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What is chirp ANT beacon


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A new cache posted in my area today and I dont have a clue where to start. I searched the forums but couldnt even find very basic info for me to understand. So can someone treat me like a 3 year old and enlighten me please? :)

 

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so I'm guessing I have to have a specific device and it "hears" a chirp and spits out coordinates?

 

any help would be great. a easy explanation or a link to a post would be fabulous :)

 

TIA

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From the Garmin site:

 

chirp is a one-of-a-kind wireless beacon designed specifically for the outdoor adventures of geocaching. Affordable, durable and waterproof, chirp can communicate with, and be programmed by, any compatible wireless-enabled Garmin handheld (sold separately). chirp stores hints, multicache coordinates, counts visitors and confirms the cache is nearby. chirp is password protected and has a battery life of up to one year.

 

It retails for a bit over $20, which isn't exactly "affordable" in my book, but that's Garmin for ya :rolleyes:

 

In a nutshell, you have to have a compatible Garmin device in order to "hear" the proprietory Chirp device.

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From the Garmin site:

 

chirp is a one-of-a-kind wireless beacon designed specifically for the outdoor adventures of geocaching. Affordable, durable and waterproof, chirp can communicate with, and be programmed by, any compatible wireless-enabled Garmin handheld (sold separately). chirp stores hints, multicache coordinates, counts visitors and confirms the cache is nearby. chirp is password protected and has a battery life of up to one year.

 

It retails for a bit over $20, which isn't exactly "affordable" in my book, but that's Garmin for ya :rolleyes:

 

In a nutshell, you have to have a compatible Garmin device in order to "hear" the proprietory Chirp device.

And just hope the chirp wasn't stolen.

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This is perfect timing for me as I had just been looking at CHIRPs over the weekend. But am trying to get my arms wrapped around what Jeremy has said about them

CHIRP Attribute Explanation:

"If it can be found by traditional means you can use the Traditional or Multi-cache type. Otherwise use the Unknown (Mystery) cache type for your listing."

 

I get the Mystery aspect -- so you'd use false coordinates just like with any other Mystery cache, but does this statement above then mean that IF you did it as a Traditional or Multi-cache type, that even though you were using a CHIRP that you'd essentially only be using that as an additional way to find the cache (meaning that all the traditional things apply)? Maybe the appropriate question to ask is whether anyone has had any discussions with their reviewers about these yet?

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IF you did it as a Traditional or Multi-cache type, that even though you were using a CHIRP that you'd essentially only be using that as an additional way to find the cache (meaning that all the traditional things apply)

 

Correct. In other words...

 

1. Utilizing the Chirp is the ONLY means available to find the Final cache = Puzzle/Mystery cache type.

 

2. Utilizing the Chirp to transmit a Hint or other information, but is not required to find the cache = Any cache type.

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This is perfect timing for me as I had just been looking at CHIRPs over the weekend. But am trying to get my arms wrapped around what Jeremy has said about them

CHIRP Attribute Explanation:

"If it can be found by traditional means you can use the Traditional or Multi-cache type. Otherwise use the Unknown (Mystery) cache type for your listing."

 

I get the Mystery aspect -- so you'd use false coordinates just like with any other Mystery cache, but does this statement above then mean that IF you did it as a Traditional or Multi-cache type, that even though you were using a CHIRP that you'd essentially only be using that as an additional way to find the cache (meaning that all the traditional things apply)? Maybe the appropriate question to ask is whether anyone has had any discussions with their reviewers about these yet?

There's one set in the UK.

Can be done as a Chirp to get the co-ords direct.

Or as a multi, with numbers having to be found on signs- eg. Fred Bloggs born 1868 Died 1921 - to fill in the numbers for the co-ords.

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This is perfect timing for me as I had just been looking at CHIRPs over the weekend. But am trying to get my arms wrapped around what Jeremy has said about them

CHIRP Attribute Explanation:

"If it can be found by traditional means you can use the Traditional or Multi-cache type. Otherwise use the Unknown (Mystery) cache type for your listing."

 

I get the Mystery aspect -- so you'd use false coordinates just like with any other Mystery cache, but does this statement above then mean that IF you did it as a Traditional or Multi-cache type, that even though you were using a CHIRP that you'd essentially only be using that as an additional way to find the cache (meaning that all the traditional things apply)? Maybe the appropriate question to ask is whether anyone has had any discussions with their reviewers about these yet?

 

if you listed it as a mystery you wouldn't necessarily have to use false coordinates, you could use the coordinates to the chirp, and from there people will the final location

 

further down in that thread Jeremy explained better

Jeremy

 

I'm going to go back on my original comment about making this a type. Instead, we'll be creating a new attribute called "wireless beacon" that will be used to support the Chirp or any other wireless beacon device. You can use this attribute for a Traditional Cache if it can also be found with a GPS device that does not support a wireless beacon, or as an "Unknown" (puzzle) type if you need a supporting receiver to find it.If this ever takes off as a new "type" we can reconsider it as a new cache type.

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