A new model had be introduced by Garmin OREGON 600 series. While reading the the specs, I got the feeling like Garmin introduces a new mobile phone. If we only add a GSM module into it … 😉
It should be available in the first Q of 2013. Yes, “should”. If you go to the Garmin’s website (OREGON 600), you will find a note:
“This device has not been authorized as required by the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained”
Main differences between the models:
Oregon 650/650t include rechargeable batteries “in box” and 8 MP camera; Built-in memory: Oregon 600 – 1.5 GB, Oregon 600t – 300 MB, Oregon 650 – 3.5 GB, Oregon 650t – 4 GB; the “t” models come with preloaded TOPO map.
08.12.2011 The GLONASS constellation has reached the number of 24 operating spacecrafts, providing 100% coverage of the Earth’s surface.
GLONASS constellation status, 15.12.2011г.
|Total satellites in constellation||31 SC|
|In commissioning phase||3 SC|
|In maintenance||3 SC|
|In flight tests phase||1 SC|
Source: Information Analytical Centre
What does it mean for a GPS user?
Thanks to the GPS receiver able to work with both systems (GPS and GLONASS), we can get the satellite lock 20% faster than with the standard GPS. Apart of that, the navigation in difficult environments (high buildings, canyons…) with limited sky view, will be much easier thanks to the support of extra 24 satellites from GLONASS.
The new eTrex family (eTrex 10, eTrex 20, eTrex 30) can track both GPS and GLONASS. Would you like to hear what’s the difference of getting the satellite lock for the first time on the old and new eTrex series?