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  1. They've spread a good way further south than that... ... with a bit of help from some friends of mine. Osprey relocation project
  2. I wondered about that, too but... well... one doesn't like to ask...
  3. I thought this new thread might help newcomers to the hobby (me, for instance) if people contribute their thoughts on good gear for geocaching. Obviously, similar equipment as for serious walking - proper clothing taken as read. Here's my own list, to start... Belt with pouches containing: GPS unit, mobile phone. SAK, Silva compass (lanyards, straps on everything) Spare batteries for the GPSr Spare batteries for the spare batteries. Current map in waterproof sleeve. Mini Maglite torch, sunglasses Pack with... Showerproof jacket, trousers. Dry socks, spare dry socks. More dry socks. Basic first aid kit, incl cream for nettle stings. Other maps, if applicable. Gardening gloves. Trade goods, extra pencils, in loc/loc box. Tissues, or bog roll. Insect repellent wipes. Various disreputable hats. Even more batteries. Things I always forget, or leave in the car... The cache notes. My wallet.
  4. No, it's not just you - it seems to have been a bit hit-and-miss over the weekend. Looks like it's working ok ATM.
  5. 2d worth: I sent GS (by airsnailmail) a draft in USD, which my bank were happy to provide for a small fee. My membership became active about ten days later. Nothing dodgy about it, that I could see. OT but relevant, I thought...
  6. Just a thought (and somewhat OT) but if everyone had decimetre-accurate equipment for placing and finding caches - the whole thing: WADGPS, phase differentials, etc, - would it not ruin the hobby completely...?
  7. My 2d worth... Working this out from the OSTN02 transformation, I get the following:- From: N 55 58.305 W 04 17.496 Convert to Deg.Min/Sec: N 55 58 18.3 W 04 17 29.76 Convert to OSGB(36): 57081.2 , 77788.9 You pays yer money and you takes yer choice Incidentally, I also tried to see what Garmin's MapSource software would do with these figures. It gave the same result (exactly) as your Garmin GPSr. (No surprises there, then.) So... why the discrepancy? At a guess, perhaps GPS software designers were worried (quite rightly) that their wee machines did not have enough memory/processor power to use the horribly cumbersome OS tables and equations. They probably employ a simpler (but slightly less accurate) formula which can be implemented at some reasonable speed. You and I would be the first to complain if our Garmin receivers paused every now and again, with a screen display which read... ---------------------- FiGURING OUT WHERE WE ARE (Please wait...) ---------------------- Paul
  8. There's more to it than that: To understand what's happening at the moment, let's anthropomorphise for a moment and imagine what a GPSr does, when it sees one of the SBAS-type satellites... (These comments generally refer to a Garmin consumer unit, and an eTrex type in particular.) 1)I can download the almanac (orbital information) for this satellite. So far, so good. 2)I now know which satellite it is, and what it's supposed to be doing. THIS one is supposed to be transmitting SBAS information, for me to use in positional corrections. 3)None of the information appears to be any use. I am not going to waste one of my receiver channels listening to this garbage. Ignore it. OR... (4)The information appears useful, but it doesn't apply to the area where I am, now. It might be useful some other time, but ignore it for now. OR... (5)The information is valid, and applies to HERE. However, the satellite is also transmitting the “DO NOT USE” indicator. Maybe it's faulty, or under maintenance. Because I'm a Garmin GPSr, I know not to apply the corrections, 'cos they might be wrong. However, I'll remember THIS satellite for future reference. (6)OK. Now.. lets listen to see if there are any other SBAS satellites which I can use.... (back to (1)) Paul
  9. I am only aware of one existing cache which is inside the designated area: GCGB5Z. I'm sure the E&H Service will agree with you, when you write to them. You ARE writing to them, aren't you...? Paul
  10. He (or me, or any of us) will have to clear it with the local Environment and Heritage Service, first. On checking, Donard is within a SAC and ASSI designated area. Full details, here... NBN Gateway and.. getting premission might take some time, because the civil servants here are all on strike.
  11. As Dr Johnson said of our Giants Causeway: "Worth seeing, yes - but not worth going to see." (Silly old fool.)
  12. I inserted the wrong link in that last post. (Well, it's late and I am an old man and will probably die, soon.) The link should have been: National GPS network Note the bad-news comment about accuracy levels in the transformation calculations. Paul
  13. Both are accurate but (to oversimplify) the Earth is round - unless you are in Arkansas - whereas maps are flat. (Except when you let the kids fold them.) To represent a curved surface on a flat map, needs a positional distortion known as the "map projection". There are many ways of doing this, according to the use being made of the map, the area covered by it, and so on. A whole lot more about this, here... GIS mapping Every map -digital or paper - that you might have, should if it's any good, specify the "datum". That's the setting you were altering on your GPS'r. If the datum selected is different from that under which the map was drawn, you will see the 'discrepancies' you mention. However, this is not a fault in the GPSr - it's only doing what you told it to do. Now... I assume that the MM maps you mention are OSGB ones. And you would think that the correct applicable datum for these would be "OSGB", right? Wrong. The MM maps have been adapted for use in GPS applications, and seem to use WGS84, so that's what they use when displaying a Lat/Long entry. Hth, Paul
  14. Got some today (in Belfast, so they ARE available all over). Seem to be quite good quality and, with 'locking tabs', easier to open and close than some other designs. The small ones would make better mini-caches than the traditional jamjar. I can report that the pastic did not discolour or deteriorate, even during the enormous period of time I spent queuing for Woolie's glacial checkout.... Paul
  15. Dunno, but the lowest (land) point in GB is in the area S and/or E of Peterborough. Flag Fen, or Holme Fen possible - they're both several metres b.s.l. Any cache around the Bedford Levels has got to be a candidate... Paul
  16. No problem - if it gets done... Yes. Having now passed the big five-0, that's how I climb most of 'em, as well... WLW
  17. <sigh>.... I suppose we could do one, if you really REALLY want one up there. It's 850m* - and you'll be doing it from as near sea level as makes no difference. At least co-ord accuracy won't be a problem: Donard summit trig is the "fundamental station" for the whole Irish mapping datum. So... N 54 10' 48".262 W 05 55' 11".898 ...give or take a centimetre Hth Paul [* or 849m, depending on datum. YMMV.]
  18. Indeed, but permission itself should be the only one consideration. Thought should be given to possible disturbance when a proposed cache is close to a protected area. This is especially important where the area is a shoreline, estuary, or other significant wetland; these can be very sensitive at certain times of the year. In the UK, many such places are designated under the international Ramsar Covention, and they can be extensive. For example: here in Northern Ireland, the entire foreshore of Strangford Lough is a designated area and thus legally protected. There is a useful hyperlinked map service here CIESIN map viewer Hope this helps.
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