User talk:Sparkgap

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Welcome[edit]

Welcome!

Hello, Sparkgap, and welcome to Wikipedia! Thank you for your contributions, especially what you did for Mountains-to-Sea Trail‎. I hope you like the place and decide to stay. Here are some pages that you might find helpful:

I hope you enjoy editing here and being a Wikipedian! Please sign your messages on discussion pages using four tildes (~~~~); this will automatically insert your username and the date. If you need help, check out Wikipedia:Questions, ask me on my talk page, or ask your question on this page and then place {{help me}} before the question. Again, welcome! CutOffTies (talk) 02:15, 14 May 2011 (UTC)

North Carolina State Parks[edit]

Thanks for taking an interest in editing the state parks of North Carolina. I have been working on these and many other state parks for some time now and am happy to have someone else working on the NC state parks. Your edits look really good so far. If you want to reply, please reply on my talk page. Dincher (talk) 19:39, 15 May 2011 (UTC)

Your work on the List of North Carolina state parks is pretty impressive. Have you looked at List of Pennsylvania state parks? It is a featured list. I wish I had more time to contribute, but life is very busy these days. Dincher (talk) 13:07, 29 June 2011 (UTC)

Could you take a look at this picture and confirm whether or not it is in Haw River State Park? According to Flickr it is. I don't remember where I got the other one. It was probably from Flickr but was just the Haw River. Gerry D (talk) 01:48, 4 August 2011 (UTC)

That picture does look very much like the board-walk at Haw River State Park. I think it likely is, but I don't see enough detail to be 100% sure. If that image has GPS coordinates, which I was unable to find, that would help place it firmly in the park. –Sparkgap (talk) 02:03, 4 August 2011 (UTC)
I don't see coordinates either. Its placement on the map makes me really think it's in the park. It appears to be just upstream from a lake and is near Conference Center Drive. The conference center is what is being converted into the park. Do you live closeby and could you get a picture? Gerry D (talk) 13:35, 4 August 2011 (UTC)
After that description, I looked at the flickr map again and discovered I was automatically disabling a script that would allow me to zoom in to the location. Anyway, after looking at a zoomed in map, the image location is within GPS error of where the board walk should be, and that lake is a major park feature. I'm now confident the image is from the park's boardwalk.
As far as getting a picture, I'm sure I have several suitable ones of different parts of the park. I would just have to find it. I have taken a plethora of photographs from every protected area I have visited, but I've never fully organized my collection of digital photos. I've also not uploaded a photo to Wikicommons yet, nor read about how to do so. –Sparkgap (talk) 23:37, 4 August 2011 (UTC)

Linking to categories[edit]

Hey, I just wanted to let you know that you can link directly to categories and files by adding a colon to the beginning of a link, as I've done here. You don't have to copy and paste the entire URL. --Gyrobo (talk) 00:34, 6 July 2011 (UTC)

Thank you. I thought there might be a way, but I didn't quickly find out how. –Sparkgap (talk) 02:11, 6 July 2011 (UTC)

WikiProject Protected areas[edit]

Hi Sparkgap, and welcome to WikiProject Protected areas! The project has been somewhat sleepy lately, but I hope that activity can be increased considerably through a number of initiatives. I'm thinking that maybe a Portal might be useful. I also advanced two proposals to speed up assessments and to set up the popular pages tool for the WikiProject. Your thoughts on these proposals would be welcome. --Elekhh (talk) 00:58, 8 July 2011 (UTC)

Moving Leave No Trace[edit]

I believe that the recent move of Leave No Trace to Leave No Trace (organization) does not have consensus. Please join the discussion at Talk:Leave No Trace (organization)#Reverting move to Leave No Trace (organization). Thanks! —hike395 (talk) 01:43, 11 July 2011 (UTC)

136kHz[edit]

You have moved 136 kHz to 2200-meter band with no prior discussion as far as I can see. The only consensus I can see is a Wikipedia consensus. In the UK, as the first country to gain an allocation, the band is ALWAYS referred to as 136kHz. I only see it referred to as 2200m in the USA, a country that still has not got access to that band. I am tempted to revert these changes. Dsergeant (talk) 05:47, 30 July 2011 (UTC)

Wikipedia:WikiProject Amateur radio discussed this issue while ago, and it is referred to under the announcements:
 All amateur band articles moved from the form "x meters" or "x centimeters" to "x-meter band" or "x-centimeter band"
  • The discussion called for standardizing all the amateur radio bands under a name format to deal with problems of every band article using a regional name (EG: 4 metres vs 4 meters vs 4 metre band vs 4 meters band vs 4 metre ham band, etc). I don't know why, but the 136 kHz / 2200 meter band seemed to be forgotten. The discussion is here.
  • I didn't post anything on the talk page because I thought the mater was settled by the WikiProject and hence non-controversial. I also thought the article had become neglected and unwatched due to how few edits had been made to it in years and how out-of-date some of the information in it had become. If I had thought anyone might have raised issue with the name change, I would have left the name alone and asked about changing it on the talk page, with a reference to the prior WikiProject discussion.
  • As an aside, the US is not the only place that refers to the band as 2200 meters: IARU region 1, Belgian ham page
  • And on a minor-note, amateur radio operators in the US do have "access" to the band, via experimental licenses, but there is not an allocation to the amateur radio service in the US. Though I feel this is irrelevant to what the article's name should be.
Sparkgap (talk) 06:57, 30 July 2011 (UTC)
Thanks for the comments, and the link to the old discussion - which I see I commented on 3 years ago... I am still not really in favour of the change and I think it would be useful if you opened a discussion on the talk page, that has long been on my watch list. I used to be active on 136kHz some years ago, also 500kHz. Your edits to Amateur radio frequency allocations also seem to have raised some objections. 73 Dave G3YMC Dsergeant (talk) 10:37, 30 July 2011 (UTC)
Agreed, I will open a discussion on the article's talk page soon, unless you meant the WikiProject's talk page. I also noticed the talk on Amateur radio frequency allocations, and I think only one sentence was objected to. I had already replied to that, and I see the concern. 73 –Sparkgap (talk) 02:01, 1 August 2011 (UTC)
I opened a discussion on the article's talk page, and I referred to it on the WikiProject's talk page. -Sparkgap (talk) 23:23, 4 August 2011 (UTC)

Barnstar[edit]

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For protecting Wilkes County! CutOffTies (talk) 01:10, 26 August 2011 (UTC)
Thank you, CutOffTies. I didn't know a Barnstar for Anti-Vandalism existed.  :) –Sparkgap (talk) 09:48, 26 August 2011 (UTC)

North Carolina International Port[edit]

If there were available facts (rather than opinions) supporting or justifying the construction of the proposed port, they would be cited in the article. If you look at the history of the piece, the only alternate viewpoints have been wholesale bulk erasures without providing any factual statements or references. Your negative citations at the top of the article are inappropriate.Skyler69 (talk) 22:07, 9 September 2011 (UTC)Skyler69


Opinions deleted. Reference links reduced (mostly, where possible) to only independent sources. More pro-port info added (independent pro-port references are very limited). Bias still leans anti-port, but independent references in support of the port are scarce. Wikiedit2228 (talk) 19:42, 5 October 2011 (UTC)Wikiedit2228

Edits by Ballard47 to Alcoa Power Generating Inc.[edit]

I started a discussion here. Perhaps I should have done that before adding anything, but the edits I made were the ones I thought would work.Vchimpanzee · talk · contributions · 18:52, 28 September 2011 (UTC)

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SUL[edit]

This is a confirmation note that I am interested in unifying my accounts, and I think I unwittingly complicated things by creating fr:user:Sparkgap2. The documents on how to resolve this mater are confusing. -–Sparkgap (talk) 01:34, 5 September 2012 (UTC)

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Wiki 60 meter band page - You hold an Anti-Vandalism Barnstar ?[edit]

You hold an Anti-Vandalism Barnstar ? That's a joke ! Not content with changing my text in the Amateur Radio Bands Template page concerning ITU Radio Regulation 4.4, which, together with its link to ITU is perfectly clear and is far more accurate than your replacement wording, you now proceed to decimate the External Links section, abusing the Wikistyle 'rules' to do so.

Needless to say I have re-instated it.

Why is it that the 60 meter band page can remain in a stable state for something like 6 months - nobody complains - and then you come along and start messing about with it? You don't make any positive contributions of new material, (or material from your own country, for that matter) - just negativity all the time. If that isn't vandalism, I don't know what is.

This page has now become a well-respected, accurate piece of encyclopaedic work and one of the sources used and quoted by IARU. Your actions are not just upsetting me, but doing a disservice to Amateur Radio itself. I presume you're active on 5 MHz/60m ? And have a callsign (instead of hiding behind the Username of 'SparkGap')?

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Your submission at AfC Theodore Roosevelt State Natural Area was accepted[edit]

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Thanks for the Georgia (U.S. state) hiking trails template help![edit]

Hi,

Thanks for the quick (and easy) fix! I didn't realize that the name field was an active variable to the Navbox template - so apologies for asking for help before checking out the Navbox documentation. Should have done that first.

So you are saying that I can replace:

| name = Georgia (U.S. state) hiking trails

with just:

| name = {{subst:PAGENAME}}


Thanks Roswell native (talk) 17:43, 10 April 2014 (UTC)