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cache type Spinning a Yarn: the 1942 Philco Problematic cache size

by Rogheff
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Coordinates (WGS-84 datum)
N 42° 46.850'   W 087° 51.910'
Racine,   Wisconsin   53402
United States    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 19 Oct 2006
Waypoint (Landmark): N02806
Open Cache:  Personal use only
Cache type:  Normal
Cache size:   Normal

Difficulty: gps gps (easy)
Terrain: gps gps (easy)

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I recently did some overhaul work on my 1942 Philco Problematic GPS receiver. Now, I know you folks with your fancy schmancy Magellan and Garmin GPSr's can get incredible accuracy - even in the trees. But my poor old 1942 Philco Problematic isn't the most accurate device ever invented. I'm lucky to get 200' accuracy readings on a sunny day - out in the open. I usually start searching for caches when I hit the 100' mark. I'm almost always about 58' due north of where the actual cache is really hidden.

As I was saying, I did some overhaul work on it. I was out in this park geocaching the other day. I like parks like this because they have nice wide paths so that I can just drive the 1942 Philco Problematic right down the paths. My GPSr uses radar waves that bounce off of the water towers in Union Grove, Paddock Lake and Zion to triangulate the signal. Oh yeah, this machine was invented way before satelites.

You may have seen it - it was parked here for 3 days. It is kind of hard to miss a big mobile home trailer with orange flames painted on the side. I mounted a seat, a 10 hp Wisconsin engine, and big ol mudder tires - it's snazzy. The 1942 Philco takes up most of the room on the trailer.

Well, on this recent geocaching trip, the 1942 Philco Problematic broke down near this very spot. The vaccum tubes kept blowing on the Philco, so a couple of years ago, I decided to upgrade to more modern circuitry. All I had to use was the guts from a 1953 Sylvania Duofocus television.

The breakdown was due to the fact that the 1953 Sylvania Duofocus tubes didn't integrate quite right with the 1942 Philco Problematic circuits. I guess the old Philco vaccum tubes were just more efficient, so I switched the circuit board out for the control station from a lighting system. I had to bash the old circuit board out with a rock and duct tape the new system in place. Now it works fine - go figure. I wonder how long it'll last this time.

Since this breakdown occurred right here, I decided to place a geocache. Oh yeah, good luck getting an accurate signal. I sure couldn't. Well, I think you'll see why.

Clue decoding tables - Top letter or symbol decodes to bottom letter or symbol:

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
NOPQRSTUVWXYZABCDEFGHIJKLM

!"#$%&'()*+,-./0123456789:;<=>?
123456789:;<=>?@!"#$%&'()*+,-./

Clues:    decode

  • a hint 
    ebpxf

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