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  1. I wonder if the reviewer has any ability to "schedule" a posting for say, 2:00AM.

     

    Or when a cache is published at 2:00AM, does that mean that the reviewer was actually up at that time and pushed the "publish" button?

     

    Well, when I am Reviewing, I typically publish somewhere between 12am - 2am. I'm a late night person, and it's also when my family is in bed and I have some free time to focus on reviews.

     

    I always get concerned that I'm waking some poor people up when their notices ring on their cell phones. But it's amazing how many people will rush out at midnight to grab a FTF. The logs for late at night/early morning can be the most enjoyable to read, as they seem to have fun with the adventure, and meeting the other FTF hunters at the cache. :o

     

    Don't get concerned about waking people up. Everyone has the ability to turn off Email notices if they want to.

     

    :o

     

    Ah, but will they? B)

     

    Yeah, yeah, I know. They can stop at any time. :o

     

     

    Hey Cascade Reviewer,

     

    So can you address the question I raised above...

     

    Are you able to schedule publishing a listing for a date/time in the future? I'm just curious. I had left a note to a reviewer asking if he could publish a cache after 11:00PM on a particular day. The cache was published as requested. Maybe it was just coincidence. Anyway, was/is/are you guys able to set a date and time for publishing, or do you have to be up at 3:00AM and hit the "publish button" at 3:00AM?

     

    Thanks,

     

    Sam

     

    Must be top secret or something...

  2. I wonder if the reviewer has any ability to "schedule" a posting for say, 2:00AM.

     

    Or when a cache is published at 2:00AM, does that mean that the reviewer was actually up at that time and pushed the "publish" button?

     

    Well, when I am Reviewing, I typically publish somewhere between 12am - 2am. I'm a late night person, and it's also when my family is in bed and I have some free time to focus on reviews.

     

    I always get concerned that I'm waking some poor people up when their notices ring on their cell phones. But it's amazing how many people will rush out at midnight to grab a FTF. The logs for late at night/early morning can be the most enjoyable to read, as they seem to have fun with the adventure, and meeting the other FTF hunters at the cache. :(

     

    Don't get concerned about waking people up. Everyone has the ability to turn off Email notices if they want to.

     

    :D

     

    Ah, but will they? :D

     

    Yeah, yeah, I know. They can stop at any time. :D

     

     

    Hey Cascade Reviewer,

     

    So can you address the question I raised above...

     

    Are you able to schedule publishing a listing for a date/time in the future? I'm just curious. I had left a note to a reviewer asking if he could publish a cache after 11:00PM on a particular day. The cache was published as requested. Maybe it was just coincidence. Anyway, was/is/are you guys able to set a date and time for publishing, or do you have to be up at 3:00AM and hit the "publish button" at 3:00AM?

     

    Thanks,

     

    Sam

  3. Thanks for the reply. It's a Garmin eTrex Venture HC.

     

    I've tried searching by name but no luck. Apparently, the Garmin Communicator Plugin is properly installed and up to date and is communicating properly.

     

    I'm wondering if there's something wrong on my set up page on the GPS....I've had a quick look but I'm not really sure what I'm looking for.

     

    What is the total number of gpx files your GPSr holds, and how many do you have loaded presently? Is there a mass storage mode, where you can look at the files on the unit from your computer?

  4. This may help you a bit... its how getting cache data from GC.com to my GPS has evolved. If you can visualize what GSAK can do for a typical user (me), then you might see that it's something you want to pursue.

     

    In the beginning, I would use the "send to GPS" feature on GC.com to load individual cache files (the information for one cache in one *.gpx file) to my GPS. My particular unit holds 200 *.gpx files or 2000 cache, whichever comes first. This method was obviously quite tedious. And it didn't take much time to bump up against the 200 file limit.

     

    I later realized that you can download Pocket Queries (results from a search that you define) from GC. The PQ's can have up to 500 cache entries per *.gpx file. GC.com emails the PQ's to your email. On Friday morning I would open each email, unzip the files, and copy them to my GPS. It was better but still tedious.

     

    With GSAK, I have it go get the PQ's from my email, it then unzip the files, then loads/updates the data into the database. It tells the email server to remove the files from my inbox. It deletes the zip files from my computer. I then click "send to GPS", in GSAK, and it does just that.

     

    So with two clicks, one to get the PQ data from my email, and another, a couple minutes later, to send the data to the GPS, my GPS is loaded with up-to-date cache information on nearly 2000 caches.

     

    My use is actually quite simple. Others are doing even more elaborate sorting etc... It's very powerful.

     

    Support is top notch over at the the GSAK forums as well.

     

    There is a learning curve, but I feel the end result is worth the effort.

     

    Anyway, that's my 2 cents.

     

    Sam

  5. Thanks for the reply. It's a Garmin eTrex Venture HC.

     

    I've tried searching by name but no luck. Apparently, the Garmin Communicator Plugin is properly installed and up to date and is communicating properly.

     

    I'm wondering if there's something wrong on my set up page on the GPS....I've had a quick look but I'm not really sure what I'm looking for.

     

    What is the total number if gpx files your GPSr holds, and how many do you have loaded presently? Is there a mass storage mode, where you can look at the files on the unit from your computer?

  6. With regular PQ,s, they can be configured to be sent to an alternate email. Is there a way to do that with the "my finds" PQ? I'm not seeing it. Can someone offer a suggestion?

     

    As far as I now... No there isn't... but my solution is to make a filter in you're mailprogram... that's the way I do it... outlook receives the mail, detect it's the found PQ and then sends it out to another mailadres.

     

    PQ Founds -> Outlook.... filter say -> send to alternate email.

     

    I hope you understand what I mean...

     

    Thanks, I'll have to play with that. I have all my PQ's sent to an alternate email and GSAK looks there for them...

     

    Travel Wolf,

     

    Thanks again. Your suggestions worked beautifully. With the "My Finds" PQ with all my other PQ's over at my alternate email address I'm set. Now with one click in GSAK, I can acquire all my caches, unzip the attachments, import to GSAK, delete email off the server and deleted the zip files... what used to take a half hour now takes < a minute.

  7. With regular PQ,s, they can be configured to be sent to an alternate email. Is there a way to do that with the "my finds" PQ? I'm not seeing it. Can someone offer a suggestion?

     

    As far as I now... No there isn't... but my solution is to make a filter in you're mailprogram... that's the way I do it... outlook receives the mail, detect it's the found PQ and then sends it out to another mailadres.

     

    PQ Founds -> Outlook.... filter say -> send to alternate email.

     

    I hope you understand what I mean...

     

    Thanks, I'll have to play with that. I have all my PQ's sent to an alternate email and GSAK looks there for them...

  8. I was wondering if there is a way to see who is watching caches that I've placed. People have been calling my phone and hanging up. Yesterday I saw a black helicopter. Joking aside, on a couple of my caches, there are a whopping 3 people watching. Is there a way to see who they are? Thanks.

  9. You can load as many of the maps from gpsfiledepot to a garmin GPS as you'd like and then pick which one you'd like to view at the time from the GPS unit. with certain maps (transparent) you'll be able to see the data over an existing map (such as the basemap).

     

    I found it very confusing until I actually tried it on my new Oregon 200. I downloaded Mapsource from Garmin then installed the Ibaycus USA maps to my netbook. They appeared in Mapsource and I selected the whole USA and told it download to the SD card in the Oregon. Took 30 min to render and another 30 to download (while I was watching TV etc.) and on the next boot I had some pretty nice quality maps on the Oregon.

     

    I'm not totally certain about the "can load more than one" part to the Oregon. I downloaded multiple map overlays of Olympic National Park, Valley Forge, and some satellite imagery of downtown Philly and it only used the first one loaded. Might be user error on my part. Not quite sure, the oregon wiki is a bit confusing.

     

    Whenever you load maps, it'll compile, then dump the file into the unit. If you compile only Ibaycus then load that... then compile and load another map, it will overwrite the Ibaycus.

     

    If you want multiple maps, you have to change to each maps set in Mapsource, select the tiles from that map (example) Ibaycus, then change maps to (example again) Hawaiian Topo, then select the tiles you want displayed, then again (example) change maps to (some other map) select the tiles you want from there... compile all of them, then load them to the GPS.

     

    In the GPS you'll be able to go to >setup>map>select map.... all of the above map tiles should be selectable.

  10. One major difference (although it may not be a concern to most folks) between the Oregon 400t and Dakota 20...the Dakota doesn't play Wherigo cartridges.

     

    Another is the size of the 2 units. The Oregon is slightly larger.

     

    Does the Dakota have the 4Gb of on board memory like the 400t?

  11. I downloaded some gpx track files from:

     

    http://www.everytrail.com/

     

    They were tracks of peoples hikes.

     

    About a third of the gpx files won't open in Mapsource. I get a message that says the files can not be imported.

     

    I can drag and drop them into Google Earth and they display correctly. I'm thinking that Mapsource needs a header formatted correctly. I'm not really sure.

     

    Anyone have any thoughts on how I might "fix" these files.

     

    While I'm here, does anyone have or know where I can get more gpx track files for hiking/caching over near Hilo?

     

    Thanks in advance.

     

    Sam

  12. I have been researching my options in purchasing a new GPS unit. I think my Garmin Nuvi205 car unit is just a bit too cumbersome. I have been researching the usual suspects when it comes to GPS units. eg. Lowrance line, and particularly the Delorme PN-40 and Garmin Oregon.

     

    Much of my confusion is related to the software and map options for the GPS units:

     

    I often hear that one of the strongest features of the delorme series is the quality of the maps and the ability to add new ones. How does that compare with the Garmin? Are you stuck with the maps that you purchase with the GPS? I know you can buy some but the website had them listed in the 100$ range, but are there not any free map options? I noticed that the delorme comes with the TOPO usa software to add some functionality. Does that software or any other software work for the Garmin as well?

     

    Im a mac user and wouldn't want to have to use bootcamp all of the time to plan routes. Is there similar software that can work for the mac as well?

     

    In my mind it's between the Garmin and the Delorme. I really like the Garmin oregon with it's interface and features, but i'm worried about my options with maps and route planning. Most of this isn't directly related to the geocaching thing, but i want a gps for hiking and camping as well. Anyone who can help clear up my confusion regarding maps would be doing me a huge favor. Cheers from a new Geocacher addict. ;)

     

     

    There are tons of free maps for the Garmin's. Check www.gpsfiledepot.com. That said, you're pretty limited as to turn by turn routeable maps for them. I can't speak about the Delorme line, but someone will...

     

    Here's a helpful Mac related discussion:

    http://forums.Groundspeak.com/GC/index.php?showtopic=239979

  13. The maps are are just files.

     

    The TopoUSA map is a file called:

     

    X:\Garmin\gmapprom.img. It's a ~2.63GB file. (X: = your unit's internal memory)

     

    The City Nav file is:

     

    X:\Garmin\gmapsupp.img. It's a ~1.1GB file. (X: = my mSD card)

     

    I also have gmapsupp.img file on the internal memory which holds NWTrails and "other" maps.

     

    Garmin introduced additional naming options several FW releases back, but I haven't bothered with it.

     

    If you've erased it you can copy it back to your unit (if you have access to the file). Maybe you know someone else that has a 400T.

     

    If you don't know someone close by where you live... I'm sort of close by... Down in Redmond... I'd be willing to hook up with you and get you back up and running.

     

    Sam

  14. Ok. I know how to delete my PQ from the GPX folder, Which i have done numerous times. But when i go to view the map, i see waypoints that seem to be parking co-ord from old geocaches. Also, these are stored in the waypoint list. I cannot find these waypoints in any folder while in mass storage mode. Do i have to go through several hundred of these waypionts and delete them manually, or is there a better way? I dont want to delete them all because of the other non geocaching waypoints that i have stored.

    Thanks for any help!!

     

    Some people convert waypoints that they want to save to POI's. Then you can delete all the waypoints and it doesn't delete the saved POI's.

     

    Read here:

     

    http://garminoregon.wikispaces.com/Waypoints+and+POIs#toc7

  15. Can anyone please help me with street navigation to a cache on my oregon 400t .

    I cant seem to figure out how to get to the cache by road . My old gps map 60 would ask me when I wanted to find a cache

    how I wanted to navigate to it . By road or off road .

    I have city navigator cd I would like to install on a micro sd card but I am not sure how to do that either . My 1st try at this showed no way to access the card from the oregon after i installed them.

    Thankyou

     

    The Oregon 400T is really an awesome caching device.

     

    I assume you have the Topo USA installed.

     

    Have you been able to load *.gpx cache files into it yet?

     

    As for loading CN into it, I would suggest loading the CN software into mapsource, and then unlocking the software for your Oregon. Then transfer all of CN to a micro SD card...

     

    Once you have Topo USA, CN, and a *.gpx file (with cache data) loaded you'll be able to route to a cache via turn by turn directions on the streets, and then route straight line via Topo USA overland to the cache.

     

    You need to take it one step at a time...

     

    Load CN into your Oregon,

     

    Then

     

    Load Cache data into it.

     

     

    If you need detailed instruction, people here can help you. Just ask specific questions.

     

     

    Here's a good resource for the Oregon:

     

    http://garminoregon.wikispaces.com/message/list/home

    OK Thanks for your help . I installed the mapset to the micro sd card and the gps says it cant unlock the map. Can I only use cn on one gps ? I have a zumo that I use cn for now . Thanks for the link also .

     

     

    Current City Navigator map are unlockable for only one GPS. In the past they used to let you unlock them for two. Now they want ~$100.00 per GPS.

     

    Sam

  16. Can anyone please help me with street navigation to a cache on my oregon 400t .

    I cant seem to figure out how to get to the cache by road . My old gps map 60 would ask me when I wanted to find a cache

    how I wanted to navigate to it . By road or off road .

    I have city navigator cd I would like to install on a micro sd card but I am not sure how to do that either . My 1st try at this showed no way to access the card from the oregon after i installed them.

    Thankyou

     

    The Oregon 400T is really an awesome caching device.

     

    I assume you have the Topo USA installed.

     

    Have you been able to load *.gpx cache files into it yet?

     

    As for loading CN into it, I would suggest loading the CN software into mapsource, and then unlocking the software for your Oregon. Then transfer all of CN to a micro SD card...

     

    Once you have Topo USA, CN, and a *.gpx file (with cache data) loaded you'll be able to route to a cache via turn by turn directions on the streets, and then route straight line via Topo USA overland to the cache.

     

    You need to take it one step at a time...

     

    Load CN into your Oregon,

     

    Then

     

    Load Cache data into it.

     

     

    If you need detailed instruction, people here can help you. Just ask specific questions.

     

     

    Here's a good resource for the Oregon:

     

    http://garminoregon.wikispaces.com/message/list/home

    OK Thanks for your help . I installed the mapset to the micro sd card and the gps says it cant unlock the map. Can I only use cn on one gps ? I have a zumo that I use cn for now . Thanks for the link also .

     

     

    Current City Navigator map are unlockable for only one GPS. In the past they used to let you unlock them for two. Now they want ~$100.00 per GPS.

     

    Sam

  17. Can anyone please help me with street navigation to a cache on my oregon 400t .

    I cant seem to figure out how to get to the cache by road . My old gps map 60 would ask me when I wanted to find a cache

    how I wanted to navigate to it . By road or off road .

    I have city navigator cd I would like to install on a micro sd card but I am not sure how to do that either . My 1st try at this showed no way to access the card from the oregon after i installed them.

    Thankyou

     

    The Oregon 400T is really an awesome caching device.

     

    I assume you have the Topo USA installed.

     

    Have you been able to load *.gpx cache files into it yet?

     

    As for loading CN into it, I would suggest loading the CN software into mapsource, and then unlocking the software for your Oregon. Then transfer all of CN to a micro SD card...

     

    Once you have Topo USA, CN, and a *.gpx file (with cache data) loaded you'll be able to route to a cache via turn by turn directions on the streets, and then route straight line via Topo USA overland to the cache.

     

    You need to take it one step at a time...

     

    Load CN into your Oregon,

     

    Then

     

    Load Cache data into it.

     

     

    If you need detailed instruction, people here can help you. Just ask specific questions.

     

     

    Here's a good resource for the Oregon:

     

    http://garminoregon.wikispaces.com/message/list/home

  18. A recent cache you were at on the 11th - Roadside Cache 2 - is showing a CITO coin in it's inventory. Here's the reference number to the coin... TB31DAG. You may have transposed some of the numbers/digits in the tracking number when you tried to enter it.

     

    Thanks, I figured it out.

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