the GPS 76 keypad are used for data entry and controlling what's
displayed on the screen. There are five main display pages. The satellite page
shows the position and signal strength of the local GPS satellites. The map page
displays your position, waypoints and other points of interests. The compass
page has your current heading, speed and distance to the next waypoint. When
traveling on the road or other straight courses, there's the highway page to provide you
with a combination of map and compass page information. The last of the main pages
is the route page. This is for planning, editing, and displaying a selection of routes.
To create a route, the Garmin GPS 76 gives you several options. Each route is
allowed anywhere from 2 to 50 waypoints with space to store 50 routes. One way
to create a route, is to use any of the existing points on the map page. Or you can
make new waypoints on the map and use those. You create a new waypoint by
placing a marker on the map page or entering the location coordinates.
The receiver will run for up to 16 hours off its two AA batteries when in the
battery saver mode. An optional cigarette lighter adapter can supply power when it's
used in a vehicle. The Garmin GPS 76 also has brackets available, for mounting
in a boat or car.