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post #11 of 30 (permalink) Old 10-17-2016, 10:33 AM
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looking for one with a USB port because I can hook up my Astro and see the data on a much bigger screen as we take breaks and assess our coverage etc. Basecamp will do real-time communication with it. My 61 year old eyes agree.

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The way I was trained, I am responsible for the navigation. I just find that my flankers often, not always, are not as good at nav as I am and they don't have much practice on dog teams. So I trained to look at dog, glance at GPS (my trusty 60CSX) and glance at terrain and repeat. Its a lot but it is how most of us work in my area. Lately I have wanted to have the radio too but that is just frustration. The radio possessiveness I'm working on. ;-)

Before I was taken on as an apprentice, my sponsors said, "You will not get fat, your dog will not get fat, and you will become expert at navigation, or we will drop you." They meant too and I get it. Twice in the last month our local evaluators did not pass, in some cases did not start certifying exams because of problems from the get go with navigation. It was a waste of a lot of people's time. It also cost some of the sponsors reputation for fielding these teams. You wonder how they train.

Anyway, I digress. I think with my county I could not justify the computers. We have a great Incident command team with trailer that goes out with computers, printers, and an IC team to each search planning and plotting strategy before we even get to the site.

Hey, I just got asked to be on our Hasty Team! A little promotion and a vote of confidence so I feel good. (Actually, I think a lot has to do with good navigation skills)

Hope both or you are doing super well. Raining like crazy here (finally) and snow for tonight, Yeah. We dodged a big bullet as a wild fire started in 50 mph winds south of me but the rains came almost at the same time. Without the rain, we would have had a HUGE problem.

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There are thinner tablets with keyboards now that have USB ports and SD card slots, plus longer battery life without adding bulk and weight... Might be something to consider... Cheaper then buying a new gps with larger screen as you can use it for more than just the toggling of the GPS...
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There are thinner tablets with keyboards now that have USB ports and SD card slots, plus longer battery life without adding bulk and weight... Might be something to consider... Cheaper then buying a new gps with larger screen as you can use it for more than just the toggling of the GPS...
Now to find one-I figure you would need like a lifeproof case for it.

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Lol, I think that is the tricky part for sure! Probably could find one for the tablet portion, but not sure about the keyboard, although the soft key aspect should keep it pretty durable... I wonder what the military uses..? Sure they have rugged cases..
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True that but it is probably very expensive. Ruggedized laptops are VERY expensive

I found this. Could be worth looking into.

https://www.ruggedtabletpc.com/products/xtablet-flex-10

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LOL, I'm such a baby, I would never add the weight of that tablet! I'm already trying to think how to decrease the water I carry. Of course, while my eyes are heading down that road of aging, I can say this now... we will see in another 5 years. Ha.

Since I'm new at this co-team leader stuff, I learned we still have money in the budget for this year so we'll buy another alpha garmin. Our county is huge and has a distinct mountain side and a foothills side. So we do have almost two teams and two of everything. We nixed the overboots just because as dry as it is out here (despite the last week) we just didn't see a need. For next budget we are going to look at more structured training workshops... or one of these anyway. We don't have oodles of money but we are pretty well taken care of I realize.

We really need a good trailing dog. All area dogs on our team now. Peter? Anyone of you feel like moving here? I could not slip that in the budget... trailing dog and handler. haha.

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I like the rugged protection but think water resistant /proof is a key to longevity... 7" might be a more appropriate size for a chest harness... How would like a galaxy note phone work? It is quite large and bordering on a tablet size, and would have the durability and water resistance needed via cases...
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I like the rugged protection but think water resistant /proof is a key to longevity... 7" might be a more appropriate size for a chest harness... How would like a galaxy note phone work? It is quite large and bordering on a tablet size, and would have the durability and water resistance needed via cases...
Ziploc bags for that.

I have a galaxy note 3 but the problem is I need windows for basecamp and other things I would want to load

No android version for that and sucks down battery life. Anywhere we search no internet access or very sketchy. There is some decent software for androids when you can lock in or pre download.

But that was a good idea and I am going to check this out--the android software is only $2 and I just ordered a USB OTG cable so we will see

GPS Transfer €“ Android app €” Michal Bure?

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Yes, ziploc baggies are our friends!! Cheap and effective.. I know android has a ton of apps and truncated free apps conversion for popular os's.. Hopefully it works... Keep us posted please
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