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  1. Apples and oranges.....


    It is different.... I don't find any of this "harder" to use.... It sounds more that you want it the way it was. I've cached with people on multis and mysteries that have 60 series and I get the coordinates and the guidance in as quickly as they do. It is just done differently. You need to learn to spin the wheel.....


    There is a MUCH easier way to go from auto-routing to off road and back.... ;) than what is explained above......and it is not really any slower than a 60csx.... There is no need to switch profiles......


    So what's the "MUCH easier way" to go from auto-routing <> off road and back?

    (I just unboxed my 400t & the maps SD today and I'm at the very bottom of the learning curve.)


    BTW- the owners manual Garmin includes should actually be called the "Quick Start Guide". It's basically worthless as a full owners manual for something so techniclly advanced.


    No examples, no demos, and lots of info missing that I had to gleen off of forums such as this. (Thank god for Google!)


    Such as: Where to put the Pocket Queries xxx.GPX files, or that you can have more than 1 .GPX file in the E:/Garmin/GPX directory, etc. I got that from posts from you all here. GARMIN - Are you listning????


    I was hoping to do some hunting today now that I had one of my (very) rare days off. Instead I spent it on the computer searching the net & swearing up a storm at Garmin's document writers.


    Maybe tommrow before I hit the salt mines for another month I can get out and snag a few with the Colorado (But I'm taking the 60 CSx as a backup for now.)





    GPS-45, Nuvi 660, 60CSx & Colorado 400t owner

  2. Why do some people want to turn everything into the "Special Olympics" where "everybody wins"? Having caches that are of special interest to hikers and backpackers, or off road enthusiasts, or young folks or old folks, or anybody that needs or enjoys something different is a good thing. What the heck is wrong with people being different instead of all out of the same cookie cutter mold? I am a ham and would enjoy a ham cache, but have no intentions of doing ham caches exclusivley. I happen to like variety, for if they are all the same, why bother? If you found one, you found them all. Makes for a very short term sport don't you think? :)


    Very well put kd5kuf.


    Well let's see here. There is a big difference in having a cache that is in some way ham related that is open to everyone who wants to take a turn finding it, and having a ham related cache that requires you to have a license in hand before you play and/or log.


    There is a cache locally GC11QP6 that is found by decoding 5/13 WPM Farnsworth CW (as a .mp3 file linked to the cache webpage.), to get the lat & lon. Nothing says that it is licensed ham only. And it seems that a big percentage of the cachers who have found it are inactive hams. Interesting. I'd seen them logging for years and never knew they had a license at one time. Plus a few non hams who wanted a challenge.


    Licensed or not. If a person wants to expend the energy to find a cache, and inadvertently learns something new in the process, well that's cool.


    And anyway I'm sick of finding "cookie-cutter" caches everywhere. I want to try/find something different. So this one was cool.




  3. In the UK there's always Porthcurno - there's a telegraph museum there. Its where the first transatlantic communications were made from, and also goonhilly sattelite earthstation (there's a nearby carpark with good views) this is where the first sattelite link was established from


    So is there a cache there that uses something related to ham radio at that location?

  4. How about posting on the cache page an MP3 file containing a morse code encoded message detailing the cache location? The posted location could be the parking lot or another landmark nearby. Difficulty could be increased with QRM and QRN in the messsage.<BR><BR>Jerry KF6DNJ


    Interesting. Sounds like (from the date) that you beat "The Hole in the Sole Gang" in the idea department. They posted a similar cache this last weekend that had the lat & lon as a .wav file. (Or was it a .MP3? I don't recall.)




    Has anyone else actually done this? If yes how did it work out? Any problems? Anything else done differently? What was the comments from non ham cachers?



  5. Has anyone placed a ham radio related cache such as GC11QP6 that popped up this weekend on our local cache radar? The lat & long are in 5WPM Morse audio file Decode to find the location.


    If so, how was it different from this one and was it successful? I'm still trying to shake the cobwebs loose to remember enough CW to decode.

  6. Garmin is an ISO 9000 company and according to regulations units must be

    completely overhauled if brought in for repair.

    What is that all about?

    Wikipedia Entry, ISO 9000


    For people who have been exposed to this process before, this sentence in the entry sums it up well:


    ISO 9000 does not guarantee the quality of end products and services; rather, it certifies that consistent business processes are being applied.


    I've worked at two different companies that got their ISO Cert. In layman's terms it's:


    Do what you say. Say what you do.


    All processes and paperwork are documented, and employeess are required to follow (and tested on), proper procedures. The certs are good for aprox 3-6 mo. (I don't remember now) and to keep them the companies are audited internally every few months, and by an outside aditor twice a year. In the real world the ISO certs are not worth much except bragging rights when you're a vendor trying to atract new buisness. "I'm XYZ Company & we're ISO900X certified."


    So to bring all this on topic...Garmin is suppose to follow its own documented procedures.



  7. Other downsides of using a PDA besides lack of waterproofness are that they are not as rugged as dedicated handheld units and the battery life is very poor.


    Yes. I've manage to baby an early Palm IIIxe for 6 years, & newer HP rx3115 for two years, for "other" daily projects w/o any breakage. But it wouldn't take much to damage them. (Mostly the display from what I've seen of other's damaged units.)


    I guess buisness folks are not that active with a suit, tie, and wingtips on. Oh ok. Let's be fair. Pantsuits and flats on. (I wanted to say skirts & high heals but someone's looking over my shoulder & my ribs are still sore from the last time...)


    There are "armor" cases out there that can help protect PDA's, but at a cost of a thicker unit, & a thinner wallet. I've got both a Body Glove soft case for the Palm and a Rhino Skin hard case for the HP w/o any failure. I like the soft case better myself.


    As for battery life, 5-9 hours of run time between charges is fine with me. Most of the time I'm driving between groups of caches anyway & I'll use the dash GPS in the truck for that travel time. The pocketPC PDA stays off time I get to the site and on the ground. Heck I could be recharging as I drive.


    But I do like the idea of a single unit that does it all. Internet Wi-Fi, GPS/Mapping, Data Logging, MP3 Player, Excel. Word, Calendar, Contact lists. If it only had a beer tap too.



  8. Has anyone (who geocaches) had a chance to see how the Garmin IPAQ M4 (available), or the M5 (discontinued but available to buy) PDA's w/ built-in GPS perform as a geocaching grade GPS? None of the online ads i've looked at mention being able to enter Lat & Long. Or do they mention their performance compaired to a regular GPS like a eTrex.


    I've been toying with the idea of a all-in-one box. GPS, PDA (for CacheMate), WiFi & Bluetooth for internet connection to Geocaching.com. As well as the usual address /calendar / contact / todo lists / MP3 player items of todays PDA's.


    Anyway in a crowded situation w/ muggles roaming around most folks would hardly bat an eye w/ someone carrying a PDA & earphones. But if they see a GPS the questions start flying..


    The only down side is that the units are not waterproof as a normal GPS. They're setup for buisness folks.

    So i would have to get a flexable waterproof cover such as REI sells for PDA/MPS/cells.



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