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Compass pointing in opposite direction

I use my GPS for geocaching and lately the compass has been pointing in the opposite direction I need to travel.  What is causing this and how can it be corrected?

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  • Anonymous May 06, 2008

    Compass is reversed no matter the orientation of the unit.

  • Wonder Boy
    Wonder Boy Sep 30, 2017

    If you are not moving the arrow on the compass page will seem to point in all different directions. The 1st thing to do is calibrate your compass using the method described in your user manual. If there is no calibration method you will skip that. Now looking at your compass screen you will again see that the pointer points in all directions. But if you look at the circular graph around the compass that indicates N, S, E & W you will note that the compass points to a particular spot on that graph continuously. That is the direction you need to go. I always carry a real compass with me so that I can find north and then using both compasses I know which way to travel. Cache On.

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Do you have your unit set for north up or track up? This might cause this problem.

Posted on Apr 21, 2008

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