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  1. Wow, I've not been geocaching for years other than maintaining the SDCET Top 70 TB and was checking out the forum links on that page only to see there's not much action around here any more! What happened? If anyone knows any San Diego-based geocachers that are not and should be included in the TB list, please let me know (apparently via writing note on the TB rather than here ). TFTC
  2. Thanks and appreciation to Dwyers5 for adopting those caches! Hopefully he'll figure out a way to get more cachers to discover that awesome river trail! TFTC
  3. I have a few items that may be of interest to people here: I found a Yrium card (TNG #10) so I put it in our Little Oaks of Olivenhain cache: I thought there used to be a forum for these, but maybe that shows more about how long it's been since I've visited the forums! As we don't live right near there any more, I was wondering if anyone would like to adopt that cache and the others nearby along the Escondido Creek (Grand Canyon of Olivenhain, Great Wall of Olivenhain, and Rocky Road of Olivenhain)? I had originally placed those to replace some missing and add to the bikedog series of Escondido Creek caches but I don't feel I can maintain them in a timely manner now. I turned in our TFTC license plates to save some money so if anyone wants them, they may be available at the DMV. I've been "hardly caching" for the past few years but hope to get back into it again more sometime and see you out there! TFTC
  4. Are you still open for tag alongs on this outing? Sure...we will figure out what time to meet and post here. Where are you coming from? Due to schedule conflicts we are going Friday eve instead of Thursday...plus Thursday is a work night and it'll be a long night....will post meeting time later this week. I can still make it on Friday. I will be coming from the Spring Valley (La Presa) area. We're meeting at the suggested parking area Friday eve at 8:30 pm...off Cannon Road. I will be there. Any changes let me know. 619318-1469 Is this still on this evening? We haven't done much caching lately, but it sounds fun and we live very close now! It's on! Friday eve 8:30 at trail head/parking suggested on the cache page. Doh! Well, I tried! I'll have to plan more carefully for contingencies next time! It was nice at least meeting the crew at the starting point!
  5. Are you still open for tag alongs on this outing? Sure...we will figure out what time to meet and post here. Where are you coming from? Due to schedule conflicts we are going Friday eve instead of Thursday...plus Thursday is a work night and it'll be a long night....will post meeting time later this week. I can still make it on Friday. I will be coming from the Spring Valley (La Presa) area. We're meeting at the suggested parking area Friday eve at 8:30 pm...off Cannon Road. I will be there. Any changes let me know. 619318-1469 Is this still on this evening? We haven't done much caching lately, but it sounds fun and we live very close now!
  6. Anyone know where this wreck is?
  7. I know it's not all about the numbers, but if anyone wants to see them at a glance, don't forget the SDCET Top 40 TB. If you have over 1000 finds and live in San Diego County and want to be on (or off) that list, please let me know. Also, apologies in advance for only updating it ever couple of months, but you know how it is. TFTC!
  8. Would anyone be interested in doing a group run around the San Elijo Hills (near San Marcos)? I went up there a few days ago with my son but was put off by the new-looking sign warning about recent mountain lion sightings. I thought maybe we'd feel a little safer in a group! I see a bunch of people have been running around up there finding these caches, but I'd rather not run into a mountain lion alone! I haven't been able to find any more detailed info on the sighting - so maybe it's just an echo of the various sightings from the past couple of years. Any info on that sighting from someone who lives nearby would be appreciated as well!
  9. Would anyone be interested in doing a group run around the San Elijo Hills (near San Marcos)? I went up there a few days ago with my son but was put off by the new-looking sign warning about recent mountain lion sightings. I thought maybe we'd feel a little safer in a group! I see a bunch of people have been running around up there finding these caches, but I'd rather not run into a mountain lion alone! I haven't been able to find any more detailed info on the sighting - so maybe it's just an echo of the various sightings from the past couple of years. Any info on that sighting from someone who lives nearby would be appreciated as well! On edit- oops, how did this become a topic? Please delete!! Do not reply here - reposted in San Diego Cache Events topic
  10. Maybe you should make Tree Buffalo a members' only cache quick!
  11. Congrats to whoever makes the next post!! Top of page AND 14000! (on edit - oops, i guess 14001 will be top of page!)
  12. I haven't had much luck using it for caching (since I have a Garmin 60cs which has a compass and an arrow that always points directly to the cache) but you could try cachemate ppc (smittyware.com). I use garmin mobile xt on my Tilt for auto-routing (and never use my Garmin 60cs for that anymore). Let us know if you find something that works for caching!
  13. TFTC

    Tilt phone

    I have a Tilt. The built-in GPS works for free. If you want to use their navigation software, you probably have to pay a monthly fee and need a data plan. I bought Garmin Mobile XT on a card to use instead, since I didn't want to depend on a data connection when I get lost. That said, I haven't found it particularly usable for actually finding geocaches (other than cache information, using cachemate and the gc web site) due to the static navigation problem. I'm used to caching with a Garmin 60cs which has a compass and the pointer will point in the right direction as you wander around the cache. But the Tilt with Garmin Mobile XT works better than my 60cs for auto navigation!
  14. I use the Windows GPS Driver - it appears to allow sharing of the GPSr, since I can toggle between BeeLineGPS, CacheMate and Mobile XT without any problem. The one thing that's kept me from using BeeLineGPS seriously is I can't figure out how to bulk delete waypoints and it would take too long to delete the 900+ that are in there now.
  15. Thank you for directing me right to it - mine is currently set to "At GPS Location" so I guess that won't help! Thanks, I'll give that a try. I like how they work as proximity alarms too so maybe I can do both.
  16. That is an interesting article, but the GPSR in the Tilt is much better than that article would indicate. Sitting still, Google Maps nails my phone's position perfectly. Garmin XT routes perfectly. I think the problem with using it for Geocaching has to do with some setting related to how often it updates it's position when you are not moving above a certain speed. I think as you slow down, it updates less frequently. Just speculating, but that's what it appears. I can get the geocaches into it easily with POI Loader even as proximity alerts (as long as they are close enough to the road). But, what I want in a caching GPSr is what my 60cs does, show all the caches on the map. In my perfect world, Garmin would add a geocacihng mode to the Mobile XT software and Qualcomm would add a tool to adjust whatever setting I need to adjust to make it more sensitive at slower speeds. The one good thing is I only paid $70 for the card. The bad thing is I overwrote my maps with my topo maps from MapSource and had to buy a new card. BTW, to someone else, I don't have a "lock on roads" setting.
  17. I use the Garmin Mobile XT (I think that's the current version) for Windows Mobile with built-in GPSr (AT&T Tilt) - works great for auto routing! I never use my 60cs for that any more. It is. The Mobile 10 is the same thing but it also includes a small external bluetooth SirfStarIII GPS for those smartphones that don't have a built in GPS. So how well does it work for geocaching? It seems like it would also work for Wherigo caches.... Oh, interesting - I see that now on the page I linked to. My experience is it does not work well for geocaching, mainly because the arrows in the software I use (cachemate, beelinegps) do not respond quickly enough while you are approaching the cache. You could walk right by and it's still pointing in front of you. I sort of ran out of time for geocaching in general and geocaching with the Tilt particularly and haven't explored it further. That might not be the case with the external GPSr and there are tools for adjusting SIRF settigns that might help. I hope others chime in with better results. Does the Tilt come with a Sirf chip? If it doesn't, that may be part of the reason that it is slow.... Yeah, no SIRF chip as far as I know. But, there is a "firmware" update out there I haven't tried yet, so maybe things will change?
  18. I use the Garmin Mobile XT (I think that's the current version) for Windows Mobile with built-in GPSr (AT&T Tilt) - works great for auto routing! I never use my 60cs for that any more. It is. The Mobile 10 is the same thing but it also includes a small external bluetooth SirfStarIII GPS for those smartphones that don't have a built in GPS. So how well does it work for geocaching? It seems like it would also work for Wherigo caches.... Oh, interesting - I see that now on the page I linked to. My experience is it does not work well for geocaching, mainly because the arrows in the software I use (cachemate, beelinegps) do not respond quickly enough while you are approaching the cache. You could walk right by and it's still pointing in front of you. I sort of ran out of time for geocaching in general and geocaching with the Tilt particularly and haven't explored it further. That might not be the case with the external GPSr and there are tools for adjusting SIRF settigns that might help. I hope others chime in with better results.
  19. I use the Garmin Mobile XT (I think that's the current version) for Windows Mobile with built-in GPSr (AT&T Tilt) - works great for auto routing! I never use my 60cs for that any more.
  20. That is very cool and this may be post 3000!
  21. 5 posts until 3000! Go, Banter!
  22. You can use Cachemate for PPC and BeeLine GPS and several others on the Tilt. That said, I haven't actually been using my Tilt for geocaching because I still have a Garmin 60cs that does it better. The few times I attempted to geocache with the Tilt, I was disappointed in the lack of response re the distance and bearing as you get close to the cache. But, it's better than no GPSr at all! FWIW, I bought Garmin Mobile XT for the Tilt and now I use the Tilt exclusively for automobile routing - it's far better at it than the 60cs (except for not showing all the caches I'm driving by ). Best of luck! TFTC
  23. It might be useful - if you could replicate it with a PQ, then you might see who's at the center!
  24. If you need a heads-up, apparently here's his "target list".
  25. I've noticed quite a few times that the QuickGPS data is erroneous and locates me far away from my actual position. Usually re-downloading the data in QuickGPS solves the problem. A couple times, when the bogus data is "out there" too long, I've actually had to go and delete it on my Tilt and let it figure out where it is on it's own. This is probably not related to your problem, but FYI. Probably can't hurt to go to QuickGPS and download the current data.
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