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Phreakshew / Team Smurfy

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  1. I've recently upgraded from a Garmin eTrex Venture HC to a Garmin Oregon 450, and I gotta tell ya - this thing rocks!


    I'm loving the touch screen, and (with a premium membership to geocaching.com) I enjoy being able to download pocket queries of 500 caches at a time into the unit, and then punching up the nearest cache wherever I am at and then being able to read the full description, hints, and even the past few logs.


    I think the 450 is a better deal than the 450T because there are lots of free maps out there to download (such as the Ibycus US maps) as opposed to paying $100 more for Garmin's maps. Also I didn't think the 550 was worth the extra $100 because, really, do I need a crappy camera on my GPSr? My phone already has a crappy camera, and if I really want to take some decent photos, I'll bring along my Canon.



  2. O, I see. Still finding out how this works here- I was basing my reaction on what I read here: "Brand new queries tend to run almost right away at Geocaching.com, so if in the next five minutes after you check the day of the week, you don't see something in your in-box, head back to the Geocaching.com/pocket page and have a look." ( http://www.markwell.us/pq.htm )


    Just glad that I wasn't missing some crucial step like hitting [enter] or something!




  3. There's a license agreement that you have to agree to. Sometimes skipping that step will delay your production if this is your first time.


    If they STILL don't run, Groundspeak has had problems with Pocket Query generator this week. It may be down again.


    Yeah, I already agreed to the license agreement. Must be the site is down?


    Thanks 4 the reply. I'll post if/when I am able to generate a query.

  4. Hello! Thanks for reading this. I am a new Premium member and I am having a hard time getting any pocket queries to generate.


    I've read the documentation, been to this site: http://www.markwell.us/pq.htm, followed the directions, but still nothing!


    Here's what I have so far:


    1. I create a new query, checking yesterday, today, and tomorrow to generate, & click "run this query every week"


    2. changed email to my gmail account, making sure it's in .gpx format and zipped


    3. hit "submit information", which gives me message "Thanks! Your pocket query has been modified and currently results in 500 caches. You can preview the search on the nearest cache page."


    4. I can hit "preview the search" - yep, there they are, showing 25 at a time


    5. I can hit "your pocket queries" - uh huh, there is the chart showing 2 so far, both of which say "never" in the "last generated" column


    6. "add to queue" doesn't do anything. It is unclickable.


    7. ???????????????????????????????????

  5. I've been caching for about a year with my Venture HC and I love the thing. It's super accurate, so although I usually do have a spare compass on me, I have not had to use it while geocaching because the Garmin just works.


    Make sure WAAS is enabled. Remember that the Venture HC does not have an electronic compass, therefore it can only tell you which way you are heading if you are moving. If you are walking towards a destination and then stop, the unit might get a little confused at first when you start walking again but only very briefly; it has to see which way you are heading in relation to the satellites. So just keep going in a straight line until the unit corrects itself, which should only be a few seconds.

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