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Altitrack digital altimeter fails on the way up to altitude

 


vanessalh  (D 33301)

Oct 14, 2012, 8:55 PM
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Hey,

I was wondering whether anyone has had this happen to them before.

I had a pretty concerning thing happen today with my altitrack altimeter.
I've put about 40 jumps on it, and noticed today that it wasn't recording any of my jumps. I turned it off and on again in the hope that this would fix it and then got on the next load.

On the way up to altitude it fritzed out, and reset itself multiple times to 0. This was pretty concerning for me, since I had to rely on others in my formation for break off altitude and eyeball my landing pattern.

Is this a sign of a defective unit? I'm a little afraid to jump again with it and have contacted the manufacturer.

I was comfortable jumping because I was with a formation (and have budding skills in eyeballing altitude), but would have been quite worried if I was solo.


Premier NWFlyer  (D 29960)

Oct 14, 2012, 9:04 PM
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Check the battery level. If the batteries are fine, you likely have a defective unit. L&B provides fantastic service - just follow the instructions on their web site to send it back and you'll get a repaired (or possibly brand-new) unit soon. Cool


CarpeDiem3  (D License)

Oct 15, 2012, 9:04 AM
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Buy a mechanical altimeter that does not depend upon batteries to function properly.


waveoff5500  (D 32087)

Oct 15, 2012, 9:07 AM
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lol my digital alti died in freefall this weekend. i watched it turn off as i turned to track. Tongue


phoenixlpr  (D 3049)

Oct 15, 2012, 9:12 AM
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In reply to:
Buy a mechanical altimeter that does not depend upon batteries to function properly.

Another good reason not to buy as the first altimeter, but when you are ready to safely land without a working altimeter.


Shredex

Oct 15, 2012, 3:15 PM
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I jump with a bag of potato chips. I squeeze the bag to know what altitude I'm at.



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