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xjjoe01

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  1. I use my Blackberry all the time when my family geocache. I find surfing geocache.com is a breeze to look up past logs or get new information. I think a laptop would be a pain in the backside....If you had one with a GPSr, you could have an "all in one device". Joe sends
  2. As of a few hours ago, we had a tricky micro hidden about a half of mile from my house called "from soups to nuts," and now, about a mile away. Like other before, we are trying to save a few near the house when we just need to get out for a few hours. Joe
  3. We use a Garmin Venture HC for our GPS and GSAK/cachemate for software. This combo is so easy to use, my 11 year old uses this for Geocaching. Once caches are uploaded, you just chose geocaching from the menu on the GPSr, then it will show you, in order, geocaches you have not found that are closest to you. To use cachemate, you need a Palm Pilot of some sort, that will bring you to paperless bliss. Besides, the GPSr, the Palm Pilot, and software will cost you about 200 dollars including shipping. Not that much to have tons of paperless fun. Joe
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    PDA?

    I'm afraid the price on that doesn't work on the limited budget I mentioned. I'm looking for a $20 or $30 solution to going paperless. I paid 25 dollars for my Palm M500 a few weeks ago, used of the Internet. Paperless is the way to go!! Joe
  5. I just installed this on my GPSr: eTrex Venture HC, Ver. 3.10, as of Jan 05, 2009 unit software. Does anybody have any experience with this? TIA, Joe
  6. USAF 1991 to current. Like many others, have been well traveled and have been away many birthdays, special events, and holidays. Duty Assignments: Germany Oklahoma City, OK Fort Worth,TX Washington, DC I have been on every continent except Antarctica, which I am still working on it. My current assignment has brought me to the desert many times. Wife doesn't like it, but accepts and supports when I have to go away on business trips. God bless those who serve, those who had served, and those who support those who serve. Joe
  7. I bought a used M500 for about 25 dollars on the net, which made my geocaching experience tons better! I use GSAK and cachemate as my software team to go find them caches. Joe
  8. I have the Venture HC and love it!! I use it with GSAK and cachemate software along with a palm m500 and cache totally paperless. It is great. You won't be disappointed. Enjoy, Joe
  9. I use the GPSr as you and do not have those problems. For WAAS to work, you have to manually turn this feature on. I am not sure you did this or not. Also, Garmin has published at least three firmware and chipset updates. Have you updated your Garmin? If not, the process is free. Just copy this and paste in your web browser: http://www8.garmin.com/products/webupdater/howtoinstall.jsp Then install the software, turn on your GPSr and connect using the supplied USB cable. Hope this helps, Joe
  10. I chose the right update. From what I heard a bunch of us that tried to use the webupdater got screwed. Mine works now, that's good enough for me. I use a Mac and have the same GPSr as you along with the same problems, but I pulled the cable and repeated this process about 3 times, until the update fully worked. I was worried that I killed the GPSr, but it rebooted itself. I think Garmin needs to work in their Mac software. Joe
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    GSAK vs. Easy GPS

    I have used both and like GSAK much better. It is a built in Google map for a visual on the GCs and has built in features to go paperless using a pda and cachemate. You can download GSAK and try it!! Joe sends
  12. I have a 3 year old and an 11 year old. We use my account as a family account and let the oldest child sign the log. Seems to work and I can keep tabs on what my oldest is doing. Joe
  13. There is actually a Garmin Nuvi that was due to be hitting the stores in the third quarter of 2008. It is waterproof, good for marine and auto, and.......geocaching! (according to the literature.) Have a look at Garmin's website, it is a bit more pricey than the 200 series, but maybe you can trade up? I loved my auto GPS - made a recent drive a lot less stress! The new one also has batteries that are user replaceable, I believe. Good Luck! That is the 500 series. Garmin's website list them. Joe sends
  14. You could also try asking somebody else who has found it recently if the CO is not responding to your help request. Hopefully, this person belongs to a geocaching club located in your area and maybe you could join it. Most importantly, have fun!! Joe
  15. Hello, I am a "newbe" also and use a Palm M500 (bought for 25.00) and GSAK/cachemate. This combo is amazing!! You can download GSAK and try it for a while. Cachemate is software you load on the Palm. Then, after you have your Pocket Query loaded into GSAK, you just click file->export-> then cachemate PDB file. A screen will pop up and run the hotsync software for the palm. Then, you are set. It is that easy and fast. Enjoy paperless caching!! Joe
  16. I am guessing you are trying to send to GPS from Geocaching.com website. Try to close the browser window, unplug the USB cable from the GPS, and make sure the GPS is on. Plug the GPS back into the computer and look at the display to see if it is using computer power. If so, start the browser and log into your account; then try again. You might get a pop up window asking if it is ok; click yes and it should start working. If this does not work, install Garmin's web updater software and try this. Maybe your GPS software is out of date. Let us know, Joe
  17. Sorry for the duplicate post. I don't know why it did that. Joe
  18. Sorry for the duplicate post. I don't know why it did that. Joe
  19. Not sure if anybody else here has tried, but my Verizon and Blackberry vehicle chargers both work fine with my Garmin Venture GPSr. I think any USB GPSr will also operate on "external power" using any cell phone car charger that has the micro USB connection on it. Hope this helps and maybe saves a few $$$. Joe
  20. Not sure if anybody else here has tried, but my Verizon and Blackberry vehicle chargers both work fine with my Garmin Venture GPSr. I think any USB GPSr will also operate on "external power" using any cell phone car charger that has the micro USB connection on it. Hope this helps and maybe saves a few $$$. Joe
  21. I think the main problem is the possible use of GPS for terrorist navigation. As far as the physical receiver leaking enough RF to cause harm to the airplane is bogus. If this was true, than every iPod, laptop, PSP, ect. would have caused numerous crashes and be 100% inspected and banned from the passenger compartment. I personally work in the communications field and have had my tech security people (read bug finders) scan my office's GPS systems that we use with our satellite equipment and they leak far less than a typical laptop. For references, I can not post as they belong to the Government. This is an interesting read: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TEMPEST enjoy, Joe
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