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Comment: Re:Me personally? no.. (Score 1) 340

It depends. a dipole in your apartment/condo is just fine at QRP power levels. if you plan on transmitting at 1000 watts, well things will get really exciting for you.

I have a 10 Meter dipole ran at the peak of my house in the attic, works great for the directions I want to talk.

Everything else I use a current Loop antenna that is smaller and easily turned. or if I am portable when camping I use a BuddiPole/BuddiStick setup. Those also work indoors, but again, if you are at 100 watts or higher, RF feedback and RF exposure to yourself get's really wacky. I have seen guys fry their own gear when running 500 watts on an antenna that was only 30 feet away from themselves due to induction.

A lot of hams claim that more power is good. It's not. 5 Watts QRP you can easily talk around the world on. and it's a lot easier to do in an apartment/condo setting.

Add PSK31 digital mode into the mix and suddenly you are talking to people barely above the noise floor 1500 miles away.

Comment: Me personally? no.. (Score 3, Informative) 340

I am a ham radio operator, I have a significantly higher chance of survival than the rest.

If people really cared about safety they would take the time to learn CPR, basic First Aid, and things like ham radio or gain knowlege in how to increase their odds.

Dancing with the stars and Americas got Talent are far more important to the general population.

Comment: Re:Kangaroo Court! (Score 2) 112

by Lumpy (#49504591) Attached to: DIA Polygraph Countermeasure Case Files Leaked

No people want to feel like they are safe at the revocation of all freedoms.

Feeling safe is the most important thing to them. Help me feel safe Government! Bad people are allowed to buy electronics without a license! Bad people can build things! They must be TERRORISTS!

Save us from the people that have an IQ above 100 oh holy government!

Dumb people want security Smart people want freedom.

Sadly the smart are outnumbered by the dumb 3 to 1

Comment: Good luck. (Score 2) 66

by Lumpy (#49504081) Attached to: US Military To Recruit Civilian Cybersecurity Experts

All Cybersecurity guys I know will not tolerate testosterone fueled chain of command bullshit that is the backbone of the US military.

Exactly how do they think they will control and indoctrinate these people? Most are smart enough to know that most of the problems are CAUSED by the United States, and when ordered to do something unethical, they will say "go to hell"

So I am guessing threats of imprisonment is their motivator?

Comment: Skip these (Score 1) 25

by Lumpy (#49497867) Attached to: Recon Instruments' Sports-Oriented Smart Glasses Now Shipping

If they are anything like their previous product, very limited, and not useable.

We tried to use the goggle setup they have sold for years. They sucked, the Dev kit was horrid, and the goggle device was buggy as hell.

Maybe by the 5th generation they will get them right and not so small use but open so that anything can be installed.

Comment: they were pretty scummy. (Score 4, Interesting) 175

by Lumpy (#49496029) Attached to: MakerBot Lays Off 20 Percent of Its Employees

They patented things that other people in the community designed and claimed them as their own. Makerbot may have been one of the first, but they ended up as scumbags.

Now there are a ton of other companies out there doing it better, Good luck to the new CEO, he's captain of a sinking ship.

"If anything can go wrong, it will." -- Edsel Murphy