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About Fleetwood

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  1. Lost the ship's cat several years ago. Presumed it went overboard, found it a couple of days later in the medecine cabinet. No idea how is got in.....
  2. Fleetwood

    FFS power tools

    Turning it on/off all the time when stripping paint/varnish, shrinking heat-shrink, etc. Switch on the gun very useful. I think I got my money's worth!
  3. Fleetwood

    Cruising comms

    "Communications on shortwave, or high-frequency (HF) bands, as any radio amateur will tell you, is an iffy affair, because these long-distance transmissions depend on the configuration of the ionosphere, which in turn depends on such factors as time of day and the intensity of sunspots. Right now, the sun is at the very worst part of its 11-year cycle as far as shortwave communications goes. So it’s likely that the high-frequency traders using shortwave bands are facing significant technical challenges. Even if the integrity of the link itself were not a problem, those traders will have to contend with much lower bandwidth than they are used to. That means that they won’t be able to transmit very much information about price shifts—perhaps just a few bytes at a time (presumably well encrypted). If they tried to send more at the low data rates that shortwave affords, the time required would wipe out any latency gains over communications by fiber." "Shortwave is no panacea. It’s unreliable, expensive, and very low bandwidth. Think dialup speeds. But you can’t beat it for latency. " Sure, you might get a slightly lower latencey but if one wanted to send a message reliably with any reasonable content (ashore) I know where I'd put my money. HF isn't dead, just fewer day-to-day uses than there were.
  4. Fleetwood

    FFS power tools

    Same thing just happened to my 25-year old Makita heat gun; works fine except for the switch which ust failed. Not going to put a foot switch on a heat gun; time for a new one.
  5. Fleetwood

    thank you youtube

    There's a youtube "how to" on just about any task you can think of; a few "how not to"s as well............
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    Cruising comms

  7. Definitely in the environment...
  8. You calling me small mate? Agree completely, I've seen plenty of moose in Maine - wouldn't want to mess with them! Have to take evasive action for both tho'.....
  9. Unfortunately the moose, or in our case the 'roo, can't tell the difference between a Jeep and a BMW.....
  10. They don't have design flaws up Seattle way; they're" design features".
  11. Fleetwood

    I still call Australia home

    In Colorado its now OK to collect up to 110 gals in a rain barrel.
  12. Fleetwood

    I still call Australia home

    It is essentially illegal to collect rainwater for domestic use in parts of several western US states (deprives the farmers of it.....) so maybe she doesn't want to break the law?
  13. Fleetwood

    New Stuffing box

  14. Fleetwood

    You Get What You Pay For

    Good general rule: the more someone tells me how good he is, the quicker I run away..........