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  1. Just curious here, but how would you describe your tone now? And it the text of the Stump Doggy cache?
  2. I thought that was what the physical log was for. Only the people at the cache site see that, so that's where your whole adventure goes.
  3. geckoee

    My New Bug

    Tring to restrain... Sparky's got a good point about knifes not being allowed in travel bugs because they aren't allowed in caches. Looking at it analytically in terms of sets: Items_allowed_in_caches (Set does not include) knifes Items_allowed_in_caches (Set does include) travel bugs Therefore Items_allowed_in_travel_bugs (Set does not include) knifes
  4. I have a friend (cough cough) who "field strips" his cigarettes and puts them in a zip loc bag. Put the cigy out, rip it from the filter (that part decomposes well) and pack out the butts.
  5. geckoee

    My New Bug

    Anyways, here's another amo can TB. (on the right) It's a very interesting idea.
  6. The Shawgunk mountain range is pretty awesome. Called the 'gunks climbers. Trail access at N41:44.224' W74:11.663' South end of the cliffs: N41:41.669' W74:14.885' North end of cliffs: N41:45.822' W74:09.339' That's almost 10 miles of cliffs. Most are over 100 feet tall, some over hanging. The best views are from the highway looking at the cliffs.
  7. Generally for shortest, it's just the shortest (duh) For fastest, each road type is given an average speed of travel in the software (65 for interstate, 60 for limited access, 50 for other highways, 35 for arterial roads, and 20 for streets in MS-S&T) The time of the trip via different possible solutions is compared. The fastest possible trip is returned. I can't think of any other way to do it, so I would bet the CS does this as well. Can you change the average speeds for CS? In MS-S&T I changed the speeds a little to make it more realistic. With stop signs and lights most non-highways are actually pretty slow, and I think I average closer to 70 on the highway. [MS-S&T does have a third method, called Preferred Roads. It's basically the same as quickest, but instead of average speeds you have weightings. It’s really the same thing with different numbers.]
  8. From the main page hit "My Cache Page" Then go to "Watch Lists" to see it.
  9. Word of advice. Do not click on this link at work, with your PC's volume on high. It's always funny to hear some one else’s computer singing during the work day because they clicked on a link while taking a 5 min break.
  10. Oops, after posting I noticed Brian already posted the best link. These two are more discussion of the same thing for your reading pleasure. The Markswells: Geocaching Mentioned In National Geographic Nat. Geographic 4-04 Pg90-91
  11. Edit: Looks like southdeltan beat me to the post. Sorry for the redundancy. Because whether they’re a micro, regular, or large container size they are all the same type, traditional. This gecko is going to have to side with the other gecko. You can filter them out if you don't or do like them. That's what PQ is for. A lot of people see them as a different cache type because caches with trade items are typically called traditional in the threads, and micro's refer to a container with just a log, and maybe some room for some coins. Even though there is this clear difference, they are the same cache type, just different sizes The Size of that container determines if it is a micro-trad, or larger-trad (macro-trad if you will) Traditional is defined as If it's not broken, don't fix it. There are simple ways to find or avoid micros. Personaly, I think the system works just dandy.
  12. Three threads, if you don't count Mopar's. And four if I did. Why not count it? Just ‘cuz he said he didn't look? the others didn't look either, nothing wrong with that. I was just trying to say that a lot of people were experiencing the outage, making it less likely to be: No harm meant. Any ways, any one know what was up?
  13. It appears to be back up. There were four threads started on this topic in the web site forum. Any one know what happened?
  14. -Deleted Post- No point in getting all paranoid about asking for permission, and public venues leading to the death of Geo-caching.
  15. I was about the method embra, and CoyoteRed mentioned, but am afraid that the batteries may not be in parallel when they are discharging. And it may just stop discharging when both are done. Each discharging in its own time. But it is worth a try, it's certainly simpler than trying to get the volt meter probes to stay in the right spot. Bad connections when measuring voltage can cause voltage discrepancies of 10-20 percent, possibly making the good batteries look bad. Poor connections during current measuring can cause voltage and current fluctuations to the GPS, which can cause the GPS to shut down, or at worse, reset it. Similar to when you start your car with the power cable attached, but more severe. Deleted last paragraph.
  16. "When Good Batteries go Bad" Home movie clips of batteries attacking their owners! Next on Fox! Just a little correction. The internal resistance of a volt meter is relatively large compared to that of the battery. This makes the internal resistance of the battery negligible. With an amp meter the internal resistance is small, making the internal resistance of the battery noticeable. The internal resistance of a battery increase as it gets old, so it able to supply less current as it ages. But JayFredMuggs' method works. You could also measure the voltage under load. You don't need any external stuff for that, and it is easier to hold together. Charge up all your batteries. Put one known good, and one suspect in the unit. Power up and record the voltage of the two (should over 2 volts, not 1.something) Switch to the same good battery, and the other suspect. And again with both goods, (just for a second base line) One of the readings should be significantly lower. That's your bad guy. This internal resistance model of a dying battery can also be used to explain why you should not mix batteries of different types, or life. Basically the battery with lower internal resistance ends up charging the battery with a high internal resistance instead of powering what ever it is supposed to… but that’s another thread.
  17. Even the Tadpoles have me on ignore. That's it. Forumiside is the only answer! jk.
  18. So basically, If we apply Einstein’s quantum mechanical theory to satellites with respect to earth, can we get better result? Quick answer: no. All of the appreciable error is introduced by ionic distortion, inaccurately knowing satellite position (speed will no help as much as position), reflected waves, etc. Some relativistic calculations are considered in your little GPS, but even the added precisions there is far greater than would be added by Einstein’s 10th. Einstein's quantum theory works great for determining minority carrier drift in semi-conductors, but when considering thousands of miles of distance, the small deviations are negligible. My interpretation is it comes down to this: There are a lot of unknowns that we would have to know in order to get sub millimeter accuracy. Einstein’s 10th is not going to help you. see RELATIVITY But I only have a TI-85. Okay did i sound geeky enough, or do I need to add some more words so most people can't read it?
  19. by "verifying location with near by land markers." I meant taking bearings to places that you know the location of fairly accurately, like bridges, dams, road junctions, towers, maybe the peak of a rock. Ideally a bench mark of some sort. If you take these bearings relative to each other within 1 degree of accuracy you can place yourself pretty well. A little math: With two bearings you will get one intersection. If the bearings are taken at right angles to each other (the ideal condition) one degree of error “boxes you in” at 2cm of error per meter (really 1.7cm) So if the targets are 600m your error is 10m, which is comparable to a gps. For each point you add your accuracy will increase.
  20. How long are my averages? The few times I have done it, not to place a cache, but just to see how the numbers would line up were: 3 hours under ideal satellites 5 minuets each at three locations, then repeat for 6 averages of 5 mins each. taking a bearing to the "ground-zero" location so all the data could be compared. 20 min strait average in non ideal conditions, verifying location with near by land markers.
  21. From the guide People will also tell you: * Just pick one. finders will tell you if it is to far off when they seek the cache. * waypoint averaging doesn't matter, just make sure you can see the sky. * Mark several waypoints, plot them on a map, and pick a point in the middle. * Average your coordinates over a 3 to 20 min interval. Personally I feel most comfortable averaging over a period of time with my eTrex yellow to a lap top. If I can't see the sky, then I average from 2 to 3 points and triangulate. With three points you can more clearly see your error, but is not necessary. This is probably also overkill, and only yields a slightly more accurate result, but I enjoy it, and that's what Geocahing is about right?
  22. ROTFLMAO is similar to LOL, but more. Rolling On The Floor Laughing My *** Off.
  23. The pending out look on this sort of cache could be summarized in this thread
  24. From what I understand, It can help to make sure you log the right cache online, and not a misplaced one, or one that missed the 0.1mi rule, or a leg of a nearby multi (that slipped by the 0.1 mile rule because incorrect cords were given to the approver) I’m guessing all of these are fairly unlikely, but I figured I’d mention them any ways. I agree with you that the word "GeoCache" (or the whole URL) is going to mean a lot more to a muggle than "GCxxxx" WH has a good point too about needing the GCxxxx. I guess it would be nice to see both on a cache. I've never placed a cache and only found a few, so my observations here are just based on posts, thoughts, and the little I have seen. I always appreciate what constructive criticism is available.
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