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Subject: Re: Latsch Comments
From: "Erich Kern" efkern@.............
Date: Fri, 11 May 2001 20:40:43 -0700

Dear Mr. Latsch,

Whenever there is a limited supply of an item, as there was with the USGS
seismos, some who want one will not get one. In my opinion, the ground rules
were clearly defined and adhered to, and even though I did not want one for my
own use, the exchange of ideas and negotiations among PSN members was
interesting reading as well as civil and fair. It seems to me that those who did
the work of correspondence with Dr. Hutt, having the manual copied, and
arranging pickup of the instruments were at the head of the line, which is as it
should be. Unless I missed your post to the PSN list, I don't recall your having
volunteered to do any of the heavy lifting.

That you made a promise to deliver two of the units before you were assured of
taking possession of them is an error of judgement on your part, and certainly
doesn't reflect on any of the other members on the PSN list.

I rather enjoyed and was informed by what you call the "endless rambling on
about hydrocarbon powered generators". I think many of us learned something,
especially from Angel's description of his system.

Solar panels capable of producing one or more kWh per day are far from "cheap".
A panel producing 1 kWh  per day would be rated at 250 watts peak power which,
including a mounting frame will cost between two and three thousand dollars. At
higher latitudes, the peak power requirement increases due to the low angle of
the sun much of the year.

Erich Kern


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