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Kealia

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  1. I minted our personal coin for the sole purpose of leaving in caches for others to find. We don't leave them everywhere, just in the REALLY good caches which for us translates to: - A cache with a nice hike or 4x4 to get to it - An out-of-the-way gem - Occasionally, the first cache we find in a new state (sometimes just a TB hotel) They are non-trackable and meant to be traded for and kept. Sadly, I don't see a lot of this anymore, partly as evidenced by the lack of activity in this thread. Most people now (it seems) are happier just buying coins and keeping them in a collection. I have a collection mind you, but my favorites in that collection are probably the ones I've either traded for or found in caches. I doubt many people that would even find one of my coins in a cache these days would have a clue who I am since I've not been active in here in quite a while. Too many sales, too many versions, too many coins cranked out "just because I had an idea for a coin" for my taste. Dead horse, I know.
  2. I tried it and while it loads the file the caches are not recognized as found by the unit. FYI - This feedback/request has been given to Magellan. I can't speak for them and say it will happen but they are certainly listening to the input and requests.
  3. Nice! I'll be ordering one. It also reminds me that it's been WAY too long since I was up there hiking with y'all.
  4. and the electronic compass Keep in mind that while the compass isn't electronic, it does have the sun and moon icons in a relative position. without moving, you can orient the compass so that these are in the correct position and it works essentially the same way.
  5. No. That's a little surprising considering that's one of the biggest complaints by users and reviewers that I've seen so far. And I agree after using mine in the field a little, the font is hard to read even in the best of conditions. Maybe it was a fluke, but the few caches I looked at last night all seemed to have larger text than before.
  6. Yep, got mine loaded and was hoping to cache on the way home but my batteries died right after I ran the upgrade - oops!
  7. Kealia

    New Magellan

    Based on an exchange I had with Magellan a couple of weeks ago, the ability to upload/download tracks to this version of the eXplorist is unavailable. Ok, I went back through my emails with Magellan and the tracks feature should be fixed/updated in the coming release. This will get me the file of tracks that I want to view in VantagePoint - or in my case ExpertGPS. Guess I'll wait for that and test it again.
  8. Kealia

    New Magellan

    A hot-to question: How do I get my tracks?!?! At the trailhead I cleared the odometers and clicked on "Start Trip". At the end, I clicked on "Stop and Save trip" and thought this saved the tracks to the tracks.gpx file in the Tracks folder. When I save that file to my desktop and open with ExpertGPS, nothing shows up. So, I opened Vantage Point and tried to view it there. IT seems to show 1 route and 1 tracks but I can't for the life of me figure out how to find out mileage, elevation or even see the tracks on a map. Anybody else get this to work?
  9. (Raises hand) I'm interested for the same reason you mentioned. Edit to add: This MAY be fixed (in a way) with the next release. I've asked that they add the ability to select which GPX files to show from a checklist. So you could load your MY FINDS PQ along with other PQs and then check which files you want shown. I didn't think through marking these as found so we'll see how it goes and if it makes the release.
  10. Kealia

    New Magellan

    I assume you had to have VantagePoint loaded for this to work? I haven't installed that yet on my machine to play with it after I ran a quick test of it a while back.
  11. Kealia

    New Magellan

    Ahh.....thanks. I've seen the yellow dot but the two times I looked at it, it was right next to North so I thought it might be an indicator of True North versus Magnetic North. I don't think I've ever noticed the grey one, though. Must go check now. Thanks.
  12. Kealia

    New Magellan

    In another thread somebody said Where the heck is this? What am I missing? I don't see those icons and I have a SporTrak Pro so I know what they should look like assuming they are the same.
  13. Kealia

    New Magellan

    I haven't tried rebooting yet, but I will. No, the attributes did not come over using IE - not sure if they do with another set up or not. FYI - I didn't install VP yet.
  14. Kealia

    New Magellan

    Ok, what I am doing wrong? I installed the Communicator Program (XP using Google Chrome) and when I connect the GPS to the computer I chose "Connect" on the GPS screen. Then I navigate to a cache page that I want, click SEND TO GPS and get the pop-up window. When I click on the Magellan tab it says Communicator is not installed. Anybody want to provide a step by step? I can't think of what I'm missing here... EDIT TO ADD: I just tried using IE and it worked fine. Looks like it's just a Chrome issue.
  15. Thanks all. I don't know when I'll be back up there again and this is a "girls" trip so I wasn't invited . I hope you are all well and I hope to see you again soon. Be well.
  16. Kealia

    New Magellan

    I'm looking forward to software release to tweak a few things. I say that because so far I'm happy with the unit for what it does (accepting that you can't update maps, etc.). I've given some feedback on user interface and a few minor things here and there that I won;t bother repeating here because I'm told that most if not all of them will be addressed so there's no need. I took this with me on a recent trip from CA to TX via plane and when I landed it took less than 60 seconds to update my position. I didn't even have my seatbelt on at that point. So any concerns about reception, updating position, etc. should be put to rest. Now that I've shown it to my wife she loves it. Easy enough to use, but powerful enough to handle her needs, too.
  17. For those interested. I had to spend the night before last in Texas so I took this unit with me. I only had time to grab one cache (a TB hotel) and when I got in my rental car and turned it on, it locked on and updated my location in less than a minute. On a related note - man is Texas flat! No tree interference at all!
  18. Hey gang, It's been quite a while since I've not only seen you guys but even spoken to you through the forums. Life gets busy and I no longer with the client that used to bring me to the Seattle area My wife (Hula Bum) is looking for a place to stay in the area (speaking very generally here) where there is the opportunity to do some orca watching - and of course grab a few caches. If anybody can recommend places to stay (areas or even specific places if you know of them) it would be greatly appreciated. I think she's looking to do it soon, but if there are better times please let me know. I hope you are all doing well! Best wishes, Ron
  19. Kealia

    New Magellan

    You are correct sir.
  20. Kealia

    New Magellan

    Yes, you can. You can also project waypoints if need be. I can't say about battery life. I headed out yesterday for a 4-hour hike with batteries that were only partially charged. They died on me after 3:45 but I blame me for not heading out with either freshly charged batteries or brand new ones. Bad tester. Bad, bad tester.....
  21. Oh man, that was a bad design wasn't it? I still have my SporTrak Pro and that's one thing I hate everytime I use it.
  22. I took it out for a 10-mile, 14-cache hike under redwood canopy today - a test of ANY GPS! This unit held lock 99% of the time - only losing it when next to a slope under the canopy and on the bad side of a ridge - I challenge any GPS to hold in that situation. I love the paperless caching and not having to pull out my Palm for details - yeah, I know most other GPSs have this now but I've held out on buying a new one because my old one was working fine. I was able to come home and grab the tracks.gpx file and open it in ExpertGPS to see my tracks, vertical profile, etc. What I couldn't figure out was how to start/end a track/route. When I thought I hit "stop and save trip" it stopped tracking. BUT, I don't know where to START a new trip/track. I did it at the trailhead after driving about 30 minutes to get there and my track has all the data/points from the drive to the trailhead. I'm guessing that the manual or a little more playing will help me figure this out, though. I think I would like the interface to change a little in the sense that once I mark a cache as "FOUND" I'd like to quickly pull up the list of nearby caches without having to go back to the main menu and then to GEOCACHES. This is a minor gripe as it's: 1) Not an ordeal to do 2) Maybe do-able and I just don't know how yet 3) Possible to change with feedback All in all, a great day of caching, EXCELLENT reception and usability. Positive feedback here on this test/trip. Edit to add: It would also be nice if you could increase the size of the text on the cache pages. It's easy to read while sitting, but I found it harder to read while walking. I'd like to be able to zoom in on the text to make it easier to read while hiking/moving.
  23. I think what Dutch cacher was trying to do was project a waypoint from a set of given coords, not from your current position - which I don't think you can do. Outside of a random puzzle I can't think of why this would be needed (not to discount his opinion) so I don't see this as a big deal. Still playing and liking what I see. Hoping to do a 5-cache hike this weekend and play with saving the trip/route to import into VP/EveryTrail, etc.
  24. I too have been playing with one of these units as part of the Insiders Program for a week or so (found 10 caches with it) and have been happy so far. As others have said, there are a lot of likes and a few things that could be tweaked but so far I'm liking the form factor, general interface, ease of loading caches, ability to sort and mark caches as found, unfound, etc. (like other units have had for a while I suppose). I've found about 2,000 caches with my SporTrak Pro and have been looking for what I'd buy when it inevitably breaks - this is a nice intermediate unit IMO so far. I'm anxious to see what else they do with it as well as go on a long hike with it as what I've found with it so far have been either PNGs or short (under 1/4 hikes). Its been tested under the redwoods out here and held reception without an issue - no small feat. All in all - impressed so far and looking for some enhancements to come.
  25. Nope, it's good. I came across this from a post from just last night: This is why I asked the question. It seems that some folks think that a custom icon is NEEDED and highly valuable to traders/collectors but I guess I'm not seeing that response in here yet. Curious to see if more replies come in from folks that really do look at the icons a lot.
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