Handheld GPS unit suggestions?

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I've been thinking about getting a GPS to record where I've been and plot some finds.... :)

Does anyone want to suggest a handheld unit that does not totally break the bank?

In the short time I've been looking, the Delorme PN-30 has caught my eye. It seems to be a mid grade/price unit that would work OK. Does anyone have any experience with it or have other suggested units that they like better?

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I have an absolute mint Garmin CS for sale, not even a scratch!
 

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I Can't sell on here. I have some retired ones. I now use a Garmin 64s for geocaching and my wife uses the 62s. Use it a lot. Love it. Been using Garmin since 2006.
 
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Do you not own a smartphone? All Apple iPhones as well as Android devices have built-in GNSS. There are lots of apps that can do basics GIS by recording points, lines, and polygons. I think that ther is a program called Tect-o-Track that is specifically marketed for this purpose.
 

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IMO Garmin, they are the standard of the industry. What ever unit you purchase make sure it has the mapping software installed. It’s probably around $150, it depends on how many maps you want. Without the mapping software you will be looking at a blank screen and a dotted line where you have been (track), and icons of positions you loaded in. When you see or hear the term “base map” included is just a gimmick and you will still be buying software.
I personally have a Garmin 76CX with US Coastal Charts and Topos for the Smoky and Rocky Mountains, and Fl. Waterproof and floats. All the Garmins are east to operate. I use it detecting all the time. I research on Google Earth, get the numbers, then load them into my GPS and off I go, X marks the spot. Invaluable for bushwhacking. I wouldn’t venture in a lot of places I get into without one. Getting turned around in the Glades could be a fatal mistake.
 

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