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GSAK FUNdamentals - ANC

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Hidden : Thursday, 11 November 2010
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Geocache Description:

Meet fellow cachers and learn about GSAK FUNdamentals from experienced cachers on Thursday, November 11, beginning at 6:45 p.m., at the BP Energy Center, 900 E. Benson Blvd. (Click for map.)

Tonight's speakers are Michael Malvick (Ladybug Kids) and Victoria Noble (Blazingpathways), who have used Geocaching Swiss Army Knife (GSAK) extensively to plan caching trips locally and abroad.  Last month, they discussed Pocket Queries which provide the gpx files to upload into GSAK.  If you missed their Pocket Query class on October 14, you may download the materials from the GeocacheAlaska! Education webpage.  You will also gain more from this evening's course by downloading GSAK by following the link from the Geocaching Software webpage to your desktop computer and exploring it ahead of time. You may also download GSAK to a laptop and bring it to this session for the hands on exercises. A sample pocket query is posted here on the GeocacheAlaska! Education site for you to preload into GSAK so everyone will be working with the same database.   Note, GSAK is only PC compatible.

Additional advance reading may be found in the Groundspeak Knowledge Books

This evening's discussion will cover:

1)      What is GSAK?
a.       Functionalities – Purpose
b.      Link to download
c.       Free versus Paid version

2)      Overview of the main page
a.       icons
b.      drop downs
c.       entry allowed boxes

3)      Setting your view
a.       Full view
b.      Details only
c.       Online

4)      Setup of your GPS

5)      Creating a Database

6)      Loading waypoints
a.       Loc file
b.      Gpx file
c.       From your gps
d.      From Mapsource

7)      Setting your center point
a.       home location
b.      other (used for travel)

8)      Sorting your database
a.       direction
b.      cache type
c.       size
d.      name
e.       when updates
f.        etc.

9)      Sending Waypoints to your GPS

10)  Filtering
a.       Reasons to filter
b.      How to - Icon or Search filter
c.       Tabs
        i.   general
        ii.   dates
       iii.    other
       iv.    logs
d.      attributes
e.    how to save a filter
f.       how to use a saved filter 

11)  Exporting Files
a.       Create a gpx file
b.      Create a poi file
c.       to a gps
d.      to a palm

12)  Saving your database and creating backups/restore points

The event will be hosted in Anchorage and transmitted to remote locations in Wasilla, Valdez, and Soldotna via WebEx.  Please place a watch on this event page to stay appraised of the final details.  If you would like to host this presentation elsewhere in Alaska, please contact Education Committee Chair, Paul Miller.

Please arrive on time so upfront administrative details can be handled and announcements made, allowing the course content to start at 7:00 p.m. Adding a "Will Attend" log to this page will assure enough hard copy handouts are printed for the event participants. Also, please bring your favorite nonalcoholic beverage and favorite dessert to share with your fellow cachers.

There will be a free-will offering cache container at the event to help defray the costs of hosting these FUNdamentals events.

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