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skillett

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  1. could have been a solar flair. they happen all the time and wreak havoc with satellites and cell phones.o nly the really big ones get any media coverage.
  2. WHEW it's getting hot in here and I see some flame on the horizon
  3. Maybe I should qualify this find. it was REALLY! easy as a matter of fact you can pretty much guess where it is from about 300 ft away! it is surrounded by flat level ground , mowed grass, perched on top of a mound about the size of a pitchers mound with a 3 ft wooden stake with surveyors ribbon on it . once i got in the ballpark with the gps i quit looking and beelined right for it . But thanks for the advice though. there is another one close to this one with a pretty complicated description . I will probably go for it next. Thanks to your advice it will be interesting to see where the gps takes me.
  4. anybody heard of gpss its a free maping/tracking software from the U.K. I will post the url if anyone is interested. I am a newbie and it may be old hat.
  5. Found my first official one today. it was an easy one but way cool. i became interested in benchmarks by a happy accident. i used to fly r/c planes when i lived near atlanta,ga our flying field was called dynamite hill. (used to store explosives there) our run way was at the top of the hill. one day another pilot lost control of his plane and we went searching for it. we topped another hill where there was a great view. and started looking around. i happened to notice a peice of concrete sticking out of the ground and investigated. it was a benchmark disk it had the elevation and other stuff on it . it struck me as something pretty neat. and i have been looking at the usgs site ever since but never went looking for one till now. this geocaching and benchmark hunting is pretty addictive!
  6. The newly popular adventure game for GPS users, which stands for Global Positioning Systems, a way to locate one another and hidden objects . GAME!! hey this is serious business Derrick Johnson was the last to be pulled to the top. He was transported to Saint Alfonsis Hospital in Boise, where he is listed under serious condition. If he was the worst hurt why was he the last to be rescued
  7. looks cool and the water supply would be great on hot texas summer days. but $100.00 OUCH!. im so poor i can't even pay attention
  8. I posted this because i didn't see any discussion about making cables. I am a newbie here maybe i missed it . glad to see some other "tech heads " out there.
  9. for the more technically inclined (or just plain brave) here is a link to those hard to find garmin connectors. they are called pfrancs and they work on the honor system. just ask and they will send the connectors of your choice then you send either some good swag or cash. I purchased a couple for my gps 12 after cringing at the price garmin wanted for a little wire and some plastic. they are high quality connectors and there are instructions for making up the cables. http://pfranc.com/projects/g45contr/g45_idx.htm
  10. I would. but I'm financially embarrassed right now.
  11. my friends and i were coming back from his cabin in southern missouri when we rounded a sharp curve to find a bald eagle sitting on the side of the road. we hit the skids and backed toward it we managed to get pretty close before it flew away . It was incredible I never realized how big they were and had never been that close to one. it was huge!! I guess fate had smile upon us too that day.
  12. I had forgot how to mark a waypoint with my etrex venture. my old gps 12 had a mark button. this one doesn't .so i downloaded the manual from garmin . and in the course of finding out what i wanted to know I saw a waypoint icon for geocaching. way cool! I guess you have hit the big time when a manufacturer supports your hobby! edit spelling
  13. whoda thunk it! I used to be an over the road truck driver. I can go from coast to coast and find my destination with no problem. but put me in a parking lot and SHEESH I might as well be in the middle of the ocean. great idea. I now have a new use for my gps
  14. i think that easygps is talking about communicating with your gps for the purpose of up/downloading waypoints etc. 4800 baud seems to be the standard baud rate with all gps's it has nothing to doo with your modem.
  15. Ihave firefox 1.0 and it has a mail feature just click tools mail. i have not used it though and could not tell you if it works or not. I love firefox though. wouldnt go back to IE for 'nuthin. no popups or spyware and a way cool weather forcast plugin.
  16. Ihave firefox 1.0 and it has a mail feature just click tools mail. i have not used it though and could not tell you if it works or not. I love firefox though. wouldnt go back to IE for 'nuthin. no popups or spyware and a way cool weather forcast plugin.
  17. you might want to check to see if the WAAS feature on your gps is enabled( if it has one) . But from what i understand it requires a clear view of the sky from horizon to horizon to work properly. The less sattellites your gps can "see" the less the accuracy will be. Hence an inaccurate reading in vallys and deep woods with lots of tree cover. you might want to go to a place with an unobstructed view of the sky and try relocating your gps ( consult manual). hope this helps. God, these laptop keyboards stink!! gotta get an external if i am gonna hang around here!
  18. having used a gps for ham radio applications. mainly aprs, I was looking for something else to do with it that would be more active. I was surfing around on the web one day and came upon the degree confluence project. www.confluence.org. there was a confluence point close to where I was living at the time so i decided to try it. which led indirectly to geocaching and i have been hooked ever since. I dont have a lot of finds under my belt yet , but im working on it and enjoying it immensly. it's nice to get out and about and enjoy mother nature at the same time. if you would like to learn more about aprs go to www.arrl.org and search for aprs if you would like to see were i live follow this link and in the upper right corner of the page type in kb4put then click the button. http://www.phrozen-neon.com/alarc/aprs.php
  19. be careful when connecting the cable to the gps. there is an index mark on the cable and the back of the gps . assuming your gps has a rectanglular connection there is a little slot that has to be lined up with a tab at the connector on the back of the gps.be sure line them up . dont force it! if you have to force it you probably have the cable backwards. hope this helps.
  20. Hope this helps I am not familiar with with the legend c but found this in the topographics web site. You might want to contact thier tech support for answers to your problem. Are you using a usb to serial adapter cable? if that is the case , check the com port settings for it. they can be finiky some times. I know the following instructions are not for your gps but the main thing here is that your gps must be on, set to garmin/garmin interface mode , datum must be set to wgs 84 and baud set to 4800 I cant remember if you can change baude rate in garmin to garmin mode. if it doesn't give you that option then it is taken care of automatically. instructions for configuring a Garmin GPS 76. To select GARMIN interface mode Press the Menu button on your GPS receiver. Press the Menu button again to display the Main Menu. Select Setup. Select the Interface tab. Select GARMIN as the Serial Data Format. To set the datum to WGS 84 Press the Menu button on your GPS receiver. Press the Menu button again to display the Main Menu. Select Setup. Select the Location tab. Select WGS 84 as the Map Datum. To set the coordinate format to decimal degrees Press the Menu button on your GPS receiver. Press the Menu button again to display the Main Menu. Select Setup. Select the Location tab. Select hddd.ddddd as the Location Format. Related Topics
  21. Actually, I just carry my light sabre.
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