Meet us at the coordinates (use your GPS) from 3:00pm - 4:00pm and join the celebration!
The Flip of the Blue Switch...
With the Flip of a Switch, Geocaching Is Born In 1996 President Bill Clinton penned Presidential Decision Directive NSTC-6, America’s GPS policy. One of the policy's goals was to incorporate the use of GPS in “peaceful civil, commercial, and scientific applications worldwide.” As a result of this directive, President Clinton ordered the Defense Department to turn off Selective Availability - the jamming signal that prevented recreational users from pinpoint accuracy - on May 1, 2000. The announcement was made via a White House news release: “Today, I am pleased to announce that the United States will stop the intentional degradation of the GPS signals available to the public beginning at midnight tonight. . . . This will mean that civilian users of GPS will be able to pinpoint locations up to ten times more accurately than they do now.” Quite literally with a flip of a switch, GPS users saw higher position accuracy and improved speed or velocity of tracking. Portable GPS units could lock in on a target within 5 to 10 meters. “The decision to discontinue Selective Availability is the latest measure in an ongoing effort to make GPS more responsive to civil and commercial users worldwide,"wrote Clinton. "This Increase in accuracy will allow new GPS applications to emerge and continue to enhance the lives of people around the world." And, oh how it did
Parking available along Van Dyke Rd and at the Settlers Park Lot. There will be a raffle and prizes!!!
If you are unable to attend, GONIL is celebrating the placement of the first Geocache on Sunday, May 3rd from 1-2pm at 15 Years - A Celebration