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[aprssig] Metric vs English Systems

John A. Ficke - WT4M wt4m at wt4m.com
Wed Sep 5 00:30:56 UTC 2007


I don't know what the fuss is all about, I live in the US and use the metric
system every time I buy a 2 liter bottle of soda-pop!  Much easier than
saying 67.6 fluid ounces...  Grin...

73,
John
WT4M

-----Original Message-----
From: aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org [mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org]
On Behalf Of Ray Wells
Sent: Tuesday, September 04, 2007 7:39 PM
To: TAPR APRS Mailing List
Subject: Re: [aprssig] Metric vs English Systems

Jan T. Pharo wrote:

>Derek Koonce <derek at dkoonce.com>, Tue, 04 Sep 2007 06:02:59 -0700:
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>>England still uses British units - miles, etc.
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>
>AFAIK, they still use it, but are changing, like the rest of the
>Commonwealth. In new cars I saw this summer, the km/h scale was
>dominant, and the mph scale was there, but smaller (not a stasticial
>significant number of observations, but that's what I saw)
>
>  
>
Australia went down this path in the 1970's and at one stage it was 
illegal to sell things like measuring tapes carrying both metric and 
imperial measurments but that prohibition has since been dropped. 
Although the metric system predominates, particularly older people still 
tend to think in imperial terms. Litres per hundred kilometres still 
means nothing to me so I convert to MPG if I really need to know.

Ray vk2tv

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