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Comment: Re: You no longer own a car (Score 1) 411

by silentcoder (#49517619) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars

Audi wanted to charge me r4000 (about $600) to replace a broken key for my a3 (only the electronics we're damaged). I did a bit of shopping around and found a locksmith who could make and code a replacement electronic key circuit and install it in the key. Been working fine for about 2 years now. R250 including labour.

Comment: Re:Me personally? no.. (Score 1) 339

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) 339

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

To spot the expert, pick the one who predicts the job will take the longest and cost the most.