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The live Monopoply link prompted me to post this .

From the website:
"Geocaching is an entertaining adventure game for gps users. Participating in a cache hunt is a good way to take advantage of the wonderful features and capability of a gps unit. The basic idea is to have individuals and organizations set up caches all over the world and share the locations of these caches on the internet. GPS users can then use the location coordinates to find the caches. Once found, a cache may provide the visitor with a wide variety of rewards. All the visitor is asked to do is if they get something they should try to leave something for the cache. "

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i need to get a gps unit first...
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i need to get a gps unit first...

Yeah, me too. If Geocaching really gets popular, think of all the junk that will start collecting in many places.



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Geocaching seems like a very interesting hobby. It gets you out and about and you even get to keep some goodies! Or useless junk, depends on how you look at it...

I'm actually looking for a small, handheld GPS receiver. Not too expensive and I need to be able to download the logfiles. Any recommendations?
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Look at the Garmin Geko units. Small, light, very simple and have WAAS/EGNOS but nothing fancy. The Garmin Etrex units are also fairly simple and can be found for very cheap on ebay... There is alot of software apps to get the data into shapefile formats, the best is the Minnesota DNR software because it works and it is free....if you are running Manifold on your laptop you can patch in your GPS and monitor your position real time if you are collecting data. SO no other software is necessary. Manifold seems to work best with Garmin units. AFAIK Garmin units will need a Serial to USB conversion cable as most still only come with a serial connector.

You'll want to get a unit with EGNOS correction enabled as hopefully this will be available in Europe within the lifetime of your GPS (it was suppose to be available 1 year ago) this corrects the GPS signal to within 5m when available. The equivalent in the US is WAAS.

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As long as the logs are downloadable and in NMEA-0183 format, I can convert them to anything I like with the software I have here. I would like to be able to do some data collection.

At the moment, I'm using TomTom Navigator, which runs on a PocketPC. Unfortunately it relies on a 12v power supply, the GPS receiver will not work if it's not powered. Also, there's too many cables involved.
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