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  1. My compass spins on occasion, too - as suggested above, be sure to calibrate it after a battery change or when it's simply acting screwy. I've also started driving/routing with the compass off, and only turn it on after getting out of the Jeep; this seems to help with it getting confused sometimes.

    GPSrs can be temperamental li'l beasts.

  2. NL,

    As a premium member, you could [also] run a pocket query in which you can have it only give you caches you haven't found, and/or new caches placed on/after certain dates, etc.

    If you get to know the caches in your area well enough--and depending on the cache density--you could look on your local "map it," check "hide my finds," and you may be able to recognize new caches by the map visual alone.

    Scrolling through those cache-pages can be a pain. It may be helpful to notice an "extra space" between the date and description that reads "NEW!" This space can be immediately seen as the page loads, so if you don't see that space, simply click to the next page: there's no need to scroll through every page looking for the "NEW!" if you don't see that space.

    Good luck; have fun - you'll get it.

  3. If you have it find the cache by off road, but flip to the map, you can then see the compass of course, if you flip back upon your arrival. This will not autoroute/give directions, however.

    In the end it's simpler to just "recalculate" and choose off road when you get to your destination.

  4. I went the very route you're considering: a Garmin GPS V to a Vista HCx. There was nothing wrong with the V, either; my Mother now uses is it for her primary. The Vista's accuracy is better under the canopy, and the color screen and Geocaching feature is nice as an extra. The USB is nice and fast, too. I don't regret the upgrade at all.

    It is good advice, as suggested above, to wait and watch the new units coming out, or the prices, especially, of the "older" models at the same time.

  5. You went looking for the cache and Did Not Find it. Sounds like a DNF log to me. They are not a demerit - just a tidbit of useful information.


    Agreed. Some people seem to think they are some sort of a black mark. DNFs are just a log type that notes the result of your hunt. The reason you didn't find it is irrelevant.


    It could be argued that leaving a DNF there if the cache is missing is more important because it will prevent others from wasting their time on the cache.


    The DNF is now part of your caching history and the history of the cache. No point in deleting it and changing

    the history.


    Well said.

  6. Hi JC,

    Are you using %smart in the waypoint name? If yes, be sure to verify the char limit of it. You set it in Tools/Options, look at the bottom right corner.

    I was using 6 previously because I kept the last 4 char for telling me %typ1%con1%dif1%ter1 so all this was 10 in length.

    Smart name was increased to 10 with the same 4 char so total is now 14.

    And like I said, in the GPS/Send Waypoints screen you also need to tell to use 14.


    Thanks for the info. Let's see here...


    Yes, it's set to 14 in Maximum Characters under Send to GPS; it's also 14 under the Smart Name in Tools-Options. My build that I like is: %smart=11%con1%Dif I've also tried it: %smart%con1%Dif, without a difference. And, I've also tried just: %smart, to no avail. The max characters is still 10.


    Perhaps I've done something wrong when creating the .INI file in GSAK...?

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