Zoso

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Gear

  • Main Canopy Size
    150
  • Main Canopy Other
    Sabre2
  • Reserve Canopy Size
    170
  • AAD
    Cypres

Jump Profile

  • License
    D
  • License Number
    32786
  • Licensing Organization
    USPA
  • Number of Jumps
    750
  • Years in Sport
    18
  • First Choice Discipline
    Formation Skydiving

Ratings and Rigging

  • USPA Coach
    Yes
  • Pro Rating
    Yes
  • Rigging Back
    Senior Rigger
  • Rigging Chest
    Senior Rigger
  1. Zoso

    Best Gear Bag?

    What's your opinion on the best gear bag, and why? I know many will suggest a large piece of luggage, but I'm not quite ready for that. At this time, I'd like a conventional bag with compartments to organize goodies.
  2. Here's a comparison pic. Although the Sharpie always works, the Bic performed the best when it did work. In defense of the Zebra 301, there are many 301 models. I picked the F-301 fine point, and it did not do well at all. Apparently other 301's work fine. I did buy the fine point, as recommended.
  3. I agree with Peek. If I'm going to jump in a swimming pool, I'll remove my wallet first. The hassle seems to outweigh the benefit. It seems odd to me that nobody sells non-tyvek data cards. Betzilla - The bic was too obvious for me to try. I just did and a Bic "Round Stic" wrote perfectly. The new Zebra F-301 I just purchased was not up to the task. The Bic Round Stic is commonly found dirt cheap everywhere.
  4. Fast answers. Thank you!
  5. I've always prided my Fisher Space Pen to write on anything, but it has found it's match. The wax-like treatment on most reserve packing data cards mocks my Space Pen, and all other pens I have at home. What pen will write nicely on this fiendish paper? Specifics please (brand, model, where to buy...) Thanks!
  6. To everybody that provided suggestions – thank you. They are all good suggestions, but we all have different situations. Even though I'm going one way with the target, others will read this and settle on their own preferences. I like that. So while shopping today for rope, I noticed they had yellow plastic chain. I bailed on the rope idea and went with the chain. I measured out 100.5 feet and spliced the chain back onto itself. The chain is nice because I can quickly pick it back up and drop it in a tool box. I will use wolfriverjoe's suggestion for truing up the circle. I spent more than I originally intended, so I will not be donating a C license accuracy circle to our DZ. If I did proceed with 2 different targets, I could do my label idea easily with keychain style labels. They would just fasten to a link. I will only have one target circle, so I don't need to bother with a label.
  7. Lightning126 – I'm not exactly a newbie. And I wouldn't be seeking help about Pro Rating skills on the internet. Obviously that is something you do at a DZ, with a Pro Rated mentor. I already have one eager to recruit me as a demo jumper. Sorry to disappoint you. This post was basically to get ideas about the target. I also like getting ideas out there for others to find in the future. This post will provide that. As for me and the Pro Rating, it is basically a fun accuracy challenge. I would satisfy the pyro and flag requirements just to get the rating, not because I have a burning desire to do either one. For me the rating would mostly be a trophy, similar to my D license. Did I NEED a D license? No. Do I NEED a Pro Rating? No. I also enjoy challenging my friends. The portable accuracy circle would serve that purpose.
  8. Billeisele – So by asking for ideas about making something, you infer I don't have the mental sharpness to do demos? That's laughable. I don't know, or care who you are but I do know you can go fuck yourself.
  9. Thank you all for the ideas. My DZ airport is privately owned by someone other than the DZO, so I am inclined to go for something minimally invasive. My next priority is ease of setup and storage. In that regard, I like wolfriverjoe's idea the best, but with yellow rope instead of garden hose. Rope is much less expensive, and can be stored in less space (in the trunk of my car). So that's what I'm going to do. Next question: I could either fasten the rope back onto itself as a 100.5 foot loop, or leave it alone but with a simple method of fastening one end to the other. By simple I mean bungee style hooks or something along those lines. With the latter idea I could more easily pick the rope back up at the end of the day. Any ideas on fasteners for thick rope? To take it to the max, it would be cool to have a nice “Pro Rating” label on the rope. That way I could make another one for jumper's working on the C license requirements, with it's own label. This would be very cool to spark interest at the DZ.
  10. I'm tempted to work on the Pro Rating. I'm curious if anyone has come up with a good temporary target. To be specific, I want to make a 32 foot diameter circle of something that could be packed up when not used. I thought of using garden hose, which could be made to the exact circumference, but it wouldn't lay out as a perfect circle. Any ideas?
  11. I just purchased a bluray copy from Finland off ebay. They sell "region free' copies which are necessary for viewing in the US.
  12. I can't answer your question, but I can tell you I've experienced almost the same injury in the exact same scenario. I was in the same slot with the same grips on an 8-way linked exit. I had been warned to not take "death grips" but I did it anyway. My justification to myself was that I'd never had a problem before with linked exits, and I didn't want to blow it. As soon as the group left, it caught the prop blast and popped into position as a belly flying 8 way. At that precise moment, I knew I hurt my right shoulder. If I had done as advised and taken looser grips for the exit, my right hand would have slipped off the grip and I would have avoided injury. The rest of the jump was uneventful and the injury was bursitis. I ended up getting a couple shots in the shoulder and rehab exercises. My recovery was 100% but it took around 4-5 months. My lesson learned - do like they say and don't take death grips on linked 8-way exits out of a tailgate plane.
  13. Zoso

    My little project

    Bravo! Very impressive.
  14. Zoso

    My little project

    I can't answer your question. I look forward to hearing about you jumping it though!
  15. Zoso

    Jumping into my back yard

    Here's the article Bill is referring to. It will answer all of your questions: http://www.dropzone.com/safety/General_Safety/Jumping_Away_from_the_Normal_Dropzone_896.html