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June 19, 2011
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You can load caches straight from GSAK, with pictures to the GC.
Click 'GPS' on GSAK and then 'Set Up'.

The plug in is Magellan's communicator, download it from Magellan.com.
Here's a link to the page - Download page
It will let you send the GPX file from the cache page on GC.com straight to your GPSr.

It will take a little while to get used to the compass but after a couple of days I got used to it and like it better than my old units.

Accuracy is something everyone argues about.
Basically, all consumer GPSr on the market can get an accuracy of about 15 feet at best.
I know, it said 3-6 feet.
And even if it is that accurate remember the target is in a 12 foot circle if it says 6 feet.
Well, if you take any unit, any price, from any manufacturer and just put it down in an open field it will track all over the place, up to 20 feet away in an hour.
As far as finding caches, how accurate was the person hiding it?
I have found over two hundred caches with my GC.
The GC is as accurate as any unit I've used.
I've been using Magellan, Garmin and DeLorme units since the mid 90's

If the unit is not covered, like in a pocket, it will get a good signal up, down or sidewise, it won't matter.
In a pocket or case/bag it will still work but will not be as accurate.

When in trouble or in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout

June 19, 2011
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I just bought this unit for 95 dollars brand new-in the box on craigslist. It has been great and I really like that it can hold so many geocaches and all the info for them.

1. I also haven't figured out how to download pictures to the gps! I drag and dropped my PQ into the Geocaches folder and the waypoints file into the waypoints foler. But when I open the geocaches with pictures on the gps I get a message saying I have to use VantagePoint or a Geocaching.com Plugin. I downloaded VantagePoint and tried to use it...but...I was wondering what the Plugin was? And I haven't worked out VantagePoint yet. I like GSAK a lot better.

2. When I bought the GC, I thought the compass/pointer would be like every other gps I have seen, like my Garmin Etrex H.
The GC has a really confusing pointer. What really frustrates me is that the pointer in the middle points to what direction you are CURRENTLY GOING and then there is a tiny little red arrow on the compass that points to the way you SHOULD be going. In my opinion, they have it backwards!!!

3. How accurate is the GC?? I can't even tell! The lowest it has gotten on the Satellite page is 16 feet! And that is rare. Usually it can only get 26-36 feet. But then I tested it out outside just to see if this accuracy thing was wrong. I walked quickly toward an object, marked a waypoint there, walked away to somewhere and told the gps to go to the waypoint. It got me withing 3-6 feet of it! How is that 26 feet accuracy? And I still haven't found any geocaches with it so I don't know how accurate it is in the field or under trees!

4. I read something on the forums that said that if you hold the gps more vertically it gets better accuracy. Has anyone tried this? Does it work? Or is it even true?


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