Finding a Chirp Geocache On Android

2017 Update
We've still only found the one chirp cache, they are not something we see around here.  So Datruck bought one to hide nearby.  In placing it, we were having some issues with how the Chirp app displays the cache.  We figured out that by putting the coords in the note section it's easy to bypass, but while figuring that out, I also found a new app that I think works just a little bit better. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.wolffire.chirpwolf

Both apps work pretty much the same way. Search for nearby chirps, click on the chirp cache listed, it will give you coordinates.  Quick and easy.



The chirp cache we found is called Birdy, in Spokane WA.

We had never found a chirp cache before, so while my husband got the gps ready, I did a quick search for a phone app. I found this :

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=nl.wlsoft.chirp

All I had to do was open the app & choose "turn chip searching on".

Walk to the coords, and a screen popped up with the final coords.

Very fast.  Very easy.  Super simple.

Our gps didn't pick it up.  It might have if we hung around - but we didn't since my phone did it so quickly.


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A bookmark list (not mine) if Chirp Caches
https://www.geocaching.com/bookmarks/view.aspx?guid=994cf519-4b18-4885-950e-d6c93cd7ca44

You can buy a chirp device to create your own chirp cache for under $25.
"chirp is a one-of-a-kind wireless beacon designed specifically for the outdoor adventures of geocaching. Affordable, durable and water resistant, chirp can communicate with, and be programmed by, any compatible¹ wireless-enabled Garmin handheld (sold separately). chirp stores hints, multicache coordinates, counts visitors and confirms the cache is nearby. chirp is password protected and has a battery life of up to 1 year." https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/74811
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Geocaching Help Desk - 2.12. Beacon caches
In geocaching, a beacon is a device that transmits a wireless message, which can be used to find a geocache.
Examples of beacon devices:
  • NFC transmitter
  • Chirp™
  • WiFi router
  • Radio transmitter
If your cache has a wireless beacon, follow these guidelines:
  • Add the Wireless Beacon attribute to your cache page. Beacon cache attribute
  • List waypoints that use beacons as physical waypoints.
  • Do not state beacon brands in your cache page unless this information helps people find the cache. Make sure that your text follows our commercial guidelines.

From the "Help Center" on Geocaching.com: 
1.29. Beacon Geocaches In geocaching, a beacon is a wireless device that transmits a brief message which can be used to find a geocache. Cache owners, please observe the the following requirements: All geocaches that utilize a wireless beacon must have the "beacon" attribute (pictured above) on the geocache page. If the cache owner does not provide an alternative means of finding the geocache, it must be listed as an Mystery geocache. A beacon can be listed as a type other than Mystery if seekers can find the geocache without being able to receive the beacon's message. Intermediate waypoints using a beacon should be designated as Physical, or if entered from the waypoints page, Stage of a Multi-cache. Cache descriptions may mention NFC (Near Field Communication) or the "Chirp" (a specific beacon) only if the text is brief and does not have overtones of promotion, marketing or advertising, as per our commercial guidelines. Names of GPS companies and compatible models of GPS units are not appropriate on a geocache page. There are no plans to add a beacon geocache type. https://www.geocaching.com/help/index.php?pg=kb.chapter&id=127&pgid=303

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