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  1. This is an excellent hand held GPS unit that's approximately 5 years old and in very good condition.It has the latest firmware updates and features 1.5"x2.2" color screen with backlighting,115 mb of memory,and USB interface.This unit includes the USB cable,manual,EMS soft case that zips shut,and the MapSource Trip and Waypoint Manager CD.My price for this unit is $100 plus $20 shipping.I will only accept USPS money order and will only ship CONUS.Picture supplied on request.
  2. This is an excellent hand held GPS unit that's approximately 5 years old and in very good condition.It has the latest firmware updates and features 1.5"x2.2" color screen with backlighting,115 mb of memory,and USB interface.This unit includes the USB cable,manual,EMS soft case that zips shut,and the MapSource Trip and Waypoint Manager CD.My price for this unit is $150 plus $20 shipping.I will only accept USPS money order and will only ship CONUS.Picture supplied on request.
  3. I ended up ordering a Minelab Advantage. Seemed to be a very good beginner rig. Kellyco throws in a bunch of accessories for a fair price. Looking forward to giving it a try.
  4. Nice call on the location.... Colonel's Mt. it is. I live less than an hour's hike from it and it's been very perplexing not being able to locate the BM... and it is marked as being scaled on the NGS site. Went there yesterday, with the hope that my new GPSmap76CS might have a better chance of locating, but no joy. Aarrgghh.
  5. Anyone been stumped or skunked after seeing a benchmark located on the topo map and loading coordinates, then getting there and finding nothing but moss, decayed leaves, and the resulting "mulch"? Or a similar scenario? I'm just not quite willing to give in yet, but after carefully searching twice with the GPS, I feel I've walked right on top of it. So out of sheer frustration, I ordered a decent metal detector. Anyone else been here? "Resistance is futile."
  6. This thread is sinking like a rock. Too bad there aren't more folks interested in this. Or are they all on vacation ?
  7. I'm wondering if there's some place that we can post pics of markers that aren't logged. It seems that the more I travel on the older routes, the more interesting stuff I see. While crossing state lines, I noticed an interesting marker. In this neck o' the woods, it's common to find town boundary markers... usually granite posts... where the line crosses a road. This one looked different. Didn't have my camera and didn't have a chance to stop though. I think it would be neat to be able to post items like these and the odd mile markers. What do you have to do to get someone's attention around here? And sorry guys... it's not Al and it's not Rob... it's Enrico Fermi.
  8. Oh yeah... that's not me in the pic... but bonus points for figuring who's wearing the lab coat. Major hint... he was what some consider the father of atomic energy.
  9. This is just the kind of thing that I find fascinating. Digging up the past sorta. Some of the old roads and markers are gone or lost or forgotten. Exploring for these becomes a rediscovery of some valuable history. I wish there was a place to be able to post pics of some of these finds. I've been trying to keep an eye open, while travelling the older roads in New England and New York. I would have to believe that New Jersey and Pennsylvania would have their share also.
  10. Nice to hear of someone else out here,that's interested in these. Are you finding the Franklin style markers or are they something else? Sure would be interesting to see what you're finding.
  11. Meridian stones The history of these types of markers is definitely obscure, but maybe this can help a bit. Found these a couple of years ago. They were located in someone's back yard and the landowner just happened to know some of the local history and had an info sheet that the original owner had written. This sheet is attached here also.
  12. See...that's exactly what I meant. Yeah, it's not exactly a Franklin marker, but it's the western equivalent. Now if I could get those in some other areas to keep their eyes open and if somehow there was a place to log these on here, it would be great. Nice to keep in touch with your local history. Thanks Mike.
  13. Yes, I've also noticed granite markers in my neck of the woods. They seem to indicate where a town boundary line either needs to make a change of direction or where one crosses a public road. Franklin style mile markers could possibly be found on the side of most any of the very old roads that are known as Post Roads. The roads between Boston and New York are fairly well known. I was hoping to stimulate enough interest here to get people that live near these roads to search for markers in their vicinity. I'm also hoping to get others looking for Post Roads that may have stone mile markers. These roads can sometimes be numbered and, in this case, will have low numbers. In other cases, the roads may not be marked or even used any more. One of the Franklin markers near my location was either buried or taken when the Massachusetts Turnpike was built, during the early 50's. These are historically interesting items and they're sometimes disturbed or broken or stolen.
  14. Boston Post Road info page This link will describe the routes through Massachusetts. I live near the Upper Road and have several succesive markers nearby. Some are lost or have been moved and with the aid of descriptions and mapping software with a GPS, it would be historically important to try to document the original positions. It would also be important to document the stones that are findable. Massachusetts isn't the only area to have such markers though. And I think, with enough interest, other historical markers could be included. These are items that can be misplaced or destroyed or stolen, much like other markers.
  15. These markers are generally made from sandstone and were placed near the edge of the road. Mileage was figured using some sort of a counter that would count turns of a wagon wheel. They would have probably been put in place between 1750 and 1800. I can access more info on the Boston Post Road and get a firmer date, but these old post roads were in many places through the northeast, not just from Boston to New York. I would believe that the main reason that benchmarkers are installed in or near post offices is that they are federal buildings.
  16. Has anyone noticed the old mile markers that were set up to keep track of mileage,in order to charge for postage? We in the northeast have several groups of these that are sometimes found on the sides of the older routes, between major cities. A good example runs between Boston and New York. This system was supposedly thought of by Benjamin Franklin and the markers are known as Franklin mile markers. I happen to live in an area where there's a fairly unbroken string of them and they've been a source of much interest to me. I've plotted them, using Terrain Navigator and my GPS. During a trip out into eastern NY, I was travelling on old Rt 9, which runs between NYC and points north. I started to notice old markers there also. So I'm wondering if there might be some interest in locating these and documenting their presence. And hopefully, if so, a gallery of their pictures would be great. Any interest here?
  17. Found a set here in Massachusetts,and a list that shows several more.Am posting a pic for MZ1898.
  18. I don't particularly favor the question and answer format that Mr. West uses,but whatever works for ya.Fortunately,you probably have access to other information,having other hams in the family.That's a real plus. If you absolutely have to have an HT,take a look at the triple bander that Kenwood makes. 2m,220,and 440 all in one small package.This makes a better combination than some that put in 6m.After a quick look through the repeater directory,I see you have a ton of machines on all 4 bands.But unless you have a situation that compels you to leave the house to use the radio (interference,wife acceptance factor, can't set up an antenna,etc.),you'll get more usage from the mobile/base set up.
  19. I'd hesitate to recommend an HT as someone's first rig.They're limited by the amount of power and battery life.These put a serious dent in your talk time.If there's any way to set up your station at home,try getting a mobile rig,a power supply,and a decent base antenna.Either way,you'll be spending about $500.You'll get far more "bang for your buck" with the mobile/base and it will be more reliable.An easy recommendation would be an Icom 207H and the Diamond X50 antenna.But I'm sure you'll get a flood of opinions.
  20. Whatever you do,don't make the mistake of just learning by taking the online exams.I've seen at least one person flunk terribly using this approach.Learn the knowledge that's in "Now Your Talking" and you'll be able to answer any of the questions.Do take several of the online tests,because they are a pretty much realistic samples of what you may get when they hand out the tests.Look for your weakest areas and keep working on them.And don't get discouraged if you don't pass.Look around for other VE exams and find the next one that you can get to without waiting too long.
  21. I'm sure some of you have gotten skunked while searching for a marker under less than favorable conditions.I wonder if anyone has tried using a metal detector to help locate those elusive ones.
  22. After looking at these things for many years,the oxidation becomes a protective coating.I believe the USGS markers are made from bronze.Can anyone confirm this? I'll be adding to the collection here when I get my other 'puter back up and running again.
  23. Started looking for benchmarkers a few months ago and found that most locations were great for hill topping.Built one of the "tape measure" beams for fox hunting and used that with an HT.Lotta fun to see what can be done with minimal equipment.73,John,N1XLG
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