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  1. http://www011.upp.so-net.ne.jp/mametaro/index-e.html It's the best I've found for my Garmin GPS-V. I just tried it out for the first time last week. It really helped me in finding the closest subway station... paul_stratton And to think that I once had trouble finding my own "@@@" with both hands...
  2. Thanks Everyone! I've changed my PQs to be in zipped format and that seems to work. I've been getting PQs in regular GPX and eBook formats for over 10 months, today they're being rejected by my ISP. I'm sure there is a valid reason for the rejections, but as long as I continue getting my PQs, the reason doesn't matter... Even though the ISP scans for viruses, I always scan zipped files and everything else that is downloaded. McAfee works! paul_stratton And to think that I once had trouble finding my own "@@@" with both hands...
  3. I have custom GPX files sent periodically and today I got the following message from my ISP. "Yahoo! Mail Virus Protection detected a virus in the file '5584.gpx', attached to the enclosed email message. We scanned the file using Norton AntiVirus but were unable to clean it. Therefore, we removed the content of the attachment from the message. Please contact the message sender if you want to receive the attachment. They must clean the file and resend it before we can deliver it to you safely." I've received two of these today. Anybody else getting viruses with their GPX files? paul_stratton And to think that I once had trouble finding my own "@@@" with both hands...
  4. I've found a link that generates english maps for Japan. Have a look here. Here's an example of a Geoconfluence I logged last year... See N35E136. paul_stratton And to think that I once had trouble finding my own "@@@" with both hands...
  5. Have a look at the formulas described here. paul_stratton And to think that I once had trouble finding my own "@@@" with both hands...
  6. This is great! I travel to Japan once a year, or so, on business. I travel through Osaka. I spend quit a bit of my time in and around Nagoya. Do you know where I could find some Garmin maps, besides the world map, for Japan? I'd like to see something like what you made available for the southern third of Japan. Is anything like that available? I also have an IPAQ PPC. Do you know of any PPC mapping applications and Japan maps for a PPC? Thanks! paul_stratton And to think that I once had trouble finding my own "@@@" with both hands...
  7. I'm betting that everyone is getting the "The web site you are trying to access has exceeded its allocated data transfer." Can the program be moved to a different area...? paul_stratton And to think that I once had trouble finding my own "@@@" with both hands...
  8. Click *HERE* if you'd like to try an MS-Excel workbook/spreadsheet that will compute a traveling salesman problem (TSP) solution for up to 200 Lat/Lon Geocache locations. The user has to paste the content of the GPSbabel-created Comma-Separated-Value (CSV) files into a specific Input worksheet of the MS-Excel workbook. If the above link doesn't work, try this one. <http://briefcase.yahoo.com/bc/paulstratton/lst?&.dir=/Geocache_Stuff&.src=bc&.view=l> It is located in a public folder called "Geocache_Stuff" in the Yahoo! public access folder I created at http://briefcase.yahoo.com/bc/paulstratton Enjoy! paul_stratton And to think that I once had trouble finding my own "@@@" with both hands...
  9. A short time ago I created a MS-Excel spreadsheet to compute the lat/lon of a third location from two known locations and the courses to the third location from each known location. The Intersecting_radials.xls spreadsheet is located here. With a little modification, the MS-Excel spreadsheet can be used to project a waypoint a given distance from two known waypoints. The spreadsheet can be copied and modified as desired... (It is virus and macro free.) Enjoy! paul_stratton And to think that I once had trouble finding my own "@@@" with both hands...
  10. A short time ago I created a MS-Excel spreadsheet to compute the lat/lon of a third location from two known locations and the courses to the third location from each known location. The Intersecting_radials.xls spreadsheet is located here. The MS-Excel spreadsheet can be used to determine how far a distance is between two waypoints. You can use the "Solver" function to determine a waypoint given a course and distance. The spreadsheet can be copied and modified as desired... (It is virus and macro free.) Enjoy! paul_stratton And to think that I once had trouble finding my own "@@@" with both hands... [This message was edited by paul_stratton on February 16, 2003 at 07:35 PM.]
  11. OK, so I might be slighly biased towards the NRHPD. I've lived in NRH for over 15 years. I've met many of the city's finest, both on a professional and personal level. They've helped organize and teach our neighborhood crime watch programs and have always responded in an extremely professional manner. I've seen them in action capturing a burgler red-handed coming out of my neighbors house. (Stupid kid actually had socks on his hands coming out the front door carrying a pillow case full of my neighbors stuff...) Many times, they've accommpanied the Firemen and Paramedics on those many times I've had to call 911 (my spouse has many health issues). One time, I was intently questioned in my own home about my spouses medicines. They made it clear that they are required to respond if the 911 system records more than a certain number of medical-related calls made in a relatively short period of time (i.e., weeks). Unfortunately, a few years ago that happened to have occurred. I've talked with a couple of officers over dinner (at Tucker's Catfish Haven) about their GPS/map use, about geocaching, and about their infrared "scope" mounted on their Suburbans. Most officers are technically savvy. They nearly have to be to use the equipment in their squad cars. Sorry for ranting, but in my actual experience the North Richland Hills police department have earned the phrase "the city's finest". I'm glad they stop and ask questions. Like a previous responder stated, that's exactly what I'd want the police in my neighborhood to be doing. Granted, most people are impatient when they are confronted with something they do not care about or know nothing about. Policemen are a respectable part to be included in the group "people". paul_stratton And to think that I once had trouble finding my own "@@@" with both hands.. [This message was edited by paul_stratton on February 12, 2003 at 11:12 AM.]
  12. I saw this in another thread recently. I'm not able to search for the thread at the moment. When I do, I get a message that I'm not allowed to search while maintenance is being performed. The coordinates are for Dawes Arboretum... N39.96829 W82.417646 paul_stratton
  13. It is twice that value since the equation should be 2*pi*radius/360 = angle_distance. At 100m radius, the distance is approx 1.75m. paul_stratton And to think that I once had trouble finding my own "@@@" with both hands...
  14. From the Map page, push the Menu button. Cursor down to "Show Guidance Text". Push the Enter/Mark button. The "Show Guidance Text" alternates with "Hide Guidance Text". If you're driving around and you do not have the GPV-V trying to provide navigation directions, you'll see the next street name in front of you at the top of the map screen. Just be sure that the first Menu option, when you push the Menu button from the same Map page, that you see either "Resume Navigation" or "Stop Navigation" grayed-out. It's that simple, but that convenient! Regard paul_stratton And to think that I once had trouble finding my own "@@@" with both hands...
  15. Here's a good one... N29 33.254 W95 05.655
  16. Some of these are very interesting... paul_stratton And to think that I once had trouble finding my own "***" with both hands...
  17. You might want to demonstrate the limitations of the GPS accuracy as most people would encounter in the field. Demonstrate how important it is to the GPS to have a clear view of the sky. You might want to include things like signal degradation or complete loss of signals while under tree cover, under bridges, etc. Demonstrate how the GPS "wanders" while standing still. You might explain the idea of waypoint averaging to get a more precise set of coordinates. You might also show how you cannot use the GPS to determine a your current bearing or heading while standing still; explaining the currently displayed bearing is determined from your last position to your current position and the "wandering" while standing still makes the compass move around and be very unreliable. You might show how the GPS computes a bearing between two points and while you are approaching the geocache, your current heading and the initially computed bearing will seldom be the same... You might even include a compass and explain the differences between magnetic north and true north... ...you might even want to include a little bit about map reading and how you can use a map and the terrain to navigate with a compass when the GPS is poorly suited for use. The GPS is a great tool for geocaching, but their limitations are important to understand, recognize, and respect while trying to find specific coordinates. Teaching those limits are important. I assisted a high school geography teacher teaching the GPS and its limitiations by taking classes on field trips to plot grave positions in a local cemetery that had lots of trees... Every one of the students were in awe of the GPS at first, later they felt better just plotting the locations where the GPS could not "see" the sky using basic geomery and using known locations. Good Luck! Pau paul_stratton And to think that I once had trouble finding my own "***" with both hands.. [This message was edited by paul_stratton on January 23, 2003 at 09:51 AM.]
  18. There's a cool program that shows your GPS data as present when in NMEA mode. There's a page that shows the satellite info that you're receiving. There's even a WINCE version for PPC... Visual GPS paul_stratton And to think that I once had trouble finding my own "***" with both hands...
  19. Now, THAT must be a record! It only took me three days to followup and see if anyone even read my question... ...and you answered it in less than an hour after I posted it. That is a great example of excellent customer service! Thank You for such a quick response! I'll try to pay closer attention next time... paul_stratton And to think that I once had trouble finding my own "***" with both hands...
  20. Would it be possible for the Geocaching Software developers here at Geocaching.com to add Benchmark hunting to the Pocket Query Generator? That would be a cool feature... Is this something already planned? I've done a few searches to see if it may have been mentioned before. I didn't find anything definitive... Just Wandering and Wondering! paul_stratton And to think that I once had trouble finding my own "***" with both hands...
  21. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gps-v/files/Geocache_Routing_Tools_V1.0.2.zip Last year, I created a spreadsheet and procedure on explaining how to create the shortest route to the nearest 25 Geocache waypoints. The spreadsheet/workbook I created uses the waypoints downloaded using EasyGPS then uses the GPS and a spreadsheet to do the computations. I wish I was a programmer so that I could create a easier solution... Enjoy! The files, in a compressed zipped file, are located at the URL above. I've created *ANOTHER* MS-Excel workbook to compute the shortest route to the nearest *250* random Lat/Lon waypoints, worldwide. This workbook took approximately ten minutes to complete the computations on my 400MHz Pentium II. Your times will vary. The macro to do the computations can be invoked using Ctrl+Shift+L. The Excel worksheets/workbooks, in compressed zipped files, are located in the same "Friends" folder at: http://briefcase.yahoo.com/bc/strattonpaul There's the theoretical side of this type of TSP analysis. The Excel workbook provides a brute force method. There are other methods that can save time. But on today's PCs, the horsepower is there. The shortest route idea started out as a simple question. If I went somewhere for vacation and wanted to see as many sights as I could in one day, how would I do it? The idea about geocache points was just another application of the same question and possible solution. The same TSP solution principals can be applied to delivery companies, service personnel, telephone/cable installers, and GEOCACHE hunting. I just wish I could use real-world mapping software (e.g., Garmin's Mapsource) to determine the shortest distances or shortest times. If I could work out the interfaces between a waypoint database and the mapping software, it could be done. However, it would be really slow, even on some of the fastest machines of today... paul_stratton And to think that I once had trouble finding my own "***" with both hands...
  22. Where does one get a copy of version 5.xx? Their site mentions the version in its FAQ but doesn't provide users any option to update to the latest version. Not even as a one-time update option. Does each owner have to complain to get service? The features of their moving map product are extremely lacking, when compared to the robust and powerful features that are contained in the OS of dedicated handheld GPSr units like the Garmin GPS-V or the SPIII. paul_stratton And to think that I once had trouble finding own *** with both hands...
  23. I created the above to do some speed measurements to measure the distance for a few trips. I had a taxi-driver friend use it to measure how much time he wasted sitting idle compared to actually doing business. He also wanted to know if his metering was off. If it was very far off it could cost him profits. The toolset is located at: http://briefcase.yahoo.com/bc/strattonpaul/lst?.dir=/Friends&.view=l Been There, Done Cached! Got the T-Shirt and the Hat!
  24. Actually, I voted "Other". I think that all caches that have not been logged on the geocaching.com website within a "reasonable" period of time should be automatically archived. The "reasonable" time period should be defined by the website administrators. For example, I live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and a recent search shows there are currently 305 caches (of all types) within a 100-mile circle of my home coordinates. I like the variety of choices but even an enthusiast can only hunt for so many. Out of my initial curiousity about geocaching, I created a simple 1/1 cache in a park near my neighborhood (GC4DBF). After the first month there has not been a single log. I've checked on the cache every few days and have found it vandalized only once. I started the cache with what I thought to be above-average items. Currently, there are only some very cheap toys and a few "Kilroy Was Here" type tokens. I wonder, if I restocked the cache and announced that if was updated that it might start getting more visits? Has any studies been done on things like this? Granted, I haven't been able to search for many caches and the ones that I have found are of the easy-to-find variety. Here lately my free time has been rare and I have many demands on my time. What I'm slowing getting to is that it seems that many geocachers seem to have whole lot of initial interest in geocaching, then as time goes by, they seem to focus on more of the complex caches or the interest wanes significantly. Thus, I vote for automatic archiving... Paul Stratton Been There, Done Cached! Got the T-Shirt and the Hat
  25. Great Work! I did something quite similar for the Delorme Street Atlas software. Have a look at the GPS_Track_Log_Graphical_Data_Analysis_Toolset .zip: http://briefcase.yahoo.com/bc/strattonpaul/lst?.dir=/Friends&.view=l Feel free to look at the Geocache Routing Tools also... They are all configured to run using Excel 97 - or later. Been There, Done Cached! Got the T-Shirt and the Hat!
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