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Tip of the Day 12/16:Choosing a GPSr —sun/moon

In this post on Choosing a GPSr (GPS receiver),we’d like to explain why or why not you may consider using sun/moon information.

Standard fare in outdoor units,this features tells you the time of sunset,which is useful information when you’re out in the wild trying to squeeze in one more find.

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Tip of the Day 12/9:Choosing a GPSr —routes

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

This is a very useful option that a lot of GPSr owners don’t use. Some receivers let you specify a sequence of waypoints to visit in the order that you choose. Since this [...]

Tip of the Day 12/2:Choosing a GPSr —battery

In this post on Choosing a GPSr (GPS receiver),we’d like to explain why or why not you may consider batteries as part of your GPSr purchase decision.

Most handheld GPSr devices deliver 10-12 hours of service on a set of two alkaline batteries. Rechargeable receivers,while common in auto-mounted units,are rare in rugged [...]

Tip of the Day 11/18:Choosing a GPSr —Tracks

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

Look for a unit that can store a breadcrumb trail of your path as you search. Not only is this useful when you’re trying to retrace your steps to find your car if [...]

Tip of the Day 11/10:Muggle Distractions —Act Naturally!

Occasionally you’ll run into the awkward situation of noticing bystanders staring at you while you’re geocaching with expressions that range from puzzled to hostile You really can’t blame them:Why would an otherwise grown-up man or woman spend 10 minutes poking around under rocks in an urban park in the middle of the day or [...]

Tip of the Day 11/3:Choosing a GPSr —basemap

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

There are two kinds of maps involved in a GPSr purchase. Basemaps live on the PC and store information sent to and from the GPSr. Navigation maps live on the handheld device [...]

Tip of the Day 11/1:A Real Simple GPSr

The GPSr market is a features war,with device makers competing to load up their devices with fancy add-ons like music players and digital cameras. These extras play well to the digerati,but what about the technophobes among us who just want to find a geocache?

Last year,mobile software maker Apisphere teamed with Groundspeak [...]

Tip of the Day 10/27:Choosing a GPSr —flashlight

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

Some units include an LED flashlight,which can be handy when you’re poking around in caves,tree holes or wooded areas. LED isn’t a replacement for a conventional flashlight,but it’s nice to [...]

Tip of the Day 10/20:Choosing a GPSr —camera

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

Magellan’s Triton series includes a 2-megapixel camera in the handheld unit. Because geocachers love to exhange photos of their adventures,a camera as part of a GPSr can be a helpful tool. However,[...]

Tip of the Day 10/19:Trees,Buildings Can Confuse GPS Receivers

Yes,trees,and anything else that interferes with a line of sight. When satellites on the horizon are obscured by buildings or dense overgrowth,signals may be lost entirely. This is especially true in cities. You can be standing in an open square and get no better than 50-foot accuracy because of surrounding buildings. Some [...]


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