Digital Direction Finding
Dan OCanna (ocanna@ALPHA.CAER.UKY.EDU)
Wed, 2 Aug 1995 09:28:16 EDT
Susan Ganther <susan@EMAIL.UNC.EDU>, generated a good deal of excellent
discussion on a couple of subjects of interest to me.
>Chlorox baths will very probably kill you eventually.
Chlorine is a powerful oxidizer and excessive use will no doubt cause certain
health problems. But as ol' Doc Tucker pointed out to me some years ago,
"Life is the most dangerous thing you can get into. You'll never get out
alive." It is important to be as aware as possible of how environmental
factors can affect us, however. That way we can make informed choices.
Thanks for the info on the possible link to ovarian cancer.
Second: (and much more fun)
>How do you find north with a digital watch?
Easy. Hang the watch from a tree limb that is currently in the sun, and will
be for a couple of hours. Poke a stick in the ground where the watch's
shadow falls. Wait till the watch's shadow has moved at least 6", and place
a stick at that point. The direction from the first to the second stick will
be roughly east. (Adapted from the method on page 275, or there 'bouts I
think, in the Scout Handbook; mine's not here). If no suitable tree is near-
by jam your hiking stick into the ground and put your watch on top.
Any visible heavenly body could be used by lining up the top of a "sighting
stick", the watch and the celestial object. Should you have chosen Polaris
as your test object the second observation would be the same as the first.
Wouldn't this method work regardless of which hemisphere you are in (except
the Polaris part, of course)?
Yours in the Spirit of Scouting,
Dan O'Canna [firstname.lastname@example.org] Lexngton, KY USA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City