Add this one to your pile for consideration.
It is good to see International shipping included. A nice change.
Application to test the Bushnell Backtrack GPS Personal Location Finder
Date: 2nd August, 2009
I have read and understood the current requirements in the Survival Guide
(version v. 0609 ), all of the appendices and Chapter 5. I agree to comply
with all these requirements as a tester. I have also signed a tester
agreement which is on file with Shane Steinkamp dated 7th March, 2005 and
has been acknowledged by Stephanie Martin on the 27th April, 2005.
Carrying out multiple test reports has not been a problem as I have tested
four items at any one time. All of my reports have been submitted on time.
Name: Ralph Ditton
Height: 1. 76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight: 71 kg (156 lb)
Email: rdassetts@optusnet dot com dot au
City: Perth. Western Australia. Australia
I assist with Introductory Walks for new people wishing to join our club and
I also lead walks for club members.
It is a mix of day walks and overnight(s) backpacks.
For day walks I use a day pack which does not exceed 5 kg (11 lb). It
usually contains spare water and a large medical kit.
I have evolved from being a heavyweight backpacker of approximately 28 kg
(62 lb) including all my water and food to a mid- weight backpacker
averaging 15 kg (33 lb). I am still trying to get lighter with better
equipment. My trips range from overnighters to five days duration.
I have no set location but I range all over the Darling Scarp leading day
walks and assisting new people who want to join our bushwalking club.
For overnight events I tend to either go further south into Wandoo/Jarrah
country or north of Perth into Melaleuca country.
We are now in our prime bushwalking period of winter which has plenty of
wet, cool days and nights and I am out 3 weekends a month with a mixture of
day and overnight activities.
Over the test period I am scheduled to be out in the field for close on 25
days and at least 10 nights.
I currently use a Garmin Geko GPS that does not have a map facility, just a
compass and "Go To" facilities. I am also able to take waypoints along a
route that are of interest.
This unit only has the ability to store 3 waypoints which is enough to find
my way back to the vehicles.
Going by the video it appears that it has no ability to display the
co-ordinates or allow for the input of co-ordinates which is a pity. Oh
My navigation skills with a compass and map are not well developed hence I
always use my GPS as a backup to find my way back. This is a smaller version
of what I currently do and I would dearly love to see how it performs.
Inductees want reassurance when out of their comfort zone and when they see
me taking a GPS fix at the start of a bushwalk they feel a whole lot better.
They know that I can get them back to their vehicles.
Does it work under tree or cloud cover?
How many satellites does it require to get a fix? Three or more?
Will it take long for the Satellite Locked icon to hold steady after turning
the unit on?
Is it easy to erase the memory accidentally and thereby lose where the
What units of distance does it use? Miles or kilometres? Can I switch
between the two?
How easy/difficult is it to remove the cover of the battery compartment?
Will the unit lose any stored data if the power source is removed. E.g.
changing flat batteries.
Is the battery indicator very accurate? I have a battery metre at home to
check against it if showing low batteries.
The compass is self calibrating. This is good. I would check it against my
own compass for accuracy because with my GPS I have to rotate it twice to
calibrate the compass when I change over batteries.
How effective is the backlight at night? Can I see the detail without
glasses in the dim light or will I have to shine a torch on the face?
Essential Gear K2 Focus Headlamp. LTR due 11th August, 2009
MSR Quick 1 Cookwear. FR due 11th August, 2009
Big Sky Mirage Shelter. FR due 15th September, 2009
I have no other applications outstanding.
I am a Mentor, Monitor and Senior Test Call Manager.
My tester page is
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