Sit. Rep. #157: Topographic Terrain Features – I, Major and Rare

1- There are four main topographic terrain features to be familiar with. Hill, Hilltop, Mountain top, Peak, Summit, Prominences, Knoll Ridge, Ridge Line, Ridge Top, Mountain Ridge Saddle, Defile Valley, Canyon, Gorge, Ravine, Gully 1.1 Hilltop has several names.  It is where the land slopes downward in all directions from the immediate vicinity. 1.2 Ridge, … Read more

Sit. Rep. #123: First Time, Net Control

1- Camping for the first time?  Let’s walk through some considerations together. A: Shelter, do you have a tent or are you staying at some other kind of shelter?  What is your backup plan if the shelter is not available? B: Water, do you know how to treat or filter to make the water safe … Read more

Sit. Rep. #122: Agonic, Downlink, New Feature – Meeting Plans & Notes

1-  “Declination” is a natural deviation that you/we have to correct for.  So imagine that you have a perfectly round beach ball.  Now sit on the “north” pole of the beach ball.  The beach ball’s equator sticks out or bulges out of round.  Add peaks and mountain ranges and valleys and ocean troughs and mid-ocean … Read more

Sit. Rep. #121: Low Earth Orbit, Rail Road Tracks

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” Aesop. Kindness: Friendly, generous, concern for others, affection, gentleness, care. Service:  Act of helpful activity, help, aid. 1- To me “service” is “kindness” in action.  Service and kindness are part of the Scout Oath and the Scout Law.  I assert that being in service … Read more

Sit. Rep. #90: Itchy Itchy, Scratchy Scratchy

1-This song is titled “The Happy Wanderer” by Florenz Friedrich Sigismund.  First verse: I love to go a-wandering, Along the mountain track, And as I go, I love to sing, My knapsack on my back. 1B- Rudyard Kipling wrote the poem “The Way Through The Woods.”  Here is the second verse. Yet, if you enter … Read more

Sit. Rep. #89: Fuzz, Mercator, & Cultures

Map Projections: 1- Think of projecting a picture on a wall.  It does not matter what the original shape of the object was when the picture was taken.  The picture on the wall is 2 dimensions.  The projection is 2 dimensions.  Our Earth is roughly a sphere.  Any map in 2 dimensions distorts that 3 … Read more