March 13th 2017

When I established the forums in 2005 it was to offer a more richer web experience and greater functionality than the platform where we started this social adventure in 2003, Yahoo Groups. The forums were once a busy hive of activity and provided locals and visitors with a wealth of information just like the Geocaching Ireland Discussion Group on Facebook today.

It was a time where we didn't have the many social media platforms we have today, and it was a different time in terms of mobility and technology. There was no instant access to information, no Google Maps and a very limited base map on your GPSr. Mobile connectivity for me was a 9600bps Infrared connection from a Nokia to a laptop and in later times to a PDA using WAP.

As we moved into the social media era so did our forums users. Geocaching Ireland moved there too, and we have a thriving community on the Geocaching Ireland Discussion Group on Facebook. As a result, forum activity isn't what it used to be and I have taken the decision to disable new registrations to the forums and to make the forums read only so any information there can still be accessed.

The discussion hasn't ended, it has just moved. Join us on the Facebook Geocaching Ireland Discussion Group .

Donnacha

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by DiamondDuo
Thu Aug 23, 2012 7:16 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New bing satellite imagery
Replies: 0
Views: 3680

New bing satellite imagery

Bing have released lots of new hires imagery for huge chunks of Ireland. About 70% is now covered using recent imagery - they plan to have 100% covered in another month or two.. Here's a pdf of coverage area: http://www.digitalglobe.com/downloads/coverage_maps/aoap/aoap_europe/AOAP_Europe_Map_Irelan...
by DiamondDuo
Wed Jul 06, 2011 1:06 pm
Forum: Specific Geocaching Topics
Topic: Geocaching - BBC Breakfast
Replies: 18
Views: 2190

Re: Geocaching - BBC Breakfast

Slightly off topic but what did we do in Dublin when the Queen visited?

Were there caches in the places she visited? Were they discovered during the security sweep or did the cache owners remove them beforehand?
by DiamondDuo
Thu May 19, 2011 9:42 am
Forum: Specific Geocaching Topics
Topic: Shiny new toy
Replies: 13
Views: 1347

Re: Shiny new toy

Doesn't look like a huge upgrade from the Oregon, I think jme and Bluejay shouldn't be too disappointed! Bigger screen, better camera, and can be recharged without taking batteries out. Can't really see anything else new? Only things new compared with Oregon I can find not already mentioned: 1) Can...
by DiamondDuo
Mon Feb 07, 2011 3:19 pm
Forum: Specific Geocaching Topics
Topic: Google Coordinates
Replies: 5
Views: 556

Re: Google Coordinates

If you click on the Labs icon (beaker) on top right hand side of the map you can enable the 'LatLng Tooltip'

When you press shift the LatLon in decimal degrees will be displayed.
by DiamondDuo
Wed Dec 08, 2010 10:51 am
Forum: Specific Geocaching Topics
Topic: opencaching.com site launched
Replies: 27
Views: 1737

Re: opencaching.com site launched

Call me thick, but does this mean that the same cache can be listed on both geocaching.com and opencaching.com ? I believe so. You should only upload your own caches to opencaching.com though. Who knows how this will pan out..... more info: http://www.gpsfix.net/garmins-opencachingcom/ http://itsno...
by DiamondDuo
Fri Sep 10, 2010 9:34 am
Forum: Tech Support
Topic: Irish Post codes?
Replies: 5
Views: 815

Re: Irish Post codes?

Yes, I believe LOC8 and PON are the same thing, at least they share the same website (irishpostcodes.ie I think). I played around with it a bit, and it seems pretty good if others start using it. My Garmin can't use them though - only newer Garmin models work. PON is deprecated and has been replace...
by DiamondDuo
Tue Aug 31, 2010 12:28 pm
Forum: Recommended Retailers
Topic: Rechargeable Batteries
Replies: 12
Views: 4710

Re: Rechargeable Batteries

I get my low-discharge batteries here:

http://component-shop.co.uk/html/body_instant.html

Much cheaper. In fact, I get the Vapex Instant which are even cheaper than the Eneloops.
by DiamondDuo
Thu Aug 26, 2010 2:27 pm
Forum: Tech Support
Topic: OSI Public Viewer
Replies: 7
Views: 1874

Re: OSI Public Viewer

The OSI mapviewer is displaying the co-ords using Irish Transverse Mercator Grid (ITM)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_Transverse_Mercator

I find this converter useful:

http://www.fieldenmaps.info/cconv/cconv_ie.html
by DiamondDuo
Thu May 20, 2010 3:49 pm
Forum: Recommended Retailers
Topic: New Oregon GPSr
Replies: 20
Views: 6573

Re: New Oregon GPSr

I recon the camera will come in handy when taking photos of found caches - as it records the coordinates where the photo was taken This is Geotagging. If you do not have this feature on your GPS, it works very successfully if the time in your phone/camera is the same as your GPSr. The timestamps in...
by DiamondDuo
Wed May 19, 2010 12:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Openstreetmap on the radio and mapping party today (May19)
Replies: 0
Views: 1007

Openstreetmap on the radio and mapping party today (May19)

As part of Digitise The Nation Week there will be an Openstreetmap Dublin mapping party and introductory session today (Wed 19th May) at the Bleeding Horse from 18:00->21:00. Details here: http://bit.ly/aE48ly Also, a member of the Openstreetmap community will be on Phantom 105.2 at 16:00 discussing...
by DiamondDuo
Fri May 14, 2010 12:08 pm
Forum: Tech Support
Topic: Over Compressed
Replies: 13
Views: 1266

Re: Over Compressed

When I ran a Bit Defender virus check it told me that I had "12 over compressed items". It stated that this did not present a threat at present. What does this mean? Should I do anything to resolve the issue and how. Remember keep it simple! It could be a zip bomb: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deco...
by DiamondDuo
Fri May 14, 2010 11:29 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Oregon 550 for sale....er maybe
Replies: 5
Views: 855

Re: Oregon 550 for sale....er maybe

dino wrote:Any word on price?
From garmin press release:

Manufacturer’s suggested retail prices are as follows: $549.99 for GPSMAP 78sc, $449.99 for GPSMAP 78s, and $349.99 for GPSMAP 78. The 78 series is expected to be available in May, 2010
by DiamondDuo
Fri May 14, 2010 11:16 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Oregon 550 for sale....er maybe
Replies: 5
Views: 855

Re: Oregon 550 for sale....er maybe

If the cache limit is 5,000 and a different chipset is being used, I would be very tempted to change over. Gpsfix has looked at the FCC docs and it still looks like it is using the Cartesio which while as accurate or better than 60csx it still has problems holding WAAS. http://www.gpsfix.net/garmin...
by DiamondDuo
Tue May 11, 2010 2:56 pm
Forum: Tech Support
Topic: Problem with "How To - Get Every Cache In Ireland using PQs"
Replies: 58
Views: 5501

Re: Problem with "How To - Get Every Cache In Ireland using PQs"

It'll be the Non-Traditional one. I haven't done anything with these at the minute as I'm waiting to see what happens with GSAK and the new version PQs for >500 results (you have to download them instead of getting them as an attachment). How do you load them into GSAK? Could be a while before GSAK...
by DiamondDuo
Tue May 04, 2010 2:12 pm
Forum: Tech Support
Topic: GC planning to increase PQ limit from 500 to 1000 on May 2
Replies: 24
Views: 1489

Re: GC planning to increase PQ limit from 500 to 1000 on May 2

Looks like this went live. http://forums.groundspeak.com/GC/index.php?s=&showtopic=248233 However: * If you change nothing about the way you use PQs you will not be affected by this change * PQs requesting between 501-1000 caches will be available as a file download only, although we will still noti...
by DiamondDuo
Wed Mar 10, 2010 2:15 pm
Forum: Tech Support
Topic: GC planning to increase PQ limit from 500 to 1000 on May 2
Replies: 24
Views: 1489

Re: GC planning to increase PQ limit from 500 to 1000 on May 2

The 550 has issues (as I'm sure other devices do too) with file sizes in and around 8-12MB ... the caches just vanish from the map and take an absolute age to return - sometimes they just don't. Has anyone else come across this behaviour?! This happened to me when I exported the AllIreland.gpx file...
by DiamondDuo
Tue Mar 09, 2010 10:26 am
Forum: Tech Support
Topic: GC planning to increase PQ limit from 500 to 1000 on May 2
Replies: 24
Views: 1489

GC planning to increase PQ limit from 500 to 1000 on May 2

Looks like GC will increase PQ limit from 500 to 1000 on May 2, 2010. Yay! "we'll be focusing on increasing the capabilities over this next weekend to ensure this never, ever happens again. By increasing this capacity we'll also be prepared to offer Pocket Queries with 1,000 results instead of 500. ...
by DiamondDuo
Fri Feb 19, 2010 10:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Garmin Custom Maps
Replies: 9
Views: 1021

Re: Garmin Custom Maps

MadraRua wrote:but this 1MP limit is really annoying

Each image/tile has a 1MP limit but you can have up to 100 tiles. For maps I've made up that's enough to cover half of Wicklow.
by DiamondDuo
Thu Jan 28, 2010 2:42 pm
Forum: Tech Support
Topic: google earth circle
Replies: 4
Views: 645

Re: google earth circle

Quick google for "kml create circle" gave this as first hit....

Tried it and it works. Pretty neat.

http://dev.bt23.org/keyhole/circlegen/


When you view it in google earth, the circle will appear oval. Dont worry, this is correct