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In the forty-first beta show hosts The Bad Cop and DarrylW4 are joined by WVTim. He's worked some of his ideas with fellow cachers (including Dayspring) and shared some details about building "Gadget Cache" (GC333J2), "Up, Periscope !" (GC3NQW0), and "Hi-Tech Cache" (GC2WCA2). Some other gadget caches by WVTIM are; "Widget" (GC2WX5B), "The Library" (GC2WCV0), "The Quick and the Dead !" (GC37YH6), "Take a Deep Breath" (GC3QQGD), "Faster!Faster!Faster!" (GC3NE22), "Eat Mor Chikin" (GC3V5KN), and "Evolution of the Rest Stop !" (GC33NAZ). WVTim enjoys exchanging ideas and helping fellow geocachers build more interesting hides. Contact him through his profile on Geocaching.com.

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Listen to our intervew with quadsinthemudd out of Washington. His blog can be found at mrquads.blogspot.com. Listen in as he talks about his extensive geocaching experiences. Quadsinthemudd started with a Nextel i7, and has used the following GPSrs: Garmin eMap, Garmin Legend, Garmin Oregon 300, Garmin Oregon 450, and Garmin Oregon 550. He also uses NeonGeo on his Android phone, and wants to try CacheSense.

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Date Recorded: October 1, 2012
Recorded by: DarrylW4
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Direct download: CAMC008quadsinthemudd.mp3
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Technology journalist Andy Ihnatko (of the Chicago Sun-Times, TWIT, and The Ihnatko Almanac) joins The Bad Cop and DarrylW4 for a discussion about recovering electronic devices after getting wet. Andy tested several technique in his article "Salvage Techniques for Wet Electronics" including use of Fresh Step Crystals and the specialize The Dry & Store device. In that discussion we mentioned comments on Google+ by Adorfer about recovering his gear dunked while "...walking in high waders inside a former factory for aggricultural fertilizers in the basement of the sulfur storage...."
We started with news that Cachesense for Android now supports Munzees, then followed up with a call from Superted (also featured on "CAM Ep. 162: Superted"). Listener Tom suggested through Google+ the use of a device like the Portable Picture & Data Backup Hard Drive while quadsinthemudd (soon to be featured on Cache-A-Maniacs Connections) offered some thoughts including use of Contour Maps for Garmin GPS (also note that The Bad Cop misspoke while reading his comments - the Oregon 300 supports 2,000 geocaches, not 200).

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Cacheline for Sunday, September 30, 2012 summarizes the new Munzee support in CacheSense for Android version 2.7. More information is available from the release notes.

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Our thirty-ninth beta show is another Randomize edition with hosts The Bad Cop and DarrylW4 covering a number of issues. The first item was feedback from xpunkx about using GSAK to load images into the Magellan eXplorist units. Next was a topic submitted by CraigRat -- distracted driving. We talked a little about AT&T's new "It Can Wait" site and "DriveMode" apps for Android and Blackberry. We also mentioned the "Griffin Drivesafe" app for iOS users which contains information about driver laws in various locations. Our hosts moved to discussions of Munzee including the new NFC Tags for Android Users, the dfx.at Munzee to GPX converter, and the CacheMania post "Garmin Will Buy Munzee.com." The new HTC 8X and 8S Windows Phone 8 devices were mentioned, along with the new Nook HD and Nook HD+. The hosts also talked a little about some of the tear-down information on Apple's new Lightning Connector and the chips required in the cable.

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Steve of TheWinterTrio joins The Bad Cop and DarrylW4 to talk about waypoints, points of interest, and paperless caching for the thirty-eighth beta show.

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Hosts The Bad Cop and DarrylW4 are back talking about a variety of topics. We started out with feedback on GSAK.

We mentioned some detailed instructions from listener TheWinterTrio on using the field notes from Geosphere in GSAK;
"Instead of 'Uploading' directly to Geocaching.com (how I did it before GSAK v8), I select 'Export.' On the next screen, choose the 'Geocachingz.com/Garmin' format, and then I choose 'Email' on the next screen. I'm guessing you could also do the 'Save to Shared Files,' but I usually do this as soon as I'm done logging for the day to make sure I get them off the phone ASAP to protect me from a phone crash. I also mark a new waypoint at the cache site in my 60Csx, so if I need it, I have a backup that way as well.
Once on my laptop, I open the FieldNotes.zip file and save the text file to a separate directory. I also download all the Pics for the day and put them there as well. In GSAK, select the 'Publish Logs' from the 'Geocaching.com Access' menu. On the Publish Logs screen, right-click and choose 'Fetch > From File.' Select the FieldNotes file. It will load all the caches into the window and then you can tweak the found text, add pictures, TB Drop/Visit/Retrieve logs, whatever. You can also setup templates (similiar Geosphere) to add stuff automatically. I only have a simple one that says 'Thanks for the Smiley.' If you don't have an automatic template set, it will automatically put in the text from your field notes. Since I record all the Puzzle/Earth/Virtual notes in there, I didn't want them to get accidently published. I don't put anything like found counts for the day or anything else, so the template is only to protect me from publishing spoiler information. The most we've done in a day is about 25 caches, so maybe when we hit more I'll play more with the templates.
Once you've tweaked all the text and things, you just hit publish and away it goes. It is much quicker than anything else I've tried. I never like'd doing the real log in the field via the "official app". I will only use that if I need to log a dropped TB or a quick FTF message. Everything else waits until I get home.
If I only have a couple caches to log, I usually do the upload directly to Geocaching.com instead, but I'm going more and more to GSAK even for those.
I recently went down to Oregon for a week for a Star Party and up to Canada for a week to visit family. We cached on the way there and the way back. I got about 60 caches on the first trip and 30 on the second. Each day I sent a file to email and processed it at night. When I got back home again, I had all the logs in GSAK ready to publish and just hit go. I don't do any logging except TB drops while on vacation. (we're just paranoid about logging out of state caches while not home.)"
"One thing I forgot... With Geosphere, since you are 'Exporting' and not 'Uploading' you need to clear the upload flag yourself after you export the field notes. It doesn't do it automatically. GSAK can freak if you try and import a field note a second time..."

We also mentioned some of the new products announced in the smartphone and tablet space. Those were the Apple iPhone 5, Apple iPod Touch, Nokia Lumia 920, Nokia Lumia 820, Motorola RAZR HD, Motorola RAZR MAXX HD, Motorola RAZR M, and the updated Amazon Kindle Line.

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Hosts The Bad Cop and DarrylW4 talk about using smartphone and tablets for Geocaching without mobile data service on the thirty-sixth beta show. Above all else, we talked about the importance of the Pocket Queries which are only available on Geocaching.com to Premium Members. The Official Geocaching App (from Groundspeak) is available for Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone. Other specific apps we mentioned for iOS users were Geosphere, Looking4Cache, and GeoBucket. On Android, cachers will want to check out c:geo, CacheSense, and NeonGeo.

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For the thirty-fifth beta show we talk with Adrian Faulkner (a.k.a. figures) about why Geocachers should use GSAK. He wrote the article "5 Reasons Every Geocacher Could Benefit From GSAK" on GPS Tracklog.

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We bring on some special guest hosts for the thirty-fourth beta show to talk about moving or adding a smartphone to your geocaching. The Bad Cop and DarrylW4 are joined by HeadHardHat (Geocaching Podcast, Geosnippits, & RVNN's Geocaching World) and xpunkx (Geocaching Podcast).

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Brand 44's Ed O'Brien joins us on the thirty-third beta show to talk about the Geomate Jr. acquisition and more Geomate products.

Also mentioned in this edition was the latlon.info URL shortener by former guest CraigRat which supports multiple Geocaching services.

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DarrylW4 did two reviews (one audio, one video) of three models of the PowerBag. Check out these reviews for more on the Sling by ful, Backpack by ful, and Messenger by ful. He also mentioned the three battery options - 3,000mAh, 6,000mAh, and 9,000mAh.

Special thanks to PowerBag for providing the Sling by ful for review. Our thanks to Roastedof Marine City for use of their coffee shop for shooting of the video.

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We bring on some special guest hosts for the thirty-second beta show to talk about moving or adding a GPSR to geocaching when you've started on a Smartphone. The Bad Cop and DarrylW4 are joined by HeadHardHat (Geocaching Podcast, Geosnippits, & RVNN's Geocaching World) and xpunkx (Geocaching Podcast).

Also mentioned in this edition was the coord.ch URL shortener to multiple Geocaching services.

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Direct download: GGHbeta.32.mp3
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Listen to our intervew with The Mad Cow out of Ohio, recorded from the Midwest Geobash 2012.The Mad Cow started caching with a Handspring Visor, then moved on to a Garmin eTrex. Now he caches with a Garmin Colorado 300 and a Galaxy Nexus. His dream location for geocaching is London, England, and recommends the Pittsburgh PAas a great caching location.

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Date Recorded: July 28, 2012
Recorded by: DarrylW4
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For the thirty-first beta show we cover another spattering of random topics. The Bad Cop and DarrylW4 start with information about Groundspeak's URL shortening service for Geocaching.com and Waymarking.com at coord.info. They moved on to the viewer suggested topic of hiding a first geocache. The Bad Cop also talked about Apple's Podcasts app for iOS. The show wrapped after DarrylW4 talked about the PowerBag Sling by ful he's reviewing, and the Backpack by ful and Messenger by ful he purchased.

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The Bad Cop and DarrylW4 are joined in their Google+ Hangout On Air by Robert Lipe, Creator of GPSBabel -- the engine behind many of the programs we use as Geocachers.

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Listen to our intervew with Ladybug Kids out of Alaska. He tells stories from some of his many caching trips around the world during his 8 years as a cacher, and shares some great tips for meeting local cachers while travelling. He talks about these caches: Barrel of Monkeys (GCX3F3) and Asterix in Monschau (GC23GT2). He uses the Garmin Oregon 450 and the Garmin Nuvi 1450. He used to use a Magellan SporTrak. They also talk about Blackberry smart phones using CacheSense, and caching with Palm Pilot PDAs. He uses Geocaching Swiss Army Knife (GSAK)for cache trip planning.

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Date Recorded: July 20, 2012
Recorded by: DarrylW4
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Direct download: CAMC006LadybugKids.mp3
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The Bad Cop return (from a car driven my WitzEnd) for the twenty-ninth beta show to talk with Snicker from Munzee. DarrylW4 and the Bad Cop, both whom use Munzee, talked about some of the changes since they started playing the game and got some info about Munzee. It's currently available on Android and iOS but coming soon to Windows Phone. You can follow Munzee on FaceBook, Google+, and Twitter.

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While the Bad Cop is away Witzend (the Bad Cop's cohost for Caching in the NorthWest) fills in as we're joined by northernpenguin for a conversation about cameras for geocaching on beta show twenty-eighth. You can find northernpenguin's work on Flickr, 500px, tumblr, and GregoryPleau.com. Some of the other sites referenced in this episode were Darryl's Photography4Cachers blog posts, Peak Design, and Trey Ratcliff's Stuck in Customs.

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Listen to our intervew with McCutchan Cache Clan out of New Zealand. He started caching with an automotive GPS: Navman iCN 520, but now caches with a Garmin Colorado 400i and his Samsung Galaxy IIS. His favourite hide is Genesis Power (Waikato) (GCQD7N). He recommends the night cache A Night of Terror in the Hakarimatas (Waikato) (GCZ3AX).

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Date Recorded: June 29, 2012
Recorded by: DarrylW4
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Direct download: CAMC005McCutchanCacheClan.mp3
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We talk with e6c about the two caches he sent into space for the twenty-seventh beta episode. We spoke with him for the original Cache-A-Maniacs series on episode 233 as he was preparing for this second launch. That second launch took place at the Geocache in Space "L.E.I.F." MMXII Launch Party! (GC3M45Z) where he included the www.CacheAManiacs.com in Space! (TB4QENA) traveler (which will be joining the Bad Cop at a couple of events before going free somewhere in Washington). Video from this launch is available on YouTube and HeadHardHat also did a video on the event. e6c used a SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger 2 as the onboard tracking device for the vehicle. The payload also included the Drift HD170 Stealth, Kodak Zi6, and Garmin Foretrex 101.

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Special guest HeadHardHat returns for the twenty-sixth beta show to talk about the gear we personally use in our caching. Before that discussion we talked about an interesting conversation on Google+ about the Microsoft Surface and the potential of the Google Nexus 7for Geocachers. Below are links to the gear currently used by our panel:


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Listen to our intervew with geekbilly out of Georgia. geekbilly started geocaching in September 2010 as an activity to do with his kids. He likes caches that are historical, and make you think. He started with an HP Palm Pre, but now uses a Garmin Oregon 450, and an Apple iPhone.

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Date Recorded: June 23, 2012
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Direct download: CAMC004geekbilly.mp3
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This week we talked about several smaller topics on the twenty-fifth beta show. We started with talk about the new Apple iOS and Google Maps. Then we got into the news of new Surface tablets from Microsoft. Finally we discussed some new battery and charging options (including the Portable Energy Station, Mophie, Monoprice, nPower PEG, and tPOD1).

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We're back with a Google+ Hangout On Air for the twenty-fourth beta show with HeadHardHatto talk about gear for caching with your recreational vehicle. Some links mentioned on this episode were:



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