May 2nd, 2020
Saturday Lunch : 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm
20 Years of Geocaching !
On May 2nd 2000, the U.S. Government upgraded every GPSr in the world by flipping the Big Blue switch, and turning off Selective Availability !
Selective Availability is a built in program that adds intentional, time varying errors of up to 100 meters (328 ft) to the publicly available GPS navigation signals. This was designed to deny an enemy the use of civilian GPS receivers for precision weapon guidance. The amount of error was "set to zero" on May 2, 2000 following an announcement by U.S. President Bill Clinton, allowing users access to the error-free L1 signal. This change happened after the U.S. military developed a new system that provides the ability to deny GPS (and other navigation services) to hostile forces in a specific area of crisis without affecting the rest of the world or its own military systems.
The first "Geo-Stash" was hidden on May 3rd, 2000, by Dave Ulmer of Beavercreek, Oregon. The location was posted on the Usenet newsgroup sci.geo.satellite-nav, and by May 6, 2000, it had been found twice and logged once. According to Dave Ulmer's message, this cache was a black plastic bucket that was partially buried and contained software, videos, books, food, money, a slingshot and the infamous Can of Beans.
The Original Stash Tribute Plaque now sits at the original site.
To celebrate 20 years of Selective Availability and Geocaching, we have reserved seating in Joe Tomato's back party room. Everyone is welcome, and the room can hold up to 48 people, so please indicate the number in your group when you log your "Will Attend". Unfortunately, there is limited GPS reception in the restaurant, and as always, there will be no ladder climbing required.
This is definitely a high traffic area, but stealth is not required and we are all welcome, including your muggle friends and family. As well, there will be separate checks if you choose to order something from the menu. Our event is scheduled for 2 hours, but you are welcome to come or go whenever you need to.
We are planning a great time with talk and fun. We will discuss geocaching, swap stories, trade or discover Travel Bugs, Geocoins, Geotags, etc.
|List of people who will attend
The Happy Bee
THE TRIBAL DANCER
HISTORY OF THE FIRST GEOCACHES:
1. May 3. GCF-The Original Stash. Dave Ulmer created the Great American GPS Stash Hunt and placed a black bucket in the woods near Beaver Creek, Oregon, near Portland.
2. May 7. GC4-Mike's First
He posted coordinates of N 45° 17.460’ W122° 24.800’ on the Internet at sci.geo.satellite-nav.
3. May 7. GC5-Secret Lava Bed
4. May 8. GC10-Divine stash
5. May 9. GC6-Rivertracks
6. May 9. GC1C-LAX
7. May 11. GC30-Mingo
8. May 12. GC12-Brightwood, OR
9. May 12. GC45-Rotorua, New Zealand
10. May 13. GC28-Beverly
Sept. 2, 2000 - The Geocaching Dot Com website went live with the collection of the first 75 geocaches.
Here is a bookmark list of the first 100 geocaches.
Come join in our Geocaching Community Celebration.
See you there.
Community Celebration Events - 2020
This Event is part of a limited release of Community Celebration Events to celebrate 20 years of geocaching. Geocachers hosted events between May 2, 2020 and December 31, 2020. Learn more about Community Celebration Events on the Geocaching Blog.