If you'd like more versatility than a plotting type GPS receiver, the Magellan SporTrak Pro
is a good choice. This handheld is easy to take anywhere and with its internal memory, you can
add maps of your choice to the one already built in.
It's a common feature of GPS receivers that you don't have to get the
most expensive receiver for accurate position readings. The Magellan SporTrak Pro can determine
your position within seven meters without using the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS)
and less than three meters by using it. The receiver is also Differential GPS (DGPS)
ready with similar accuracy as when using WAAS.
Even if you've never used a GPS receiver before, the SporTrak Pro isn't difficult
to operate. Only nine keys control all its functions. There are a variety of screen
displays to let you choose how your trip information is shown. You can see your
position on a map or see the text display of the coordinates. Likewise, you have a
choice of seeing your speed and direction as graphic images or text. There's also
a screen for checking the status of the GPS satellites in the area. And most screens
have customizable areas to show the trip data of your choice. You even have a choice
of nine languages for the text displays.
An accurate and easy-to-use GPS receiver is only half of what you get with the
Magellan SporTrak Pro. It comes with a built-in North American map for traveling to
any city or recreation area. The receiver also has 23 MB of memory for saving other
maps. This lets you add city street maps or off-road topographic details. The receiver
has zoom and pan controls to vary the map area and detail shown. And it gives you the
choice of 12 coordinate systems and 76 map datums. In addition to the map data there's
a database of sunrise/sunset times, moon phases, and the best times for hunting and
fishing for any area and date.
As with other features, the SporTrak Pro gives you several options for creating
your routes. You can pick existing points on a map, mark a new map point, enter a
location's coordinates, use your present position, or choose a point at a certain distance
and direction from your present position. Then one by one, any two points are
connected to form each leg of the route. It's also possible to save the path of an unplanned
trip you took. The receiver's track log records your movement and saves it as
track points with up to 2,000 per track. Using the track-to-route feature, these
track points can be converted to a route. There's enough memory to save up to 20
Protecting the Magellan SporTrak Pro from harm is a rubber-padded waterproof
case. The 6.1 ounce receiver floats, so even dropping it in the water isn't a
problem. The grayscale display is a 1.4" W x 2.2" H LCD with adjustable contrast.
Both the display and keypad are backlit for navigation with any light conditions.
To make the two AA batteries last, there's an automatic backlight timer. It shuts
off the light after a selected period of inactivity. Hitting any key
will reactivate the light. And if you forget how anything works, there's a built-in
help database. It can show you step by step how to use the receiver's features.