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Hand held GPS receiver with high-sensitive MediaTech antenna, large display and serial interface.

The GARMIN eTrex H is very easy to use, supports multiple languages and has an extremely sensitive antenna, which provides navigation information outdoors, in a car, in a train or even in an airplane (see MapSource examples). The built-in serial interface supports data exchange with a PC.

Comparison of the models of the eTrex H series:

All models provide similar functions; these are the main differences:

Feature / Model eTrex H Venture HC Summit HC Legend HCx Vista HCx
Interface to PC serial USB USB USB USB
Shows map - YES YES YES YES
Electronic compass, barometrical altimeter - - YES - YES
Slot for µSD memory card - - - YES YES
Automatic route calculation - - - YES YES
Price discontinued discontinued discontinued discontinued discontinued

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  • Portable, robust, to be operated with one hand (buttons are located ergonomically on each side of the unit)
  • Large, easy to read display with background illumination (64x128 pixels)
  • Multilingual user interface in Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish
  • Integrated 12 channel GPS receiver with built-in high-sensitive MediaTech antenna
  • Powered by batteries (2x AA, last about 17 h) or by an external 12 V power source, e.g. from a car's cigarette lighter (power cord available as an option)
  • Short time to first fix (TTFF¹: approx. 15 seconds after a warm start, meaning there are valid coordinates of the satellites available, or approx. 45 seconds after a cold start, meaning there are no valid coordinates of the satellites available)
  • Supports the following protocols for data exchange with PC: NMEA 0183 with 4800 Baud, GARMIN, GARMIN DGPS, Text, RTCM IN, RTCM/NMEA and RTCM/TEXT
  • DGPS (Differential GPS) ready (GARMIN differential receiver available as an option)
  • Supports more than 100 different datum (coordinate systems)
  • Supports various display formats include the Swiss Grid
  • Firmware stored in Flash-Memory, can be updated by the user
  • Operating temperatures -15 .. 70°C (5° .. 158°F)
  • Serial interface RS-232 (connection cable available as an option)
  • Dimensions: 113x53x31 mm (4.4x2.1x1.2 inches)
  • Weight: 100 g (3.5 ounces, without batteries)
  • Water resistant up to approx. 3 feet (1 meter) for about 30 minutes

¹) TTFF: Time To First Fix, time until the first information about the local position is acquired.

Information for navigation:

  • Stores up to 500 waypoints with name (up to 6 characters), icon (choice of more than 30 symbols) and coordinates
  • Stores 20 reversible routes with up to 50 waypoints per route. Shows the current position in relation to these waypoints (direction and distance)
  • Current position (longitude, latitude, altitude)
  • Current accuracy of the position information
  • Current time
  • Current bearing
  • Current, average and maximum speed
  • Trip duration and distance (Odometer)
  • Keeps track of the travelled path, records up to 10'000 trackpoints
  • Stores 10 travelled routes (Tracks)
  • Time of sunrise and sunset
  • Supports metric and U.S. units
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GARMIN eTrex H overview:

Buttons and connectors of the GARMIN eTrex H
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Main pages of the GARMIN eTrex H:

Note: The images below show the display of the eTrex H. Many of the pages are configurable, the pictures are just examples. For the data fields, there is a choice of 31 different values, see selection.

Main menu Satellites Trip Computer Pointer Map
GARMIN eTrex H main menu GARMIN eTrex H satellites GARMIN eTrex H Trip Computer GARMIN eTrex H pointer GARMIN eTrex H map
  • Save current location as waypoint
  • Manage waypoints
  • Manage route
  • Manage travelled pathes (Tracks)
  • Setup
  • Accuracy of current position information
  • Strength of satellites' signals
  • Trip distance (odometer)
  • Maximum speed
  • Average speed while in motion
  • Time in motion
  • Time standing still

For each data field, you can choose from 31 different values.1)

  • Name of next waypoint
  • Distance to next waypoint
  • Estimated remaining time until arrival at next waypoint
  • Direction to next waypoint
  • Current speed
  • Waypoint
  • Route
  • Travelled path (Track)
  • Current scale

Data fields on pages with user selectable data fields:

No Name Explanation
1 Bearing The compass direction from a position to a destination measured to the nearest degree; also called an azimuth. In a GPS receiver, bearing usually refers to the direction to a waypoint.
2 Course The direction from the beginning landmark of a course to its destination (measured in degrees, radians, or mils) or the direction from a route waypoint to the next waypoint in the route segment.
3 Distance to next Current distance to the next waypoint or turn.
4 Distance to destination Current distance to the final destination.
5 ETA at next Estimated arrival time at the next turn.
6 ETA at destination Estimated arrival time at the final destination.
7 Elevation Current altitude above sea level.
8 Heading The direction in which you are currently moving.
9 Latitude / Longitude Coordinates of the current position in standard format
10 Location Coordinates of the current position in user specific format
11 Odometer Total distance travelled since last reset*).
12 Off Course The distance you are off the desired course.
13 Speed Current speed.
14 Speed - Maximum Maximum speed since last reset*).
15 Speed - Moving Avg. Average speed without the time with no motion since the last reset*).
16 Speed - Overall Avg. Average speed including the time with no motion since the last reset*).
17 Sunrise Time of sunrise at the current position.
18 Sunset Time of sunset at the current position.
19 Time To Destination Estimated travel time to the final destination.
20 Time To Next Estimated travel time to the next waypoint (turn, crossing etc.).
21 Time of Day Current time.
22 To Course Direction to the planned course.
23 Trip Odometer Travelled distance since last reset*).
24 Trip Time - Moving Time with motion since last reset*).
25 Trip Time - Stopped Time without motion since last reset*).
26 Trip Time - Total Total time since last reset*).
27 Turn The direction of and the distance to the next turn on a route.
28 Velocity Made Good The rate of closure to the destination, based upon your current speed and course.
29 Vertical Speed Current ascending or descending speed.
30 Waypoint At Dest Name of the waypoint at the final destination.
31 Waypoint At Next Name of the next waypoint.

*) You may reset the trip-counters, the Odometer and the Maximum Speed separately.

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This model has been discontinued; however, you can still order options for the eTrex H.

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Power cord for car cigarette lighter Add item to shopping basket CHF 39 | EUR 37 [Picture and details]
Protective case Add item to shopping basket CHF 14 | EUR 13 [Picture and details]
Belt clip Add item to shopping basket CHF 19 | EUR 18 [Picture and details]
Retractable lanyard Add item to shopping basket CHF 28 | EUR 27 [Picture and details]
Mounting adapter for larger handlebars (25..32 mm) Add item to shopping basket CHF 11 | EUR 11 [Picture and details]
Mounting kit for dashboard Add item to shopping basket CHF 30 | EUR 29 [Picture and details]
Adhesive base for dashboard mounting kit to use it in a second vehicle Add item to shopping basket CHF 11 | EUR 11 [Picture and details]

All options for the GARMIN eTrex H in detail.

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Here we provide additional documentation and software updates related to the eTrex H.

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