highaltitude.log.20060411

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[11:48] <jcoxon> hey all
[11:48] <mark_fiirestone> hey there
[11:49] <jcoxon> nice first post
[11:50] <mark_fiirestone> thanks. it was a bit early in the morning. I only got three hours sleep (excuses excuses)
[11:53] <jcoxon> hehe
[11:55] <mark_fiirestone> i found the site that gave me the parafoil idea... http://cosmos.ssol.iastate.edu/RGS/home.html
[11:55] <mark_fiirestone> they seem to have stopped trying at some point... hmmm...
[11:56] <mark_fiirestone> in other news, I heard from the folks trying to get Ofcom to behave like humans, and they said they were optimistic. I was thinking of having a landing triggered CW beacon... or is that illegal in this country as well?
[11:58] <mark_fiirestone> i already proved that i can trim a dipole, it would be a shame to let that go to waste :)
[11:58] <jcoxon> to tell you the truth i'm not sure of the rules
[12:00] <mark_fiirestone> me either. some places require you to inform the authorities as to where the thing is... that would kind of defeat the purpose. so... do you think the reason that the cel phones don't work above 2000 ft is signal, or are they just confused by suddenly seeing dozens of cells?
[12:00] <jcoxon> ummm
[12:00] <jcoxon> perhaps
[12:00] <jcoxon> or that the cell system isn't designed with altitude in mind
[12:00] <jcoxon> the focus is horizontal
[12:03] <phatmonkey> parafoils get tangled too easily and are hard to control!
[12:04] <phatmonkey> already considered that for my project
[12:04] <jcoxon> :-D
[12:04] <jcoxon> i agree
[12:05] <phatmonkey> zzz
[12:05] <phatmonkey> really need to get a wiki up
[12:05] <phatmonkey> so we can brainstorm!
[12:05] <phatmonkey> wiki.ukhas.org.uk I guess
[12:06] <phatmonkey> http://wiki.splitbrain.org/wiki:dokuwiki
[12:06] <phatmonkey> I have used that for other things
[12:06] <phatmonkey> and it's a great piece of software
[12:07] <phatmonkey> I'll investigate authentication
[12:07] <phatmonkey> since it doesn't have any login built in
[12:07] <phatmonkey> and vandals will run riot without anything
[12:07] <jcoxon> hmmm
[12:07] <jcoxon> yeah login is good
[12:07] <jcoxon> i've added a links page
[12:08] <phatmonkey> hahaha
[12:08] <phatmonkey> http://www.foolab.org/node/785
[12:08] <phatmonkey> genius
[12:08] <jcoxon> defy, whats your site again?
[12:08] <phatmonkey> shall we stick with the drupla scheme and keep everything lower case?
[12:08] <phatmonkey> drupal
[12:08] <jcoxon> oh we could
[12:09] <jcoxon> i changed about to About
[12:09] <jcoxon> but it can go back!
[12:09] <phatmonkey> yeah
[12:09] <jcoxon> lower case is fine with me
[12:09] <phatmonkey> not sure really
[12:09] <jcoxon> i'll change it now
[12:09] <phatmonkey> not a big deal at the moment
[12:09] <phatmonkey> ok
[12:09] <phatmonkey> just the menu I guess
[12:09] <phatmonkey> I think I'll move my project to the ukhas site somewhere
[12:09] <phatmonkey> it makes sense...
[12:10] <phatmonkey> we can probably have a gallery too
[12:10] <phatmonkey> for all our piccys
[12:10] <jcoxon> hehe
[12:10] <phatmonkey> got sick of people vandalising my wiki
[12:11] <phatmonkey> I've turned off all editing :(
[12:14] <phatmonkey> http://www.spreadfirefox.com/
[12:14] <phatmonkey> that's the sort of thing you can do with drupal
[12:19] <phatmonkey> anywho
[12:19] <phatmonkey> better go
[12:19] <phatmonkey> be back later
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[13:20] <phatmonkey> hum
[13:20] <phatmonkey> ho
[13:27] <mark_fiirestone> someone's lost the multimeter. now I will have to go buy one. stupid company!
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[14:10] <phatmonkey> jcoxon: http://wiki.ukhas.org.uk/
[14:12] <phatmonkey> can't be bothered to integrate it with drupal
[14:12] <phatmonkey> no point really
[14:22] <defy> phatmonkey, what if the parafoil had a very thin light frame
[14:22] <defy> sorry was reading scroll :P
[14:23] <phatmonkey> no idea
[14:23] <phatmonkey> it would probably break ;)
[14:23] <defy> I suppose transitioning back through the atmosphere will really move it around a bit
[14:24] <phatmonkey> and the jetstream and all
[14:24] <phatmonkey> ... and landing
[14:25] <defy> hehe
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[14:52] <jcoxon> thanks phatmonkey
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[16:26] <phatmonkey> rockoons?!
[16:26] <jcoxon> yup
[16:26] <jcoxon> http://www.nrl.navy.mil/content.php?P=ROCKOON
[16:27] <phatmonkey> oh right, yes
[16:29] <jcoxon> hehe
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[18:19] <jcoxon> defy, whats your website again?
[18:27] <defy> http://defy.net/balloon/
[18:30] <defy> haven't updated in a while, I really should since i've done quite a lot more work since the last update
[18:30] <defy> I'm off to find more high density foam tomorrow for housing
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