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  1. I want to be able to geocache with my Dell Axim x51v. What do I need to purchase as far as a GPS unit for it? Programs? Maps?


    Please help!!




    I have a Dell Axim X51 with WM6. I use a GlobalSat BT-359. This is a bluetooth GPS with SiRF III chipset. Very nice and reasonable on E-Bay. For software there are many freeware progs to choose from:


    BasicGPS is a good GeoCache Prog (no maps, but will display cache info..made for geocaching)

    OpenMobile Maps is OK but not a GeoCache prog (maps only)

    NaviComputer is OK and will let you work with GPX files (has the ability to download and display maps).


    hope this helps.

  2. here is a another idea. Make the cache like a ham radio fox hunt. The idea of a Qso from the catch sounds great , Give out a award ,call worked all catches, or caches where one needs to confirm the cache by calling from that location . 73


    The following information comes from a South African Ham Radio website:



    Congratulations, you've found it! Intentionally or not!

    What is this hidden container sitting here for? What the heck is this thing doing here with all

    these things in it?

    It is part of an emergency communications based special event held twice annually by Radio

    Amateurs (a.k.a. Hams) within South Africa called. This section of the event has been dubbed

    Ham‐Caching and is based on the popular sport of Geocaching.

    The game basically involves a Ham, utilising a GPS, hiding "treasure" (this container and its

    contents), and publishing the exact coordinates so other Hams can come on a "treasure

    hunt" to find it and then communicate via wireless radio that they have found it. The basic

    rules are: you must write about your visit in the logbook and contact the CTARC via wireless

    radio communications and transmit a basic message. Hopefully, the person that hid this

    container found a good spot that is not easily found by uninterested parties. Sometimes, a

    good spot turns out to be a bad spot, though.


    Great! We ask only that you:

    • Please do not move or vandalize the container. The real treasure is just finding the

    container and sharing your thoughts with everyone else who finds it.

    • If possible, let us know that you found it, by visiting the www.ctarc.org.za.

    As previously mentioned, this special even cache hide is based on the more popular sport of

    Geocaching. Geocaching is open to everyone with a GPS and a sense of adventure. There

    are similar sites all over the world. The organization has its home on the Internet. Visit the

    website if you want to learn more, or have any comments: http://www.geocaching.com

    If this container needs to be removed for any reason, please let us know. We apologize, and

    will be happy to move it.


    The following are the basic rules for Ham‐Caching. Please follow these rules in order to log

    your find.

    1. Participants can enter as individuals or as teams, teams which include non‐hams get a


    2. Points are awarded for finding the cache in accordance with the points table at the end

    of these rules.

    3. The team or individual who find the cache are to log their visit by writing a brief note

    and leaving their names and call‐signs in the logbook.

    4. The participants are expected to make radio contacts whilst at the cache site.

    5. A maximum number of contacts can be made per cache. This figure can be found on

    the front page of the logbook and based on the difficulty of the cache find.

    6. Radio contact can be made on any band.

    7. Logs must consist of time, band, callsign/name contacted.


    The scoring is granted as follows:

    1. Multiplier for making contact with special event station:

    ZS1CT special event station 5

    Other special event station 2

    Other station 1

    Table 1

    2. Contact method multipliers:

    UHF 1

    VHF 2

    HF 3

    PMR 4

    Table 2

    3. The multiplier allocated for finding this cache can be found in the following table:

    Cache 1 2

    Cache 2 5

    Cache 3 5

    Cache 4 10

    Cache 5 10

    Table 3

    4. Number of contacts multipliers:

    1‐5 1

    6‐10 2

    11‐15 3

    15+ 4

    Table 4

    5. Multiplier for teams types:

    Individual Ham 1

    Team of only Hams 2

    Team containing non‐Ham 4

    Table 5



    The following calculation will help you work out you overall score for each cache:

    X Cache

    score multiplier (Table 3) X Team type multiplier (Table 4)


    Send your score sheet containing your logged contacts to ctarc@ctarc.org.za and you

    stand a chance to win one or more of the following:

    • A “Winner’s certificate” will be bestowed on the winner or winning team of the

    Ham‐Caching contest.

    • A “Found All” certificate will be issued to all teams or individuals that find all of

    the caches.

    • A “Participants” certificate will be issued to all individuals who take part in the

    Ham‐Caching contest.

  3. Don't have the gear for it, but my understanding is that in the Seattle/Tacoma area there is quite a bit of Geocaching activity on one of the local 220 machines...now I just need to get some 220 gear :)

    another place for a net would be 60 meters orThe FCC has granted amateurs 5332, 5348, 5368, 5373 and 5405 kHz- on HF 3' s N9GGZ


    de KB9UUQ


    60 meters would be OK, but doesn't the FCC limit those channelized freqs to 50 watts ERP?


    I'd be willing to give it a try on one those 5Mhz channels...anyone else?



  4. Who is up for trying a geocaching qso on 20m or 40m?


    That sounds great. I have ran into many Geocacahers while out looking for caches but have never ran into any hams. I think a geocache net on 20, 40 or 80 meters would be great.


    Mike. KB9UUQ

  5. Item #2: Handspring Visor Deluxe in GREEN w/Innopak/2v 2meg memory/alarm module, Xircom 56k modem module, USB sync cradle, and original software CD. Latest version can be downloaded from Palm.com, but I'll include the CD, just in case.




    Still have Item # 1 Looking for a home:


    Handspring Visor Deluxe in BLACK w/ HandyGPS Springboard module w/ book and box (its a working GPS, but nothing I'd want to cache with regularly, but it DOES work) and USB sync cradle. No software CD, but the latest can be downloaded from Palm.com. $45


    Do you still have this item? I am interested.

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