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  1. Before you switch back, maybe give the non-Google maps a try. They're surprisingly good.


    I've been using them by choice for ages now.


    They're not very good for satellite imagery, unless I'm missing something.


    You are correct. The satellite imagery options are OLD. Looking at my neighborhood they appear to be at least 5 years old. Google's imagery (in my location, anyhow) is 2 years old.

  2. Here's a question for pn-40 users: can I load the Topo 8 maps from the DVD to my pn-40? I have been downloading the USGS topo and aerial imagery with my subscription with ease. Is this something really easy that I am overlooking? In the instruction manual under data layering it shows a pic of the screen and one of the maps is titled US Topo 8. But I can't seem to do it. It would sure be nice to replace the Delorme base map on the unit with the Topo 8 maps for views over 1 mile.

  3. According to you there is no difference between standing still in the snow and standing still with a blizzard in the same snow?


    It's 20 degrees out. Put your face out the car window at 70 mph. It's still 20 degrees out.


    The difference is that your body radiates heat through your skin, warming your skin to a temperature somewhere between 98.6 and air temperature. Any added wind blows this heat from your skin surface and cools your skin temperature so it feels colder. At the same time, your car's bumper temp is going to be 20 degrees whether it's going 150mph or standing still.


    It's still just 20 degrees out.

  4. If you're winter caching in sub-freezing temps (sub-zero especially), be sure to be careful opening plastic cache containers. Some of them can get very brittle in extremely cold temperatures. If you don't warm them up somehow, you're bound to break a lid.

  5. While a metal detector isn't a traditional geocaching tool, I have certainly found many caches that would have been more quickly/easily found with a detector. I have found micros stashed on the forest floor, beside logs, stumps, rocks, etc. that have been "buried" by leaves or moss or other junk.


    Now I don't think I could ever justify bringing a metal detector along when geocaching, but the ad certainly doesn't offend me as it obviously has others.


    Just my 2 cents.

  6. Try it.. Maybe plugging the unit into USB will jostle it back to life too, lol


    If that doesn't work, the Vista will be an awesome FTF swag item :)


    Without the unit powered up, my computer won't even recognize the usb connection.



    Imagine the FTFs surprise whey they open the cache and find a shiny new GPSr?! (I still have the box, and could package it up like new!)


  7. I pulled my 2 1/2 year old Garmin Vista Cx off the shelf after a few weeks down time. I pushed the power button- nothing happened. Ok, needs fresh batteries- still nothing. Tried another set of batteries- you guessed it, nothing. On closer inspection, the screen flashes some faint blue horizontal lines for a split second, then blank. This happens every time I press the power button. I also noticed that when I pull out the batteries, similar faint horizontal lines appear on the screen and linger for about 20 seconds before fading away.


    The unit has never been submerged or dropped, heck it doesn't have a scratch on it. I've only used it for about 250 caches, so there aren't alot of hours on it. If it is indeed terminal, I have embraced the idea that I get to upgrade to a better unit. However, if something like this is repairable (or just needs to be reset, or something) I would prefer to have it as a backup, instead of just having to throw it away.


    Any ideas?



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