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  1. [...]

    I know of the GSAK macro. It works well, but takes ages to complete.[...]


    That depends on how your load seettings are set. Do NOT use any confirming after load.

    Actually this macro needs an average of some minutes to run.

    The advantage of the macro versus the PQ is: You may edit the route and delete not wanted rectangles (within cities for example)




    I know GSAK rather well, using it since 1300 days or so :-)

    I want to have almost only the caches next or on the route I ride. Which gives me (for another part of the bikeroute) more than 3000 boxes when I choose 0.1 Mile... Only that way I can use the 'find closest cache' on my Oregon. :-)

  2. On Gpsies.com: Save your created route as a track. Ie: "GPX Track" is want you want to download and what works on Groundspeak.



    I tried it this time with this route: http://www.gpsies.com/map.do?fileId=wohlxdsawrgsucod. In the export options, you can reduce the GPX to (in this case) 500 waypoints. I tried both visible formats: 'GPX Track' and 'GPX Route'. Neither did work. The route was reduced to 32 points in both cases...

  3. I am going on a 1500km bicycle tour in a few weeks. Of course, I want to find caches along the route. Out of time constraints, I can't afford spending hours at a cache, or go for one several km out of the actual route. So I want to upload a GPX file, and have all traditionals no more than 0.1km off the route...


    I have planned the route on www.gpsies.com, and downloaded them as an 500-waypoint GPX file. When I upload this route however, it is reduced to only 32 waypoints (on 60km). When I increase the search range to cover my actual route, I get more than 1000 caches, because the route leads through some large cities.


    Why are my GPS files (I also tried KML) reduced to just a few data points? I have tried it with several routes, also with several programs (bikemap.net, gpsies.com, etc).


    I know of the GSAK macro. It works well, but takes ages to complete. And since I would have to run it several times (instead of downloading a PQ which contains also new caches) I would rather use the 'Upload a route and transform it into a PQ' option :-) Additionally, because I won't be in my own country, expensive internet/cell phone roaming costs will occur...


    Does anyone knows why my routes are severely reduced?

  4. I have used, and am still using, an Oregon 300, bought in July 2009.


    Now, the 650 is out. Is it worth getting it, compared to my 300? Unfortunately, I do not have the possibilty to have a look and feel at a shop, before I buy...


    * I'll use it mainly for geocaching, in the city or on my bicycle on the countryside. So high accuracy in the big city (Vienna, Austria) is an important issue, as is battery lifetime and screen readability when on my bike.


    1. The 650 has a camera, which does geotagging. Can you switch this off before taking a picture, so when I upload a photo of the final of a multi/mystery, the coords are not in the jpg-exif?

    2. Navstar-GPS and Glonass combined. Do I notice this in improved accuracy in the city? My 300 is often 20-30 off, resulting in looking on the wrong side of the street. Outside the city, I have often 3m accuracy, which is OK. But under foliage the 300 is also not to good. Is the 650 a big improvement? This is the main reason for getting the 650 instead of my trusted 300. :-)

    3. Battery lifetime: do I get my 10 hours back with the battery pack?

    4. Cache description can now hold pictures. (I guess a GSAK export-macro will come available, did not check it yet). Can you choose which pics it will download? Are spoiler-pics (yes, I am lazy in that way :-)) useable with the screen resolution?

    5. The Oregon 300 could take a drop (mine did, a few times :-)). How does the 650 look in this way? Does the screen look as if it scratched soon?

    6. About the touch screen: when I am searching fr a cache, I have the GPS in my hand. When getting the box (or when muggles appear), I put it in my pocket. Is there a very quick way to lock the screen? Can the second sidebutton be configured this way?

    7. The Oregon 650 has bluetooth. Can I connect it to my iPhone, to get updated caches (status, logs) or newly published caches (from email) into the device?


    Sorry if these are a lot of questions at once. But I do not visit the forums very frequently, and I could not find a review where my questions were answered...


    Thanks in advance!

  5. Not available to ship to Canada :mad:

    Nor to Europe... :mad:


    I am currrently preparing a wifi-cache. My router can do unencrypted wifi (I know, they all can do it :mad:), but on top of that, it can be configured to allow only access to one single domain. So I wanted to do a mystery/multi, where cachers had to solve some questions, finding coordinates in front of our apartment building, and had to enter the found webpage through my router. PHP would give the final coordinates only to people coming through my IP.


    But, with this 'Chirp', this could be done much easier. For non-Garmin users, an automated reply on a certain email-address would be nice... :blink:


    But I think I'll have to wait half a year before the Chirp will be available in Europe. :mad:

  6. Something like that is done in Vienna: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_detai...bf-b358d2f231d3

    From a starting point you'll have to calculate 4 other coords, with seemingly insufficient information (some bearings, some distances, but not both for a complete coordinate). At those 4 coordinates, there is a micros each, with a clue where to find the final cache. It's not all over town, just in one field, about half a mile from opposite corners...


    Will try that in a few days :(



  7. Good questions. Don't forget the GSAK support forum as well.

    I'll have to register there. At the moment, I'd rather not. I don't like to be registered at a zillion different sites. On the other hand, maybe I'll will, after I tested and registered GSAK properly...


    Using straight forward filters, you can easily set a filter for unfound traditionals or unfound mystery caches with corrected co-ordinates only... not sure how you would combine those filters.

    I solved that one in between: I made a filter 'unfound with corrected coords', and use the 'export to Oregon' macro to only put those caches on the Oregon. After that, I use the 'tradi'-filter and do the same. So I get two GPX-files on the GPSr.


    Cache listings without pictures.. toughie without a macro to interrogate the html. I must admit I have never yet found a multi that required images on the page to solve, but I am sure they exist.

    I have made me a filter 'no pics', based on the string 'No Pics' which I put manually in a userfield. :-) With the same method as before, I end up with a third GPX.


    As for multis with pics: there are sometime pics on the pages which are not necessary to solve, and sometimes they are.

    An extreme example here in Vienna: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC1J0F0 (I'll have to do that one after it gets enabled again. Should be fun with my son!)

    Another one: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCJGVT and http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC11KRJ has a gif-table in it. I'll have to get a piece of paper with me anyway, if I'm going for that. Other ones, without significant pics, I can do paperless: I'll just use my cell phone for taking notes...


    Thanks for the help!

  8. For two days I recieved my Oregon 300. Great amount of functions, especially the Geocaching feature is nice.

    But, I'd like to streamline the work spend on the computer. GSAK is a great tool, but I haven't found the right combination of filters and macros yet. But I'm not sure if they even exist. Maybe I'm the first one with these special wishes? Won't be the first time :laughing:


    I'd like to have only caches in the Oregon which I can go to without much trouble: traditionals, multis without pics, solved multis/mysteries with corrected coordinates. Found caches should be removed after being synced to GSAK/geocaching.com.


    I have found a macro that moves found caches in its own database: great, for the statistic-macro :-)

    I can edit caches in GSAK and enter corrected coordinates. Good for mysteries and multicaches which I have solved at home.

    the following three kinds of caches I'd like to sync to my Oregon: (all within a certain area/along a route/in a city, state or country. As usual...)

    * Traditionals.

    * Multis and Mysteries without pictures. Since the Oregon can't display pics in the caches, those with pics are unnecessary on the device. The Multis/Mysteries without pics can (theoretically :-)) be done in the field.

    * Solved Multis and mysteries: the caches with corrected coordinates. If I solved a cache, it can go on the GPSr, even if it has pics in it: the endcoordinates are what count now.

    * NO found caches on the Oregon after I logged them in GSAK or (better) geocaching.com. I live in a large city, and I'd like to declutter the screen...


    Does someone have a macro/filter or combination thereof?


    Thanks in advance!

  9. Hi! Reading about the Oregon and the paperless caching possibilities, I can't stop wondering about one thing (or did I overread it?).

    When doing a traditional cache (and if I found it :P ), I mark it 'found', and it is moved in the 'found' list.

    When doing a multiple or a puzzle cache, I have to use other coordinates than the starting point. On my current system (Trimble's programm on my cell phone), I have to enter the coords manually, look for the cache, and, if found, go back to the puzzle/multi to log it.

    Can I 'stay' into a cache on the Oregon and enter other coordinates, but still seeing the current info/text, and still be able to mark it 'found' from within the cache?

    In short, I'd like to do (and that makes most sense to me): 1) open a cache-description. 2) go to the starting coords. 3) do the math 4) enter the calculated coords 5) go ther 6) search for and find the cache 7) mark _this cache-GPX_ as found...


    Thanks in advance!

  10. OK, thanks for the help.


    I checked the Oregon-Wiki too.


    What I found out (I think):

    * If I add an 4GB Card to the 300, it can do everything the 400t can do.

    * I can buy seperate topo maps (or download some for free) and put them on the device.

    * With card and topo map, the 300 comes on at about the same price as the 400t. But since I can get the topomap as a present, it won't cost ME that much.

    * I can put files (GPX) and maps on the internal memory or on the sd-card: they will both be recognized without problem (except maybe startup-times)


    But, the Oregon 300 seem to a very suitable device for me. :-)


    Just one question: how sensitive is the touchscreen? When I am caching in the city, I'm used to put the GPS away (in my coat pocket or so) if I don't need it for a few minutes (when going to a location, or after I arrived and am busying searching), but leaving it on...

  11. Hi!

    I am looking for a replacement for my old eTrex Legend (the b/w version), and the Oregon Series looks very promising to me. But after the first look on the Garmin site, I have a few questions...


    The functions I want:

    * Navigation as usual

    * Paperless Geocaching

    * Very good accuracy, even under heavy foliage or in the 'canyons of the big city'.

    * Topo-maps, maybe even provided by myself (scanned an overlayed or so)


    I am wondering about the difference between the Oregon 300 and the 400t: just more memory and Topo maps included? Since I have a wish open with someone, I can do without the integrated topo map, I just write it on my wishlist :-)


    My questions:

    * If I expand the memory on the 300 (what is the max size it takes?), is this memory added to the integrated mem, or is it not fully useable for maps? If I put a 2GB card in the 300, is it useable exactly like the 400t?

    * Can I buy (or, in my case, 'can I let me buy' :-) ) a topo map (there seems no topo map for Austria, EU?) and put it on the 300, thus making a 400t out of it?

    * Is it possible to put self-made maps on the device? I have access to some very detailed maps of certain areas, can I take these bitmaps and align them somehow on the device?

    * Can I use the device (with the right maps) as a normal car-navigation device?


    Oh: Europe (Austria), Dell.at doesn't know about the deal for the 300... :-(


    Thanks in advance!

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