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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.

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Jul
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comment In an abandoned quarry, is it possible to pry loose rocks from walls until stable?
Maybe it's because I'm no climber, but that doesn't look like a good idea with all those rocks on top just waiting to fall on your head.
Jul
21
comment Hiking possibilities near Silicon Valley
@Alex: I agree about the openess, but whether that's a problem or a feature is individual preference. There is probably poison oak and ticks, but I don't get the part about trails not for the fainthearted. I don't remember anything like having to use your hands, along the edge of a cliff, downhill and slippery, etc. I really don't know what you are referring to.
Jul
18
comment Hiking possibilities near Silicon Valley
@Mich: It has both, although most of the trails are thru open grassland or sparse trees. You make that sounds like a problem, but this was one thing I particularly enjoyed about the place. Here in New England we have plenty of shaded woods, but trails with open vistas are rare below treeline.
Jul
17
answered Hiking possibilities near Silicon Valley
Jul
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Jul
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Jul
13
comment Is it safe to be in a vehicle during lightning/thunderstorms?
@Extr: Pretty unlikely. The air space in the tank above the gas is too rich to ignite. The tank itself is usually metal or has metal around it, so lightning wouldn't go thru it anyway. If there is a small fuel leak by the engine, then lightning sparking all around could ignite the vapors. However, that's all less likely than you get hurt due to lightning by being outside the car.
Jul
11
answered Two day hike recommendations in New England area
Jul
11
answered Is it safe to be in a vehicle during lightning/thunderstorms?
Jul
10
comment Looking for secluded camping land in California, near the bay area
@gerrit: Yes. Since the OP mentioned this was in California, there is no doubt. Pretty much everywhere in the US, unqualified "bay area" is understood to mean the San Francisco Bay area in California. This is true even where I am in Massachusetts, 3000 miles accross the continent and much closer to the much larger Massachusetts Bay.
Jul
10
answered Looking for secluded camping land in California, near the bay area
Jul
7
comment How to stay clean on a multi-day hike?
I find it disgusting to be sweaty or dirty. Get over it, or don't go hiking.
Jul
6
comment What format should I use to report my location to emergency responders?
@Niek: Bring whichever device is most suitable for your outing. What format it displays location in wouldn't even be on my list. In the unlikely event that you need to communiate those coordinates to rescuers, they'll deal with whatever you have. Otherwise, you want the most convenient device for your purposes.
Jul
4
answered What format should I use to report my location to emergency responders?
Jun
22
comment Wood versus plastic trail signs?
We already blaze trails with small plastic markers that have a arrow and "Groton Trails Network" printed around the outside. The question is what to do at junctions so that people know which option to take, not how to stay on a trail once they decide on one. I think we have the latter pretty well covered.
Jun
18
comment Wood versus plastic trail signs?
@Mr.Wiz: The data originally came from GPS tracks, but I don't think the raw GPS data is separately available on the web site.
Jun
18
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Jun
18
answered Wood versus plastic trail signs?
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18
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Jun
18
comment Wood versus plastic trail signs?
@Karen: Before you come to Groton, check out grotontrails.org. One way to get introduced to the area is to attend one of our guided hikes, usually also listed as AMC local walks. The next one is this Sunday 22 Jun at 1:00pm at the Rocky Hill Audubon Sanctuary. You can sign up for notifications of such events from the web site listed above.