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  1. Great picture! Thanks for doing that. Nick
  2. Yogazoo. Brilliant review. Thanks for that. Can't wait for them be be available in the UK. Cheers Nick
  3. Has anyone then any photos on the 650 yet ?? What are they like ?? Thanks Nick
  4. Well I bought my Oregon 400t in September 2009, when it had been out for about a year, and got used to adding bug fixes until Garmin gave up on it in May 2011! I prefer the sound of the 650 to the 600, and won't bother with the Topo map models this time, so hopefully will be ready to splash out by the summer. Chris I agree with forgetting the Topo Maps as you can get them free with a little effort, and there's some really nice routable OSM maps that get updated on a monthly basis as well. The base maps shipped on the unit are total crap, but once you install a uSD card and download some good maps then you're set. I'm using the OSM Maps of North America from here http://garminoregon6xx.wikispaces.com/Maps - it's a 2.5GB download and takes up about 3.6GB of a uSD card - but it's really quality maps. I've only used it to go around and check a couple of my caches so far, but I've uploaded 3 GPX files w/ 10K+ caches in each - no problems. I generated a single GZZ of 30K+ waypoints using GSAK macro. No problem. I've added multiple .ggz files. No problem. How do you download 30,000 geocaches? I'm puzzled as a pocket query is limited to 1000.are you generating 30 pocket queries at a time ? Thanks Nick
  5. Well I bought my Oregon 400t in September 2009, when it had been out for about a year, and got used to adding bug fixes until Garmin gave up on it in May 2011! I prefer the sound of the 650 to the 600, and won't bother with the Topo map models this time, so hopefully will be ready to splash out by the summer. Chris I agree with forgetting the Topo Maps as you can get them free with a little effort, and there's some really nice routable OSM maps that get updated on a monthly basis as well. The base maps shipped on the unit are total crap, but once you install a uSD card and download some good maps then you're set. I'm using the OSM Maps of North America from here http://garminoregon6xx.wikispaces.com/Maps - it's a 2.5GB download and takes up about 3.6GB of a uSD card - but it's really quality maps. I've only used it to go around and check a couple of my caches so far, but I've uploaded 3 GPX files w/ 10K+ caches in each - no problems. I generated a single GZZ of 30K+ waypoints using GSAK macro. No problem. I've added multiple .ggz files. No problem. Taz How do you download 30,000 geocaches? I'm puzzled as a pocket query is limited to 1000.are you generating 30 pocket queries at a time ? Thanks Nick
  6. Well I bought my Oregon 400t in September 2009, when it had been out for about a year, and got used to adding bug fixes until Garmin gave up on it in May 2011! I prefer the sound of the 650 to the 600, and won't bother with the Topo map models this time, so hopefully will be ready to splash out by the summer. Chris I agree with forgetting the Topo Maps as you can get them free with a little effort, and there's some really nice routable OSM maps that get updated on a monthly basis as well. The base maps shipped on the unit are total crap, but once you install a uSD card and download some good maps then you're set. I'm using the OSM Maps of North America from here http://garminoregon6xx.wikispaces.com/Maps - it's a 2.5GB download and takes up about 3.6GB of a uSD card - but it's really quality maps. I've only used it to go around and check a couple of my caches so far, but I've uploaded 3 GPX files w/ 10K+ caches in each - no problems. I generated a single GZZ of 30K+ waypoints using GSAK macro. No problem. I've added multiple .ggz files. No problem. Taz How do you download you pocket queries? I'm puzzled as a pocket query is limited to 1000.are you generating 30 pocket queries at a time ? Thanks Nick
  7. What is the Bluetooth link to mobile basecamp like, what does it do, and does it have any benefits ? I can't find any answers on this feature yet, so hopefully someone here can help.
  8. Well I expect you will be able to store several PQs (with different names) in the GPSr... but Garmin's marketing people will be selling this as a reason for you to use their site of course. IF that actually has any caches anywhere near where you live of course! Chris That's my problem. In the sw of England there are say 100 as opposed to 1000's from geocaching.com ! Know one has answered my queries so i'll try again. Please can someone tell me how do you physically download and load up tens of thousands of geocaches onto the 600, when you can only get 1000 in a pocket query. I can't believe that you have to make 100 pocket queries to get the 100,000 loaded ???? ( and do this every week !!!!) Chris above suggested he used Opencaching.com but on the basis that we are all chatting on Geocaching.com's forum i assume that you all use this like me. i've never used Opencaching because its useless in the UK. So how's it done. PS i cant use GSAK as it doesnt work on a mac. thanks in advance. Nick
  9. Well I expect you will be able to store several PQs (with different names) in the GPSr... but Garmin's marketing people will be selling this as a reason for you to use their site of course. IF that actually has any caches anywhere near where you live of course! Chris That's my problem. In the sw of England there are say 100 as opposed to 1000's from geocaching.com !
  10. So... What is the Bluetooth link to mobile basecamp like, what does it do, and does it have any benefits ? I can't find any answers on this feature yet, so hopefully someone here can help. Also how do you physically put thousands and thousands of geocaches on, when you can only get 1000 in a pocket query. ( without using gsak, as I have a mac) Thanks Nick
  11. Hi Hope this isn't a daft but has been bugging me for a while.... So the Oregon 600/650 can hold "unlimited" geocaches, but how do you get them off of geocaching.com when the pocket queries are max 1000. Thanks Ps screenshots are great thanks. Any chance of a video ? Nick
  12. HERE HERE. It's getting pretty boring !
  13. According to this Garmin blog (see section "Unlimited Geocaching"), GPX files will still be supported. Garmin are not stupid enough to stop the new Oregon 6xx series from importing GPX files. Why would they ?? Just because they have come up with a clever way of zipping and importing 1000's of geocaches from their own Opencaching website ( and why shouldnt they) doesnt mean that non Opencaching user will be able to use it. If they did they wouldnt sell any. I have a Etrex 30 and it doesnt import photos from the pocket queries from Geocaching.com. Appartently this feature only works with Opencaching.com. Its annoying but not the end of the world. Garmin are just trying to get more people to use their own website. So.. LOOK forward to this new device and stop slagging it off until the facts are found out. Why doesnt someone ask Garmin to do a English video review then all might be revealed.
  14. Can you put this rechargeable battery in the Etrex 30??? I'm pretty sure that when you plug the USB into a wall it try's to recharge the batteries.
  15. I've got an Etrex 30, and sometimes I can be stood right on top of a cache, BUT if the person who put the cache out uses a GPS without glonass, or worse still an iPhone, then however good your gps is, the co-ordinates won't match exactly ! Anyway. I'm looking forward to the new Oregon 600. It looks great. Pleased I didn't rush to get a Oregan 400. I nearly did last week !
  16. Hi Please can you help me. i've just got back from holiday, where i had no internet connection. And i am just uploading field notes etc. i wanted to state i had dropped off a GC and a TB but they arnt on my list anymore because someone has already picked them up and logged them. ( i know this because i was sent and email as being the holder) how do i state that ive dropped them off, or doesnt it matter. many thanks Nick
  17. Hi i've downloaded the talky toaster maps and they are really good. i also managed to buy the southern half of GB in 1:50,000 half price from Cotwold Outdoors for £40. You can get them off ebay cheap too. i find though that the Select maps 1:25000 are the best though. 600sq km is enough to start with. i just download the bits i want. hope that helps a bit.
  18. i have just looked at my etrex 30 and this is what i think. when you go into setup and click 'create profile' is saves your current settings to be 'that profile' at that time. You can then change the name of it if you want or move it up and down. You cannot delete it at this stage because it is your current profile ! (profile means current setup, ie colours, positions of icons on screen, particular data fields etc etc) if you create another one, or select another one, then you can delete the previous one. i hope that makes sense. Cooper1569
  19. Hi All im having a problem with Base camp ever since i tried to activate my Birdseye voucher that i got with my new etrex 30. Basically every time i now connect to Base-camp, it wont stop synchronising. And when i try to send list to my device, ie some new 1:25000 maps, Base-camp crashes and closes. Has anybody else had this problem. i have tried to fix the problem by re installing the base-camp software on my mac, and on my etrex but with no avail. i look forward to hearing from you.
  20. I'll try and post a screenshot later. i dont think that i have as many options on my Etrex 30 as you do on the Oregon. for example we just have the option of Geocache, not geocache nearest. In reply to Winertimes reply, how do you set up data + compass + map ? you can't can you. Or if youve done it, please could you let me know how. thanks again. Nick
  21. Sorry if ive confused you all, that wasnt my intention. I think AndyT1 is on my wavelength. I'll explain again. Say, I want to go to "someplace" whether this is a waypoint/POI/place on map/recent place. BUT NOT A Geocache (for now anyway) So i set my 'Go to' to that place and click 'GO' then i go to the maps screen to walk to my location. So now, when in the maps screen, i can choose the way my screen looks. Because i would like the 'View' to see some data fields and a compass and map at the same time, the only option to do this, is the 'Geocaching' option. However this is the Problem.... At the top of the screen ( ie the Geocaching bit) the data is all refering to a geocache, which is closest too me which happens to be in my Cache file. Why doesnt it point to where i have choosen. Surely, im not the only person to have noticed this. many thanks
  22. Hi, thanks for the reply but it really doesn't work on mine. im surprised it works on yours. all the other options work, ie recreational, 2 data fields, 4 data fields etc., all say the right information ( distance, ETA etc) its just the Geocaching mode . Strangely when in the geocaching view/mode, the pink line still draws me to my waypoint/location, but the data and the name at the top refers to the closest cache to my current location. Is anyone else having this problem please.
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