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Old 05-24-2013, 07:48 PM   #21
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Those look pretty much like the Beofeng? that I got at Dayton last year or the Wouxon.
They look good from afar but far from good to me,I can not stand mine really but it was also clearly worth the money I guess?
We had a guy in Joplin with SATERN that had the Wouxon and we took it away from him! The transmit audio was so bad we couldn't let him use it for relief work.I carry 2 beater VX-5s for just that occasion and use VX-7s mostly myself. The Beofang has no 12vdc input either and the charger looks just like yours.

All Yaesu,Kenwood or Motorola for me.
I do have one of those battery eliminators for both Yaesu and Kenwood and even Icom and I carry a 7ah gel cell in a fanny pack bottle holder which can give me more talk time than I have ever needed in a day but when I need them for emcomm I charge every night too.

I also EDC a VX-2 or 3 which can be a lot of fun too.

Too many toys!
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Old 05-24-2013, 08:10 PM   #22
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Another reason to have a PC running- APRS receiver/map display- keep track of the family! I've been really happy with my radios, Ed, and one of the first things we did with the "test" radio was to hook it up to the service monitor and it was well within specs and sounds good too, even receiving FM broadcast. The case is kind of cruddy, and the belt clip is bent, but it works perfectly. I've dropped mine on rocks, in mud, water, off the motorcycle once (low-speed). I did replace the antenna with a thin Diamond whip.

Anyone take a pico projector with them and show movies on the side of the egg? Hmm?


*Just having a recollection of watching hokey nature films in the amphitheater in the state park as a kid.
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Old 05-24-2013, 08:18 PM   #23
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Ha!
I project the Super Bowl and Movies at the Scamp Camp in Florida in February but I use a DLP projector, portable screen and sound system that I carry with me.

It works great and is a big hit in the park.

I have a Yaesu FT-350 in the tow vehicle and carry a TM-D7 too so I can interface to APRS if the need arises from either to a computer.
I also broadcast APRS so I can be tracked on FIND-U as KC0UKR-5 too.

It is a crazy Nerdlinger world isn't it!
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I have six rod and reels...............do they count?
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Old 05-26-2013, 01:46 AM   #25
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Cool Computer?

What's a computer?
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What's a computer?
A gentleman who sits in a room calculating artillery trajectories using, if he is lucky, an ivory-covered slide rule.
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Old 05-28-2013, 09:37 AM   #27
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A gentleman who sits in a room calculating artillery trajectories using, if he is lucky, an ivory-covered slide rule.
Not in the last 25 years or so.
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Old 05-28-2013, 10:31 AM   #28
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25 years? My HS physics teacher was doing it on an early computer around the end of WWII.
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Old 05-28-2013, 12:52 PM   #29
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Just meant artillery. Even naval gunners have had varying types of computers for a long time to come up with a solution much faster. Probably since the 80's has it been practical for a soldier in the field to have a computer with them, at least one that will stand up to the conditions.
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My 31 year old army son-in-law does his artillery trajectories using a "computer" I don't even think he even knows what a slide rule is. I remember having one myself but I was useless in math so never figured out how to use it, think I even kept it until a few years ago, don't ask me why.
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I would say that a slide rule is pretty low on my packing list, not sure (or sure hope) I'd ever use one in the camper. But a PC, that I have many uses for!

And I'm sure I can't fit a room full of people using slide rules into the Scamp, plus they don't do 1080 video real fast.
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I love the way this forum harbors digressions that wander off into amazing territory.
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I love the way this forum harbors digressions that wander off into amazing territory.
Pretty much a standard of the many forums I peruse. As long as they go in a direction that is of value, it is not too bad of a thing. But when they digress into nonsensical drivel is when it becomes useless.
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I usually try to loop it back around to the topic, not always successfully. I've never been accused of solid linear thinking, just the way my brain works. I do restrain myself from posting a lot of things that would be completely off-topic, but somehow related in my head. C'est la vie.
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I'll try to loop it back around to the topic "computers in eggs" since it got off track with the slide rule - but think about it, computers were invented to do calculations which slide rules did and many it could not. My mother operated a a "comptometer" which was a very fancy calculator used in business into the 60's.

Of course computers have become much more - and when camping we want access to the internet so we can contribute to forums like FG an be able to "watch TV" without having an actual television and the power demands, cable or no cable at an RV site, issues etc.

For those boondocking having a moderate power drawing laptop or iPad and a good data plan (or access to wireless) is a real boon. This thread as well as many other on this forum are certainly helping me determine just what I want and do not want when we finally order our Escape.

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We use my iPad when traveling, camper or no. We also have iPhones. Both are easy to charge anywhere we are.

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