Handheld Gps

Written by Tadashi Moody
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The handheld GPS unit has virtually revolutionized the world of navigation, putting technology that was once only available to the United States military literally at the fingertips of the public. Today the global positioning system can be accessed and utilized by any hiker, mountain biker, or boater using receivers as small as a cellular phone, weighing as little as six ounces. With the touch of a button, one can instantly determine his or her location on a map, speed, distance, or even navigate to a desired destination.

No longer is the global positioning system strictly the domain of those with large budgets and the means to carry heavy equipment. Whether your endeavor is personal or professional, handheld GPS units make it possible to bring the technology of GPS with you virtually anywhere. From wildland firefighters plotting fire perimeters, to boating enthusiasts mapping routes, the small size of today's GPS units brings this amazing technology to more and more user groups every day.

New Features Make Handheld GPS Even More Functional

The earliest models of consumer GPS receivers did little more than present the user with latitude and longitude. Today, even the smallest, most basic models pack a powerful punch. Many models include basemap capabilities, displaying your location directly on digital street, topographic, or marine maps. Others will automatically calculate the best route from point A to point B, and visually direct you to your destination.

Integrated compasses, two way radios, dashboard mounting, and full color displays are only a few more of the multitude of features available in handheld GPS units today. And many units run on as few as two AA batteries, fitting neatly into a shirt pocket or backpack. It is the small size, coupled with the rapidly increasing functionality of today's handheld GPS receivers that make them such an incredible tool to both outdoor professionals and recreationists alike.


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