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by rhills
Tue, 14 Sep 2010, 17:47
Forum: Scooters, mopeds and electric toys
Topic: Electric Scooter
Replies: 8
Views: 3543

Electric Scooter

Hey Fly, If you are looking at these messages on the web, you don't need to get Simon's email address, just click on his name next to one of his posts and a menu will drop down that includes "send private message" - that's a better way to go anyway than posting an email address on a public forum tha...
by rhills
Wed, 08 Sep 2010, 17:59
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: gholm's Morris J2 Van- 1966
Replies: 187
Views: 44051

gholm's Morris J2 Van- 1966

All I have to do is get around the very wide margin of error of my speedo, currently quite loosely calibrated in mph and jumpy as a cat on cracker night Hmmm, "jumpy as a cat". Sounds very much to me like a cable-driven speedo with a broken strand (wire strand sticks out and snags inside the tube, ...
by rhills
Wed, 08 Sep 2010, 17:43
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Weber and Coulomb's MX-5
Replies: 1698
Views: 323573

Weber and Coulomb's MX-5

I use 291 on my boat and it's very sticky stuff. I agree with Jeff, you probably need to degrease the metal a bit. At least some of the sheen you mention is likely due to machine oil that very little of anything would stick to.
by rhills
Fri, 03 Sep 2010, 06:43
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Code Help
Replies: 30
Views: 8412

Code Help

I think you just have to assume standard atmospheric pressure. Remember those weather maps they show at the end of the news with Highs and Lows on them? Well Highs are simply when the pressure is higher than "standard" (ie 100 kpa) and Lows when the pressure is "lower" than standard. On weather maps...
by rhills
Fri, 03 Sep 2010, 06:16
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Code Help
Replies: 30
Views: 8412

Code Help

The formula you mentioned didn't mention the units for absolute pressure, but I'll bet they're pascals, not kilopascals. If you replace the 100 (kilopascals) with 100,000 (pascals) I think you'll get the answer you want.
by rhills
Fri, 03 Sep 2010, 05:53
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Code Help
Replies: 30
Views: 8412

Code Help

IIRC, absolute temperature is measured in °K (Kelvin), not celcius. Kelvin starts much lower than Celcius and I believe the conversion formula is K = °C + 273.15. As for air pressure, it reduces linearly with altitude - I believe aeroplane altimeters actually measure air pressure and calculate the a...
by rhills
Thu, 02 Sep 2010, 01:06
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Questions on Elcon/TC chargers
Replies: 95
Views: 22051

Questions on Elcon/TC chargers

I don't read Chinese, but I'm guessing you need a username and password to be able to log in. Maybe then you also need to be able to read Chinese to read what's on the page?
by rhills
Tue, 24 Aug 2010, 23:55
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: emissions trading / carbon trading
Replies: 94
Views: 10706

emissions trading / carbon trading

Carbon taxes, and Emission trading schemes are not a valid model to deal with Australia's unique environmental circumstance. So, what do you think is a valid model? I also have a problem with the inefficiency of Government, but I have a bigger problem with the current process that's simply not prod...
by rhills
Tue, 24 Aug 2010, 23:35
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: emissions trading / carbon trading
Replies: 94
Views: 10706

emissions trading / carbon trading

The point you make is an interesting one. Obviously there is still a small minority of homophobic bigots. However, I suspect the question of same sex marriage is more complex than that. Not only do I agree with your analysis of this problem, but I also strongly agree with your proposal. As a child ...
by rhills
Mon, 16 Aug 2010, 22:15
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: emissions trading / carbon trading
Replies: 94
Views: 10706

emissions trading / carbon trading

The per capita concept is irrelevant when we are dealing with one biosphere. Let's take this concept to its logical conclusion. "Per Capita" is irrelevant in Australia, because we have so few heads and the amount of CO2 we produce overall is miniscule. I as an individual produce a tiny amount of CO...
by rhills
Sun, 15 Aug 2010, 22:10
Forum: EV Motoring
Topic: Mitsubishi Electric Car lands in Australia
Replies: 73
Views: 9719

Mitsubishi Electric Car lands in Australia

You are indeed baffled, aren't you. Like many here, I admire Ross' work and would like to support an Ozzie business. I have contemplated several times buying a Blade but each time I've decided not to. Here's why: First, some background. I own a real dinosaur, a 1990 Pajero V6 which I'd dearly like t...
by rhills
Fri, 13 Aug 2010, 05:11
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Government EV Policy
Replies: 35
Views: 4282

Government EV Policy

I agree it's difficult to hold someone to something that's vaguely written. I also agree that at least the Libs have been clear and concise. They think climate change is "crap" and that nothing needs to be done and they're happy to assassinate anyone in their ranks who is silly enough to try and ups...
by rhills
Thu, 12 Aug 2010, 09:28
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Government EV Policy
Replies: 35
Views: 4282

Government EV Policy

Nice find, Leighf! I agree that campaign promises these days are pretty worthless, but at least one party has actually said something concrete and if they are re-elected, it will be up to us to pressure them to carry out their promise.

by rhills
Mon, 09 Aug 2010, 20:18
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Cash for Clunkers and EV conversions
Replies: 12
Views: 1418

Cash for Clunkers and EV conversions

Sorry, Peter C, for hijacking your thread and blabbing on about politics and particularly for not acknowledging your excellent efforts to try and salvage something useful from this otherwise worthless political stunt. I hope you succeed.
by rhills
Mon, 09 Aug 2010, 20:15
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Cash for Clunkers and EV conversions
Replies: 12
Views: 1418

Cash for Clunkers and EV conversions

The best result for EV progress is a LIB/NAT victory, since Joe Hockey is an EV supporter, and has expressed doubts about the value of an all or nothing LPG policy. Hockey has expressed support for the introduction of fast charging stations and may increase support if he and others can see that maj...
by rhills
Mon, 09 Aug 2010, 18:01
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Weber and Coulomb's MX-5
Replies: 1698
Views: 323573

Weber and Coulomb's MX-5

We've had a bit of trouble getting a serial port working on Weber's relatively new Dell laptop. It comes with 64-bit Windows 7, which despite the name, isn't very Windows compatible. Guess you're up and running now, but don't forget the Linux option. I too bought a 64-bit laptop recently that came ...
by rhills
Mon, 26 Jul 2010, 21:41
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Will NiZn be better option for EVers?
Replies: 7
Views: 1422

Will NiZn be better option for EVers?

I looked at the US Green Batteries link you gave and read that the NiZn batteries they sell require a "dedicated charger" but as far as I could see, they don't sell one. What's with that?

by rhills
Mon, 19 Jul 2010, 09:58
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Random Posters
Replies: 4
Views: 996

Random Posters

If links were to be stripped, it'd be good if the poster were somehow notified - people seem to struggle enough with links as it is. I suspected the purpose of the bogus posts was to raise search engine rankings. Maybe people should have to post to the "what do you do for a living" or maybe a new "i...
by rhills
Sun, 18 Jul 2010, 08:42
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Random Posters
Replies: 4
Views: 996

Random Posters

I believe they're spammers. I noticed they have irrelevent (to EVs) URLs in their emails.
by rhills
Sat, 22 May 2010, 07:31
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: E-Machine
Replies: 57
Views: 8127

E-Machine

And anyway, everyone knows that red cars/bikes go faster!

BTW, I like the bike & voted for it on the Mercury site. When do they go on sale?
by rhills
Thu, 20 May 2010, 08:59
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Mercedes A and B class donors; stability control
Replies: 89
Views: 16740

Mercedes A and B class donors; stability control

Nice-looking Merc A-190 potential donor on eBay here, especially if you're in QLD. What was the consensus on the ABS and conversion? Is it a go or no-go, or does it depend on which (nanny) state you live in ATM?

by rhills
Thu, 13 May 2010, 19:39
Forum: EV Motoring
Topic: Mitsubishi Electric Car lands in Australia
Replies: 73
Views: 9719

Mitsubishi Electric Car lands in Australia

Well that is the problem that Mitsi have at present. No stock to offer.It is the old marketing nightmare for the Oz dealership.There would be no point in wide promotion if there is no product to sell ! There isn't even a waiting list to go on ! Strange, I thought you said you would buy one! Marcopo...
by rhills
Thu, 13 May 2010, 19:23
Forum: EV Motoring
Topic: Mitsubishi Electric Car lands in Australia
Replies: 73
Views: 9719

Mitsubishi Electric Car lands in Australia

My concern is that MMAC keep talking about "gauging interest" but don't actually seem to have any mechanism in place to do that. I'd have thought the easiest gauge for them to implement would be a contact form on the iMiev site and a waiting list. If an enthusiast (relatively web-savvy) like me has ...
by rhills
Thu, 13 May 2010, 07:39
Forum: EV Motoring
Topic: Mitsubishi Electric Car lands in Australia
Replies: 73
Views: 9719

Mitsubishi Electric Car lands in Australia

ACMotor, how'd you find out about the iMiev show in Perth? Was it only today? I registered interest in the iMiev on Mitsubishi's website ages ago, do you think they'd have contacted me to tell me about this? How badly do they want to sell them? I bet if it was a Pajero, a Magna or a Colt, they'd be ...
by rhills
Thu, 06 May 2010, 05:44
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Life of LiFePo4
Replies: 13
Views: 1776

Life of LiFePo4

Hi Sunkosi, Several thoughts: 1. I'd have thought that a 30kg saving on a racing yacht was actually quite significant. I guess it depends on your budget and how much it would cost you to lose that 30kg by other means. 2. Others can correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe it's easier to kill lithium b...