From:
"Deb Yarbrough" <ldsmom@bellsouth.net>
Sent: 2/7/2010 9:16:47 PM
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Re: [GPSstash] Intro


I currently am using a Blackberry 8900 with Geocache Navigator. I bought the phone specifically because it had a "true" gps and would run a geocaching progrm. I also own a Magellan Meridian Gold and a Triton 400. I found about 10-20 caches in 2005, then got back into caching abt 3 years ago. I'd classify myself as a casual cacher and have abt 430 total finds.

The drawbacks to the blackberry/GCN are.. battery life (of course, you can use car charger between caches); signal strength (or lack thereof in various locations) and a strange glitch with puzzle caches in particular and occasional other caches in that details will not download even with full signal.
Distance to caches is continually updated, but not resorted..
You can view the selected cache on a terrain map, street map or satellite map. You can view logs and (if given) hints. GCN will send a "field note" to GC.com so that when returning from the field, you can update your finds/dnfs easily (I understand that others have this feature as well)

If I could choose a different phone/os system, it would be the google/android series.. or maybe the iphone, but I don't use ATT so that is a moot point.

I have downloaded Black Star and am playing with it and Cacheberry.
Black Star will go to GC.com and pull in the caches nearest your location at the time you request it. You can also import GPX or Loc files Distance to caches are not updated on the fly, but time to update seems to be short. With Black Star, you can view your imported waypoints on a map which I haven't seen with anyother.

Downfalls to the Meridian.. I can't find a way to update the map files. With a monochrome screen, sometimes hard to view cache location vs your location.. Still need either paper or a laptop to read details ... size, terrain etc. BIG Plus is the ability to import waypoint data on an sd card.. so you COULD create various files for different areas of the cache area and focus on those only

Downfall to the triton.. although an sd card is usable, there is no way that I have determined to import waypoints to the card without use of a cable. (and then, they go straight to the internal memory) I haven't fully mastered the triton, but I have been unsuccessful in selecting a waypoint to go to and get it's specifics to show up on the various travel screens.

One thing I've learned from the cachers in my area are "tendancies" .. cacher a has a tendency to use mini bison tubes near the ground... cacher b likes things off the ground.. cacher c likes to add natural camo to containers when possible.. When I learn a new "trend" I record it in a small book which I keep in my cache bag... Then.. I know what I am "likely" to be looking for..


Deb in Florida.. a "hybrid" cacher.. still use paper when going for a designated run, or puzzle caching..

From: Tom Shewbridge
To: gpsstash@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Friday, February 05, 2010 12:11 PM
Subject: [GPSstash] Intro



Hello to all!
My wife and I have been caching for several years and are up to about 300 caches. Obviously it's not a burning issue with us but we do enjoy it immensely when we have the time to do it. Because of time constraints I'm interested in eventually learning how to streamline all but the actual "finding" process. I'm basically talking about how to download caches and information about them, document caches, use GSAK so something like that and fully comprehend the capabilities of the Geocaching.com website. I currently have an old Magellan Color machine and a Garmin 60CSXi. I'm considering selling both on EBay to justify the purchase of a Dakota, Oregon or other GPSr that will hold all the information needed and cut down on the hundreds of pieces of paper. After "lurking" for a while I'll be trying to pick the brains of members to help solve my problems. Hopefully as I gain experience I'll be able to reciprocate. Thanks.

Tom

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