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Everything posted by Blaidd-Drwg

  1. Go to the regional forums and click on your individual state. A search list will come up with the most recently approved caches. Those that haven't been found will not have a date found. This is the easiest way (IMO) to find unfound caches. You have to check frequently to insure catching a chance at being FTF. Of course there is always the honor of being STF (Second to Find), TTF (Third to Find) and then the honors for 4th and 5th.
  2. I'm just a one stop shopping type of guy. I like to be able to do everything with one software package. I always hate solutions where the answer is 'go to this program and convert to this format, save, then go to this program and import, then load on your GPSr and hope for the best. I just believe my original post is an idea that many users of geocaching.com would appreciate and use. As I also said, I realize that time, money and effort drive the development, but I also believe that the user community needs to voice it's collective requiement desires.
  3. A suggested improvement for PQs. I realize that any new feature requires time and effort in coding (I work for a government agency that developes code for artillery systems.) I believe that a great feature for PQ searches would be the ability to define the search area by either a Thrust or rectangular search. A Thrust search would involve identifying a start and finish points, along with a width. This results in half the width being on either side of the line. This effectively defines a rectangle. I believe many people who are planning trips would and could use this feature to identify caches along a route. The rectangular search would involve the user inputting the lower left corner and the upper right corner to define a rectangular area. Of the two methods, I believe the thrust method would be the easiest to use. The rectangular method would probably be less effective, since unless an attitude of the box is also coded, would result in a box oriented to the four cardinal directions.
  4. Since my January post to this topic, we've added a few states. As of today we've found caches in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Illinois, Mississippi, Alabama, Missouri, Hawaii, Georgia (Virtual Only), New York, Arizona, California, North Carolina, Indiana,Pennsylvania, Alaska, and New Mexico(17 states, British Columbia, Canada and Great Britain. Come the first week in November, we hope to add a couple more.
  5. As for double clicking on a way point and setting it as the active point, this is useful function for use within EasyGPS, but won't affect anything as far as downloading the waypoints. Setting the active point causes two other columns to become active. The bearing to other waypoints and the distance. So if you want to sort a group of waypoints on how far they are from another way point, you set the original waypoint as the active and then click on the column heading for distance. This will result in the entire waypoint list being sorted, nearest to furthest.
  6. I went on an Alaska cruise aboard the Dawn Princess back in May. I was able to do the following GCGAVG, GCG627, GCGJ2Q, GCGDD7, GCCC4, GC12EA, GCGNKK, GCHPMV. I also did one in Vancouver before the start of the cruise at GC58E9. I did another physical cache in Vancouver, but it has since been archived. Of the caches done in Alaska, about 1/2 were physical caches. There is also a cache near Talkeetna, if you are staying there for a night. All of these caches were within easy walking distance from the docks that our boat pulled into. If you are on another cruise line, some will be closer for you and others will be further, but all should be in walking distance. On the topic of PQs, I just did one for the entire state of Alaska and got all 300+ in the state. I took a trip to the Yukon, but didn't know of any caches there, so if you plan on doing it, you might do a search. Enjoy your trip. My wife and my favorite optional trip was the Helo/dog sledding tour out of Juneau. Pricey, but worth it.
  7. I did one like that today. My problem with it was that the red herring cache was where my GPSr read 0.00 feet, while the actual cache was 15 feet away.
  8. I appreciate both of your responses. As for trying a different usb port, it is peculiar but only the usb port that I originally installed the cable drivers on recognizes the cable. The other port says it's new hardware, and since I don't have an 3 1/2 drive to load available, I had to look for another alternative. So option 2, just type in COM5. Yuccapatrol, I would have thought that the drop down list was locked, but your right. I was able to type in COM5 and download the firmware. Thanks again
  9. I've used Delorme Topo USA to do this. It has saved me quite a bit of driving around trying to locate the correct road. I also like that by using the computer, you have a very large display. Of course a GPSr with maps would do the same thing and avoids the possibility of hitting a pot hole, and causing your computer harddrive to slam, resulting in a damaged and possibly not working computer.
  10. I am currently using a Radio Shack USB to Serial adapter, in tandem with my vista data transfer cable. I am able to download maps via Mapsource products, and to download coords using Easy GPS with this configuration. The problem comes in when attempting to update the firmware using Garmins Updater. Updater only supports COMs 1-4, while my cable configuration results in an address of COM 5. Does anyone know how to configure either the cable to emulate a COM 1-4 address or to get Updater to recognize COM 5?
  11. OK, I'm changing my mind on what these are. I believe them to be UTM. If you look at the cache hiders location, you can make some assumptions. I believe the locations are within a 1km by 2km area north of Arvada, Colorado. Since I'll never be able to get to this cache, or at least not in the near future (I live in OK), I'd be happy to share my thought on this puzzle with you via email.
  12. 68S E5949401 N996581 This isn't UTM. First off, there are 60 gridzones, each 6 degrees wide. So the 68S does not exist. Second, the easting has one too many digits. The central line in a UTM gridzone is designated 5. It never reaches two digits in lenght. The normal configuration for a UTM is 6 digits of easting and 7 digits of northing. There may be as many 8 digits of northing. I don't have any idea what this format is.
  13. As for getting your PQ for the zire, I use my home coordinates and get all of OKC and Lawton, which includes all of the points and areas mentioned in all the above post. Try doing a search on 73017 zip code.
  14. Well, I do live near OKC, actually about 60 miles SW, but do a lot of caching up in the city. Since you're going to be here for a few weeks, I'm going to make a few suggestions for places to go outside OKC, but still will provide multiple caches to find. I personnally enjoy caches in a non-urban environment. Here are a few examples: GCGBCZ near Lake Thunderbird, GCJDFA also near Lake Thunderbird, GCHPPY is a cache in a large park in Norman, GCHJBY is a cache near Lake Hefner in NW OKC, GCG28A is one of several caches located in Red Rock Canyon which is west of OKC. All of these caches are in areas, where you can do a little walking to reach the cache. These are only specific caches in each area for you to do a near cache search with. Another interesting area is SW of OKC about 80 miles. It's the Wichita Mountains. Since it is a NWR, no physical caches are allowed, but there are many virtuals and the trip is worth it just to see the wildlife and what passes for mountains in SW Oklahoma. Enjoy your time here. By the way, a cold front is coming in this weekend, and temps next week in OKC are suppose to stay in the 80s. This is very abnormal, with normal temps close to the century mark.
  15. Garmin Vista, with yellow etrex as a backup
  16. In the words of Steve Martin in the Jerk, The New Phone Books are Here!!!!, THe New Phone Books are!!!! Next scene, the sniper scope view.
  17. Never gave it a lot of thought, but I have several a long ways from home. Going North, the furthest is GCHPMV in Fairbanks, AK at 2890.7 miles. The furthest West is GC325E in HI, at 3167.2 miles. My furthest south is GC3193 at 426.3 miles in TX. But My FURTHEST cache is GC5E4D in England at 4670.2 miles. So grand total, I've cached over 8287 miles east to west and 3317 miles north to south
  18. Or you can go to 'My Cache page' and in the upper right corner is a place to update your home coordinates. You can input your home coords and when you do a search from your 'My Cache Page' all of the caches will be listed in distance from your home. (ramble, ramble, ramble)
  19. Tresokies+++ nailed it. For what it's worth, it does work.
  20. If you use a PDA which is also USB compliant, then you may have a conflict with the Sync program for the PDA tieing up the com port. Look in the system tray at the right bottom of your screen and close the PDA sync software if it's open. Then try to send to your GPSr.
  21. I would bet theres an easier way, but off the top of my head, I'll give you this opiton. Assuming your doing this at a location where you have access to a computer, type both locations into EasyGPS, set one of the points as a home point and it will calculate the distance and direction to the second point. I tried this and depending on how close the points are, the answer will be in either feet/meters, or in mile/km to the nearest 1/10th. Direction will be displayed to the 1/10 of a degree. Just one of many methods, I'm sure. Of course that being said, if you're going over a long distance, even a 0.1 measurement error could be a lot. For instance, it you project over a distance of 10km or about 6.2 miles, the azimuth error of 0.1 would amount to about 17 meters or 55 foot. Longer distance would increase at about the same rate. Basically, a 0.1 degree error is going to throw you off by about 1.7 meters per km of range, or 8.3 foot per mile of range
  22. I have several waypoints for England, if you want to email me, and I'll send them to you. Or an alternative is to go to my cachepage and look at the points found in November 03. Most were virtuals. Before I took my trip over, I did a lot of searching and found several that were close to where tour buses stop.
  23. Although I won't say that changing the tracking interval will not work, but I did alter mine during the trip discussed above. I don't remember what the default was, but I tried two different settings, 0.1 and 0.5, I think. I don't remember every trying Most Often, since I was taking a long trip.
  24. I don't own a 60c, but I experienced the same behavior with my Vista. I was running the Garmin Worldmap software during a vacation in the UK. I had my Vista on most of the time, while traveling on the bus, with the unit sitting in a window. I also experienced the breadcrumb trail, paralleling the roads. Only on rare occasion, was I on the road. Before someone else suggest it, I was using a WGS84 datum. It's been 8 months (November 03), but I seem to remember trying to use the UK grid and associated Datum, with the same results. I was on one of those tours that made the big circle of the country, starting in London, going west to Chester, then north through the Lake District, then East to Edinburgh, the south through York, and back to London. I still have the track information at home, if you want to compare it to some of your data. I did find this behavior very disappointing. I tend to think it's a software problem. I don't have the same issues, running Metro in the states.
  25. When I exchange waypoints from my GPSr to TOPO USA v5.0 (or for that matter, with older version 3) all waypoints are depicted with the small red flag symbol and labled with the Waypoint ID (GCxxxx). I'm looking for a way to allow for a different symbol and to suppress the Waypoint ID. For instance, I'd like to use the small stickpin, without the ID.
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