May 12 2006

Garmin Forerunner 205/305 GPS Hints

I’ve had my new Garmin Forerunner 305 for a few weeks and absolutely love it (I loved my 301, but now I love my 305 absolutely – I even sleep with it under my pillow.)

I had trouble getting my GPS signal yesterday for the first time on my run in Paris.  It eventually found the signal and worked fine, tracking my run distance correctly.  However, I was perplexed since the 305 is supposed to have a substantially stronger GPS capability than the 301.

This morning, I stumbled on superb advice on the 205/305 from John Sun.  The simple answer is that the 205/305 picks up its initial signal much more easily if it’s stable when searching for the signal.  So – get the signal before you start running and you are all set.  Thanks John!