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  1. :D I think no one suggested that. The context is a bit different, don't you agree?


    It's up to everyone to try to be friendly and helpful to fellow cacher. I provide an English description to all my cachers. However, I know some of my countrymen and -women like to read my cache descriptions also with their native language, so I'm happy to give them that. Even if it has filled the server up to its limit. :D If it doesn't benefit you, it won't probably hurt you either.


    Gustaf introduced a great idea couple of years ago. If we had that feature, I might do an English, Finnish, Swedish and German description to every single cache I own. Those who think it's ridiculous, can read only the English page when going to hunt them. :(

    Yes, that makes sense. I sometimes tend to jump onto the wagon of rebellion with the slightest provocation. I'm old enough to know better. Thanks for the hand up. I do agree with your position.

  2. oh, and a quick after-thought:


    hams are ready to jump on an emergency situation, and if you can hit a repeater (this retransmits your low-power walkie talkie signal with more power all over the place ), you are sure to get some form of help. it's the nature of the community.

    Causes me to wonder if you're licensed. Can't think of a ham who wouldn't already know that.

  3. Like W9JIM, I carry my 2 meter hand-held for emergency use when geocaching. I've never had a desire to "connect" geocaching with ham radio is any formal way. I'm perfectly satisfied to involve myself with the sport of geocaching and the public service elements of amateur radio as separate interests. But I have enjoyed connecting with other hams through geocaching or other geocachers through ham radio. A QSO with another ham about the sport of geocaching adds great interest to the QSL.

  4. Okay, how about this....


    1) People have to answer a number of questions and submit the answers online, along with their email address.

    2) You have an automated system that 'marks' the answers, say on Fridays at noon, and emails the results to those that have submitted their answer sheets. Those with a perfect score get the final coords. Those with wrong answers are invited to resubmit for the following weeks 'exam'.


    Appears that everyone simply glazed over this idea. Looks pretty creative. Thanks "West Coast Explorers; I'm gonna work on it.

  5. :ph34r: Well, IMHO, if I had to provide text for every language spoken here in the good ol' US, we'd fill up a server pretty quickly. English, Spanish, Tagalogue, and Vietnamese are very common in this area. Am I gonna lay out a cache page text with all of those? Not on your life. The whole idea seems ridiculous to me.
  6. Sorry I failed to make my earlier point clear. I meant to suggest that you use the colon [:] as a separator rather than a decimal [.] between the numerical characters. I experimented with your coordinates using MapSend and I found that using the [.] the coordinates placed me in San Mateo. Using the [:] placed me in Golden Gate Park.

  7. Whether or not ticks are common in geocaching will depend largely on where you live and where you go during the "hunt". When I geocache in an area where I expect to find ticks I make certain to have a good coating of insect repellant on my skin AND my clothes. Preparedness is the key to any outdoor sport. I prepare for geocaching excursion the same way I prepare for hunting for wild game. I just leave the firearms at home.

  8. First of all, the initial coordinates are verifiable within the data base. Haven't been to Stow Lake for decades... but enough of that.

    What mapping software are you using and where did you come up with "37.46, -122.28?


    Try 37:46, -122:28

  9. I don't know squat about Web TV set top browsers. I sent you some information via email yesterday that I hope will help you. But please also try using the URL list I sent you earlier today. I hope the links work for you. If your Web TV browser won't link directly to the various pages using the emailed URL links I guess you're stuck with entering them one at a time.

    If you don't have a computer, and you only need one for geocaching, I'd like to recommend you find an old computer running on a Windows platform (no older than Windows '95) that you can use to connect with the Internet. Computers of that type are available in my neighborhood for free, and I'm sure you could find one that's at least dirt cheap. Connect to the Web through a cheap ISP (Juno, Blue Light, etc) and download EasyGPS (or similar software) to your machine. Then, sign up with Groundspeak as a Premium Member.

    You'll be amazed at how many of your geocaching file handling problems can be solved with that formula. Good luck... :ph34r:

  10. :rolleyes: Don't know what to tell ya except that I just took a tour of all three of your cache pages and each has maps associated with it. So, I guess the only thing I can suggest is "not to worry" everything looks OK from this perspective.
  11. I recently posted a "find" with what I considered innocuous comments that I intended as a compliment to the person who created the cache. I received an email from them asking me to edit my comments as they considered the wording of my compliment to be a spoiler. I appreciated the fact that I was asked to edit my log rather than having had someone delete it out of hand, without the courtesy of contacting me about it first. Eventhough I didn't agree with the point of view expressed, I honored their request and edited the log

    Nevertheless, if my comments had been an obvious spoiler, I certainly would have understood if the owner of the cache had deleted my log and notified me so that I could log it again without the spoiler details.

    After all, the cache was their property and property rights, even in geocaching, should be respected.

  12. While I do geocache alone, I prefer to have company; but not a large crowd. I try to limit the number in the group to not more than four. Breakfast on the road, spending the day hunting for as many cache sites as possible (the more difficult to find the better) and sharing stories along the "trail". Geocaching with the "guys" is always enjoyable, but my favorite geocaching partner is my wife. She's a lot of fun to be with.

  13. :( WOW!! Where can I get one of those??? Hey, Santa; it's on my Christmas list.

    Tell ya what, Tadpole. If Santa sends me one of those, I'll send you the ammo box - no charge.

  14. :) If you truly are "new" to the sport, I believe someone should tell you that many questions about a GPSr are best answered "yes" and "no". That's because the performance of one make/model will differ, at least to some degree, from another make and model. You can do a search on the web to find the manufacturer of your GPSr and, in many instances, download an instruction manual that should answer most of your questions. IMO, you are mislead when others provide you with specific answers to general questions without knowing more about what you're using.

    The site offers a forum to address specific questions about GPS units:


    GPS Units and Software

    Any and all discussions about GPS units. Here you can talk GPS, GPS Units, and those miraculous satellites that give our game life.

    Forum Led by: Hemlock


    that may better serve your need for answering questions about issues that are not clearly explained (and there's probably going to be a bunch of 'em) in your GPSr manual.

  15. Hey there, Mr. Ranger, have we ever met via the academy at Two Rock?

    In your communications with various public entities it might be worth mentioning that those of us in this sport who are dedicated to CITO might just possibly be worthy of classification as an asset rather than a liability to public lands. icon_smile.gif


    "Today's truth remains valid only as long as it withstands the test of tomorrow's discoveries" - George Hicks

  16. quote:
    Originally posted by team_tar:

    Well, error estimates are not a guarantee, they are merely a statistical quantity. You CANNOT say "SURELY I will be within x meters from the point". An EPE of, say, 5 meters simply says "you have X% of probability to be within 5 meters from the stated coordinates".... Considering that typical conditions rise EPE to something between 5 and 7 m (no WAAS, no heavy cover) final errors between 23 and 32 feet are much more realistic estimates of what you may expect.


    Acaro of Team_TAR


    Now that's about the finest explanation of the "real world" of using the GPSr for geocaching I've ever read. As a bonus, we get the theorem. I'm always happy to make a find within thirty feet of the published coordinates. I do, however, post my Magellan Meridian coordinates when I find the coord's in dispute by more than twenty feet. Just to assist the next geocacher who may need something to compare his device with.


    "Today's truth remains valid only as long as it withstands the test of tomorrow's discoveries" - George Hicks

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