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  1. Facebook does the same thing. It's their impossible-to-sort-out privacy stuff and the way things are buried that drive me nuts. Can't find my own stuff half the time!


    Google+, Facebook, Diaspora - there will be an on-going game of catch-up and leapfrog between 'em all over the forthcoming months. I think the difference is that Google+ and Diaspora are designed with a view to allowing you to control your personal information flows, whereas FB tends to bolt it on as a knee-jerk reaction. I guess I'm even more suspicious of the 'applications' that ask for permission to raid your contacts and friend lists! And as your personal information is monetised by tightly focusing the adverts on your interests, friends, job, etc., Google and FB both want to hold your information.

    It's annoying having to join (and keep tabs on) each one, but for the social networks, now is the time to "evolve or die".

    It all sounds a bit negative, but each service provides great facilities to share photos and information - and they are subscription-free to use (despite the hoax claims that circulate from time to time!) My philosophy is to share stuff that I would be comfortable to treat as public domain and check the privacy options, clawing them back to "minimum necessary sharing". Personal information and exchanges are best dealt with through messages if you don't have a direct email (how many personal one-to-one exchanges have you seen shared?) But I do enjoy viewing photos from kite festivals far too remote to visit.

    Neither G+ nor FB replace this forum, but they act as a complementary channel for social banter. Enjoy!!

  2. The standard FRS radios in the UK broadcast on a different frequency than those in the US, other than that they are pretty much the same.

    FRS (Family Radio Sevice) is not dissimilar in concept to PMR448 licence exempt radios for the UK/EU. But the frequency allocations are very different and PMR448 has only about 8 real channels available. Some manufacturers confuse this by referring to the different sub-audible tones used on each channel, which will allow one to selectively open the squelch, as [notional] channels. To be blunt, kite teams don't need particularly sensitive radios, given the operating range actually needed - better not to hear co-channel interference within 1-5km.

    PMR448 prevents any modifications to the radios themselves (including swapping aerials, etc.), but plug-in headsets are fine. Throat mics may be worth exploring (for the caller) as a means of minimising extraneous pick-up - wind noise, etc.

    If a team wishes to fly in the UK and USA, then separate radios will be required.

  3. Agreed and it also will stop me offending people with my poor Spanish and French. If people cant understand my calls in English i will just have to speak slower and shout louder until they understand me! :kid_smartass:

    That will cut out half the fun! The multilingual calls give the rest of us longer to work out which is the 'right tip' or 'clockwise'.... :kid_devlish:

  4. Isn't Hereford west of London and about the same distance south of Liverpool? Unless the reference is to Chicago (which is actually farther north than Denver, Colorado, but still well south of the UK).If this is the case, you are the northener! :exclamation::mf_seehearspeak:

    Even London is considered 'the north' for Jonesey. If he went any further south he'd be wading across to the Isle of Wight.....

  5. But before we all go crazy shouting "I'll chip in" perhaps we ought to ask, do we need a PA for a practice arena? I don't question the need for volume, there's nothing that beats volume as a people wrangling tool and for a large mega-fly to work everybody needs to be able to hear the calls. I would have thought a megaphone would be more than good enough for the practice arena so long as there is a PA in the main arena.

    Ah the delights of multi-channel communication. I replied on Facebook. But to reiterate, I agree 100% with Bob. I'm just not sure of the business case for a PA in the Rev arena. A simple megaphone would suffice for instructions - there's already a PA in the main arena should the group be "booked" for a demonstration megafly. We wouldn't need music (would we?) so a multi-channel PA just sounds over-kill to me. Or have I missed something?

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  6. Eeek.....Did all REV flying in the UK come to a halt three years ago?

    Certainly not - there are a number of places with active Rev communities besides those with lone fliers....

    Hoping there might be some REV flyers in the West Midlands who can help me to learn to fly my new toy properly (and indeed to make sure I set it up properly).

    There are one or two others on the forum in your neck of the woods. But if you can get to the Portsmouth Kite Festival over the bank holiday weekend, or Bristol the following weekend, I'm sure you'll find a number of Rev pilots who'd be happy to give you a hand.

  7. Sorry Andy, I think you are something like 5 years late with that one. I saw him do a solo with his Rev II on my first trip to Rougham. If I remember right the weather was rough that w/e too. True star performer even then.

    I did say team. But yes, the track was definitely set early, with hopefully much more to come.

  8. Thanks for that Chris ....see it didn't rain all the time smile.gif

    The nice thing about Dunstable is you can see what weather is coming at you about 5 minutes before it arrives - giving sufficient time to invade a friendly-looking tent or caravan!

    Of other note, Daniel Hoath (aged 8) made his 'proper' festival debut, flying team in a Flying Squad arena display on Sunday.

    The mega team was primarily Saturday, with the festival schedule over-running on Sunday and winds having picked up from mid-vent to full vent, most of the visiting fliers were packing away rather than getting another kite out.

  9. i recently broke one of my lines. is it hard to shorten all four ,and what is the proper way? this is my second post and this is all new to me . thanks timmyz

    If the line was sleeved, it's not too hard. Just little time consuming. You should only need to shorten three lines, of course, I'd sleeve up the broken line first then match the others to that. A violin E string or thin guitar string / wire can be doubled up, poking the looped end all the way through the sleeving and used to drag the (good section of) line back through the sleeving.

    I've learned (from another local) that the quickest knot is the figure of eight - with both 'ends' of the sleeved loop held together as it's tied (so it is a doubled figure of eight). Some will add an extra single knot at one end of the sleeving to secure the 'free' end of the line as it exits the sleeving, but it's not really necessary if you leave a good cm or 1/4 inch excess of the flying line for future line adjustments. For now, just set the sleeving to the correct position, leaving a little line poking out the far end, ready for tying.

    With that one done, you just need to untie the remaining three sets, one at a time and slide the sleeving back to match the new position of the shortened line. Re-tie each, checking that the sleeving 'begins' the same place for each line before and after tying. The excess line can be trimmed away (leaving a cm / 1/4-1/2 inch excess) once you're satisfied that the lines all match. Easiest on a windless day when you can stake all lines on a single ground stake and extend all the lines, tho' I have performed 'surgery' in an hotel room, just doing the final line equalisation outside.

    Alternatively, if this was a 120 foot line set and the break was more than a foot or so from an end (and you have some matching line from a spool), you might be better off making up one new line to keep line lengths consistent for team flying.

    Hope this helps.

  10. Sounds good. I know of a couple of fliers who use Sewers' Aid - which is, I think, a silicone-based lubricant for threads - run down the lines using a cotton pad or non-abrasive cloth. Quilters and needlework shops may have some.

  11. OK - so my first reply was somewhat flippant, but I hadn't really noticed any issues. Windoze lives up to its name for me: WinXP and browser-based stuff can appallingly slow regardless of the content source, but FF (5.0) on Ubuntu Linux has appeared to be consistently fast via cable Internet (I don't use an ADSL circuit).

    For me, the WinXP problems appear to arise from greedy applications grabbing rather more memory than is reasonable (Skype in particular), giving rise to performance issues for everything else. Maybe Windoze 7 manages memory better.

    Not sure if that helps, but maybe server-side issues, if any, have cleared now.

  12. Is all well on the forum? a couple of times lately I have noticed postings have been a little sluggish and I seemed to lose the Forum completely for a while earlier in the week?

    That's what happens when you live in the rural extremities of the Internet. Not so much digital superhighway, more a single track branch line?


  13. Simple one - what is a teabag?

    Simply a kite with many holes cut across the face to create the effect of extra-mega-venting. Teabag, since it looks like a teabag, with all the perforations. Most holes cut are circular, as it's easy and less likely to result in tearing at corners - sizes of holes depend on the maker! An EXP works if you have one, 1.5s are used too, but the better (= expensive) the kite, the more scary it is cutting into it.

    I haven't made one as I can't summon the courage to perform the surgery, but I'm sure someone can post a picture.

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