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by Bunsen
Thu Aug 02, 2012 8:37 pm
Forum: INACTIVE - ZSC:007
Topic: Paddle/Camping Trip in the ADKs, August 10-12
Replies: 9
Views: 3007

Re: Paddle/Camping Trip in the ADKs, August 10-12

Ahh, I see all the planning has moved to the faceborg hive mind. Hmm, try to plan boat sharing indirectly, or make a throwaway facebook account... Decisions, decisions.
by Bunsen
Thu Aug 02, 2012 3:40 pm
Forum: INACTIVE - ZSC:007
Topic: Paddle/Camping Trip in the ADKs, August 10-12
Replies: 9
Views: 3007

Re: Paddle/Camping Trip in the ADKs, August 10-12

Is anybody else coming? I was expecting more replies by now... Anyway, I tried a short (~1.5 mile) test row last week, and while it felt fine while I was on the water, my shoulder spent the next three days telling me it really didn't appreciate that. So it's left-handed canoe paddling for me. Now I ...
by Bunsen
Sun Jul 22, 2012 1:00 pm
Forum: INACTIVE - ZSC:007
Topic: Paddle/Camping Trip in the ADKs, August 10-12
Replies: 9
Views: 3007

Re: Paddle/Camping Trip in the ADKs, August 10-12

This looks like a great trip. I'd love to do this in my guide boat, but while my shoulder is finally getting back into useable shape after I re-injured it this spring (yeah, I'm a dumbass), I'm not sure if it's going to be ready to row nearly twenty miles in two days. Plan B would be to paddle left-...
by Bunsen
Fri Apr 27, 2012 12:40 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Feds and Utility Companies Face Off Over Solar EMP Threat
Replies: 53
Views: 2659

Re: Feds and Utility Companies Face Off Over Solar EMP Threa

The important thing isn't how fast things travel along the lines, but how fast a surge ramps up the voltage. The direct effects of a geomagnetic storm are laughably slow -- rise times of several minutes, typically. So, the automatic regulators* in the substations and downline would have plenty of t...
by Bunsen
Fri Apr 27, 2012 10:10 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Feds and Utility Companies Face Off Over Solar EMP Threat
Replies: 53
Views: 2659

Re: Feds and Utility Companies Face Off Over Solar EMP Threa

I'm hearing a lot of talk about inverter use. You need to consider that an inverter IS a transformer, at it's very core- that's why they weigh so freakin much- it's the step-up transformer that changes the low voltage/high amperage (once a frequency has been established in the DC to emulate AC) to ...
by Bunsen
Thu Apr 26, 2012 11:25 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Feds and Utility Companies Face Off Over Solar EMP Threat
Replies: 53
Views: 2659

Re: Feds and Utility Companies Face Off Over Solar EMP Threa

Why does everyone assume that no one, not a single person or company world wide, would find a way to rebuild a gas powered generator and move it to a power plant to help get that back up and running and so one down the line? Its not like an EMP will wipe out the knowledge of how to produce power. A...
by Bunsen
Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:14 am
Forum: Longarms - Shotguns and Rifles
Topic: WTF Rifle of the Month *Open to all kinds of guns now*
Replies: 4161
Views: 428419

Re: WTF Rifle of the Month *Open to all kinds of guns now*

http://www.cbrps.com/MN_White_Jackson.JPG Um, what happens when you try to open the bolt? Looks to me like there's a certain sense of practicality absent from that design. Not that I should expect to find practicality as the motivating force behind a thing such as that, but you'd expect them to pre...
by Bunsen
Sun Apr 08, 2012 7:49 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Advice on Ham radio for expedition use
Replies: 14
Views: 2945

Re: Advice on Ham radio for expedition use

-Can we run the 857 off the cigarette lighter? It would be kinda kludgey to do that directly (you'd have to drop the power to 30W or so to keep within the 10A capability of the typical lighter), but you can do it pretty well with an intermediate battery. Take a 20Ah or so sealed lead-acid and conne...
by Bunsen
Sat Apr 07, 2012 8:52 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Mobile NVIS Systems (ex- 6m v. 10m)
Replies: 72
Views: 8867

Re: 6m v. 10m

Lol! I'll build you one for half that price (with a straight face), in about 2 hours with scrap parts from my shed. You can build one for a few bucks. HF loop tuned to 40-80 meters, insulated mount, DIY balun, paint and $4300+ profit. What do you use for the high-voltage variable capacitor? Those a...
by Bunsen
Fri Apr 06, 2012 10:03 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Mobile NVIS Systems (ex- 6m v. 10m)
Replies: 72
Views: 8867

Re: 6m v. 10m

Lol! I'll build you one for half that price (with a straight face), in about 2 hours with scrap parts from my shed. You can build one for a few bucks. HF loop tuned to 40-80 meters, insulated mount, DIY balun, paint and $4300+ profit. What do you use for the high-voltage variable capacitor? Those a...
by Bunsen
Tue Apr 03, 2012 9:21 am
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: Stuff that is mispronounced
Replies: 104
Views: 8222

Re: Stuff that is mispronounced

HA! I tried to quote that paragraph of concentrated linguistic suck and correct the fact that he failed to screw up "regardless." Turns out that the forum filters "ir" + "regardless" and drops the "ir." I'll bet I know which mod put that filter in place. Also, it seems that using "orientate" to mean...
by Bunsen
Mon Apr 02, 2012 10:49 pm
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: Stuff that is mispronounced
Replies: 104
Views: 8222

Re: Stuff that is mispronounced

I tend to fuck up a lot, so I don't let these kinda things bother me too much. With that,.. my bad pronuskeeahuns regarding firearms are... Recticle instead reticle Leopold instead Leupold and Sega instead of Saiga. In this one, not only do I say it wrong,.. I think it wrong, I search it wrong on t...
by Bunsen
Thu Mar 29, 2012 10:27 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Anyone on 33cm?
Replies: 8
Views: 1473

Re: Anyone on 33cm?

nacho wrote:I haven't heard a single person talk about their last doctor visit so that's a plus.
Well, you just got my interest.
by Bunsen
Wed Mar 21, 2012 6:04 pm
Forum: Travel
Topic: Planning a big/deep water kayak trip...looking for advice
Replies: 8
Views: 2881

Re: Planning a big/deep water kayak trip...looking for advic

The northeastern end of Lake Ontario is pretty good at creating big waves. Beyond the obvious things like dressing for a long swim in cold water and practicing rescues, I think the biggest item on the prep list should be a plan B. If the weather turns the wrong way, the lake will kick your ass, so y...
by Bunsen
Mon Mar 19, 2012 11:57 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Pending disaster??? Asteroid + Solar Flare
Replies: 34
Views: 2627

Re: Pending disaster??? Asteroid + Solar Flare

Not only that but the event was so strong it bent railroad ties. [ citation needed ] ... The Federal governmetn released a study a year or two back that said in such an event we would see a 90% casualty rate in the first year. [ citation needed ] As I've read it, there were a few fires started by t...
by Bunsen
Mon Mar 19, 2012 11:48 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Pending disaster??? Asteroid + Solar Flare
Replies: 34
Views: 2627

Re: Pending disaster??? Asteroid + Solar Flare

Not only that but the event was so strong it bent railroad ties. [ citation needed ] ... The Federal governmetn released a study a year or two back that said in such an event we would see a 90% casualty rate in the first year. [ citation needed ] As I've read it, there were a few fires started by t...
by Bunsen
Mon Mar 19, 2012 11:04 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Pending disaster??? Asteroid + Solar Flare
Replies: 34
Views: 2627

Re: Pending disaster??? Asteroid + Solar Flare

As bad as it would be if it hit a city or populated area, if it were to slam into the ocean (which is more likely), there would be an untold amount of damage. For 2012-DA14, an ocean impact wouldn't be that bad (from a distance, anyway). If it hit, it would pack about 2.4 megatons of energy ( sourc...
by Bunsen
Wed Mar 14, 2012 11:16 am
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: My Job, My Hell...
Replies: 2127
Views: 195994

Re: My Job, My Hell...

Ad'lan wrote:Then I spooned two people. "No one checked I was dead, Knifed you, and Knifed you... well, spooned".
And the Knifey-Spoony Championship Trophy goes to OpFor!
by Bunsen
Fri Mar 09, 2012 3:11 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Catch-all Solar Flare Thread
Replies: 40
Views: 3642

Re: Anybody else lose power?

Might have been, but it's iffy. The geomagnetic effects of this CME have been surprisingly small, so it's doubtful that Illinois would have been affected, but some protection systems might have gotten confused. Azrael99's in a much more likely location to be affected, but internet service, whether c...
by Bunsen
Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:04 am
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: Steel jacketed ammo
Replies: 18
Views: 810

Re: Steel jacketed ammo

I've never seen steel jacketed so I as well am assuming you mean cased. They have a lacquer coating on them that can melt and then re-harden in the miliseconds it takes to fire the round. This can cause the casing to become stuck and FTE. I would consider yourself well prepped for some good range t...
by Bunsen
Thu Mar 08, 2012 7:57 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Pending disaster??? Asteroid + Solar Flare
Replies: 34
Views: 2627

Re: Pending disaster??? Asteroid + Solar Flare

Its not a question of if, but when. I completely agree. But I also think we should do our best to accurately judge the probabilities involved, which the media haven't exactly been helpful with. I'd feel comfortable claiming that the chance of any given solar cycle producing a Carrington-scale event...
by Bunsen
Thu Mar 08, 2012 7:21 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Pending disaster??? Asteroid + Solar Flare
Replies: 34
Views: 2627

Re: Pending disaster??? Asteroid + Solar Flare

Ok...I read an article about a near miss with an asteroid (closest recorded?) in 2013. And they said that it could hit if the course of the asteroid was effected by large solar flares, etc. Now, with this story http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17295337 It states that the 11 year cycle ...
by Bunsen
Thu Mar 08, 2012 1:48 am
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: DUMBEST F*&@king thing you've ever heard NOT ON THE ZS FORUM
Replies: 1355
Views: 58917

Re: DUMBEST F*&@king thing you've ever heard NOT ON THE ZS F

the stupidest thing ever usually starts with "in modern warfare" My kid was talking about the final scene in MW3. Where the hero gets all blown out of a helicopter, and his buddies get blown to hell, etc etc. So I explained to him that those games are unrealistic, and went into graphic detail about...
by Bunsen
Wed Mar 07, 2012 2:38 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Catch-all Solar Flare Thread
Replies: 40
Views: 3642

Re: Catch-all Solar Flare Thread

Yep, that's a respectable-looking CME. The Space Weather Prediction Center has a nice presentation of a forecast model, which is putting the impact around 05:00 EST Thursday, plus or minus a couple hours. The latest SIDC report mentions "At least a strong (K = 7) geomagnetic storm will be possible."...

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