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  1. Guest

    Forest Service

    I haven't heard of any problems yet. I was concerned at the beginning about the environmental impact as well. However, it seems that most (if not all) geocachers are very responsible people. Most are saying "take out more than you take in", i.e., pick up some garbage and carry it out with you when you go on a hunt. Forest Service people should actually be happy about that. As far as hiding caches go, as long as we don't hide anything dangerous, keep the caches relatively small, and use air/watertight containers, and don't hide food in them (food would attract animals, since they have a better sense of smell than humans do), I think we should be OK. If you've met Forest Service people who have concerns, my best advice would be to simply talk to them about it, and explain.
  2. We visited Dukes Creek Falls a week ago, and one of the clues we saw that led us to the cache was some torn-up vegetation and displaced soil from where someone climbed a steep embankment. We repaired it and made it look natural again. True, the tree fall caused far more erosion than any footsteps would, but in light of my recent discovery of how "sensitive" park rangers can be about stewardship of the land, the last thing we want to do is give them something to talk about. I don't think the cache is a problem, we just need to step lightly, and be ready to walk a little further if the bank looks too steep to climb without damage. --Scott
  3. e new features. The biggest difference between the Etrex and M315 seems to be the type of antenna that each has: Etrex = internal patch; M315 = quadrifilar. I have heard more than one owner talk about the superior lock (especially in forested areas) of the Magellan. But I haven't seen any comparison tests of the two. Anybody else have input on this?
  4. Depending on the age and make of the GPS it is probably a Y2K or week roll over problem if the unit will power up and talk to satellites but not get a position. Most GPS were Y2K compatible but a small number were not. Also GPS counts weeks from start-up of the GPS network (not the individual unit). Well they only count to 1024 and then roll over. Again most units don't have a problem with this but a slightly larger number, then the Y2K units, have a rollover problem. If the unit is not receiving the satellites or if it does not power up then its a hardware malfunction. The likely hood of it being related to the end of SA is unlikely. If it does power on. Figure out how to do a reinitialization and leave it on for several hours with a good veiw of the sky. If it still works it will take it a while to get all the data it need from the satellites to get a lock on. The longer you leave it on after it does lock on the better. Matt
  5. just got off the phone with a reporter from the Journal News (westchester, NY) and she is interested in doing a story. She is going to call around some more and get back to me. I offered to talk to her and to even show her how the game works. She wants to talk to someone in Westchester so she is trying to get Lucien Van Elsen on the phone. SHe seems very interested so I would guess we will get a story out of it all. great. chris
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    greetingS

    Greetings! I stumbled upon this site after reading the blurb in Outside Magazine. My family and I are avid off-roaders and enjoy all outdoor activities. We currently have a GPS III+, but have only used it for route planning on highways. We would like to learn and expand our use of this tool. If anyone out there is willing to lead/teach/train, we would be happy to follow/learn/experience. talk to you soon...
  7. I just got a eTex summit and the cable connector. would like to talk with people through the upload/download process for loading waypoints and creating routes. What type of software do you use, ways of simplifying imputing, etc. I have been collecting wp using topozone.com. Have a smiley day. seward
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    GARMIN II

    I have a Garmin III+ and I picked up a cheap Garmin II to be use on my mountain bike and other such GPS hazardous situations so I would not damage my very expensive III+ when I crash into that tree (I know it out to get me ). I have not been very happy with the II when compared to the III+. Its not the lack of feature that gets you down it is the lack of reception. The II has all the features you will need for geocaching, but the II is an old MT-8 receiver. This means it can talk to eight satellites in series; thus talking to the eight satellites one after another. Where the new 12 channel receivers are able to talk to 12 satellite at the same time. This make them slightly more accurate, and due to newer tech they get much better reception in bad conditions like heavy tree cover and down in canyons and ravines. I would suggest saving just a little more money and get an eTrex ($110.00US). It has slightly less features then the II but it has the 12 channel receiver in it. It will more than enough GPS for geocaching. But if you are really strapped for cash at the moment then the Garmin II will do and $85US is not bad. They seem to go on eBay for about $100.00. Hope this helps. Matt ------------------ Matthew C Birch Case Western Reserve University Biorobotics Lab cache_yote@email.com N41-30.1 W81-35.5
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    GARMIN II

    I have a Garmin III+ and I picked up a cheap Garmin II to be use on my mountain bike and other such GPS hazardous situations so I would not damage my very expensive III+ when I crash into that tree (I know it out to get me ). I have not been very happy with the II when compared to the III+. Its not the lack of feature that gets you down it is the lack of reception. The II has all the features you will need for geocaching, but the II is an old MT-8 receiver. This means it can talk to eight satellites in series; thus talking to the eight satellites one after another. Where the new 12 channel receivers are able to talk to 12 satellite at the same time. This make them slightly more accurate, and due to newer tech they get much better reception in bad conditions like heavy tree cover and down in canyons and ravines. I would suggest saving just a little more money and get an eTrex ($110.00US). It has slightly less features then the II but it has the 12 channel receiver in it. It will more than enough GPS for geocaching. But if you are really strapped for cash at the moment then the Garmin II will do and $85US is not bad. They seem to go on eBay for about $100.00. Hope this helps. Matt ------------------ Matthew C Birch Case Western Reserve University Biorobotics Lab cache_yote@email.com N41-30.1 W81-35.5
  10. I bought an eTrex a month or two ago, and have been VERY pleased with the results. I was a bit worried about not having an external antenna port for using it in my car, but it's been fine! I've also only had a problem outdoors once, when I was in a very narrow mountain pass. I keep hearing people talk about trees and clouds giving their GPSs problems. It seems like they are usually using the "older" units. Do the newer units have better antennas? or more sensitive receivers? or what? Thanks for the info! I just read about GeoCaching somewhere yesterday, and have been checking it all out today. I'll be placing a stash tonight!
  11. Guest

    Garmin contacts?

    Try calling Garmin at 1-800-800-1020. Someone at that number could, at the very least, tell you who to talk to.
  12. Hey all, I'm very new to this hobby and havent went on a stash hunt as of yet. Me and a friend is getting into this(GPS has already been ordered hehe). I have one question to ask, its about Opening the stash thats in like a non see-through container. With the loonys in this world it seems to me this could be asking for a Stash Pipe Bomb type device. I know, sounds crazy, but out in the woods somewhere and you have people rushing to find and open a "stash of goodies" people would open just about anything after traveling and searching for the "prize". Has there been any problems along this line(pipe bombs? Snakes? anything else bad?)? I know this is a young hobby. I think i read its 6 months old. But I think we need safety rules to prevent this type nightmare from happening.......Say like only See-Through containers as a idea. maybe this is just talk about something that ill never happen. I just want others veiws on this. MrPAINT
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