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  1. #1
    iPhone 101: Geocaching with an iPhone 3G

    Posted Jul 19th 2008 8:00AM by Steven Sande

    The iPhone 3G is perfect for the hobby of Geochaching. Simple
    instructions of how to get started are at this link

    http://www.tuaw.com/2008/07/19/iphon...-an-iphone-3g/


    Larry I bet you haven't tried Geocaching with a Siamang Nokia 800.
    http://www.gibbons.de/main/photo/12synd.html




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  2. #2
    Larry
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    Re: Geocaching with an iPhone 3G

    "[email protected]" <4.vic.healey[email protected]> wrote in
    news:[email protected]:

    > Larry I bet you haven't tried Geocaching with a Siamang Nokia 800.
    > http://www.gibbons.de/main/photo/12synd.html
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_c2bzejAfQw

    Au contraire, again, my Jailbroken friend......

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUkvEeBd1Is

    Is it still fair to carry 3D Google Earth into the field to see the
    terrain or to use terraserver for terrain mapping, not some stupid
    street program??

    The following is a set of working repositories that you can use for
    Maemo Mapper:

    Google Maps (street)
    http://mt.google.com/mt?x=%d&y=%d&zoom=%d

    Google Maps (street) (alternative)
    http://mt.google.com/mt?v=ap.999&x=%d&y=%d&zoom=%d

    Google Maps (satellite)
    http://kh.google.com/kh?v=999&t=%s

    Google Maps (terrain)
    http://mt.google.com/mt?v=w2p.999&x=%d&y=%d&zoom=%d

    Virtual Earth (street)
    http://r0.ortho.tiles.virtualearth.n.../r%0s.png?g=45

    Virtual Earth (satellite)
    http://a0.ortho.tiles.virtualearth.n...a%0s.jpeg?g=50

    Virtual Earth (hybrid)
    http://h0.ortho.tiles.virtualearth.n...h%0s.jpeg?g=50

    Yahoo Maps (street)
    http://us.maps1.yimg.com/us.tile.map...=%d&y=%-d&z=%d

    Yahoo Maps (satellite)
    http://us.maps3.yimg.com/aerial.maps...=%d&y=%-d&z=%d

    OpenStreetMap - Traditional "Mapnik"
    http://tile.openstreetmap.org/%0d/%d/%d.png

    OpenStreetMap - Developmental "Osmarender"
    http://tah.openstreetmap.org/Tiles/tile/%0d/%d/%d.png

    Terraserver USA (WMS)
    http://www.terraserver-usa.com/ogcma...PTIONS=INIMAGE

    RunwayFinder.com
    http://www.runwayfinder.com/charts/x%dy%dz%d.jpg

    U.S. Weather Overlay (WMS)
    http://mesonet.agron.iastate.edu/cgi...COLOR=0x000000

    viajoasi.com.ar (WMS)
    http://viajoasi.com.ar/c.php?VERSION...PTIONS=INIMAGE

    Feel free to use these map/photo/chart repositories on the FruitFone.
    Terraserver's terrain mapping is especially useful in planning
    geocaching outings because you can see the "lay of the land" where you
    are going, besides just a blank street map with no sat photos or
    anything on it.

    Wouldn't want you FruitFoners to get lost in the mountains just because
    you can't look ahead on the little screen when the streets disappear....
    (c;

    Mountains aren't the problem in Charleston. Swamps are. Finding you
    way around swamps and over the 3,200 miles of waterways within 50 miles
    of my keyboard are very imposing, indeed, without Maemo Mapper and
    overhead recon shots.

    Long before portable GPS availability our jetski club was geocaching
    without calling it that. It was called a POKER RUN stolen from
    motorcycling, but far more interesting in this waterworld I live in.

    One great geocache, full of poker chips specially marked with drilled
    holes to prevent cheating, ended up on Shute's Folly at Castle Pinckney,
    a tiny island right off The Battery on the tip of the Charleston
    Peninsula on the Cooper River side. I put it there, myself. All the
    poker runs I had jetskied to before had been in the boondocks, way out
    in the massive array of swamps, old rice paddies and spoil islands of
    the Atlantic Coast ICW both N and S of Charleston Harbor....some out 50
    miles just to see how jetskiiers were going to refuel in the boonies.
    (PS - carrying gas cans to a station from a boat landing in the
    boondocks is NO FUN!)

    So, I figured a good way to fool 'em was to start the run out in the
    boonies where we usually started the run, then direct them right into
    the heart of the city to an island few mortals every land on, abandoned
    since the Civil War as it is of no use. It's right across the ship
    channel from the USS Yorktown (CV-10) WW2 naval museum...a beautiful
    view from the castle ruins. The bucket was, actually hidden away INSIDE
    the castle ruins, of course, and subsequent finders kept getting more
    and more devious hiding it in the rocks and crannies out there.

    It stumped them, completely, for nearly 2 weekends and 8 devious hint
    sheets requiring extensive South Carolina Historical knowledge
    compliments of The Confederate Museum of the Daughters of the
    Confederacy, located in the old city market on Market St at Meeting St.
    The little old ladies of the Confederacy were even MORE devious than I!
    My exwife is a real granddaughter of a Confederate soldier, so is a full
    member....meaning I was used many times as a Southern slave, a no-
    account husband and pack animal.

    So, you have a way to go geocaching with your inferior new toy with its
    very limited GPS capability once you're off the streets in the
    city.....limited, indeed!

    Oh, to be in Hotlanta and have STONE MOUNTAIN just sitting there waiting
    for a cache to be stowed ATOP IT BY THE BROADCAST TOWER! Almost too
    eaasy...(c;

    (I wonder if the lift car operators remember the hams from Charleston
    wearing long blonde wigs riding up Stone Mountain making the car swing
    from side to side between the bottom tower and the top tower? Hope
    they've forgotten us by now......drunken hams do crazy things.
    http://www.wa4usn.org/
    Click on Club History for the book. Look on page 5, charter member
    7...das me, March 1971 was the first meeting...page 6. On page 18,
    buried in the back so's less will notice, you'll see a little history of
    the club drinking and cavorting organization called The Eagles, the hard
    core who rode the cable car swaying in the wind to the top. Most Eagles
    are dead, now, of old age, not liver disease. To become an Eagle, one
    had to be able to drink the REST of the Eagles present under the table
    at a club outing, of which there were many, Eagles present and outings.
    Pig Roasting in a special cooker clandestinely made in the metal shops
    of the Charleston Naval Shipyard, where most of us worked, was our
    specialty. But, that's another story...(c




  3. #3
    Todd Allcock
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    Re: Geocaching with an iPhone 3G

    At 31 Jul 2008 14:51:21 -0700 [email protected] wrote:
    > iPhone 101: Geocaching with an iPhone 3G
    >
    > Posted Jul 19th 2008 8:00AM by Steven Sande
    >
    > The iPhone 3G is perfect for the hobby of Geochaching. Simple
    > instructions of how to get started are at this link
    >
    > http://www.tuaw.com/2008/07/19/iphon...-an-iphone-3g/



    Oh you kill me, Vic... You've really got to stop feeding me straightlines
    like this. This post isn't as good as the "how to use your iPhone as a 3G
    modem" post, but it's not bad...

    Here's some highlights from that post about how the iPhone "is perfect" for
    Geocaching...

    "One of the first things I looked for in the App Store was a geocaching
    application... Well, nothing is available yet. But don't let that stop
    you..."

    "Make sure you have an iPhone 3G. A regular iPhone or iPod touch will not
    work; you need the Assisted GPS capabilities of the iPhone 3G for this to
    work. If you don't, please stop reading. Go do something else..."

    "If you're looking this up on your Mac, you might want to print it to PDF
    and then email it to yourself for easy reference once you're in the field!"

    "What you want to do now is enter that latitude / longitude information
    into Google Maps -- that's the app that you're going to use to get to your
    cache. It would be nice if Apple had built copy/paste into the iPhone 2.0
    software so you could just drop that stuff into the proper slot in Google
    Maps, but noooooooo!"


    Look up the info on a website, or a document you had to e-mail to yourself,
    then manually retype the lat/lon into Google Maps? Yep- sounds "perfect..."

    Here's a few Windows Mobile geocaching apps iPhone developers can use as
    inspiration...

    http://handheld.softpedia.com/get/GP...ut-17295.shtml

    http://gpsmission.com/gps-mission/The-Game.htm

    http://www.visualgps.net/BeeLineGPS/

    http://www.pathaway.com/PWWinMobile.htm

    http://www.backcountrynavigator.com/content/view/14/1/






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