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Tip of the Day 1/27:Choosing a GPSr —area calculation

In this post on Choosing a GPSr (GPS receiver),we’d like to discuss area calculation.

This feature calculates the area encompassed by a series of waypoints. You won’t need it for geocaching unless you’re playing a game at an event!

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Do you use the area calculation function? Comment on this post to share!

Tip of the Day 1/20:Choosing a GPSr —water resistance

In this post on Choosing a GPSr (GPS receiver),we’d like to discuss the importance of water resistance.

Believe us,you’ll need this! GPSr devices get dropped onto wet grass and in mud puddles all the time. A unit labeled “water resistant”can survive a brief dunking or a few minutes in the rain. One [...]

Tip of the Day 1/13:Choosing a GPSr —vendor website

In this post on Choosing a GPSr (GPS receiver),we’d like to explain why a good vendor website can supplement your GPSr.

Most vendors do a pretty good job of providing basic documentation and firmware downloads from their websites,but some add special features like downloadable maps,satellite images,and specialized lists of waypoints. Also [...]

Tip of the Day 1/6:Choosing a GPSr —tides

In this post on Choosing a GPSr (GPS receiver),we’d like to explain why you may or may not want tides.

You’ll probably never need this information unless you geocache at shorelines where water level is a factor. You don’t want to use a handheld unit designed for land navigation when you’re out at sea. [...]


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