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  1. I have been searching for a palm pilot and these are what I have come up with. Has anybody used any of these. I was given some advice what to look for like make sure it has a cradle, slot for memory card. The cheapest one I found was Palmone IIIx hand held for $25.00. It has everything that I was told to look for. Or should I go with something else. Also how would I know if the software to use for GeoCaching will work with any of these units. I almost forgot another thing about how many caches can I fit on 4MB. Thanks for all the help. Russ

     

    (CymSnip)

    PalmOne i705 Wireless Handheld $59.99

    Built-in Secure Digital expansion card slot

    Integrated wireless connectivity in a slim package

    Send and receive corporate and personal e-mail and get access to the Web without an external modem

    Stay in touch with AOL Instant Messenger

    8 MB memory stores thousands of contacts, appointments, to-do items, and notes

    (Cymsnip)

    The i705 is what I use for geocaching. It's an older unit, but rugged. It's not color, which is fine with me. I use Cachemate, and I regularly load it up with all my "not found" caches in Georgia, which is currently around 1180 or so. This takes up just over 4.2MB - I use GSAK to save prior logs, and I upload up to 15 logs to Cachemate.

     

    I've never had a problem with the unit, even though it uses "non-removable" rechargable batteries. I've gone a few days without recharging it without a problem. The wireless feature has since been tossed out the window by Palm, so it doesn't work. No biggie - I have a blackberry for wireless access, though I don't use it often.

     

    Best bang for the buck for geocaching, IMHO. I'd recommend that whatever unit you get has at least 8MB of RAM. The i705 is not the fastest unit in the world (compared to today's newer units), but for Geocaching it can't be beat.

  2. PQ all finds:

     

    A minor caution:  Deleted logs are included so if you posted a find, decided to change it by deleting and re-adding, you will get 2 finds for that cache.

     

    I assume they will correct this.

    Yes, Jeremy has said this is fixed.

     

    However, please note as of just a few hours ago I believe the problem is still there. I just ran a PQ of all my finds and this issue was still evident.

     

    Even when this is fixed, if you have loaded an "all founds" PQ into your GSAK database with some of these incorrect deleted logs you will still need to remove them from GSAK manually.

     

    You can do this by right mouse clicking on the cache that has the offending logs and select "Delete a log ..." .

    (Cymsnip)

    This is working for me - so far, for correcting my find counts - I was showing about 14 over what I should have, and sure enough some caches now have duplicate found logs.

     

    I'm doing as you described, and it's working. But - dunno how or why - the little "OK" box after deleting the log is popping under the rest of GSAK. I have to Ctrl-Tab once to bring it back to the front to click it, then continue...

     

    This has happened on each of the three that I've done so far. After the first one, I made sure that I did not press any other key or move the mouse, just in case. Still happened.

    Even more odd, I can't get the "Filter" screen to go 'way. After the first three, I re-ran the filter, and now it's stuck. I had to right-click GSAK on the task bar to close it, and GSAK asked me if I wanted to back up DB's, which I did.

     

    Very odd. I hope I can't recreate this. :D

  3. PQ all finds:

     

    A minor caution:  Deleted logs are included so if you posted a find, decided to change it by deleting and re-adding, you will get 2 finds for that cache.

     

    I assume they will correct this.

    Yes, Jeremy has said this is fixed.

     

    However, please note as of just a few hours ago I believe the problem is still there. I just ran a PQ of all my finds and this issue was still evident.

     

    Even when this is fixed, if you have loaded an "all founds" PQ into your GSAK database with some of these incorrect deleted logs you will still need to remove them from GSAK manually.

     

    You can do this by right mouse clicking on the cache that has the offending logs and select "Delete a log ..." .

    (Cymsnip)

    This is working for me - so far, for correcting my find counts - I was showing about 14 over what I should have, and sure enough some caches now have duplicate found logs.

     

    I'm doing as you described, and it's working. But - dunno how or why - the little "OK" box after deleting the log is popping under the rest of GSAK. I have to Ctrl-Tab once to bring it back to the front to click it, then continue...

     

    This has happened on each of the three that I've done so far. After the first one, I made sure that I did not press any other key or move the mouse, just in case. Still happened.

  4. I have to fly out to Miami today on business all week - specifically, Miami Beach. I've been trying to read the latest news reports, looks like power is back in *some* areas, but not all.

     

    How'd you local cachers make out?

  5. If you're using Garmin's Topo maps, I was under the impresstion that any map load would erase the previous set.

     

    Do you have Garmin Topo? If so, load it up, and "rebuild" a map set without anything, and "send" that to the unit. Should override it and blank it out.

     

    Don't have Garmin Topo, but are trying to load other map, probably Garmin City Select? Hmm.. that one's a bit harder. I would try master clearing the unit, but the Rino doesn't have a master reset, per se. It does have a "user data" clear. DISCLAIMER: I've never had to do this, so I've never tried it. It appears awkward to do.

     

    WARNING: You'll lose any waypoints you have in the unit currently. If you want those, save those first.

     

    Press in and hold the clickstick, press and hold the "page" key (the one below the "Talk" button on the side of the unit) and then hit the Power On button, then leggo all three.

     

    In other words, hold the first two, then hit the Power On, then let go all three.

     

    See if that works. I've never tried it, but that's how you do a user data reset. Worst case is you'll lose the waypoints in the unit. Or blow something up.

     

    If you don't want to try the user reset, call Garmin and see if they can help you.

  6. We're moving into the realm of "Identifying COM: ports on Windows now." Assuming you're using Windows, of course. If you're using an iMac/other Apple product, ignore all this. I don't have one of htose in front of me.

     

    I'm using XP, so you may have to do *slightly* differently, but hopefully you can follow along if using 98 or 2000 or "other". Key is getting into your systems' Device Manager settings.

     

    - Right click "My Computer" on your desktop.

    - Select "Properties"

    - Select "Hardware" tab.

    - Select "Device Manager"

    - Expand the "+" sign next to "Ports (COM and LPT)"

     

    You may have multiple COM entries here, one of which a default "Communications Port (COM1)." That's not it. Does one of them say something about "USB Serial Adapter" or something along those lines? Hopefully it does. What number is attached it's COM? I.E. COM5? COM11? Keep that one in mind.

     

    Load EasyGPS, and somewhere in it's configurations, you need to tell it what COM port to use. Set it to the com port you just made a note of, connect the GPS, turn it on, and then try sending. Hopefully, it'll work. (I'd tell you exactly where, but I don't have EasyGPS loaded on my system anymore.)

     

    If you don't see the extra USB Serial Port in your Device Manager settings, then you've got a different problem entirely.

  7. What Grampakim said.

     

    I have a few waypoints that I"ve manually created in my GSAK database. One of these is "home". So no, we're not talking about Centerpoint location. We're talking a line entry in GSAK for "Home", with coordinates, but no description.

     

    When loading a new query - especially if it's for your same area - do as Grandpakim said and don't do "Clear before loading." After it's loaded as he's described, you can go back and delete any waypoints you've previously found. This is simplified if you select to "reset user flag" as well.

  8. I haven't seen this on an eTrex myself, but I've had great success bonding different materials together using standard two-part epoxy over the years. Available at most all hardware stores/large borg-type stores (home depot, lowes, etc).

     

    I'd be a tad afraid of using superglue, might melt the plastic a bit before setting.

  9. As others have noted, give EasyGPS a shot. You can get by with the .loc files with EasyGPS.

     

    Since you've upgraded to a Premium Membership, go ahead and get GSAK from gsak.net as well. Yes, there's a learning curve, but with GSAK you can use the .GPX files and view your pocket queries off line.

     

    (You do know about pocket queries, right? That's the whole reason why you got a Premium Membership.)

  10. I like the 530. I wish Garmin had kept the best of the 60's though. The buttons, the screen and hte 1000 waypoint memory. As it is it's better than a 130 but not enough to upgrade if you already have one. I swear that extra step just eludes them and they have a good GPS but not a Great one.

    Strangely, I actually prefer the buttons (or lack thereof) on the Rino better than I do the 60CS. Owning both, I can manually enter waypoints and search for POIs faster on the Rino than I can on the 60CS. My fat fingers always have a problem with the rocker switch on the 60.

     

    The screen you can't do much with - it's a Rino form factor. I'm with you on the waypoints, though; should have been 1000, not 500, and form factor doesn't have anything to do with it. Just use a different (higher capacity) chip.

  11. The article posted above notwithstanding, a friend of mine in a reserve unit used his Rino 110 (no maps, occasionally used the radio, but not often) quite often and quite well in Afghanistan for 9 months.

     

    He used it to mark positions of everything ranging from "potential threat points" to the local bazaar. It's precision was "good enough for government work", according to him. Quite a few members in his.. lets say "unit".. also carried civilian Garmin units, most often Rinos or Etrex Legends.

     

    As long as your son is not setting up target points or lines of fire, a civilian unit will do him just dandy.

  12. There is obiously a bug somewhere in the software. On several ocassions I have had the compass spinning while I was standing still...I'm not talking about drift. It's happened to me twice, necessitating the shutdown of the unit (still spun),shutdown of the unit and removal of batteries (still spun), hard re-set (cured the problem).

    I've seen this once, maybe twice myself on my own unit. I solved it by turning the compass off and switching to the map screen. Switching back a minute later and turning the compass back on and the problem went away.

     

    I chalked it up to electric gremlins or some sort of magnetic anomoly nearby. Haven't seen it since.

  13. If you're looking for on-the-cheap or roll-your-own, what you seek is:

     

    http://www.pfranc.com/

     

    Me and soldering irons don't get along too well, so I have the Garmin one.

    Hmm, hadn't visited that page in awhile, so pfranc isn't actually making the cable due to lack of interest.

     

    You can get the plug from him though, and includes links on how to make the cable.

     

    See; http://www.pfranc.com/projects/rPlug/index.htm

     

    Anyways, good luck with it. GPSGeek is another good option as others have pointed out.

  14. Outside of the "waypoint grabber" thing from the clipboard, any other "major" new features coming in the *next* release that you'd like to share?

    The waypoint grabber, is not just from the clipboard. GSAK supports grabbing from details of a single cache in your database, or a filter, of the whole database.

    This way you can automatically generate waypoints for all the parking cooridinates, POIs, etc ,directly into your database.

     

    <Cymsnip - lots of stuff Clyde is adding>

    Not a fully incusive list by any means, but hopefully enough to wet the appetite ;)

    <end Cymsnip>

     

    Edit: Not a great example as it was for testing purposes, but you can check out the new change log here (be sure to also check out the very end of the log)

    Good stuff Clyde. I sit corrected - you HAVE managed to get a few major things in there. I'm sure the Lowrance users are gonna love you in particular.

     

    And if that 2nd user column is what I think it is, added bonus! :blink:

     

    Keep up the good work - fantastic job!

  15. Just for you info...the belt clip is really useless as the slightest bump causes it to come unlocked and release the unit. If you use Garmins beltclip, I would use the supplied lanyard with a carabiner hooked thru a belt loop.

    You're right - garmin's default clip does tend to let it out of the unit pretty quick.

     

    Quick solution (and good belt clip replacement - i break them a lot) is to pop into a local emporium that deals in AT&T/Cingular cellphones. They have similiar clips, and usually cheaper.. and the GPS doesn't come out of them as fast.

  16. This is not the best answer, but it'll cut your clicks down quite a bit.

     

    As Clyde said, you're seeing the default Windows "Open.." dialog, and yes by default it opens by "List". Here's what you can do instead of the whole "Details" thing:

     

    Pick an open area in the file list, as in where the red dot is here (and I would recommend to click where the red dot is - trying to get inbetween the file names is tricky) and RIGHT click:

     

    screen2.jpg

     

    On the resulting menu, left click "Arrange Icons By", then "Modified", as shown above.

     

    It'll resort itself. Grab the horizontal slide bar and slam it all the way to the right. The last file you see is the latest one in that folder.

     

    This is not permanent, but should work. Hope it helps.

  17. Right-click the Norton icon in your taskbar. Is "Enable Autoprotect" checked?

     

    If so, left-click it to uncheck it. Try GSAK again. Work now? Fantastic.

     

    If not, post again or contact me via my gc.com profile.

     

    (Norton Enterprise user, unfortunately, & GSAK user on my work laptop at the moment.)

  18. Neo, only the compass screen shows a "hold level" prompt towards the bottom of the screen. On any other page, there is no prompt. I can be looking at the map screen with heading up and tilt it some, the screen will respond to the false direction the compass give it with NO notice. As I tilt it vertical it goes up to 180 out. It's a serious flaw to me but of course it only happens when using the internal compass.

    B

    You gotta hold the 60CS d*mn near flat if you want the compass to work correctly. There's no other way to do it. It does not have a triaxial compass (a la Magellan). Garmin doesn't offer one in any of their handheld units - it's on a lot of wishlists.

     

    Having said that, if you hold it *reasonably* flat you should find that it points you generally in the right direction, +/- 10-20 degrees. "Go that way" will work. For short distances (less than 5 miles) this should do you ok. Moreso, then use the handheld compass you also carry.

     

    You do carry one, right? ;)

     

    Seriously, I use the compass in both the 60CS and Rino 130, and often end up turning them off in the interests of battery life and using my pocket Silva instead. I hold the units flat enough until I see the "Hold LeveL" indicator flicker off/on, and approximate from there. If I want superaccurate, I stand still and let it *really* level out. Close enough is close enough. Plus, I have the units set to True north, whereas the Silva is (obviously) magnetic, so there's declination to deal with there as well.

  19. Not to jump the gun or set up a lynch mob for ya Clyde, but..

     

    Outside of the "waypoint grabber" thing from the clipboard, any other "major" new features coming in the *next* release that you'd like to share?

     

    Of course, you won't be held to anything. Just asking out of idle curiousity, 'cos I'm not sure what more you could add to it "major" wise.

     

    Minor tweaks are always expected. :o

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