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TakeAHiker

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  1. We were up on Coosa Bald in North Georgia for a SOTA activation and I found a USGS benchmark disk stamped COOSA 1934. However, this particular mark is not listed in the USGS database by name and does not appear on the benchmark map. Could this mark have possibly been forgotten about or the reference sheet lost years ago? There is another mark listed with the name COOSA, but it is located in Rome, GA, monumented in 1972, and is nowhere near the summit we were on. There also appears to be a COOSA 1873 that was located in Rome, and replaced by the COOSA above when it was not recovered.
  2. We were up on Coosa Bald in North Georgia for a SOTA activation and I found a USGS benchmark disk stamped COOSA 1934. However, this particular mark is not listed in the USGS database by name and does not appear on the benchmark map. Could this mark have possibly been forgotten about or the reference sheet lost years ago? There is another mark listed with the name COOSA, but it is located in Rome, GA, monumented in 1972, and is nowhere near the summit we were on. There also appears to be a COOSA 1873 that was located in Rome, and replaced by the COOSA above when it was not recovered.
  3. So Groundspeak, should premium members expect some sort of credit or free month due to this? I'm a systems architect and if our system was acting up this way for multiple days heads would roll and job openings would probably appear. We pay for a service and you haven't delivered. The "record traffic" excuse doesn't cut it. Seems like someone there needs Capacity Planning training.
  4. +1 here However, it appears to be working now.
  5. For Sale: Garmin Montana 600 http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=140901195033
  6. I was at a GGA event last weekend that had plenty of natural opportunities to get scrapes, scratches, poison ivy etc. What do I do? I turn around and scrape my shin on one of the few man-made items on the trail....one of those little wooden survey markers with orange tape tied to it sticking out of the ground!
  7. There are some people discussing a GeoCruise and possibly having a M&G event the night before departure since quite a few of us will be overnighting. The event would be open to everyone, and we would encourage attendance by locals so we can get to know some of our counterparts who are out of state. Are there any restrictions on hosting an event in an are where you do not live?
  8. Is it possible to enter caches by hand into the Montana 650 and have the GPS treat them as caches, not waypoints? In particular, I want to be able to use the Geocaching Dashboard on the map with manually entered caches. Thanks.
  9. Nope. They are not taking any new "customers" at this time.
  10. TakeAHiker

    Montana Compass

    Is anyone else having an issue with the Montana Compass being off by 10-15 degrees when standing still? I've run calibration multiple times but I always get 10-15 degrees off when standing still. When moving it corrects itself due to the coordinates changing enough to compute the direction of travel.
  11. Smithsonian Air and Space out by Dulles. Like I said, "IF you could".
  12. I've thought about this, but who would maintain it properly?
  13. Back in the late 90s I had a "II Morrow" aviation GPS that cost me around $1200. Cutting edge at the time and made VOR/NDB navigation seem hard. It had Jeppesen aviation maps built in. It was really cool to use it during flight. Back then the pilots would give me the flight plan and I'd plug it in and watch our progress. What was really cool was when I took it on a Concorde flight. It flaked out at around 900kt and 50,000'. I wonder what a car GPS would do if you could put it on a Concorde today.
  14. That would be pretty much impossible. All the chirp does is receive data and display the data. Not enough storage space on the chirp to hold a PC virus GPS only displays data received and doesn't store it AFAIK The GPS would probably crash if non-standard data was received from a Chirp
  15. Thanks for the heads up. I ordered them to actually store FOOD in. What a concept, eh? Most of these looked a little large to use as cache containers. I've found that the lock-n-lock clones at the dollar store stand up pretty well as caches.
  16. There is one like that near me. Stage 1 has been removed due to construction but the CO ignores NM logs and no one will act on the NA that was logged in hopes to get some action from the CO. Some of my others, in no particular order... Leaky containers that aren't maintained/replaced Micros in places that are perfect for a regular sized cache COs that ignore NM logs No parking waypoint where parking is not obvious. Not only does it increase the chances for an accident due to circling around looking for a parking space, it costs the geocacher additional gas. Seeing other cachers giving our hobby a bad name. I saw someone park illegally blocking a lane of traffic in an urban office park in order to go for a FTF. There was a parking lot about 800' away. Is a FTF really important enough to break the law and possibly cause an accident? We're suspicious enough walking in circles, looking down at our GPSr/phone, and pilfering around in brush, trees, and LP skirts. No need to call extra attention to us.
  17. You may get some anti-gun zealot raising a stink about finding anything weapon-related in the cache.
  18. I wish this is the only thing I had to worry about.
  19. That still doesn't address the issue of multi/puzzles. One shouldn't have to go through submitting a cache and getting a GC number just to find out if they are too close to another cache. There needs to be a better solution.
  20. I've been bitten by the cache saturation thing more than once and would love to see a way to check for saturation before I go to the trouble of submitting the cache. It would save lots of time for both COs and reviewers. I saw it was in the works, but is there an update on when it will be available? As for the "playing battleship" listed in another thread, perhaps the check should only be made available to premium members and you could only do a limited number of checks per day. You would only get a Go/No-Go answer so to try to geometrically solve a puzzle/multi with this method would be a futile attempt.
  21. I just don't get power trails. Where is the fun in driving 528' and then doing a Chinese fire drill to spend the minimum amount of time at 0mph? I prefer quality over quantity. But, if it's all a numbers game to people, who am I to bash them? Live and let live.
  22. I've never had to use it, but we were out caching one day and came upon a rather strange fellow in an urban backwoods area. Glad it was nothing but glad to have my training and Glock just in case.
  23. Did you configure it with your Geoname and password? Also, the live map being disabled won't make a difference in retrieving Nearby caches.
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