Anything Worth Keeping in a 1996 GPS?

Zero Potential

Joined Mar 25, 2015
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I had to take over my dad's affairs, and from time to time I gather useless papers and other items from his office and put them in the trash. Among today's finds: a 1996 handheld Magellan GPS.

I don't know what this thing cost in 1996, but a wild guess would be over a grand. Anyway, I couldn't think of a use for it, so I threw it out. Comparing this thing to a five-year-old smartphone is like comparing wooden snowshoes to the space shuttle.

Should I dig it out of the trash? Is there anything in there worth salvaging?

MrChips

Joined Oct 2, 2009
21,056
Dig it out of the trash, if for nothing else but sentimental value.

These things must be worth something years from now:

Zero Potential

Joined Mar 25, 2015
84
What is that?

MrChips

Joined Oct 2, 2009
21,056
It's the souped up version of this, came after they ran out of string:

BR-549

Joined Sep 22, 2013
4,938
You should keep it. Put fresh batteries in and check it out. Then remove batteries and store it.

Think of it as zombie prep.

MrSoftware

Joined Oct 29, 2013
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BR-549

Joined Sep 22, 2013
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MrChips

Joined Oct 2, 2009
21,056
I still have this mobile phone:

Joined Jan 15, 2015
5,426
I still have this mobile phone:

Just trashed one of those several years ago, actually it was a very early car phone and rather than deep six I gave it to a friend in W. Va. who wanted it. Still have a few rotary phones and a early touch tone version. Hey, you never know.

Ron

spinnaker

Joined Oct 29, 2009
7,835
I will need to look around again but I am pretty sure I tossed out my LORAN receiver before I made the move to the new house. It was huge by today's GPS standards. It had one of those metal collapsible antenna's that I must have snapped off the base a half dozen times. A sailboat cockpit is no place for a bulky receiver with a 3 ft. collapsible antenna.

I still have my original GPS.

spinnaker

Joined Oct 29, 2009
7,835
I had to take over my dad's affairs, and from time to time I gather useless papers and other items from his office and put them in the trash. Among today's finds: a 1996 handheld Magellan GPS.

I don't know what this thing cost in 1996, but a wild guess would be over a grand. Anyway, I couldn't think of a use for it, so I threw it out. Comparing this thing to a five-year-old smartphone is like comparing wooden snowshoes to the space shuttle.

Should I dig it out of the trash? Is there anything in there worth salvaging?

bobward

Joined Sep 18, 2011
2
I had to take over my dad's affairs, and from time to time I gather useless papers and other items from his office and put them in the trash. Among today's finds: a 1996 handheld Magellan GPS.

I don't know what this thing cost in 1996, but a wild guess would be over a grand. Anyway, I couldn't think of a use for it, so I threw it out. Comparing this thing to a five-year-old smartphone is like comparing wooden snowshoes to the space shuttle.

Should I dig it out of the trash? Is there anything in there worth salvaging?
I do not know where you live, but a few years ago, looking at collector sites, I saw a wonderful sales technique. I quote
:- I buy rubbish, I sell antiques. Someone out there will want what you have. You have to advertise it. 'Here everybody, do you see what I have. Do you want it? How much will you give me? Along those lines, good luck. If you have no luck, approach your local museum. It is crazy these days, the things that are being thrown away because we have no room for them or they do not work anymore. There is a Cray computer in the Science Museum in London. It doesn't work any more but they have it, showing people what we did have.
Bob Ward Loughborough England

bobward

Joined Sep 18, 2011
2
I still have my old slide rule. When all of the computers and calculators suddenly stop working, I will sell it for a small fortune.
No Batteries required.