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December 1998 Camping Gear and Destinations

Posted in Features on December 1, 1998 Comment (0)
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USA Venturcraft
The TrailBlazer pop-up camper can be set up quickly, making the queen-size bed available in less than a minute. The comfort of this camper from USA VenturCraft can make a trail ride an adventure. It is a compact way to bring the amenities of home to the outdoors without a motorhome. The TrailBlazer has been tested on the Rubicon and used as an emergency shelter on the trail. Contact: USA VenturCraft Corp., Dept. FW, P.O. Box 1039, Abilene TX, 79604-1039, 800/472-2901, 915/673-5267, 915/673-5266 (Fax), www.venturcraft.com (Web).

Cobra Gold Knife
The Cobra Gold, new from Columbia River Knife and Tool, features one-handed opening/closing and a multi-purpose cutting edge. The blade, made from high-carbon chromium stainless steel, is double taper-ground for cutting efficiency. The handle is contoured and sculpted from injection-molded Zytel frame and features a grooved thumb-stud on all sides to permit non-slip contact for right- and left-handed users. The knife's overall length is nine inches; the blade is 3 7/8 inches long. Contact: CRKT, Dept. FW, 9720 S.W. Hillman Court, Suite 805, Wilsonville, OR 97070, 503/685-5015, 800/891-3100, 503/682-9680 (Fax).

GPS Beacon Receiver
Lowrance introduces the new DGPS Beacon Receiver, which promises greater accuracy in navigation. Differential GPS, or DGPS, interacts with a land-based reference GPS receiver, located at an accurately surveyed site. When it communicates with to the Lowrance DGPS Beacon Receiver, it gives more accurate information to the GPS unit so it can use this data to correct its own information, and guide the user back to the desired location. The Lowrance DGPS Beacon Receiver utilizes a frequency range of 285 to 325 kHz, and operates at a data rate of 25 to 200 bits per second. It outputs RTCM 104 version 2.1 data at a 4,800 baud rate. A 30-foot lead-in cable is also included. The unit is sealed and waterproof and backed by a full one-year warranty.Contact: Lowrance at 800/324-4770, www.lowrance.com (Website).

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