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by andynormancx
Wed Feb 20, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How do you break a boat?
Replies: 5
Views: 87

Re: How do you break a boat?

I managed to put a dent in my Wavesport Diesel by running it at speed into some swimming pool steps 😉
by andynormancx
Fri Jan 18, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?
Replies: 14
Views: 849

Re: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?

I've watched his videos before and he always puts a lot of effort in.
by andynormancx
Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?
Replies: 14
Views: 849

Re: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?

I think I’ll take my PLB rather than my drone. Especially as if my VHF is dangling from my drone it is going to be rather hard to use it ;)
by andynormancx
Thu Jan 17, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?
Replies: 14
Views: 849

Re: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?

Even a brief shot of the screen showing he was managing to operate the drone in GPS mode successfully.

I’ll admit I was imagining a radio taped to the top of my Mavic, rather than the radio suspended some distance away from the body ;)
by andynormancx
Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?
Replies: 14
Views: 849

Re: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?

I know it wasn’t a serious suggestion, but I suspect running 5 watt or greater transmitter on top of a drone isn’t going to do great things for the drones GPS receiver and compasses ;)
by andynormancx
Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 2019 Plastic Kayak Options or just go composite?
Replies: 13
Views: 933

Re: 2019 Plastic Kayak Options or just go composite?

Plastic sea boats are definitely more rigid than they used to be. And there are plenty of plastic boats that have similar/same designs as composite boats. However, they do still feel very different to composite boats. If you jump out of a plastic one and into a composite one (even of exactly the sam...
by andynormancx
Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Warm When Wet
Replies: 38
Views: 1826

Re: Warm When Wet

I think you will lose heat faster on a cold and windy day than you ever will in the water. This is a dangerous myth, it isn't true. Because water conducts heat away _so_ much quicker than air you are always going to lose heat a lot faster in the water. This is why it is stressed in safety and rescu...
by andynormancx
Thu Dec 13, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Warm When Wet
Replies: 38
Views: 1826

Re: Warm When Wet

I'm really talking about when you end up in the water, trying to get back into your boat. Your fleece isn't going to wick or dry and is not going to keep you warm when you're in the water (which is when you really need the protection from loss of body heat).
by andynormancx
Wed Dec 12, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Warm When Wet
Replies: 38
Views: 1826

Re: Warm When Wet

A fleece top isn't very useful for keeping you warm when it is wet. Water in contact with your skin conducts heat away from you at something like 25 times faster than air in contact with your skin. Fleece is warm mainly because it traps lots of against your skin and also inside the fleece material i...
by andynormancx
Wed Nov 28, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PLB protection
Replies: 22
Views: 1380

Re: PLB protection

If you watch videos on using it you’ll see that deploying it is easier than those instructions make it look, the videos show that the antenna springs free once you pop the top off. Could actually potentially be easier than the rescueMe.
by andynormancx
Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PLB protection
Replies: 22
Views: 1380

Re: PLB protection

When you say unwound do you really mean unwound or just pulled out. The rescueMe PLB1 needs to have its antenna deploy, but you just pull on the end of it to unwind it.
by andynormancx
Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PLB protection
Replies: 22
Views: 1380

Re: PLB protection

I've seen people with them attached to their shoulder strap. I'm not convinced that I'd actually be able to extend the antenna and activate mine while it was attached to my shoulder strap. I'm fairly sure I'd struggle to visually see whether or not I'd activated it. So my plan is to keep it in a poc...
by andynormancx
Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PLB registration - is this a record?
Replies: 7
Views: 714

Re: PLB registration - is this a record?

Nope. Just got mine, that I registered sometime in autumn last year.

I wasn't expecting any actual paperwork, so I was surprised when it turned up yesterday.
by andynormancx
Thu Oct 25, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New Coach Award E-Learning
Replies: 7
Views: 509

Re: New Coach Award E-Learning

The answer from BC, I have to create a new account to sign up for the provider e-learning content. So I now have three different accounts for BC: - membership area - e-learning for coaching award - e-learning for the providers info I hope they have plans to streamline this, the last thing coaches ge...
by andynormancx
Thu Oct 25, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New Coach Award E-Learning
Replies: 7
Views: 509

Re: New Coach Award E-Learning

So your login for the shop it different for the login to actually view the e-learning ?
by andynormancx
Thu Oct 25, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New Coach Award E-Learning
Replies: 7
Views: 509

Re: New Coach Award E-Learning

I'm trying to work out how to buy the New Personal Performance Awards e-learning workshop. I already have the Coach Award e-learning available on my login at e-learning https://brcanoeawarding.mylearningapp.com When I go to https://brcanoeawarding.mylearningapp.com/shop/ to try and buy the New Perso...
by andynormancx
Tue Oct 23, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: CNTP course providers in SE?
Replies: 5
Views: 592

Re: CNTP course providers in SE?

On the same subject, does anyone have any recommendations for CNTP providers that they think are particularly good ?
by andynormancx
Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drysuit zips
Replies: 10
Views: 1183

Re: Drysuit zips

I also get a bit of folding of the zip on my waist zip Typhoon. It isn’t uncomfortable though.
by andynormancx
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Shoulder surgery - experiences of recovery time
Replies: 10
Views: 744

Re: Shoulder surgery - experiences of recovery time

I’ve not had surgery, but I did have a shoulder injury, with just a bit of tear in something. It took me 8 months until I was really fit.
by andynormancx
Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Using whistles on rivers
Replies: 9
Views: 617

Re: Using whistles on rivers

Thanks, I didn't know about the 3 blasts (always been taught 6 blasts).
by andynormancx
Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Using whistles on rivers
Replies: 9
Views: 617

Re: Using whistles on rivers

Specifically the recognised distress signal is 6 blasts, repeated once a minute.

Though I doubt many members of the general population know that...
by andynormancx
Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?
Replies: 14
Views: 849

Re: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?

But as you noted, raising the antenna a few feet when talking to the coast guard may well make little difference. Say the radio is normally about 1 metre above sea level when you are in a kayak and the coast guard antenna is 50 metres ASL. The radio horizon for the combined setup is 33km. Even if yo...
by andynormancx
Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?
Replies: 14
Views: 849

Re: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?

The limiting factor is not the power of the transmitter. The limiting factors are line of sight and the antenna design.

With the right antenna and line of sight (i.e. both transmitter and receiver on top of big hill/mountain) a 5W handheld VHF radio can be heard 100 miles away or more.
by andynormancx
Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 6
Views: 498

Re: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach

Thanks. A complex repair like that is beyond me, I’ve done one single bit of glass work so far. And that was this week, patching damage under the front seat lip on my wife’s Romany.
by andynormancx
Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 6
Views: 498

Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach

I’ve got some damage to the very rear of my Tiderace Xplore, right at the stern, on one side right at the bottom edge of the hull. I had thought it was just some gel coat damage, but then I realised there was a small leak. When I investigated it further I found that the area around the gel coat defo...
by andynormancx
Sun Oct 07, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hand Held VHF wattage
Replies: 5
Views: 442

Re: Hand Held VHF wattage

Channels 75/76 (and quite a few others) didn't used to exist. The spacing between the marine channels was originally 50 kHz. When radios go better, it was decided that a 50 kHz gap between channels was more than was needed. So they cut the gap down to 25 kHz and added loads of new channels, includin...
by andynormancx
Fri Oct 05, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Time for a new PDF
Replies: 22
Views: 1280

Re: Time for a new PDF

I must have a look at that next time I bump into you Michal.
by andynormancx
Fri Oct 05, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hand Held VHF wattage
Replies: 5
Views: 442

Re: Hand Held VHF wattage

And before anyone else mentions it, there are other channels even closer to 16, that are also restricted to 1 watt.

75 and 76 are on 156.775/156.825.
by andynormancx
Fri Oct 05, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hand Held VHF wattage
Replies: 5
Views: 442

Re: Hand Held VHF wattage

I was certainly not told to use low power on channel 16 when I did my SRC last year. Maybe someone was getting mixed up with the guard channels each side of channel 16, where you are supposed to use max 1 watt to reduce the possibility of interfering with transmissions on the much more important cha...