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  1. Thank you, that's exactly what I wanted to know! Magellan Geocache manager does ship with the eXplorist, but it doesn't seem to want to play nice with benchmark *.loc files. I'd had a little success converting the Benchmark files with GPS Babel, then manually transfering them to the eXplorist, but it's a bit unwieldy and doesn't work exactly right. I'll probably end up downloading GSAK once I'm able to get to my home computer... I'm just trying to make everything work with what I currently have here at the office.
  2. Let me apologize up front, because I'm sure this has been asked elsewhere. However, since the forum search function currently isn't working, I'm at a bit of a standstill.... Question is- is there an easy way to upload from EasyGPS to my eXplorist 210. The eXplorist is not on the list of supported units, and trying the other Magellan configurations doesn't work because I can't find one that is USB capable on that list. Am I missing something? Any help would be greatly appreciated. (Though comments to the effect of, "use GSAK" are not considered help- I'd download it right now if I could). ~Justin
  3. Yep, I did the same thing this weekend with my new eXplorist... Once you drag and drop the first waypoint to the program, to add subsequent points you have to go to the open menu, and add them from there. Be sure to hit the "append to existing list" button. Hit "no" when it asks if you want to save the file now. Wait until you're done adding points. Page 70 (or 73 acording to adobe) of full manual should help (that's where I had to turn). http://www.magellangps.com/assets/manuals/...st%20210_US.pdf
  4. A good VHF/UHF dual band handheld (like a 2m/70cm) should get you where you need to be. Check some local repeater directories and see what bands are most popular, in the off chance that 6 meters is big in your town (in which case you'd probably want a vehicle-mounted unit). Also check the locations of repeaters in the areas you cache hunt, to help determine what you'd want to buy if you end up getting a single band radio. ~Justin, KG4ZEP P.S. I'm through Indianapolis once in a while visiting friends. I'm down here in Cincinnati :-)
  5. As an Eagle Scout and Assistant Scoutmaster, I must say I'm a bit biased towards the so called "Official Compass of the BSA." The Silva Polaris, runs about $12. It lacks a fancy sight lens, but for map reading and general orienteering, I think it works fine. I have one (among many other compasses) myself. No problems. ~Justin
  6. The "Now You're Talking" book series is a good place to start. They really helped me. Also, there are a number of online practice exams you can take. Just Google something like "technician license practice" and you should find a couple. KG4ZEP
  7. 1-7 are the shared channels, meaning FRS users can use them with their allowed power output (.5W), and licensed GMRS users can use the frequencies at their higher allowed power. When some manufacturers claim that "A user must be licensed prior to operating on channels 1 through 7," it's because their particular radio is unable to lower the output power to FRS standards on the shared frequencies. Thus, if you cannot turn your radio's output power down when using those shared frequencies (1-7), you will have to have a license before you operate on them. Technically, anyway. Practically, who's going to know? The difference between half a Watt, and say, a full Watt is unlikely to be noticed or draw the ire of anyone in particular. That's my opinion, anyway. KG4ZEP
  8. Just a quick question about the contributor codes used when submitting mark recovery data to NGS. While I'm normally quite happy to submit data with the GEOCAC group code, I noticed when perusing the contributor list that the Boy Scouts of America has it's own code (BSA). I don't know if anyone knows anything about this code, or when it may be appropriate to use it, but as an Assistant Scoutmaster for a local troop I thought it may be possible to submit reports under this heading if we took our boys out Benchmark hunting. What do you think? Anyone know more about this code than me?
  9. If I understand correctly what you're doing, I may have one to add. On a recent trip to the Smoky Mountains, I inadvertantly discovered a North Carolina Geodetic Survey marker, at Newfound Gap. Would you like me to send it? KYPoliceStudent ~KG4ZEP
  10. Yeah, I just now found that thread. Thanks guys!
  11. Let my start by saying that I'm obviously new to BM hunting. Recently, while looking through the list of Benchmarks in my area, I noticed that a water tower that was destroyed almost 5 years ago was still listed as a viable BM, and that someone had indeed gone looking for it last week (and not found it). This water tower was in a lot that I drive by every day on my way to work, and I am positive that it is gone. Heck, I even remember them taking it down. I want to log it as destroyed with the NGS, but have encountered some problems… The NGS log site says I should email Deb Brown, with proof of the marks destruction (including a rubbing or photo). It also says to report a BM destroyed only if "you have found the actual marker separated from its setting". How can I do this with a water tower? I went to the site where the tower was, and looked for old pieces of the foundation, or some proof of the destroyed tower, and found none. The site has been effectively turned into a little league soccer field. I guess I can take pictures of the empty field, along with pictures of my GPS screen showing the correct cords, but is this acceptable? Any help would be appreciated! KYPoliceStudent ~KG4ZEP --------------------------------------- JZ3239 ERLANGER MUNICIPAL TANK 1965 by CGS (GOOD) http://www.geocaching.com/mark/details.asp?PID=JZ3239 ----------------------------------------
  12. As an avid scanner listener (Uniden), and Criminal Justice Student, I can assure you that even if your local cops are running red lights to get coffee, they're not going to announce it on the radio Besides, there are numerous "undispatched" reasons the police may use the flashing lights. (Witnessing traffic violations, getting a cell phone dispatch, or needing a bathroom break...now that's an emergency... ) Also worth noting, many of the departments I have ridden with use Nextel systems (car to car)in conjunction with their standard radio frequencies. ~Justin KG4ZEP [This message was edited by KYPoliceStudent on July 28, 2003 at 04:22 PM.]
  13. I think this is a perfectly acceptable log. As a cache hunter, I find this type of log helpfull in helping me plan my course of action. There is no reason to sugarcoat your log in the event that you had a sh*ty time. KYPoliceStudent ~KG4ZEP [This message was edited by KYPoliceStudent on July 14, 2003 at 02:15 PM.]
  14. Here's a small site with some info on weather balloon launches: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/Missoula/balloon.html When I took my SkyWarn training, we were told that weather balloons were launched twice a day at the same time, all over the world. I remember them saying that the first launch was at 00:00:00 Zulu (GMT) time, but I don't remember the second time... KYPoliceStudent ~KG4ZEP
  15. KG4ZEP In Northen Kentucky, near Cincinnati. I'm up to 6 cache finds...
  16. In Northern Kentucky we've got a historical marker at the *1880* center of U.S. Population. At one point there was a cache nearby, but it has been relegated to a virtual cache since it's dissaperance. (Site was too close to the new airport, and coincidentaly, to many visitors :-) Population Center Cach ~Justin KG4ZEP
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