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George Kennedy

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  • Birthday 05/05/62

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  1. Simple TV. Is it possible?

    I bought one of these for £45 from Maplin as a back up for satellite. We were moored at Spiceball park in Banbury where, due to the canal being tree lined, line of sight doesn't work. All the reviews seemed to suggest that it worked surprisingly well so I bought it even though I was very sceptical of the claims. The kit includes a bracket mount as well as a sucker mount. The unit is powered from the coaxial cable by a small device which can be powered by either a 12v fag lighter plug or a 240v power supply- both provided. I used the sucker mount and the antenna stood three inches above roof level, tuned it in and it found all of the freeview channels. Later in the evening we heard a clunk outside but couldn't see anything untoward. In the morning I realised that this was the antenna falling on to the deck. Semi trad so surrounded on all four sides by steel but the picture had been unaffected. I overcame the sucker problem by cleaning the area where I wanted to stick it. Since then we have travelled to Oxford then to Brentford on the Thames and now head up the. GU. Everywhere we have been, this little antenna has worked. I'm sure that there will be someone who will say that they have had one and it didn't work in Braunston tunnel or something but for me this really is "plug 'n' play". No big pole, no compass, no mast finding app, no map.
  2. Narrowboat Graveyard

    Definitely Beduff, as Dave says.
  3. Thames visiting licence

    Thanks everyone, that's sorted it out in my mind now. I wonder why the EA bother having a visiting licence for a houseboat?, especially a 1-day one!
  4. Thames visiting licence

    Thanks Dave, so did you pay at the high rate for launches or the 50% rate for houseboats? The definitions are in this document https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/569952/LIT_10600.pdf A narrowboat would appear to fit the houseboat category rather than the launch category but I had always thought of a houseboat as being one that doesn't move. There's a big difference in the rate and although the cost won't affect our plans, I wouldn't want to pay more than I needed to. In answer to Mark, we'll get on at Dukes cut. I assume that I'll just buy a licence at the first manned lock so no problem with them seeing the boat first.
  5. Thames visiting licence

    Good evening. In a few weeks time we will be venturing on to the Thames for the first time on our narrowboat and need to pick some brains please. We have a standard CaRT licence and know that we will need a short term vistor licence from the EA. I know how to work out the area of the boat and intend to buy a 1 month certificate. Can I assume that a narrowboat is classified as a houseboat rather than a launch?
  6. Solar Panels - 110 / 120 / 130 Watt + 20% efficiency

    You asked for it, so here we go! The global formula to estimate the electricity generated in output of a photovoltaic system is : E = A * r * H * PR E = Energy (kWh) A = Total solar panel Area (m²) r = solar panel yield or efficiency(%) H = Annual average solar radiation on tilted panels (shadings not included) PR = Performance ratio, coefficient for losses (range between 0.5 and 0.9, default value = 0.75) r is the yield of the solar panel given by the ratio : electrical power (in kWp) of one solar panel divided by the area of one panel.Example : the solar panel yield of a PV module of 250 Wp with an area of 1.6 m² is 15.6%. Be aware that this nominal ratio is given for standard test conditions (STC) : radiation=1000 W/m², cell temperature=25 °C, Wind speed=1 m/s, AM=1.5. The unit of the nominal power of the photovoltaic panel in these conditions is called "Watt-peak" (Wp or kWp=1000 Wp or MWp=1000000 Wp). H is the annual average solar radiation on tilted panels. Between 200 kWh/m².y (Norway) and 2600 kWh/m².y (Saudi Arabia). You can find this global radiation value here : Solar radiation data You have to find the global annual irradiation incident on your PV panels with your specific inclination (slope, tilt) and orientation (azimut). PR : PR (Performance Ratio) is a very important value to evaluate the quality of a photovoltaic installation because it gives the performance of the installation independently of the orientation, inclination of the panel. It includes all losses.Example of detailed losses that gives the PR value (depend on the site, the technology, and sizing of the system): - Inverter losses (4% to 10 %) - Temperature losses (5% to 20%) - DC cables losses (1 to 3 %) - AC cables losses (1 to 3 %) - Shadings 0 % to 80% !!! (specific to each site) - Losses at weak radiation 3% to 7% - Losses due to dust, snow... (2%)
  7. NBTA 'Not Happy'

    Unlawful is against the law whereas illegal is a sick bird
  8. We passed by Fenny Compton marina today and with the exception of access by water, it looks to have a totally secure site. I can't remember seeing another like it but I'm sure at there are other examples.
  9. * FOUND * Stolen Boat - from Mercia Marina

    search for " the dog & duck" and a 48' boat built by Stenson Boatbuilders is listed.
  10. EU funding for UK Canal Projects

    Is it appropriate to introduce the subject of duty on red diesel?
  11. Mooring without tieing up

    I'm intrigued but have to confess to not knowing where the location is !
  12. Love Locks

    Originally a celebration of the removal of a chastity belt, I think you'll find.
  13. End of 100GB Christmas sim

    My second sim ordered before Christmas didn't arrive either.If the EE 100GB isn't repeated, this is perhaps the best answer, 50gb per month for £27.50. Two year contract with mifi but no up front cost http://shop.ee.co.uk/dongles/pay-monthly-mobile-broadband/osprey-2-from-ee/details#choosePlanAnchor
  14. End of 100GB Christmas sim

    Hi, I asked this question last summer in an EE shop and was told that the offer was for new sims only. I wonder how many of us are all sitting hoping and waiting for another 100gb offer? Maybe now that the BT takeover has been approved, there won't be any!
  15. Modern Canal Carrying

    It's a nice idea but if it could be viable, it would only be a matter of time before we would be overrun by Eddie Stobart narrowboats https://christopherjwebb.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/boat_1_a.jpg