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  1. We are using an ancient Nexus 7 for geocaching, while doing the searches for geocaches are done with a couple of Garmin etrex gps'. We load a bunch of caches, sometimes in batches, into GSAK, massage the data to our liking, then email the .gpx file to our gmail address, sometimes in batches. When we are ready to go out into the bush, while we are still in wifi range we suck the .gpx file into GDAK and bring up the most wonderful osm style maps that we use to save loads of time finding out where we are and not having to "guess" which trail to use to get to the cache without backtracking. Works like a charm and no usb uploading is required. We're probably getting a new 2019 version of the Samsung Galaxie Tab A for xmas so will be seeing how that might work out for us as the old Nexus is getting really old. Stan
  2. We currently use an old Android Nexus 7 to upload gpx files I have massaged in GSAK to give us great osm maps, and a nice sized screen for mapping. The nexus 7 still fits in one of my bigger pockets and soo is much better for sorting out some of the myriad trails in some of the bigger parks here on Vancouver Island. The old Nexus however is beginning to get flaky and as a 7 year old machine really should be replaced. Since it is no longer being made/sold or supported we are looking for a replacement. Therefore a question. The 2019 version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1" tablet (lite") looks like a nice size, at a nice price. Has anyone got any experience with this machine in a geocaching environment? If so what are the good /bad points? Stan
  3. We love doing adventure labs but we are tired of having to go onto Geo-oh or some other app to be able to find the trails on OSM maps, that we can't find on the standard map shown in the Adventure Lab map. Is there any way of downloading and using an OSM map in the Android Lab app? sktqch
  4. Thank you for all that advice everyone, especially TommyGator. I'll definitely look into the OTG adapter trick. Stan
  5. I am about to leave on a trip. I have several PQ files that have been "massaged" in GSAK that I want to load onto my Etrex 30. In total they are too big to effectively use so I want to be able to switch .gpx files in the field. (ie: without connecting the gps to a computer) Is this even possible? sktqch
  6. We have not been receiving notifications of new caches placed within our designated area. Finally tracked the problem down to the fact that something has "unvalidated " our primary email address. Went in and edited our profile to validate our email address and hopefully that will let us see new caches placed once again. sktqch
  7. sktqch

    Exit GDAK

    Or you could do it manually the way I do. I download a pq or one of my bookmark lists to GSAK, massage the database the way I like to using macros, then export the file to my computer. I then send it to my gmail address and then using my Nexus 7 bring up the gmail message and download the .gsk file. GDAK will then import the file and "Bob's your uncle". PLus if I'm in the field and want to use GCdroid on my phone I can always just bring up gmail and import the file into GCdroid. Kind of like a belt and suspenders approach to ending up way out in the bush with a crashed device.
  8. Thanks, I do indeed have a clean text only copy of the document, something I learned to do in the early 80s when working with dos and basic. I'll get on that tomorrow and see if it works. Stan
  9. Yup I checked HTML, and made sure I was quoting the correct file. One reason I was wondering about the possibility of Chrome misbehaving is when I went back into the web page source code I found this. <p><img alt="" src="https://www.geocaching.com/seek/image.aspx?imgid=5034229" />&lt;img src="<a href="https://www.geocaching.com/seek/image.aspx?imgid=5034229">https://www.geocaching.com/seek/image.aspx?imgid=5034229</a>"/&gt;</p> That shows that the actual url for the image plus the html code to show it has been tripled up. It seems to me that it should only be placed there once. I didn't click paste or ctr/v 3 times, only once but it showed up tripled. That happened with all 4 images I tried to post. Weird. I can't actually find a way to directly edit the source code on the page or I would delete the second and third iteration of the html image to see if that would fix it. Stan
  10. I've followed all the steps, uploaded the picture to the page, copied the html code for insertion into the cache page script but no joy. I end up with the html code and url for the image on the cache page. Could it be that there's a problem since I'm trying to do it with Chrome? sktqch
  11. We found a couple of them recently and they had nothing to do with trains or Arizona. Farm kids will know right away what you're talking about, and crows and pigeons will hate them.
  12. I also am annoyed at geocaching.com because of the persistent and intrusive captchas. I understand geocaching.com has contracted out the security of their site to the company that provides the captchas system of annoying customers. Fuzzy pictures, constant repeats of scenarios sometimes taking upwards of 2 or more minutes to "prove" I'm not a robot. Totally unnecessary as this is one of the few sites that requires this onerous task. I don't delete my cookies btw. The most onerous times to hammer a "customer" with these things is on the periodic check when using GSAK that geocaching.com requires so they can prove you are a premium member. I used to think that being a premium member would help you use the site, not hinder you. I agree with several posts here that accuse geocaching.com of being behind the times using this terrible piece of script to "protect" themselves.
  13. Is there a site where all of the Kettle Valley Railway caches have a bookmark list published? We are going to visit Kelowna next week and would like to do some of these? sktqch
  14. I agree with the "save as gpx" comments above. It would allow me to generate different gpx files to save to individual micro SD cards so I could change areas in the field, while on trips. I would really rather be allowed to access different gpx files on my gps, but I won't hold out much hope for that function from Garmin. That's assuming I'd be allowed to increase the number of included logs to 30, add personal notes and include image files along with them. sktqch
  15. We for sure wouldn't like to be forced out of using GSAK. It presents an almost unlimited opportunity to "massage" caches downloaded from PQs supplied by geocaching.com. As an example, our Etrex gps' can't show the "attribute" icons presented on Geocaching.com so a quick macro "massage" in GSAK converts the icons to text which it then includes in the "logs" section when downloading to our Etrex gps'. That was one of the improvements we requested in our original message which included a few "upgrades". sktqch
  16. Thanks for the tip noncentric, have added our above comment to the "release Notes" forum. sktqch
  17. Moved this to this forum from the other one, to keep the discussion going. OK, so we usually dump to GSAK, increase number of logs to 30, use a couple of macros to massage attributes, add personal notes and images and clears the old list on the gps (if we want). Using the new "dump to Garmin" feature on the new LISTS system, ends up with the new list appended to the old list already on the Garmin (not good) and dumping only 5 logs, not adding attributes in text format, not adding personal notes and not adding images. Lots of improvements needed. Any hope of that in the near future? The old list system tells us when a newly added cache is "already on the list", and tells us that the cache was successfully added. The new list seems to have left these features out. That means lots of backtracking and checking to see if the "add" was successful or duplicated. We'll stick to the old list system for now pending some of the improvements mentioned above. sktqch
  18. OK, so we usually dump to GSAK, increase number of logs to 30, use a couple of macros to massage attributes, add personal notes and images and clears the old list on the gps (if we want). Using the new "dump to Garmin" feature on the new LISTS system, ends up with the new list appended to the old list already on the Garmin (not good) and dumping only 5 logs, not adding attributes in text format, not adding personal notes and not adding images. Lots of improvements needed. Any hope of that in the near future? The old list system tells us when a newly added cache is "already on the list", and tells us that the cache was successfully added. The new list seems to have left these features out. That means lots of backtracking and checking to see if the "add" was successful or duplicated. We'll stick to the old list system for now pending some of the improvements mentioned above. sktqch
  19. I've found that the GSAK macro "UpdateGCNotes.gsk" doesn't work any more as well. Something's going on with Groundspeak and their handling of personal cache notes and I don't like it. sktqch
  20. Thanks for the reply Isonzo, as you say though the duplicates are a problem. We have visited geocaching central in Seattle and were very impressed by the whole set up. The most impressive thing though was the spirit and adventure of the young employees. I can't help but think that a couple of these young spirited adventuresome programmers could knock this out in a jiffy and have fun doing it as well. Stan
  21. Being on Vancouver Island, we are constantly being bombarded with instant notifications from the mainland if we include a distance that runs North and South of us far enough to include Vancouver Island caches. Why can't instant notifications allow 4 points that would form a square or rectangle so that this problem could be rectified? It seems much simpler that plotting caches along a highway. It could also be plotted as a straight line between two points, with a distance from the line chosen to form a rectangle for instant notifications. SKTQCH
  22. I'm not a fan of touch screens, I often end up navigating while my geo-partner drives and trying to manipulate a touch screen on a bumpy logging road isn't my cup of tea, ever! I do appreciate that the 30x is lighter than the 64 but mostly what grabs my attention is the significantly higher battery life of the 30x, (25 hours vs 16 on the 64s. Has anyone found the longer battery life claim for the 30x to be exaggerated? Stan Stan
  23. That's not such a big deal with us as we have never used more than 500 waypoints at a time. The capacity to use miniSD cards more than makes up for that. We like to limit our download from GSAK to a couple of hundred waypoints max and if there needs to be more putting them on the mini-sd card in groups is much more usable. One of the plus features that I love is the dramatic increase in pixels, (240x320 vs 160x240). The difference in mapping visibility is remarkable, at least to my eyes in the store environment when compared side by side. The only thing I haven't been able to compare is the satellite reception capabilities in heavily forest settings, however as we're fairly experienced we find our geo-sense taking over more and more as we go. We used to be miffed if a cache was more than half a dozen meters off what our gps reported but that was way back down the log. Now I had my 64s arrival warning set at 50 meters and would put it in my pocket for the search at that point. Stan
  24. sktqch

    Oregon vs 64

    They don't, they also don't work with your fingers if you are a passenger trying do anything on the touch screen gps while bouncing along on a gravel logging road trying to keep up with the driver. Stan
  25. Both the 64S and the Etrex 30X allow for data transfer via mini sd card. I liked making a couple of different cards with different areas covered rather than one huge .gpx file which slows down the 64S quite a bit. Stan But none of the Garmin GPS will let you write new data directly to the card. So if I'm out hiking and recording my track, I can't save it to the SD card. Nor can I save any waypoints I collect out in the field to the SD card. Those get written to the internal memory and can be transferred to the card via basecamp (or more generally via computer). So when my USB port failed on the device, I couldn't retrieve it except by sending it wirelessly to another device. OK now I understand. I was talking about loading .gpx files from GSAK to a mini card. Isn't there some way in a Garmin to redirect waypoints and tracks from the internal memory to the SD card? Stan
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