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  1. I've got a brand new extra ticket and a brand new rig (but a crappy mobile antenna) so I'll give it a try the next night I'm free at the right time. Marty Fouts ae6ip
  2. As reported before, after a week's study my wife passed the tech test and I passed all of the other written tests. Two weeks later (last Saturday,) we both passed the 5 WPM Morse code tests although I had to take it twice and my wife passed the written test for the general. So now she's got her general ticket, and I've got a new call sign (AE6IP) to go with my extra. If we could do that in three weeks, pretty much anyone who has the time to study the manuals and the willingness to study code can at least get their general. Marty Marty Fouts ae6ip
  3. As reported before, after a week's study my wife passed the tech test and I passed all of the other written tests. Two weeks later (last Saturday,) we both passed the 5 WPM Morse code tests although I had to take it twice and my wife passed the written test for the general. So now she's got her general ticket, and I've got a new call sign (AE6IP) to go with my extra. If we could do that in three weeks, pretty much anyone who has the time to study the manuals and the willingness to study code can at least get their general. Marty Marty Fouts ae6ip
  4. quote:Originally posted by umc:Well, if we're not trading then we're just Letterboxing. http://www.mi-geocaching.org/ of course, letterboxing requires a custom stamp, a stamp pad, and a notbook, and is more like orienteering than using a GPS, but yeah, 'just' letterboxing. Marty Fouts ae6ip
  5. I was on my way over there to go after some of the caches on Monday, but had to change my plans because of the fire. I was down that way today, but didn't want to go get in the way of the fire crews, so it's hard to tell, but the fire seems pretty isolated, so far. Marty Fouts ae6ip
  6. we hashed this out on the usenet newsgroup alt.rec.geocaching just before Chob put that web page up. I think there's a google newsgroup archive of the thread. in brief: I think formal expiration rules are a bad idea because by the time you made them comprehensive enough to be fair and cover all the cases, they'd make the tax code look simple. cache should stay in place so long as it doesn't cause environmental harm and the owner is maintaining it. Marty Fouts ae6ip
  7. we hashed this out on the usenet newsgroup alt.rec.geocaching just before Chob put that web page up. I think there's a google newsgroup archive of the thread. in brief: I think formal expiration rules are a bad idea because by the time you made them comprehensive enough to be fair and cover all the cases, they'd make the tax code look simple. cache should stay in place so long as it doesn't cause environmental harm and the owner is maintaining it. Marty Fouts ae6ip
  8. man, if it works for you, than do it, but if it doesn't, then don't make it part of your hobby. i try to leave kid-friendly stuff in caches, and sometimes i trade for stuff that i think might have some emotional value, but more often than not, i TNLN. except when i've got the granddaughter with me -- then i try to find kid friendly caches so she can trade. Marty Fouts ae6ip
  9. Way to go Ron and Georgeandmary ae6ip
  10. Way to go Ron and Georgeandmary ae6ip
  11. quote:Originally posted by Marty Fouts:This forum, plus encouragement from the hams on #geocache, convinced me to start studying last week. Took all four element exams Saturday. Passed the written ones. Will retest on Morse in a couple of weeks. Talked my wife into taking the tech test. She aced it and is now studying Morse and the general. Say hi to two brand new hams: KG6NEE - Marty KG5NEF - Jeanne well, KG6NEE lasted all of two weeks. I passed my code test last Saturday (on the second try ) and so am now an extra with a new license: AE6IP - Marty and Jeanne passed her code and the general test. ae6ip
  12. quote:Originally posted by Marty Fouts:This forum, plus encouragement from the hams on #geocache, convinced me to start studying last week. Took all four element exams Saturday. Passed the written ones. Will retest on Morse in a couple of weeks. Talked my wife into taking the tech test. She aced it and is now studying Morse and the general. Say hi to two brand new hams: KG6NEE - Marty KG5NEF - Jeanne well, KG6NEE lasted all of two weeks. I passed my code test last Saturday (on the second try ) and so am now an extra with a new license: AE6IP - Marty and Jeanne passed her code and the general test. ae6ip
  13. So is anyone going to let pepper in on the fact that fall is usually hotter than summer around here? kg6nee
  14. I've always wondered: how do you mind a never, anyway? quote:Originally posted by welch:ok, hard at work neverminding... quote:Originally posted by blkjeep:...nevermind. http://www.scubaboard.com/images/smilies/whack.gif kg6nee
  15. I've always wondered: how do you mind a never, anyway? quote:Originally posted by welch:ok, hard at work neverminding... quote:Originally posted by blkjeep:...nevermind. http://www.scubaboard.com/images/smilies/whack.gif kg6nee
  16. Multi caches around here tend to average 3 or 4 legs with a few going 6 or 7. As others have pointed out, the more legs the fewer visitors. There is one intriguing pair of multis near here where you have to solve the first one to get a clue needed for the second one. I've decided to call such caches 'poly-caches' and I'm currently planning to do some. The idea is to have a humongous multicache, but to allow partial credit for stages along the way. kg6nee
  17. state? I haven't even gotten to 1/4 of the 1050 caches within 100 miles of me, let alone all the caches in the state. my personal favorite hike, so far, has been for All That Jazz, but I'm sure there are more to come. Marty kg6nee
  18. I just wanted to say that I think that Black Box is a cool puzzle, and I meant my 'nit-picking' as a tease. I think George has done a great job with it, and I'm looking forward to getting the chance to go out and check my math by finding it. kg6nee
  19. I just wanted to say that I think that Black Box is a cool puzzle, and I meant my 'nit-picking' as a tease. I think George has done a great job with it, and I'm looking forward to getting the chance to go out and check my math by finding it. kg6nee
  20. If I were close enough, I'd join you. Have a good time. Post here when you get back so we can congratulate you on your 100th. marty kg6nee
  21. quote:Originally posted by fizzymagic:There is one assumption that is required to get the correct answer: that the plane (the geometric kind, not the aircraft kind) of the explosion is horizontal. Aside from that, it's just a matter of conserving momentum and cranking through the math. not to be a nit-picker, (okay, precisely to be a nit-picker ) but aren't there some other things you have to assume, like: 1) 'half the plane' means half the mass and not half the volume 2) in addition to air resistance, one needs to neglect lift 3) there wasn't any propulsion system still running on any of the pieces after the breakup 4) I dunno, but I'm sure I forgot something. Maybe I'll go out this weekend and see if my math was right. kg6nee
  22. quote:Originally posted by fizzymagic:There is one assumption that is required to get the correct answer: that the plane (the geometric kind, not the aircraft kind) of the explosion is horizontal. Aside from that, it's just a matter of conserving momentum and cranking through the math. not to be a nit-picker, (okay, precisely to be a nit-picker ) but aren't there some other things you have to assume, like: 1) 'half the plane' means half the mass and not half the volume 2) in addition to air resistance, one needs to neglect lift 3) there wasn't any propulsion system still running on any of the pieces after the breakup 4) I dunno, but I'm sure I forgot something. Maybe I'll go out this weekend and see if my math was right. kg6nee
  23. quote:Originally posted by Rubbertoe: Most of the comments were saying that they liked to see people's totals so they could weigh that person's comments in their log entry. Evidently someone like me, with only a dozen finds, wouldn't pull much weight in my log entry - compared to someone with 100 or 200 finds. Personally, I think that is load of crap... I have no doubt that I have the "skill" or "desire" of any other geocacher out here. I get a little more fun out of HIDING caches - but that doesn't do anything for my count. I'll bet I've hid more good geocaches in my time than most 50+ find people. But anyway - I have to disagree with you and say that I believe most people on the site DO judge people by their amount of caches found. - Toe. Oh yeah. Find count matters a lot -- which is why my wife was able to double hers from 3 to 6 by easily finding 3 caches that I (230+ finds) was unable to locate at all a few days earlier. And when I say easily I mean in under a minute for each cache. Experience does matter. I can find caches easily now that I possibly couldn't have found when I was starting out. I'm also better able to prepare for tricky caches or cache-a-thons than I would have been six months ago. But it only matters to finds. If an experienced cacher posts a "did not find" for a cache (like the 1.5/1.5 that stumped me two days ago) it doesn't mean any more than if an inexperienced cacher posts a DNF for the same cache. -- we all have blind spots, slumps, and bad days. kg6nee
  24. quote:Originally posted by TopoGrafix: Garmin's behavior here makes me sick. The government's behavior makes me sicker. Garmin applies for a patent on sending data over a voice-only part of the public spectrum. The patent office grants them a patent for their "novel" idea, which just happens to be illegal. Garmin then lobbies the FCC to make their device legal, thus giving them an exclusive lock on the technology. Our tax dollars at work... -- Dan Foster TopoGrafix: GPS Software, Waypoints, and Maps http://www.topografix.com/ The garmin patent is more general than that. On the face of it, the patent is probably valid unless prior art of the principle claim can be demonstrated. I believe that prior art exists, in the form of the amateur APRS service, but I'm not inclined to challenge the patent. kg6nee
  25. quote:Originally posted by ApK: Patents help protect original ideas, nothing more. They have nothing to do with if, how or when those ideas might be used. Do you happen to know what Garmin's patent covers? ApK This is a common misunderstanding. Patents do not protect original ideas. You can not, in fact, patent an idea. Rather than debate patent law, which is off topic for these Fora, I would recommend that anyone interested in understanding US Patent law find a copy of the Nolo Press book Nolo's Patents for Beginners. Yous should be able to find it at a good public library, or you can buy it directly from Nolo's web site. For those interest in what the Garmin patent covers, it is U.S. patent 6,373,430. You can search for it by number at the USPTO web site kg6nee
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