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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.


Dec
8
comment What is a good tool for minor trail maintenance while hiking?
@Mr.W: I saw the serrated edge in the picture and took it to be a saw. I didn't even notice it was billed as a machete until you mentioned it and I went back and looked. You are right, my experience is in temperate forests and I've never used a machete and I've never seen one used by anyone else in many hours of trail work here in New England with many groups. As a saw, that thing looks like a toy, but I have no opinion on its machete aspect.
Dec
7
comment What is a good tool for minor trail maintenance while hiking?
@Mr.W: I've done a lot of trail work, and have never seen anyone wear eye protection. I wear glasses most of the time, so that gives me some protection I suppose, but my purpose in wearing them is to see better. In wet weather, I wear contacts when doing trail work. I have never felt I needed deliberate eye protection.
Dec
7
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Dec
7
answered Why don't we apply the principles of layering when it comes to pants?
Dec
7
comment What is a good tool for minor trail maintenance while hiking?
@whats: That looks like a toy. From the picture, it looks anything that can cut you can get with a small pair of clippers.
Dec
7
answered What is a good tool for minor trail maintenance while hiking?
Dec
6
comment Apart from down, is there any outdoor material that should not be stored stuffed?
I don't get the part about electric cables should not be tightly wrapped. What exactly do you think the harm of that is?
Dec
6
answered Storing Headlamps: With or without batteries?
Dec
6
comment What is the true risk of suffocation from different combustion sources in a tent? (CO2, CO)
@Steed: Like I said, I'm not going to run a stove or a fuel-based lantern in a tent. That a just plain bad idea. Cooking doubly so due to the residual food smell attracting bears. I went into more detail about lighting because this could be acceptable in some cases, like a single candle carefully held.
Dec
5
answered What is the true risk of suffocation from different combustion sources in a tent? (CO2, CO)
Dec
5
answered Barefoot Backpacking: Liquid Boots?
Dec
3
comment Are there significant behaviour differences among bear species to adopt different safety rules?
When you climb up a tree to get away, a black bear will climb up after you whereas a grizzly will wrap its forelegs around the trunk and pull it up by its roots.
Dec
1
comment Performance of fur garments?
Many furs are still in use today by cats, bears, wolves, musk oxen, etc. Some of these are regularly exposed to cold and wind and the population is still there, so they musk work pretty well.
Nov
29
comment Is there a large difference in WFA (Wilderness First Aid) programs?
I've only taken a SOLO class, and thought it was well done and useful to me. I have no experience with the others, so can't compare.
Nov
29
comment Preferred way to wrap someone with Hypothermia?
There are local organzations that offer wilderness first aid and related courses too. For example, SOLO in New Hampshire is one such organization I have taken courses from.
Nov
29
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Nov
29
revised Are 35mm film canisters safe for holding spices?
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Nov
28
answered Are 35mm film canisters safe for holding spices?
Nov
27
answered How to keep water cold in hot weather?
Nov
27
answered What can I use to label my medicine tubes?