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  1. Looks like the intersection of several aerial piccies - just happens to co-incide with the tower - shame but it's bound to happen. There's a zone of white space at an angle right across the tower - the only part of Las Vegas not actually built on
  2. I second stuey I've used Memory-Map without maps it's just fine - you could buy the £20 MM of Europe direct from the MM web site. It's 1:1m but fairly detailed similar in quality to a Michelin road map - at least it will show you which field to look in. Its whole of Europe including all the Eastern block countries - money well spent - your'e bound to return and it's great for route planning.
  3. As azmark says - pays ye money takes ye choice - I'd plug a HP 4700 excellent kit - very clear screen with good battery life. Add a Bluetooth GPS and mapping software - off you go.
  4. Night Parrot - yes I forgot about OZIExplorer that's nice software as well. I went through same thought process considering the high end Garmin as well - I even ordered it once but as it was out of stock I cancelled. I'm glad I did the PDA flexibility is amazing. Memory-Map has altitude as standard - it doesn't have an actual compass - it's better. Click on go to waypoint and a arrow pops up on the screen telling you where to head with distance to go, ETA, heading etc. It'll give an altitude graph and speed trace. All very impressive.
  5. Memory-Map on a PDA - and just cut and paste cache details whilst wifi'd up.
  6. I'd never knowingly hide a cache on private property it's not worth the hassle - it's a big enough world out there not to resort to an individual's land.
  7. Is it really such bad form to ask for help - when the cache is not identified - then all that's happening is answers to random physics questions. microtaz - you could always post your questions on an overseas section of the forum
  8. Getting down to the detail I'd pronounce cache with a softer c than cash. Try these two sentences:- 1. Give me the cash 2. Give me the cache But don't worry if you say them the same - you'll still be understood.
  9. Another way of telling is by the signal stream using the GPSinfo software on the setup tab select the WAAS checkbox. In the NMEA sentences look for the line below. $GPGGA,170834,4124.8963,N,08151.6838,W,2,05,1.5,280.2,M,-34.0,M,,,*75 If you see a 2 in the bold spot you've got a DGPS or WAAS fix if it's 1 then it's ordinary GPS fix. Further infomation from: http://home.pacific.net.au/~gnb/gps/nmea.html#gpgga
  10. If I'm trekking off road I always use a PDA with detailed survey maps loaded - if you can get 1:50,000 scale or 1:25,000 even better. The level of definition means that you'll never (?) get lost - but then again maybe you'll miss out on an interesting adventure. Pete.
  11. yooper - you could always go the PDA route - then customize your system exactly as you want it. You'll then be able to use all those SD's you've got. There's something very satisfying about being able to use the same memory cards across different platforms. I made my digital camera choice based on the fact I had lots of CF cards available. You'll quickly get to the point where you're buying 1Gb+ cards then the cost does look significant. Pete.
  12. As always it depends on how much lucre you want to spend and what you want to do with your kit. If you want to also use in a vehicle and out in the field I'd suggest a PocketPC the choice of mapping software is much wider. The screen clarity on something like an HP 4700 is superb coupled with a Bluetooth GPS you'll have a very fine setup. Shop around before you buy on eBay to make sure you know exactly what you want - good hunting. Pete.
  13. I'd second the GlobalSat BT338 option - very good at picking up sats even in buildings. It comes with a belt holder and a 19hr Li-Ion battery. It's WAAS enabled and works perfectly in the glove compartment of the car. I suspect your biggest choice is what software to use on the PDA - I can highly plug Memory-Map but Fugiwa comes a good second. PDA mapping software knocks the socks off anything that Garmin, Magellan, Lowrance have on their units and the cost of maps is far lower. You can run the software on your PC and download all the cache info then port via ActiveSync. You can trial the demo software before you buy - so you can make an informed choice. Best of luck. Pete.
  14. I'm in two bits - an HP4700 PDA with a bluetooth GlobalSat BT338. Running Memory-Map software with 1:50,000 maps of the UK. Beauty of the BT338, besides being Sirf III is it has the same charger as the HP4700. The maps are so accurate it's possible to find caches without a GPS.
  15. Hi guys, I don't want to come over as a cheeky newbie but at 100,000+ posts the UK part of Groundspeak.com rivals the total size of the US section, but IMHO doesn't have an appropriate structure that recognises that fact - apart from the sensible stickies up top. I merely posit the view that the UK section of Groundspeak.com is like an elephant in the bottom of a wardrobe - its size means it just cannot stay as it is. Let the debate begin ... does it need more structure, if so what? Pete.
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