Measuring Instruments

Thousands complain of water meter nightmare

The Water Supplies Department said it would try to improve meter maintenance after being chided by the Ombudsman over defects that led some consumers to unexpectedly receive bills for tens of thousands of dollars.

Friday, 16 September, 2011, 12:00am

New weather radar delayed by fung shui concerns

Construction of a weather radar to ensure aviation safety is being put on hold because it could affect fung shui.

The Doppler radar station at Tai Lam Chung - which detects changes in wind direction along planes' flight paths - will soon break down, but Tuen Mun District Council has turned down the Observatory's proposal to install a new one on a hill near Brothers Point.

1 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

More to the job than a knack for numbers

Wong Kwok-leung, a meter reader for 14 years, has a job that is not just about walking and numbers.

Every day on average, the Hongkong Electric employee checks 770 power meters on Hong Kong Island or Lamma.

It is people like him who enable the firm to issue bills on time and accurately to nearly 570,000 users.

13 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

How do you know when you've walked 10,000 steps?

Get a pedometer - a small digital gadget that straps to your waistband and monitors the number of steps you take.

You can find many types of pedometers in lifestyle or sports stores throughout Hong Kong. A basic pedometer costs about $100. If you fancy a multifunctional gadget, look out for more expensive models with an MP3 player, FM radio, stopwatch and calorie counter.

7 Aug 2005 - 12:00am


HIKERS wanting to know how far and how fast they have walked have until now relied on pedometers. You measure your average stride and enter it into the pedometer, which then measures the number of strides and does a simple multiplication. Cyclists have a far more accurate option with trip computers, but they can be difficult to wire up.

25 Aug 2002 - 12:00am

The early Word gets the bird

You know those photos carrying religious messages? The ones that always seem to show sunrises with The Word of God scrawled across them?

Yesterday found Lai See wondering who actually takes those pictures.

It must be some morning person atheist. Because it appears Hong Kong's Christian faithful don't get up that early.

20 Sep 2000 - 12:00am

Marketing a must for designer

Winston Sun Won-sing, 28, one of the six winners of the grant, is preparing himself to become a marketer.

The mechanical and automation engineer and Chinese University PhD candidate originally designed a rotational sensor for his doctorate programme.

10 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

Inquiry over marine radar cancer fears

Police chiefs promised yesterday to investigate claims that marine officers suffered a higher rate of cancer because of radiation from their boats' radar.

A marine officer submitted a report to superiors claiming that the incidence of cancer among marine police and their families was higher than that among the general population.

22 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Standing by original comments

I refer to Alice Au Yeung's letter (South China Morning Post, February 6) for the Commissioner for Transport, in reply to my letter (Post, January 8) in which I described the problems I had with the parking meters in Wan Chai.

I stand by my original comments that the electronic meters are not reliable, the reason being I have used the meters correctly each and every time.

18 Mar 1999 - 12:00am

Refund delayed after meter could not be found

I refer to the letter from Father P. Masschelein complaining about the delay in refunding a water deposit (South China Morning Post, March 23).

Father Masschelein wrote to us on December 12, 1996, complaining that the water account of the Catholic Mission of Rennie's Mill Village should have been closed on September 15, and he had not yet received the refund of deposit.

3 Apr 1997 - 12:00am

Harbour speeding test case

THE Marine Department is prosecuting a Hong Kong master for speeding at sea in the first case to be brought using evidence from a radar gun.

The Attorney-General's Office cleared the use of the British-made device in September after deciding the data gathered using microwaves was admissible in court.

21 Apr 1996 - 12:00am

Meter tests guarantee accuracy

Most people grumble about their electricity bills but almost no one considers that the meters might be providing an inaccurate reading.

In the case of Hongkong Electric, every effort is made to ensure meter precision by the Meter Section, which puts every meter through a rigorous series of tests before installation.

28 Mar 1996 - 12:00am

HP test set

HEWLETT-Packard has introduced what it says is the fastest and most comprehensive test set for evaluating the radio frequency of GSM-based PCS mobile and base station products operating at 1900 MHz.

The HP 8922H base and mobile test set is targeted at medium and large volume manufacturing operations.

5 Dec 1995 - 12:00am

Ruling to slow speedy skippers

SPEED in the harbour at your peril - Big Brother is watching.

Boat operators and the Marine Department agree a court ruling will have a significant impact on bringing speed kings to heel in Victoria Harbour.

5 Jun 1995 - 12:00am

Worried about police action

APPROXIMATELY five years ago I drew attention through the columns of the South China Morning Post, to a situation where it appeared police officers had switched off a set of traffic lights on two consecutive days on the ''upstream'' side of a radar speed check.

14 Jul 1994 - 12:00am