[aprssig] Re: Metric vs. English systems

Ben Lindner vk5jfk at activ8.net.au
Wed Sep 5 02:32:22 CDT 2007

Litres not liters,

Also your US gallon is different to the British gallon, figure that one out


Mark Fellhauer wrote:
> At 05:07 PM 9/4/2007, Keith VE7GDH wrote:
>> Good article there! I'm all for standardization - including in APRS. 
>> Many in the US would be happy if "the rest of the world" bought into 
>> the "new" path settings currently being recommended in North America. 
>> Perhaps at least amateurs in the US will realize the beauty of 
>> simplicity and opt to start using metric units for APRS as well. It's 
>> just a matter of time before they realize the economic benefits of 
>> converting. As everywhere else, there will be some "growing pains" in 
>> the switch, but there's a huge economic advantage in not having to 
>> tool everything using two different standards. If they want to 
>> continue trading with the rest of the world, they will eventually 
>> change over. It might even happen in my lifetime - hi!
> I'm not so sure I understand these snide comments.    Or the comments 
> at all.   What economic advantage?  Tool to two different standards?  
> And if you think the rest of the world has standardized, try using a 
> European-made Phillips-head screwdriver on the Phillips-head fastener 
> of a Japanese made photo processing machine.  Can you say JIS?
> U.S. industry competes in a world market and some people seem to think 
> we're still in the horse and buggy age.  The last American car I owned 
> made in the mid 1980's had a 2.2 liter engine with metric fasteners - 
> a Chrysler made in East St. Louis, Missouri.    How could this be?  Us 
> backward 'mericans in the sticks of Missouri taint never heard of no 
> metric system before...
> The wonderful company Airbus seems to have a problem getting their 
> wiring harnesses to match up on the A380.  It seems the French and the 
> Germans can't measure correctly despite both using that superior 
> metric system.
> And when will they get around to standardizing angular measurement?   
> Hmmm...  400 units to a circle?   That kinda breaks the old 
> 10/100/1000 standard, now doesn't it?
> Europeans and Canadians can't handle the math of using mils, so we 
> can't use that.   They've addled their brains on decimalization.
> 4000 years ago the Greeks and Babylonians could think in Base 60.     
> That would probably make the brain of a "modern" Frenchman in the BIPM 
> explode.   At least in the United States we don't let the government 
> dictate every aspect of our lives.  So what if my granny in Florida 
> wants to bake cookies using cups of flour and teaspoons of salt?  So 
> what if the British want to heft a pint at the pub?   I really don't 
> see the benefit of some bureaucrat in Brussels telling me I have to 
> buy my gasoline in liters or my gandma has to buy butter in 250 ml 
> sticks.   Get off the U.S. bashing.  It has nothing to do with APRS.
> Mark
> My car gets 564500 Rods to the Hogshead, and that's the way I like it.
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