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  1. quote:
    Originally posted by BletchleyPark:

    Both cars read 3 mph faster that the radar speed as I would expect from this (German) manufacturer. Both cars had the ColorMap and Vista side-by-side reading the same 35 mph as the radar trailer indicated. I should note that I made 4 passes in each vehicle while the road was deserted.

     

    Not scientific, but good enough neurosurgical work!

     

    BP


    Radar guns always read less than actual, unless they're in the middle of the road.

     

    MajBach

    You can't have everything.

    where would you put it?

    1compass.gif

  2. ...let me apologize for mouthing off with such a grumpy attitude; my day started off not so well. I was surprised when I read my post this afternoon that I in fact wrote it.

     

    I do think these points should be addressed however.

    quote:
    Originally posted by magellan315:

    While I understand your concerns you have to keep in mind that not everybody reads the FAQs or understands just how easliy animals can be attracted to this stuff.


     

    This is true, but this is not my probelem. Not everyone drives home sober either. This doesn't mean the rest of us should stop having an occassional drink. This is an easily rectified problem. All Jeremy has to do is set it up so new members have to read a disclaimer and agree to it, have an e-mail verification check to validate membership and then send a brief letter to that e-mail address outlining basic Geocaching rules. Considering the enthusiasm most new members have, I doubt such a document would be trashed without reading.

     

    quote:
    In all cases, I simply removed the questionable items.

     

    See, I do not agree with this. I don't believe anyone had the right to determine what is questionable or not. If you think that something shouldn't be in a cache, take that item in exchange for what you place; otherwise leave it. If it's something illegal or maliciously dangerous, contact the authorities. If it's food, or a lighter or other subjectively 'questionable' material, contact the cache owner and leave a description of what you found in your log so others can be forewarned.

     

    quote:
    >if you're letting your child rifle through a cache without your supervision, that's shortsightedness on your part.<

     

    If you re-read a little more carefully, you'll see that I mentioned unsupervised children, not supervised ones. One of the caches I found with a lighter in it had a log book entry from a child who had happened upon it, knowing nothing about geocaching.


     

    What are unsupervised children doing at a cache in the first place? If they're on a 'hunt' with their parents, it should never get to the point where they are unsupervised. If they're children that just happened to 'stumble' upon a cache, well, that could go in a million different directions. I believe the chances of a child young enough to not to know how to use a pocket knife or lighter for example, stumbling on a cache are slim at best. Certainly the chances of finding other discarded hazardous items not associated with a cache are much greater.

     

    quote:
    >Enough with the posts about contents<

     

    You are welcome to not participate in any thread you find tedious.


     

    Certainly this is true. However, I do not have the luxury of omitting redundant posts that have been asked time and time again from being downloaded. How many times have we seen:

     

    'This cacher logged a visit, but didn't actually go to my virtual cache. what should I DO?!!'

     

    'What kind of GPS should I buy?'

     

    'My travel Bug is missing! Please send help!'

     

    I enjoy starting my day by reading posts in this forum. Yes, it is an open forum and we are all afforded the liberty to ask and state what we want. But it becomes tedious to see 100 new topics in a day and half of them are on subject matter that has already been discussed to death before. This thread is specifically about cache contents, but the general idea is about exercising common sense. Likewise, it would be a lot easier for the poster of a new topic to do a search of past similiar topics than it is for the reader to sort through them all; especially the for the pathetic saps like myself who live out in the country and are having a good day when their bandwidth it more than 21,000 bps.

     

    MajBach

    You can't have everything.

    where would you put it?

    1compass.gif

  3. I've read so many posts about cache contents, it has long become worn out. Certainly there are items that simply are not thought out. These are the items that present a potential hazard such as lighters. Actually, it didn't even dawn on me about their explosive potential until I read this thread. In that sense, these seemingly endless posts about cache contents do have merit. But as far as things like gum, chapstick and pocket knives etc.- whoopee doo! I think they're good ideas. I've personally taken said items from a cache in exchange for others. Just the other day, a brand new tub of lip balm was a welcome sight for my parched lips in a cache that left me dehydrated looking for it. As far as the kiddie factor goes, if you're letting your child rifle through a cache without your supervision, that's shortsightedness on your part. Do you not inspect the Halloween contents before letting your child loose with his candy.

    Enough with the posts about contents. If you don't like it, leave it. There is a guide for placing and finding a cache on the home page and everyone should read it before they do anything else.

     

    MajBach

    You can't have everything.

    where would you put it?

    1compass.gif

  4. quote:
    Originally posted by Hawk-eye:

     

    Not really ... if your using the GPS altitude ... but like any instrument it's good to verify or calibrate it every once in a while. When backpacking I check it periodically against reference points I've set on my paper map


     

    Actually, I was referring to the built-in barometric altimeter. Obviously, the computed altitude on a GPSr is often unreliable (as stated so often in these forums), let alone when you can achieve an accurate reading. I like the idea of an independent one that's built into the GPSr that could give you a reading even if you do not have a lock on any satellites. The concern I had was that without knowing the barometric pressure outside, this altimeter is very inaccurate. I was wondering if the unit allowed you to enter atmospheric pressure and it calculated altitude from there or if you calibrated it from a reference point in which it computed atmospheric pressure OR it compared real atmospheric pressure to what the computed altitude was from the satellites.

     

    MajBach

    You can't have everything.

    where would you put it?

    1compass.gif

  5. In my opinion, an almost totally useless function for a GPSr. You're better off with a good calender for fishing times. I had an M315 that had this feature but I never used it. Far more useful was it's sun/moon relative sky positions for determining orientation. I bought my GPSr primarily for marine/aviation applications which is why I chose a Lowrance model (flaming not intended).

     

    MajBach

    You can't have everything.

    where would you put it?

    1compass.gif

  6. quote:
    Originally posted by mrcpu:

     

    Arrgh! Too late, I was going to post a location for you to go to. Anyways, Downtown Toronto, Europe Bound has THE BEST prices on Garmin GPS units. Better then walmart, radioshack, Canadian Tire etc.


     

    Better than Canadian Tire??!! Say it ain't so.

    Shame on you.

     

    MajBach

    You can't have everything.

    where would you put it?

    1compass.gif

  7. quote:
    Originally posted by capjap:

    Looking for an inexpensive GPS. I know Radio Shack sells them. Is there anywhere else I can find one around Hamilton?


     

    I wouldn't by from RS - fine store but not the best prices. Walmart and preferabely Canadian Tire (best store in the world!) or check out LeBarons. There's one in Mississauga for sure. They have the best $$$.

     

    MajBach

    You can't have everything.

    where would you put it?

    1compass.gif

  8. quote:
    Originally posted by Sliver & Lucy:

    The Quilt sounds like a great Idea! I am interested in being a part of the project!

     

    Sliver


     

    Ditto that. In addition to my region, I can cover central Ontario regions as well, i.e. Peterborough and all points west.

     

    MajBach

    You can't have everything.

    where would you put it?

    1compass.gif

  9. quote:
    Originally posted by Sliver & Lucy:

    The Quilt sounds like a great Idea! I am interested in being a part of the project!

     

    Sliver


     

    Ditto that. In addition to my region, I can cover central Ontario regions as well, i.e. Peterborough and all points west.

     

    MajBach

    You can't have everything.

    where would you put it?

    1compass.gif

  10. quote:
    So, my point is that I am thinking about posting the coordinate of some landmark in the parking lot or wherever on my hides so the hunters can determine the error for that day and time. What do you think?

     

    Steve Bukosky N9BGH

    Waukesha Wisconsin


     

    I think tht's an excellent idea! Any smug geocachers that believe that takes away from the 'hunt' can leave their GPSr at home if they want a real challenge.

     

    MajBach

    You can't have everything.

    where would you put it?

    1compass.gif

  11. I just tried 'gluing' my keypad back on. I've seen countless posts it seems in other forums about keypads falling off, but never paid them any mind. It's now happened to me. Lowrance said to use a silicon adhesive but I found it difficult actually find a product that descibes itself in that way. Figured I needed something that was good for plastic and rubber but flexible after drying. Finally settled on 'plumber's goop' (from Walmart - also available in marine and craftsman goop, but I figure it's the same stuff only for a dollar more). This stuff is harder to apply than corn syrup. My expectations are low. It seems the keypad expands somewhat once the product is applied because I tried 'fitting' it when dry and it was fine but once the goop was applied, I had a hard time tucking the edges in.

     

    Anyone else had better luck?

     

    MajBach

    You can't have everything.

    where would you put it?

    1compass.gif

  12. quote:
    OH MY GOD. I'M STARTING TO SOUND LIKE A FOREST RANGER!!!!! icon_eek.gif

     

    Rob

    Mobile Cache Command

    http://img.Groundspeak.com/user/4525_1300.gif


    Nothing wrong with that. I plan on being one some day.

     

    Hey, you're just down the road from me right now. What a beautiful Easter Sunday, eh? If I had of known everyone else in the house was going to sleep in this late, I would have gone out geocaching. Stupid me though, I left the GPSr at home. Have you been to the new caches in T.O.?

     

    Hint Hint

     

    When do we leave?

     

    MajBach

    You can't have everything.

    where would you put it?

    1compass.gif

  13. quote:
    OH MY GOD. I'M STARTING TO SOUND LIKE A FOREST RANGER!!!!! icon_eek.gif

     

    Rob

    Mobile Cache Command

    http://img.Groundspeak.com/user/4525_1300.gif


    Nothing wrong with that. I plan on being one some day.

     

    Hey, you're just down the road from me right now. What a beautiful Easter Sunday, eh? If I had of known everyone else in the house was going to sleep in this late, I would have gone out geocaching. Stupid me though, I left the GPSr at home. Have you been to the new caches in T.O.?

     

    Hint Hint

     

    When do we leave?

     

    MajBach

    You can't have everything.

    where would you put it?

    1compass.gif

  14. I've read a few posts in the past regarding some of the quirks here. I've never seen one glitch or message like the example above - until today that is. I use WIN98ME and explorer 5.5. Currently, I'm using my step-son's terminal and he is using XP and Explorer 6.0. I now understand what it is people are complaining about.

     

    BTW.

    It ain't no big thang.

    I've had worse troubles with the light bulb in my fridge.

     

    MajBach

    You can't have everything.

    where would you put it?

    1compass.gif

     

    [This message was edited by MajBach on March 31, 2002 at 07:07 AM.]

  15. quote:
    Originally posted by JeepNAz:

    "Give a man a fish and he eats for a day...

    Teach a man to fish and...

    He spends $2000 on gear

    Buys a $15000 Ranger Bass Boat

    A $25000 Pick up to tow it

    Inherits 5 new buddies who drink all his beer

    and ends up with $1000 a month in alimony payments.

     


     

    And the best part is, now I can stop and hit some geocaches on my way to the ramp!!

     

    MajBach

    You can't have everything.

    where would you put it?

    1compass.gif

  16. quote:
    Originally posted by JeepNAz:

    "Give a man a fish and he eats for a day...

    Teach a man to fish and...

    He spends $2000 on gear

    Buys a $15000 Ranger Bass Boat

    A $25000 Pick up to tow it

    Inherits 5 new buddies who drink all his beer

    and ends up with $1000 a month in alimony payments.

     


     

    And the best part is, now I can stop and hit some geocaches on my way to the ramp!!

     

    MajBach

    You can't have everything.

    where would you put it?

    1compass.gif

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