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eTrex Venture®

Part Number: 010-00225-00

Q. What are the differences between the eTrex units?

A. Because Garmin offers a variety of eTrex models with many different features, both the eTrex Product Showcase Interactive Demo and the Outdoor Product Comparison have been developed to assist you in selecting a model for purchase.


Related FAQs:

  1. I'm trying to use WAAS on my eTrex Venture/Legend/Vista but I'm not able to obtain a differential position. What could be wrong?
  2. Can I upgrade my older Garmin unit to a newer Garmin unit?
  3. What is a map datum? Which map datum do I use?
  4. What is a Waypoint?
  5. What is a Route?
  6. What is a Track Log?
  7. What is TracBack?
  8. Does Garmin make an instructional video for my GPS unit?
  9. How is the Thumb Stick (five-position cursor switch) used on the eTrex Venture, Legend, or Vista?
  10. Do I have the ability to connect an external antenna to my eTrex?
  11. Can I hard-wire my eTrex unit directly to a 12 V power source?
  12. Can I mount my eTrex unit to my dash/handlebar/windshield?
  13. Is my eTrex unit waterproof?
  14. What do the electronic compass and barometric pressure sensor provide to the user?
  15. Is my Garmin unit waterproof?
  16. Do I need to purchase a datacard for my GPS 72/76 series or eTrex unit?
  17. Can I use Loran TD coordinates on my Garmin GPS?

Q. How do I arrange to get my Garmin unit repaired in the U.S.?

A. In order to get your Garmin unit serviced, please call our technical support department at one of the following numbers:

tel. 800-800-1020 or 913-397-8200
fax. 913-440-5488

Garmin's technical support department is available M-F, 8:00-5:00, Central Time (except holidays).

When calling technical support, please have available the serial number of the unit, the return shipping address, and a daytime telephone number. A Product Support Specialist will provide you with a Return Material Authorization tracking number (RMA#) and shipping instructions.

Once a RMA number has been issued, ship the unit (insured) to the following address:

Garmin International
1200 E. 151st Street
RMA Number: (insert the RMA number here - see above)
Dock Door #1
Olathe, KS 66062 USA

Please note: Garmin recommends that return items are shipped through a carrier that offers shipment tracking as well as shipping insurance. When insuring your return item, please declare the full value of the shipment so that it is completely protected in the event that the shipment is lost or damaged. If return items are not shipped through a carrier that offers shipment tracking and the return items are not insured for their full value, you will be responsible for any loss or damage to the product during shipping.

Please note: The United States Postal Service (USPS) offers limited tracking capabilities and that there is a 30-calendar-day waiting period before the USPS will initiate a trace.


Related FAQs:

  1. Do I have to subscribe to a service to use my GPS?
  2. Does Garmin make an instructional video for my GPS unit?
  3. Is my eTrex unit waterproof?
  4. What are the differences between the GPS 72 and the GPS 76?
  5. Will my GPS unit float?
  6. Do units of the 72/76 series have audible alarms?
  7. Why can't I get a speed reading from the speed sensor attached to my fishfinder or sounder?

Q. Where can I find a complete list of Garmin's WAAS-enabled GPS units?

A. For a complete list of Garmin's WAAS-enabled GPS units?and to read more about WAAS?please visit our What is WAAS? web page.

Q. How is the Thumb Stick (five-position cursor switch) used on the eTrex Venture, Legend, or Vista?

A. Pressing the Thumb Stick button in, or moving it up, down, left, or right allows you to perform a multitude of functions with only one finger. Placing the unit in your left hand positions your thumb to be used to navigate each page and perform functions such as entering coordinates, marking waypoints, panning the map, and scrolling from page to page.


Related FAQs:

  1. Do you have a retail store at your factory in the U.S. where I can buy accessories or see your products demonstrated?
  2. I'm trying to use WAAS on my eTrex Venture/Legend/Vista but I'm not able to obtain a differential position. What could be wrong?
  3. Can I upgrade my older Garmin unit to a newer Garmin unit?
  4. Does Garmin take trade-ins?
  5. What is a map datum? Which map datum do I use?
  6. What is a Waypoint?
  7. What is a Route?
  8. What is a Track Log?
  9. What is TracBack?
  10. Does Garmin make an instructional video for my GPS unit?
  11. What are the differences between the eTrex units?
  12. Do I have the ability to connect an external antenna to my eTrex?
  13. Can I hard-wire my eTrex unit directly to a 12 V power source?
  14. Can I mount my eTrex unit to my dash/handlebar/windshield?
  15. Is my eTrex unit waterproof?
  16. What do the electronic compass and barometric pressure sensor provide to the user?
  17. Is my Garmin unit waterproof?

Q. Can I hard-wire my eTrex unit directly to a 12 V power source?

A. The eTrex units rely on external voltage regulation and cannot be wired directly to a 12 V power source. Doing so will result in damage to the unit that is not covered under warranty.


Related FAQs:

  1. I'm trying to use WAAS on my eTrex Venture/Legend/Vista but I'm not able to obtain a differential position. What could be wrong?
  2. Can I upgrade my older Garmin unit to a newer Garmin unit?
  3. Does Garmin take trade-ins?
  4. What is the warranty on Garmin units?
  5. What are the differences between the eTrex units?
  6. How is the Thumb Stick (five-position cursor switch) used on the eTrex Venture, Legend, or Vista?
  7. Do I have the ability to connect an external antenna to my eTrex?
  8. Can I mount my eTrex unit to my dash/handlebar/windshield?
  9. Is my eTrex unit waterproof?
  10. What do the electronic compass and barometric pressure sensor provide to the user?
  11. Is my Garmin unit waterproof?

Q. Can I mount my eTrex unit to my dash/handlebar/windshield?

A. You can mount your eTrex unit using one of several Garmin mounting brackets. In fact, Garmin offers a number of accessories to fit your needs. Please visit Garmin's Online Storeto learn more about which accessories are available for your eTrex.


Related FAQs:

  1. Can I order directly from Garmin?
  2. What are the differences between the eTrex units?
  3. How is the Thumb Stick (five-position cursor switch) used on the eTrex Venture, Legend, or Vista?
  4. Do I have the ability to connect an external antenna to my eTrex?
  5. Can I hard-wire my eTrex unit directly to a 12 V power source?
  6. Is my eTrex unit waterproof?
  7. What do the electronic compass and barometric pressure sensor provide to the user?
  8. Is my Garmin unit waterproof?
  9. The battery door that came with the bicycle mount (or automotive mount, or marine mount) does not fit on my eTrex Legend C, Legend Cx, Vista C, or Vista Cx . How do I attach the unit to the bracket?

Q. Do I have the ability to connect an external antenna to my eTrex?

A. While certain eTrex models are WAAS capable, none possess the ability to attach an external antenna. If you are looking for units that do have the capability to use a remotely mounted antenna, please look at our other products outside of the eTrex family. A variety of product options are available.


Related FAQs:

  1. I'm trying to use WAAS on my eTrex Venture/Legend/Vista but I'm not able to obtain a differential position. What could be wrong?
  2. Can I upgrade my older Garmin unit to a newer Garmin unit?
  3. Does Garmin take trade-ins?
  4. Can I post-process the data collected with my Garmin GPS unit to obtain greater accuracy?
  5. What are the differences between the eTrex units?
  6. How is the Thumb Stick (five-position cursor switch) used on the eTrex Venture, Legend, or Vista?
  7. Can I hard-wire my eTrex unit directly to a 12 V power source?
  8. Can I mount my eTrex unit to my dash/handlebar/windshield?
  9. Is my eTrex unit waterproof?
  10. What do the electronic compass and barometric pressure sensor provide to the user?
  11. Is my Garmin unit waterproof?
  12. Do I need to purchase a datacard for my GPS 72/76 series or eTrex unit?

Q. Will my GPS unit float?

A. Currently, Garmin produces eight GPS models that have the ability to float in water. Those units are:

Garmin recommends the use of lanyards to help ensure that handheld units are not lost overboard in a marine environment.


Related FAQs:

  1. Do you have a retail store at your factory in the U.S. where I can buy accessories or see your products demonstrated?
  2. Can I order directly from Garmin?
  3. Can I upgrade my older Garmin unit to a newer Garmin unit?
  4. Does Garmin take trade-ins?
  5. Does Garmin make an instructional video for my GPS unit?
  6. How do I arrange to get my Garmin unit repaired in the U.S.?
  7. How do I arrange to get my Garmin unit repaired in Europe?
  8. Can I "real-time track" using any MapSource product and my GPS 72/76 series unit?
  9. Is my GPS 72/76 series unit WAAS enabled?

Q. What NMEA version does my GPS unit output?

A. All Garmin GPS manuals will list the NMEA version (some units output more than one version) for that particular unit. Generally, this information is found in the back of the manual, just before the index.


Related FAQs:

  1. Can I interface my GPS unit with both a VHF radio and an autopilot at the same time?
  2. How can I change the mode of the GPSMAP 196 between land, aviation, and marine?

Q. Can I use Loran TD coordinates on my Garmin GPS?

A. Garmin has added the Loran TD format to most new GPS units. This will allow consumers who have used Loran in the past to enter their old Loran TD numbers into their new Garmin GPS receivers. The GPS does not receive a Loran signal. It will simply convert the Loran TD that you enter and convert it to Lat/Lon for display or navigation. You will need to know the Loran chain number and the two secondary towers used to record the position you wish to convert to Lat/Lon or navigate to. If you would like more information on Loran TDs and your Garmin GPS unit, please see our Loran TD Position Handbook

Once you have set up your GPS for Loran TDs, you will be able to enter your Loran TD positions. You can then switch the GPS back to Lat/Lon, and the coordinates will be converted. Since the GPS unit makes the conversion based on a static model, there may be error introduced. You can also get error if an incorrect primary/secondary station is used or the order of if the two secondary stations is incorrect. Because of this error, we recommended you mark these waypoints upon arrival, this time using the GPS signals received for the most accurate position.


Related FAQs:

  1. Do you have a retail store at your factory in the U.S. where I can buy accessories or see your products demonstrated?
  2. Can I upgrade my older Garmin unit to a newer Garmin unit?
  3. Can I post-process the data collected with my Garmin GPS unit to obtain greater accuracy?
  4. What is a map datum? Which map datum do I use?
  5. What is a Waypoint?
  6. What Garmin units feature Military Grid Reference System (MGRS)?
  7. Does Garmin make an instructional video for my GPS unit?
  8. What are the differences between the eTrex units?
  9. Is my Garmin unit waterproof?
  10. What are the differences between the GPS 72 and the GPS 76?
  11. Can I interface my GPS unit with both a VHF radio and an autopilot at the same time?

Q. What is a Waypoint?

A. Waypoints are locations or landmarks worth recording and storing in your GPS. These are locations you may later want to return to. They may be check points on a route or significant ground features. (e.g., camp, the truck, a fork in a trail, or a favorite fishing spot).

Waypoints may be defined and stored in the unit manually, by taking coordinates for the waypoint from a map or other reference. This can be done before ever leaving home. Or more usually, waypoints may be entered directly by taking a reading with the unit at the location itself, giving it a name, and then saving the point.

Waypoints may also be put into the unit by referencing another waypoint already stored, giving the reference waypoint, and entering the distance and compass bearing to the new waypoint.


Related FAQs:

  1. What are the differences between the eTrex units?
  2. How is the Thumb Stick (five-position cursor switch) used on the eTrex Venture, Legend, or Vista?
  3. Why are there waypoints in my waypoint list beginning with the letter "T"?
  4. Can I use Loran TD coordinates on my Garmin GPS?

Q. What is WAAS?

A. WAAS stands for the "Wide Area Augmentation System".

WAAS is an FAA-funded project designed to improve the overall accuracy and integrity of GPS signals for flying in instrument meteorological conditions, primarily during the approach and landing phases of flight. It is a space-based system that broadcasts integrity information and correction data as determined by ground reference stations. At this time, the system is still in the development stage. The goal is to provide reliable signals with an accuracy of seven meters (21-22 ft), both horizontally and vertically, 95+% of the time. Current tests show the actual accuracy to be on the order of 2-3 meters. See http://gps.faa.gov/Programs/WAAS/waas.htm for more information.

For those GPS units that are WAAS enabled, a second antenna is not necessary to receive the signal.

Q. Does Garmin make an instructional video for my GPS unit?

A. Garmin offers instructional videos for the Geko series, eMap, eTrex series, GPS III Plus, GPS V, GPS 76/GPSMAP 76, Rino series, StreetPilot III, GPSMAP 176/182/232, fishfinders, GPSMAP 196, and GPSMAP 295. These videos are available from your Garmin dealer or online from our Online Store.

There are some companies that produce videos for our other products. Check with your Garmin to find a video for your particular Garmin model. Consult our Dealer Locator for the Garmin dealer nearest you.


Related FAQs:

  1. Do I have to subscribe to a service to use my GPS?
  2. Do you have a retail store at your factory in the U.S. where I can buy accessories or see your products demonstrated?
  3. Can I order directly from Garmin?
  4. Can I upgrade my older Garmin unit to a newer Garmin unit?
  5. Does Garmin take trade-ins?
  6. How do I arrange to get my Garmin unit repaired in the U.S.?
  7. How do I update the database in my Garmin aviation panel-mount GPS unit?
  8. What are the differences between the eTrex units?
  9. How is the Thumb Stick (five-position cursor switch) used on the eTrex Venture, Legend, or Vista?
  10. What are the differences between the GPS V and the StreetPilot III?
  11. What sort of detail does the basemap for the StreetPilot III or the GPS V include?
  12. Can I "real-time track" on a PC using a GPS 12 series unit?
  13. What are the differences between the GPS 72 and the GPS 76?
  14. Will my GPS unit float?
  15. Can I "real-time track" using any MapSource product and my GPS 72/76 series unit?
  16. Do the GPS 72/76 series units have mapping memory?
  17. Do I need to purchase a datacard for my GPS 72/76 series or eTrex unit?
  18. Why can't I get a speed reading from the speed sensor attached to my fishfinder or sounder?
  19. Can I use Loran TD coordinates on my Garmin GPS?
  20. What kind of mapping is available for the GPSMAP 196?
  21. How can I change the mode of the GPSMAP 196 between land, aviation, and marine?

Q. Do I need to purchase a datacard for my GPS 72/76 series or eTrex unit?

A. No. These units have internal memory for additional data. An additional data card is not required. The type of data that can be loaded into the unit and the amount of memory each unit has can be found on the outside of the product box, as well as in the product specifications on Garmin's website.


Related FAQs:

  1. Does Garmin take trade-ins?
  2. Does Garmin make an instructional video for my GPS unit?
  3. What are the differences between the eTrex units?
  4. Do I have the ability to connect an external antenna to my eTrex?
  5. What are the differences between the GPS 72 and the GPS 76?
  6. Can I "real-time track" using any MapSource product and my GPS 72/76 series unit?
  7. Do the GPS 72/76 series units have mapping memory?
  8. Is my GPS 72/76 series unit WAAS enabled?

Q. Which eTrex units have mapping memory?

A. The eTrex units that have mapping capability are a follows:

  • eTrex Venture?1 MB
  • eTrex Legend?8 MB
  • eTrex Vista?24 MB

    The new eTrex Vista C and eTrex Venture C both have 24 MB of mapping memory.

    The only compatible MapSource product for the eTrex Venture is Points of Interest. For a full list of compatible MapSource products, please visit our Cartography section. Once there, you may utilize the "MapSource Compatibility" tool.

  • Q. I'm trying to use WAAS on my eTrex Venture/Legend/Vista but I'm not able to obtain a differential position. What could be wrong?

    A. There are three items to look at:

    1. Ensure that you have enabled the WAAS mode in the System screen of the Main Menu.
    2. Depending on your location, you may not have a good line of sight to the required WAAS satellite which will make signal reception very difficult.
    3. You may not have collected enough information from the WAAS satellite. (See below for details.)

    Detail:

    1. Please refer to your Owner's Manual for instructions on enabling the WAAS feature.
    2. There are currently two WAAS satellites that can be received in the United States. One is over the Atlantic Ocean and one is over the Pacific Ocean. The satellites are in a geo-stationary orbit over the equator, so the farther north you are, the greater the difficulty in picking up the signal. These factors put the satellites very close to the visible horizon, allowing the signal to be blocked by terrain or buildings (the WAAS signal is in the same frequency range as the GPS signal and is a line of sight transmission). The best results using WAAS with the eTrex Venture/Legend/Vista units will occur by literally "pointing" the patch antenna of the unit at the location of the satellite. You can determine this by looking for satellites 35 (East Coast) and 47(West Coast) on the Satellite Status page in your GPS unit.
    3. You will need to allow the unit to have good visibility of the WAAS satellites and track the signal for 10-20 minutes. After the initial data collection takes place, the unit will be able to quickly acquire the WAAS satellites and will normally take about 1-2 minutes to obtain a differential position fix. For more information on how to read the satellite status page, please refer to the appropriate owner's manual for your GPS.


    Related FAQs:

    1. What are the differences between the eTrex units?
    2. How is the Thumb Stick (five-position cursor switch) used on the eTrex Venture, Legend, or Vista?
    3. Do I have the ability to connect an external antenna to my eTrex?
    4. Can I hard-wire my eTrex unit directly to a 12 V power source?
    5. Is my Garmin unit waterproof?

    Q. Is my Garmin unit waterproof?

    A. The European standard IEC 529 is used to declare the level of protection from water provided by the enclosure of your Garmin device. Within IEC 529, there are several designations for classifying the degrees of protection provided. Please visit the "specifications" link for a particular product or utilize the Outdoor, Marine, or Mobile Product Comparisons to determine the level to which your GPS unit is waterproof.