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  1. quote:Originally posted by CharlieP: A typical alkaline AA cell has about a 2200 mAh capacity, so your 1800 mAh cells will have about 80% of the capacity of alkaline cells per charge, assuming they are fully charged. So if alkaline cells will power your GPS for 15 hours, then the NiMH will go about 12 hours per charge. FWIW, CharlieP In digital devices, it does not work this way. Your understanding of battery capacity would apply to flashlights - not GPSrs. Typically, you get longer life from the above battery examples with the NIMH, not the alkaline. MajBach You can't have everything,where would you put it?
  2. MajBach

    Batteries

    quote:Originally posted by Visuvius: So i'm indecisive on which batteries to buy for my GPS V. Will any 1800ma NiMH do the trick? Also, how long will these last? Is 40 bucks about the average to spend on 4 of these and a charger. Thats what Thomasdistributing.com has them for. thanks. I just did a search on battery(ies) as a thread topic and stopped counting at 40 differentthreads. You should be able to find the answer to your questions in one of them! MajBach You can't have everything,where would you put it?
  3. quote:Originally posted by Drive-in: Recently, I had somthing happen which caught me off gaurd. I was checking on a remote cache which was suppose to be in an area not frequently visited. Low and behold, while at the cache site, I encountered a couple looking for "mushrooms" and a guy who was mountain biking. This in the middle of the week. Seems that some of those caches are not so remote after all. I would recommend caution while geocaching and always at least have a cell phone and preferabably a means of self defense at hand. Granted most people are benign, but it only takes one. Wesley Horto Not that there is anything wrong with being a woman. I just cannot relate to what it must be like for some women when alone some place and a stranger(s) happens by and the first thought that runs through your mind is 'what would I do...?' Being 6'4" and 230+ lbs. is usually sufficient deterent to prevent unwanted hostility from strangers. To answer the topic question, I've never geocached with anyone else. I think that's the attraction for me. It's one of the few things I prefer to do alone. Hiking through the bush etc. is often good contemplation time. Everyone needs to be alone once in awhile to reflect on things. The fresh air and uncorrupted environment is ideal for that. Although, I wouldn't mind running into someone once in awhile either. MajBach You can't have everything,where would you put it?
  4. MajBach

    Rechargable GPS

    quote:Originally posted by rghermes: what is the expected useful life on a fully charged set of NiMH batteries versus, a set of alkalines in a GPSr? "Indecision may or may not be my problem"----J. Buffett Depends on the GPSr and it's voltage cutoff point. Some units have a setting to inform the GPSr what kind of batteries are installed so it knows to utilize the remaining capcity of those batteries. My GPS (GM100) sucks batteries like a leach to blood and cuts out at a very high voltage. Thus, there may be hours of useful current remaining in the batteries for another device, but their voltage is now to low for my unit. Disposable alkalines are often rated at between 1800 to 2200 mAh ( that's just basically a capacity rating - like saying you get 500 miles on a full tank of gas, other batteries may have a bigger or smaller 'tank'). Unfortunately , that number does not indicate the drop in voltage the battery experiences during use. Since most digital electronic devices stop working based upon a voltage sensing, they cannot determine if there really is any juice left. Even if there is, it may not be 'pushed out' with enough 'force' for the unit to utilize. I recently purchased 1700 mAh NiMH batteries for my GPS. On a full charge, my GPSr indicates there is only about 2/3rds of a charge in those batteries (this is because they do not chrage to as high a voltage as an alkaline). However, they power the unit well for 9 - 11 hours straight at 2/3rds charge. When they die, they die fast and have little life left in them. Now, brand new Duracells, which have a higher capcity than the above NiMH (1800 mAh or better), only power my unit for about 6 hours, 8 if I'm lucky. But when the GPS shuts down because the batteries are dead, those batteries are still useable in a clock, remote, or flashlight etc. So you can see, there is a science behind choosing the right batteries, and the application often determines what is best. Most GPSrs use quite abit of juice and have a fairly high cutoff voltage. Those NiMH batteries I purchased cost only three times the amount of disposable alkalines. In other words, they paid for themselves in less than three uses which took about a week. MajBach You can't have everything,where would you put it?
  5. quote:Originally posted by mrcpu: While S+T doesn't upload or download from your GPS there is a program called GPSUtil that will read the S+T route saved in the .est files that S+T uses. GPSutil will then upload the waypoints and route for you. Rob, coach me through this. I looked for a long time to find a way to export info from MS Streets. Now that you've stated there is a way, I've been trying to get it to work. Not been to successful thus far. Make it go, Rob. MajBach You can't have everything,where would you put it?
  6. A few people I e-mailed direcing them to the quilt thread replied to me directly. Problem is, they didn't use their username on Groundspeak, so I cannot figure out who they are. If you are reading this, post your info here (or e-mail me again with more info) and I can update the mape and pass on the info to Mag and Cliffy. I rec'd e-mail from: Rick and Judy, mte@shaw.ca (but when I replied to this, it was returned), and 'Mike' MajBach April 22: PDOPs (aka Mike) has been added to the map. He will be taking care of Jasper area. [This message was edited by MajBach on April 22, 2002 at 08:10 PM.]
  7. quote:Originally posted by MajBach: Realize that the point behind these rules is not to enforce the personal beliefs of those who have them, but rather to avoid giving others who are not so geocaching friendly any fuel to add to their public fire. MajBach This post from quite some time ago illustrates the point I was trying to make. MajBach You can't have everything,where would you put it?
  8. quote:Originally posted by mrcpu: http://www.georgia-outfitters.com/page52.shtml Rob Mobile Cache Command http://img.Groundspeak.com/user/4525_1300.gif Ha Ha. Great! I didn't realize that's what those were called. I've got several of my own - one in my car, one in my boat, one in my kitchen and several in my survival pack. Picked 'em up years ago when I did survival and S & R training in Thunder Bay, Ontario. MajBach You can't have everything,where would you put it?
  9. quote:Originally posted by boreal jeff: I hate to ask this but what exactly is Poutine? He's our Prime Minister. Don't you ever watch Rick Mercer 'Talking to Americans'? Now, don't even think about asking who Tim Horton is. MajBach You can't have everything,where would you put it?
  10. quote:Originally posted by Hawk-eye: This has been a topic for over a year ... Hawkeye: A couple of months ago, there was a similiar discussion and someone posted a link (I'm guessing it was you) to an 'Outdoors' web site that contained a post from some guy (Ed? perhaps) that really hated geocaching. He stated something like he was going to intentionally look for and destroy caches. I was trying to find it this morning to use as an example of the regard others often have towards geocaching and how this type of opinion is what makes following a set of rules for caches so important. Since the number of registered Geocachers seems to have about tripled since then, I thought it was about time the most recent 2/3rds of us read the thoughts of others. Do you know the thread I'm speaking of? MajBach You can't have everything,where would you put it?
  11. quote:Originally posted by Hawk-eye: This has been a topic for over a year ... Hawkeye: A couple of months ago, there was a similiar discussion and someone posted a link (I'm guessing it was you) to an 'Outdoors' web site that contained a post from some guy (Ed? perhaps) that really hated geocaching. He stated something like he was going to intentionally look for and destroy caches. I was trying to find it this morning to use as an example of the regard others often have towards geocaching and how this type of opinion is what makes following a set of rules for caches so important. Since the number of registered Geocachers seems to have about tripled since then, I thought it was about time the most recent 2/3rds of us read the thoughts of others. Do you know the thread I'm speaking of? MajBach You can't have everything,where would you put it?
  12. There apppears to be a few threads related to GPS malfunctions and solar activity. Here is some pertinent info taken from this site: 1. SUBJ: IPS AURORA ALERT ISSUED AT 0320 UT on 20 Apr 2002 BY IPS RADIO AND SPACE SERVICES FROM THE AUSTRALIAN SPACE FORECAST CENTRE GEOMAGNETIC STORM IN PROGRESS. AURORA MAY BE OBSERVED DURING LOCAL NIGHT TIME HOURS IN GOOD OBSERVING CONDITIONS AT HIGH LATITUDES. Follow the progress of this event on the IPS Space Weather Status Panel, ]http://www.ips.gov.au/asfc/status_panel/ 2. A PERSISTANT GEOMAGNETIC STORM: A coronal mass ejection swept past Earth on Friday morning (April 19) and triggered a moderate geomagnetic storm. Instead of waning with the passage of time, however, the storm has intensified. Sky watchers in Canada and across the northern tier of US states report seeing auroras on Friday evening (April 19). Northern skies will continue to glow through Saturday morning (April 20) if geomagnetic activity persists at current levels. High-latitude sky watchers should remain alert for naked-eye auroras, while mid-latitude observers might be able to record fainter auroras on film. Sky watchers in southern Australia and New Zealand might also spot Southern Lights. Visit spaceweather.com for details and updates. 3. Australia - Ionosphering and Space prediction - current 20 April 2002 http://www.ips.gov.au/asfc/current/ IPS Real-Time Space Weather Status Panel http://www.ips.gov.au/ Australian Radio & Space Services (influence of the SUN Radio... on HF transmissions) http://www.ips.gov.au/whatsnew.html http://www.ips.gov.au/promo/sms/sms-info.html IPS alerts as Special Message Service (SMS) text on your mobile phone IPS Propagation Warning SUBJ: IPS HF RADIO COMMUNICATIONS WARNING 02/15 ISSUED AT 19/0022Z APRIL 2002 BY THE AUSTRALIAN SPACE FORECAST CENTRE. DEGRADED HF PROPAGATION CONDITIONS EXPECTED FROM 19-20 APRIL 2002 IF COMMS DIFFICULTIES EXPERIENCED TRY A LOWER FREQUENCY BAND ------------------------------------------------------------- SOLAR ACTIVITY FORECAST HF COMMS FADEOUTS 19 Apr: moderate Possible 20 Apr: low to moderate Possible HF COMMUNICATIONS FORECAST (AUSTRALIAN/NEW ZEALAND REGION) FREQUENCY BANDS T-index MUFs 2 4 6 8 12 16 22 26 ------------------------------------------------------------- 19 Apr 120 -10%/normal 2 4 6 8 12 16 16 22 20 Apr 140 normal 2 4 6 8 12 16 22 26 Sam It seems the solar flare was not as bad in Australia but it is affecting long HF transmissions. I am talking of HF transmissions from 1000 to 5000 kms Most of this stuff is hyroglyphics (sp?) to mee too. Suffice is to say, this type of phenomenon is not ideal to the GPS. Related links: http://www.sec.noaa.gov/forecast.htmlhttp://edu-observatory.org/eo/aurora.html http://www.spacew.com/www/aurora.html MajBach You can't have everything,where would you put it?
  13. quote:Originally posted by lookingalone: Let me see if I can put this into perspective. Here is Jeremy, sitting at his desk made of wood, in his house at least framed with wood. He logs on the Internet and starts transmitting data over wires that are suspended from wooden poles. Maybe he even has a pipe in his mouth made of wood. Now all I did was make a hole in a tree that is big enough to place a goecache. This cache was a pill bottle that is one inch in diameter. Arguementative analogy. You can't go out and kill a cow for dinner in some farmer's field and then claim the cop that arrested you is a hypocrite because he went home and had steak for dinner. As much as I feel you were 'attacked by tree huggers' rather than tactfully made aware of the rules and why, you have to respect the fact so long as you want to play the game on someone else's board, you have to follow their rules, regardless of merit. Realize that the point behind these rules is not to enforce the personal beliefs of those who have them, but rather to avoid giving others who are not so geocaching friendly any fuel to add to their public fire. MajBach You can't have everything,where would you put it?
  14. quote:Originally posted by mrcpu: It gets my goat big time when a my fellow Canadian starts talking the way this guy did. I'm sure our cousins down south feel the same way or even more strongly when their fellow Americans start saying how much better "back home" is. Remember he said "Waiting for the American invasion. I'm one Canadian who can't wait for the Americans to take us over" I'm sorry if I found that extreamly offencive! Rob Mobile Cache Command No need to be, I agree with you. Young people often mistakeingly believe that arrogant speech is a sign of wisdom. MajBach You can't have everything,where would you put it?
  15. quote:Originally posted by mrcpu: We would go back to that backwards system they still use and have gallons and pounds and such *(No offence to you Americans. I'm sure you love your system and it works for you ) Rob Mobile Cache Command http://img.Groundspeak.com/user/4525_1300.gif As a fellow (proud) Canadian, Rob, just want to step in on your OT debate for a sec so you can hear yourself. While I agree with much of what you have posted in this thread, I think the way you are expressing yourself is perhaps a little volatile. The boldness of your statements implies you are representitive of all Canadians and that the opinions held by Americans boils down to one. Actually, if I was an American I'd probably be pretty enraged by now. You keep beginning your points with 'no offence' but then you refer to them as 'you guys'. Your choice of words conjures up images of high concrete walls guarded by heavily armed personnel dividing our two contries. In reality, it's more like a knee-high picket fence - the only one of it's kind in the world - and there is a guy on either side shooting the breeze over a beer. You can't have it any better than that! As for Jeff, if the only thing you hold proud to your Canadian citizenship is its economy, then what are you still doing here? MajBach You can't have everything,where would you put it?
  16. quote:Originally posted by mrcpu: We would go back to that backwards system they still use and have gallons and pounds and such *(No offence to you Americans. I'm sure you love your system and it works for you ) Rob Mobile Cache Command http://img.Groundspeak.com/user/4525_1300.gif As a fellow (proud) Canadian, Rob, just want to step in on your OT debate for a sec so you can hear yourself. While I agree with much of what you have posted in this thread, I think the way you are expressing yourself is perhaps a little volatile. The boldness of your statements implies you are representitive of all Canadians and that the opinions held by Americans boils down to one. Actually, if I was an American I'd probably be pretty enraged by now. You keep beginning your points with 'no offence' but then you refer to them as 'you guys'. Your choice of words conjures up images of high concrete walls guarded by heavily armed personnel dividing our two contries. In reality, it's more like a knee-high picket fence - the only one of it's kind in the world - and there is a guy on either side shooting the breeze over a beer. You can't have it any better than that! As for Jeff, if the only thing you hold proud to your Canadian citizenship is its economy, then what are you still doing here? MajBach You can't have everything,where would you put it?
  17. quote:Originally posted by Bluespreacher: quote:Originally posted by Moore9KSUcats: We found a P-38 (an old GI can opener for those who don't know what it is) in a cache recently in Texas. I actually started out some of my caches with the venerable P-38! If you know what to do with it, it can be a life-saver. Of course, I added other, more 'valuable' booty nuggets, too. Bluespreacher For a second there I thought you guys meant the aircraft. Pretty nice find. MajBach You can't have everything,where would you put it?
  18. quote:Originally posted by Hawk-eye: ROTFLMAO Is that Canadian ... or USD? http://img.Groundspeak.com/cache/348_2702.gif Modern calculators aren't precise enough to convert that number to USD. MajBach You can't have everything,where would you put it?
  19. quote:Originally posted by Hawk-eye: ROTFLMAO Is that Canadian ... or USD? http://img.Groundspeak.com/cache/348_2702.gif Modern calculators aren't precise enough to convert that number to USD. MajBach You can't have everything,where would you put it?
  20. quote:Originally posted by JasonW: This morning I set out with BumbleBee to bag a few caches - and without warning all of a sudden the GPS cut out of all satellite receiving. In fact the constellation screen was just showing the azimuth rings, and no satellites. I've had flukes like that too. Sometimes the GPSr indicates I'm at 30,000 flying at 500 mph 60 miles from my present location. Everytime I drive through Chicago, The GPSr doesn't work on the eastern side. There has been some heavy auroal activity recently as well - this can play havoc with a GPSrs. Finally, I recently read that there will be interruptions with service over the next few days. Matter of fact, I believe the first day was today. Don't quote me on any of this. Best suggestion, talk to this guy: http://www.cnde.iastate.edu/staff/swormley/gps/gps.html MajBach You can't have everything,where would you put it?
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    Downtown Toronto

    quote:Originally posted by mrcpu: Any Cacher's here live or work in Downtown Toronto? I'm thinking we could have a pub night or a picnic to the Island or something like that. Rob Mobile Cache Command http://img.Groundspeak.com/user/4525_1300.gif Sounds rad, man. (I've been hanging around my teenage cousin recently). I'm looking for a reason to plop the boat in the water for it's first trip. I know where to launch but I'd love to dock someplace neat Ontario place or the island to meet ya'. Never been that way with the boat short of watching the air show. MajBach You can't have everything,where would you put it?
  22. quote:Originally posted by mrcpu: Ya know, 5 years in the army reserve here in Canada and I have no idea what a Tick looks like! Rob I was just about to say the same! Erie is not to far from here either and I have never even thought twice about catching a tick. Seen my fair share of leeches however. MajBach You can't have everything,where would you put it?
  23. Is this what people are talking about when they say 'I want to remove it from my watch list'? I've never been able to figure that one out. I only watch caches I've been to. If it was the other way around, I'd be getting a lotof emails every day! MajBach You can't have everything,where would you put it?
  24. quote:Originally posted by rut: I really feel that Canada and the USA are like brothers. I would defend Canada as if it were my own country. I am so vary glad to hear someone say something like that. As of late, I've been getting the feeling from all the NGs I read and public opinions that the general 'American' consensus is that Canadians should just shut up, do what they're told and be glad that the U.S. hasn't invaded us yet. Bush doesn't help either. I remember when he thought our P.M.'s name was 'Poutine'. The accident that happened recently was a tragedy, but not surprising. Not because of incompetence or such, but because it is war - it's a volatile environment by definition. I think the technology is so advanced and the press coverage so dramatized that people are beginning to expect that 'accidents' such as this are not supposed to happen; like getting food poisoning from your Big Mac or something. Look at the Persian Gulf, didn't the U.S. take more casualties from friendly fire than from the enemy? If I recall that ratio was something like 1000 to 1 too. Back in Vietnam, 10 enemy casualties to one ally was considered good. Maybe people are starting to forget what the true meaning of war is. I'd like to think that most Canadians haven't developed any sour grapes over this and that, given the choice, we'd rather it be our troops that suffered casualties instead of our troops making the mistake. That's part of the understanding when you join the military, to take those risks and offer to make such sacrifices. MajBach You can't have everything,where would you put it?
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