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  1. Thanks for the quick input, but should anyone know of a keystroke for changing on the Compass screen, I'm still looking. Thanks again
  2. I thought I'd read about a technique to change location formats on the fly, without going through the menus for the 60CS. What I'm looking for is a button or button series to change from Lat/Long to UTM and then to change back to Lat/Long. I realize I could go in to the menu system and make the change, but I'm looking for a quick change without going through all of that.
  3. I gave it a quick try to see if there was an automated way to get the route info from Mapsource, but I wasn't successful. HOWEVER, the technique I use is with Delorme Topo USA 5.0. When you create and save a route in Topo, the route is saved as a .anr extension. You can 'load from file' the needed anr file, and a very exact route is displayed in the filter of GSAK. Then, as in your description, you specify a distance. Run the filter and you get your list.
  4. Just one more thing to check. After you create the PQ, run the search. You should be able to see which caches you'll receive. If you don't see any, then there is something wrong with the PQ. As the others have said, have the GPX file sent in a zip format is the best method.
  5. Also, you might check your regional forum and see if there is someone else in the area that could take you under their wing for a successful hunt. Most experienced cachers can fumble through the menus and insure that your set up correctly.
  6. I just sold my Garmin 12. It worked, and still works, fine for geocaching. It's just a matter of insuring that the settings, and the coordinates are entered correctly. The manual should provide all the info you need.
  7. Does anyone know if all usb auto power adapters put out the same power. I have one for my PDA, but I haven't been able to confirm the power needs for my 60CS or for my cell phone. The USB auto adapter that I have for my PDA puts out 5.5 vdc at 700ma, while the AC adapter puts out 5.5 vdc at 500ma. My cell phone AC power adapter puts out 5.1 vdc at 400ma. So again, the big question would be how much variance is allowable without causing damage to a device.
  8. This will take you to the NZ Forums "Over the 180 Longitude Line" It's very possible that your PQ crosses the 180 Longitude and returns the 'no results' Try using a shorter radius. I'm heading down to NZ in March of next year and have found that 3 PQs cover both North and South Islands.
  9. I'm experiencing problems looking up the Grand High Pobah website. Everytime I try to access it I get a 'DNS lookup error' message. I've experienced this a couple of times in the past, but it would start working again. This time, it's been out for about a week.
  10. I have to agree with RK. I use to be a firm believer in UTM. If I thought that I would need to plot a position on a map, then I would definitely use UTM. That being said though, I normally have the computer plot caches on a paper map. This gives me a paper map to use to sort out the order of caches I want to try. Their actual location, for this purpose is not needed. When it comes time to hunt the caches down, I just follow the arrow. The granularity of LL vs UTM is so small that given the accuracy of a GPSr, it is unimportant.
  11. Welcome and Yeah, what JPenn said. He pretty well nailed the biggies. The yahoo group is a great way to converse with many cachers and get input, while the two monthly meetings are an excellent way to put faces with names.
  12. Now to take the OP one step further, how are you using your ID in GSAK?
  13. Forgive me if I overlooked this, but.... Is there currently a function in GSAK to mark a specified list of caches. There are several local caches that I don't have any intent on going after in the near future. I don't want to put them on my ignore list, as then I wouldn't receive them in my PQs. Kind of what I'm looking for is new color added to the display, much like 'found' 'not found' and 'owned. The ability to search based on this attribute would be helpful. Thanks for a great program.
  14. There are only a few caches in the Duncan area. Going east from Duncan, there are several good caches in Healdton and then on over in the Lake Murray area. Going west from Duncan is Lawton with over 50 caches in the area. Of course you can always go north to Oklahoma City, via Norman and Moore. About an equal distance south is Fort Worth. No matter which way you go, you'll find more caches than you could hope for.
  15. Nope, you don't have to do a thing to your GPSr to work anywhere outside the US. The coordinates as listed on the GC website the same datum (WGS84) for display of locations worldwide. I have sent you an email regarding some of my experiences in England. A great site to check out for any time you will be in London is http://stats.guk2.com/misc/tube.php Enjoy your trip, and if you have any specific questions, drop me a email
  16. The loc file, which is probably what you downloaded, only contains minimal information like location and cache ID. You need to be sure that you download the gpx file, if you want the information to be loaded into your pda. Also, it matters what program you are using to generate your pdb file for the pda. Cachemate has it's convert, but I like many others, recommend GSAK. It cost nothing to try, and only a $20 bill after the first three weeks of free use. Also, learn to do pocket queries. These files, will allow you to download many, many more caches (500) into your pda in one single operation.
  17. Make sure that near the bottom where it reads 'In the format' that you have gpx file selected. You may have accidentally selected loc.
  18. Whoa, almost out of the age range. I'm currently 49
  19. I've been trying to do searches for the nearest caches to my home and that times out. Also when you try to find caches near another cache from the cache page, it times out.
  20. One technique, and this is only one would be to convert the two locations to UTM and then plot them on a sheet of graphing paper. Then use a protractor to determine the azimuth from point to point. The answer would be in Grid northing, so it would then need to be adjusted the appropriate amount for the area being measured. A second technique, which is a variation of the first is to use a topo map to mark the two locations on. For a reference line, use the nearest grid line (from the marginal information). Draw it on your map. Again, the answers would be expressed in grid north. Yet a third technique would be to use Easy GPS. It's been awhile since I used it, but I seem to remember that it would express a direction and distance between two points. I don't remember what the azimuth reference was though.
  21. I use the Garmin window suction cup mount for my 60cs. It is mounted in the lower left corner of the windshield of my explorer. It does not obstruct my view at all and has never fallen off. It has been attached for over a month now and I live on some very rough dirt roads. As for a vent type mount, I'm concerned about the temperature variations causing condensation to draw into the unit.
  22. I like the Palm Tungsten T5 because of it's non-volatile memory (flash). That way when I forget to charge the batteries it won't loose all the programing. There is also a new Tungsten E2 with the same type of memory. I would also invest in the hard case so that when you drop the PDA, the case will take the brunt of the fall. With 156mb of internal memoryand support of SD ram, you can also carry as many maps and other assorted data as you could possibly want to on the T5.
  23. IMO, whichever PDA you choose should use non-volitile memory, so that when you are on the extended cache trip and the batteries go dead, you will not loose all your programing and cache desciptions. I use the Palm Tungsten T5, pricey but nice. The new Palm Tungsten E2 also has non-volitile memory.
  24. When I first purchased a Vista, I don't believe the firmware supported a user screen. I know that the current release does. So, if based on the directions given in the previous post you can't locate the screen, then first update your firmware and then navigate to the owner screen. When I first got my vista I used a program to edit the firmware, which allowed the changing of any of the startup screens. It is discussed at Etrex Good luck
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