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GPSr Units / Re: Any recommandations ?
« Last post by RKwithO on September 25, 2018, 13:45:33 »
Cabela's has the 64s on sale for $269.  I picked one up as an upgrade to the 60Cx and it's a great unit.
https://www.cabelas.ca/product/65922/garmin-gpsmap-64s-handheld-gps
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General Discussion / Re: GSAK & GOOGLE API Key
« Last post by Tegiro on September 15, 2018, 08:36:17 »
Thanks RCA777,
I've done that, hope it lasts for a while and does not touch my budget.
However does every geocacher have to do the same?
It seems rather quiet on this subject everywhere.
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GAG (Go and Get 'Em) / GAG26 - Bond, James Bond
« Last post by bluelamb03 on September 12, 2018, 21:15:40 »

Join us on Saturday, October 27, 2017 and help celebrate the 26th Go and Get 'em Event. Of course the fun starts Friday the 26th at 6 pm as we all start searching for caches new and old in the Ottawa area!

Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre
Kiwanis Hall
300 Des Pères-Blancs
Vanier

N 45° 26.630 W 075° 39.590

Other needed information:

We all get together and swap stories at the above coordinates between 6 and 9 PM Saturday, October 27th.

The hall does not have a restaurant, so bring your own dinner. This cuts down on costs for everyone and allows freedom of movement around the hall without being tied to a table and a bill.

Sorry, but *NO* alcohol can be served or consumed at this edition of the event, so please do not bring any along. The CCC team will bring along a selection of soda and juices to share with everyone, or feel free to bring your own non-alcoholic beverage of choice.

Parking is available onsite, and public transit is at the doorstep.


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Event Guidelines

Everyone who wishes to participate in this event should head out to find as many GAG26 caches as they can from 6:00 p.m., Friday October 26th until 6:00 p.m. Saturday October 27th. Don't get caught starting before 6:00 p.m. or you will be the victim of much taunting and ridicule!


At 6:00 p.m. on the 27th after a LONG day of caching, we will meet at the Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre, Kiwanis Hall (300 Des Pères-Blancs, Vanier - posted coordinates). It is a bring your own food and drink event! (See below for some suggestions).

If you want to contribute by creating a cache (that is totally optional and up to you, keep in mind that all the usual cache listing guidelines apply and that you will have to maintain the cache afterwards, it is not just for the duration of the event), between now and October 19th, hide a cache in the Ottawa area. Please don't wait until the last minute; give the reviewers plenty of time to post all caches and our volunteers time to create a bookmark list. If you plan on placing a large number of caches for the event, submit the cache pages for all of the caches at least ten days in advance of the release date. Leave a "note to reviewer" indicating that the cache is to be released on Wednesday October 24th. All caches placed for the event will be published no earlier than Wednesday afternoon, and no later than Friday afternoon October 26th, so you can plan your routes and solve any puzzles.


You should state on your cache page that "This cache has been placed for the GAG26 event and is intended to be found on or after 6:00 PM on the 26th of October, 2017". With the guideline changes in regards to ALRs (additional logging requirements) we cannot indicate that a log for caches found before 6:00 p.m. will be deleted, but you can be creative with your comments to strike fear into the early finders. EG: "Anyone caught logging this cache early will be deemed 'shaken' not 'stirred', and ridiculed at the event." Have fun with it.


Please help with cache identification by prefacing your cache name with GAG26, i.e. "GAG26 - Dr. Nano"
No space between GAG and 26.


When submitting your cache, leave a reviewer note asking them to place the cache in the HOLD FOR GAG26 PUBLICATION file for publication en masse with the other GAG26 caches on Wednesday October 24th.


You may want to consider hiding just one cache to keep the work down for the reviewers. Also, if you're placing a multi-cache and/or puzzle, be sure to use the "additional waypoints" feature on the cache creation page to allow reviewers quicker access to determining boundary limitations. The quicker they can get their job done, the more likely your cache will get published in time for the event. Note that most people want to find many caches during a GAG event, so multi-caches and/or puzzles that take several hours to solve are not usually very popular. If you're planning a long multi make it explicit in the cache description. Also, geocaching.com has added several new attribute icons for caches. Please make good use of the attributes on your cache page to help everyone during the hunt. Use the appropriate attributes (winter-friendly or not, how long a hike, etc). In particular, caches with terrain 1 should have the "wheelchair accessible" attribute.


Have any ideas to add to this event? Looking to volunteer some time to help? Have event related questions?
Please send us an email through the "Canada's Capital Cachers GAG Committee" profile page at geocaching.com and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.


All caches will be listed as a bookmark link on the event page just prior to the event.


* DO NOT * bring swag / door prizes. There will be a few door prizes awarded to attendees, but unlike previous GAG events, there will NOT be prize tables or tickets for general swag trading.


Please post a "will attend" note on the event page indicating if you can make it and how many will be in your party.


Suggested places to pick-up food before arriving at the hall

N 45° 26.352 W 75° 39.822 : Pizza, Submarines, etc...
N 45° 26.504 W 75° 40.334 : Subway
N 45° 26.975 W 75° 39.096 : Dairy Queen
N 45° 26.933 W 75° 39.066 : The Works gourmet burgers
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GPSr Units / Re: Any recommandations ?
« Last post by kirok on September 12, 2018, 06:50:16 »
The GPSMAP 64s is on sale at SAIL for $269.99 

https://www.sail.ca/en/garmin-gps-de-plein-air-gpsmap-64s-103221
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General Discussion / Re: GSAK & GOOGLE API Key
« Last post by RCA777 on September 05, 2018, 15:34:06 »
You'll need to give Google a credit card - more to prove you are "real" than anything else - and you'll get a $300 credit and that lasts for a year.
After that... well, my approach will be to fire up another email address, use a new credit card... etc etc.
 
1) Go to https://cloud.google.com
2) Click on "Console" in the top right to visit the Console
3) Click on Create a Project
4) Give the project a unique name - e.g. "GSAK API Key"
5) Select the API Manager
6) Choose Credentials
7) Select API Key
8) Choose Browser Key
9) You can leave the restrictions "as is"
10) Copy the long string (e.g. AkE3cV3blahblah) to your clipboard -- that's your API Key.
 
Then to use it in GSAK  -- fire up GSAK, go to Tools menu and at the bottom is "ConfigOther.txt" - click on that.
Scroll down/find the section that looks like :
 
[Google Maps]                 http://gsak.net/board/index.php?showtopic=31453&view=findpost&p=235845
#ApiKey=paste-your-API-key-here
 
Save it. Restart GSAK. Give it about 10 mins.
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General Discussion / GSAK & GOOGLE API Key
« Last post by Tegiro on August 23, 2018, 17:44:40 »
For years I never had a problem with putting my geocaches on GASK Google maps.
I never had to worry about what an API key was...everything was working fine.
Until....this new API key situation with Google.

Yesterday I went to the Google Cloud Platform and created an account for billing and got an API key and inserted it in the GSAK ConfigOther.txt file. But today all I can see is one cache on  my map.

I don't see much conversation anywhere about this. GSAK forum has some but knows it may have to goes elsewhere for maps.

I don't see any conversation here on CCC. Maybe I am not looking in the right place.

Anyway, I wonder if this new problem affects EVERYONE, because as I  mentioned I don't see much conversation about it.
Is everyone using GSAK or is there another program that will display the geocaches on a map like GSAK does?

I know this conversation belongs in the GSAK Forum, but I was wondering how our CCC members are fairing with this problem?

Tegiro
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GPSr Units / Re: Any recommandations ?
« Last post by bluelamb03 on August 19, 2018, 20:15:15 »
Or you could hunt Kijji or eBay for a second hand unit. MAP60csx is my preference, but they are hard to come by these days....

Blue -
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GPSr Units / Re: Any recommandations ?
« Last post by kirok on August 16, 2018, 11:53:24 »
What's your budget?  If you're coming from the eTrex line, chances are you like using buttons vs touch screen (as many of us do).  You should graduate into the GPSMAP6x series of units.  At the moment, there are no really good sales on locally (that I know of), but keep an eye on the SAIL flyers / website to see if the units get marked down.  I've seen them go as low as $249.

The GPSMAP64s at SAIL is currently at 25% off, but still WAY up there in price at $329.99
https://www.sail.ca/en/garmin-gps-de-plein-air-gpsmap-64s-103221

However, GPSCity online (Calgary Alberta based) has them for a very good price of $289.95 for a new unit.
https://www.gpscity.ca/garmin-gpsmap-64s

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GPSr Units / Any recommandations ?
« Last post by Shaishoo on August 15, 2018, 09:59:00 »
Hi
My old toggle etrax just died (etrax 20 the orange one ). I need a great value for money replacement unit. I am looking for a more advanced one but not necessarily the best one in the marked since I am on a budget. Any recommendations for units or where to buy it ?
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Other (non-CCC) Geocaching Events / Re: Discovering L&A 2018 Napanee
« Last post by Sakidoo on August 12, 2018, 10:07:01 »
Well, I guess I'll go.  No takers and that's OK.  Thanks anyhow.
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