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  1. EXIF kann genaue Positionen für ein Puzzle- oder Multicache-Finale bereitstellen. Das wäre ein Problem. Außerdem konvertiert gc.com jetzt die meisten Dateien in ein bestimmtes Format. Informationen dazu finden Sie in anderen Bereichen hier in diesem Forum. Leider haben einige Leute die Metadaten verwendet, um Rätsel zu machen. Für sie ist es jetzt nicht möglich. EXIF can provide exact locations for a puzzle or multicache final. That would be a problem. Also, gc.com is now converting most files to a specific format. You will find information about that in other areas here in this forum. Unfortunately, some people used the metadata to make puzzles. For them it is now not possible.
  2. Ditto here with Firefox (latest) and Win10. Just a big white nothing.
  3. Back to geocaching with phones ... The S8 Active was a nice design as cell phones go for a bit more durability. I was bummed when Samsung decided NOT to continue the Active series. Having the glass back on the regular S8 was a bonehead move to begin with -- made it extra fragile. The S21Plus and S21Ultra have the same stupid glass back design. Hope the OP has the less expensive generic S21 with the plastic back. The S8 Active model did away with the glass back and provided better bezel area protection as well. As I say, I only use a phone for finding a cache in a spontaneous pinch when the Garmin isn't at hand, but have done well enough with it when I have.
  4. Bummer. Can't say I ever had any issues with either Bluetooth or camera. In fact, for the price and era of that phone, I was fairly well impressed with the S8 camera. BT was connection of choice for the BYOC (Bring Your Own Connection) option for certain TomTom models, and kept paired and functioning throughout the time I had it. Sounds like they sent you a lemon.
  5. What kind of issues are you having? I never ran into any serious firmware issues, and the GPS performance was quite adequate. My current S20 seems to do well enough. I don't often use it for caching unless something spontaneous when traveling, but it works well enough.
  6. Good to know which phone you have. Knowing this might have taken the discussion in a better direction from the get-go. Your S21 has quite reasonable GPS performance, and is fully capable of taking advantage of satellite constellations other than just the U.S. GPS system. With a decent app, you should be able to do quite well with it. As others have noted, though, it's a pricey bit of gear, and not particularly robust. You'll want to use care in the field that you don't damage it while caching. My only gripe with Samsung (and I've had several, from the S8Active forward) is the frequent need to recalibrate the 3 axis compass.
  7. IIRC, it was the antenna that made the iPhone3 a big dodgy for position accuracy. When finding, it may take some additional time, but we've seen placements that were quite a ways out when set with a 3. Your 11 is miles ahead of it in terms of technology. Wouldn't spend a ton of time looking for an app that's still able to run on the 3.
  8. Throw us some approximate coordinates for your area and we'll look to see what we see from our end. Since you're only finding 5-10 per year, it may well not be worth it, but if you want to keep finding them 'in close', a few more may pop up.
  9. Taking anything that unimportant seriously when caching is a different problem.
  10. I just load those I've solved to the 'Solved Puzzles' database I have in GSAK, and if not automatically updated by the site's checker, I correct the coordinates. That database is later combined with the unfounds in my area as part of my own macro --- such that the ready-to-find puzzles are displayed on the map with the rest of the caches I need to find when I plan a cache day. Another win for GSAK.
  11. Yup. Server responses down to a bare crawl at best.
  12. Amazing. Just as we talk about it in this thread, I've got another finder in the process of working through it! You brought the cache some good luck by starting the thread! Will be interesting to see his log. Stage 4 is pretty easy since the distances really do call for driving, though it can certainly be done easily enough on a bicycle, so there's that to sort out if pedaling, I guess. As for power, it's a secret! Stage one is a particular power hog due to distance between xmitter and posted coordinates, and propagation requirements. The others employ high gain (very directional) antenna systems.
  13. Fizzy - Process sounds about right for a really good puzzle. I have no idea how many hours it took me to put together "SBS - You're in a World of Hertz" (GC2G604). At a guess, from concept to completion, probably 60 hours+, and I already had the necessary bits and pieces to put it together in-house. It's a multi that contains a number of field puzzles. It rarely gets found, but apart from my original beta tester (your 'Playtesting' is a very important step, especially for complex puzzles), who was still in a daze when he logged it, it has 100% favorite points.
  14. That only works if you are downloading the same PQ you created before, which will carry the same filename. If a new PQ is created, it will have a new filename, and sit alongside anything already on the device. @SuzyJazz As has already been suggested: Connect to your PC. Navigate to the Garmin/GPX folder. Delete all *.gpx files found there. Load your new PQ afterward.
  15. Sounds as though you have purchased your first Garmin of the generation that started with the Colorado years ago! You can access its file structure when connected to your PC. Go to to the Garmin/GPX folder and delete the *.gpx file(s) that exist there. While you are there, get rid of any factory pre-loaded *.gzz files as well. They're typically WAY out of date.
  16. All better now. If I understand your needs... You'll want to load all of those puzzles into a GSAK database first, then update the coordinates. Here's what you want to look at. You can turn your Excel file into a *.csv and with some minor tweaking, use this >> https://gsak.net/board/index.php?s=7a8fabc6c508ffd5194836c2c49af3f0&showtopic=19266&st=0&#entry156236
  17. GSAK won't import what you've got natively (just *.gpx and *.loc), and I was about to point you to a macro on the site, but gsak.net is currently showing [NEVER MIND previous. GSAK is fine.]
  18. I have that for you, Eda. I will ask you by email to send me your email because I cannot attach a *.gtt file here. I will create a zip file for it.
  19. I have a Samsung with ANT+. The above ideas were for the OP, who notes "My cell phone is not ANT+ compatible."
  20. Have never run across one (standalone) before. You don't say what flavor of phone you've got, but as an iPhone example, check what Zwift has to offer in the way of ANT+ dongles that can be connected directly to the phone. There are probably ones for Android as well. You'll find that companies supplying ANT+ capable fitness products are/were selling these to get the phone connected.
  21. I can usually smell a fellow beta tester from a mile away (comes with being one myself), and understand that there tends to be a 'home field' issue that arises from time to time. Not that Garmin's devices often need a real defense, but understand, folks, that there's always likely to be a different point of view and some additional bias from time to time when a person works with a particular product line with a particular company on a regular basis. It comes with the territory.
  22. The first one has me entirely confused. Published 10/29/20, FTF on 10/04/20? Bunch of logs in between? I also didn't originally understand this ... "These 31 caches must also have been found in a different county." Different than what? Different than where I live? Or do all 31 need to have been in different counties? As it happens (per the checker), it's the latter. To be sufficiently clear, the description should read "Each of these 31 caches must also have been found in different counties." or something along those lines. Interesting that it counts 'counties' in any country (e.g., 'Nürnberg (Germany)'. That improved my score a bit.
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