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Blue Bomb

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  1. For two years I made do with a yellow Etrex and a binder full of cache page print-outs, entering coordinates by hand. Then I spent $11 on Ebay and bought a data/power cable. Coords are now uploaded through GSAK, and I saved more than $11 in batteries, as it is hooked up to the cigarette lighter whenever I'm in the car. No clue how I ever used to enter the coords by hand anymore. Then about 6 months ago I bough a Palm III for $8, 10 minutes after it arrived in the mail I registered CacheMate, and I have no clue how I ever managed with all that paper. All that high tech stuff isn't neccessary, but once you get used to it, it's hard to imagine how you ever made do without it.
  2. I have a Yellow Etrex. I'll just dump the G at the beginning and use Cxxxxx.
  3. Terrain can wreak havoc with satellite reception . I used to have a multi, with the first stage being on a hillside, about 10 feet into the woods from a clearcut for overhanging power lines (the big metal towers). The first few finders (within a few days or so of placement) were amazed atthe accuracy. Whenever I was in the area I'd stop by and record new coordinates, always with an accuracy <25 feet, keeping track of them in a spreadsheet, and updating the ones on the site with the average once in a while (after throwing out lowest and highest of each coordinate). Then one day after an email from someone who searched for hours covering everything within 100 feet of the listed coords I found them to be over 400 feet off, putting you on a different trail from the one you needed to be on. Took new coordinates, 21 foot accuracy, letting the GPS sit for 5 minutes to get a good average. Came back an hour later to find out that the last set of coordinates, only an hour old, were over 100 feet off. Removed that and the second stage, and relisted the final as a regular cache. I have never seen, or even heard of, reception problems that bad. There used to be another cache in the area, also located on a hillside, that had coordinates off by up to 90 feet in different directions, depending on what day you visited. Despite what is said, experience tells me overhead power lines do mess with reception. Hillsides are even worse, and my guess is the GPS might be picking up signals reflected off the hillside. I do not usually post my coordinates on caches I find, or email the owner, unless I have good reception, and show at least 60 feet off.
  4. I have a 3 gallon bucket sitting out in the open on my front porch, with a large geocache sticker on it. Cache page clearly states the house number, so no snooping in the wrong yard. Even though it is not supposed to be a TB hotel, there is a fairly steady flow of TBs through it. The fact that I live close to a major interstate and cache density in this area is (still) fairly low may have something to do with that. My point is that it doesn't have to be listed as a TB hotel, with or without restrictions. As long as it is in a convenient place. If you place it, they will come.
  5. Make sure your GPS is set to the correct datum (WGS84).
  6. After I receive a pocket query, I use cmconvert to convert the gpx file to a cachemate file, and upload it using the regular PalmPilot desktop software. Gives me full descriptions, 5 logs and all other information. I also load the gpx file into GSAK, but only use it to upload the waypoints to my GPS receiver.
  7. A Sunday evening after a beautiful weekend and the servers are as responsive as ever logging my finds tonight. Way to go and keep up the good work! Better give that hamster a treat.
  8. After being paperless for a month or so I WAS thinking about how much simpler it was than carrying a binder full of print outs. That was until last Sunday, when I got in the car and sat down with my PDA in my back pocket. It survived, but did a hard reset. Now I was left 90 minutes driving from home with a GPS full of waypoints, but no description, no hints, and no information on size or type as I had traditionals, multis AND puzzle caches loaded. Anyway, I use a combination of Pocket Queries (WELL worth the $30 per year), GSAK (which I really need to register one of these days) and Cachemate, which is the best $8 I have ever spent. Next toy will be a used laptop with a wireless network card and car power adapter. If the PDA ever does a hard reset again, I can just reload off the laptop.
  9. If I were to be in the area caching, yes, I would definately take you up on your offer to try to get it. I have done some ropework and climbing and rapelling years ago as a kid, but I do need a refresher course.
  10. I would leave the cache active, but note in the description the difficulty or impossibility of finding or reaching it in snow. And definately *not* use the "availabelin winter" icon.
  11. I think a brush hog works more like a weed eater, but using chains instead of string. No blades. I could be wrong, though, in which case I concur.
  12. If you don't have time to go back, how would you do cache maintenance?
  13. I have a Garmin Etrex Yellow, and found 398 caches with it so far. No problems there, but I did buy a cable (over Ebay) to hook it up to the cigarette lighter in the car as well as hook it up to the computer to transfer waypoints. MUCH faster than doing it by hand. I think the cache you found is GCKV65, The Magic Line.
  14. Welcome to the addiction!
  15. I heard of a cache that seemed to have gone missing. The owner replaced it. Then people started finding and logging the cache, but only half the logs were in the log book. It took quite a while before someone found there were now two caches: the new one in the original spot, and the old one some 70 feet away. Some people were finding the new one, some people were finding the old one, all were logging the same cache page.
  16. I use a Palm III I got off Ebay for $8.75, and Cachemate, which might be the best $8 I have ever spent. I currently have about 300 caches in it, including past logs, and still have room for probably 1000 more.
  17. 1) I bought a new Garmin Etrex Yellow for $90 three years ago. I still use it and it has always been enough for me. No frills like maps or anything, just the basics. Used ones go for around $60 on Ebay. I did buy a cigarette lighter/PC adapter for it from Ebay for $11 so I can upload waypoints instead of enetering them by hand, and not use up batteries when in the car. 2) It all depends on the difficulty of the cache and your experience. An especially common type of cache in a Wal Mart parking lot (a lot of people despise these and call them "lame", they are not my favorite, but they ARE still a cache) had me stumped for 45 minutes on my first find like that. Nowadays it will take about 10 seconds to get out of the car and walk 6 feet. Some caches are so obvious you can just glance around and spot it or the hiding place (experience helps a lot here), sometimes you look for an hour and log a DNF. Average for me is probably about 5 minutes. 3) Paperless caching refers to caching without carrying print-outs of the cache listins with you. This usually involves a Palm device or Pocket PC. I just got into it with a used Palm III off Ebay for $8.75. 4) Travel bugs do not expire. If you give it a specific goal, you can change that goal whenever you like, before or after acomplishing the first goal. A lot of TBs I have seen have no specific goal other than to move from cache to cache. 5) Welcome to the addiction. If you need help, go to an event in your area, or post in your regional forum to see if someone is willing to team up with you to show you the ropes. But I would try it out by myself first.
  18. Blue Bomb

    Pocket Query

    I just ran a PQ within a radius of a waypoint. I made a typo in the waypoint, and the query came back with an error. The error was not, however, "This *waypoint* was not found in the database", but rather "This *Postal Code* was not found in our database."
  19. I'm currently running a cabled network in my house, but since I'm starting some major interior renovations over the next few years causing the computers to need to be moved a few times that will become a pain. My brother has been telling me to go wireless for over a year now, and I may finally have to. One thing I have already decided is that when I do go wireless, I will open up internet access (and ONLY internet access) to anyone who happens to be able to receive the signal. On a sidenote: When I'm over at my parents' and need the internet while someone else is already on the computer, I usually just grab my brother's laptop. Turns out one of the neighbours has an unsecures wireless router. I have no clue if they are aware of it, though. Edit: spalling
  20. Same thing happened to me yesterday. I just logged a note with the text "bug drop" to drop it in the cache. This time it stayed.
  21. What is the most attendees ever for an event cache? I read somewhere GW3 supposedly had around 500. Any larger?
  22. I wonder what would happen if a land manager happened to see the saturation 528' allows. Has anyone? There have been plenty of posts about the number of caches that even 528' will allow and there is no place on this Earth that even approaches this critical mass. Even though I'd rather see the number upped a bit, like .25 miles or so, a circle with a radius of 528 feet (the area where placement of other caches would be blocked because of the .1 mile proximity rule) covers between 19 and 20 acres. If a piece of land has an ecosystem too fragile to be able to handle a cache for every 20 acres, there shouldn't be *any* caches allowed on that land.
  23. I build solid oak furniture. Anyone need a custom entertainment center or rolltop desk? Do a little html programming and home improvement on the side
  24. I will probably end up dead last, but what the hey, count me in.
  25. Way back when I was a kid I was into collecting postage stamps. At that time I read somewhere how many countries were in the world. I do not remember the number, but was quite certain it was *way* over 200. Europe has a few tiny countries a lot of people forget about, like Andorra, Monaco and San Marino. Also, oversees territories of some countries might be counted seperate by the system. Technically, Aruba, the Netherlands Antilles and the Netherlands together are all one country. Gc.com counts them as three seperate ones.
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