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  1. I can't believe no one has mentioned Garmin's new outdoor navigation GPS watch, that includes paperless Geocaching Garmin Fenix mini site 50 hour battery on GPS, 6 week as a watch paperless caching 1,000 waypoints 50 routes 100 tracks of 10,000 points each Custom POIs (hhmmm can I squeeze in 20,000 caches into a watch!?!) basic map Altimeter Barometer Compass ANT+ for CHIRP, heartrate monitor, Cadence sensor, external temp sensor, and wireless transfer of caches etc, with other Garmin GPS's, including Oregon Fitness profiles and functions and Bluetooth, to wirelessly connect to Basecamp Mobile on your smartphone! (app not out yet) in stores in August
  2. Actually, its not a bug, I've been in contact with Garmin on this. The new version of the POIloader is designed to handle CSV files differently. You will need to update/fix your files for them to work with ALL new version of the POILoader in the future. Each column in the CSV file must now have less than 256 characters. Also, commas are no longer allowed in the description column. To cut long columns, I opened it in excel, and used the "text to columns" feature and cut the column at 255 characters. I also used search and replace to replace all commas with semi-colons. That being said, I still have 1 CSV file I get errors on. It has over 200,000 lines in it, and Garmin is still looking at it. I'm guessing there is a file length issue.
  3. http://gpstracklog.com/2011/01/spot-connect-lets-your-smartphone-call-for-help-without-cell-signal.html
  4. Don't buy it yet! Try the free maps from here. They are as detailed as Garmin's 24k Maps. The only difference is they do not do autorouting or have Garmin's POIs for hotels, restaurants etc. http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/ What I did was buy Garmin's City Navigator map for the Whole US, and then use the free Topos. This gives you covereage for almost everywhere! These maps also work with Basecamp. not 3-d view though. Use these tutorials to help you load them on your gps. http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/tutorials/how-...-with-your-gps/ http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/tutorials/how-...armin-gps-unit/
  5. inertial navigation system use gyroscopes for their information, so this might be possible for someone to build in the iphone 4.
  6. i read the benchmark GPX files with Cachemate. Geobeagle should work too, but I haven;t tried it.
  7. first you go the the NGS website and download the datasheets for the benchmarks you are interested in. You can do this by county. then, use this http://ngs.tsqmadness.com/help/ or this http://www.holoscenes.com/cgi-bin/moin.cgi/BMGPX to put it in a Pocket query format.
  8. the 450 is also supposed to have a screen that easier to read in daylight, as well as 5000 geocaches vs 2000 in the 300. the 450 also has custom icons, and better tracklog archiving features. Those might come to the 300, but no guarantees.
  9. I have 20,000 caches, 8,000 benchmarks, and 100,000 other Waypoints I'm my garmin etrex Vista HCx and my Oregon. Any garmin compatible with their poi loader software will do this. If you have a nuvi, Oregon or Dakota, you can load the full cache page too. I use gsak to make the files for the poi loader.
  10. Not all gpx files come from Geocaching.com. not all gpx tiles contain full geocache descriptions. For that mater, not all Geocaches come from Geocaching.com I'd Like to try out the site for non-geocaching purposes, but I don't have a link
  11. maybe the OP, or the developer of "The App That Shall Not Be Named" could work with Groundspeak, to create an OFFICIAL app for Windows Mobile. Groundspeak could charge for it, and everyone will be happy.
  12. The Boy Scouts of America is having a Pinewood Derby Car Travel bug race, to the National Jamboree in Virginia. The race starts on March 6th, and is called the "Race to 2010." http://ww2.scouting.org/100years/100years/geocaching.aspx Does anyone know if there is a cache, or an event cache at the Jamboree, that I need to link to, to tell the cachers out there where it needs to go? thanks
  13. Just a note for the new Android owners. It is possible to play Wherigo cartridges on Android phones. You need to install "Java J2ME Runner" from the Android Market. Next, Download and install Openwig from here: http://code.google.com/p/openwig/ You will need to either get the APK file and install it with a file browser, OR use the Java J2ME Runner to point to the url for the Openwig JAD file. APK File: http://raketa.140.cz/openwig/OpenWIG.apk JAD file: http://raketa.140.cz/openwig/OpenWIG.jad It works great on my HTC Hero from Sprint, and integrates with the built in GPS.
  14. [removed] is free. I don;t kn0ow about the resolution
  15. FWIW, cachemate can handle a LOT more caches than geobeagle. I have over 25,000 unique caches and 8,000 benchmarks with full ngs datasheets loaded in cachemates. The individual databases have as many as 8000. The load time and usability is still excellent.
  16. cachemate will work fine on a Droid Eris. Thats basically a repackaged HTC Hero, which a lot of people have. If you want, you can download the APK file from smittyware.com and run it in demo mode. you will need a file explorer to be able to install it after you download. I recommend ES File Explorer. Just browse to the downloads folder and click on the APK. Also, in the settings, under Applications, you will need to check the box that says "Unknown Sources"
  17. what about gpx 1.1? GSAK has had the option to put out caches in that format for a while now?
  18. can anyone tell me the difference between the different GPX file versions? I know that Groundspeak is now including cache attributes in the 1.01 files that you specify in your profile. Are there any other significant differences in the different GPX types? Are there any advantages or disadvantages of one version over the others? thanks
  19. I cache with a hero on sprint. Geobeagle is good, and cachemate Is better. I have 20,000 caches and 8,000 benchmarks with full ngs datasheets loaded. Works like a charm. The hero has Android 1.5 loaded. The only way to get topo (in The usa) is with the trimble outdoor navigator for $10. It can cache the topo for offline use, but its slow to do. when the hero gets updated To android 2.1 by march at the latest, the newest version of Google maps has topo. Google maps only works online. Don't forget, an official Geocaching app for android will be out by the end of march too. Also, you can play Wherigo cartridges using Openwig, a j2me Wherigo player. It works for me. And yes, you can cache and use the gps without any cell service. It works fine. The hero could replace a Colorado or Oregon, but plan on buying the trimble program for topo or non-geocachi-g gas use. The biggest drawback to the hero is its NOT waterproof or rugged. A drop could kill it, where a garmin will take a beating. For this reason alone, my Oregon will never be replaced completely by my hero, especially when hiking.
  20. cachemate will do it. download the NGS datasheets, convert with the NGS to GPX utility, and then import into cachemate for Android.
  21. Geocaching.com just announced on Twitter that the official Geocaching.com app for Android will be out sometime in Q1 2010! thats by the end of march at the latest!
  22. Hey Moun10bike. what can you tell us about the official Geocaching app for Android? I see you are testing it. Any idea how long until its done? http://twitter.com/moun10bike
  23. Actually if you have a Garmin gps with a barometric altimeter, and you use the auto-calibrate, the situation is more complex. Garmin uses the GPS elevation in order to calibrate the barometric altimeter. Using this method,the barometric altimeter attempts to take out changes due to weather. It looks at the gps elevation to determine if a change in air pressure is due to a change in actual elevation or weather. I've seen some reports (but can't find them right now), that suggest that using this method provides better elevation data than either a gps or barometric altimeter can individually. My suggestion is to calibrate the altimeter using a known elevation or barometric pressure, and then let the auto-calibrate mode take over.
  24. I was wondering if anyone could recommend some good android apps for Geocaching, general GPS use, hiking, maps etc. thanks
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