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  1. Please note that Garmin has discontinued development on BaseCamp: https://support.garmin.com/en-CA/?faq=cmo7YxRdRB1DDl1JAWuEV8
  2. This archived, premium member geocache may have been intentionally placed near someone's encampment: Well! Well! Well! What Do We Have Here? When archiving it, the geocache owner changed the coordinates, changed the title to "A" and used a secondary account to adopt it away from his/her primary account.
  3. The negativity about "Needs Maintenance" and "Needs Archiving" logs can come from other geocachers, aside from the cache owners. I have seen logs posted after an NM/NA log claiming that the NM/NA log wasn't justified because they have seen caches in worse condition. Even if a cache is disabled, action might not be taken for a very long time; an urban cache in the Boston, Massachusetts, area was disabled for nearly three years.
  4. The American Bear Association has tips on black bear encounters at: www.americanbear.org/awareness/camping-hiking.html
  5. GCTRNB was disabled for nearly three years before being archived.
  6. A Google search of the company name ultimately lead to a contact page for the leasing agent: http://www.regencycenters.com/retail-space/FL/Winter-Springs?x=17&y=5
  7. The seller has changed the Etsy listing. According to the cached version of the page in Google, the first paragraph was: Now, it's:
  8. The owner of the grenade cache is using it as de facto advertising to sell the containers.
  9. It wasn't a commercial product, but GC10PZ1 appears to have intentionally been made to look like a pipe bomb:
  10. An earlier thread on the subject: http://forums.Groundspeak.com/GC/index.php?showtopic=290853
  11. It wasn't blown up, but GC2YKTA now seems to be in the evidence room. Media story.
  12. From the FCC statement quoted in the article: "In particular, it has revealed challenges to removing regulatory barriers on spectrum that restrict use of that spectrum for mobile broadband. This includes receivers that pick up signals from spectrum uses in neighboring bands. There are very substantial costs to our economy and to consumers of preventing the use of this and other spectrum for mobile broadband. Congress, the FCC, other federal agencies, and private sector stakeholders must work together in a concerted effort to reduce regulatory barriers and free up spectrum for mobile broadband. Part of this effort should address receiver performance to help ensure the most efficient use of all spectrum to drive our economy and best serve American consumers." It seems that the FCC may turn its attention to requiring more filtering by future GPS receivers.
  13. But then: It seems there are assumptions being made all around. "Unreasonable" and "reasonable" are relative terms, just like "adequate."
  14. Unfortunately, matters seem to be made worse by containers like this.
  15. Adding information about parking and trails is very useful; it only takes a minute or two when writing a cache description, so it isn't really hand holding. In the forums people have complained that woods caches don't get nearly as many visits as urban caches. One reason that urban caches may be more popular is that online services can easily provide maps and driving directions. Increasingly, the descriptions for woods caches have very little information about parking and trails; these caches seem to be intended for geocachers that are already familiar with the parks the caches are in. Many people don't even know these parks and trails exist, let alone how to get to them. Map information from the online services is often incomplete or inaccurate for some of the rural parks. You catch more flies with honey than vinegar.
  16. GC10Q31 was a magnetic cache on a supermarket electrical panel in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The bomb squad was called in and it seems Portsmouth banned geocaching for a time; there was a forum thread about that cache.
  17. This is not always true. In California it is an infraction to enter any land that is fenced, or properly posted without fencing, without regard to whether you are asked to leave. It can rise to a misdemeanor if you remain on land after being asked to leave. Even in Illinois, you can violate the law if "written notice forbidding such entry has been conspicuously posted or exhibited at the main entrance to such land or the forbidden part thereof." Therefore, a notice at the entrance will be deemed sufficient to provide you warning even if you enter by another way. And of course if you enter into an agricultural field or orchard . . . It can be important to know the rules. A nearby cache was placed on private property, behind fenced land that was posted in part. I decided not to look for it in light of the above law. But other cachers did. Neither the cache owner or the reviewer took any interest in the problem, but it was archived after a run in with the angry property owner. Luckily, no one was arrested. +1 Furthermore, it is important to note that entering private property and placing something on that property, such as a geocache or letterbox, are two different things. I doubt there is any legal defense for leaving something on private property without landowner permission.
  18. I missed it, how did it go? How thick was the BS? I haven't watched them, but the C-SPAN shows are: : Interview with Sanjiv Ahuja, CEO of LightSquared. Part II: Interview with Rep. Paul Broun of the House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee and Jim Kirkland, founding member of the Coalition to Save our GPS.
  19. A bookmark list of Scouting-related caches in southern New England: http://www.geocaching.com/bookmarks/view.aspx?guid=3284ec97-6e83-4a1c-8749-35ac6136a333
  20. Symmetricom claims to have a solution for LightSquared: http://urgentcomm.com/networks_and_systems/news/symmetricom-lightsquared-gps-interference-20110601/
  21. The report seems to be at: http://licensing.fcc.gov/myibfs/download.do?attachment_key=889555 Congress is trying to slow things down: http://www.insidegnss.com/node/2629 LightSquared is planning an initial public offering (IPO): http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/harbingers-falcone-lightsquared-will-file-ipo-eventually/2011-05-27
  22. All National Geographic mapping software, including TOPO!, is on sale at 25% off at REI through May 30.
  23. There was a recent thread on this: http://forums.Groundspeak.com/GC/index.php?showtopic=273382
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