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  1. When I picked img, I get the warning that dynamic pages in the [img} tags are mpt allowed. I have the image posted to my user account at GC.com
  2. 18 plus two other countries, Great Britain and Canada. Some day I'll even figure out how to post an image. My Finds
  3. I don't claim to be an expert on encryption techniques, but I did sleep at a Holiday Inn Express last night. The code above appears to be a variation of a caesar cypher. fmmmffppmfffpmfmpp fmmfmfmmpfmmfmpmfffmpfmffmpmffppfppp
  4. I'm starting to get bummed and I haven't started packing for my trip this fall. We're scheduled to go on Celebrity's Galaxy and if they take my GPSr I'll be very upset. Where was the tour you were on originate from and go to? How did they know you even had a GPSr? Would they give it back to you when you went ashore? And finally, WAS THIS A WRITTEN POLICY?
  5. I carried two on my Alaska cruise and my wife and I hit several caches in each port. I'm going on a cruise this fall to Panama and I've already started looking for caches in the ports. What cruise line and what ship were you on, when they confiscated your GPSr?
  6. I love TOPO USA for printing maps for use during cache trips. I know that I have much the same info available on my Vista, but with my old eyes, it is sometimes easier to look at a paper map, and a page of map shows a lot more detail than my GPSr screen. The ability to send maps to friends as attached jpeg photos is also a nice feature. All in All, I'm a very happy user of this product an believe that once you look at all it's features, you will find several that will be useful for caching.
  7. I've thought about using the S&T, but examination of the box, leads me to believe that it is only for use on a PDA running Windows CE. and will not work on a PDA running palm. Is this correct?
  8. My understanding is that you have to have one of the desktop programs, either TOPO or SAH in order to create the waypoints. My procedure is to export the waypoints from GSAK loaded with my PQ, and then to import them into TOPO
  9. Hopefully, someone will be able to fill in holes I'm sure I'll leave. First off, in my situaton, I have TOPO USA v5 on my computer, and Streets and Atlas Handheld 2005 on my PDA. Once I have all my waypoints in TOPO, I then click on the Handheld Tab and follow the prompts for Exchange of waypoints. Once you've completed the Exchange process, you then hotsync your PDA and the waypoints are displayed in SAH2005. My issue with this process is that once you have the waypoints placed on your PDA in SAH2005, there is no way to manage them. You can delete waypoints, one at a time, but this is a very time consuming process if you load a PQ of 500 points. Another issue is that if you modify the waypoints on your computer and then Exchange them again, then a second instance of existing waypoints will be added, resulting in the same waypoint in SAH2005 being labeled twice, and requireing two delete processes to remove it. I have asked the tech help at Delorme if there was a method for mass updating waypoints. There answer is that it can only be done, one at a time. Hope this helps, but I find it frustrating.
  10. I'm hoping to find a helpful Welsh cacher among the readers of this forum. My cache name is Team Madog. I'm trying to find the Welsh word for Team. I understand from looking on the internet that nouns have a gender. Since I'm male, I'm assuming that I need to use the masculine version of the noun. I found one dictionary that provided Ti+m or timau as translations. I'm not sure what the i+ is suppose to represent. So if anyone out there can help, what is the welsh word for Team. Another word, I am considering using is Clan, so help in translating this word would also be appreciated. Is it Llwyth, and if so is the gender correct for the masculine version? Thanks in advance for any help.
  11. I like the new colors. I'm not too sure about the font size, what with my old eyes. But on first look, it's not bad.
  12. I'm sure many of these points have been made, but here I go. Many of the caches I've found recently in Oklahoma are, hidden in the center of a briar patch 100 yards from edge, which is reached after crawling on hands and knees or duckwalking for 1/4 mile through thick low handing blackjack oaks. Several have involved 1/2 mile walks before reaching the difficult part. I think this about pegs my fun meter. I don't mind longer hikes, but I do like to balance the pain to find ratio. I've been know to walk longer trail systems, but they are in pursuit of multiple caches hidden at various points. I believe that you will find limited finds of true 5/5 caches.
  13. I had a old Palm IIIxe, but had trouble seeing the display in anything approaching normal light. So I purchased a Tungsten E. It worked great for running cachemate, but I was always concerned about running the batteries dead and loosing all my information. So I splurged and bought a Tungsten T5. I has flash type memory, so if I do run the batteries all the way out, I don't loose any data. It is also a lot faster processor, which is great if you are running Delorme Streets and Atlas, which seems to run really slowly on the Tungsten E. I realize that the T5 is a bit expensive, but it does the job.
  14. OK, so it appears you all know how to cast coins. How about sharing the techniques you use for creating a mold for your castings. Thanks
  15. As one of the many former military cachers, I too started caching using UTM, which I used exclusively in the army. I liked that with UTM I could tell, in an easy method, how far off the posted coordinates were from those that I was experiencing. Now with several finds behind me, I find that I no longer use UTM. Why? Because as Hemlock said, there area times when doing a multi or a mystery cache that I have to enter locations. These are invariably in lat/long and although I know how to do this on my GPSr, I find it to be time comsuming. As for my original reason of determining the deltas between my findings and those of the cache poster, I've decided that for me, it's just not worth the effort. Using the search screen of my GPSr, I can see how far I am from the posted coordinates. A second reason I started with UTM was ease of plotting on a map. I now export the caches from my current PQ, using GSAK and then import them to TOPO USA. The result is that I usually print out an area of map, using TOPO USA, with the caches plotted. I don't bother with a coordinate system. There are normally sufficient landmarks on the printed maps, such as roads or if in remote areas terrain features, so that I can determine where I am on the map. I've never gotten comfortable using the maps on my Vista, but do occasionally try them. I am also experimenting with using Streets and Atlas, but I'm having trouble managing waypoints on the PDA. BOTTOM LINE: As almost everyone else has said, if you like UTM, then go forth and be happy. It works just fine.
  16. OK, I know this isn't exactly what you asked for, but I think it's really more what you need. I use GSAK to manage PQs. Once you have your caches in GSAK, you go to the FILE memu and select EXPORT. From the Export memu select either STREET ATLAS.TXT or DELORME TOPO USA, SA PLUS etc. This will result in a screen which allows you to specify where you will export the file to. I have mine set to export to my desktop for ease of finding it. Once you have OKed this screen you can close GSAK. Open TOPO USA and click on the draw tab. Select import and follow the inputs to import the file you exported from GSAK. When you complete this, markers for all of your caches will appear on the map. I use the zoom in/out scale to identify the area I'm interested in and zoom in to the required area. I like to print out a map which shows an area with several caches.
  17. I almost always post a DNF. My criteria are that I got to the posted coordinates and spent any amount of time looking for the cache. Like RK, my DNF seems to hover around the 10-11% area. Yes, I find it somewhat embarassing when a relatively new cacher comes along behind me and locates a cache that I've logged as DNF. Especially when they say how easy the find was. But as others above have stated, logging a DNF provides insight to the cache owner on the status of their cache.
  18. Based on the great success Eric of TresOkies and I had doing caches towards Lake Tom Steed, I am once again proposing a road trip. This time, I'm looking to head down I35 gathering the caches towards the Oklahoma/Texas border. Sticking to caches about five miles from I35, there are about 20 caches. I am posting a list in the files area of the OKgeocaching yahoo group mail. There are also several options for expanding the list (and they're noted on the file) and if a really aggressive group is formed, it may be possible to visit close to 40 caches. This would probably involve some night caching, but who's afraid of the dark? I am proposing a date of 26 February, with the trip taking place Rain or Shine. Also to maximize the days rewards, I'm recommending an early start from some meeting place in the Norman area. If you're interested, let me know by posting here or in the yahoo group email. As always, the wishes and desires of the majority of the group will determine the final outcome. Another Note, OK, so it's not about the numbers, but this will be a great chance to visit several remote caches with hopefully some interesting people.
  19. I'll throw in my 2 cents at this time and I'm sure others will expound on it. As for editing your cache page before the cache becomes available, you will most likely have a few days to edit your page before the cache is approved by your local approver. Yes, you will be given additional options in the top right corner of your page which will allow you to edit the page. These options are in addition to the normal 'log your find' and 'Watch this cache'. Formatting the page is done with HTML, as well as inserting pictures. Pictures can be uploaded after you create the page, and then the HTML url can be modified to display the pictures.
  20. I believe what you are going to find here in the lovely state of Oklahoma is that Rats will eat up any cache with any type of food item in it. Now if, you only place your playdough in containers that are ratproof, such as ammo boxes or glass jars with metal tops, then it would be OK. But if the cache is in any type of plastic container (decon kit, coffee can, or others), the placement of playdough will just lead to more rapid gnawing of the container and result in a wet soggy mess. I'm sure that as you find more caches, you'll see examples of this gnawing. It usually doesn't even require food items in the cache to occur.
  21. I so ashamed of my previous post gaffe that I'll probably never type another response. Thanks for setting me straight , without calling me stupid.
  22. I hope you're exaggerating. Exaggerating by 37 sq. miles. For shame! Ok, I'll admit that my figure was 1.825% high if you will admit that your accusation of 37 square miles is 1.334% higher than the actual exaggeration of 36.506 square miles. Picky, picky. It still means I have to drive a long way to get my next cache when many can bag more in a single day than my total for the past 6 month. But then again I might be exaggerating by a couple of percent. Sorry about that. Did the math in my head, then posted, then redid the math on a calc and saw that it was a lot closer than I had originally thought. Doh!!
  23. I believe as others have said, that it depends upon your model of GPSr. I use the Garmin Etrex line, both the yellow and the Vista. For the pointing arrow to point in the correct direction, I must hold them flat, with the face pointing skyward. If I hold them with the top end pointing towards the sky, then the arrow invariably points in the opposite direction of where it should. So to sum up, "It Depends" . You just have to learn your particular GPSr and how it works.
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