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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.


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.
Jun
18
comment Wood versus plastic trail signs?
Your point about not knowing who will be around in the future is very good. I think you're right about going for longest-lasting, even if it costs more. At the Trails Committee meeting last night, there was more acceptance of plastic signs than I thought. We are planning a few kiosks with maps, but those will always be scarce due to high cost. We provide our maps on-line. Check out mappingsupport.com/p/gmap4.php?q=http://dl.dropbox.com/u/…
Jun
17
comment Wood versus plastic trail signs?
@Karen: We already have 4 different color plastic trail markers we use as blazes. The different colors are only so you can distiguish different trails within a local area. There is one ratsnest of trails in West Groton that required all 4 colors. Yes I know hardly anyone else has back woods trails signs in this area either, but that's mostly because trails just evolved on their own historically and nobody actively managed them. We are trying to do better in Groton, maybe even make it a hiking destination. We are the only town in the Montechusett region that even has a Trails Committee.
Jun
17
comment Wood versus plastic trail signs?
@Mr.Wiz: It looks like wood, but is weathering in a way I've never seen a wood sign do before. You are right in that the letters look too dark to be natural, so maybe they are burned. It's certainly readable now, but I wonder what it will be like in a few years. It would be nice to know how old it is and what type of wood it is made from. Where is this sign?
Jun
17
comment Wood versus plastic trail signs?
Thanks for a lot of good examples. I've been warned that while routed signs with paint in the grooves can look quite nice (like your Glen Boulder Trail example), the paint wears off quickly and it takes a lot of effort to maintain. Is that Bell Creek sign real wood or the new "composite" stuff? It looks like it belongs in the woods, and if it's composite it should last a very long time.
Jun
17
comment Wood versus plastic trail signs?
@gerrit: Those are road signs. The US also has consistent directional road signs (white letters on green background), but I wouldn't want to put those at trail junctions in the woods either. If Switzerland (or anyplace else for that matter) has a consistant policy for back-woods trail signs, I'd like to see that in a answer.
Jun
17
comment Wood versus plastic trail signs?
Stone markers like you show should last very long. But, we can have several feet of snow on the ground in winter, so a sign like that would be completely covered up. Otherwise its a interesting idea I hadn't thought of.
Jun
17
comment Wood versus plastic trail signs?
@Mr.Wizard: I don't have a picture of a plastic sign. I'll try to take one over the next few days and add it to the question. Go ahead and retag as you think is apporpriate. I didn't know there was a signage tag. You don't get to see all the tags when you really need to, which is when you're writing a question.
Jun
5
comment Is drinking urine safe?
Drinking urine is a bad idea. I answered this question in detail at outdoors.stackexchange.com/a/5101/1854.
Jun
1
comment What spider is it? Dangerous or not?
Post a picture. That really should be obvious.
May
28
comment Are there any phobia-friendly ways to deal with flies?
The thing to address is the unrealistic fear of flys. Maybe a psychiatrist can help (I don't know how phobias are normally treated).
May
16
comment How to dry wet shoes quickly?
@Ben: Make sure to use thick wool socks, that's important.
May
1
comment When do I need a permit to go into nature?
See also: outdoors.stackexchange.com/q/3511/1854
Apr
22
comment What should I do for a dislocated shoulder?
@Liam: We're talking about a wilderness situation, not where you can get the injured person to a medical professional in a reasonable time or without great difficulty. My left shoulder has dislocated a bunch of times, a few times in distant or difficult locations. You do need to know something about reducing a dislocated shoulder, and there are risks as I point out, but not fixing it also carries severe consequences. It would be very painful and suffer other risks to bring a person out with a dislocated shoulder, or make them wait many hours for help to come.
Apr
14
comment How much water should be carried while hiking in the desert?
Hiking around Mt Lemmon is rather different from hiking on the basin floor.
Apr
14
comment How much water should be carried while hiking in the desert?
Where exactly in the "AZ desert" are you planning on going. Some places are a lot more severe and remote than others. For example, deep in the Kofa NWR, I'd be extra careful.
Apr
10
comment What is a place in the U.S.A that is between 40-60 degrees year round and doesn't get a ton of rain?
Yes, Eureka is quite rainy, as is everyplace on the west slope of the costal range in the pacific northwest. In fact, that's where some of the highest rainfalls (and snowfalls) are recorded in the US. There is a similar but smaller region in Hawaii, which I think has the actual highest rainfal in the US if I remember right. The highest snowfall, again if I remember right, is at Paradise Ranger Station on the west slope of Mt Rainier.
Feb
21
comment What are good designs for volunteer-buildable trail bridges?
@Dopey: As you point out, making it wider would require significantly more strength of the horizontal decking, which would add significant cost. There is no point to a bridge that can support a wheelchair or stroller when the rest of the trail can't. We wouldn't use this bridge for the "accessible" trails in town, but those are seriously more expensive and require a budget all their own. The majority of trails will always be regular trails for that reason. It is simply unreasonable to make all the outdoors wheelchair-accessible.
Feb
13
comment Hemp socks and wicking properties
Note that hemp is illegal in some jurisdictions.
Feb
12
comment What are good designs for volunteer-buildable trail bridges?
@ppl: If something added cost so that it is 1/3 the final cost, then it added 50% to the original cost. It's two ways of saying the same thing.