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Old 03-30-2013, 09:36 PM   #1381
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Hey Noah,

What does the "OP" next to your call sign mean? I don't recall seeing that before on AdvRider.

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Old 03-30-2013, 10:49 PM   #1382
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Hey Noah,

What does the "OP" next to your call sign mean? I don't recall seeing that before on AdvRider.

Cheers,

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It's pretty new. I think it's to identify the Original Poster of the thread.

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Old 03-31-2013, 05:22 AM   #1383
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Actually it stands for Out Patient



I went back to the beginning of your ride report Noah and saw that picture of you in the space suit and was wondering exactly why does one have to wear a space suit when working on wind equipment. Should we be afraid of wind power?

Still subscribed and thoroughly enjoying the winter interlude photos. Thanks for keeping us entertained - this RR keeps getting gooder and gooder.

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Just voted for this RR - definitely a 5 star report.
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Old 03-31-2013, 06:26 AM   #1384
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I was wondering the same thing. I'm guessing gov. regulations
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Old 03-31-2013, 06:27 AM   #1385
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Or it is for electrical safety
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Old 03-31-2013, 06:31 AM   #1386
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Or it is for electrical safety
It looks cool and the chicks dig it. You know anyone else who wears a space suit to work?
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Old 03-31-2013, 06:58 AM   #1387
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Electrical arc flash protection. Sometimes shit blow up in your face!
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Old 03-31-2013, 11:00 AM   #1388
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It looks cool and the chicks dig it. You know anyone else who wears a space suit to work?
haha very funny!!
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Old 03-31-2013, 02:28 PM   #1389
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I'm buying it. You are serious right?
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Old 03-31-2013, 08:39 PM   #1390
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I'm buying it. You are serious right?
Yes, it's arc flash protection...very necessary in that line of work. Arc flash -electrical explosions in other words- are a deadly serious matter.
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Old 03-31-2013, 11:59 PM   #1391
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It is arc flash protection.

When you are working with electrical systems with very high fault current (aka windfarm), you need to reduce the risk.

We would always try to avoid going into live equipment but to test the voltage on new equipment, there was no option but to go in. the transformers are usually 34.5kv/600v phase to phase. But they can supply about 25,000 amp of current if there is a fault. There is a "arc flash zone" that is a radius around the equipment. Anyone in this radius must wear proper protection. In an arc flash, the arc is hotter then the surface of the sun (think welder but way more violent) and the metal parts become liquid shrapnel. If you were wearing synthetic cloths with metal buttons and a metal belt buckle, you would not be having a good day. The cloths would melt into your 3rd degree burns. The buttons and buckle would burn into you.

This is a pic of a "smaller" arc flash in an indoor panel.


search for "arc flash" on google or youtube and there are many good sources.
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Old 04-01-2013, 03:02 AM   #1392
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Hi Noah,

Been searching through the North America RR's looking for information on routes through Alasks and the Rockies when I came across your RR.
Great trip report. I read your trip from start to finish. Been stuck inside because of bad weather all day today. ( Im working in Antarctic for the Australian Antarctic Division and its -45c outside and blowing at 60 knots) Im planning on doing Alaska to Ushuala next year when I get back. My plan, buy a bike in Vancouver then ride to Alaska then south to South America.
Still not sure which bike ill buy 690 or 990 KTM yet?
I traveled around the States 14 years ago in a van when I was 20. Rock climbing then Skiing in winter, so your trip brings back memories.
Im interested in how much It has cost you so far to do the trip through the US and Europe on the bike? Only interested as you seam to travel very much like I do.
Keep up the great write up. Ive subscribed and looking forward to hearing more, gives me something to think about while working down here in the cold. I just hope I can do half as good a job as you have with my write up when I start my trip?
By the way are you traveling on a Carnet?

I dont get to play on my bike down here but this is a close second. Thought you might like?


http://http://www.flickr.com/photos/travelingaustralian/

Cheers Patrick

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Old 04-01-2013, 05:58 AM   #1393
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Electricity is ur friend, now go stand in a bucket of water...
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:27 AM   #1394
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Hi Noah,

Im interested in how much It has cost you so far to do the trip through the US and Europe on the bike? Only interested as you seam to travel very much like I do.
I was planning $100 a day. but... It has been a year now and I am only down about $20k. that is with plane tickets, shipping the bike and getting a new bike when mine was stolen. So all in all, I think i'm doing well. Where I am living now is $25 a day including breakfast and dinner. So right now I am living for about the price of fuel if I am traveling.

As I go east it should get cheaper. UK was way way expensive. No fooking way you can get by for $100 a day. I was spending $50 on fuel alone.

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By the way are you traveling on a Carnet?
No Carnet yet. Japan is the first country I will need one. No need in North America and Europe.

Sick pics of the Antarctic by the way
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:38 AM   #1395
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I was planning $100 a day. but... It has been a year now and I am only down about $20k. that is with plane tickets, shipping the bike and getting a new bike when mine was stolen. So all in all, I think i'm doing well. Where I am living now is $25 a day including breakfast and dinner. So right now I am living for about the price of fuel if I am traveling.

As I go east it should get cheaper. UK was way way expensive. No fooking way you can get by for $100 a day. I was spending $50 on fuel alone.



No Carnet yet. Japan is the first country I will need one. No need in North America and Europe.

Sick pics of the Antarctic by the way
Man that is great information, thank you for sharing it!
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