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  1. About ready to replace my GPSr, not so much for geocaching, but for bike riding and some light kayaking but it has to be able to geocache. The GPSMAP 79s, an upgrade to the 78 and 76 series appears to be my choice, plus it's $50 cheaper than the GPSMAP 64s. And they finally go the buttons in the right position on that series. My only question, is the firmware the same as the 64, 65 or 66? I know for example the GPSMAP 78 was the same firmware as the GPSMAP 62. Anyone ever use it?
  2. Actually, I dug out my Etrex 10 for walking, and yup sure enough, the buttons rotted off (as did my old Dakota). However, this cheap fix helped completely fix the problem. Just requires to buy a pencil eraser and some electrical tape.
  3. I still think the best way around this problem is after 7 days of no action, the waymark gets published automatically, with the group officers able to unpublish it if it's discovered it doesn't meet the category.
  4. https://www.garmin.com/en-US/c/outdoor-recreation/handheld-hiking-gps/ - No Oregon's or Etrex 25/35 listed either as current. Also heard this on the Geo-Gearheads podcast that the Oregon's of all models were discontinued. Interesting, i thought the Oregon's were their best selling model for geocaching. (or just fewer and fewer people are using a dedicated GPSr)
  5. I use the Garmin Oregon 600 but also have used the GPSMAP 62s. Both work fine but as others have pointed out, the Oregon has a bigger screen. The only thing about the Oregon is that when it rains, the rain will act like you are touching the screen so your map so if you are on the map screen, you might end up with the menu on the unit or some obsecure display, won't affect your ride and geocaching stats though. The fix of course is to lock your screen on the Oregon while riding in the rain.
  6. The $69 Walmart ONN 8 inch tablet has GPS in it. I know this by using an app that showed (GPS status) that proves this.
  7. Is the Oregon 700 worth $200 over the GPSMAP 60? Yes, if you are going to be geocaching frequently enough. It has everything you really need for geocaching, hiking etc. If the GPSMAP 66 worth $300 more than the Oregon 700? Absolutely not in my opinion. If you don't want a touch screen, I would recommend a GPSMAP 64 for half the price of the 66. Another option since you said you are hiking and perhaps size and weight are an issue is perhaps something like a Etrex (except for the 10) which is smaller in size and saves an ounce or two. As others have chimed in, geocaching accuracy isn't a factor anymore, all units will get you to a cache site, FINDING that micro or hard to see cache, well, that's a whole other matter.
  8. Actually I disagree. Garmin has been very slow to adopt to modern technology. They still haven't (on purpose I think) gotten bluetooth right. A $70 Iphone 6s I will argue is superior to the $500 GPSr in every possible way except battery life. Try typing a detailed log on any handheld GPSr unit versus that if even the Iphone 6s and it's no contest, the Iphone wins. You can even dictate a log using your voice on a smartphone. Can't on a GPSr. The camera of the 6s, superior in every possible way to even the Montana or Oregon 750 series. Accuracy for geocaching, exactly the same. Play Wherigo?? No current Garmin plays it. Adventure Labs?? Nope with a GPSr. Screen size, screen resolution, $79 Iphone 6s easily beats any GPSr. Spoken directions??? Only the very most expensive handheld GPSr's do that, any cellphone does it easily. Routing and mapping, the cellphone wins very easily. Compare a cellphone from 16 years ago to those of today. No cellphone made 16 years ago will work. A Garmin GPSr from 16 years ago works just perfectly and will get you to ground zero as easily as any modern GPSr will today. Sorry, technology has changed and Garmin has not kept up. I think the Monterra series had the possibility but it never took off. Now in saying all of that, I still use a GPSr (Garmin 62 or Oregon 600) over a phone for geocaching.
  9. Guys, the difference between 1.5 meter accuracy and 3 meter accuracy when it comes to geocaching means nothing. Both will get you to ground zero and neither will help you in finding the hard to find micro, plus you have to account for the accuracy of the placer of the geocache. Of course, for other purposes, like benchmarking or other professional uses, it might be a difference. I think the Montana also gives spoken turn by turn directions and the Oregon doesn't (although a $40 cellphone can, come on Garmin, you really can do better when it comes to that). I know the GPSMAP 66i will do spoken turn by turn, not sure about the others in the 66 series.
  10. Neither of which is required to geocache with nor will increase your chances in finding a geocache. In fact, an active cellphone might be more accurate because it was use cellphone towers, something that no handheld GPSr can use.
  11. GPSr prices have gone up, and it's getting harder to find something under $200 that isn't the Etrex 10... Oregon 700 or GPSMAP 64s is a good choice but around $250... Or upgrade your current phone to something like the Moto G8 or an Iphone 7, which is around $200 but accurate as any GPSr on the market. You'll get a much nicer cellphone that fully works with geocaching.
  12. Just my unprofessional opinion, but it seems the 60-66 series of units pulls in satellites closer to the horizon better than say an Oregon, thus, leading to maybe a little bit more accuracy because of better triangulation. Not noticeable for geocaching though, any unit these days is going to get you where you need to be, especially if you account that geocache accuracy also depends on the person who placed the cache. I guess they chose the 65 name because the units look nearly identical to the 64s and probably act similar to the end user, still seems though Garmin is coming with new units to compete with itself. Good for the consumer, maybe we will see a price drop for the 64 series.
  13. Yes, they've gone back a number this time from 66 to 65 but also have added a 66r series to the line up. I have no idea what new features, if any, this new series from Garmin has.
  14. That was actually panic or "ZERO" day for geocaching because quite a few GPSr units could only go up to 6 digits, which I think is the reason geocaching adopted the hex format instead of just numbers. I had an etrex and had to use scripts to chop off the G in the code in order to upload.
  15. There wouldn't be noticeable improvement on the cache find rate, even if your unit was accurate down the millimeter, and that's because you are reliant on the accuracy of the person who placed the cache. Any GPS unit or any half-decent phone will get you close enough to ground zero. The geocaching format MM.xxx means at best, the real accuracy can only be within 6 feet at best. To require more accurate than that, would have to be MM.xxxx or better.
  16. People will spend $100s in gas, lodging, units but don't want to spend a dollar for a decent container for a geocache. Always been that way. Guilty as charged here.
  17. I was going to say Etrex 30x BUT searching around the a*n site, getting more scarce and can't find one at the cheaper prices that were out there a few months ago. Around $180 on a*n now, when they were going for $120-140 back in May suggesting they are running out of them in supply. GPSMAP 64 prices have also gone up quite a bit since May. could also be a supply problem. Oregon 700 prices though have dropped quite a bit, around $210, and at that price, that's the one for the best price value to features I can recommend. The etrex 10 is about 80 bucks now. It's got quite a few limitations but if you wan a rugged handheld where batteries just keep going and going and can deal with a 1,000 geocache limit and no mapping, it's a good unit, especially if you use a cellphone as navigation to caches for mapping. It's as accurate as you can get.
  18. Not sure what sub-forum to post on here, but I wonder how this affects geocachers who still use Garmin GPSr units? Apparently Garmin's entire infrastructure has been affected by ransomware. Might be of interest to some geocachers. (Please move to another sub-forum if not appropriate for here). https://www.androidcentral.com/garmin-connect-suffers-multi-hour-outage At first, the company tried to brush it as a maintenance issue that was being quickly addressed. As the hours stretched on, it eventually admitted it was suffering an outage that affected almost every consumer-facing area, including its app, site, and even customer support centers.
  19. WINE hasn't really improved in years, and I can get GSAK kind of working it, it's like taking your computer and putting it on 1/10th speed. If you run Linux, as others have said, putting Windows 7 or above in a VM and runnning GSAK that way is far better. You can also use Garmin Basecamp in Windows 7 or above on a VM, basecamp won't even install on WINE. Tried using Ubuntu, Lubuntu, and Debian 10 on both those software. Maybe a tad off subject, but WINE can do a few things Windows 10 can't do, like run older 16 bit programs or stuff optimized for Windows 98/95
  20. If you don't need bluetooth auto-loading of geocaches from your phone or a wifi connection, the Garmin 64s probably makes for an excellent replacement for about $100 cheaper than it's 66s younger brother. Garmin 30x is really cheap these days and gives you all the goodies (except bluetooth) but a smaller size than the 60/62/64/66 series (which can be a plus or minus) The reason Garmin 700 and 66 series got bad reviews is because they deserved them at the time they came out. Garmin has gotten into a nasty habit of putting out products that are not ready, full of bugs, and honestly should be treated as betas... After a few months, Garmin always does get these bugs worked out but first impressions mean everything...
  21. They had some good categories that were somewhat of a challenge like "Find a Yellow Jeep" but some others were as simple as "Find a flag pole". It was putting Groundspeak into having to "judge" submissions for locationless.
  22. Etrex 30x is about $130 and just as accurate as a $400+ GPS unit.
  23. My opinion if you want a handheld GPSr very reasonably priced these days is the Etrex 30x which does everything (except garmin chirp) and can be had at around $130.. It's not touchscreen though. The cheapest touchscreen on the market is probably the Etrex 25
  24. Actually the older log is still in there, it's just full and I didn't photograph it in the picture. It's possible someone did a throw down in the past, I don't know. But others have said just put down a new cache in the same spot... Which honestly, is "just for the numbers" kind of answer. My point is if the geocaches are still being actively found, why archive them which will create geo-litter? Once it's permanently archived, no one is going to know the container is there thus won't get picked up. I know but if it's archived, I'll quickly forget about it. Like I said, before permanently archived, the reviewers can take a peek and determine if they are still being found and perhaps allow them to remain if they still viable caches.
  25. Thanks. I did send an email to the owner offering to adopt it. I'm not saying veer from the project but perhaps tweak it before completely archiving the caches. Geo-litter being one of the concerns.
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