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  1. Their Facebook page says it is due to operational requirements. I'm upset. I already had PTDY orders and a room reserved. I was looking forward to the weekend. They said maybe spring 2011 they will do something. Here's to keeping fingers crossed.
  2. Wow.. talk about in-depth. As a professional photographer I fully understand the polarized filter analogy. Thanks for the input.
  3. My experience is with HAM radio transceivers. I figured that since you can affix an external antenna to a car and plug a GPS into it (or sat radio for that fact) there could be a way to do this with an antenna for a hand-held GPS. I admit you sound much more educated than I on the matter. I was just curious. Could you explain more?
  4. I was also thinking the longer antenna would pick up the signal in thin-skinned aircraft better than the loaded antennas in the GPS housing. When they are short and wound they are less sensitive; hence the idea of adding the longwire antenna in a suit's seam.
  5. Has anyone thought of threading a thin copper braid through a seam in their jumpsuit and soldering a connector on it to plug it into a larger GPS unit (like a Garmin Vista). I'm thinking something along the seam in the sleeve with the connector right at the inside chest pocket. The long-wire antenna should provide better reception in general and solve the location problem of the GPS since the antenna is in you sleeve.
  6. I can relate to the guy. I live 2 hours from any DZ. When I was new to the sport I would hope that I could ask a question here and get some informative feedback. Of course a person has to be able to filter out the nonsense. Hopefully most jumpers are offering what they think is good advice; even if it is misguided.
  7. It is intereasting that you used "get farther in life" in your question. Do they amass more wealth? Do they have more stuff? Yes. But are they father in LIFE? How rewarding was it for them to cheat to get the reward? How are they regarded by their peers that know they cheat? Are they sucessful/farther at life or sucessfull/farther at cheating? Is being shallow and dishonest getting a person farther in life?
  8. Would not the best answer have been: Maybe or sometimes. It all depends on your equimpent. There are a lot of different systems and the best we can say is ask your instructor. But in the meantime you can start reading the SIM about malfunctions and procedures. It will expalin a lot.
  9. It also has to do with DZ location. I used to jum in El Paso, TX and they got strong Dust Devils in the afternoon. They can collapse just about anything. It also has to do with flying styles. The more aggressive you fly your canopy the more likey it is to fold. In the end it is a factor of weather, pilot activity and parachute type/design.
  10. Again... Skydiver not Doctor. My Mom... Heart stops; gets device to keep it in rhythm.
  11. Hey, I'm a skydiver... not a doctor. Really. My mother's heart stopped when I was in H.S. and she has had a defib since then (since about 1988), what I know is her heart gets of of rhythm and the device puts it back into rhythm - PCVs or PVCs. I know pre-vascular constrictions. Now that you have chided me I remember the correct wording. I just could not remember if it was that or pre-cardiovascular constrictions. I'm hoping you mean PVC's, otherwise she might need a new device :p~
  12. Make sure you talk with your doctor about the settings. My mom has one and the Dr had it set way low. My mom kept getting the crap knocked out of her by the device. The Dr finally admitted that he saw mostly 55+ old men that sat on the sofa and drank beer - never got their heart rate up or did any kind of exercise. My mom walks a lot on the beach and the normal heart patterns were being mistaken by the defib as PCVs and hit her with the juice. Sometimes she got it more than once in an event. In the end the Dr upped the tolerance for it to deem an emergency.
  13. mmacro

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    Borris73: You need to do some research and think about what people are saying... You have no clue what you’re talking about. The number of 1,000 WWII veterans dying a day is not a number anyone has claimed for the entire time from the first day after hostilities ceased till today. The number is accurate in that since the veterans are aging and in their 80’s and 90’s now they are dying at that rate. As a matter of fact, about 8 years ago the number was more about 1,200 to 1,500 a day. In the 1950’s these veterans were in their 30’s and were healthy. Now that they are in their 80’s and 90’s they are succumbing to deaths related to old-age and/or service related injuries. And your overall numbers of people that served are way off. Just for the U.S. alone there were a total of 16,112,566 service members, 291,557 battle deaths, 113,842 non theater deaths, 671,846 non mortal injuries, and 3,242,000 surviving service members (Veterans Administration estimate as of Nov. 2008). And these numbers do not even take into account forces that the War Department did not consider a part of their reportable muster; line the Alaska Territorial Guard. For example: the numbers official reported number of 3,242,000 surviving service members is double that of your GUESS! The number of deaths per day is an estimate from the VA and has been researched and confirmed by media organizations that have counter political views; so it is a number I would tend to trust. Make sure you research your facts and get things straight before you start spouting erroneous numbers. I work with WWII veterans as part of the Honor Flight network and you are doing them an injustice perpetuating wrong information. Here is my take on it, during the war there were about 100 million soldiers (including both axis and allies), of which about 25 million died during the war . That leaves 75 million left. Now during WWII, 61 countries were involved which means on average 1.23 million vets per country were still alive after the war. Now if 1000 US Vets die each day since the war ended that's about 24 million US vets dead. The figures just don't add up. Also take into account that nearly all of European men/women fought in the WWII, so there will be a lot more European vets then US vets. If you said 1000 vets (axis and allies) die everyday that would be much more realistic.
  14. Velocityphoto... Obviously you did not read my posts. Go back, read them and then post a reply. Do I jump a camera? You tell me. I said if I did or didn't earlier in the thread. I also stated my view on jumping a camera.
  15. Wow... So how do you really feel about the topic?