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  1. Just for the record, let's parse the question. Setting aside JP's abysmal ignorance of American nomenclature, 'travel north to from Canadian soil', means any direction between 270 and 090, moving clockwise around the compass. Based on that assumption, I would say that there are four states which lie in a northerly direction from Canada: Maine, accessible from New Brunswick, Michigan, but only if you go from Windsor to Detroit, Washington, the northern tip of the Olympic Peninsula from southern Vancouver Island [it's already been stated that you might get your feet wet on this one, and Alaska, from either BC or the Yukon. All other access to the US from Canada is in a SOUTHERLY direction. Your call, JP... Phil/ve1bvd
  2. I think it's possible you folks are missing something here. Several references have been made to Google maps. I'd like to point out that one of the things that you can do in Google Earth is to have the county boundaries (and names) displayed. If you already have your PQ downloaded as a KML file, all you have to do is click on the 'county borders' icon in the layers section of the GE sidebar. Just a thought. A Happy Holiday season to all, and many caches in the New Year! Cheers, Phil/ve1bvd
  3. The answer is...David Attenborough! thanks for the hint though Phil/ve1bvd
  4. That sounds about the time and location that some building under construction surpassed the CN Tower. So you would be looking at the world's tallest man-made structure. Right location, wrong landmark. How about the opening of that man-made island in Dubai...Palm Island??? Phil/ve1bvd
  5. When I found a cache near one of the hotels along the Sydney Waterfront, there was a note from a police officer in the log, saying that a guest in the hotel had noticed some suspicious people rooting around under a bush--I'm not sure if it was on hotel property or not--and had called the boys in blue. The cop actually found the cache, saw what it was, and left it alone, other than leaving the note in the log. Cheers, Phil/ve1bvd
  6. Does that mean I have to d/l the whole 650+MB again? Your server is a bit slow...takes about 6 hours I know that if I d/l from another server, I can do that in about an hour. thanks for compiling 011F14. Phil/ve1bvd
  7. From what I can see, Cape Breton Island covers a number of NTS grids. 011F14 Whycocomagh - Missing 011N01 Cape North - Missing (don't know why, will check) 011N02 Cape St Lawrence - Missing (don't know why, will check) ** actually N01, and N02 should also be there. OK, it is the Whycocomagh grid that's missing--N01 and N02 are indeed there. I don't get down to the SW part of the province very often, so that can wait; same applies to the bit of coast in Guysborough Co. If it's possible to get the 011F14 up, I'd be grateful... Cheers, Phil/ve1bvd
  8. I don't have a topo map at hand to give you the exact square I need, but it's the one on Cape Breton Island, if you can figure that out. I'll respond again later when I can get to a map. Thanks, Phil/ve1bvd
  9. Hi... First of all, I'd like to thank you for the wonderful job you have done/are doing. However, after having downloaded section 011 (Nova Scotia), I find that there are some chunks missing. Is this a problem in my downloading, or something missing in the processing? If you have the time, perhaps you could send me a PM or e-mail to my profile address to let me know what to do now. There is one square in Cape Breton Island, one in Guysborough county on the Atlantic coast of the mainland near the Canso Strait, and a significantly large chunk at the SW end of the province--I can give you the deatils if you wish. thanks again for your work. cheers, Phil/ve1bvd
  10. A magnetized needle, placed on a small piece of wood, and floating in a shallow bowl. The needle will point to the magnetic north pole, of course. Placing it on the floating piece of wood allows it to swing in azimuth [the horizontal plane] Howzat? Phil/ve1bvd
  11. OK, Quigley, you got it! A great circle is one drawn upon the surface of the earth whose plane passes through the centre of the earth. A small circle is any other circle drawn upon the surface of the earth. Phil/ve1bvd
  12. I have had a spontaneous shutdown, with just one vertical on the screen. I shut the legend down, then back on, and the display was normal. I just passed if off as an anomaly. Then a couple of weeks ago, both my daughter and I were out caching, both of us with legends, and the same thing happened within 30 seconds of each other--obviously NOT an anomaly!! We loked around and discovered that we were in the vicinity [almost under] a high-voltage line--about 47 KV, I think, although it may be higher. As soon as we moved away from the line, we were able to restart out GPSrs. While we were in the car, no problem, due to the Faraday Cage effect; however, as soon as we stepped outside and into the magnetic field, BINGO! Hope this helps... Cheers, Phil/ve1bvd
  13. OK, here's another quickie... In terms of terrestrial navigation, what is the difference between a great circle and a small circle? Please be specific; "one is big and the other is little" doesn't cut it! Phil/ve1bvd
  14. Going back to my cadet days, boxing the compass means to recite the 32 points of the compass, beginning with North and going clockwise. I was going to try and do it, but I can't remember the last 16 points, East by North, etc. Anyway, each point is 11-1/4 degrees, and can be further subdivided into quarter points, which gives pretty good accuracy, certainly enough to get from A to B. You'd have to be a pretty good steersman to be able to hold a sailing vessel to a quarter point of the compass... cheers, Phil/ve1bvd
  15. OK, Dano, you got it. Because the Earth is NOT a perfect sphere, the minute of arc is measured at the equator form the centre of curvature. In rebuttal to 2h2g, I think that the poles are at the surface of the earth, so submerging at the North pole would be moving away from it, no? Cheers, Phil/ve1bvd
  16. OK, Here ya go... A Nautical mile is standardized as 6000 feet, 200 yards, or 1852 and change metres (or meters, if you prefer). What is the actual definition of a nautical mile? And to show that I'm a real sport, I'll even let you assume that the Earth is a perfect sphere... Phil/ve1bvd
  17. Dano said, "Two: Straight forward (which would be South), or straight up." OK, what about down, assuming you came on a submarine? Now THAT'S outside the box! Phil/ve1bvd
  18. Any chances for 011? Phil/ve1bvd (who lives there)
  19. I have in my hand a 1:50,000 topo map of my area, produced by the Centre for Topographical Information, Natural Resources Canada. I'm pretty sure you can get 1:25000. The blurb at the bottom says that you can call for info concerning the maps at 1-800-465-MAPS (6277). That's a toll-free call once you get over here. The maps are printed on tyvek, so they are waterproof, and don't easily tear. I don't see a price on this one, but I'm pretty sure they are about $10 each. I just checked the NRCan website, ant there are only 1:250,000 and 1:50,000 topo maps available. Local offices of the Queen's Printer or other Government bookstores [i.e. gov't of Alberta] might have larger scale maps. Hope this helps... Cheers, Phil/ve1bvd
  20. The Witch [red haired, that is] gets the cigar! Take it away....
  21. OK, anything but natural science!!! It seems that there aren't too many easterners in the pub. The three canals in Nova Scotia are 1) the Shubenacadie canal, sometimes called the Shubie canal; the Canso Canal, which cuts through the Canso Causeway, and permits navigation between the strait of Canso and the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and the St. Peters Canal, which permits navigation between St. Peters Bay and the Bras d'Or Lakes. Having stumped the stars, let's switch to GPSrs. Your handheld has one of two types of antenna. What are they? Phil/ve1bvd
  22. Just tell GSAK to open the file you received--GSAK will take care of everything else. You can even export from GSAK in Cachemate format for syncing with your PDA. Hope this helps... Phil/ve1bvd
  23. One out of three??? And you a Haligonian???? Oh, for shame!!!
  24. Well, yeah, but a poor example. You need four satellites for the properties you state; however, there are at least six wheels on a car--one on each corner, one in the trunk [spare] and the one you hold to drive. I suppose you could also add the flywheel, but perhaps that's a bit technical??? Edit to add: Having said that, I'm sure we haven't exhausted all trivia questions, have we? Here's one for the East coasters: There are three canals in Nova Scotia. Name them. Phil/ve1bvd
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