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Posts by Mr.C

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Topic: Interesting thread on UKC, Cave Access Ltd.
Mr.C

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/05/2016 19:49:00   Subject: Interesting thread on UKC, Cave Access Ltd.
Some folk on there would find a reason to fall out with their own shadow.
Which is why I very rarely post there now.
Topic: Ludwell Mine level, near Hartington
Mr.C

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 04/04/2016 22:33:51   Subject: Ludwell Mine level, near Hartington
Well, didn't see Len tonight but did see one of the team who were on this project.
One of the more local team members was pestering for a look, as he's heard the usual "caverns measureless to man
Topic: Ludwell Mine level, near Hartington
Mr.C

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 31/03/2016 10:40:03   Subject: Ludwell Mine level, near Hartington
[quote="AR"]Found the letter from Len (October 2015 PDMHS newsletter) but the only mention of the adit is that it would be discussed further in a future contribution to the newsletter.[/quote]
Topic: New Lithium Mine
Mr.C

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/03/2016 21:17:34   Subject: New Lithium Mine
[quote="RAMPAGE"]I bet its an elaborate attempt to make a new secret way into the US.[/quote]
Don't know, but it would be a great treatment for a depressed mining industry.
Er, should I go
Topic: Harworth Colliery Coal Mine (mine)
Mr.C

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 23/02/2016 15:38:31   Subject: Harworth Colliery Coal Mine (mine)
[quote="staffordshirechina"]It's a bit like 'all diggers are JCBs' or 'all vacuum cleaners are Hoovers'.[/quote]
I was going to say that!
(Wish Paul was still here to wear his "pedants hat"
Topic: Harworth Colliery Coal Mine (mine)
Mr.C

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 23/02/2016 00:13:47   Subject: Harworth Colliery Coal Mine (mine)
[quote="davetidza"]Hi Pete,

The large concrete structure which I presume you are referring to is a tower-mounted Koepe winder.
Dave Williams[/quote]

Dave, a late & well kno
Topic: Wanted Gear of special type
Mr.C

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/01/2016 23:22:11   Subject: Wanted Gear of special type
Bob does this as part of the BCAs on going rope testing program & has done so for many years. Any one who uses SRT in the UK has benefited from his work & it's probably saved a few lives along the way
Topic: Walkie talkie for climbing
Mr.C

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/12/2015 00:56:59   Subject: Walkie talkie for climbing
[quote="lozz"]Here's a read:

https://www.mpoweruk.com/papers/Radio_Underground.pdf

Interestingly, Trevor Wadley is mentioned in this paper, most folks in the radio scene will hav
Topic: Walkie talkie for climbing
Mr.C

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 05/12/2015 23:39:56   Subject: Walkie talkie for climbing
[quote="Roy Morton"]Never considered 40M although I have thought many times about using Heyphones, (85KHz Inductive) to transmit through the rock, and tnen linking the surface set to a hard wired VOX
Topic: Walkie talkie for climbing
Mr.C

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/12/2015 10:49:44   Subject: Walkie talkie for climbing
[quote="Roy Morton"]I have a couple of Baofeng BF 888 16 channel handheld walkie talkies that I use underground. They work well in stopes and also in long passages and shafts.
A USB programming l
Topic: Gear review: Camp Turbochest
Mr.C

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 25/11/2015 00:39:04   Subject: Gear review: Camp Turbochest
[quote="steve turbo"]im not sure i like the sound of this ,camp turbo chest .i need a name change on here
:o[/quote]
Mmm, sounds like it would be better for "rope mincing" than "rope walkin
Topic: How big is your bang?
Mr.C

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 11/10/2015 22:15:56   Subject: How big is your bang?
No 6 dets were (are?) available in plain (for crimping on to a fuse), capped fuse & electric versions.
The plain I've heard referred to as the "plain azide detonator" as the base charge was lead
Topic: Bona Cave
Mr.C

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 06/10/2015 17:41:20   Subject: Bona Cave
When I saw the title, I was expecting some innuendo laden "Julian & Sandy" sketch - "no hole too tight" etc. ;D
(apologies to the under 50's who haven't heard "Round The Horn")
Topic: Random pick pictures
Mr.C

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 25/09/2015 23:23:23   Subject: Random pick pictures
Works fine here with IE 11.0.23
Topic: Right, own up!
Mr.C

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 24/07/2015 15:57:04   Subject: Right, own up!
[quote="Morlock"][quote="mistericeman"]Canal at Worsley was like that for years..... Till they ruined it by reed bedding it.[/quote]

Same at north end of Harecastle tunnel in the 90s.
Topic: Are you a groupie?
Mr.C

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/06/2015 20:38:48   Subject: Are you a groupie?
Would it mean I had to invest in some Plaster of Paris, a la Cynthia:o
Topic: Hesketh winding engine (photo)
Mr.C

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 15/04/2015 20:06:33   Subject: Hesketh winding engine (photo)
[quote="grahami"]I, for one, would be very interested. Please make the effort if you can!:flowers::flowers::flowers:

I have a number of documents on colliery matters (makes a change from sl
Topic: Hesketh winding engine (photo)
Mr.C

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 13/04/2015 23:50:21   Subject: Hesketh winding engine (photo)
[quote="grahami"]Interesting - Arnold Ray of Sneyd Collieries Ltd was involved with G.E.C (Ex-Fraser & Chalmers) in patenting improvements to the original F&C / F.L.Whitmore overwinder controller in t
Topic: Hesketh winding engine (photo)
Mr.C

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 11/04/2015 22:49:41   Subject: Hesketh winding engine (photo)
Your photos & upload of the overwind controller brought back some happy memories.
I visited Whitfield with my Grandad in the early 80's. He'd previously been the foreman blacksmith at the nearby
Topic: Pub Area
Mr.C

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/02/2015 21:52:39   Subject: Pub Area
What about "The Sump"
Count me in what ever!
Topic: Gas sensor calibration
Mr.C

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 18/02/2015 19:07:56   Subject: Gas sensor calibration
[quote="SimonRL"][quote="Mr.C"][quote="SimonRL"]Yup... Ban coming up :)

And his grammar is appalling. And yes, there's a joke in there somewhere RJV ;)
[/quote]
Can I do it instea
Topic: Gas sensor calibration
Mr.C

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 18/02/2015 18:45:56   Subject: Gas sensor calibration
[quote="SimonRL"]Yup... Ban coming up :)

And his grammar is appalling. And yes, there's a joke in there somewhere RJV ;)
[/quote]
Can I do it instead!

Why do you fancy
Topic: Oldham T-battery
Mr.C

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/01/2015 21:56:02   Subject: Oldham T-battery
[quote="Morlock"]Thanks very much, I'll draw it to Horsemaddad's attention.[/quote]
Page from manual now available in the "Documents" section (under title "Oldham T electrolyte"), for your chargi
Topic: Oldham T-battery
Mr.C

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/01/2015 21:43:25   Subject: Oldham T-battery
I've just found my manual, I'll scan & post the relevant page in a min.
In a nutshell it's 180ml of dilute sulphuric per cell at SG 1.260 corrected to 15 deg. C
Topic: Retro computing: not really mining, sorry.
Mr.C

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/01/2015 20:48:53   Subject: Retro computing: not really mining, sorry.
[quote="lozz"]
Is that a Tek 453 I spy ?

Lozz.[/quote]

More than likely, that or a 454 - I used both at various times but can't remember one from the other now!!
Topic: Retro computing: not really mining, sorry.
Mr.C

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/01/2015 22:29:48   Subject: Retro computing: not really mining, sorry.
[quote="davel"]Continuing the 'What I did in my previous life' thread ...

Yours truly (with more hair) using an Intel development system with an ICE (in-circuit emulator) and PROM programme
Topic: Retro computing: not really mining, sorry.
Mr.C

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/01/2015 21:44:33   Subject: Retro computing: not really mining, sorry.
[quote="davetidza"]Indeed it does - the last time I saw them was in a workshop in Horsley Woodhouse - a long time ago!
[/quote]
Hi Dave, so I guessed correctly!
And yes, it's TSS's work
Topic: Retro computing: not really mining, sorry.
Mr.C

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/01/2015 21:33:01   Subject: Retro computing: not really mining, sorry.
Thought this might raise a smile - (might even look familiar to Davetidza if he's who I think he is?)
Corner of workshop at the computer firm I worked for in the early 80's
Right foreground
Topic: Retro computing: not really mining, sorry.
Mr.C

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 25/01/2015 21:31:38   Subject: Retro computing: not really mining, sorry.
[quote="exspelio"]My first experience was electric typewriter and tickatape, book yourself onto the local Uni mainframe (usually at some unearthly hour of the morning) AArgh!!.
[/quote]
Sim
Topic: Supersize images - just a thought
Mr.C

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 22/01/2015 00:12:52   Subject: Supersize images - just a thought
Sounds good to me.
Topic: Two cows rescued from mineshaft
Mr.C

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 21/01/2015 21:53:18   Subject: Two cows rescued from mineshaft
I guess the one who didn't make was killed by falling debris. She had nowhere to hide but perhaps can be cured.
If it were Cornwall it would probably depend on the locals tannery laws.
(God
Topic: Two cows rescued from mineshaft
Mr.C

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 21/01/2015 21:46:36   Subject: Two cows rescued from mineshaft
[quote="Vanoord"][quote="Yorkshireman"]Was the shaft anywhere near the Welsh village of Rum-y-Nant?[/quote]

I've checked Google and no such place exists?[/quote]
Maybe it's Rwm-Y-Nant?
Topic: Two cows rescued from mineshaft
Mr.C

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 21/01/2015 10:21:37   Subject: Two cows rescued from mineshaft
It raised a cattle.
Well, more a bit of a grin with me.
Topic: Threat to the Discovery Park at Snibston Colliery, Coalville
Mr.C

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 18/01/2015 10:13:25   Subject: Threat to the Discovery Park at Snibston Colliery, Coalville
[quote="staffordshirechina"]Have you applied for your scooter then Mr C ? ;D[/quote]
Not yet!
Wonder if I qualify for a Harley :)
Topic: Threat to the Discovery Park at Snibston Colliery, Coalville
Mr.C

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 18/01/2015 00:48:31   Subject: Threat 3to the Discovery Park at Snibston Colliery, Coalville
Steroids.
l've just put a stone on in a month, after being prescribed prednislone for rhumatoid arthritis.
Topic: Protesters to picket controversial Gwynedd slate quarry meeting
Mr.C

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 13/01/2015 20:54:08   Subject: Protesters to picket controversial Gwynedd slate quarry meeting
If it's any help, it looks like "Singrig" also know as Dolbebi West.
On page 75 of A J Richards "Slate Regions of N & Mid Wales".
Topic: Stainless steel rack bars
Mr.C

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 12/01/2015 16:48:03   Subject: Stainless steel rack bars
[quote="RJV"][quote="Mr.C"][quote="Mr Mike"][quote="RJV"]Wouldn't it have been easier to just ladder the pitch?[/quote]

In SS or Ali?[/quote]
Hemp rope and wood rungs, surely ?[/quote]
Topic: Stainless steel rack bars
Mr.C

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 12/01/2015 09:56:41   Subject: Stainless steel rack bars
[quote="Mr Mike"][quote="RJV"]Wouldn't it have been easier to just ladder the pitch?[/quote]

In SS or Ali?[/quote]
Hemp rope and wood rungs, surely ?
Topic: Stainless steel rack bars
Mr.C

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 11/01/2015 21:56:37   Subject: Stainless steel rack bars
[quote="gNick"]

On an earlier post, I don't think that shrink fitting aluminium inside would particularly help with sharp edges when wearing through the tube, ally being softer would wear q
Topic: Stainless steel rack bars
Mr.C

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 09/01/2015 23:02:24   Subject: Stainless steel rack bars
Just be aware that wear on an SS tube can produce a "razor blade", with rather predictable results!
Would SS tube shrunk fit on to aluminium round bar be a better option?
Topic: And now thirty years on
Mr.C

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/01/2015 23:13:24   Subject: And now thirty years on
[quote="PeteJ"]

Always thought it was IBM Worsley Park, Winchester, Southampton?
[/quote]
Matches my memory also.
The first "Winchester Technology" drive I came across was th
Topic: And now thirty years on
Mr.C

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 05/01/2015 22:47:36   Subject: And now thirty years on
[quote="grahami"]The first computer we had at my (teaching) school was a Commodore PET (Personal Electronic Transactor) with built in green screen, calculator type keyboard and tape cassette for stor
Topic: Who had it the best?
Mr.C

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/12/2014 22:04:56   Subject: Who had it the best?
The small mine (footral locally) Staffordshire China refers to above, was one that my uncle worked at as a deputy at the same time as StaffsC.
He reckoned you could always tell who'd been working
Topic: Merry Christmas
Mr.C

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 25/12/2014 00:23:38   Subject: Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas.
Theyt ow av a grand un wusner!
Topic: Cap lamp bulbs
Mr.C

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 12/12/2014 19:36:32   Subject: Cap lamp bulbs
[quote="wheldale"]On the link to the eBay page it says the bulb is "non polarity" so wiring should not be an issue, I'm no expert here so have I missed something regarding reversing wires etc?[/quote]
Topic: Cap lamp bulbs
Mr.C

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 12/12/2014 18:19:22   Subject: Cap lamp bulbs
[quote="jagman"]I'm fairly sure they won't work
If I remember rightly the polarity on an Oldham bulb is the opposite to the Maglite.

I think the case of the Oldham bulb is the live wit
Topic: Radio Stuff Stored in Disused Mine
Mr.C

Forum: South West England   Posted: 18/11/2014 11:23:10   Subject: Radio Stuff Stored in Disused Mine
[quote="lozz"]
I've got a couple of HRO's and an R1155, no T1154 though.

I have a strange feeling that a whole radio in standard crating would not survive the journey down a mine shaft
Topic: Radio Stuff Stored in Disused Mine
Mr.C

Forum: South West England   Posted: 18/11/2014 10:58:28   Subject: Radio Stuff Stored in Disused Mine
Not heard of surplus radio kit being stored in old mines. As the quoted thread says, plenty of stories of kit being dumped in old shafts.
I recall about 40 yrs back hearing of a shaft at Park Hal
Topic: SDS Drill capacity comparison
Mr.C

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 02/11/2014 21:22:25   Subject: SDS Drill capacity comparison
[quote="gNick"]This is a bit like trying to compare fuel economies of cars over different terrain but what do people get in terms of holes per charge from their drills?

The Spit 327 24v tha
Topic: Case for SDS Drill
Mr.C

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 02/11/2014 17:14:01   Subject: Case for SDS Drill
[quote="gNick"][quote="Mr.C"]For long term digs, it's worthwhile installing cabling so a 110v drill/genny can be used.[/quote]
Oh I wish, would need a bigger genny and the cable would cost more
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