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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.


Oct
29
awarded  Yearling
Oct
5
comment Are drop bears dangerous?
I had never heard of Drop Bears before, but they sound vaguely related to the Jackalope of the southwestern US.
Sep
26
comment What alternative topographic maps exist in the USA?
Did you look around at what overlays could be enabled for the USGS maps? The one you show looks rather sparse.
Sep
26
comment How dangerous is a band of coyotes to a lone, unarmed human?
@Weda: I expect coyotes would get aggressive if cornered, especially when there are pups around. However, in all the situations I have been with coyotes, there has always been plenty of space for them to escape to. There is no upside for them if they can simply run away instead of fighting and taking a chance on getting hurt. Even what we consider relatively small injuries can be a death sentence for a wild animal that has to be able to take down prey and avoid being someone else's prey at moment's notice.
Sep
25
comment How dangerous is a band of coyotes to a lone, unarmed human?
Whoever downvoted this, it is useful to explain what exactly you think is incorrect, misleading, badly worded, etc. Silent downvotes do a disservice to this site.
Sep
20
comment Is playing musical instruments like Harp/Harmonica, Flute unsafe during backpacking trips?
If your playing is to bad that you think animals will attack to make the noise stop, then you should either practise more or leave the instrument home.
Sep
16
answered How dangerous is a band of coyotes to a lone, unarmed human?
Sep
13
answered Carry a larger water bottle or a smaller water bottle for backpacking?
Sep
12
comment What's the UPF of a T-Shirt or jeans?
I wouldn't worry about it. I have never gotten a sunburn on skin that was covered by clothes, even just a single layer ordinary T shirt. This includes hours of hiking in the Arizona desert in summer, where exposed skin was carefully covered with sunscreen. I am of mostly northern European decent, so can get sunburns (and sometimes have) when my skin isn't properly protected.
Sep
10
comment What to do when a black bear got a hold of an open bear can?
What do you mean by "bear can"? Is that one of those strong metal boxes you find at car camping places you can lock food away in that a bear can't break into?
Aug
30
comment How to prepare for and survive wildfire?
Whoever downvoted this: It would be good to explain what exactly you think is wrong, misleading, badly written, etc. Without explanation, a downvote does little useful.
Aug
26
answered How to prepare for and survive wildfire?
Aug
21
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
10
awarded  Necromancer
Aug
5
comment How to find new poles for old tent?
@Whats: See information added to the question.
Aug
5
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Aug
5
comment Recipe for backcountry ice cream?
Back country ice cream recipe -- 1: Do a nice hike in the back country. 2: Convene at ice cream place afterwards.
Aug
5
comment How to find new poles for old tent?
@Whats: What "blueprint" information do you want beyond the measurements I already gave?
Aug
4
comment How to find new poles for old tent?
That might fix the one immediate problem. But, all the pole pieces are 30 years old and have all been subjected to about the same stress. I'd really like to replace the lot.
Aug
3
revised How to find new poles for old tent?
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