Originally Posted by VeryOldBill
Wow, right on! Just what I was hoping for. I tried the Trimble site but apparently they have lost interest in their old stuff. There are a bunch of Star Trek phaser images on the net, some look like pistols. Could you describe the content of the alpha-numeric readouts? What display technology did it use (LEDs, something else)?. Anything you can provide that would help me tie down the visual appearance would very helpful.
This is a Trimble Scout. It is very close to what I have:
The external antenna
looks like this:
The whole unit is very well made. I can believe it would work for years in a vibrating 4 x 4 or in a small plane.
Thanks to my black belt in Google-Fu, I have found the precise obsessive/OCD hobbyist website to give you exhaustive detail on all aspects of antique Trimble GPS sets.
Trimble Trimpack Transpack Transpac Transpak GPS receivers
And here's a PDF of the operating manual:
I would have to be at my boat to confirm it's a "Scout" model, but I do recall
that the start up screen
(so to speak) says (c) 1993 and it looks very, very much like the above picture.
I keep 4 AAs in it as a backup, backup handheld. It's accurate enough, but it takes time to find satellites. Would've seen like voodoo to someone using CN and Loran
in the early '90s, however.
(I'll have a Dark 'n' Stormy when we meet, thanks!)
EDIT: Crap! Scooped by David! Oh, well...