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 FishTails: Apr. 1999

Magellan Systems Corporation

Knowing exactly where you are this winter has never been easier than with the Magellan Blazer12.

Winter sports can be a lot more fun with GPS technology leading the way

While many sportsmen put away their gear during the winter months and patiently wait for spring to arrive, those who enjoy winter activities don’t let the change of season greatly affect the time they spend outdoors. Gearing up this season for outdoor pursuits requires a different approach - trading water skis for snow skis and hiking boots for snowshoes - but one item that’s showing up year-round on equipment lists is a hand-held GPS receiver.Winter-sports enthusiasts have been quick to embrace the benefits of these personal navigators that rely on satellite signals to determine their location and position. Small, lightweight GPS receivers are just as handy for winter sports as they are for fishing, boating and hiking. Here are a few examples of how GPS can enhance your favorite winter activity.

  • Ice Fishing - If you saved the location of all your favorite fishing spots last summer, revisit these “hot spots” for some of the season’s best ice fishing. A GPS receiver doesn’t care how you get there - by boat or by foot over the ice - but it will take you back time after time, any time of the day or night and in any kind of weather.
  • Snowmobiling - GPS is as accurate as radar for monitoring speed and distance. When traveling over groomed trails or on more adventurous crosscountry trips, recording the location of the trailhead or other landmarks lets you find your way back at the end of the day while recording miles traveled and speed over ground.
  • Snowshoeing/Crosscountry Skiing - Snowshoeing is one of the hottest new winter sports. New high-tech snowshoes let you travel with ease through the deepest snow and toughest terrain. Whether you hit the trail with snowshoes or crosscountry skis, GPS will not only guide you through the winter woods but will also show you distance to your destination and estimated time of arrival.
  • Bird Watching - For those who live below the snowbelt, the winter months can offer some of the best bird watching of the year. Experienced bird watchers know that some areas hold higher concentrations of migrating species than others. They rely on GPS to find these “hot spots” year after year. They can also share these locations with other enthusiasts who can find these spots quickly and easily with a GPS unit.

Magellan has been the leader in bringing inexpensive, user-friendly GPS receivers to the market. The company offers several compact, lightweight GPS receivers that are ideal for these winter sports. For example, the sleek new Blazer12 is the perfect companion for winter sports. Smaller than a cell phone and weighing less than 7 ounces, it fits neatly in a coat pocket, daypack or gear bag. The Blazer12 is waterproof, rubber-armored and will run continuously for 24 hours on just two AA alkaline batteries.

The Blazer12 is easy to operate with a user-friendly menu that’s simple to learn. Dedicated GO TO, MARK, MENU and NAV function keys let you save and name locations quickly and easily and return to them time after time. There are two navigation screens that display your direction of travel, distance to destination, speed and time to go on an easy-to-read backlit display. As you head for your destination, a steering arrow continuously points you in the right direction. If you enjoy a variety of winter sports, don’t worry - the Blazer12 can store up to 100 of your favorite locations.

This winter as you plan your outdoor excursion be sure to add a GPS receiver to your
equipment list. It will add a new dimension to your favorite pastime.

Magellan's GSC 100 enables you to keep in touch with anyone, anywhere, anytime via e-mail messages sent over the ORBCOMM satellite system.

It doesn’t matter where you are, staying in touch is affordable

If you’re an adventurer whose travels take you to the most remote parts of the world, there is good news and bad news. The good news is no matter how far from civilization you are, the advent of satellite communication makes it easy to stay in touch. The bad news is voice communication can be expensive. The new cellular phones alone cost thousands of dollars, and air time is around $3 or more per minute.

However, if you have a need for anywhere-to-anywhere communication there is an affordable answer - the Magellan GSC 100. At less than one-third the cost of newer cellular voice phone systems, the GSC 100 provides portable two-way e-mail communication via ORBCOMM, the world’s first low-cost, low-Earth-orbit satellite system.

Whether you’re out on the open sea, enjoying a vacation anchored off some remote island or trekking through Nepal, there’s no reason to be out of touch.

Here’s how the system works. The GSC 100 is small enough to fit in your hand, weighs 37 ounces and runs off a rechargeable NiCad battery pack. It lets you send and receive text messages in an e-mail format to and from anywhere in the world, including another GSC 100.

To send an e-mail, simply type a text message on the GSC 100, key in the destination e-mail address, and the GSC 100 does the rest. Your message, called a GlobalGram, is transmitted up to the nearest ORBCOMM satellite and then to a Gateway Earth Station. From there, the message is routed via landlines to the desired e-mail destination or is transmitted to another GSC 100.

Messages are received in the reverse manner, with e-mail stored until the GSC 100 handset is activated and the satellites queried for unread messages. The portable communicator will store up to 100 text messages. Simply push a key and the Message Status will be displayed on its LCD screen. An e-mail style interface will let you create, forward and delete messages using the alphanumeric backlit keypad.

Getting a message to someone using a GSC 100 is simple with the ORB2You message-dispatching service. Individuals can dial a toll-free number and dictate their message to a dispatch center representative, who will then transmit that message to the GSC 100. Similarly, a GSC 100 user can send a GlobalGram to the dispatch center for delivery to the recipient via phone or facsimile.

The GSC 100 also features an integrated Magellan GPS receiver, letting you navigate to and communicate from anywhere on Earth. With the GSC 100 you can go anywhere in the world and know your exact location. Once you’ve saved that and other locations in memory, you can navigate between any of them and then communicate your position/location information to any e-mail address in the world.

The GSC 100 sells for about $999 with some additional charges for sending and receiving messages. But for those who play in the outdoors or whose job takes them to remote areas, the GSC 100 is affordable trip insurance.

And for those who prefer to get away from the crush of modern technology, the GSC 100 has one feature they’re sure to like - it won’t interrupt your vacation unless you turn it on. So go ahead and head out into the world knowing that you will always know exactly where you are and where you’re going. Once you’ve arrived, you have the ability to let others know where you are and when you’re coming home - because with a GSC 100, you’ll never be out of touch.