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Electrical engineering consultant specializing in microcontrollers and the circuitry around them. Master of engineering in EE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1980.

We are certified Microchip design partners, and have been in the top catagory consistantly since around 2000. Various free downloads related to developing PIC firmware and other things are available at http://www.embedinc.com/pic/dload.htm.


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comment Adequate Shoes for Travel
If it was southeastern Iowa urban village I might know, but sorry, don't know anything about Canadian urban villages.
Dec
23
awarded  Excavator
Dec
23
answered Water-resistant shoes for Trekking in New Zealand
Dec
23
revised What are the advantages and disadvantages between gas, liquid and solid fuel?
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Dec
19
answered Should I be more careful about postholing during winter hikes?
Dec
19
comment How long does mayonnaise last unrefrigerated in the back-country?
Mayo, really!? Some things simply aren't appropriate for backpacking trips. My answer is to bring something else. There are plenty of foods. Is it really that big a deal to not have mayo for a few days? You wouldn't bring cans of diet coke, milk, ice cream, and a lot of other stuff either. What's the big deal?
Dec
19
revised Trail maintenance: what is considered inappropriate when maintaining a trail?
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Dec
18
comment What is the proper way to tarp tent to avoid condensation?
@Russell: Radiational cooling is a lesser effect, and pretty much a non-issue under a heavy canopy of leaves. Also, light or dark in the visible range does not necessarily map to reflectance in the IR range, which would be used by radiational cooling. Blue means it reflects at the short blue wavelengths and not at the longer red ones, so quite possibly is quite dark in IR.
Dec
18
answered If lost in the wilderness, what is the first thing I should do?
Dec
18
revised How much heat can a candle lantern provide while winter camping?
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Dec
18
answered How much heat can a candle lantern provide while winter camping?
Dec
16
answered What is the proper way to tarp tent to avoid condensation?
Dec
15
answered Is it dangerous to sleep in a tent alone in a forest in -20?
Dec
14
answered Moose: How to decrease the risk of being injured?
Dec
13
awarded  Necromancer
Dec
13
comment Trail maintenance: what is considered inappropriate when maintaining a trail?
I'm not getting what you are trying to convey by not looking too hard in a national park.
Dec
13
comment Are there any exceptions to the layer principle?
@Mr.W: Also down is great insulating material, as long as you keep it dry. It is realy bad when wet in multiple ways. It gets very heavy, to the point that it could actually damage the garment, and looses much of its insulating property. A down jacket is therefore a great answer, but to only a rather limited set of conditions.
Dec
13
comment Are there any exceptions to the layer principle?
@Mr.W: I grew up in New England with "winter jackets" in the winter, although none of them were down. As I said, I find the windbreaker over wool sweater more comfortable and certainly more versatile. Of course that is a personal preference. I only wore a down jacket briefly once. While very nice and warm, it also felt "puffy", but the real problem was that I got hot in it after just hiking up a moderate hill. Then I had a all or nothing problem. Layers would have been nicer, as I could have removed just part of the insulation.
Dec
13
answered Trail maintenance: what is considered inappropriate when maintaining a trail?
Dec
12
answered Are there any exceptions to the layer principle?