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  1. The most common mammal I see are rabbits. Then deer. Actually I see more (live) deer on roads than in the woods. I haven't seen snakes geocaching but have found them in the parks for other reasons. I also found thousands (and I mean thousands) of toad tadpoles (toadpoles?) in a pond ready to dry up. Mallard ducks are also common. Along with yellojackets, mosquitos, and other insects.
  2. And in breaking news in Boston today, several more dangerous bombs were found: BTW, that's sarcasm.
  3. That actually violates at least 2 laws in Michigan: indecent exposure (even if you're in the middle of the woods) and littering.
  4. Apparently you've never dealt with any government.
  5. First, the best units are ones with a quad-helix antenna, a sirf chip being a big plus. Second, I agree the 60 and 76 series above fit: they have a quad helix ant. and sirf chip. Third, I had a Geko 201 and it just plain could not hold a signal under any amount of tree cover. (Patch antenna, no SIRF chip.) Next, the Geko software was buggy. When I would stop moving the software would continue to increment the lat and long in the direction I HAD been moving, thus putting my coordinates WAY off. Avoid the Geko series, otherwise you should be OK. Geko worked fine for driving.
  6. I also avoid rebates on all products. Rebates are: - Often done by third party companies and prone to error. - Take more time than I would like. - Sometimes rejected for no good reason. - "Lost in the mail". - Just cause you to be on a junk mail list anyway. The whole purpose of a company doing rebates is: - To sell more units. - To get names and addresses they can sell to other junk mail companies. It's another source of income for them.
  7. I coat my GPS and cords with urushiol, that oil in poison ivy. If someone steals it they will get a big surprise.
  8. I just got a 76CSX with the SIRF II chip and it's great. Have not tried it in the woods yet with leaves, as it's still winter here and will be for the next 8 months. But anyway, the 76CSX has all the bells and whistles you could want. But the basemap that comes with it has only highways on it and cities, and exit numbers. There are no other streets on it, just be aware of that. You can buy a map with streets if you want and put it on this GPS. I had major problems with my Geko 201 in the woods (basically no reception if there were leaves on the trees), so if the 76csx works in the woods in the summer, I'll be impressed. I paid $400 (out the door price, which includes shipping) for mine mail order, but I'm glad I spent the money on it. I will not need to upgrade for many years, if at all.
  9. Hi, if I have 2 lat/long pairs, how do I determine the distance between the 2 points in feet? I would prefer a spreadsheet but a Win XP program would be fine too.
  10. I have the 76CSX and I like it. I don't really mind the buttons on the top. And I just had to buy the handlebar mount to make it work with my old Geko auto mount. The color screen and electronic compass is nice too. You can turn off the compass to save battery power. Turning off WAAS will also save batteries as will turning keeping the backlight off. The screen works great in direct daylight, shade, and darkness (backlight must be used in darkness of course.) And you can use packing tape for a screen protector. Just trim with a razor blade.
  11. If you want a screen protector, I just use clear packing tape on my 76CSX. It's clear, tough, sticks well, and works great. It's the same width as the screen. Just be careful so you don't get bubbles in it when you apply the tape to the screen.
  12. Cut blank scap paper to the size you need. Staple top or side. You're done. That's how I make my own scrap paper pads.
  13. So it is ok for people to put caches in state parks, which are non-profit but require an entrance fee?
  14. Yes, I signed up on Feb 7 but am still waiting for my registration email.
  15. This thread is for beginners who want to hook up with others to geocache in the Grand Rapids/Kentwood area. You do not have to live exactly in Kentwood but should be willing to cache in Kentwood/southern Kent County area. Hi, I have 2 years geocaching experience but I'm still having trouble finding regular sized caches. Looking for someone to cache with. I have a son, age 10 who goes with me sometimes. I prefer to cache during the day with little or no snow cover.
  16. Thought I geocached for 2 years, then stopped for 2 years, now I'm starting again, I still consider myself a newbie since I have found only 11 caches (in those 2 years). I'm very adept at the outdoors but I just have trouble finding the actual cache once I get within 20 feet. So I ignore the micro and smaller caches. I even walked around a cache 5 times because it looked just like a snow covered clump of wild grass. So I think we should have a forum where each thread is a city and state, where people can hook up to cache together. I think the forum should be geared toward newbies because 1) there are more of them who want to hook up and 2) they can work together to figure out where caches are typically hidden (under rocks, base of tree, crook of tree, etc).
  17. I have never put it to the test but I thought I read somewhere you shake for 5 minutes, and get 20 minutes of light. Capacitors (in the flashlight) cannot store as much charge as a battery and do not last as long. But they still do pretty good for free electricity (just shake and go). For a cap to store as much charge as a battery the cap would have to be much larger, think AA battery versus a 12 oz soda can size cap. I also have the Septor LED headlight. It's great for working under the sink, under the car, in the attic, or just reading in bed. It has 3 levels of light and I usually only use the first (dimmest) level.
  18. Some caches may need a screw driver to loosen a waterproofing clamp or something similar.
  19. Ceramic magnets?? Wow, it looks just like skin. Anyway, kids seem to like those buzz magnets. Powerful elongated egg shaped magnets; we found them for $2 a pair at one store.
  20. Sputnik said it. In the Setup menu somewhere there is a format for the lat/long. Just change it to the format you are using (ddd.ddddd). The default format is dd mm.mmm I think. d = degrees m = minutes s = seconds
  21. Jan 2, 2007: bought a garmin from target.com. Got it in 4 days. Jan 25, 2007: bought a handlebar mount from gpscity.com. Got it in 4 days. No problems here.
  22. How about a new Geocache rule? No caches placed within 50 feet of a building. Parking lots are a PRIVILIGE and they are private property. If the owner chooses to do so he can press trespassing charges on geocachers or anyone else causing problems.
  23. And how in the world am I supposed to know if park "X" is a recreation area? If the name contains "blah blah State Recreation Area" does that count? What about national parks? What about county parks? What about city parks? We have all of those in Michigan. What about a picnic table on the side of the road, is that a recreation area? We have those too. What about a "rest area"? More details would be helpful.
  24. Some people like to go geocaching at night. That means it's good to have a flashlight. LED flashlights (I have been using them for about 3 years) provide a nice bright light at short range, and just sip battery power. The batteries last a long time. You can get cheap LED flashlights (even when you count shipping) from www.allelectronics.com. That's where I got some of mine. They have one to clip on your baseball hat front or clip on your pocket. It's real handy. Another handy one is the LED headlight I have. I have also convered a flashlight to a red LED. The red LEDs are really power savers. I have had the same batteries in mine since 2003. I use it every night to go around, turn off the lights, and lock up the house. I can't believe it has lasted 3 years (2 C batteries). I just thought i would pass this good deal on to you folks. Shakelights =========== Shakelights are the flashlight you might have seen in the store or on TV. You shake it to charge a capacitor and it is lit by an LED light, which sips the power daintily. They often have clear cases so you can see the insides. I bought a 2 pack from Menard's last year. One full-size flashlight (looks like it would hold 2 C batteries) and a mini (the size of a 2 AA flashlight). I noticed the following things. First, it works as advertised. Shake it up and the magnet moving back and forth charges a capacitor. A cap is better than a battery because it has many more charge/discharge cycles than a rechargable battery. Nicad's usually go bad within 1-2 years, they can last up to 3 years if you really know your batteries. Caps last much longer because they are constructed differently than a battery. Typical LED's cannot light long distances like a regular flashlight bulb can, but they light short distances just fine (up to 10 feet). This particular shakelight has an excellent lens which throws the light further than the average LED. Next I noticed that as the light sat in my drawer the cap discharged its power. I guess this is just the way caps work. Next, the small flashlight could not hold much power before I had to shake it again. And I had to shake the small one much more to get a good charge. I'm guessing this is because the magnet in the small shakelight has less distance to travel so it cannot generate as much current while shaking, plus the cap is smaller and cannot hold as much charge. Bottom line: I like the big shakelight and will use it when the power goes out, but will probably never use the small one. Pumpers ======= A pumper flashlight is one you squeeze. This turns a wheel inside which moves a generator, which charges a battery. It is often lit by an LED light. The good side: gives you exercise and you can pump until you are tired, then use the stored energy in the battery for light. It uses an LED for light. Bad side: it uses a rechargable battery (probably a Nicad, the lesser of all rechargables) which will eventually go bad. Note: Some pumpers only emit light while you are squeezing the handle. This is a waste of time and your energy. Get one with a battery. I think I paid $7 for mine at Big Lots. You never know what you will find at Big Lots, they get new stuff each week. If you see something you like, grab it because you will not find it again later. Bottom line: I will keep mine around and use it occasionally.
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