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  1. In 68 we used a surplus chest container spray painted red. Lines were not daisy chained but stowed in the bands (but not so carefully as a real reserve pack job). Canopy was a 24 ft twill. 377
  2. 377

    What was your safest parachute?

    I loved my well used Fury 220, my first square. Finally upgraded to a ZP Triathlon and found that the upgrade wasn't much as much as I had expected performance wise. I love my Tri but the Fury flew damned near as well. The Fury was an old Crew dog canopy with trim tabs. I didn't do Crew but I loved my "autopilot", what I called my trim tabs. After opening, I would trim the canopy for absolutely straight flight and then hip steer most of the way down. The Tri flared better, but just a little bit. 377
  3. 377

    What was your safest parachute?

    Yes, mine did initially have the "sea anchors", yellow nylon tape pieces as I recall. I bought it from a Navy guy who had returned from Iwakuni Japan where they had a sport parachuting club. The timed out Navy canopies from the air station found their way into sport rigs instead of being scrapped. My rigger, Perry Stevens, refused to do an IR on it. He said the sea anchor tabs were not in the TSO. He said they had to be removed. Perry removed them and did a very careful job, leaving no trace. He only charged me the normal IR price ($20) for all the work. It's funny, the ONLY cheapo standup I ever did was on my 26 Navy Conical reserve. It landed far softer than my worn out 1951 USAF orange and white candy stripe C9. 377
  4. Nah... not Cooper. Got some crucial facts wrong in his taped interview. Cooper opened and cut suspension lines on a reserve not a main while aboard the NWA 727 airliner. Also his alleged landing area is way way off all the other accounts including FAA ATC radar and cockpit crew interviews. Remember a 727 ventral door placard was found by hunters in an area that matches the FBI accounts of the flight path. The story about Reca being threatened with jail after the skyjack and recruited by spook agency MIBs who gave him numerous passports and KGB ID is just not credible to me. If his promoters got their facts right, Reca was one bad ass jumper. D 99 and a USAF Para Rescue Jumper (PJ)!! Case closed? NOPE. 377
  5. 377

    What was your safest parachute?

    26 ft Navy Conical reserve. I needed it. It worked. Cost $25. 377
  6. 377

    A dream come true...

    Fury is a fine conservative canopy. That’s what I jumped before I bought my Triathlon. They handle very similarly. Fury is built like a brick. Look at the line attachment structure. Have fun. 377
  7. 377

    A dream come true...

    I’d sell the PC, you’ll get top dollar for a new one on eBay even if it is a MK 3. Buy a big Triathlon with the proceeds and save those knees. I daydream about jumping my old rounds and then good judgement kicks in. Old bones break easy and heal slowly. 377
  8. 377

    A dream come true...

    Fortunately, I missed the first gen marginal square canopies. I was still jumping a surplus Cheapo at Pope Valley well into the 1970s. I was always years behind the latest gear due to financial constraints arising from college and grad school. When I finally started making decent money in the 90s, the gear had matured and you could buy a conservative square canopy that would deliver creampuff landings reliably. Sometimes being late to the party has advantages. 377
  9. 377

    Reserve recommendations

    PDR 193 loaded at 1.25 to 1 worked well for me in 2005 over Rantoul Illinois. Didn't like Ravens, squirrely flare response. Back in 1972 I rode a Navy surplus 26 ft conical reserve to a stand up landing on the target. Not bad for a reserve that cost me $25. I like PD reserves. Reliable, well constructed and, at reasonable wing loadings, easy to fly and land. 377
  10. 377

    A dream come true...

    As long as that sound wasn't a crack, I was happy. The orthopedic surgeons were probably quite disappointed when squares replaced surplus rounds, but then swooping was invented and bountiful times returned. 377
  11. Recording from my receiver while aloft over Byron CA. W3IUU in Maryland can be heard clearly amidst breaks in the pileup of West Coast stations. https://soundcloud.com/eric-meltzer-3/marks-hf-jump-m30 377
  12. 377

    A dream come true...

    Those are great photos! I have a few PC jumps. After making my first 100 jumps on surplus rounds, the PC was an absolute dream. Beatnik is right about the Jumbo PC. Bigger is not better with PCs. It's counterintuitive but correct. You are better off under a standard size (24 ft) Mk 1 IMO. 377
  13. 377

    Newbie from MA

    Welcome to the sport Tim! 377
  14. Well, we were kinda at the top of a hill, courtesy of a $24 ride to 13.5. Your co-worker was too pessimistic. Hams routinely talk many thousands of miles without elevation or huge antennas. All it takes is good ionospheric reflectivity. Solar activity influences it a lot. Sunspots help. I talked to a station in the Antarctic from my CA home. I live 18 ft above sea level and use a simple single element rooftop antenna. PM me your email and I can send you an MP3 file (too large to attach here) taken from my receiver output during descent. You can clearly hear the Maryland station W3IUU calling me and acknowledging my reply. We had a lucky break in ionospheric skip conditions. Only running about 3 watts transmitter output, powered by AA cells! 377
  15. Indeed, we even had the so-called "fish", a lead weight on the distal end of the long wire. Right out of the 1940s. Had to remember to fly a very clear landing approach staying WAY above any power lines. Wouldn't want to drag that baby across any high tension lines or wind generators. Stowing the wire into a compact bundle that wouldn't tangle up on antenna deployment was a challenge. No room for a reel. We ended up making taped paper bands around coiled sections of wire. I ripped the bands open as I deployed it coil by coil. Worked fine. Surprising how well the VHF and UHF gear transmits from inside the planes. We have no trouble talking to the ground during the climb to jump run. 144 and 440 Mhz. Works in King Airs, Twin Otters and Caravans. The live 5.8 GHz ATV worked well, from exit at 13.5 to landing. There is some really good cheap drone video gear nowadays. Most of it exceeds FCC power limits for unlicensed users, but the FCC doesn't do much spectrum cop work these days, too busy dismantling net neutrality. Anyway as hams, we are actually licensed to use high power the 5.8 KHz band. 377