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  1. Or if you are a premium member and are giving another person the link. You just click log a visit (The Premium member) and copy and paste the link for the other person. Yes, this would work as well.
  2. What kind of Palm were you using? It looks like it takes more than 10mb of memory to use it and many of the older PDA's don't have that much memory. I think mine has only 8mb. Oh, I didn't even think of that. I am using a Tungsten T3 which has about 50 Mb internal, but I am using about 10-15 for other stuff. So that might give you an idea of how much it uses.
  3. I think that this is a good idea, but there should be an option to go with this along the lines of "make this page public" and "make this page private". Maybe even make an option for just your friends to see it. But that's just my opinion...
  4. I too would like to see this feature incorporated. It would be handy because it tell me which caches I have attempted but not succeeded in finding. Great idea!!
  5. Ooo, I learned this the hard way. I tried loading .GPX files to my Nuvi by putting it in the current folder. It completely screwed the system over. Good thing I had a warranty...
  6. I am not sure if you can load all of the details onto it or not. I do not own one so I have no clue. I can tell you that on the lower end units (such as th Garmin GPSmap60) can not hold much info. I have a feeling that your GPS holds the GCXXXX, name, and maybe the hint or difficulty. I would suggest doing a forum search on the topic or maybe asking the same question over in the GPS and Technology forum. Heck, there might already be a thread on the very topic over there...
  7. Well, there was a trech of a couple of weeks where the search button on the forums was not functional (sarcasm-sarcasm) in other words there were a butt-load of people asking the same thing: How do I do Peperless caching? And well, I just got sick typing the same thing over and over again. So I wrote this and now all I have to do is copy and paste it. Anyway hope you can get into it! It sure is a lot easier than trying to remember the descriptions before leaving the house.
  8. May be more info than you want but here it goes... A little something I wrote on Paperless caching Intro: Have you heard of CacheMate? It is an $8 program for palm PDA's and handheld PC's. It comes with a little program that converts a pocket query into a palm .PDB file. All that means is that it will be compatible with your Palm PDA. I personally think this is the best way to go. It sounds a little complicated, but in reality, once you get started it only takes 7 mins to load 500 caches to my PDA and GPS. Here I will go into detail on how to get started will CacheMate using a Palm PDA. First thing you do when you get your PDA is to setup the software that came with it. This is fairly self explanatory. After you have done this, go to www.smittyware.com then go the CacheMate link. Go through the process of purchasing it. then you should be able to download a .zip file (I can't remember if it comes in the email, or if you get it from the website). "unzip" this file then load the necessary files to your PDA. It will tell you which files to load inside the .zip file, so don't worry about knowing which ones to load. Okay, now that you have the program on your PDA, you can download a PQ to put into it. Go to the GC.com site and go through the PQ process, then make sure at the bottom of the PQ page that you have selected it to send you the .GPX version NOT the .LOC file. wait a few minutes and you should get an email with the results. The PQ comes in a .zip file as well, so you need to unzip it. inside you will find to .GPX files, one with a string of numbers and one that has a string of numbers with a "wpts". For your first time, don't bother with the one that has the "wpts". Just delete it (you may find that you want to use it in the future, but that's just another thing to add to this, so don't mess with it). Now that you have that figured out, open your GPS managing program (either EasyGPS or GSAK) and load the .GPX file. Then send it to your GPS. Now don't delete that .GPX file yet. Open the program that came with CacheMate, it should be titled "CMConvert" and click (in the upperleft) "file", "load" then select the .GPX file. then highlight all of the below loaded caches and click "file", "export PDB". Name it what ever you like. Now hotsync that PDB file your PDA. Next time you turn oe your PDA and go into the program CacheMate, it will ask you to put that file into a category. And now you're done! Tools: I would suggest using EasyGPS to load Cache to your GPS and GSAK for specific filtering of caches. EasyGPS does not have a map at all, just caches, this may be a little wird but you don't really need one anyway, you only really need a map on GPS. Here is some Q and A: Q-How does the info open up on the palm, like a word doc? or pdf? Does it look just like the web page? are the hints unscrambled? What about the map? A-The way that you view the cache sin CacheMate is simply a list of the caches. You can sort them by cache name or by the GCXXXX code. Once you have decided which to sort by you can find the cache you want to view in the list then jut click on it. A new screen will pop up with the name, GCXXXX, difficulty, terrain, type. Then a line break and the owner, size. Then another line break and the description. Another line break and the hint. Another line break and the first log and how ever many you choose when exporting the .PDB file earlier(I think that you can only go up to 5). You can choose for the hint to be scrambled or unscrambled, which ever you choose. Sadly, there are no maps that come with CacheMate, but you can get another Palm program called EarthComber (that one will need its own little thread) it is completely free and has very good detail. Q-What is the max size of SD card supported? I searched on it and got 1 gig. Does that sound about right? I dont figure that the PQ will fit the on board memory. A-You actually don't need to get one to do CacheMate. The exported .PDB file takes VERY little space. The max SD memory will very depending on which unit you get. My Tungsten T3 will take a gig, but the Tungsten TX will take 4. The older ones might not have any SD slot in the first place. Any Palm PDA can hold (on its internal memory) at least 5 PQ's. Chances are that they will hold more, that's 5000 cache records! More than anyone would ever need! Q-Is there a way to change all my waypoint names to the actual names on my GPS instead of the code? It would be nice to see the cache name on the GPS instead of the code name. A-For EasyGPS, simply open it then click "edit" and at the bottom select "preferences". A new little box will open up with a few different tabs one of which says "my GPS receivers", click on that one. Now you should see more buttons in this order "remove", "geocaching...", "settings", "add GPS". Click on "Geocaching..." and a new window will open. At the top you should see "waypoint:" with a drop down window next to it. Change the drop down from "geocache ID" to "geocache name". And now you are done. For GSAK, I have no clue . You will have to ask someone else Q-Can I store (separate) pocket query's on my palm and just load them (within in the palm) one at a time? Right now when ever I load different pocket query's they just keep getting added in together. I did install a one gig SD card just to have it in there thinking that I could just load separate queries from there, but I can’t get it to work from there either. A-Yes. You have to make a new waypoint database in the Palm before you import the data into the palm, open that database and it will create a separate file for those waypoints. (Depending on how you have your palm set up, it may also merge the waypoints into the default database, too).
  9. Just out of curiosity, when you do that does it load all of the info including the logs?
  10. Why not just post here for all to see? If it was left open intentionally, then people should know about it. Since no one else has yet, then I will. O.K. the first step is to gain the GCXXXX of the PMOC. This can can be done by simply seeing the cache in a search. Copy it or write it down. Now, go to a non PMOC and click "Log Your Visit". Once the Log Visit page, you will notice that the URL ends in ID=XXXXX. Edit this URL by replacing the ID=XXXXX with WP=(GCXXX of PMOC) then click go in your browser. You are now at the Log Visit page the PMOC that you want to log. Easy as pie.
  11. I don't understand. Are you having trouble downloading the .GPX files, or are you just having trouble loading them into your Oregon? If you are having trouble loading them to your Oregon then I would download a program called EasyGPS. It's totally free and pretty easy to figure out. If you do decide to go this route and you still have trouble, just post back in hererr and we will see what we can do for you.
  12. Just saw THIS (<-- link) in the GPS garage sale forum. Better hurry if you want it though... Seems that GPSr's go really fast over there.
  13. I like this method of doing things. Besides, it is easier. As for third party crap, I believe there is a very well known (and good) set of stuff designed for the iPod. It's called MacCaching. They have a website, check it out see what you find.
  14. I no longer do this method because I bought a Garmin Nuvi, bit it works very well. There is a program for Palm PDA's called EarthComber. This is a completely free mapping program. You have to load individual counties of any given state, and the maps are very detailed. You can even load Geocache locations into it and see them on the map. They describe how to do that on their website. It is also a very useful program for other things than Geocaching. Look into it, you won't be disappointed.
  15. Garmin Etrex H. You can get them new for around $70-80.
  16. Hmm, I can't help you there, I only have experience with EasyGPS. I may have also made it more complicated and intimidating than it really is. It's really not hard at all, I guess I was just trying to prepare you for the worst. All in all, it takes about 3 minutes to download and set up EasGPS and 2 more to load a PQ to the MAP76.
  17. I own a MAP76 and use a program called EasyGPS. It is free, and does a very good job. It is pretty self explanatory, but if you get stuck just ask and I will do my best to help you out. Before you you get stuck though, I will cover some stuff that tends to be a hassle. A lot of newer PC's don't have a serial port, which is what the 76 has for a connector cable. You get around this with a serial-to-USB cable for $5-10. Also, make sure that interface setting on the GPS is set to GARMIN and the baud rate on the program is set to 9600. Once you get everything set up, download your PQ and un-zip the file. Now double click the .GPX file you want to send to the GPS. Plug the GPS into the PC, and push the "send" button at the top of the program. It should be a picture of a PC with a GPS next to it. wait a while and then it will be done.
  18. There a number of little "hacks" for a quite a few Garmin units. Does anyone know of any for the Oregon series?
  19. You'll need a drill with a bit that cuts metal and a lot of elbow grease, but the magnets are great. I have one inside an Altoids tin and the logs consistently complain about how hard it is to budge the cache from its hiding spot. What do you need the drill for? There are generally 5-6 star screws. You can get a star driver at WAL- MART only costs a couple of bucks. I have taken apart a number of hard drives and I only need to use "extra" force to get them open when I accidentally strip one of the screws. With getting the actual magnets out. If you do decide to get a star driver, I would suggest getting a pack with a variety of sizes. Good luck to all who attempt!!
  20. I am 16 and go alone. I do occasionally have either my Mom or Dad with me.
  21. Now THAT was a story worth reading!!!
  22. Ah-ha! Thank you very much!
  23. Today earlier in the morning the forums looked just like they always do (at least to me). Now, the forums are looking a bit strange. Normally when you open a thread you see each post below the previous. Well now when I open a thread you only see the OP's post, and everyone else's is in a cascading section below it. Here is a picture of what I am talking about. Is anyone else experiencing this? If not, does anyone know how get this back the way it was? Thanks in advance!!
  24. Congrats on starting this great game of Geocaching! Good luck on future hunts.
  25. From doing some research, I have discovered that there is a username "LJNGEO" that is somewhere between 50 and 100 miles from the city Biloxi. From your "miniature profile" on the left hand side of your post you are live in Biloxi. I can further conclude that this is a signature item by this user. Hope this helps!!
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