There has been a significant and welcome downward trend in the price of some handheld GPS units in the last couple of months.
For instance, you can now pick up a Garmin eTrex Legend HCx, which has the newer high sensitivity receiver chip and can display OpenStreetMap mapping (using mkgmap), for £139 in the UK, â‚¬185 in Germany and $197 in the US (prices compared at Amazon). What’s more you can include a 2GB micro SD card for a little over an extra £1 in the UK.
These prices might still be twice those of a basic non-map logging setup and you may still be able to get cheaper prices outside your country, or by bidding for instance for non European models on ebay, but it’s still a big change in the market since Christmas.
If you were ever thinking of dipping your toe in the OSM mapping game then it’s probably never been a better time to do so.
JustÂ oneÂ dayÂ moreÂ for early bird registration for OpenStreetMap’s second international conference in Limerick, Ireland on the weekend of 12-13 July 2008.Â Â Drop eveything and goÂ toÂ registration.
If you need someÂ general travel orientation, there’s a SOTM 2008 travel page.
LimerickÂ isÂ 25Â kmÂ fromÂ Eire’s ShannonÂ InternationalÂ Airport and itÂ isÂ a 30-minuteÂ journeyÂ toÂ LimerickÂ by connecting bus running every hour (timetable) throughout the day. Â If you are coming in from Shannon, Dublin or Cork airports and want or can offer a ride see our ride-sharing page.
The main venue has accommodation available for our special rate of â‚¬70 single and â‚¬100 for double/twin per night including breakfast – email firstname.lastname@example.org and quote “Open Street Map” – or here are some lower cost options nearby. Â This WikiTravel link also has more on bus, train and car hire plus other accommodation options and what to see.
TheÂ venueÂ itselfÂ isÂ TheÂ KilmurryÂ LodgeÂ toÂ theÂ eastÂ ofÂ theÂ townÂ centreÂ [map].
A great opportunity to meet your fellow mappers from all over the world.
SeeÂ youÂ there.