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Moab Signaling Devices

from Paul Signorelli, W0RW on January 28, 2019
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Moab Signaling Devices

Moab, which is a funny little desert town in Utah, has a great Mexican restaurant. The Fiesta Mexicana, on Main. Great Mexican food! But to get there you have to cross main street, it is an uncontrolled intersection (No stop signs or traffic lights) there are a bunch of orange flags (10'' x 10'') on sticks attached to the light post.

There is a sign there directing you to grab a flag and make for the other side of the road. (Like they used to have a flag man go ahead of the first autos to prevent scaring the horses).

So after Sharon, N0OPM, My XYL and I successfully got across Main street waving our flags, then I saw a guy across the street who had 2 flags.

So I waved (Flagged) at him, he took his and waved back.
I did some semaphore signals and he mimicked my signals back, then I tried Morse Wig-Wag and he reflected my signal back to me, he didn't know what I was sending but we had a big ending of laughing and flagging...

I have never seen a town that requires you to use signal flags to get across the street.

If you forgot the procedure: Dots are to your right.
See: http://science-notebook.com/gilbert-signal01.html

I have never seen a town that requires you to use signal flags to get across main street.

Now Woodland Park, Colorado, has them too!
Stop at Arby's and check them out.

See if you can stop Hwy 24 (40 MPH) traffic with a small orange flag.

Paul, W0RW

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by G4LNA on January 28, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
I wonder when this was Paul? Because they seemed to have replaced the flags with a nice posh controlled crossing now when I looked on Google Street View, pity, because I like quirky things like that.

The image capture was from May 2018.

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@38.5700644,-109.550895,3a,75y,28.79h,63.43t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sM4pivQPR9eOABJIQYr-OpQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en&authuser=0
 
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by KJ4DGE on January 28, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
My first thought was if some occupied driver is more concerned with his/her cell phone,(texting away), I would feel much much better crossing the street on the back of a garbage truck, cement mixer, MIA2 or better yet being in another town altogether :)
 
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by W0RW on January 28, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
My Moab trip was in July, 2016.
Great scenery around Moab, Very hot in July.
The Woodland Park (CO) flags are still in place Jan. 2019. Many other towns use flags.
Grab a flag and run !.
Bring a flashlight for night times.
Paul w0rw

 
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by KK6BXO on January 28, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
Even Menlo Park, California, in high tech Silicon Valley, has a pedestrian crossing with flags!
 
RE: Moab Signaling Devices Reply
by SWMAN on January 28, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
What about smoke signals, it didn't even mention that.
 
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by K4PIH on January 28, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
Wouldn't word in the D.C. metro area. Drivers would think they were targets and aim for them!
 
RE: Moab Signaling Devices Reply
by N9AOP on January 28, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
The same in Chicago.
Art
 
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by KG0SH on January 28, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
I did business down in Panama City around the year 2000. They didn't even have flags to cross their packed multi-lane streets. You just stepped off the curb and the cars were supposed to stop. Pretty frightening the first time you try this!

KG0SH
Bruce
Golden, CO
 
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by KJ4DGE on January 29, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
If you want a real rush, Try state RD 98 in Destin Florida that has real crossing lights that in broad daylight or night it does not matter its pretty hairy. Must be the fact the folks there are so cool they don't even need signals like traffic lights and such. Pedestrians? LOL no problem. death by car I am sure is legal down there. Other than that its a great little town and has an awesome native American historical museum on the main drag. Wonderful public servants and great food and attractions.

I actually woudn't mind going back there to wander around some more, just check out the street view before you try walking it. Or of course ...drive.
 
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by HA7WX on January 29, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
LOL, would be the same here in Central Europe, they'd aim and make pancakes out of pedestrians!
Nice idea for crossing uncontrolled; i'd gladly play once with these flags, so cute!
73, ha7wx chris
 
RE: Moab Signaling Devices Reply
by KJ4DGE on January 31, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
on to other more ham related topics, I built a very cool 20 meter vertical, anyone here interested?
 
RE: Moab Signaling Devices Reply
by HA7WX on January 31, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
Sure! Can you write an article on your 20m homebrew vertical?
 
RE: Moab Signaling Devices Reply
by W0RW on January 31, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
I wrote an article about my vertical whip,
Go to https://www.eham.net/articles/40538.
You can find other antenna articles by going to
"Articles by Category" and selecting "Antennas".
The reply/comment memory space on this article is limited. Please keep comments on topic.
Thanks,
Paul w0rw
 
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by W1NEW on January 31, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
Woodstock, VT has them. On rt 4, where some stores are located.
 
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by KM0U on January 31, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
Kealakekua - Big Island Hawaii. There is a mid-block crossing with flags. They are needed as the highway is quite busy with gawking tourist traffic and lots of crossing pedestrians. The Standard Bakery is on one side of the highway and Donkey Balls on the other. Donkey Balls are a chocolate confection and Standard is the best and busiest bakery on the island.
 
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by KF7ATL on March 3, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
I learned semaphore with flags just long enough to pass the signaling requirement for my first class badge as a Boy Scout, then promptly forgot it..

I live near Logan, Utah. All the major streets (alas) have traffic lights, which I am convinced are timed to maximize congestion. There are, however, a few side streets which have orange flags at uncontrolled pedestrian crossings . I find these refreshing.
 
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by K0RS on March 8, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
Woodland Park also has a Fiesta Mexicana.
 
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