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GeoGearHeadsDanno (Team Pugatch) is back to talk through a variety of subjects for the two hundred sixty-eighth edition of the GeoGearHeads. The conversation was kicked off with an e-mail from Superted about caching apps compatible with older version of iOS in preparation for the Geocaching Classic app shut down. Next was Tick_Magnet looking for advice on a new phone and service. Cedar & Co. shared some advice for Earthcache Owners. Last was the "AR games like 'Pokemon Go' need a permit in Milwaukee" article from Engadget.

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Category:GeoGearHeads -- posted at: 11:04pm EST

GeoGearHeadsFor the two hundred sixty-seventh edition of the GeoGearHeads Heather Feather and ChrisOfTheNorthWest talk about Mega and Gigaevents scheduled for 2017. Check out the Geocaching.com maintained "Upcoming Mega-Events" bookmark list for upcoming mega and gigaevents.

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GeoGearHeadsMemfis Mafia is back for the two hundred sixty-sixth edition of the GeoGearHeads but this time he's talking about his latest geocaching adventure. The primary target was the 5/5 virtual cache "Ed Watson was a Bad Man" (GCF353) but the group also hosted a few events (including GC6X1H7 and GC6X2XM). We also heard from rragan about the "Night Owl Donut Leap" (GC64CJW) event and the "Dollars to Doughnuts" (GC6BGRA) mystery cache.

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Category:GeoGearHeads -- posted at: 11:01pm EST

GeoGearHeadsFor the two hundred sixty-fifith edition of the GeoGearHeads ChrisOfTheNorthWest, DarrylW4, and Sherminator18 went through several smaller subjects. rragan wrote in about his "Welcome to Silicon Valley" (GC6F7TT) which he used the "Hyperlapse from Instagram" app to create the puzzle video. Sherminator18 brought her own question about multi-caches on the Garmin eTrex 30x. Astronut shared the new Beartooth option for communicating between smartphone outside of cell range, and the Universal Lit Up Glove to help Cachers see the cache in the dark. There's also a "Cachly Geocaching - Android Version" GoFundMe campaign. There was also news of a Geocacher in Lancashire needing rescue from the very remote area about a kilometer from a road. But Astronut brought us back to tech stories with the news that iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 devices support the Japanese QZSS system.

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Category:GeoGearHeads -- posted at: 12:10am EST

GeoGearHeadsDoc Firewoman shares some of her experience using Geocaching in Education for the two hundred sixty-fourth edition of the GeoGearHeads.

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GeoGearHeadsIn this special release Shrkb8-ktd tells us about the new Dream Big trackable partnership.

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GeoGearHeadsFor the two hundred sixty-third edition of the GeoGearHeads benandjayme, ChrisOfTheNorthWest, and DarrylW4 talk about loading caches for offline use.

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Category:GeoGearHeads -- posted at: 11:01pm EST

GeoGearHeadsThe topics for the two hundred sixty-second edition of the GeoGearHeads is Live Streaming video of your Geocaching adventures. The geocachingvlogger and Memfis Mafia joined ChrisOfTheNorthWest and DarrylW4 for the discussion of the subject last given a show back on episode 208. Before that they mentioned the new Garmin InReach announcement from CES.

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Category:GeoGearHeads -- posted at: 11:23pm EST

GeoGearHeadsFor the two hundred sixty-first edition of the GeoGearHeads zedsaid – the Developer of Cachly 2.0 – returns to fill us in on the new features and the some in the works.

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Category:GeoGearHeads -- posted at: 10:31pm EST

GeoGearHeadsFor the two hundred sixtieth edition of the GeoGearHeads ChrisOfTheNorthWest, DarrylW4, and gslink&slinkymama (of "Geocache Talk") take on a variety of topics. The first item on the agenda was a correction by Sherminator18 to "GGH 252: Virtual Caching Bag I." Sadly the one feature of Cachebot that had made it a recommendation (the push notifications) have been removed and will not be coming back. So that app is off the suggested apps list. Then L&N Railroad continued with more information about the FRS/GMRS bands and licenses in the U.S. JerseyEric had an issue with the Demo Mode on Garmin eTrex line. There wasn't much about it in the user manual or GPS Mode Settings. On an important, but non-Geocaching related point, Wanzong asked about password managers. "1Password" and "LastPass" were the popular ones DarrylW4 initially suggested. The guys also found the How-To Geek "Password Managers Compared: LastPass vs KeePass vs Dashlane vs 1Password" and the "How Secure Is My Password?" site. Back to Geocaching – MO Baggins shared his "DGS: The Dirtbags TB Safehouse" (GC6R759) which he setup in his yard. Gary shared the iMore "Best Touchscreen Gloves for Winter" article. Then last up was the news about that "Galileo declares Initial Services" from GPS World and the "Russian resupply ship destroyed en route to International Space Station" from Engadget. Team MavEtJu reminded us to mention the Geocaching Australia Summer Scavenger Series.

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GeoGearHeadsAnteaus, cnlson, and Sherminator18 talk about getting into 3D Printing of Geocaches for the two hundred fifty-ninth edition of the GeoGearHeads. They focused on the FFF/FDM style 3D Printers and talked about the Makerbot Replicator 2, Malyan M150, Monoprice Select Mini 3D Printer, portabee go, Powerspec Ultra 3D, and Wanhao Duplicator i3 they've used. Limax email about the safety of birds around 3D Printers. cnlson found the Science Direct article which provided a little insight into the hazard of the particles. They went through several of the materials used in FFF printers (ABS, PLA, PETG, Nylon, TPE, and TPU). For sealing, Anteaus recommends the Krylon Crystal Clear (and Rite-in-the-rain logs). Some more tools mentioned are;

Some good references for print quality troubleshooting are on All3DP and Simplify3D. There's also help on finishing the prints on Makerbot. The extra conversation can be found on Patreon.

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GeoGearHeadsRock Chalk is back for the two hundred fifty-eighth edition of the GeoGearHeads to talk more about the happenings at Geocaching.com HQ. Limax provided the only feedback in this episode about the previous show. The new podcast has only one episode but they plan to release at least one each month.

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Category:GeoGearHeads -- posted at: 11:47pm EST

GeoGearHeadsFor the two hundred fifty-seventh edition of the GeoGearHeads Shrkb8-ktd and Carly talk about the Trackable Partnerships. Shrkb8-ktd wrote the "4 Legendary Trackables Every Geocacher Should Find article for the Geocaching Blog, but a more extensive list is available in the "Promotion Examples" help desk article. The current promotion is Urban Adventures. Watch the Facebook page and newsletter for news about the promotions. You can find out more about partnering through the "Partner with us" and "Brand Promotions" pages.

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Category:GeoGearHeads -- posted at: 11:09pm EST

GeoGearHeadsdebaere and LANMonkey take over the show for the two hundred fifty-sixth edition of the GeoGearHeads. They start with feedback from Sloth96 about PQs on GPSRs, including using the Project-GC PQ Splitter. Then they moved on to talking about geocaching across the border.

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Category:GeoGearHeads -- posted at: 10:14pm EST

GeoGearHeadsCiphers are again the topic for the two hundred fifty-fifth edition of the GeoGearHeads as Jennifer of teamajk and "Geocaching Puzzle of the Day" talks us through solving them. Some resources she mentioned were:


In feedback we heard from chrispt about GMSR licenses and HAM Radio Bands, and Team MavEtJu about the movement of the ground in New Zealand according to University of Nevada Geodetic Laboratory.

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Category:GeoGearHeads -- posted at: 11:20pm EST

GeoGearHeadsFor the two hundred fifty-fourth edition of the GeoGearHeads ChrisOfTheNorthWest and DarrylW4 had some issue tripping over their words. The show was to have been an update to "GGH 094: Getting Good Coords I" (which is still worth checking out). brilang pointed out that the Geocaching.com article "1.3. How to get accurate coordinates" had been updated and recommends the "GPS Averaging" app for Android users. The discussion about the coordinate system included "World Geodetic System, Latitude, and Longitude before talking about converting between degrees and degrees minutes.

First, Limax found the GMRS page on the FCC site they were looking for during last week's show, and chrispt found a breakdown on GMRS for HAMs. Team MavEtJu also made the correction to the misspoken "Geocaching.com.au" last week.

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Category:GeoGearHeads -- posted at: 11:19pm EST

GeoGearHeadsChrisOfTheNorthWest and DarrylW4 run through several topics for the two hundred fifty-third edition of the GeoGearHeads – the fifty-first Randomize show. Darryl started the conversion with his experience with location issues on iOS 10.1 fixed by resetting the Network Settings. Team MavEtJu shared that his Lighthouse virtual caches on Geocaching.au has been completed (map) using Wikipedia and Lighthouses.org.au as references. Following up to "GGH 251: GPSR Picking II" we heard from L&N Railroad on the Garmin GPSMAP 64st while Team Pugatch mentioned his Magellan eXplorist GC and Garmin eTrex 20x. He then wrote about moving his wife from Geocaching® to Cachly. Finally he wanted some information about walkie-talkies. Darryl found the following options for a pair at less than $100US through Amazon;

Chris found the "FCC eliminates GMRS regulatory fee" blog post about the GMRS licenses. We also heard from Rock Chalk at Geocaching.com about the beta of the "My Lists" feature available to Premium Members. Last on the rundown was the Engadget article "Six next-gen battery technologies."

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GeoGearHeadsFor the two hundred fifty-second edition of the GeoGearHeads ChrisOfTheNorthWest and DarrylW4 talk about several apps and online resources to help Geocachers.



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Category:GeoGearHeads -- posted at: 11:07pm EST

GeoGearHeadsChrisOfTheNorthWest, DarrylW4, and Limax talk about picking GPSRs and some of their selections for the two hundred fifty-first edition of the GeoGearHeads. The show was prompted by an e-mail from Hudson Family looking for suggestions on picking their first GPSR. The last show about selecting a GPSR was "GGH 199: GPSR Picking I" nearly a year ago. Team MavEtJu chimed in on Google+ to let us know what is needed for him to by a new one. Some of the picks by the panel were;



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Category:GeoGearHeads -- posted at: 10:42pm EST

GeoGearHeadsThe LANMonkeys are back to talk about their summer Geocaching Trip for the two hundred fiftieth edition of the GeoGearHeads. They went on a Landsharkz organized Alaskan Cruise and have been posting about it to the their blog.

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Category:GeoGearHeads -- posted at: 11:01pm EST

GeoGearHeadsIt's a night battling issues for the two hundred forty-ninth edition of the GeoGearHeads. ChrisOfTheNorthWest, LANMonkey, and witzend. Once underway they started with a question from Limax on public lists. Next Team MavEtJu shared news about the "Sutherland Shire Geocachers Moral Support Bandage Bear." The "Galileo Initial Services looming" from GPS World talks about the pending operational launch of the Galileo system. Then its the news that Google shut down Project Ara. But the Otterbox UNIVERSE Case System gives smartphone users some of those upgrade options. Also discussed was the 22,000 km Car-Free Bike Path Across Canada coming in 2017.

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GeoGearHeadsFor the two hundred forty-eighth edition of the GeoGearHeads Jennifer of teamajk and "Geocaching Puzzle of the Day" is back for more on Puzzles. Before they got into that, TheWoodenRadio emailed to let us know that his local library has 3D Printers. The it was straight into the e-mail from ZQX with several questions. As for geocaches from which Hiders can learn, ePeterso2's Puzzle Solving 101 Series, "Geodyssey" (GC5CJ31), "Game On! #1: Playing the Game of Thrones" (GC61D6M), and "Triple Word Search" (GC6NXY6) were suggested. As for new things in the world of puzzles, What3words has become popular, Geocaching Toolbox received new features, Puzzle Fight Club was a good idea which might spread, and Certitude had it's millionth correct solution.

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Category:GeoGearHeads -- posted at: 11:21pm EST

GeoGearHeadsAnteaus, cnlson, ChrisOfTheNorthWest, and DarrylW4 talk about 3D Printed Geocache Containers for the two hundred forty-seventh edition of the GeoGearHeads. There's more than 80 objects on tagged with Geocache on Thingiverse with only some being containers. Anteaus and cnlson shared the following as some of their favorites;

Then for more durable geocaches, the new Dishwasher-safe nylon, PLA, and colorFabb_HT might be good options. jonnybgoode9 mentioned his &auot;Not Just For Kids" (GC41VE2) cache.

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Category:GeoGearHeads -- posted at: 8:26am EST

GeoGearHeadsFor the two hundred forty-sixth edition of the GeoGearHeads LANMonkey battles for the GPSR against scottberks for the Smartphone to determine which is the ultimate Geocaching device. After the debate the panel discussed some questions from Laantje, but the show kicked off with discussion about adding the GeoGearHeads recordings to your calendar and feedback from TheWoodenRadio about OpenMapChest.org.

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Category:GeoGearHeads -- posted at: 11:18pm EST

GeoGearHeadsFor the two hundred forty-fifth edition of the GeoGearHeads we talk about loading free map options onto your Garmin GPSR. debaere , ChrisOfTheNorthWest, and DarrylW4 first talked about TheWoodenRadio's feedback on the junk hides and new Cachers, and about the new that Geocaching.com won't be shutting down their classic app this month. The shared some resources;

JerseyEric also asked about the routable maps and "Free maps for Garmin brand GPS devices from OpenStreetMap."

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Category:GeoGearHeads -- posted at: 11:03pm EST