View Full Version : We've been away for a while



attroll
04-20-2008, 02:41 PM
As some of you might know Tink and I have been away from the caching scene for a while now. We have attended events but have not actually been doing any real caching for almost two years now.

We are no perking up our interest in doing it again but since we have been away from it for so long I have forgotten how to do some things.

I have GSAK 7 and have some queries setup on GC but I have some questions about the queries.

Do you still have to limit your queries on GC to 500 per query or has that changed? Do I need to build several queries just like I use to to get the whole state of Maine? If I do could someone refresh me as to how to best do that?

Mainiac1957
04-20-2008, 03:24 PM
Yes, GC still limits us to 500 caches. You can do your PQ's by date(like I do) or by area. Doing it by area you may get overlap. Doing it by date is a trial and error thing. Start with the oldest cache in Maine date which is Jan 2,2001. Then you have to play with the dates from there so you don't go over 500. So if the end date on a query is June 30, 2006 then the next query would start at July 1,2006. The one thing you need to remember is to put the end date of your last one far enough out so you get new caches. Right now for instance my last query end date is set to Dec 31,2008. I will have to move it out as we get close to the end of the year. If you need more then just give me a call. I assume you still have my number.

attroll
04-20-2008, 06:54 PM
Thanks Brad. I remember it being like that I was just hoping it increased, O well.
So I need to start Jan 2, 2001 for my first search of 500 caches. Does anyone know what dates it should be to get all the increments of 500?

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Haffy
04-20-2008, 07:10 PM
You have to figure that out yourself because everyone has found more or less caches than the next person. Just do a preview before sending it that way you can play with the dates to get you as close to the 500 pq limit as possible.

Remember Brdad has this topic to help us out.....

http://www.geocachingmaine.org/forum/showthread.php?t=2260&highlight=Pocket+Query

DON"T FORGET TO USE THAT SEARCH FEATURE THAT YOU CREATED FOR US ALL..........[;]

team teebow
04-20-2008, 07:33 PM
See what happens when you WIN a $300.00 GPS just for attending a CITO event!!!!

Team Teebow :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D

team teebow
04-20-2008, 07:42 PM
Rick,

To get all of the caches on PQ's it will take 6 PQ's now. I just adjusted my dates and I end up spreading it out across two days.

01/01/01 - 06/10/05 - 491 caches
06/11/05 - 06/16/06 - 494 caches
06/17/06 - 12/10/60 - 491 caches
12/11/06 - 07/21/07 - 494 caches
07/22/07 - 03/31/08 - 495 caches
04/01/08 - 12/31/09 - 79 caches

These dates and numbers were as of Saturday.

Tom T

attroll
04-20-2008, 11:04 PM
Rick,

To get all of the caches on PQ's it will take 6 PQ's now. I just adjusted my dates and I end up spreading it out across two days.

01/01/01 - 06/10/05 - 491 caches
06/11/05 - 06/16/06 - 494 caches
06/17/06 - 12/10/60 - 491 caches
12/11/06 - 07/21/07 - 494 caches
07/22/07 - 03/31/08 - 495 caches
04/01/08 - 12/31/09 - 79 caches

These dates and numbers were as of Saturday.

Tom T
Thanks Tom

The next question for you Tom is how do you run 6 queries? You are only allowed to run 5 queries a day. Do you spread it out over a few days?

team teebow
04-21-2008, 09:50 AM
I do three a day that way if I need to do a quick PQ I still have 2 more to use up.

TT

Haffy
04-21-2008, 04:47 PM
That's fine to both of you guys but you have to remember that like I said in the earlier post not everyone has the same number of finds and your unfound caches will be different in each set of circumstances so the dates will be different according to the number of finds you have and unfound caches as well. The more finds you have then the less PQ's it will take to get them all for the whole state.

Haffy
04-21-2008, 04:48 PM
Also you have to remember that you can get your ALL FINDS PQ once each week.

Team2hunt
04-21-2008, 06:22 PM
I need to run 4 pocket queries to get all of the unfound caches, in Maine. I have it spread over 4 days with the latest Maine PQ running every 3 days. I don't want to miss any of them. Since I travel I also need NH and Vermont. That takes 14 PQ's per week.

Run the PQ's during the week so that it is updated before the weekend.

And don't forget to weed out the disabled ones. Check the " Last GPX " column and delete any that have an odd date. These are the ones that have been disabled or archived. We wouldn't want you out there looking for caches that no longer existed. Bushwacking all over the place with Tink. :p

attroll
04-22-2008, 02:05 AM
That's fine to both of you guys but you have to remember that like I said in the earlier post not everyone has the same number of finds and your unfound caches will be different in each set of circumstances so the dates will be different according to the number of finds you have and unfound caches as well. The more finds you have then the less PQ's it will take to get them all for the whole state.
True Haffy. When I do my queries I get all caches whether I have found them, are mine, or what ever. I get them all. Then I use the filter on GSAK to pick out the ones I want. I was assuming that most people did this same thing.

Haffy
04-22-2008, 04:59 PM
Well for me why would I want to include my found caches in my query when I can get them all in one query once a week? That's just the way I do it anyway. Maybe others do it the way you do too but for me I don't PQ my found or owned caches,hey whatever works for you.