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 To: [TowerTalk] Meters seay@Alaska.NET (Del Seay) Tue, 03 Jun 1997 07:17:42 -0700
 ```John Hughes wrote: > > Of course you're right. Not too many would deny that. It's just that we > don't want to change. Well, we want to, but we've got too much invested in > our own crazy system. Look at it this way. I believe the being a > vegatarian is much healthier and in keeping with good karma. But I ain't > capable of switching off my burgers and dogs, etc now. > > We might try to make the next generations more flexible and open to it > (especially for scientific pursuits) but that's our best hope. > > :) 73 de John, ks4xn > > On Tue, 3 Jun 1997, Chris R. Burger wrote: > > > > The metric system is no easier than the English system in common everyday > > > use. Sure, you can move the decimal point easily in the metric system, but > > > so what? How often do we move decimal points? > > You sure haven't used the metric system! > > > > One of the prime advantages of the metric system is that you don't > > need fractions. You only have to typeset a few documents containing > > the lovely 1-3/64" (or is that 1 minus 3 divided by 64 seconds?) type > > measurements before you realise that the metric system has its > > advantages! > > > > Some questions: > > How many inches to a mile? > > How many ounces in a ton? > > How many cubic inches in a gallon? > > And if you're east of the Atlantic? > > > > Lemmesee, the answers are easy: > > 5280ft/mile x 12"/ft = 63 360"/mile > > 16ounces/lb x 2240lbs/ton = 35 840ounces/ton > > I give up. But whatever the conversion factor is, it's different > > on the other side of the Atlantic by something like 20%. > > > > Now try the equivalent questions for the metric system: > > mm per km? > > g per ton? > > ml per l? > > What is the mass of a litre of water? > > West of the Atlantic? > > > > Answers: > > 1 000 000 mm/km > > 1 000 000 g/ton > > 1000 ml/l > > 1 kg, of course > > And, gee, west of the Atlantic it's the same! > > > > > > > Metrites criticize the English system as arbitrary. But at the end of the > > > day, I can always find my foot. > > I dare say your foot may not be an exact twelve inches... > > > > Besides, the base unit of the SI system is derived from the > > circumference of the earth--the circumference over the poles is > > 40 000 km. > > > > > I once tried a 25 meter tower, but found that an 82-foot one worked > > > better. > > That's only because it sounds higher, thereby lowering your voice by > > at least three full tones when you tell the station you're working! > > > > > > Now, to relevant stuff: Tool and hardware sizes are much simpler in > > the metric system. For example, spanners/wrenches/sockets/nuts/bolts > > are numbered in their mm size, which is an integer. Instead of > > having to look for a 17/163" tool, you can simply grab a 12. Bolts > > are similarly numbered by diameter (e.g. an 8 mm bolt). And, best of > > all, wires are sold by surface area (2 sq. mm) or diameter (1 mm), > > depending on the application. How much current does a number 22 wire > > carry anyway? > > > > Chris R. Burger > > ZS6EZ > > > > > > > > > > PS Hey, on the other hand, this imperial system really is easy: > > 16 ounces to the pound > > 14 pounds to the stone > > 2 stones to the quarter > > 4 quarters to the hundredweight > > 20 hundredweights to the ton > > > > Gee, this is a real elegant system! > > > > > > -- > > FAQ on WWW: http://www.contesting.com/towertalkfaq.html > > Submissions: towertalk@contesting.com > > Administrative requests: towertalk-REQUEST@contesting.com > > Problems: owner-towertalk@contesting.com > > Search: http://www.contesting.com/km9p/search.htm > > > > John Hughes > The U.S. isn't always right - but the U.S. measuring system is still the best. And if you think the metric system is always standard, try working on a European auto with JA metric wrenches. By the way, John, why would anyone who made it to the top of the food chain, want to be a vegetarian? de KL7HF -- FAQ on WWW: http://www.contesting.com/towertalkfaq.html Submissions: towertalk@contesting.com Administrative requests: towertalk-REQUEST@contesting.com Problems: owner-towertalk@contesting.com Search: http://www.contesting.com/km9p/search.htm ```
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