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  1. I have never paid over $3.00 for an app before... $9.99?? Really??? I have been a supporter of Geocaching for almost 10 years now, and you want me to pay again? With a 15 min test period and mixed reviews I have to be honest - asking your existing customers to pay to test your product is nuts. Honestly thinking of canceling my subscription... SteveL
  2. The H series has an improved chipset for gps reception. It has nothing to do with the radio portion. The H series does only show up in the 5x0 models, however, and all the 5x0 models do have higher wattage on the radio than the 1x0 models. FRS/GMRS is the radio service that the rino's use. FRS is unlicensed and limited to 1/2 a watt. Use on GRMS frequencies requires that you get a license (~$75 from the FCC for 10 years I think) Both are also limited by the antenna that is built in and cannot be legally modified (FRS restriction). The new chipset is for the GPS and does not change the FRS/GRMS range in any way. Range quotes of “miles” are WAY optimistic for normal use. Miles might be obtained line of site – from mountain top to mountain top, for example. Fractions of a mile are more likely on the ground, and less in terrain that blocks the signal. Car to car is even worse as the car shields the signal. Car to car in the city is worse still – maybe a block or two. If you are looking to get further, you’ll need a GRMS license and radios with more power and external antennas. Better yet, get a Ham license – cheaper, and you have access to much more frequencies (GRMS is limited to a handful of channels) across the entire RF spectrum! There’s a forum here about GPS and Ham radio as well. I am a ham, and have enjoyed using APRS (Automatic Position Reporting System) which is the ham “equivalent” of position reporting on Rino’s, but much more. There are gateways to the internet that allow anyone to look up my position online, 2 way messaging, etc. Lots of fun! SteveL
  3. Is there an HF net at all? I did a search for "HF Net" and nothing turned up that would indicate that there is or ever was a Geoacahing HF net! Steve KV6O
  4. Got 'em on 17M CW and 20M phone on Saturday 2/18 from the club station at Stanford (W6YX)! SteveL KV6O
  5. Extra (the 5wpm kind), need to up my CW speed.... SteveL KV6O
  6. Are there any Geocaching nets on HF? There seems to be a net for everything else... I'll try to check in sometime... SteveL
  7. SteveL

    I passed!

    Geocaching got me started in ham radio a little over a year ago, and this thread has tracked my progress from a Tech waiting for his call sign, thru a General, and yesterday I graded to Extra! I haven't been Geocaching in a while, but I do make time for T-hunting - I LOVE IT! I won my clubs last hunt and get to hide it next time (it can be just about anyware in Orange County, CA). Thanx to all on here who provided me with encouragement, ideas, and just explained what all this is about. I have been doing Sats, HF, APRS, T-hunting, PSK-31, meteor scator - you name it. 73 and hope to see you on the bands or in the bush! SteveL
  8. SteveL

    I passed!

    Well, I just had to post an update here. I haven't done much geocaching in the past few months because I have been consumed with my new hobby, Amateur Radio! I got my Tech license in February, and passed my Element 3 (the General class theory test) back in April, and just passed my Element 1 (the code) on Saturday at my club’s Field Day site. In the mean time I have bought a few more radios, a Kenwood TS-440S/AT and a TS-2000 – had them both running at my clubs Field Day site (K6SOA, we were a 3A ORG). What a blast FD was! I stayed the nite and worked a bunch of stations, including a contact on UO-14 (100pts!). I got into working sats a few months ago, and bought the TS-2000 to work some of the SSB birds. Anyway, I have been playing with PSK31 on 20M today – amazing what 20W can do! Just wanted to drop a line to the group that got me started on it all, thanx for the inspiration! BTU OM, DE KG6OYK/AG! 73 SteveL These are my opinions and only my opinions, unless you share them as well, which would make them our opinions, but I am not of the opinion that I can express your opinion as my opinion without your prior expression of said opinion, and then my re-utterance of that opinion would, in my opinion, be foolish unless I were expressing agreement to your opinion, and then it wouldn't be my opinion but your opinion to which I only agree.
  9. Love Echolink, perhaps a "net" is in order? I don't have an IRLP node near me that I can access (yet), so Echolink is they way to go for me. SteveL These are my opinions and only my opinions, unless you share them as well, which would make them our opinions, but I am not of the opinion that I can express your opinion as my opinion without your prior expression of said opinion, and then my re-utterance of that opinion would, in my opinion, be foolish unless I were expressing agreement to your opinion, and then it wouldn't be my opinion but your opinion to which I only agree.
  10. Just heard a "SKYKING, SKYKING, DO NOT ANSWER" followed by some phonics on 11.175. Seems to be a bit of activity here... These are my opinions and only my opinions, unless you share them as well, which would make them our opinions, but I am not of the opinion that I can express your opinion as my opinion without your prior expression of said opinion, and then my re-utterance of that opinion would, in my opinion, be foolish unless I were expressing agreement to your opinion, and then it wouldn't be my opinion but your opinion to which I only agree.
  11. quote:Originally posted by BrianSnat:Hmmmm, paging through the posts, several others expressed basicially what I wrote. I could just have written "ditto" under them. Ditto. SteveL These are my opinions and only my opinions, unless you share them as well, which would make them our opinions, but I am not of the opinion that I can express your opinion as my opinion without your prior expression of said opinion, and then my re-utterance of that opinion would, in my opinion, be foolish unless I were expressing agreement to your opinion, and then it wouldn't be my opinion but your opinion to which I only agree.
  12. Probably good for "members-only", or e-mail the starting coordinates; you wouldn't want your hardware to be plundered. I can see other possibilities... How about a cache that transmits a RINO or APRS waypoint every top of the hour? You could probably use a cheap digital audio memory chip to record the packet burst and a gutted FRS radio to transmit it. Or skip the packet entirely – have it broadcast your voice with the coordinates. If you live close to where the cache is, you could set up the hardware at your house or office, instruct the cacher to park nearby to receive the info. Neat idea! Let us know what you do! SteveL These are my opinions and only my opinions, unless you share them as well, which would make them our opinions, but I am not of the opinion that I can express your opinion as my opinion without your prior expression of said opinion, and then my re-utterance of that opinion would, in my opinion, be foolish unless I were expressing agreement to your opinion, and then it wouldn't be my opinion but your opinion to which I only agree.
  13. quote:Originally posted by BloenCustoms:Recently while on a hunt I was "propositioned" <-m- by an "alternate lifestyle person". Were you wearing a dress? SteveL These are my opinions and only my opinions, unless you share them as well, which would make them our opinions, but I am not of the opinion that I can express your opinion as my opinion without your prior expression of said opinion, and then my re-utterance of that opinion would, in my opinion, be foolish unless I were expressing agreement to your opinion, and then it wouldn't be my opinion but your opinion to which I only agree.
  14. I have found that most caches are full of junk, but I don't care! I like the hunt, finding the cache, and exploring an area that I would have otherwise missed. If you're out there for the "treasure", you will be disappointed in most cases. If I do leave something, it's generally a paperback book registered at www.bookcrossing.com. While the book might have a higher intrinsic value than most of the stuff out there, if you don't like what I read, it's still junk! SteveL These are my opinions and only my opinions, unless you share them as well, which would make them our opinions, but I am not of the opinion that I can express your opinion as my opinion without your prior expression of said opinion, and then my re-utterance of that opinion would, in my opinion, be foolish unless I were expressing agreement to your opinion, and then it wouldn't be my opinion but your opinion to which I only agree.
  15. SteveL

    Packet

    Check out Tucson Amateur Packet Radio - they have a pretty extensive site with links to get you going. SteveL - KG6OYK These are my opinions and only my opinions, unless you share them as well, which would make them our opinions, but I am not of the opinion that I can express your opinion as my opinion without your prior expression of said opinion, and then my re-utterance of that opinion would, in my opinion, be foolish unless I were expressing agreement to your opinion, and then it wouldn't be my opinion but your opinion to which I only agree.
  16. SteveL

    I passed

    Feels good, huh? From one new (couple of weeks) ham to another, welcome to the hobby! KG6OYK These are my opinions and only my opinions, unless you share them as well, which would make them our opinions, but I am not of the opinion that I can express your opinion as my opinion without your prior expression of said opinion, and then my re-utterance of that opinion would, in my opinion, be foolish unless I were expressing agreement to your opinion, and then it wouldn't be my opinion but your opinion to which I only agree.
  17. Caching Music SteveL These are my opinions and only my opinions, unless you share them as well, which would make them our opinions, but I am not of the opinion that I can express your opinion as my opinion without your prior expression of said opinion, and then my re-utterance of that opinion would, in my opinion, be foolish unless I were expressing agreement to your opinion, and then it wouldn't be my opinion but your opinion to which I only agree.
  18. quote:Originally posted by spiderteam:I've looked at that, but I can't figure it out. Do I need a radio or not? Can you explain in plain English using no acronyms or words with more than 6 letters? (I went to college, so you can use more than 4 letters. However, I never finished my masters degree, so keep it to six please? ) Check out EchoLink, it is "software which allows Amateur Radio stations to communicate with one another over the Internet, using voice-over-IP (VoIP) technology. The program allows worldwide connections to be made between stations, from computer to station, or from computer to computer. There are more than 62,000 registered users in 124 countries worldwide!" No radio required, but a PC with an internet connection and a sound card is required, but you probably already have that. You must have a amateur license to use the software. SteveL These are my opinions and only my opinions, unless you share them as well, which would make them our opinions, but I am not of the opinion that I can express your opinion as my opinion without your prior expression of said opinion, and then my re-utterance of that opinion would, in my opinion, be foolish unless I were expressing agreement to your opinion, and then it wouldn't be my opinion but your opinion to which I only agree.
  19. quote:Originally posted by benjamin921:I have been looking at the Yaesu FT-8900 for my cross band repeater. The FT-8900 was my first choice – same power as the Kenwood, plus 2 more bands AND ~$130 cheaper at HRO. After playing with both and doing some math, I walked out with the Kenwood. Here’s why: I need the head to be remote – no room for the whole radio up front (there’s not even a space for the head). I plan on installing the head on a gooseneck mount so I can move it around, and because it will look a whole lot better than velcroing it to my dash. The Kenwood has a separate head by design; the Yaesu requires a separation kit that is $80(?). I am, after all, a geek (no, really! ), and I am interested in trying out packet radio and APRS – the Kenwood has a TNC built in and does APRS without a computer. I watched the Kenwood decode local APRS packet and display them on the head – I was sold. As far as loosing the other two bands? I am a Tech, so 10m is off limits, and I have a VX-5r with 6m, and I have never used it. Most of my contacts have been on 2m, an a little 70cm – that’s it. I figured I’d use the TNC/APRS capabilities way more than the other two bands. Oh yea, 3 customers came over while I was there and told me how much they loved their TM-D700A’s. Done! BTW, the Kenwood programming software is free off their website (looks MUCH better than ADMS), and uses a regular DB-9 cable – factor in that if you want to program your radio via a computer rather than through twisting knobs on the head. Don’t get me wrong, the Yaesu looks like an awesome radio, but when I did the math in my situation, the Kenwood came out ahead. Good luck! SteveL These are my opinions and only my opinions, unless you share them as well, which would make them our opinions, but I am not of the opinion that I can express your opinion as my opinion without your prior expression of said opinion, and then my re-utterance of that opinion would, in my opinion, be foolish unless I were expressing agreement to your opinion, and then it wouldn't be my opinion but your opinion to which I only agree.
  20. I'll be using it as a cross band repeater while caching with my Yaesu VX-5R, and will (soon) hook it up to my Garmin GPS to try out the APRS functions. Oh boy - a new toy ! SteveL These are my opinions and only my opinions, unless you share them as well, which would make them our opinions, but I am not of the opinion that I can express your opinion as my opinion without your prior expression of said opinion, and then my re-utterance of that opinion would, in my opinion, be foolish unless I were expressing agreement to your opinion, and then it wouldn't be my opinion but your opinion to which I only agree.
  21. quote:Originally posted by hoovman:It's too late for Ramblin' (sounds like it worked out OK), but the ACLU publishes a pocket guide called:http://www.aclu.org/PolicePractices/PolicePractices.cfm?ID=10626&c=118 OMG!!! I clicked on the link and actually accesed the ACLU's website!!!!! Say it ain't so! AAAAAARRRRRRRGGGGGGGG!!!!!! SteveL These are my opinions and only my opinions, unless you share them as well, which would make them our opinions, but I am not of the opinion that I can express your opinion as my opinion without your prior expression of said opinion, and then my re-utterance of that opinion would, in my opinion, be foolish unless I were expressing agreement to your opinion, and then it wouldn't be my opinion but your opinion to which I only agree.
  22. And then someone criticizes it? SteveL These are my opinions and only my opinions, unless you share them as well, which would make them our opinions, but I am not of the opinion that I can express your opinion as my opinion without your prior expression of said opinion, and then my re-utterance of that opinion would, in my opinion, be foolish unless I were expressing agreement to your opinion, and then it wouldn't be my opinion but your opinion to which I only agree.
  23. for $207 from Ham Radio Outlet. I can't see how they make money on this! Tri-band (6 Meter (50MHz), 2 Meter (144MHz), and 70cm (440Mhz)), die cast case, Li-Ion battery, tons of programming options, all in a package about the size of a pack of cigarettes. With 5 watts out! (FRS is limited to ½ watt). There are MANY options available to you. You can get a GRMS license (~$75, no test), which give you the ability to use repeaters and use more power on 8 channels (?), but many of the radios available in the stores are not much better than FRS (maybe a watt). The Tech class license is pretty easy to get, no Morse code required, just a 35 questions, multiple-choice test. If you are good with “technical” stuff (GPS’s computers, etc.), with a little studying, it is easy to pass. My 9-year-old daughter is studying now for her Tech Class, and recently a 6 year old got a General Class license (more in depth test, 5 word-per-min. test required)!!! Go for it!! SteveL These are my opinions and only my opinions, unless you share them as well, which would make them our opinions, but I am not of the opinion that I can express your opinion as my opinion without your prior expression of said opinion, and then my re-utterance of that opinion would, in my opinion, be foolish unless I were expressing agreement to your opinion, and then it wouldn't be my opinion but your opinion to which I only agree.
  24. And is a radio/GPSR combo unit that seem to be quite popular. Audiovox makes one as well, there are probably on or two others, but the Rino os probably your best bet. SteveL These are my opinions and only my opinions, unless you share them as well, which would make them our opinions, but I am not of the opinion that I can express your opinion as my opinion without your prior expression of said opinion, and then my re-utterance of that opinion would, in my opinion, be foolish unless I were expressing agreement to your opinion, and then it wouldn't be my opinion but your opinion to which I only agree.
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