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    From: Doug Royer
    Date: 2003 Sep 5, 12:16 -0700

    Gentlemen,I do hope nothing I wrote was taken as an attack on any one person
    or the sum of the people on this list.Nothing I have written was intended to
    do that.In my last post I only wished to state my position on the matter.I
    really don't wish for anyone to change.If offended by anything on list I
    have the option of retireing from the list and I haven't retired.I use the
    other list more because it more directly pertains to the merchant marine
    industry,shipboard and industry goings on and the kinds of navigation
    techniques or proceedures now in use in the industry.
    Mr. Fogg made one excellant point as pertaining to people just starting to
    study or understand CelNav.Maybe the word intimidation should be replaced
    here with the word overwhelmed.A case in point: one person(just starting
    out) who corresponds with me asked a question of the list a while back and
    got so many answers(almost all the answers above his understanding of the
    basics)he became confussed and frustrated.After working with him to grasp
    his basics,he seems to be progressing in his understanding because I see him
    post on list every so often or when we now correspond his questions are
    becomeing more advanced or technical.
    Fred,I have no idea where you live but there are a number of establishments
    on the west coast that repair or calibrate sextants.I know of 1 in San
    Diego, 2 in LA, 1 in SF and 2 in Seattle.
    As for the gravitational topic(or other topics)if one wnted to know about
    routeing,fuel consumption etc. one could easily call a shipping interest or
    someone in the industry and get the basic answer.It's irrelevant to
    routeing.If you wish to understand the physics of it this is the place to
    find out I suppose.

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