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  1. Both my wife and I bought a pair of Yaktrax when they came out a couple of years ago. Both hers and mine broke after less than 5 miles of walking on ice. Great for packed snow though. We found a more lasting ice walker are the black rubber ones that have about 5 carbide studs under the ball of the foot and 2 or 3 under the heel. These are a bit harder to put on but once on stay in place much better, are much more durrable (the carbide tips are replaceable) and grip better on ice. I think we paid about $25/pr

  2. The lat/longs listed by a website as a translation of a street address are NOT very accurate - they may be a couple of hundred yards/meters off. If you want to check your unit, find a surveyed benchmark (you can view some on Geocaching.com), set your unit to the same datam as used for the benchmark, and take an averaged reading. A good place to look for benchmarks are near city/county/state office buildings etc.


    A really neat tool is Expert GPS. With this program you can input a waypoint and download a topo map and an aeriel photo. Stand at the corner of a major intersection and take an averaged reading, then enter it into Expert GPS and download a photo. It should show up on the map exactly where you were standing. I did one standing on my front porch - that's where it show in the photo.

    The lat/longs you gave as an example in the forum are in the middle of a heavy wooded area and no house is visible.

  3. Hello 100 x 100, I am certainly not an expert with pocket querys - I have noticed however, that computers are not the perfect things they are preported to be.


    You say your query is to ask for: 1)500 cache sites 2)within 60 miles of a location 3)not reported as found. You also say a cache more than 60 miles away shows up & one less than 60 miles does not. Something not computing here. You might try deleting the query then creating another one with only 1 filter - say within 60 miles. Test that, if ok add another filter, say only those not found by you. If that works, add extra filters one at a time.

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    Hi there. I was wondering if any geocachers have ever had to use an external antenna with their GPSr? I am looking at getting a Garmin eTrex Legend, but I want to know if the built-in antenna will be enough for future use.


    I have a "Micro Mouse" external antenna. Comes with adapters to fit several different types of units. The antenna is a little less than the diameter of a golf ball & has a magnetic base plus a small included ground plane & the current draw is minimal. What really is useful is not that the external antenna is any better than the built in unit (don't put a lot of stock in the 25db gain the manuf. claims - db's are elusive), but that I can position it anywhere I want. I like to keep my gps in a fanny/hip pack under my coat where it stays warm & dry. I attach the external antenna to my shoulder or backpack with a piece of velcro. That way the antenna is ALWAYS out where it has a relatively clear view of the sky. No lost signals.

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    Most GPSs (consumer grade) are horribly inaccurate when it comes to altitude, unless they've got a built-in barometric altimeter (and it's properly calibrated). Unless both the cache placer and hunter have barometric altimeters, it's pretty pointless.


    Besides, I really don't see the point, unless the cache is hidden in a high-rise building. Once you get to the cache spot, are there really any substantial elevation choices to be made? (beyond the usual "is it in a tree/on the ground" type choices)


    Spoken like a flatlander icon_smile.gif Just kidding of course. It would be nice to have elevation data available for caches placed in mountainous terrain. Not everyone has a topo map loaded in their gps. Knowing how the elevation of your destination compares to your present elevation is a useful thing to know when hiking in mountains.

  6. Just downloaded the trial version of your program. Looks like it has lots of potential - great work David.


    About the full screen display - I wonder how Microsoft does it with the Image Viewer


    Originally posted by David Stein:



    Just a brief response - I'm studying hard for a CIS final on Friday, but I'm looking forward to continuing development over the weekend/next week.


    Current priorities list:


    4) Full-screen app/OK-button removal. I spent a LOT of time on this, as I noted, and didn't find a good method to do this. It's been a burr under my saddle, and apparently it annoys you guys, too. So I'm bumping this up my priorities list; we'll see if I have any luck.

  7. I have a Princeton Tec Aurora which I purchased at REI. The light is almost perfect for what I use it for - the problem is (and it's a big one) that the on/off switch is easily bumped in a pocket or backpack and when I go to use it, the battery is dead. Have to keep it in a hard case.

  8. I agree with Renegade Knight. The antenna on the GPS V works great under most all conditions.


    We live in Alaska so I like to carry my GPS under my coat or in a hip pack to keep it out of the elements. I purchased a Micro Mouse active external antenna. It's about the size of a quarter, has a magnetic base & comes with a small ground plane that I velcro to the top of my backpack, run the cable to my GPS and it never misses a beat. The Micro Mouse draws the least amount of current of any active antenna I've seen - can't tell any difference in battery life with or without it attached.

  9. Hello neighbor, I see you're in Anchorage also. I'm rather new at this too but I think it probably depends on how you use your GPS and how you go after Geocaches. I like to load all the reasonably near ones and if we're out looking for a place to hike, we can find a place that leads to a Geocache. Someone who tries to be first to the caches and get them all probably would want to only load the ones he was after that day.

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