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  1. I remember getting my eTrex Legend and having this very same issue. I rarely get an instruction book out, but this little issue forced my hand. Good instructions in post 2
  2. Yep - need to be a premium member. Sometimes $30 for a year sounds like a lot of $$ to lay out if you aren't sure you'll stick with it. Here's what you get that I find very valuable: First, notifications of new caches based on criteria that you specifiy - I have mine set on new within 50 miles. Next, Pocket Queries. These allow you to get up to 500 caches in a single search e-mailed to you in GPX format ready to send to your GPS using one of many tools out there (GSAK, EasyGPS, Mapsource, etc.). Finally the satisfaction that you are supporting the game and website. Just in case you recently purchased a Garmin unit, you can get a free 30 day trial premium membership. Just go to www.geocaching.com/garmin/freetrial.aspx I used the 30 day trial (with my new Oregon) and then found that I could also use it with my older Legend as well. When those expired I gladly ponied up the $30 to continue having access to the notifications and pocket queries. It will be hard to get a FTF in a high population area without notifications.
  3. www.geocacher-u.com has some printables. From their homepage, click on the Resources link, then on the left you'll see the 'printables' category. they hava variety of logs as well.
  4. Honeslty I've been somewhat guilty of a similar offense. I had gotten back into caching in 2007 (Fall) and we found our first TB (Fiver the Jackalope). My wife loved Fiver. Unfortunately life came along and we were very busy for quite some time. The owner e-mailed us asking about Fiver and I let him know that I was sorry that I hadn't gotten him back out. I had honestly forgotten I had him. As soon as the weather and my schedule cleared up I got him moving again (spring 2009). Fiver had a nice place to stay while on hiatus however he wasn't moving as he was supposed to be. I felt (and still feel) guilty for the oversight and will never let it happen again. There's a cache near by that is a perfect drop spot for trackables and if I can't get a TB or Geocoin into a good cache I'll take it and drop it there. I'll move it later if I someone else doesn't pick it up in the mean time. Shoot the last finder a note via e-mail and see if they still have it. Offer to send them a shipping label to ship it back to you if they can't get it back into the wild. Best of luck.
  5. Fold out OLED screens to allow for larger maps, making topo more useful while in the field (while still having a good quality standard screen for typical usage). Also: GSM / CDMA card slots to support 3G and 4G wireless Internet features like direct access to GC.com, instant Pocket Queries, logging, forums, video (Live Caching), Skype, heck you name it. I could see huge potential for wireless applications tied to a high quality and accurate GPSr that's rugged and dependable. Of course now is when I would have to wish for some new battery technologies to support all this power hungry technology so I don't have to drag a 40 lb. 12V car battery along the trail. . . Maybe a solar generating T-shirt (with a Garmin or DeLorme or Magellan logo as appropriate).
  6. You'll find many opinions on how to get caches to your device. Eventually you'll decide what works best for you. However - to get stated quickly you just use the "Send to GPS" and the Garmin browser plugin to send caches quickly. You'll only get the Cache GCXXXX and coordinates (you won't get descriptions and logs). In order to get the full description and logs you'll need to get hooked up with a premium membership. Cost is $30 a year and gives you access to the GPX files and Pocket Queries that will allow you to get large batches in one fail swoop (or individual caches with descriptoin, full name, last 5 logs) via GPX. Share what model Garmin you have and you'll also get some more specific recommendations. Also - if you have a new Garmin, go to the Garmin site and register it. The go to the link below to get your 30 day free trial of the Premium Membership. http://www.geocaching.com/garmin/freetrial.aspx
  7. I can just see it now. Joe Cacher goes out to check on his hide number 14 just off the trail in Kookamunga State Park. He returns with his Tupperware ® container, lid warped, dirt stained and a little moss growing on the lid. He hands it to his Mrs. Cacher and sends her off to the local Tupperware party to get it exchanged under the lifetime warranty with the hopes that he can get his cache back in action as soon as possible. I can just imagine the questions at the party: "What does GC342XX mean?" "Is that moss growing on the side?" "Is N 85* 12.674' W 085* 44.563' some sort of special reheating instructions?" And of course, "Why is this Tupperware painted with a camo pattern?" (Disclaimer: For those of you not familiar with Tupperware parties, I refer back to the early history of Tupperware and the plastics industry - direct marketing done in home mostly by stay at home women. No disrespect is intended or implied by the reference of gender and their roles in this story - I'm just referencing history)
  8. Had a short day of caching on Friday. All found caches were as close to perfect as I can ask for. Just placed my first cache with 3.01 under heavy tree cover (awaiting publishing). We'll see how the coordinates work out with 5 samples on two different days. Going back on the 2nd day the 3 sample average put me right on target (6 feet). Also had a driving trip with navigation - no problems there. Still haven't played with map names - but others post that's working fine.
  9. If you have a home network you can also just place the installation CD/DVD into a drive on another computer, share the drive (giving Everyone permissions) and then browse the network to that computer/drive and install form there. I just picked up a netbook and included an external CD/DVD/Burner to my purchase list. They run about $60 for the slim models that power off the USB ports - might be a good investment. The Flash Drive will work too - just copy the entire DVD to a directory to the flash drive (provided you have sufficient space on your flash drive) and run the seutp.exe from there.
  10. Another big thanks. I don't work in a mission critical role for IT right now but I have in the past and have a painfully good understanding of what it is like to be on a 24/7 'on call' list. We all appreciate what you do to help keep this site up and running and your support for Geocaching. Kudos for communication in the face of significant adversity, quick response and your sharp knowledge in your field! EDIT: I'll add that my wife recently had a flight get cancelled while in Ireland, her total delays due to a certain airline whose name starts with D totaled 3 times the downtime of GC.com. . . now there's a sad thing about the competitive airline industry
  11. As I understand it, if you haven't placed a cache there before (with permission) or if there isn't an official policy in place (written) that allows it, you'll need to contact the land manager for permission. This can be a ranger for the area (DNR, Fish and Wildlife, or even a local independent organization) or park manager. Check the documentation on the signage at the park for contact information. It should be clearly posted. Then e-mail/call/stop by the office to get permission. Take a brochure with you (http://geocacher-u.com/content/blogsection/8/54/) to help clarify the game and stress CITO and positive impact that most cachers practice.
  12. I've seen this occasionally with current beta 3.01, and older versions as well. There could be some thing to lock on road settings, but I see it in my Geocaching profile with lock on road off. I just changed my navigation setting to 'pedestrian'. I'll try to report back to see if that helps. I usually just stop for a few seconds when I see a hang like that, and it will 'catch up'.
  13. That should make those long drives to high density cache areas more enjoyable Seriously though - the guides and helpful folks here on the forum are great. So much information from so many sharp folks that like to give back to the community.
  14. I haven't changed map names yet since I have mine organized with the old naming standards spread across the internal and SD card which meets my current needs. Tomorrow I'm going out to perform an additional averaging on a recently placed cache and place a 2nd new one while on site to collect documentation for permissions. All functions in a few short 'dry' runs around the neighborhood worked out including a few benchmark waypoints on manhole covers and water meter boxes Planning a some cache hunts since tomorrow is a paid holiday for my wife and I both! Bonus!
  15. Going over the 4Gb size puts you in the SDHC specification (cards above 4Gb). The ability to address the higher number of memory addresses is probably the reason for a 4Gb microSD recommendation. I would imagine during testing that there were some performance hits when using the 8Gb cards and possibly some issues with support for the SDHC standards. The number of tiles supported is the real limitation however from what I understand. That could be upgraded or change with software updates but may be unlikely in the near future since it probably doesn't take high priority with the developers.
  16. I'll recommend the 300 for the same basic reasons as the others. If you want topo there are free versions out there. You can load city nav on the microSD and I seem to recall that there are some 8gb cards that will work in the Oregon (search is down or I'd try to find the thread and card recommended). If I had it to do over again I would go 300 instead of 400t. The only real plus for the 400t over the 300 is the shaded relief for the topo which is nice but not totally necessary. You could use the cash you save on the 300 to pickup City Nav.
  17. Try editing your Bookmark in your browser to go to www.geocaching.com/profile/ or just to www.geocaching.com (that's my homepage) then click your username in the upper right for a quick link to your profile. To edit the bookmark, click on your bookmarks menu (or Favorites in Internet Explorer) then right click and choose Properties or Edit to edit the link location.
  18. Thanks for all the replies. I did send a note to my reviewer, and as I (and others) suspected it doesn't really pass the test as I had originally envisioned. I'll be using everyones tips to some extent as I work on developing my plan of attack. I'm working my sources for some loaner eTrex Summits to use for the event. I'm even trying to get access to our fairgrounds (because it is fenced and next door to the Ag Office where I would most likely do the training) as a location for placing the practice caches. Again - all great input that is greatly appreciated.
  19. If paperless isn't high on the list I think you'll see most recommend the 60Csx for its great performance and accuracy. The Colorado gets high marks for accuracy as well as Starbrand has pointed out. If you use it for boating you should be aware that some have had water leakage issues with the battery cover. I'm not familiar with the feature set limitations referred to by Starbrand and don't have a Colorado so I'd say he's a better authority on that. It does have paperless caching however. Finally the Oregon. Some have issue with the screen brightness and readability. I'm not one of them. I've had my Oregon 400t for a while now and I'm very pleased in all lighting conditions encountered when using the unit as a handheld. When mounted in the car however I have to make sure it is adjusted for optimal viewing to prevent glare - but it has proven very serviceable in the car. When on a 12v power adapter in the car (via the USB port) the screen is brighter than when on batteries solving most viewability issues for me. I love my Oregon and am glad I went with it versus the 60Csx for the paperless, ease of data entry via the touch screen, navigation of menus via touch screen, feature set, accuracy and Garmin software support (mostly Beta so far, but I've had mine only about a month and a half or so and there have been several updates since I got mine). The Oregon 300 or 400t would fit your needs, or maybe even the 550 (not sure about US availability, but it adds a camera). Read up on the different 400 models if you are interested in topo, or marine maps as the preinstalled map, or go with the 300 if you don't need a preinstalled topo or marine. You can always add those seperately via the microSD card. Just my 2 cents.
  20. +1 for NiMH batteries. I've used Alkalines and NiMH batteries. In my experience there's no comparison. The alkaline batteries wear out quicker than a 2500 mAh set with a full charge. While the NiMH costs about 4 times that of an alkaline (prices do vary - so that's an estimate) the typical NiMH will give you good service for a minimum of a few hundred charges with longer serviceable life with the better conditioning chargers. Even when you consider the investment of a good charger there's no way to come out ahead with disposable alkaline batteries versus rechargeable NiMH. I've used Duracell 2050 mAh, Duracell 2650 mAh, Lenmar 2000 mAh and Lenmar 2500 mAh. All give great performance and won't give significant problems in cold weather. Of course you should check for compatibility with your device.
  21. Forums are smokin' right now. I can live with out the search since Google is fine for searching for old threads, and I can skim the first page or two of recnet posts before posting. Thanks Elias!!
  22. Obviously you haven't been into a pawn shop lately. They have more things than what you stated. Wel - maybe in more urban areas your list of pawn shop inventory is exhaustive. However where I'm at you would be surprised what you might find. I've seen stories of a number of cachers picking up GPSrs at pawn shops and significant savings.
  23. Welcome to the addiction. Tips? I like webscouter's advice. Never be afraid to DNF a cache, and don't forget to log all your cache hunts, founds and DNF's just the same. It's all part of the experience. Oh - and don't forget to check for ticks when you get back in from a long day of caching. Just had a run in with one myself. . . yuck!
  24. EasyGPS can't do that. Good news is that you do not need any software at all. Drop the (unzipped) GPX result of a PQ on the [drive]:\garmin\gpx folder on the device while it is hooked to your PC in mass storage mode - unhook and go caching. You learn something every day. For some reason I've been unzipping my GPX zip archives and placing the GPX files onto the device. Makes for more clutter. Don't know why I thought I needed to unzip. That's gonna save me some time
  25. It should also beep when you get close to a destination (waypoint, geocache). Project a waypoint 100 feet from your location and navigate to that point. It will beep and the screen gives a Popup "Arriving at Destination <Waypoint Name>".
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