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  1. Received my HH a day or 2 ago. Just love these mystery coins.
  2. I shale never stop believing.
  3. The coin has been retrieved by Mr. Gray. He is still out there as i knew he would be!
  4. Cache Cog Nomad has reached it's final destination. It took nearly 2 years but it finally made it. I can't believe how far it has gown. This has been a great experience so far.
  5. If your not logging out of the site from any PC then its probably an issue with your browser cookies. So go in and clear your cookies and browser history. Once you log back into the site it should keep you logged in.
  6. You need to sign the log. If there is no signature in the log then you shouldn't claim the find online. If someone has claimed to find your cache and they didn't sign the log book then you have the right to delete the find.
  7. Did you use an impact drill with that concrete bit? Did you use any cutting oil to help cool the bit? Without an impact drill the concrete bit won't get anywhere. The bit is designed to scrape and impact the concrete/rock to create the hole. Since you said the bit was smoking i'll assume you didn't use any cutting oil. Its important you use the oil and don't try to drill to fast. It will take some time to drill a hole into a rock. If the bit starts getting too hot to touch then take a break and let it cool down.
  8. Has a Geocoin been made with this kind of a theme? If not maybe someone will make it. The coin could have the image of a dollar bill with a cache in place of Washington's head. Then there could be a Check with a GPS on it and a check mark on the screen. The a credit card with a PC on it and the Geocaching logo. Or it could be a series of coins that fit together to make a larger coin.
  9. Its not the app that's inaccurate. The app gets that same information from the GPSr in the phone as any other app does and performs the same calculations to get your location as any other app does. It only differs in the UI and features it offers. It the phone itself that is inaccurate.
  10. It best if you use a good handheld unit to place the cache. But whatever app your using should have a way of showing your current coords. So when you place the cache write down the coords, Walk away and back again, then record the coords again. Do this several times and take an average of the reading and you have the coords you can publish.
  11. The Dakota 10 is a good starting point but it depends on what your looking for in a GPSr. I use a Dakota 10 and the only thing i wish it had was an Electronic Compass. But that adds about $80 to the price of the unit. At the time i got my Dakota i found a really good deal on it and the 20 was way out of my price range.
  12. What GPSr do you have and are there any updates for the unit?
  13. Cache Cog Nomad has made its way across the Atlantic and has made some rounds in the Netherlands. Soon it will find its way to Mr. Gray EU. Have any trackables made it to there destination yet?
  14. The thing i like about a touch screen is it is easier to input way points manually and easier to navigate through the menus. If you get into doing allot of multi or puzzle caches you'll quickly find how much easier a touch screen is over inputting info with that little joystick on the eTrex. My first hand held GPSr was an eTrex Legend H. I really hated using that stick to navigate around a keypad to enter in information. Its much quicker and easier on a touch screen.
  15. Just an FYI if you want better maps you the GC isn't going to help since it has no way of loading additional maps. Unless you want to try hacking it with the Explorist 310 firmware. Personally i find maps very useful so you don't end up on the wrong approach to a cache and find yourself on the wrong side of a body of water from the cache.
  16. I have looked at GPSFileDepot and they don't have anything for my part of the world. All they have are the 'World Shaded Relief' and the 'World Topo' Have you downloaded them and looked at them on Basecamp? I'm sure there will be a tile or 2 covering your area.
  17. Why did you post this in the garage Sale forum? Anyway... Its very easy to upload caches to the Oregon. no need for any 3rd party software. Plug your GPS into your PC. Open it like its an external drive and navigate to the Garmin/GPX folder. Then drop your GPX file in there and your all done.
  18. Drop the Legend and Vista all together especially if they are not the Legend H and vista H. The eTrex 10 is a great unit but only has a black and white screen. Of the 4 the Dakota is your best choice. Offering a touch screen interface, color scree, holds 2000 caches, plenty of room for additional maps, and if you ever become a premium member (PM) you'll be able to use its paperless caching feature which gives you the cache description, hints, and recent logs. the eTrex 10 is also a paperless unit. The dakota 10 can give you turn by turn navigation with the right maps installed but there will be no voice commands prompting you to turn. There are plenty of free maps available for any of those units at GPSFileDepot. When you buy one of them install the Garmin Communicator software onto your PC and you can use the Send to GPS button that is on the cache pages. if you want to load more then 1 cache at a time then use the search feature to pull up the list of caches near you. You get 20 caches listed per page and you can use the check boxes next to each cache to select the ones you want. Then go to the bottom of the screen and click on the Download Waypoints button. This will download all the checked caches in a single .loc file to your PC. Then plug your GPSr into the PC (if you get the eTrex 10 or Dakota 10) and open it like its an external drive. Navigate to the Garmin/GPX folder and drop the .loc file in there and you will have your caches. Once you have a PM you will be able to use Pocket queries to do a detailed search and download up to 1000 caches in a single .gpx file that you will be able to drop into the GPX folder on the unit. With the Vista and Legend you would need an outside program like EasyGPS or GSAK to load more then 1 cache at a time into the units. If they are the none H versions then you have to contend with a serial interface. meaning you will need to buy a Serial to USB converter or a new cable with the converter built in. Not to mention the none H versions don't have a very sensitive receiver in them so you could have trouble keeping a good sat lock under heavy tree coverage.
  19. Did you istall the map properly? Is the map in Basecamp centered on your current location. if not that would be why you don't see the map.
  20. Don't buy maps. you can find planety of free maps on the web. Check out GPSFileDepot. You may have to do some digging but there should be a map of your area in there. Be sure to try the one marked as Editors choice. As for the GPS. Most that have an SD card slot only use it for maps and can only hold a pre set number of geocaches. For the most part the average unit can hold about 2000 caches. Plus many units have a pre defined amount of memory in them set aside for maps. So unless you need maps to cover a rather large area, i.e. 50+ mile circle around your home, then you may not need to put anything on an SD card. I suggest looking at a Garmin unit. They have the better selection of free maps on the web and GPSFileDepot caters to Garmin units. As do many other map sites. The eTrex 20 may suit your needs without breaking the bank. Keep in mind if you want to take advantage of paperless caching you will need to get a premium membership in order to dowload PQs and have the paperless data. For the most part you don't need an app to get PQs loaded. Most GPSr act as an external drive once you plug them into you PC/MAC. Then its just a matter of dragging and dropping the PQ into the correct folder.
  21. 1) play around with all the settings and menus on the unit. It the best way to get a feel for where everything is. The system isn't too complicated so you should be able to figure it out fairly easily. 2) 3) If you want better maps then you will need to download better maps. Check out GSPfileDepot for maps. you could buy Garmin's maps buy why pay for those when there are great free ones available. 4) 5) Make sure you have the Garmin Communicator installed on your PC. Then you can hit the Send to GPS button on the cache pages to load caches into your unit. Alternatively when you do a search for caches in your area you will notice there is a check box next to each cache in the list. Check off the ones you want then click on the Download Waypoints button at the bottom of he page. This allows you to download up to 20 caches per page. It downloads as a .loc file to your PC. Now that its downloaded onto you PC plug your GPSr into the PC and go to My Computer. You will see the GPS listed there as an external drive. Open it up and navigate to the Garmin/GPX folder then drag and drop the .loc files into that folder and you've just loaded a group of caches into your unit.
  22. At the very least a firmware update could add a label to those caches so you can see right away if its been attempted or DNF.
  23. With shipping companies tracking packages on a regular basis now it shouldn't be hard for them to figure out it went missing between point D and E. When a package arrives at a sorting facility it gets checked in then checked out. The Drives too check off that they received the package then it get checked off when delivered. So if a machine does destroy the package then it should still be at the facility and the shipping company should be held responsible for retrieving the item if its still in good condition or paying for the item. There is a reasonable expectation that when you send a package that it will reach its destination. Once its in the care of the shipping company it become there problem not the person who shipped it. More and more private companies are taking over shipping. In these cases the consumer should be standing up for there rights. Maybe a class action lawsuits needs to be formed to push these companies into take responsibility for the packages as they should. I don't think they should be responsible for everything. But they should be responsible up to a certain $$ amount. This way if a high dollar item gets lost and the shipper didn't want to pay for the insurance then the shipping company is only liable for up to the set $$ amount.
  24. Keep trying. Look at the hints and recent logs for the caches to find additional clues. Keep in min that your phone will only get you within about 10 feet of the posted coords and the person who placed the cache may have been 10 feet off from the actual location. So once your within about 20 or 30 feet of the cache its time to stop looking at your phone and start looking for possible hiding places. You will have many DNFs in the beginning. But over time you'll get use to looking for things that seem a bit out of place. You'll start noticing hiding spots you never noticed before and get use to the way people tend to hide cache. Then it will be easier to find the caches. So give it time and keep trying.
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