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General Discussion Area / 2G mobile signal booster
« on: Yesterday at 22:34:26 »
I have a gps watch/communicator (think Dick Tracy) that uses 2G on any available network, however we don't get any decent mobile network signal indoors, so I have to use wifi on my mobile. Can anyone recommend a way to help get a signal indoors? Booster advertised seem very pricey. :-\

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General Car Chat / Re: Bimbo Brains
« on: 14 July 2019, 11:10:34 »
That's right, just doing your fu£king job seems to be worthy of an award these days.  >:(.

Quite common within the establishment/public sector/military where all the senior civil servants get knighthoods and some get peerages.  ::)

An old school mate of mine joined the navy at 18 as an officer cadet and left at 45 with the rank of Commander, an OBE, a big fat pension and even his kids school fees paid up until they left school!  :y 

What did he do to get his OBE?  ???  His job!  ;D

Assuming he served for 27 years, its only about 33K. Not exactly a fortune these days, and perhaps he did a good job serving his country, almost certainly seeing combat in one or more of our many skirmishes over the past 40 odd years. Good on him, and those like him who are willing to put their lives on the line for the rest of us. :y

I'm not slagging my mate off Shack and you are right, I'm sure he has put his life on the line at times during his naval career. He was a naval diver and worked in the RN bomb disposal team for a while, so doubtless during that part of his career was in some dicey situations above and below sea level. During the Iraq war he commanded a flotilla of minesweepers in the gulf and no doubt saw action there. So he had a very successful career, but at the end of the day he got the OBE for doing his job!  :)

As to his pension, I'll take your figure of £33k and if he lives to 85 his pension pot is worth £1.3 million, which as Jimmy points out is very generous. A quick Google though suggests that the salary of a RN Commander is between £85-95k and given he joined about 1986, I'd have thought his pension would be more than £33k.  :-\  Nor can I think of many jobs where your employer will pay for your kids private education!  ;)

However, you're a military man and I'm not so I accept you know more about this sort of thing than me. :y

Point taken on the pension, although personally I don't think you can put a price on what some of our servicemen went through - I do not include myself here, I served during the cold war and never saw a shot fired - but I do agree with the principle of awards degradation. Sir Andy Murray! for playing a game he loves, and earns £M for doing so. Dame Judy Dench! for being a celebrity actOR, and also earning £M. I have no problem with your mate, who sounds like a brave and competent man, getting his, no doubt well deserved, OBE. :y

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General Car Chat / Re: Bimbo Brains
« on: 13 July 2019, 20:02:28 »
That's right, just doing your fu£king job seems to be worthy of an award these days.  >:(.

Quite common within the establishment/public sector/military where all the senior civil servants get knighthoods and some get peerages.  ::)

An old school mate of mine joined the navy at 18 as an officer cadet and left at 45 with the rank of Commander, an OBE, a big fat pension and even his kids school fees paid up until they left school!  :y 

What did he do to get his OBE?  ???  His job!  ;D

Assuming he served for 27 years, its only about 33K. Not exactly a fortune these days, and perhaps he did a good job serving his country, almost certainly seeing combat in one or more of our many skirmishes over the past 40 odd years. Good on him, and those like him who are willing to put their lives on the line for the rest of us. :y

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General Discussion Area / Re: Openreach?
« on: 11 July 2019, 10:46:31 »
I am VC of our Village Hall Trustees, and responsible for Utilities. We recently had £30 from one of our suppliers for a 'failed meter appointment'. An appointment of which we were completely unaware! :y

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I think that DTM fella has our CANdi, from the time he had a Zaf-B.


But that's the easiest way - Tech2 + CANdi + Carpass + spare key with immob chip and fob.
Yeah, dead easy.

 :-X

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General Discussion Area / Re: Radio
« on: 07 July 2019, 16:43:44 »
Thanks a lot, will get round to it when I finish my other projects. :y :y :y

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Hate cruise. Never use it.

I use cruise and the limiter as required all the time on the Mondeo. I find them both extremely useful, especially with the clever way they are programmed. :y

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General Discussion Area / Re: Radio
« on: 06 July 2019, 19:34:27 »
I am puzzled that a radio is not available that can transmit its signal (Bluetooth?) to a speaker without the necessity for wifi/internet radio. ???

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General Discussion Area / Re: Radio
« on: 06 July 2019, 18:01:01 »
As we mainly only listen to Internet Radio we have a Bose Home Speaker 500 in the sitting room, paired to an additional Bose speaker in the kitchen, so only one playing device required.
Although in saying that, for playing CD's we have a Panasonic DAB radio/CD player in the conservatory, paired to various other speakers throughout the house. The Bose is quite fussy about what it pairs to (Bose only I believe), but the Panasonic is more than happy to pair with additional speakers (Sonos etc.) dotted about around the house. Each speaker needs to be within reach of your home wifi.  :y

So, in short, you could buy a system and just add speakers for the other rooms. They can all be controlled by Alexa (the spy in the house  ::)) if you so wish, or your smart phone, or in the case of the Panasonic, by using the remote. You could buy a Amazon Alexa Echo or Dot/Google Home and just add additional speakers (that's how we started).
If it's just for Internet Radio it's very easy to set up multiple speakers in different rooms from one device but if you want the CD function you will need a Radio/CD player with Wi-fi/Bluetooth compatibility:y

Thanks very much. Sounds like the way to go. I'm not convinced that the wifi range is great, but as the kitchen is only the other side of the wall from the router, it may work. :y

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General Discussion Area / Re: Radio
« on: 06 July 2019, 12:47:45 »
As far as I can see, Chris, a Bluetooth transmitter plugged into the headphone socket of the radio is the way most people do it. Two inconveniences with that: You'll lose the radio speaker and you'll need to charge up the transmitter.

Thanks Steve, I had hoped that something that I envisaged would be avlbl nowadays. We have a radio in our breakfast area, but it is difficult to hear in the adjoining  kitchen with extractor fan(s) going. I guess a second radio is the only viable option. :-\

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General Discussion Area / Re: Radio
« on: 05 July 2019, 22:33:07 »
OK, with speakers not connected by wires, how's that? 8)

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General Discussion Area / Re: BBC Years and Years
« on: 05 July 2019, 19:29:13 »
Some  interesting touches but I much prefer killing Eve  or Gentleman Jack.

The BBC does good damas

Yep, exactly right Varche, and some, as you well know, begrudge paying £13 per month for all of this, and a lot more, BBC output! ::) ::)

 :y :y

Its not about the £13 a month. Its about being force to pay it on threat of imprisonment whether I watch or not. No place for such tosh in the 21st century.

Personally I find it very good value. ::) :-X

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Omega General Help / Re: Omega Engine management coolant sensor
« on: 05 July 2019, 19:25:55 »
Double check the voltages of the plugs as the ecu coolant temp and purge valve plugs are the same but the ecu one is 5v and the purge valve is 12v.

And they are next to each other so easy to confuse ::)
Suffice to say that the ecu temp sender is pretty reliable...

Until you put 12v through it.

Would you care to share how you know that? ::)

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General Discussion Area / Radio
« on: 05 July 2019, 19:23:55 »
Can anyone recommend a small DAB radio/cd player with separate wireless speakers? Does such a thing exist? Required to replace the dying kitchen box. :y

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Omega General Help / Re: Departure of an old friend
« on: 05 July 2019, 16:39:07 »
Having just done 150 miles in motorway stop start traffic, I can only think that anyone who wants to drive a manual car must be deranged. ::)
Not to mention those who would voluntarily travel 150 miles along a motorway when it's likely to be stop start traffic  ::)

To bowdlerise a phrase: "Golf courses rarely get nearer to my house." :P

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