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Julian,
Sorry I am unable to join the gang in the jaunt.
You might remember that I went onto the Army's ranges on the Plain in April
with the Pajero club in our Mk1 Pajero. So may I offer a little advice for
a great day out ?
Pleased we have someone local to help-out, on our jaunt we also had a local
lad and he was great, so well done that LC man too
1 You will get written consent from the Range Warden to go in certain parts
given that they are not 'playing' out there on the day. But the warden does
not always tell his staff of this. So make sure you take your letter of
consent and it is in the lead vehicle of the lead group. They soon
come-over and stop you, driving white 'police' LR 110's and Discos.
2 Split into groups of 5 maximum, don't stick together.
3 Watch-out for horses and riders.
4 All take a PMR radio. They make CB out-of-date and are extremely useful
after you have chosen a single channel. Even the cheapest of sets work well
in open country. If you have a 'Lidl' supermarket near you then they may
well buy a pair for 13 quid. Even if you get a split between the groups,
they will still have the range to keep you all in touch out there (up to 5km).
5 Beware water-filled ruts. They are everywhere, and if you are taking
'standard' (i.e. shiny & polished with no sump guards) cars then you may
have some upset members. Remember these ruts are made by serious
off-roaders, err..... like tanks. I got through all of them but finished
with water in my headlamps up to the bulb holders, and a tide mark in the
Pajero's high mounted standard air filter. But I did not get stuck like
some of my colleagues on the day. Though I concede that I do have more
everyday rough driving experience than some. Most of these ruts will have
water coming over the door seals, so make sure they are OK too.
6 Make sure each group has a GPS and that the owner knows how to use it
!! Not so silly when you find the 'user' only knows 6 figure OS references
and does not comprehend full readings in degrees and minutes. The better
scale maps of the Plain are best read in degrees the old-fashioned way.
7 Don't take the wife or little girls, do I really need to explain why ? We
all know what bumps, thumps and the sound of rushing water can do to the
metabolism of some of our nearest and dearest. (Ask Tania, she now has
something of a 'reputation' in the Pajero club!!)
Finally I see that Clive is on the list. Pleased to see that he is still
with us. And Clive, if I was going I would gladly buy you a pint, so maybe
next time I am over eh ?
Cheers
Jon
'92 HZJ80 ex UN surplus in Bosnia - where it was 25degs today and the sun
keeps on shining - what an autumn !!!
 
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Hi Toy80,
That hadn't occurred to me - I suppose it depends on the area of the plain we go
on - the MOD don't own all of it.
That's the plan.
Agree, all drivers need to be courteous to other lane users.
Not come across these before, but have been looking for something similar for
shooting so will buy a pair.
Anyone else got some?
Ideally we want to either try to keep to gentle tracks or split into groups so
that people looking for more serious fun can do.
Fair point - just need to make sure that at least one person in each group has
one.
[As a side note, has anyone come across a good supplier in the UK? - I am
looking for one to plug into my laptop for the time being which will eventually
be used with a plumped in CarPC?]
I'm leaving the family at home- whilst they enjoy thumping around off road and
puddle bashing, they don't enjoy the talk about gearboxes, transfer cases,
differentials, etc - my wife says it is all Chinese to her.
I will however be bringing a friend along (Range Rover owner) who I am hoping to
be able to convert:)
He isn't yet back on the list, but can be reached privately via
[Email address removed] (address changed since redundancy).
Thanks for the tips Jon, I was actually going to drop you a line about it anyway
- I see the Paj club are doing a treasure hunt on the southern side of the plain
on the same day.
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Regards,
Julian Voelcker
Mobile: 07971 540362
Cirencester, United Kingdom
1994 HDJ80, 2.5" OME Lift, ARB
 
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Not come across these before, but have been looking for something
similar for
shooting so will buy a pair.
Anyone else got some?
Yep I have a pair So I'll bring 'em
it
Fair point - just need to make sure that at least one person in each
group has
one.
I have a couple I'll bring them as well
[As a side note, has anyone come across a good supplier in the UK? - I
am
looking for one to plug into my laptop for the time being which will
eventually
be used with a plumped in CarPC?]
Yep have onboard Pc with another SatNav system (USB remote Sat
receiver). Its running Route66 software. Beats autoroute into a cocked
hat. It has an 8" monitor. This was the hard part to find. It's a TRUE
PC VGA monitor, NOT a composite video small TV. (but will also virtually
take all forms of inputs).
Regards
Rob
 
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Hi Rob,
Excellent.
Again, thanks.
What make screen did you go for in the end?
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Regards,
Julian Voelcker
Mobile: 07971 540362
Cirencester, United Kingdom
1994 HDJ80, 2.5" OME Lift, ARB
 
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Hi Julian,
I looked long and hard for reasonably priced unit. Nothing was
Available from "normal" sources for sensible money. They all wanted
between
=A3500 - =A31200!!!. I finally got one from eBay a "Hong Kong special". It
has worked well. They're still for sale on eBay link below. I had mine
about 6 months still fine.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=3D14946&item=3D5727
991211&rd=3D1
(Its actually an XGA model).
Regards
Rob
 
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Hi Rob,
Not come across that make - I have been looking at the Lilliput and Xenarc
models that seem very popular, although still at the planning stage at the
moment.
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Regards,
Julian Voelcker
Mobile: 07971 540362
Cirencester, United Kingdom
1994 HDJ80, 2.5" OME Lift, ARB
 
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Julian wrote...
Are you going to come along to Salisbury for the lunch and talk?
SNIP
No is still the answer I am afraid at present.
It looks like I am in Stockholm with the Swedish government's aid
department the whole week before the do, so I have to leave all time open
for work.
If I attend it would also be necessary to lower the tone of the event as I
would have to come with my chromed drug dealer's edition Pajero. But it
blinged its way round the Plain once before without the mishaps others had.
Just let us wait and see. Anyway, I still owe Clive a pint and I have to
finish an old conversation with Dana so have other reasons to come along.
But trying to earn a living is a bit of a priority at present I am afraid.
Cheers
Jon
'92 HZJ80 ex UN surplus from Bosnia
 
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