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CIGA logo to use on your cache pages

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<p><b><font color="red"><span><a href="http://www.CIGAcache.org/" target="_blank"><img border="0" alt="Link to CIGA" src="http://img.geocaching.com/cache/6e406db1-451f-4413-a8a7-969ca7d57e75.jpg" width="478" height="246" /><br />
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CIGA Facebook logo to use on your cache pages.

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CIGA on Facebook

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<p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/CentralIllinoisGeocachersAssociation/"><font size="+1"><img alt="Facebook Group" src="http://imgcdn.geocaching.com/cache/2f5f5b40-3408-4536-ac28-ccb82c4b8c35.png?rnd=0.8127209" style="height:80px;width:80px;" /><br />CIGA on Facebook</font></a></p>


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Getting Started in geocaching
For an explanation of what it is and what to do, here is a link to Geocaching 101.

Getting started for free
1.  Sign up for the free membership in geocaching.com.  Decide later about the premium features.
2.  Using a smart phone, download the free app (Android or iOS) from geocaching.comThere are other free and paid apps, but this is just for starters.
3.  Start searching with a friendThe first few can be hard until you get the pattern.

GPSr Review
Here is a write up of various GPS receivers for geocaching - entry level to full featured.
Here is another review, this time with ratings.   CIGA does not endorse any brand or model.

Garmin no longer supports the popular 60CSX, in its day, the definitive geocaching device  The successor models are the 62s and more recently 64s.  

Entry level hand held receivers
Hand held GPS receivers are more accurate than smart phones and are more durable.  For all day use, hand helds are better.  Prices for GPSrs vary depending upon functionality.  Some cachers like to go beyond entry level.  Advances in technology have made entry level devices much more appealing, especially for people who are sensitive to cost.
Garmin is the most popular brand.  Magellan is second with a strong following.  DIsclaimer:  CIGA does not endorse any brand or model.  

Common differences to consider are screens, button design and internal memory.  The eTrex 10 and Triton 300 do not have an SD expansion slot.

Here are prices buying new on Amazon as of July, 2018, excluding taxes and shipping.  You may be able to get better prices through other searches.
Garmin eTrex 10 ($85.51, list $119.19), gray screens
Garmin eTrex 20x ($151.61, list $199.99), color screens
Magellan Triton 300 ($88.95), color screens
Magellan eXplorist 310 ($179.95), color screens

For comparison, the Garmin 64s GPSMAP is $216.87.

MAPS
The standard map that comes with a device is adequate but not detailed.  Buying detailed maps, such as streets and topo, from the manufacturer is expensive.  There are free maps,  for Garmin GPSFIleDepot.com, for Magellan, maps4me.net/

For Garmin users, the map site has a detailed street map.  Use Garmin's free BaseCamp to install the map into the device's memory.  For extra maps. like topo and trails, insert a micro SD card.  A memory size of 8 gig may be enough , although a 32 gig card costs about the same.  For Garmin, copy the maps into a folder on the card called Garmin (with a capital G).  In the device's system menu, select maps and enable or disable the maps.


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