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  1. I choose the caches that I search for primarily based on location: I prefer parks and preserves. Or, if I'm in a new state, I'll pick one that I think I can readily find because I may not have a lot of free time while visiting. I do not even consider FPs. I'm in the test group, and the little hearts are just noise. If implemented, please provide a way to turn them off.
  2. One last thing (and I wish I had checked this earlier), the Disabling a Cache section in the Help Center says : “You can temporarily disable your cache page if the cache needs repairs or if the area is closed temporarily.” So if the area is temporarily closed, then there is no time limit on how long the cache is Disabled.
  3. Then, with that criterion, your only choice is to continue posting notes and trust that the reviewer is not operating in a vacuum. After all, your notes are identifying the physical constraints that are affecting your ability to re-enable the cache. The notes haven’t been month after month of “I haven’t had time to go out” or statements along those lines. Looks like something may change in the next few weeks per the GNW webpage.
  4. My thinking was that access to the entire track, which appears to be needed for the current cache page, would not be necessary. Maybe one can’t easily get to the sign or the cache, but both could still be made active, which appears to be the point.
  5. Here’s a suggestion: temporarily change and simplify the cache page and solution, but save the current version for re-use. Use the sign at the first stage for the letters and numbers for the final location. It will be much less elegant and less interesting than what you currently have, but it allows you to activate the page. Whether or not the cache is accessible as originally intended is moot. When the trail is restored and reopened, re-load your original page.
  6. Maybe this will help, but it is an educated guess. I use Edge for work. Occasionally, there are problems with downloading intracompany files, and this is the work-around: I'm assuming that a download box will appear in the upper right corner when you try to download the PQ. In that download box, there is a circle with three dots. Right-click (I think) that and a number of options will appear, one of which is "Keep anyway" (or something like that). Click that, and I think it will place the file in the Downloads folder. Joe
  7. I suggest that you sleep on it a bit longer. When I received my virtual, I had no idea what to do because I really didn’t expect to get one. I did review all the virtuals within about 50 miles, and while most were scenic or historic, the rest fell into many categories. I then discovered that the scenic or historic locations that I was familiar with were occupied by caches (traditional, virtual, and earth) so I set the task aside. A short time later, the memory of a news article about the dedication on a new city park that was created out of thin air bubbled to the surface. A eureka moment of sorts. So, a little patience is in order. Besides, you have about 6 more months. Joe
  8. I use bare 14 gauge copper wire to hang tags. Thick enough to resist failure from corrosion. Use pliers to bend it, but it can be bent by hand. Bend into a loop or “S”. Regarding nails: Trees eventually die and some need to be cut up. Nails will damage a chain saw and possibly cause an injury to the saw operator.
  9. I was surprised I received one of the virtuals, what with my flyweight credentials (1,000 finds over 11 years; 20 favorite points; 7 active hides, two of which were placed at the start of the pandemic). I've got to do alot of thinking about this because so many of the classic regional locations are occupied by a cache of some sort already.
  10. It isn’t a question. If one follows the guidelines for hiding a cache, one does the homework to see if the location interferes with saturation. Maybe one checks with the reviewer. Then, one updates the cache page and the new location can be seen by reviewers. On the other hand, if the final location puzzle is changed without changing the coordinates in the cache page, I doubt that anyone would be the wiser, but it would be wrong. If the final is moved by updating the cache page, it could open up an awesome location for another cache.
  11. Sorry. I missed the subject line. But if one were to move the coordinates off the books, I don’t see how it would be detected by a reviewer. (Unless the reviewer happened to find the cache in the new location and notice that it is too close to another cache.) If the change is made as an edit of the final location on the CO’s cache page, I would think that would show up to a reviewer like any other change.
  12. I interpreted the OP as referring to updating the coordinates of a cache that they own, in the Admin Tools.
  13. I think the “no commercial content” rule would not permit it. The guidelines appear to be clear about your case, that is, using a logo.
  14. I witnessed a change in coordinates by 30 to 40 meters that moved the cache to within the 0.1 mile of another cache and within 24 hours the reviewer disabled the cache with the new coordinates. The CO never tried to improve the location and the cache was eventually archived by the reviewer. The CO was a newbie and their coordinates were way off. They were responding to comments by finders about how far off the coordinates were. Most finders found the cache because there was an explicit hint.
  15. Did you try using the Search function and entering the GC number to open the page?
  16. You may want to consider ice on the river in winter and how safe it may be to walk on it (real or perceived). People without small craft may chose to wait for freezing conditions to make the find. But if the ice is poor, there could be a bad result. (There is a local park with a lake and small island. I don’t kayak, so I wait for the lake to freeze. I judge the ice by the presence of ice fishermen. But that option may not be available on your river.)
  17. Considering that there have been 16 landings (some less successful than others), it’ll be pretty big CITO event. Might need a few boxes of contractor-size garbage bags.
  18. A few other things that slow the process down include Mars’ rotation and only about 12 hours of daylight, relaying the photos up the satellite that sends them to earth, the limited time each day that the rover is in range of the satellite, and the limited time each day that the satellite is in position to send the signal to earth.
  19. Since the TB page says that a picture would be sent “a few days” after landing, people are expecting activation by now. But it takes at least 10 days to shake down the rover and make certain all systems function. It takes about 10 minutes for a radio signal to pass between the planets so regardless of the number of steps that the rover can perform on its own, there is still 20 minutes of dead time to confirm an operation. If things don’t go smoothly, time is added. I could not find a comprehensive mission schedule, so I have no idea when the SHERLOC calibration target will be used. My own guess is that it would be done at least once before the rover first moves. Mars’ rotation means that half the day the rover is out of view. The photos are relayed from the rover to a Mars satellite so that is another limitation. So for now, just wait a bit more.
  20. The first image I found was low resolution and I couldn’t make out several images of the code. Then I found a very crisp image and easily solved the puzzle. And I’m assuming that someone at GS will flip an “off switch” for discovery notifications on the watchlist.
  21. I put the TB on my watchlist. Along with 6,500+ others. Does anyone know (perhaps a Lackey) if I'm going to get bombed by a few thousand Discovered log notifications when the TB code becomes available? (I suppose a related question is: Will the TB page crash when the Activated notification hits and a few thousand people attempt to log it?) Now back to reading The Martian Chronicles.
  22. One last thing: use the car as a base and load all the gear that you might possibly need or use. Sounds like you’ll typically be within 30 minutes of it, and maybe 60 for the 4 km trip. If you don’t use some things, it won’t matter because you don’t have to carry it all. For want of a nail, and all of that. Joe
  23. Above freezing and walking fast: consider a long sleeve polyester wicking shirt (not cotton), short sleeve cotton tee shirt, and unlined wind breaker, hooded if possible. Knit hat. Water proof or water resistant boots or shoes. Two pairs of socks. Mittens if you have them. Raincoat separate and in a backpack. Swap it out with the jacket if it rains. Raincoats don’t breathe and you’ll overheat if you put it over a jacket. Bring extra socks and shoes and leave them in the car so you’ll have them. Bring an extra long sleeve shirt or two to put on if you need one. Leave those in the car or backpack. Joe
  24. When I see Big Blue, I think of IBM. Were they involved in the development of the computers and programming of the GPS satellites and computer systems?
  25. Before you decide to archive some of your caches, please consider the following: Regarding the CHS ping – The CHS ping is an armchair notice. The pinger has not looked for the cache, has not been near the GZ, and has not looked at the cache page or downloaded the coordinates. Like any other armchair action, it should be taken with a grain of salt. Unlike an NM logged by a cacher, there has been no effort put in by the part of the pinger; therefore, the effort of an armchair OM is an appropriate response. Regarding your routine visits to your cache that you don’t think should be considered as “Maintenance” – Maintenance can also be preventative, so a routine visit or inspection is maintenance. For example, monthly checking of the oil level in a car engine, checking the tire pressure, and inspecting a filter for dirt accumulation is preventative maintenance. Similarly, so are checking pumps vibration, and checking belts on motor drives for tightness and wear. These actions are inspections, and often, no action beyond that is necessary, but they are maintenance nonetheless. Therefore, the inspection of a cache by the owner is maintenance, and an OM log is appropriate. More generally. Although the specifics of the CHS are not known, we do know (anecdotally and from a few reviewer posts) that finds have minor positive effects, DNFs have minor negative effects, NM and NA have large negative effects, and OM has large positive effects. It also appears that the score is based on either limited period of time or a limited number of most recent logs. The effect of time between finds in uncertain. While it would be nice to have the knowledge of the CHS of a particular cache, there is very little that a CO can do about it. And, in general, the CHS of a cache where the CO is attentive is unlikely to fall below the ping threshold. But, DNFs happen. Considering that the DNF rate for cachers is around 10% (per other threads on the subject), the overall DNF rate on a cache should be about the same, and strings of several consecutive DNFs are very unlikely. For my own part, I consider my caches easy to find, and my instinct for a DNF is that the cache is missing, so I’ll go out and check the cache and then log a note to that effect. One cache had a several DNFs over a several months, but each was just because the cacher couldn’t find it. After the last DNF, I posted an OM, too. I don’t know the CHS score, but whatever it was, the OM reversed the DNF effects. Lastly, the CHS is simply an indication that something might be wrong, and I believe the purpose of the CHS is to eliminate caches that have been abandoned by the CO. In those cases, the CHS ping will go unanswered. But the CHS ping is based on imperfect knowledge. Neither the CO nor GS know the condition of the cache, and that is the dilemma when the false alarm CHS ping occurs. Joe
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