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BaldEd

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  1. I have never trusted Garmin's handlebar mounts - too flimsy and liable for damage in the event of a crash. So, for all the Garmins (5) that I have owned these past 21 years, I have custom made for each a small open-topped box out of 3mm customwood to tightly enclose the gps. The top of gps is clipped under a bar across the top of the box whilst a velcro strap retains the bottom of the gps in the box. Each open-topped box has a shaped base attached with small bolts. The base is so shaped that the gps screen is presented for 90 degree viewing whilst seated on the bike. The whole combo is easily attached and removed by a single velcro strap that passes through the base and loops under the handlebar stem. The box safely cocoons the gps and I've had many "over-the-bars" offs with no damage to gps - just a little paint scraping to the mount (which has in all cases remained attached to the stem). Each box 'n base combo took just a couple of hours to fabricate and paint (for weather protection). Cost = scrap wood, 2 ft of 1" velcro, some old left-over paint and a few hours of time.
  2. When I first installed the app, things looked great. But lately the app has not shown any caches on the map. Very frustrating. Got so frustrated this morning that I uninstalled the app for it is useless without showing caches Just hope the developers are doing something about this. In the meantime I'll return to using that other well known app - it has always worked.
  3. One doesn't need to have contact with the infected person to be infected. The virus has a life outside of an infected person. The infected person can deposit the virus on surfaces (geocache container, logbook, swaps etc) and the virus can remain alive for some time - days in the case of hard surface deposits. When the next visiting person handles the container, logbook etc they can pick up the virus on their hands. If they then touch their face, nose, rub their eyes, or put some food in their the mouth that will provide the path for the virus to infect them.
  4. Made a brief search for the TB in Ilum Gardens this morning. Found a few rocks situated off a path, adjacent to a footbridge over a concreted watercourse at S43° 31.443 E172° 34.584, WGS84. (Note: there are many paths and footbridges in Ilum Gardens.) But those rocks have all been covered with flood debris from the overflowing watercourse. Without a better description of where the TB was placed, left bank/right bank (looking downstream) etc, or the size of rock (50cm/1 metre, or just a small stone, could the rock be easily lifted by a small person?). Was the rock on high ground away from any stream, could the rock be reached whilst standing on a path or was it near a tree (large/small, evergreen/deciduous etc)? Without those extra details I'm afraid hunting for this TB will be a hopeless task.
  5. belevenisonderwijs: I was very interested to see your posting of the 23rd April 2014. The loss of the map since the recent upgrades is a disappointment to me. I would like to be able to see the maps again. 1. Which offline map do you use? 2. Where and how did you install it on your phone? 3. How did you get your android phone to select the map? I am a smartphone newbie, so please be gentle with your replies. Eddie
  6. I recently attended the MEGA event held in Auckland and found all 10 of the Lab caches that were published at this event. But I note now that credit for these do not appear as a cache type in the Statistics Table. Is the table going to be modified to include Lab caches as a valid type?
  7. Right from my early days of geocaching (10 years ago) I have never been impressed with any of the Garmin handlebar mounting systems. They just look too fragile to me and I feared for the gps if ever I crashed. So, for the last 10 years I have used my same basic design comprising a homemade cradle base (an elongated box, 2"w x 6.5"l x 1-1.5"d) made of 3mm MDF, with a couple of semi-circular cutouts in the sides that fit over the handlebar, and crafted such that the gps screen is presented at the best viewing angle when seated on the bike. This base is strapped to the bicycle stem with a 1 inch wide velcro strap passing beneath the stem. Bolted to the top of the MDF base have been various plexiglass cradles that I have moulded to closely fit each of the various gps's that I have owned (Garmin 12XL, 76CS, 76CSx, 78s). I made wooden blocks to the same external dimensions as the gps's and used a vice, a blowtorch (to soften the plexiglass) and a piece of wood to mould the softened plexiglass around the wooden blocks. The sides of the cradles such that they are as high as the gps's are thick. Once the gps has be placed in the cradle a thin velcro strap is fastened over the gps, clear of screen and buttons, to stop the gps from bouncing out of the cradle. When it came time to make the cradle for my latest gps (Montana 650t) I discovered that the price of plexiglass had skyrocketed right out of this world due the current price of petroleum products! So, I made a 3mm MDF open-topped box into which the Montana fits snuggly, easily kept there by the top of the gps being lodged under a small ledge at the top of the box and secured at the bottom by 3/4 inch wide velcro strap that passes over the gps, below the bottom of the screen, and attached to each side of the box. A hole was crafted in the side of the box so that the gps power switch can be be operated without having to remove the gps. A couple of coats of paint protects the MDF from inclement weather. This basic mounting system has served me very well over 10,000 kilometers of cycle geocaching/mapping and many crashes - none of the gps's or cradles have ever suffered damage during the 'offs'. The velcro strap that wraps beneath the stem can be easily undone enables me to swap the mounting system between my mountain and road bikes in just a few seconds.
  8. I clicked to download my PQs and they just disappeared as well. What is going on here?
  9. Potato Finder: Thanks for the explanation about the red cross. I thought it meant there was something amiss with the file. Particularly, as the file had not downloaded completely for me yesterday. It just stopped downloading at 31% download - and after about 3 mins when it had not progressed any further I exited and deleted the partial zip file from my computer. It seems to me, that GC has been a little inconsistent in choosing the red cross icon for the My Finds PQ. Weird choice of icon! Why not use the same icon as for the other PQs? In light of your answer, I have just attempted another download of the file tonight. I am happy to report that this was 100% successful. I am again. Thanks.
  10. Questions for Markwell (or TPTB): In your post #23 above you show that there are 6 PQ's ready for download. The 6th is My Finds Pocket Query which has a red cross. I have a similar red cross against my My Finds Pocket Query. When I click to download it, the download stops after 31%. Apparently the zip file is broken at GC. Questions: 1. Why does this red cross appear? 2. How do I get around this GC problem?
  11. Why not let GSAK do it for you? For example, you could use a one letter code placed in, say, the User2 column. Allocate a different letter for each of your reasons: R=Recommended, H=Historical, S=Solved puzzle, F= Multicache final, W=Multicache waypoint (next to find) etc. When you send the waypoints to your gps then just append the tag (%user2) to the Waypoint name. (GSAK allows you to build up the waypoint name up using the Special tags. With my 76CSX I can have up to 14 characters in the Waypoint Name. I use "%smart %correct=C %user2 %children %smart%c_Prefix". I use 8 character length smartnames, the %correct=C indicates to me that the coordinates are GSAK corrected coordinates). If you do the above you will know just by looking at the cache name in your gps the reason why the cache is there.
  12. I have really enjoyed reading the histories of the cemeteries I have visited whilst geocaching. My most memorable cemetery cache visit being the Saving Private Ryan cache in the South Island of New Zealand. It is truely moving to read the logs of the care and respect that geocachers from all over the world have given to this old soldier.
  13. I have a relatively old cache which contains images in the descriptions. I have uploaded new images but have been unable to get them to display. I note that the urls of the new images is different from the old "img.Groundspeak.com" format, i.e. there are no references now that the images are gif or jpg. What is the editing format required to get the pictures to display in the description?
  14. To have only the one setting (Map Points) to control both Map POI and Custom POI ranges is very poor software design. There should be separate range settings for each POI type. I just wish that Garmin would amend the firmware to add this facility. I certainly never want to see restaurants, ATMs and business icons cluttering up the screen everytime I wish to find one of my Custom POIs, and I am sure that would also go for most of the gps owners. It is strange that the same firmware versions affect the 60's and 76's in different ways.
  15. Mmmmm. I find that strange seeing the 60 and 76 supposedly run identical firmware. What firmware do you have loaded in your 60CSX? (Menu>Menu>Setup>System>Menu>Software Version) I am using Software V3.70 and GPS SW v3.00. Do you load separate icons (bmp files) for each of your Custom POI databases? I use different icons for speed cameras, unfound caches, found caches, my multicache waypoints etc. I have both Garmin NT (Australia) plus 3rd party Garmin format (New Zealand) maps loaded AND showing at the same time in the gps - they do not affect each other as there is over 1500km of water between the maps). Each map has it's own Map POI. I have experimented with Hiding both, so that there is only the Base Map Showing, or hiding each map in turn and found that it makes no difference in the display of Map POI. The settings I gave in the earlier post work equally well in all situations - ie Map POI do not show at ranges >50m regardless of which map I have on the gps screen. If the 60 can't duplicate what I see, then all I can say is that I am very glad that I bought a 76 and not a 60.
  16. Probably not true for the 60 series. It can be done on the 76CSx so I would assume it can be done on the 60's as well. In Map setup set the following values on the map setup pages. 1. Map setup- General. Set Detail = Less 2. Map setup- Points. Set Map Points = 500m. Set User Waypoints, Street Label and Land Cover = Auto. With the above settings: Waypoints will show at all ranges. Custom POI will show up to 500m range only. Map POI will show up to 50m range only. These settings suit me just fine as my normal zoom range when driving or geocaching is 80m - 200m. The Map POI are all suppressed at the these ranges. If you want to see Custom POI at >500m then increase the Map Points range. If you want to see Map POI at >50m then increase Detail value.
  17. Hi mailgirl1978. Three suggestions: 1. Get GSAK (a database type program specially written for geocaching). This program runs on your PC and will store all cache data downloaded from geocaching.com. This is THE program to use to send data to your gps and PDA. Don't be daunted by it - it will at first seem a little daunting but it can be used quite simply just to send waypoints to your gps and cache descriptions to your PDA. Then as you get more familar with it you will be able to discover the many other things that it can do with the data it contains. 2. Become a member of the GSAK forum - there are many people there who can help with any queries you may have. The program has the best software support I've ever come across - the program author (Clyde)never seems to sleep. 3. Find a local geocacher in your area who is using GSAK and go visit him/her and ask to shown how he/she uses the program. If you become a Premium member of geocaching.com (US$30 annual subscription) you can set up to have PQ's (personal queries containing cache data of up to 500 caches each) emailed to you weekly. These PQ's come in the form of gpx files. You load these gpx files into GSAK. GSAK has a large number of tools that can filter, manipulate and export the data to your gps, PDA etc. GSAK can also export cache descriptions, previous logs etc to Cachemate (a popular program run on your PDA - there are 2 versions - Palm and PPC), or as html files (if you use an html reader, like iSilo or Plucker, on your PDA). Have fun.
  18. Klatch: Thanks for advice. I have experimented and found that Isilo doesn't seem to care whether the databases are stored in either internal or external memory or both. It can find them and display them. I am a happy chappy.
  19. I am shortly going overseas and have a number of fairly large databases of caches which I want to install in the Palm. I use Isilo as an HTML reader and would like to hear from others using external memory with same or different Palm models. I don't have enough internal memory left to load the databases, but do have an unused 256MB SD card available. I am not familiar with the use of external memory in the Palm - I have never used it. The questions I would like answered are: 1. Are programs loaded to the card selectable from the device's Main Menu? 2. Is it possible to retain the Isilo program in internal memory and send and keep the databases on the card, or do they all have to be in the one place? Any help or advice would be gratefully appreciated.
  20. If you never intend going back to that suburb, then how do you propose to maintain the cache?
  21. I would delete her log and send her an email explaining why and ask her to re-log without the compromising image.
  22. I go MTB and road bike caching quite often. I have a Garmin 76CSX and use a homemade handlebar/stem mounting that is held to the handlebar/stem with a velcro strap. The mount is easily fitted and removed to/from either bike. The MTB is full suspension and the hybrid road bike has no suspension. I have traveled thousands of kilometers with the gps and vibration has never been an issue with either bike. I am careful though to always backup the mounting by also attaching the gps to the bike with it's lanyard and a small carabina to prevent the gps ever falling to the ground - it has never fallen from it's mounting yet. Being able to view the gps whilst riding is a great advantage when negotiating streets. I used a very similar mount in my early caching days with a Garmin 12XL.
  23. BaldEd

    Custom POI file

    Ditto. Also when I want to drop off a TB and have no unfounds in the area it is handy to have all my previous finds in the gps.
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