How to Create a Pocket Query

Uploaded by GoGeocaching on 15.09.2010

How to create a Pocket Query
>>> Narrator: This screencast will show you how to create a Pocket Query
Pocket Queries are a Premium Member feature that allows you to search for caches in a
particular area by cache type, attributes, cache size and more. Premium Members can receive
up to 5 queries with 1000 results per query in each 24 hour period.
>>> Narrator: Log in to your Premium account and visit
You can also navigate to this page from your profile page by selecting "Build Pocket Queries" in the right-hand navigation
You need to have accepted the license agreement in order to download coordinates. If you have
not yet done so, a link to the agreement will show up at the top of the Pocket Query page.
Select "Create a new Query" Enter a name for the Query so that it is easy
to identify later. For example, "July vacation caches" or "Multi-Caches Near Home."
Select which days you would like the query to run. The days of the week are based on
the current server time, visible at the top of the "Days to Generate" box, so if it is
Wednesday where you are, but Tuesday where the server is and you want the query to run
today, make sure to select Tuesday.
>>> Narrator: "Un-check the day of the week after the query runs" allows you to run a
PQ once and then saves it in your list of PQs for later use. *
Run this query every week on the days checked sets the query to run weekly on the specified
days and saves it in your list of PQs. The run this query once then delete it option
runs your query and then deletes it. Your parameters are not saved for future use.
>>> Narrator: Select How Many caches you would like to see in the results. You may select
up to 1000. Query results containing 500 caches or less can be emailed directly to you. For
queries with more than 500 results, you will be emailed a link to the page where your query
is available for download. In all cases, you will only receive as many
results as there are for the requirements that you set. For instance, if you have requested
100 results, but set very specific requirements, there may only be 10 caches available.
>>> Narrator: Under "selected types," choose which cache types you would like to see in
your results or leave "any type" selected to view all
Under "selected containers," choose which container types you would like to see in your
results or leave "any container" selected to view all
In the "that (And)" box, there are a number of additional requirements that you can set
- such as limiting results to caches that you haven't found or caches that have Travel
Bugs Next, you can set any difficulty or terrain
requirements. You can use this to limit caches to a specific difficulty and terrain rating
or to search for caches above or below a particular rating.
We will search for caches with a difficulty level greater than or equal to 2 and a terrain
level less than or equal to 3 The default is to show all, so if you set
a difficulty or terrain requirement make sure to check the box to the left.
The next section allows you to set search location. You have two options for this - searching
within a state or country or searching around an origin point.
If you choose the former, select country or state - not both - and select the country
or state to search within. Users in the US can only search within a state - not the entire
country. If you are searching within a country or state,
skip the "from origin" box and move down to "placed during."
If you prefer to search around a particular origin point, leave "none selected" in the
"within" box checked and scroll down to the "from origin" box. Select the form in which
you would like to enter your origin point. If you have already loaded your home coordinates
to your profile, you can choose to use these as your origin point.
Select the radius that you would like to search around the origin point.
Set any specifications in the "placed during" box. People most often use this feature to
receive only new cache listings in their weekly query. Leaving this unchecked will offer the
most results. Choose any attributes that you would like
to include or exclude. This allows you to be very specific about the types of caches
that you wish to find, but please note that being too specific will limit the results.
The top box is for attributes to include, the bottom for ones to exclude. Just click
on an attribute to select. Scroll over the attribute to see hover text stating what the
icon represents.
>>> Narrator: The query is defaulted to send to your primary email address. You can choose
to send to another email address associated with the account or link off this page to
add a new address. In the "format" dropdown, you can choose to
receive the PQ results as a GPX or LOC file. GPX results include descriptions, hints and
logs from the cache page. LOC files include only the coordinates of the cache location.
We recommend that you keep the "compress files into zip format box" checked
You also have the option of including the pocket query name in the download file name.
When you are ready, click "submit information" If your pocket query has been successful,
you will see text in green at the top of the page that includes a link to view a preview
of your PQ results. If there has been an error with your PQ, a red notification indicating
the issue will be displayed in the same location. If you have set the PQ to run today, results
should be emailed to you shortly. If your Pocket Query contains 500 results
or fewer, you will be able to download the attachment directly from the email.
If your Pocket Query has over 500 results, the email will contain a link sending you
back to the PQ Generator. Click on the "Pocket Queries Ready for Download" tab and select
the Pocket Query that you would like to download.
>>> Narrator: Visit to learn which software applications you can
use to downloaded files directly to your GPS device.
>>> Narrator: Happy Caching!