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Hidden : Saturday, June 23, 2007
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Come one, come all! A group of gurus - Cheesy Pigs, CraigRat, dak's Emu Mob, TeamSwampy, and myself - will be making brief presentations on a variety of goecaching related topics. There will also be other information, including a Travel Bug and Coin swap table with 'trackable item' gurus to make certain you know how to log these!

So if you would like to know more about supporting technology, get some advice, give some advice, or just come along for a good ol' chin wag with other cachers this event is for you. The evening will be useful to cachers that have gotten started but might know have some questions on how to take this obsession to a new level. Complete beginners are of course welcome, and I'm certain plenty of the 'old hands' will attend as well to swap tales.

Where: UPSTAIRS at the listed co-ordinates (the New Sydney Hotel). Please RSVP so we can give the New Sydney accurate numbers (and justify getting the whole upstairs!)

When: Saturday, 23 June from 6 pm

What: Topics being covered include using Geocaching Swiss Army Knife (GSAK - well known and regarded software to store and manage cache listing information), OziExplorer (mapping software), using PDAs for maps and cache listings, Geocaching Australia (a tour around the facilities!), obtaining accurate coordinates, and general information such as container and swap choice.

Our aim is to present briefly on a variety of topics, then afterwards eat some food, drink some beverages, and have a chat. All gurus are happy to answer questions, and there are sure to be other experienced cachers there as well.

Profiles of the 'gurus' are listed below so you know who to go to if you have specific questions regarding GPSrs, caching software, mapping software, caching trips, PDAs or handheld computers, etc.

A note regarding wheelchair accessibility: This is being held upstairs at the hotel, but if there are any wheelies who would like to attend just let me know and I’ll contact the New Sydney to see if any arrangements can be made.

Cheesy Pigs
GPSr: Garmin Geko 101, Garmin Geko 201
Software: GSAK & Ozi Explorer
Paperless: CacheMate on PDA, Ozi Explorer CE, moving maps
Based in: Hobart
Cached in: Tasmania, Sydney, NSW Central Coast
Other: Interested in extended caching trips and maximising the amount of caches found per day (super-sizing the caching experience!).

GPSr: Garmin Geko 201, Navman PiN
Software: GSAK, Ozi Explorer, Maprequest
Paperless?: GPX Sonar and Ozi CE on Navman
Based in: Launceston
Cached in: Tasmania, NSW, QLD, VIC,NZ (North Island)
Other: Uber Geek, Volunteer Developer for Geocaching Australia, Currently developing Linux based Cache Management software (yet to be named)

dak's Emu Mob
GPSr: Magellan eXplorist 600 (I also have a couple of Garmins)
Software: GSAK, MapSend with DiscoverAus, OziExplorer, TomTom
Paperless?: GSAK-generated HTML on PDA (I use an iPAQ PocketPC). I connect my GPSr to my laptop to use moving maps caching assaults in rural areas. I also sometimes use a Bluetooth GPSr with OziExplorer for moving map on my iPAQ.
Based in: Melbourne
Cached in: VIC, QLD, WA, NSW, ACT, SA, TAS, USA (CA, FL, MA), Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Netherlands, People's Republic of China, France, New Zealand
Other: I've been keen on technology ever since I bought my first computer in 1983. The technological aspect of geocaching is a major attraction for me.

GPSr: eTrex Vista and a Uniden GPSr based camera / blackspot / city / POI indicator thingy
Software: GSAK & OziExplorer
Paperless?: CacheMate on PDA (I use a Palm Zire 31), Moving maps on laptop, other mobile solutions?
Based in: Hobart
Cached in: Tasmania, Adelaide and a couple of finds in Vic and ACT.
Other: I'm not a geek. I'm NOT an ubergeek either.

GPSr: Garmin eTrex Legend C (started with a Magellan Meridian Gold)
Software: GSAK & MapSource with Aus Metroguide, Contours, and Tracks4Australia
Paperless?: CacheMate on PDA (I use a Ziare 21 or Sony Clie) I have a mapping GPSr, but occasionally connect GPSr to laptop to use moving maps
Based in: Hobart
Cached in: Tasmania, Melbourne, USA (CA, AZ, CO, NM, UT, NV), Peru, Easter Island, and DNFs on Tahiti and Pitcairn Island
Other: I'm not much of a geek, which sometimes makes me good at talking to non-geeks looking for a basic paperless setup or strategies for caching trips.

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