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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.

The live video session from this Google+ Hangout On Air can be found on YouTube.

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Direct download: GGHbeta.30.mp3
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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
Show Notes: debaere
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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Direct download: GGHbeta.29.mp3
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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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Direct download: GGHbeta.28.mp3
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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
Show Notes: debaere
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.

The live video session from this Google+ Hangout On Air can be found on YouTube (WARNING: connectivity problems caused The Bad Cop's audio to be poor and delayed).

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Direct download: GGHbeta.27.mp3
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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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Direct download: GGHbeta.26.mp3
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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
Recorded by: DarrylW4
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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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Direct download: GGHbeta.25.mp3
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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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Direct download: GGHbeta.24.mp3
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The Bad Cop and DarrylW4 tackle some of the accessories for bicycling cachers on the twenty-third beta episode. Of course handlebar mounts and cases are a must. RAM Mountshas options for most devices and vehicles. Some options discussed for smartphones were:

We also talked a little about Herchenroder's questions on charging via the bike's motion. Some of the dynamo hub options mentioned were Biologic's Joule II Dynamo Hub 20" Wheel Set and ReeCharge Power Pack, the Bike2Power, and the Schmidt Maschinenbau products. An interesting posting titled "Bicycle iPhone and USB Charging" is an interesting read for those interested in converting their bike.

This show was our second test of the Google+ Hangouts On Air feature.

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Direct download: GGHbeta.23.mp3
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For the twenty-second beta episode we performed our first test of the Google+ Hangouts On Air with special guest ACFever. He works for the Bloomington Illinois Police and is a member of the Central Illinois Geocaching Association and joined us to talk about safety considerations when using social media. Some of the links mentioned in the show or are useful references are:


We also heard from Nighthawk700 about the "ICE: In Case of Emergency" app he uses on his Droid.

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Direct download: GGHbeta.22.mp3
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We're talking with sparrows_gold (of Maribell Associates, Inc.) about First Aid Apps on the twenty-first beta show. Here are some of the apps for both Android and iOS we found:

Check the American Heart Association's website for some classes first aid available within the United States.

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Direct download: GGHbeta.21.mp3
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Our twentieth beta show returns to Groundspeak for the last interview recorded at the Lily Pad. This time we're talking with Eric who most geocachers will recognize from the Latitude 47 blog. He's also responsible for their social media (Facebook, Flickr, Google+, Twitter, and YouTube) presence.

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Direct download: GGHbeta.20.mp3
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Our nineteenth beta show looks at vehicle navigation GPSRs and apps. We started with some feedback from OBXGeek about events beyond the GC101. We also heard from Nighthawk700 and Yawppy on the Vehicle Navigation GPSRs and Apps. We mentioned the Griffin DriveSafe app for iOS in the show as a good, free resource for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch users as to local laws on mobile use.

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Direct download: GGHbeta.19.mp3
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Cacheline for Wednesday, May 9, 2012 talks about the new National Geographic TOPO maps for Magellan eXplorist 310, 510, 610, and 710 GPSRs.

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Direct download: CAMCL20120509.mp3
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We try something new for our eigteenth beta episode -- a random assortment of topics submitted by Listeners. Nativtxn shared more on the Columbus app from last week, and on CacheSense and their YouTube tutorials. automattack shared some of the features of Neongeo he likes. jeepin_idaho wrote in with a little information about outdoor clothes for professional outdoor guides. K9 Crew asked for some discussion on cache placement. Bear_Left replied to some of the Google+ comments about tech clothing and cache hints. Team Monkeyboy wrote in about the new Geocaching.com site updates and the changes to the guidelines. Our final contribution came from Lafitefl asking about how much hint is too much hint, and issues with loading TOPO maps onto his Oregon 450.

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Direct download: GGHbeta.18.mp3
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For beta episode seventeen we're joined by CraigRat of Android Cachingto talk about Geocaching Apps for Android. Some of the many apps available are:

Thanks to David_Wright, EagleScout1968, and Nighthawk700 for their input on the apps they use.

We also heard from lafitefl on Geocaching 101s and Trackables.

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Direct download: GGHbeta.17.mp3
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Cacheline for Tuesday April 24, 2012 takes a look the changes on Geocaching.com. This brief starts with the changes to the Cache Placement Guidelines/Requirements made yesterday and mentions the blog post on the subject by Firennice. Geocaching.com received another round of updates today including a "Submit a New Cache Listing" wizard.

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Direct download: CAMCL20120424.mp3
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We're joined again by Lookout Lisa for our sixteenth beta release on Hosting Geocaching 101s. We received several items under feedback this time including juris1c with "raumbezug - Interaktive Karten - OpenStreetMap - Garmin" as a source for European OSM Garmin support, jeepin_idaho talking about "Glympse," Team Nine Lives on FRS/GMRS, and M-T-P with the True Utility Telepen Telescopic Pen.

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Direct download: GGHbeta.16.mp3
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Cacheline for Tuesday April 17, 2012 mentions the blog post on MadCacher.com stating that their parent company (Leeward Coast LLC) has purchased NaviCache.com.

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This week we return to Groundspeak's headquarters to talk with Moun10Bike about trackables.

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Direct download: GGHbeta.15.mp3
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Our fourteenth beta show talks about OpenStreetMaps. We suggested listeners interested in becoming involved in the community check out their Beginners' guide and video tutorials. For those looking to install OSM on their GPSRs, they have a couple pages for Garmin and Magellan users. Listeners looking for more on OpenStreetMaps might also want to download episode 245 of the Geocaching Podcast.

Nighthawk700 recommended OpenCaching North America users on Android check out the Columbus app. A comment from rDLr also brought up the topic of location mapping of WiFi hotspots and Google's Opt-Out (_nomap)

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Direct download: GGHbeta.14.mp3
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For the thirteenth installment of the GeoGearHeads we talk about some basics of caching with a smartphone. We listed some of the apps available for geocachers, including:


We also provided some tips for getting the most out of you phone while caching. The highlights are:

  • Turn off WiFi
  • Turn off BlueTooth
  • Disable 3G/4G (when not downloading or out of range of those services)
  • Download all caches over WiFi before departure
  • Close all background apps
  • Carry a backup battery (check GGH Beta.2)
  • Plug in while in the car
  • CReduce brightness



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Direct download: GGHbeta.13.mp3
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Cacheline for Wednesday March 28, 2012 covers Geocaching.com's March 28th Site Update.

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Direct download: CAMCL20120328.mp3
Category:Cacheline -- posted at: 11:22 PM