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  1. quote:
    Originally posted by SimonG:

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    Originally posted by Sea Wolf:

    My nick came from my other hobby.... medieval/renaissance re-creation. In the societies that I play in, I depict a 16th Cen. Scottish privateer named Gavvin Quinn.


    Are you in the SCA? Just curious.

     

    SimonG


     

    Yes, I am a member of the SCA along with a couple of other groups. I have not been active in the SCA for a couple of years though. I last played in the Barony of Elfsea in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. I have lived/played in 4 different kingdoms over the last 12 or so years.

  2. I am a HUGE (need to lose some weight icon_wink.gif )hockey fan in general and Stars specifically. I am planning on leaving something related to hockey in my first cache. It should be out soon and each of the starting items in it will have some connection to my life.

     

    I am looking forward to seeing your Stars cache!

  3. I am a HUGE (need to lose some weight icon_wink.gif )hockey fan in general and Stars specifically. I am planning on leaving something related to hockey in my first cache. It should be out soon and each of the starting items in it will have some connection to my life.

     

    I am looking forward to seeing your Stars cache!

  4. My nick came from my other hobby.... medieval/renaissance re-creation. In the societies that I play in, I depict a 16th Cen. Scottish privateer named Gavvin Quinn. His ship is called the Sea Wolf and his crew is the Wolfpack. My avatar is our Jolly Roger (sometimes we are more pirate than privateer!).

  5. I love my Visor Prism!

     

    I admit that the integrated battery is a pain sometimes, but I am getting and adapter for it that will plug into the cigarette lighter in the car. However, it will run for several hours on a full charge and only takes 2 hours to fully charge from empty.

     

    It has several modules that allow you to expand the memory using removable memory cards such as SmartMedia and CompactFlash.

     

    I also use the Magellan GPS Companion module as my GPS for cache hunting. I store the cache information in the GeocachingDB that was made by DougsBrat and use the GeoNiche program to home in on the cache. I have seriously considered getting the digital camera module for cache pics.

  6. I use a Visor Prism with the Magellan GPS Companion. I have found 10 of 12 with it so far in my 1st month and I can't fault it for the 2 no finds, as I know it got me within 20' judging from the clues and other cachers' descriptions.

     

    I have used both the Nav Companion that comes with it as well as GeoNiche. I also use GeocachingDB, written by DougsBrat to store cache info.

     

    The biggest problems that I have noticed are 1) it is not water/shock resistant. While I have been carefull and lucky, my unit has taken a fall or two. 2) No one program will do everything. If you are using the map software, you can't home in on waypoints, if you are homing in on waypoints, you can't look at the cache description. You must switch between apps to do everything, waiting to acquire a lock everytime you go back to the GPS application, although it usually does not take long once you have the initial lock. 3)There is not a good way to import waypoints. If you have them in the cache description, it takes several times of switching back and forth to get everything cut and pasted. Other programs that let you send and retrieve waypoints with your GPS unit don't work with the PDAs.

     

    I think that PDA/GPS combo has the potential to be the best thing out there, but the software support just isn't there. (My apologies to anyone who told me this a few weeks ago and had me refute it - I have changed my mind!)

     

    All that being said, I don't think I will be changing units anytime soon and I will probably still be using this combination when I log my 100th find. icon_cool.gif

  7. I use a Visor Prism with the Magellan GPS Companion. I have found 10 of 12 with it so far in my 1st month and I can't fault it for the 2 no finds, as I know it got me within 20' judging from the clues and other cachers' descriptions.

     

    I have used both the Nav Companion that comes with it as well as GeoNiche. I also use GeocachingDB, written by DougsBrat to store cache info.

     

    The biggest problems that I have noticed are 1) it is not water/shock resistant. While I have been carefull and lucky, my unit has taken a fall or two. 2) No one program will do everything. If you are using the map software, you can't home in on waypoints, if you are homing in on waypoints, you can't look at the cache description. You must switch between apps to do everything, waiting to acquire a lock everytime you go back to the GPS application, although it usually does not take long once you have the initial lock. 3)There is not a good way to import waypoints. If you have them in the cache description, it takes several times of switching back and forth to get everything cut and pasted. Other programs that let you send and retrieve waypoints with your GPS unit don't work with the PDAs.

     

    I think that PDA/GPS combo has the potential to be the best thing out there, but the software support just isn't there. (My apologies to anyone who told me this a few weeks ago and had me refute it - I have changed my mind!)

     

    All that being said, I don't think I will be changing units anytime soon and I will probably still be using this combination when I log my 100th find. icon_cool.gif

  8. Is there going to be any way to sort a list of caches by difficulty/terrain, date placed, etc.?

     

    I know implementing new feature sis a pain, but I would be interested in seeing some of the more difficult/older/etc caches in the world/country/state/etc.

  9. Apply insect repellant, specifically the brands designed to repel ticks. Follow label instructions. Avoid use of DEET-containing repellants on children. You may apply some repellants directly to your skin and others to clothing.

     

    DEET-containing repellants with concentrations of 15% or less may be suitable for children. These should be carefully applied strictly following label directions.

     

    Repellants containing permethrins may be applied to clothing but never to skin.

     

    In high tick areas, DEET-containing repellants may need to be reapplied more frequently than for repelling mosquitoes. Follow the package label.

     

    Slightly off topic.....

     

    A good way to repel chiggers is to dust your socks and pant legs with sulpher.

  10. Apply insect repellant, specifically the brands designed to repel ticks. Follow label instructions. Avoid use of DEET-containing repellants on children. You may apply some repellants directly to your skin and others to clothing.

     

    DEET-containing repellants with concentrations of 15% or less may be suitable for children. These should be carefully applied strictly following label directions.

     

    Repellants containing permethrins may be applied to clothing but never to skin.

     

    In high tick areas, DEET-containing repellants may need to be reapplied more frequently than for repelling mosquitoes. Follow the package label.

     

    Slightly off topic.....

     

    A good way to repel chiggers is to dust your socks and pant legs with sulpher.

  11. It seems to me that the main issue here is that Mankind is considered by some people to be outside the environment. I fail to see the difference in a social trail created by people doing what people do and a social trail created by deer, hogs, etc doing what they do.

     

    Robert Heinlein said it better through his character Lazarus Long:

     

    There are hidden contradictions in the minds of people who "love Nature" while deploring the "artificialities" with which "Man has spoiled 'Nature.'" The obvious contradiction lies in their choice of words, which imply that Man and his artifacts are not part of "Nature" - but beavers and their dams are. But the contradictions go deeper than this prima-facie absurdity. In declaring his love for a beaver dam (erected by beavers for beavers' purpose) and his hatred for dams erected by men (for the purpose of men) the "Naturist" reveals his hatred for his own race - i.e., his own self-hatred.

    In the case of "Naturists" such self hatred is understandable; they are such a sorry lot. But hatred is too strong an emotion to feel toward them; pity and contempt are the most they rate.

    As for me, willy-nilly I am a man, not a beaver, and H. sapiens is the only race I have or can have. Fortunately for me, I like being part of a race made up of men and women - it strikes me as a fine arrangement and perfectly "natural."

    Believe it or not, there were "Naturists" who opposed the first flight to old Earth's Moon as being "unnatural" and a "despoiling of Nature."

     

    Please don't get me wrong. I am NOT for trashing the wilderness. I practice the old adage of "take only pictures, leave only footprints". It just gets under my skin when someone complains about the footprints.

     

    BTW, I cache with my wife and 3 kids. I use this as an opportunity to teach my kids something about nature.

  12. It seems to me that the main issue here is that Mankind is considered by some people to be outside the environment. I fail to see the difference in a social trail created by people doing what people do and a social trail created by deer, hogs, etc doing what they do.

     

    Robert Heinlein said it better through his character Lazarus Long:

     

    There are hidden contradictions in the minds of people who "love Nature" while deploring the "artificialities" with which "Man has spoiled 'Nature.'" The obvious contradiction lies in their choice of words, which imply that Man and his artifacts are not part of "Nature" - but beavers and their dams are. But the contradictions go deeper than this prima-facie absurdity. In declaring his love for a beaver dam (erected by beavers for beavers' purpose) and his hatred for dams erected by men (for the purpose of men) the "Naturist" reveals his hatred for his own race - i.e., his own self-hatred.

    In the case of "Naturists" such self hatred is understandable; they are such a sorry lot. But hatred is too strong an emotion to feel toward them; pity and contempt are the most they rate.

    As for me, willy-nilly I am a man, not a beaver, and H. sapiens is the only race I have or can have. Fortunately for me, I like being part of a race made up of men and women - it strikes me as a fine arrangement and perfectly "natural."

    Believe it or not, there were "Naturists" who opposed the first flight to old Earth's Moon as being "unnatural" and a "despoiling of Nature."

     

    Please don't get me wrong. I am NOT for trashing the wilderness. I practice the old adage of "take only pictures, leave only footprints". It just gets under my skin when someone complains about the footprints.

     

    BTW, I cache with my wife and 3 kids. I use this as an opportunity to teach my kids something about nature.

  13. Thanks for the info. I guess I need to look into some other software. Like Warm Fuzzies pointed out in another thread, the software obviously did not get as much attention as the hardware.

     

    Does anyone have any suggestions as to the best software for the Palm OS to use for geocaching? icon_confused.gif

  14. Thanks for the info. I guess I need to look into some other software. Like Warm Fuzzies pointed out in another thread, the software obviously did not get as much attention as the hardware.

     

    Does anyone have any suggestions as to the best software for the Palm OS to use for geocaching? icon_confused.gif

  15. Another user with the same setup that I have (Visor Prism and Magellan GPS Companion) have noticed that when we put in waypoints in Nav Companion, it changes the last digit downward by one. Is this normal for ALL GPS units or is this a quirk of the hardware/software that we are using?

     

    I realize that it is a minor difference, hust curious.

  16. KA5RDH

     

    Grand Prairie, TX.

     

    My parents got me interested in HAM radio a long time back. We all used to be active in the Arlington Radio Club, but we haven't been active in years. Have just recently thought about upgrading and buying a new radio.

  17. My wife made some round tags for zipper pulls on our kids' backpacks when they went to camp. She used a inkjet printer paper that acts like the old ShrinkyDinks. It took her some time to align the front and back designs (with our kids' names in them) but once they were printed and shrunk, they were very durable poker-chip sized plastic coins. The color and clarity of the image is great and they are waterproof.

     

    We have been considering doing the same thing as a signature item to leave at caches.

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