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									GSAK Corner
On The Road #2
 Richard Thompson
 Mr Glonch of Glonch’sPride
 July 28, 2009
GSAK Corner On The Road #1
                           Welcome to all!
The main topic for this event is how to use GSAK, along with PQs, to manage
   the caches you'd like to find!

There are many ways to do the concepts that I present here – I have just found
   this works best for me and though that it might help others.

I am not affiliated with any of the companies represented in this presentation.

   1. Have fun
   3. Don’t hesitate to contact me via my email, with
   any follow up questions that you may have after the event.
Pocket Queries
• Overview
   •   A Pocket Query (PQ) is used to search the
       database of active and inactive caches.
        • Must be a premium member of to run PQs
        • They might also contain child waypoints
              • Child waypoints are trailheads, parking coordinates, etc
   •   There are many types of search criteria:
        • Type of cache (Traditional, Multi, Puzzle, etc)
        • Difficulty / Terrain of cache
        • Location of cache, based upon:
              •   Home Coordinates
              •   State
              •   Radius
              •   Etc
        • And many others
   •   Limitations (as of Jun 2009):
        •   Max 500 Caches per PQ
        •   Max 5 PQs downloaded per day
        •   Max 40 PQs per user
        •   Using GSAK with PQs, these limitations are eliminated!
•   Overview
    •   GSAK is the all in one Geocaching and waypoint management tool.
    •   Major features include:
         •   Multiple databases
         •   Distance/direction from other waypoints (including caches, locations, post codes)
         •   Sending/receiving waypoints to GPSr
         •   PDA output (including CacheMate support)
         •   Extensive searching
         •   Extensive Macro language (Don’t be scared, many have made macros for free)
         •   Backup and Restore
         •   and much more!
         •   GSAK only runs on Windows operating systems (98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, Vista)
    •   Licensing is very generous:
         • You can use GSAK for free, but after 21 days, a nag screen will come up on
           program startup (no reduction on functionality though)
         • $25 for Major releases (6.x, 7.x, etc) - No charge for minor updates .1, .23, etc…
         • You can install on multiple computers and use with multiple GPSrs that you own
           with one license
               •   All settings, databases, etc can be moved between computers without any problems.
    •   Two files that you must download if you do get GSAK:
GSAK Polygon/Line Tool
• Overview
  •   Great tool for 'dialing' in your search areas
  •   Access the tool at:
  •   Or
       • In GSAK go to: Tools → GSAK polygon/line drawing tool
Pocket Queries - Overview
• There are many ways to run a PQ…
   • Radius
   • Zip Code
   • Date Placed
       • Restrict to state
       • Restrict to radius
   • Many others…

• We are going to talk about Date Placed PQs in this event!
   • Date based PQs tend to be the most efficient way to get the
     most from your PQs.
PQs – Date Placed Based
• First decision is to base the PQ on:
    • Radius or State?
• Radius based is great if you don’t care about the states you
  might get in the PQ or your caching area is easily done in a
• State based works well if you want to get all the caches
  within a state… (Becoming harder to do with NH and other
• Commentary: Hope will expand its limits on
  PQs soon!
   PQs – Date Placed Based
It’s a little trial and error to ‘dial it in’… Around 490 is best!
       • From Jan 1, 2000 to Jan 1, 2007

                                               Too Much
       • From Jan 1, 2000 to Jan 1, 2006

                                               Too Little

       • From Jan 1, 2000 to Oct 1, 2006

                                               Just Right
   The next PQ will start on Oct 2, 2006…
   Be sure to copy the PQ by clicking on the          icon
PQs – Date Placed Based
• You will eventually end up with PQs with dates like this:

• For those that want to know, this was created with a GSAK
  macro called PlacedPQ – get it at:
Pocket Queries: Structure
• Create your query
   •   Name of query
   •   Which days to run
   •   # of caches to return in query (500 always!)
   •   Type
   •   Active/Inactive
   •   Difficulty
   •   Terrain
   •   Restrict to state (NH)?
   •   Starting Coordinates (if needed and distance of radius)
Pocket Queries: Starting Out
• To get to the Pocket Query screen:
   •   Get to your account screen
   •   On the right hand side, half way down,
   •   click Build Pocket Queries
Pocket Queries: Part 1
• Query Name
   •   What you want
        • Think about keeping this
             • e.g. – Start with “NH –”
               for NH Queries
• Days…
   •   Leave blank until needed
        • If checked, query will be
          sent to your email and
          count against your daily
          PQ count
   •   Choose…
        • Leave on “Uncheck..” until
• Show me xxx caches
   •   500! Always.
Pocket Queries: Part 2
• Of
  •    Any type
  •    Selected types
        • These will depend on the

  •    Any container
  •    Selected containers
        • I find that I don’t use this
          section – GSAK can do
          this later on
Pocket Queries: Part 3
• That (and)
   •   I check:
        • I haven’t found
        • I don’t own
        • Is Active

• And
   •   I usually leave these as
       default (nothing checked) –
       GSAK can filter these later
Pocket Queries: Part 4
• Within
   •   This will depend on the
   •   If you want to limit by state,
       ensure to select it here
Pocket Queries: Part 5
• From Origin
   •   This will depend on the
   •   Most of the time, I will use
       By Coordinates and
       within radius of
   •   Within radius of will vary
Pocket Queries: Part 6
• Placed during
   •   If you using dated place
       PQs then first time doing
       this will be trial and error…
   •   Start with Jan 2000 to Jan

   •   Each PQ should be around
       490 caches
        •   This will allow for inactive
            caches to become active
            without you having to
            adjust the PQ
Pocket Queries: Part 7
• Attributes to Include
• Attributes to Exclude
   •   I never use these – some
       cachers forget to assign
       attributes to their caches
       and this would drop them
       from the PQ
Pocket Queries: Part 8
• Output to
   •   Usually leave this as
       default, change if needed in
       your situation
• In the format
   •   Always - GPS Exchange
       Format (*.gpx)
   •   Always check – Compress
       files into *.zip format
Pocket Queries: Notes
• Reminder! - Do not have results that are maxed out!
   •   Try to keep your PQs to hit around 490 – when PQ is run, this
       will display at the top of the page:

• Another place for info on PQs…
   • (awesome site!)
            GSAK: Main Window
        Tool Bar
Search/Filter Bar

   Cache listing

      Cache Info
       GSAK: First settings: Part 1
  Go to:

Your Owner ID#
          GSAK: First settings: Part 2
                      Go to Tools → Options

You will need your
   Owner ID#
            GSAK: First settings: Part 3
                         Go to Tools → Options → Locations

Type your Home
Coordinates here

   Do not type on a
 line that starts with
           GSAK: First settings: Part 3
                     Go to Tools → Options → Abbreviations

 Check this if you
 like State names
to be abbreviated
        GSAK: Establish a Database
                  Go to Database → New…

Name the new

   Click Create
           GSAK: Loading PQs
                    Go to File → Load GPX/LOC/Zip File   1. Load type is
2. Ensure path
   is correct

3. Select correct

 4. Select Clear
 before loading

   5. Click OK
           GSAK: PQ Report
                           Results after loading PQs

Total number of caches
    in ALL zip files

 Total number of caches
after duplicates removed

                                                           Individual file

                                                       If any GPX file has
                                                         500 caches you
                                                        will need to adjust
                                                              its PQ.
GSAK: What Next?
• Sorting
    •   Click any column heading to sort A to Z, nearest to farthest
    •   Click again to reverse the order
• Filtering
    •   Cache Type
    •   Cache Difficulty
    •   Cache Terrain
    •   State
    •   Cache owner
    •   Distance from Home (or other waypoint, coordinate, etc)
    •   It goes on and on…
    •   Polygon filtering is one the most powerful ways to filter!
GSAK: Area (Polygon) Searches: Part 1
• Access the tool at:
• Or
   • In GSAK go to: Tools → GSAK polygon/line drawing tool
        GSAK: Area (Polygon) Searches: Part 2

              Start Polygon   Left Click on map to move map
Zoom In/Out
            GSAK: Area (Polygon) Searches: Part 3


Final click At start
of polygon. This will
close the polygon

                        Click   Click
                                          The coords will show on
                                          the right hand side of
                                          Left click once to select
                                          them – then Ctrl-C to
          GSAK: Area (Polygon) Searches: Part 4

                                            3. Select the
    1. Open GSAK                          Arc/Poly Tab and
                                           Click Polygon
 2. Ensure the correct
 database is selected -
Select Search  Filter…
  or Click the    icon

    4. Paste the
 coordinates into the
  area below the #
  symbols (Ctrl-V)

  5. Apply any other
  filters and click Go
       GSAK: Area (Polygon) Searches: Part 5

To adjust the
polygon – hover
                                                              All handles can be moved
over polygon and
                                                              at any time!
more handles will
appear – Click on
them to move them
at will.

              Once to let go of one of the
              new handles, two more will     Copy the new coords to the
              be created so that you can     filter to check your progress.
              ‘dial it’ in even more.
Wrap up!

• Be sure to check out the
  GSAK Corner segment on the
  Granite State Geocachers
  Podcast at:

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