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Re: Wrong stamp in box...Solutions?
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #978316 by Wise Wanderer
Aug 12, 2019 8:55pm
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There's a boxer named Christian's Christian on AQ.

They haven't had any logged finds in almost a decade, and nothing even remotely close to that box, so... highly unlikely to be them. Nice sleuthing, though! It seemed, based on the info you had, to be a good possibility.
Re: As a LTC tracker hostess, I appreciate...
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #978311 by Jaybirders
Aug 12, 2019 9:01pm
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Oops! Sorry... (you are talking to me😯)
Thanks for the heads up 👍
Re: Letterboxes on Interstate/Highway Search
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #978300 by PI Joe
Aug 12, 2019 10:05pm
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The problem seems to be that custom locations are treated as mystery locations as the software geocoder does not know where a specific long/lat is located in the human world, as crazy as that sounds. I noticed that I had several boxes listed as mystery boxes because I used custom coordinates as the location instead of a street address and city name. changing the location in the clues to the nearest town and state actually helped get the boxes to show up in the right searches.

Actually you just need to edit the custom location. I have done this about 10,000 times (or more; Ryan would have to run a query to see my total number of custom locations).

Basically, save the coordinates as 50.655251, -3.977487 then click the pencil then 'Edit Custom Location'. MOST of the time AQ will then successfully look up the city/state information. If not, do it manually.

In either case, you now have a letterbox listed as 50.655251 -3.977487, Okehampton, Devon, England, United Kingdom so it will show up in a search correctly.

The problem is that you first have to ADD the coordinates to the AQ database. Then it will try to match the AQ entry to the online ones. AQ isn't capable of doing both at the same time.
Re: Wrong stamp in box...Solutions?
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #978290 by Mama Dee
Aug 13, 2019 12:47am
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Did you reach out to Birdwell? They might have done a little digging, too. https://www.atlasquest.com/showinfo.php?boxId=255065
Re: Postal Mystery??
Board: Postals
Reply to: #978245 by IrishRef
Aug 13, 2019 4:07am
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Expect clue 1 on Sunday.
A few openings
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Aug 13, 2019 4:15am
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There's still time to join this Shakespeare-themed swap!
Re: Visiting in October
Board: State: New York
Reply to: #978298 by Intrinsically Knotted
Aug 13, 2019 8:21am
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I signed us up!

Team JiffyRacer
Re: Postal Mystery??
Board: Postals
Reply to: #978245 by IrishRef
Aug 13, 2019 9:41am
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I never have, so I'd love to give it a shot!
Re: Congrats!
Board: State: Missouri
Reply to: #978256 by Kiss'n Karin
Aug 13, 2019 10:22am
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It was a fun series to create and of course working with the multi talented aMAZEing adventure frog is always a good time. Thanks all who have searched for the boxes at Bellefontaine Cemetery and all the nice comments.
Re: Postal Mystery??
Board: Postals
Reply to: #978328 by PSMH
Aug 13, 2019 11:11am
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Watch for a post on this board Sunday It will have instructions and clue 1.
Re: NY Times Article on Rhode Island
Board: State: Rhode Island
Reply to: #978304 by Warrior Woman
Aug 13, 2019 1:26pm
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Agreed! I like having the beaches quiet here! :)
Anniversaries
Board: State: Michigan
Aug 13, 2019 5:34pm
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Wow!! All these anniversaries today! Happy cake day Silver Eagle in Texas, TJ Mich, Plymouth Seekers, and BigRed!!
Re: LTC retreat
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #978301 by Linden Leaf
Aug 13, 2019 5:40pm
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If only I lived closer!
Red Fox
Board: Off Topic, Wildly
Aug 13, 2019 9:24pm
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Tonight, on my way home in the dark, a red fox ran across the road in front of me. I have never seen one around home before, and this one was less than two miles from my home.

I am celebrating one of the little joys in life.
Re: Bar Harbor visit
Board: State: Maine
Reply to: #977225 by BinoBoxer
Aug 13, 2019 9:48pm
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I recommend either Bar Harbor Lobster Company, or Peekytoe Provisions for a lobster roll. Both can be reached on foot - take the Shore Path for nice views. Stewman’s Lobster Pound is also popular if you want somewhere right close to the cruise ship.

There are a few boxes right in the downtown area that you can walk to. 😊
Re: Red Fox
Board: Off Topic, Wildly
Reply to: #978336 by Oberon_Kenobi
Aug 13, 2019 10:13pm
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A couple of weeks ago, we had a fox run across the road in front of us -- five times in a row! Seemed every evening as we came home, he'd dash out of the bushes and cross the road in front of us. Then we'd roll down the window and talk to him while he sat 10 yards away and looked at us. Five times in a row. We missed him when he didn't show up on the sixth time.
Re: LTC retreat
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #978334 by condo
Aug 13, 2019 10:17pm
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That's why I'm hosting one here :-) ...traveling is too hard for me right now.
Re: Bar Harbor visit
Board: State: Maine
Reply to: #977225 by BinoBoxer
Aug 14, 2019 4:07am
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Nature girl is there right now.... and you already know her!
Re: August box of month is here
Board: State: Minnesota
Reply to: #977974 by tie dye sue
Aug 14, 2019 5:08am
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*Update - figured it out.*

Um, where do i find the clue? I tried looking at your logbook under Box of the Month. I'll be in town through the weekend for my daughter's surgery - looking for some fun stuff to do.
Re: Red Fox
Board: Off Topic, Wildly
Reply to: #978336 by Oberon_Kenobi
Aug 14, 2019 5:22am
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My daughter saw one under her bird/squirrel feeder late one night.
Re: Red Fox
Board: Off Topic, Wildly
Reply to: #978336 by Oberon_Kenobi
Aug 14, 2019 7:15am
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I am celebrating one of the little joys in life.

Those are the best kind. I live in town in Visalia, CA but across the street is a ponding basin where, inexplicably, a fox lives. I’ve seen him (her?) on our property a couple of times.

But here’s my favorite red fox story...
I used to live in Taos NM. One day I was hiking in the nearby mountains. I was hiking off trail and I had just spent a couple of hours hiking to the top of a ridge. I found a nice log to set on for lunch and got everything out of my pack and started eating. I had been there for about 10 minutes enjoying the views before I noticed a red fox curled up, watching me about 15 feet away. He only moved away after he noticed me noticing him.
printing maps
Board: OpenStreetMap
Aug 14, 2019 7:29am
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I was able to print OSM in the past but not now. Is it still possible. Could it have anything to do with the recent Windows 10 update? I find several things have changed with that update.
Re: printing maps
Board: OpenStreetMap
Reply to: #978350 by Sagacorn
Aug 14, 2019 8:01am
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Up front: I have never tried printing OSM maps...

What I do.. is use screen captures / shots whatever you call it... CTRL Prt Sc on my computer... and then save that in MS Paint or what have you... after that you can edit the image to fit your need... sometimes a section for a day trip / box hunt... on paper... or if you don't have a smart phone like me.. I store the image in a digital camera for field reference... be it an OSM map or an air photo... Of course you can do the same with a smart phone or anything that you can stick a USB stick into for images...

I guess that someday I might break down and get a phone someday... and I mean phone... been without since 2005 and haven't missed it... use a friends when I need to but don't overdo it. Might get a simple cellular radiotelephone though... now over 70 and it gets really lonely out there in the bush when you think you are in trouble... just saying...

But overall, it is an interesting point... did something change... and at what point.
At OSM, at your point of contact , software and so forth... so I'll be looking at that.
Re: printing maps
Board: OpenStreetMap
Reply to: #978350 by Sagacorn
Aug 14, 2019 8:33am
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OSM?
Re: printing maps
Board: OpenStreetMap
Reply to: #978352 by SherlockMiles
Aug 14, 2019 11:42am
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OSM... like in the board and group Name... OpenStreetMap.

This is an open mapping site where people can add to and enter new plots of information to the map database... some you can use and some you don't need but someone else might like it...

Putting it in is fairly easy, but sometimes getting it out is hard... hah!

In this case the OP wants to print the map they see... but they say that the print is not working... I mentioned one way to get it if they can see it on screen... but agree that direct to printer sounds better... I have not tried and my printer is down...

I also asked if they could say where exactly they were trying to print from...
the OSM site, some other map source or just from their computer... that would help see the problem... but.. til then.

They really do make nice maps... but remember that the system allows people to create their own using the data... I get maps from one site... for use in my GPS... which is getting old... the problem I run into is that their maps have way to much data from the site that I cannot see or use in my GPS but that is my problem... and one reason why I only input really basic stuff into the database and let someone else edit my entries... which I can often not see the results...
which is sad... but it's my GPS limits not the map's...
Re: printing maps
Board: OpenStreetMap
Reply to: #978353 by 7rxc
Aug 14, 2019 1:42pm
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I was curious and googled and joined. I put several real addresses into the search and got no results found?

I use google maps but I was curious about this one.
Re: printing maps
Board: OpenStreetMap
Reply to: #978350 by Sagacorn
Aug 14, 2019 1:55pm
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OpenStreetMaps is all about editing the database, not about actually making any use of it. For using the maps, they offer a listing of various applications:

https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Using_OpenStreetMap#Ready-made_online_maps

On my phone, I use MAPS.ME which allows me to save state maps on the SD card and therefore not have to download data every time I want to use it. This is helpful out in the woods where I can't get reception.

Here's something funny: Google Maps is very strict about unlicensed use of their map data, but OpenStreetMaps is very clear that anyone is free to use theirs. People who look stuff up on Google Maps in order to edit OSM are likely to get in trouble, and if OSM hears about it they will delete those updates. But Google Maps clearly uses OSM data in their maps! I've entered stuff before to have it not only appear on OSM maps but appear on Google Maps as well.

They're both useful. Google Maps even includes property lines in some areas, which is great when you're off-road.
Re: printing maps
Board: OpenStreetMap
Reply to: #978350 by Sagacorn
Aug 14, 2019 5:00pm
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Like 7, I’ve not tried to print them but also like 7 I just take a screen shot and print that. Much easier for me and I can adjust the contrast in PS and get a better map if I choose.
Re: printing maps
Board: OpenStreetMap
Reply to: #978353 by 7rxc
Aug 14, 2019 5:23pm
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To answer 7's question......I'm trying to print from my computer. I can print by grabbing a snip and them Print from file but it only prints a very small part of the page. I've tried landscape and portrait w/o any more success.
I don't use my phone for this stuff I'm of the 'using paper maps' age. I can plot my lb'ing route easier that way. Thanks to all for any help.
Re: printing maps
Board: OpenStreetMap
Reply to: #978358 by Sagacorn
Aug 14, 2019 8:52pm
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I was poking around over there this afternoon while having lunch...
for the direct site, it was just about as I said..., cut out and print elsewhere...
They did have some stuff in the Using Maps Wiki... I have to go back in for the names, but there seems to be a few programs that can handle files exported from OSM (see Export) and print them... One advantage of that might be size... in the Export function you can set geodetic style boundaries... and tell it to export. Then you take that file into the other software and print away... but a bit much to digest at the same time as gulping down food... and drink...

I'll still try to do one... using my method... I got one file saved as a PNG image... and will play with it... that is screenshot from OSM site. but really pale... which is a complaint many had... and no way to change it... for printing... thus the outside programs... After I do some rough playing with this one for results visually, I will grab a few more and try joining them up with some to the north of the first...
using an image editor...

The big problem is seeing names and such... paper doesn't zoom in and out like images do... that led to my using the camera or cell phone method... just get them to the size you need and in the device... I often have an area shot for getting to the area... then a closer image of the area... and then a zoomed shot for the close in trails... and when I know how to get there, I do a matching 'satellite' shot that may or not be... I prefer the term ground photo... but it doesn' matter.. except for the final approach but seeing landmarks is handy...

Good luck

Oh! I don't mind 7 for brevity... but the trail name is 7rxc... it's the last part of my HAM callsign... VE7RXC which I cut down for brevity... hah! From BC Canada.