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Will my Gps work in the bahamas traveling to the bahamas

#1 User is offline   twinpower78 

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 06:40 AM

I live in North Carolina. I have the Eastern United States on my GPS. Will it work in the Bahama islands? Would like to do some geocaching there. If not, what do I need to do?

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 06:42 AM

Welcome to the forums! :(

The "G" in GPS stands for "GLOBAL". :(

Your GPS unit will work anywhere on the globe.

You might, however, depending on which GPS unit you have, want to look at loading additional maps on your unit (if they are available) because your Eastern United States maps will not cover the Bahamas.

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 07:28 AM

When you travel a long distance from your home caching area, it may take a few minutes longer than normal for the unit to get a sat lock. Other than that as MM said, it will work anywhere in the world.

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 07:34 AM

Yes indeed and there are several caches there. Quite a few are virtuals.
If you venture out of the "touristy" areas, be very aware of your surroundings and people around you.
You GPS will need to re-aquire satellites if it has been turned off for a while and you have moved a long distance from when you shut it off.


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Posted 24 January 2010 - 07:50 AM

Yes, be very aware of your surroundings. Friends of mine from Mooresville, NC were robbed at gunpoint there several years ago. Personally I would stay on the boat!

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 07:52 AM

View Posttwinpower78, on Jan 24 2010, 09:40 AM, said:

I live in North Carolina. I have the Eastern United States on my GPS. Will it work in the Bahama islands? Would like to do some geocaching there. If not, what do I need to do?

twinpower


One thing you can do to reduce the amount of time your GPSr needs to get a satellite signal lock, in the Bahamas, is to go onto Google Earth and get the coordinates of where you'll be staying. The coordinates don't have to be exactly dead on. Go into your GPSr setup, manually enter the coordinates the night before you fly out, and when you restart you GPSr in the Bahamas, your sat signal lock will take considerably less time than if you started your GPSr with the last set of coordinates back in North Carolina. Good luck, have fun, and don't forget to do a little scuba diving. Come on, it's the BAHAMAS!! :(

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 10:27 AM

No it won't.
I can only suggest that as mine does work in the Bahamas that you allow me to take your place. :(
And stop gloating! :(

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 10:56 AM

I had issues using the GPS on my Sprint Blackberry in Europe - something about needing an active service to use GPS or some crazy thing like that. Everything else on the phone worked except the GPS. My stand-alone GPSs (Garmin Nuvi 360 and Garmin 60CSx) worked no problem.

So if your GPS is on your phone, you may not get GPS service. However if its not, you should be fine.

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 12:15 PM

View Posttwinpower78, on Jan 24 2010, 06:40 AM, said:

I live in North Carolina. I have the Eastern United States on my GPS. Will it work in the Bahama islands? Would like to do some geocaching there. If not, what do I need to do?

twinpower


Went to the Mediterranean a while back didn't want to spent the bucks to buy the maps for all the areas I would be in. But the GPS worked fine just only gives you "Line of Sight" and tells the distance just doesn't show the roads to get to it. Had no problem finding the caches but always remember to mark where you start so you have an easy way back to where you started.

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 12:35 PM

It does take awhile to get a signal after being turned off and over distance, however the only issues I have had what when the car GPS somehow got switched to Greenland time and would not pick up a signal for several hours. When you buy a new GPS, it rather interesting to see the date and location on the screen for a few minutes from when they tested it at the factory. Ive had a few Garmins which showed Olathe Kansas, (such as the Vista) but the blue Legend showed their location in China a year and a half before. They all eventually got a signal lock though.

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 01:08 PM

Thanks everyone!

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 02:18 PM

I found these. Dont know if they will help or not.

http://rwsmaps.griffel.se/

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 05:29 PM

View Postjbuffethed, on Jan 24 2010, 02:18 PM, said:

I found these. Dont know if they will help or not.

http://rwsmaps.griffel.se/





Thank you for taking the time to look that link up! :(

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 05:41 PM

View PostMotorcycle_Mama, on Jan 24 2010, 08:42 AM, said:

Your GPS unit will work anywhere on the globe.


Even the Bermuda Triangle?

Sweet.

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 06:13 PM

View Posttwinpower78, on Jan 24 2010, 05:29 PM, said:

Thank you for taking the time to look that link up! :(


No problem. I had run across them a few months ago.

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 06:25 PM

View Posttwinpower78, on Jan 24 2010, 06:40 AM, said:

I live in North Carolina. I have the Eastern United States on my GPS. Will it work in the Bahama islands? Would like to do some geocaching there. If not, what do I need to do?

twinpower


Well let's see now. late-January. Going to the Bahama Islands.

What you need to do is use plenty of sun screen so as to avoid getting a burn. "What do I need to do"?

Are you kidding me? :( :( :(

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 06:30 PM

View PostBlueDeuce, on Jan 24 2010, 08:41 PM, said:

View PostMotorcycle_Mama, on Jan 24 2010, 08:42 AM, said:

Your GPS unit will work anywhere on the globe.


Even the Bermuda Triangle?

Sweet.

:(


Well, yes. Of course, you won't be surviving that trip to talk about it or to prove it, so it's perhaps a moot point.

:(

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 06:40 PM

View Postbriansnat, on Jan 24 2010, 07:28 AM, said:

When you travel a long distance from your home caching area, it may take a few minutes longer than normal for the unit to get a sat lock. Other than that as MM said, it will work anywhere in the world.



You know, I once went to a GPS maze exhibit about 90 miles from home, cached around town a little, and turned it off there, seeing as I wasn't driving, and didn't need it anymore. The next day, I couldn't get a signal on my Garmin GPS60 series to save my life!! After about 10 minutes, I finally did a hard reset on the thing. This could just be some whacky thing that happened to me though. I almost always have it on for the duration of road trips.

EDIT: Thinking back, it might have been the next weekend, and it was off all week. Either way, I'm just sayin'. :(

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 07:02 PM

The tune, "Dreadlock Holiday" keeps coming to mind. :(

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 08:09 PM

I've geocached in the Bahamas, Nassau to be specific. It gets really sketchy, really fast, the second you step off the cruise ship dock. Checking the map it seems there are even fewer available now than when I was there. Be extremely aware of your surroundings and do not go alone. The caches on paradise island are probably safer than the ones on the main island. Good luck!

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Posted 25 January 2010 - 09:16 AM

Be sure to set the power option to Coconut Flavored.

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Posted 25 January 2010 - 09:30 AM

View PostMotorcycle_Mama, on Jan 24 2010, 06:42 AM, said:


The "G" in GPS stands for "GLOBAL". :mellow:



Come on now.. picking on the noobs again??

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 10:00 PM

Of course it works, you won't have road maps like in the states but it is easy enough to get around without them. I found most of the ones on the big island. Some you may need to rent a scooter to get to. And some a boat. But you should calibrate your gps when you arrive.

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 03:59 AM

WAAS may or may not work, depending on your location. As the map shows, you could lose coverage in the south. That just means your unit won't be quite as accurate sometimes (assuming you have WAAS enabled). It's not a huge thing, just something to keep in mind.

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