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  1. I have a Bushnell Onix 200 Color that I would like to sell or Trade for a Maggellan or Garmin Etrex. I know these Bushnells got a bad wrap but once I studied the books, it worked OK for me. I found it at first to be a bit confusing but after I got used to it, the software worked ok for me. With todays technology and simplicity of newer GPSs, the old timer Handhelds are a bit cumbersome. I downloaded GPSBabel and found it easy to work with the software that came with the Bushnell. Having the GC site up and downloading the caches, then using GPSBabel to convert into the Busnell software, It downloadeds right into the unit. The accuracy I have to say I found very good once in the field. I had my iphone app up in one hand and the onix in the other (paint that picture in your head) and both were right on. One thing I noticed right out of the box is the Onix found satilites right from my couch in me house. That impressed me. Anyway, please do not consider buying or trading if you are not one for digging in and really figuring these out. At first I fumbled over the menus and software but stuck with it and had good luck with this. Why am I getting rid of this? I use mostly my iphone now and want to trade for a simple unit so I can teach my grandchild the hobby. This Onix is above her head in learning I do have to admit. It comes with the software, book, and USB cable interface. The unit is in great condition cosmetically. I can send pictures if you are interested. I would rather trade this than sell it. Thanks for reading and if you are interesated and have any questions, please ask. I would like a clean and friendly exchange.
  2. Site Descripton: I translated this because it was in German Compass GPS 100 Unit price: € 69.95 Prices are including VAT plus Returns Contents: 1 piece Add to Cart Product description: The new SiRF Star III receiver makes navigation safer. This is already the waterproof GPS WAAS / EGNOS compatible, the positional accuracy is thus less than 5 m. The operation is to be handled with 9 buttons and joystick self-explanatory and easy. The high-contrast LCD display has a two-stage backlight. Only 2 AA batteries allow operation up to 30 hours. Specifications: • 1024 Waypoints • 64 Routes with 1024 waypoints • Position cold start about 38 seconds. Display dimensions: 4.6 x 3.6 cm Dimensions: 5.6 x 11.9 x 3.3 cm Weight: 165 g with batteries I was looking for an online store to buy one Link To German Site:http://www.compass24.de/product/20763011/compass-gps-100
  3. Of course, no matter how often I check it, things can happen. But I trust the logs. If the last log is 1 month ago and says the cache was in good shape, for me that is as good as checking it. If it goes a year without a find, I'll check it. There, I've said a specific time. Well, approximately. I'll make a note to check it, it might not be exactly 1 year that I actually check it. I was talking to a friend the other day. A very good CO. He owns around 200 caches, but maintains them. Any hint of an issue he'll address it. He said he has an ammo can which he hasn't visited since he placed in 9 years ago. It gets found regularly and no issues have been reported. You can argue he is not meeting his obligations and the cache should be archived or whatever.. but to me that is unnecessary. And that's just it - if you only own one cache, visiting it once a year isn't much, but if you own 200, having to visit each of them every year wouldn't leave much time for anything else, particularly if a lot were high-terrain rated and required considerable effort to reach. If you can't reasonably manage 200 cache hides you need to cut back. Only hide what you can manage. Better to have 25 monitored and maintained caches then an extra 175 caches that get no attention and become junk. Why this assumption that any cache that doesn't have the CO constantly visiting it will rapidly turn into junk? It sounded to me like you were excusing people who owned a lot of caches. My take on what you said was: If you own one then of course you can manage it regularly, if you own hundreds of course you can't. Someone with 200 active cache hides is likely to use cheap containers. Even at a dollar per container it will cost them $200. In my experience dollar store containers are leaky. Cheap bulk buy containers like bison tubes are leaky. Most likely those containers will be pill bottles, food containers, film canisters, bulk-buy bison tubes -- anything that can be bought cheaply in bulk, or rescued from the trash for free. And it's likely that prolific hiders will not hide anything bigger then an aspirin jar because it's easier to carry a sackful of pill bottles and drop them while travelling. Cheap containers need upkeep more often. Micro containers need upkeep more often -- the logsheet fills up faster and is often unsignable because it's soaked. From my experience people who hide 100s of caches rely on others to at least replace the log when it fills up or gets soaked. And finders will, which encourages COs to continue hiding 100s of cheap containers that they can't reasonably get to when problems happen. Nice. It looks like a tiffin box (lunch boxes used in India). Metal, sturdy latch. Very nice. My one concern is I don't see a gasket. Have you tried putting it under water? If it's watertight, that's an impressive container. Can you imagine hiding 200 of these?
  4. You measure the distance along the Ground Track by multiplying the elapsed time by the speed. If you search the internet to see how fast the ISS is traveling, you get anything from 17,200 mph to 14,710 mph (4.777 mps to 4.08 mps) 1509.68 miles divide by 5 min 53 sec = 4.2767 miles/sec. That is in the lower half of the speed range. 1679.574 miles divide by 5 min 53 sec = 4.758 miles/ sec. That is in the upper half of the speed range. If we use 293 miles/minute that is listed in the ISS Category instructions - 5.883 min x 293 = 1723.82 miles. That's 4.88 mps which is a bit above the speed range. Having quoted two people above, I will quote a third, my friend, Burger King, "Have it your Way!" Use what works for you. Personally I feel that 293 miles per minutes is too high. When you are using a coordinate checker you are measuring the distance between two points that are not on the flight path. Is the checker measuring a flat earth distance, or is it using a more complex formula for a curved Earth? In the below photo you can see: Red is the ISS Flight Path Black is the portion that two people are watching Blue is the distance between Coordinates of the two observers. You can see how the blue line is longer than the observed black line since it the hypotenuses of a right triangle verses the base. This is why we use the elapsed time multiplied by the speed along the ground path.
  5. Morning, yesterday i visited a graveyard. I noticed that only a few gravestones were older than ap. 200 years. 1300 graves -> only about 5 older than 200 years. It would make sense to waymark them because often the really old ones decompose within time, so pictures and names are away. I'm doing genealogical researches for my family, so having dates from old graves online would be great. Perhaps there is a category for them yet? Cheers lumbricus
  6. I don't see why a difficult-to-qualify challenge should necessarily be a hard-to find cache. I have two challenges (https://coord.info/GC3WXTT, https://coord.info/GC4FED2) - both pre-moratorium, and neither allowed under the current guidelines! The D-ratings are both high, to reflect the difficulty of the challenges, but as Trads, they'd probably be D1.5 (or less). Their T-ratings are low - neither are more than 200 m from a reasonable parking spot. I'd say that the hides, whilst unexciting, are consistent with the sorts of caches that people are likely to use for qualification. Sorry, I was just thinking out loud trying to get my head around why there's a problem in places that needs challenge caches to be optionally converted into traditionals. I guess there are classes of challenges like streaks and calendar ones where there's no correlation between the difficulty of the challenge and the difficulty of accessing/finding the cache.
  7. I don't see why a difficult-to-qualify challenge should necessarily be a hard-to find cache. I have two challenges (https://coord.info/GC3WXTT, https://coord.info/GC4FED2) - both pre-moratorium, and neither allowed under the current guidelines! The D-ratings are both high, to reflect the difficulty of the challenges, but as Trads, they'd probably be D1.5 (or less). Their T-ratings are low - neither are more than 200 m from a reasonable parking spot. I'd say that the hides, whilst unexciting, are consistent with the sorts of caches that people are likely to use for qualification.
  8. Not so much an irk but it could be if it happened more: Easy traditional with a first DNF on May 2nd and another one on May 7th. The CO checks the cache a day later and TD's it as the container is gone stating container will be replaces ASAP. July 7th (after 2 months) a reviewer posts a standard note asking the CO to solve the problem or at least post an update. The same day the CO posts a note "Sorry that this is the way you communicate, cache will be removed since you're so impatient (I suspect they mean the listing as the container has been gone for 2 months). Cache is archived by the CO at the same time. CO is not a newbie (started in 2015) but only found about 200 traditionals and also placed one. Makes me wonder, what did they expect? No reviewer action after 2 months? Why not post a note they are "working on it" that would buy them another month.
  9. Bought new at Gander Mountain in October. Used once but decided to go back to a Garmin. Will consider offers. Includes all software, download cable, all paperwork.
  10. I have a Lowrance GlobalNav 200 that i am looking to sell. This unit is very clean, but does have some minor scratches from use. Satellite reception is surprisingly good, i even picked up a few in the house. Features include: Rockwell 12 parallel channel receiver, Detailed plotter, TrailGuide steer screen and many more. This unit is also waterproof! Unit comes with: Original box, original 12 volt car charger, original instruction manual, and original wrist strap. SOLD AS-IS! ASKING $30 INCLUDING SHIPPING! (US)
  11. I have a Lowrance GlobalNav 200 that i am looking to trade for another GPS unit. This unit is very clean, but does have some minor scratches from use. Satellite reception is surprisingly good, i even picked up a few in the house. Features include: Rockwell 12 parallel channel receiver, Detailed plotter, TrailGuide steer screen and many more. This unit is also waterproof! Unit comes with: Original box, 12 volt car charger, original instruction manual, and wrist strap. Your unit must work and provide fairly accurate satellite reception. I would really like a Garmin Geko, but i just want to see what's out there.
  12. Hola muy buenas. ultimamente no estoy muy activo, pero aún estoy y de vez en cuando me vuelvo geocacher otra vez. venia de una época muy activa, y llegué a tener 200 escondidos. claro, muchos de aquellos han ido caiendo, no puedo dedicar mucho al mantenimiento, y mas teniendo en cuenta que mis caches son la mayoria de montaña, de los que es necesario andar para llegar a ellos... peró alguno voy cuidando, tambien me ayudan... y tambien estoy archivando de vez en cuando. cual es mi sorpresa pero cuando, porque aun mantengo la cuota premium, veo que hay un revisor que se dedica a archivar una media de 50 caches semanales en mi radio de 100km, hay motivos? no lo se... no controlo... peró un dia me lo miro y... esta archivando caches sin necessidad de NM ni NA previo, esto es normal? no era una norma que tenia que passar por este proceso? me archiva un cache de montaña porque tiene 3 dnf... claro, antes me ha dado un mes para arreglarlo... y lo archiva el dia exacto que se cumple un mes... vaia me parece un poco exceso de zelo, y me pregunto a que viene esto, sobran caches? en verdad, tampoco me voy a enfadar por esto, ya he dicho que estoy poco activo, pero veo que el resultado va a ser un archivado general de todo... y es que sino te ponen las cosas faciles... lo he comentado con otros geocachers de la zona, y no soy el unico que habla de exceso de zelo, y algunas han revisado sus caches, y estaban!!! vaia...
  13. Same problem here in France. I'm on WEB20. Ping loss to the server: Réponse de 63.251.163.200 : octets=32 temps=222 ms TTL=233 Réponse de 63.251.163.200 : octets=32 temps=225 ms TTL=233 Délai d'attente de la demande dépassé. Réponse de 63.251.163.200 : octets=32 temps=225 ms TTL=233 Délai d'attente de la demande dépassé. Réponse de 63.251.163.200 : octets=32 temps=220 ms TTL=233 Réponse de 63.251.163.200 : octets=32 temps=219 ms TTL=233 Réponse de 63.251.163.200 : octets=32 temps=222 ms TTL=233 Réponse de 63.251.163.200 : octets=32 temps=221 ms TTL=233 Réponse de 63.251.163.200 : octets=32 temps=221 ms TTL=233 Réponse de 63.251.163.200 : octets=32 temps=219 ms TTL=233 Réponse de 63.251.163.200 : octets=32 temps=221 ms TTL=233 Délai d'attente de la demande dépassé. Réponse de 63.251.163.200 : octets=32 temps=225 ms TTL=233 Réponse de 63.251.163.200 : octets=32 temps=224 ms TTL=233 Réponse de 63.251.163.200 : octets=32 temps=224 ms TTL=233 Délai d'attente de la demande dépassé. Réponse de 63.251.163.200 : octets=32 temps=225 ms TTL=233
  14. No and that's the problem we are talking about. At the moment some challenges are published - some are good, some are not so good. If - and only if - we are right and more challenges will be published especially by those who just want the new icon, what do you think? Will the new ones be good or bad challenges? Will they be creative? Or will they be "Oh, I need any idea, let's look at my statistics, what do I fulfill?" Just another example: In the North of my home town there is a challenge to find 3700 caches at (on?) a friday. The owner has found 37xx caches and the owner's best friend has 37xx as well. Is this a useful challenge for everyone? (I don't even have 1000 caches found at that day of the week. :-)) And now just imagine others looking at there statistics and choosing anything: find 3000 traditionals, find 200 traditionals in one day, find 50 mystery caches in one week, find more than 2000 caches in a year, find 1000 D5 caches, find..... There are plenty of possibilities but non of those challenges are creative. And they will be less creative if we are right. Here are challenges from the very beginning and in those days they were very creative: fill up the 81 matrix; fill up the 366 matrix. Nowadays those challenges are everywhere.....
  15. I thought this would be a very frequent question but am struggling to find helpful answers My wife and I use our phones for Geocaching (Samsung S8 and S7 respectively) with the Geocaching App. But other Geocachers almost always seem to use dedicated GPS devices, claiming they could mever use their phone as the battery wouldn't last long enough. We rarely have a problem with battery life, and carry a portable charger just in case. We also like being able to geocache on a whim ("Oh look there's a geocache 200m from where we are!") because we've always got our phones on us, right? So my question is, if I was to spend up to £200 on a budget GPS, and be organised enough to download caches onto it in advance, would I benefit from: 1. increased GPS accuracy 2. better signal under trees compared to a phone? And if the answer to both questions is YES, would you rate the Garmin eTrex 32x device? Thanks in advance
  16. I have well over that number now! More than 200 emails. And I switched off email notifications and they STILL keep coming. This is not just insanity - I can barely see my regular email now amongst all the spam!!!!!
  17. Big Yac

    Nuvi 200

    a friend gave me an old Nuvi 200. He also is going to give me a copy of North America City Navigator 2011 to put on it. This was put on a different unit of his, will it work on the Nuvi 200 I have? If so, how do I install it? This is my first auto gps. Thanks.
  18. I've been asked to find a decent GPSr for my cousin. Funding around $200. He favors Garmin units so far. I found some deals the new eTrex 20 and an Oregon 200. Which one would be the better purchase? He's relatively new to caching and that would be it's primary function. I've looked at the specs for both, so I know the "Factory" differences, but am wondering about "field" differences. I've read the other threads concerning the issues people are having with the eTrex. At least Garmin seems to want to improve things. Whereas the Oregon 200 is now discontinued and may not have any kind of support for much longer. Is the touchscreen really that big of a deal? I don't know personally, and don't plan on seeking one out for myself until current unit dies. Any help/opinions welcome. Thanks Steve
  19. cerberus1

    Virtual Coins

    Sounds fun. I looked on the site and saw it's one code for the entire deck. It's good that they let you keep it. It'd be weird with 100-200 cards (depending on your "best deal") with the same code everywhere otherwise...
  20. cerberus1

    Virtual Coins

    "seems like a good way to get a free travel bug and keep the hardware". What does this even mean ? Thanks. Because I noticed you moved another's trackable (TB9A85P) into your collection , and wondering if you mean it... The few trackables seen in caches these days, even a crinkled piece of paper with the code is something... That's not cheating. There's nothing dishonest or "unfair" about using a proxy. The poker chips and wooden coins I mentioned earlier were proxies of real coins. Sorry, I thought you understood that... What's a "physical copy" ? We've done this a while. I know of one person who's still releasing coins. Maybe it's different where you are. Most our coins are 10 bucks n up. The other 2/3rds has around a dozen "missing". That leaves 300+ that are gonna stay home... I have almost 200 myself now. All are staying home. I'm putting unactivated "signature" coins in caches I like as swag, rather than just lose them to some trackable maggot.
  21. Text and [n/varchar fields are stored differently. Text is there specifically to handle bulk text over 4000 characters. They both have benefits and drawbacks, as I mention in my comment. MS put the threshold at 4000 because that was to them a reasonable threshold to balance fast/small with slow/large. You wouldn't create a 200 character field as a text type, and you can't create an 8000 character field as a varchar/nvarchar. As a datasystems developer that's my best understanding. A UI/UX reason for limiting to 2500 instead of 400 feels extremely arbitrary. I would assume there was statistical research and data covering everything from internal network bandwidth to user-end bandwidth to server CPU and storage requirements provided before presenting 2500 as the limit, especially with a data system the size of GC.
  22. We have been using a 100 foot tape and a 200 foot tape. These seem to cover most situations and we are happy with them. However, the 200 foot tape broke and our 100 foot is fading fast. Can you recommend new measuring tapes for replacements? We would prefer the 100 footer to be lightweight and not too bulky. Our 200 footer had a geared wind-up mechanism with a 3X rapid rewind speed and that was such a great feature that we want our new one to have it also. Our existing 200 footer is an Ace Hardware brand – it was perfect except that early on the fiberglass tape started to break where it connects to metal end piece so we would prefer to try another brand this time. Any suggestions or ideas or general conversation would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  23. Just for the record, I completed the promotion today. It took me 29 finds to get the 200 points, with most being 7-point mysteries from puzzles I'd solved during the lockdown or earlier in the year. There were four 10-pointers from 10+ FP caches. The closest cache to home was at Cowan, 11km as the crow flies but 40km by road, the rest were up around Newcastle (100km by road), Eraring near Morisset (70km by road) and in the Watagan Mountains (70km by road).
  24. In Your Opinion - what would you consider to be the best handheld GPS for under $200. I am new to GC and my 7 y/o loves it... except when we aren't even close to the location while using my phones GPS. I just got a handheld GPS from Craig's List and now realize it is an older GPS unit. We are going to give it a try on Friday. But, I want to get a descent unit that will be fairly accurate. If I get hooked (like I think I will) to GC I will look to upgrade to an even better GPS by the end of year. With all that said... WHAT HANDHELD GPS WOULD YOU RECOMMEND FOR UNDER $200? Thank you
  25. On a side note. My experience with fav points is that around 100-200 caches, where you are now, I felt starved for favorite points. I was finding all these cool caches that I liked and wanted to tag them as my favorites. As time went on, 2 things happen. 1) You're finding more caches and gathering more favorite points to use. 2) Your personal standards go up for what you consider a favorite, or you may fine-tune the types of caches you like finding most. Now, around 700 finds, I've got about 6 or 7 in reserve and I almost have to remind myself to give them out. I think the problem goes away over time. And if you take away a fav point from an archived cache, you can always go back and re-add it later once you get more.
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