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  1. We cache with a 60 CSx and iPOD Touch for paperless caching. There's a geocaching app for the Touch; we run pocket queries and save them on the Touch. Only thing is the app does not seem to have an off-line search feature, so you need to scroll through the query to find your cache. Another app called Geocache Viewer lets you sort by cache name, but its a little fussier getting the caches loaded onto the iPod.
  2. That same pinout site mentioned above has a Garmin Nuvi pinout described here: http://pinouts.ru/GPS/garmin_nuvi_power_pinout.shtml It says to connect pin X to ground through a 17.3 k ohm resistor. I've bought the resistor, and will be modifying a cable soon for my new Nuvi.
  3. Seems to me that I avoided the need to edit the registry by first copying the topo CD to computer, then running the install directly from there.
  4. You can get a cable to connect your iPAQ and GPS, and mapping/navigation software for the iPAQ. We use Garmin Que software on our iPAQ. It works great for over-the-road navigation.
  5. We have the "original recipe" gps10, and use it with an iPAQ 4705 PDA. It works fine with OziExplorer CE. I believe bluetooth uses COM8 on the iPAQ.
  6. For car navigation with voice we use Garmin's bluetooth GPS 10 and their Que software with our iPAQ 4705. It works wonderfully. I've wired a 5 volt connection to give both units constant power - the iPAQ falls asleep when running off its internal battery. For geocaching, we use Garmin 60 x-series, and recommend them highly. The iPAQ is too valuable, and not rugged enough for outdoor use.
  7. Use Microsoft Activesync to connect your iPAQ to your computer, or, avoid the need for any iPAQ-computer communication and simply copy the Pocket Query GPX files to your memory card, then insert it back into your iPAQ. To read the GPX files in the form of cache pages we're using GPX Sonar in our iPAQ 4700.
  8. We recently bought a set of the Rayovac's in the US, in the charger kit described above. THe AAA's, out of the box, needed charging. As well, we picked up some Eneloops, which I believe are the same concept, made by Sanyo. Got them from The Source in Victoria. The Eneloops package was dated 06 2006, and out of the box, indicated fully charged when I put them in my camera. If I get a chance, I'll do a side-by-side test, but first indication (state of charge when new) is the Eneloops may be the better of the two.
  9. Some AAA batteries are worse than others. We've had poor service from Kodak 700mAh NiMH batteries. Life span ranges from several minutes to a couple hours depending on how recently they were charged. Most of what little charge they hold seems to dissipate within days. I'm looking forward to getting some eneloops for our Geko.
  10. I can't recall what we paid, but we did purchase online at GPSCentral.ca in Canada. I just checked their website, and the GPS 18 alone is $100. or with GPS 18 deluxe kit with City Navigator 8, $145, or you can but City Navigator 8 alone for $150. It makes the kit a pretty compelling deal. And we are hooked on Streets & Trips for trip planning and in-car PC navigation. Its not perfect, but very easy to use and allows us to schedule stops, which we think gives it an edge over N-Route.
  11. We use a GPS 18 with our laptop and Streets & Trips using GPSGate. It works well. And we bought the GPS 18 as a kit with City Select 6, which gave us a spare unlock code which we used on our 60Cx. Garmin does have a free program, Spanner, which I understand will allow your USB GPS to work with Streets & Trips, which is what GPSGate does.
  12. Wow! Lots of experiences here that are better than ours regarding AAA battery life. We've been using Kodak 700 mAH in our Geko 201. I charged a set up fresh last night, and got less than 2 hours out of them this morning. And past experience is that most of the charge leaks out if the batteries sit unused for a few days. I'll need to do an alkaline test to see if our Geko is unwell.
  13. We have a Geko 201 and rarely use it - those AAA batteries are too expensive and don't last long enough. We bought some NiMH AAA's, but they don't even have the life of a fruit fly. Mere minutes. So our Geko is in the bottom of the pack for emergency use only (with alkaline batteries). Its a fun little unit, but in our opinion, not the best for caching.
  14. I have one of those mounts. That top "o" shaped piece is where the belt-clip-stud goes through (the stud is shown separately in the picture). Its very secure.
  15. We bought our GPS 18 a couple years ago, and it came with a full version of City Select 6. Based on that experience, I'd answer your questions, "Yes, yes and yes".
  16. We had the same thing happen after loading a bunch of files from GSAK using POI Loader. The data must have contained a number field that triggered the speed warning. We normally use Mapsource for the POI Loader files, and get no speed-warning problems.
  17. A couple options are Pocket Streets (from Microsoft Streets and Trips), or for waypoint management, tracking and maps using Mapsource, get Garmin Que software with the GPS 10.
  18. Streets and Trips is designed to work with serial gps. We use Franson GPS Gate to connect a USB GPS (60 csx and GPS 18) to work with Streets and Trips.
  19. I was just on Garmin's website trying to determine the same thing. They say the micro cards have the exact same detail as the topo CD's. But I believe the CD's they refer to are less detailed than 24k. You can use their mapviewer to check.
  20. We're using Garmin's GPS 10 and Que software with an iPAQ 4700, and it works very well. It has auto-routing with voice prompts; in that regard its superior to our 60Cx. Currently, we have City Select 6 maps on the HP's CF card. I'm hoping to upgrade to Garmin's new XT software that will enable POI loader and the use of new NT maps (City Navigator 8). Que software (2.70) seems to be limited to 1,000 waypoints.
  21. I used to have a Garmin 12, and actually found a couple caches in New Zealand with it! Use WGS 84 for caching, but if you are correlating to NZ maps, I believe there is a datum specific to New Zealand. Unfortunately I don't recall what it is, but Joe Mehaffey might, at GPSinformation.net. Its a very useful site, and contains this link to NZ mapping datums: http://home.clear.net.nz/pages/paulcatc/p2.htm I hope this is helpful.
  22. That should be no problem. We use our GPS 18 with Streets & Trips fopr our road trips. Works great! Thanks, that confirms the Spanner part, are you also confirming you can unlock 2 GPSr's with the CS that comes bundled with it, and neither unlock is tied to the GPS18 by default, until/unless unlocked to it by the user? Good thing to clarify. I can't answer definitively, because I went ahead and unlocked a map set for the GPS18, and I've unlocked the same set for another GPS. What I can tell you is that the coupon containing the registration number and unlock code also bears the serial number of the GPS 18. So I suspect one code will be tied to the 18, leaving only one unlock free for another unit.
  23. That should be no problem. We use our GPS 18 with Streets & Trips fopr our road trips. Works great!
  24. I'm no guru, but I'm happy with the Garmin Que software and GPS 10. I have the ipaq 4700. But one feature the GPS 10 does not have is data logging capability, which would allow it to be used stand-alone, then later downloaded to the PDA. Delorme might have that capability.
  25. Yes, you can connect the GPS to your computer, and track your location using programs like Streets & Trips, but you can't install Streets & Trips maps onto the GPS. That reviewer is saying the output signal from the GPS works with Streets & Trips. The comment about detailed maps will refer to Magellan maps only.
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