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  1. That said, unfortunately in the effort to get the camera/housing out of the fray you've introduced two additional thumbscrews to mix. Not sure if it's a net win or loss. I would replace at least two of the thumb screws with machine screws. You certainly don't need all of those to be adjustable. Also, if you collide with someone in freefall or faceplant on landing you could turn a bruise/headache into a gash as polycarbonate is pretty hard and the Gath doesn't offer much to stop it.
  2. champu

    Jump 120

    I've only ever had a couple brake fires and both were quite a while ago, but from your description it definitely sounds like it was either a brake fire or a brake that was unstowed to begin with. A released brake won't always be obvious and depending on the canopy and how quickly you react, rear-riser input may not settle things out. If your canopy is turning after deployment but appears to be fully open (and you've got the altitude) try popping the brakes. You might be surprised to find only one of them actually "pops." Another important note is that risers don't last forever. People pay a lot of attention to how many jumps are on a canopy or a canopy's lines when buying and selling gear but main risers are frequently overlooked. As far as the Vigil issues... well... I'm not a fan of Vigils based on the types of problems they've had and the company's responses to them, but I've already written my piece on that on this site.
  3. champu

    Skydiving Risk

    I don't take issue with the population estimates as long as the far right column is understood correctly when making comparisons. For example, you can conclude from these data that making a skydive is less likely to result in death than being a runner. As usual, you don't end up with apples to apples. These studies are never targeted at skydivers to make us feel better about what we do or to demonstrate an understanding of the safety considerations and risks in our sport. They're meant to make runners and swimmers and cyclists think again about their safety by comparing their activity to "omgz plane jumping!"
  4. champu

    Copyright <again>

    I'm really not sure how different an angle this case was from the Thomas-Rasset trial. That said... Forgetting peer-to-peer for a moment, have there been any cases of the RIAA going after violations of synchronization licenses (specifically, lack thereof) in no-profit situations? Youtube and the other major players will generally pull videos if they get a complaint from the copyright owner of the audio track, but what about other websites? Is the volume not high enough to trigger a response? I assume there have been cases of the RIAA defending sync-rights in for-profit situations somewhere along the line. yes? (my guess is the term "sync-rights" wouldn't exist if that were not the case.) And here's a hypothetical... suppose you allowed a student to bring a CD with the music they wanted to go along with their skydive. If you shot the video and dubbed the music (for which, let's assume, the student has a legitimate private use license) to it, didn't retain a copy of the music, and the student never published the video/music anywhere publicly, do you think you would have a case that this falls under fair use? Presumably I can make a skydiving video synced to copyrighted music if I don't release it publicly / publicly exhibit it. What if a friend comes over and uses my music and my video to make a video for me that, again, I don't release publicly. What if I buy him a beer for his efforts? What if I give him a dollar?
  5. champu

    How is skydiving at Elsinore?

    Generally, pretty good. It'll be cool on the ground during the day and cold at altitude and at night. We get some clouds/rain during that time but not a lot. The cool air keeps the winds steady, whatever they're doing, and they don't do crazy stuff like they can here in the summer. Late February / March / Early April is usually our cloudy and rainy season.
  6. champu

    Mirage DRX (Direct Reserve Xtraction)

    It's similar in design to the Skyhook in that it's an RSL that includes an additional lanyard connecting the RSL to the reserve pilot chute bridal. The way it attaches to the bridal is quite a bit different and is, in my humble (and admittedly non-rigger) opinion, cleaner and involves less additional parts added to the reserve container. I don't have any photos of the DRx attachment method, and don't know how best to describe it, so I'll let someone from Mirage Systems or a rigger who's had a chance to examine one chime in with further details.
  7. I have to admit I hated leaving front float until I found something that works for me, but now I rather like it. I'm exiting from otters, but something similar may work from a caravan, it's been years since I've jumped a caravan, but I don't remember them being that different. My setup is this: I put my right foot near the front of the door and grab the inside bar with my right hand. I swing myself outside and press my left hand flat up against the bottom of the wing (being careful not to grab/hold onto anything that moves) I then position both my feet in the door squished all the way forward, and slide my right hand off the bar and onto the leading edge of the door frame as low down as possible and kinda squat down so that my knees are bent at almost a 90 deg angle. This gets me in a reasonably balanced stance and leaves the rest of the team with as much space as possible. How do I leave? well, here's a video of a couple exits On the first jump (the right way ) I fall off, going directly to my head with my chin down and very little drag out so that I can get "below" them a little bit, after the first second or two, it's business as usual. On the second jump (the wrong way ) I jump out, smacking the back of my head on the tire, and having to lean on Mel for a second while both my camera and vision come back into focus... ...after that, it was business as usual. ...but yeah if you climb that far forward... don't jump out away from the plane. /edited to add: Oh... and the camera is a PC-105 with a royal-lens 0.3x
  8. champu

    PC 105 Problems

    How old is the camera? (How many jumps on it?) Do you use a new tape when you fill one or have you been recording over the same tape repeatedly? If you do use a new tape, have you been using the same brand tape every time?
  9. Being snivelly doesn't necessarily mean opening softly. Soft openings come from graceful and symmetrical inflation of the cells whether your canopy just sniveled for one second or for three. Snivelling only slows you down so much, after that you're wasting altitude. I've found rolling stuff and tucking things is a good way to make your canopy snivel longer, but controlling your slider, keeping your packjob symmetrical, making sure your lines are in trim, and staying even in your harness during deployment will make your canopy inflate symmetrically.
  10. champu


    I jump with a Pro-track as an audible (which I've had for ~1300 jumps) and a Viso as a visual mounted on a small pillow on my chest strap (which I've had for ~100 jumps) I really like the Viso as it provides me with very reliable altitude information when I'm setting up my swoops. It's a good feeling when you lean over on the climb up to altitude and compare with someone else's Viso and they are dead on with each other. (within 10ft) The Viso comes with a hand mount, wrist mount, and a whole bunch of zip ties which allow you to taylor your mounting setup to your liking, which is nice. While the Viso has operated flawlessly and I haven't had to fall back on it, my experience with L&B customer service in the past would be hard to beat, they really stand behind their products. As a logging device, it leaves something to be desired. Navigating menus to retrieve jump info is very awkward, so I leave the logging and jump info duties to my protrack, which is much more friendly. Still, this altimeter provides an excellent day-to-day alternative to the annlog altimeters of old. I would definitely buy a Viso again.
  11. champu

    Mel @ Elsinore

    I had a great time too. Much thanks to you and everyone else as well for making the jumps fun and successful. The "three-layer concentric-ring 29-way human-hoop-dive" for sunset was hilarious.
  12. champu

    Engraving a closing pin?

    If a jeweler can engrave the inside of the band of a ring, they can engrave a closing pin.
  13. champu


    I have an early 2005 FF2, I've had it for about a year and a half, and overall my experience has been very good. It fits on your head snugly and consistantly, to the point that you don't need to use a ringsight if you don't want to. 2k Composites has changed this helmet quite a bit since I bought mine and I want to address some of the changes they've made. Hopefully this will help people who may have seen a few of these helmets and noticed almost no two to be alike. They've changed the way the optional two-ring cutaway system is oriented. A big improvement as this keeps the cable better protected, and also protects the spectra loop from wear when the helmet moves around in your gearbag. They've replaced the quarter-turn fastener that closes the d-box with a screw-in fastener. This puzzles me, as the quarter-turn fastener has held up really well on my helmet, and it's much more convienient for quick access. You might consider asking for the old-style fastener when you order and see if they'll build it that way. They've changed the molding of the d-box around the opening for the camera lens. While this does protect your lens a little better, it makes it harder to get your lens lined up and fitting the opening properly. Especially if you aren't using a low-profile skydive lens like Royal-lens or Way-cool which the makers of this helmet obviously had in mind. They've redesigned the chincup to "capture" the excess ratchet strap rather than have it extend out past your chin. This is much nicer as I had to use a dremel to cut and reshape the end of my ratchet strap. You no longer have to do this. Some things they haven't changed which maybe they should: The top mount area is pretty narrow. It barely fits the width of a stroboframe quick release, and essentially any still camera mounting scenario you come up with is going to leave a good bit of the camera hanging off the edge, creating a snag point. The helmet could really use some kind of (perhaps removeable) shelf extension that will make it contour better to the grip of a still camera and keep lines from potentially getting caught. The D-box is designed to hold a few different cameras, which is nice, but the piece of foam on the inside of the d-box door is "one size fits none" I removed it and in its place rubber-cemented a larger piece of shipping foam which helps keep camera vibrations to a minimum. The molded cam-eye button position is questionable. While my right riser has only hit it and turned it off on opening a dozen or so times in the 800-odd jumps I've put on this thing, it can happen, and when you're pulling your reserve ripcord and you notice the cam-eye light is blue because the riser turned off your camera and you missed the footage of your wicked spinning malfunction, you get a little bummed. But in the end, I'd buy this helmet again, and that's what's important. If you want a side mount, and you have the money, I'd say get an FF2.
  14. You mean like the "sperm field" in Eloy?
  15. champu

    Have Exit Light Pictures

    We don't have labels on our lights...