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Rocketsteve

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  1. The vast majority of my finds are "micros", so swag is almost never an issue.
  2. Will EasyGPS do that or do you use another software package?
  3. If I understand QueenyB's problem correctly, when she goes to the "FIND MENU > GEOCACHE" on her HCx, she sees nothing but GCxxxxx in the listings. When she changes the GCxxxxx to the actual cache name, using EasyGPS, and loads those caches onto her GPSr, the listings still come out as GCxxxxx. If this is the case, then the Legend HCx can "ONLY LIST" the caches as GCxxxxx, with the cache name only appearing on the "Waypoint" page, for that specific cache that was clicked on.
  4. The problem is that your GPSr WILL NOT display the cache names, because the Legend HCx software package is not setup to do that. It is only capable of listing your caches by the GCXXXXX designation, and there is no way to change that on your GPSr. Hope this helps.
  5. Carl, PM sent to you about a fix to your problem.
  6. Here are two different ways you could mount your GPSr: http://cgi.ebay.com/SUCTION-CUP-CAR-HOLDER-MOUNT-GARMIN-eTrex-VISTA-CX-/200559441046?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2eb2463496#ht_5200wt_1061 http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-GARMIN-eTrex-VISTA-C-H-Cx-HCx-CAR-SUCTION-CUP-MOUNT-/200360721842?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2ea66dfdb2#ht_3940wt_884
  7. The short answer is: Yes, a GPSr will work over in the ROK. If you will be doing city caching, you might want to find yourself a KATUSA to help guide you around whatever town you will be caching in. If you buy any of the "mapping" Garmin GPSr, you can go to the GPSFileDepot website and download "FREE" topo maps for the ROK (Republic of Korea): http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/maps/view/301/ Units like the eTrex Legend H and the Venture HC are mapping GPSr, but both units are limited to 24 MB of internal memory. The more detailed a map is, the more memory is consumed when the maps are downloaded to the GPSr (uses up a limited amount of memory very quickly). The way to avoid this problem is to buy a GPSr that uses expandable memory, in the form of removable memory cards. I currently have a eTrex Vista HCx with a 2GB microSD card, and I have plenty of room to load all kinds of maps. I was stationed @ YongSan Garrison, Seoul, Korea from April '86 to May '87. Good luck and have fun pounding the ROK!!
  8. If you have an Army/Navy store located close by, I'd give them a try. You might be able to find them on eBay as well.
  9. I found another in-flight plane near GC18V38 and GCPFR5. Based on it's flight direction, I would assume it took off from John Wayne Airport.
  10. I use a CamelBak Striker when I cache. It has a 70oz. bladder for water, a zippered main compartment directly behind the bladder compartment, two smaller zippered compartments, and three open-air pockets. I carry a camera, ink pens, napkins, compass, snacks, fixed-blade knife (4"), flashlight, Leatherman tool, leather gloves, extra boot laces, a bandana for my neck, rain poncho, and a small first aid kit. If it's a really hot day, in addition to a bladder full of water, I'll carry a couple of small bottles of GatorAid in the side pockets.
  11. Don't forget the "Human Factor". Some days when I'm caching, my brain just isn't firing on all eight cylinders. There have been ammo can caches that I wasn't able to find on one day, but I go back a couple of weeks later and I practically run the thing over. If at first you don't succeed, try it again on another outing and you may have better luck.
  12. Therein lies the main problem. In the forums, posts often have a problem of no tone (or voice inflection). There for it is quite easy to be misunderstood. Your post comes across as argumentative and name calling, not as honest and thoughtful conversation. I know you do not mean it that way, but in this format, and not face to face, it can be taken that way. In no way was I intending to be patronizing toward Clan Riffster, I respect his posts and usually agree with him. 4wheelin_fool said it best, Freedom of speech is not a one way street. Head on collisions can occur anywhere, anyway. OK, enough said, unless we can discuss it over a cup of coffee face to face, (where I bet we really would not be in disagreement.) I will try to stay on topic for the rest of this post. If I ever make it up to Auburn, I'll be sure to take you up on that cup of coffee and a spirited face to face.
  13. And a barrier to those lazy cachers who want to place a lame P&G, but don't want to solve your multi/puzzle. Now I know your going to say you didn't accuse all non puzzle people of being lazy, but it does come across that way. So what? Last time I checked, the US Constitution gives “Clan Riffster” the right of FREE SPEECH, but nowhere does it give you, or anyone else on this forum, the right to “not be offended”. As long as he isn’t personally attacking someone on this forum, he is well within his rights to state his opinion. What bothers me is that there’s an obvious increase in the number of “Speech Police” who want to curtail the use of words that they think are unacceptable. This is very dangerous. I guess you need to number yourself among those "Speech Police". How is what I said, about what he said, any different than what you said about what I said about what he said. As for being offended, free speech will often offend someone, nothing wrong with that. Just as there is nothing wrong with feeling offended when someone says something you don't like. No where did I say he, or anyone else should curtail the use of any words. I was just giving my opinion that the I disagreed with the IDEA that people who play a game different must be lazy. What is "very dangerous" is a person who doesn't want to hear another side of an opinion, and just starts calling names. You know, like "Speech Police". I'm the "Speech Police"? When you write: "Now I know your going to say you didn't accuse all non puzzle people of being lazy, but it does come across that way.", your statement has a very condescending tone to it. I have no problem standing up for YOUR right to say what you want, and I have no problem listening to opposing opinions, but I also believe that "Clan Riffster" doesn't deserve to be patronized because he doesn't share your views. I prefer honest and thoughtful conversation. We can debate the issues all day long, but I don't see how unsightly discourse will get us anywhere.
  14. I went to the local hardware store and purchased a 1-inch diameter replacement broom handle the stands about five feet tall. I used a disk sander to put a point on the end, drilled a hole near the top, threaded a length of nylon-braided cord throught the hole, and tied off the ends. I will sometimes use it to "pole vault" me over deep ditches or gulleys, and it supports my 165 lbs. without any problem. It should do quite well for trying to poke through the ice, and the cold will have little to no affect on the wood.
  15. And a barrier to those lazy cachers who want to place a lame P&G, but don't want to solve your multi/puzzle. Now I know your going to say you didn't accuse all non puzzle people of being lazy, but it does come across that way. So what? Last time I checked, the US Constitution gives “Clan Riffster” the right of FREE SPEECH, but nowhere does it give you, or anyone else on this forum, the right to “not be offended”. As long as he isn’t personally attacking someone on this forum, he is well within his rights to state his opinion. What bothers me is that there’s an obvious increase in the number of “Speech Police” who want to curtail the use of words that they think are unacceptable. This is very dangerous.
  16. This is where you will need to develop what's called "geo-sense". When you look at the cache page, any number of things can be clues to help you find the cache, for example: the cache name, the size of the cache, any site desciption the CO (cache owner) may give, and/or any hints given below the description. Your Legend will get you close to the cache, and then you use the cache info and your brain to figure out where the cache may be hidden. Your GPS is just a tool to HELP you accomplish a task, so try to rely on your "geo-senses" more than the machine. Have fun and good luck!
  17. Huh? Routing is awesome for geocaching. It means I don't have to plan routes at home before I go caching. I used to try that with my old Vista, which had maps, but not routing, and it was a nightmare. Routing is the only way to go. I do a lot of caching in the woods, and more often than not, routing will want me to walk right through the middle of a 30 acre, snake-infested cypress swamp to get to the cache. Instead, I'll stay on the trail and make my way to the next cache that is further away, and eventually continue down the trail until it loops me around the cypress swamps and to the cache that was on the other side. In an urban setting, I can see the value in using routing, but I won't use it in the woods. What you're referring to isn't routing. That's just a simple go-to. Routing refers to either: 1. Using a linked set of multiple waypoints to get you from A to B, or... 2. Using the road routing information stored in the unit to give you driving directions from A to B. "whc-1" posted that he was having difficulty using the routing feature when caching in a wooded area (multiple caches). Early on, I also tried to route multiple (5 or 6) caches, in very large wooded areas, and because of large obstacles (i.e. cypress swamps), I have found the function to not be very practical, as I detailed with the example in my previous post. You may love to use routing, but I prefer the "simple go-to". And with that, let us agree to disagree.
  18. Hmmmmmmmm... Perhaps, but I just checked the members search program, noting 543280 members, most listed as 'members', some as 'premium members', few as 'charter members'. Most of that entire list have never posted in Grounspeak Forums ever! Dates of membership from today back through 2001! But I just pointed out a week or two ago that only 78,000 people worldwide have found more than 200 Geocaches, according to cacherstats.com. Really? I don't know why, but I just assumed that more people (maybe 500,000) had found at least a couple of hundred caches since they joined Geocache.com. I have to say that I'm quite surprised. Well, I have 146 logged finds, and if I continue on my current pace, I should easily pass the "200 mark" before the end of the year.
  19. Huh? Routing is awesome for geocaching. It means I don't have to plan routes at home before I go caching. I used to try that with my old Vista, which had maps, but not routing, and it was a nightmare. Routing is the only way to go. I do a lot of caching in the woods, and more often than not, routing will want me to walk right through the middle of a 30 acre, snake-infested cypress swamp to get to the cache. Instead, I'll stay on the trail and make my way to the next cache that is further away, and eventually continue down the trail until it loops me around the cypress swamps and to the cache that was on the other side. In an urban setting, I can see the value in using routing, but I won't use it in the woods.
  20. My niece and her husband are stationed at Elmendorf AFB. What's the weather like right now?
  21. After downloading is completed, there should be an "executable" file named "NewEnglandTopoInstall". Double-click on the file and a small window will appear asking you to Run or Cancel. After you click Run, you have a couple of clicks for user agreement and which file to install in. After that, installation should be automatic. When you open MapSource, just under the "File Edit Find Transfer", there should be a small window naming the basic MapSource map you originally loaded onto your PC. Click on the down-arrow and all map sets should be displayed. Click on "New England Topo" and you're ready to go. Hope this solves your problem and good luck.
  22. When caching, every time you click the "Found" tab, on the compass page, your Vista HCx will automatically search for the closest "linear" geocache. Obstacles between you and the new cache may force you to increase the actual distance traveled to the cache. Once you've found all the caches in a given area, from the map screen, simply move the pointer in the direction of your truck's waypoint. When the pointer is resting over the truck waypoint, the designation will highlight, and you just click on the waypoint. An info screen for you truck's waypoint will appear and you click on the "Go To" tab at the bottom. It will give you a linear path to your truck and you can make whatever adjustments for obstacles is needed, and the GPSr will continue to give you course corrections. Routing sounds like a really nice feature, but in practice, I've found that it's not very well suited for geocaching.
  23. I would also recommend that you get at least a 2GB microSD card (it's what I use in my Vista HCx). The free maps on http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/maps/ consume quite a bit of memory, but if you're not planning on loading all the maps for 1/4 of the U.S., then the 2GB should be more than enough.
  24. I did a lot of reading before I chose the Vista HCx, and even though both GPSr are pretty evenly matched, what really sold me was the compactness of the Vista HCx vs. the 6-inch tall profile of the 60CSx. When I'm out caching, it wouldn't be that big of a deal, but when I go hunting, I like to travel very light, so any additional size and weight, of my gear, is something I try to stay away from.
  25. ... and that's the spirit in which you get the "free map update" from Garmin. Saves them from having to print the map software version on the outside of the box, and deal with stale-dated items on the store shelves. It is as simple as that, nobody will buy a GPS today that comes with NEW! AUGUST 2003 MAPS! As for returning the GPS to get an update after one month, that seems deceptively like those people that buy a barbecue in the summer, return it 'unsatisfied' in the fall, use that money to buy a snowblower that somehow gets returned in the spring, right around the time the store sells another barbecue .... BS! If I buy a big screen TV from a place with a price guarantee, and a week later I see the TV on sale, I'll get the difference back or return the TV and buy it on sale. I guess you guys just say Aw-Shucks and go about your business, but I work for my money. If I'm not satisfied with the product, and a new update would satisfy me, I will return it per the retailers return policy. It's funny to me that the people defending Garmin for adhering to the update policy will blast me for adhering to the retailer's return policy. I guess I'm just not a stooge that will throw my money away. Sorry. When you, and people with your mentality, have so completely abused a retailer’s return policy that most retailers start to institute a restocking fee, what will you do then? You say that will never happen? That’s what was said before Best Buy started their restocking fee, after outrageous abuses of their return policy. Self-government only works with self-control. Best Buy is now governing over their customers because too many customers couldn’t exercise self-control. Actions have consequences, and unless you live in a hermetically-sealed bubble, you won’t be the only one to suffer the ramifications of your actions. That's rich. Retailer's institute satisfaction guaranteed policies to get customers, but the customers that actually use these policies are ruining the retail business. What a bunch of horse poop. Like I said, feel free to not buy products from companies who institute restocking fees. It's your money, spend it how you see fit. I certainly will. And if I'm not satisfied, I'll get it back. Did I say ALL customers who return merchandise are the problem? I think not. I singled out those of a certain mentality, which, from my past experience working in retail, is a very small percentage of the overall customer base. It takes just a few bad apples to spoil the entire barrel.
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