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    BPA to USPA Liscense

    Two suggestions: 1. Ask USPA. They have probably dealt with this before. 2. I've heard that sometimes British jumpers go to other countries for better weather or cheaper jumps, and that some dropzones that aren't in Britain have BPA instructors that can sign off on BPA licenses. I think some of the big DZs in Florida (DeLand?) do this, for example. A US DZ that is set up to do this should be familiar with the differences between BPA and USPA regulations and should be able to advise. Eule
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    Mark as Read Not Always Working

    Do you let Firefox accept all cookies (no windows pop up saying "site wants to set a cookie") or do you pick and choose? If you have told Firefox to only keep dropzone.com cookies for the current session, that might be part of the problem. To check, Tools menu->Options->Privacy icon->Cookies tab. Make sure "Allow sites to set cookies" is checked. Click on the "Exceptions" button and if www.dropzone.com or dropzone.com is in the list, make sure it says "Allow". "Allow for Session" or "Block" won't work. Also on the Cookies tab, if the "Keep cookies" drop-down is set to "until they expire", that's OK. If it's set to "until I close Firefox", that won't work. If it's set to "ask every time", that will work, but you'll get a window whenever a site wants to set a cookie. This is probably not the problem, but you might want to make sure the clock on your computer is set to the correct time and date. Eule
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    Amanda Kemp on the Chris Evans Show

    The interview starts at "twelve to seven" or at about 1:48 into the show if you're listening online. I saved the entire show, edited it down to just the interview, and converted it to MP3; the result is here. The file is about 6 MB and it runs a bit over six minutes. It seemed like a pretty decent interview for mass-market radio. The tunnel was mentioned briefly, but more time was given to 4-way in general and "what do you do if your parachute doesn't open", but at least the host didn't put it quite that way. :) Eule
  4. primero first cerveza beer saltar to jump That should be enough... :) You might ask (in English) in the Events and Places to Jump forum about the particular dropzone you are going to. You might also ask (in Spanish) in the Spanish-language forum about a general list of terms. Eule
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    Wierd Image?

    I haven't seen it myself, but some ideas: I have sometimes seen browsers load the first couple of images on a page, then duplicate those images in other places on the page until the correct images for those places load. This happens more often on a slow (dialup) connection or when the computer is heavily loaded. Usually the "bad" images eventually disappear once everything is loaded. Clearning your browser cache and trying again almost never hurts. Are you seeing this from more than one PC (with different Internet connections) or just one? If it's just one PC, or only from PCs that share an Internet connection, it could be a problem in a proxy server. You might have to ask whoever's running the proxy server to check it. Eule
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    Nationals on the Radio

    I think it's a pretty good story. The reporter appears to be confused about CRW vs. RW, but other than that I liked it. If you're listening to the whole show online, the story starts at about 19:30 and runs to about 26:12. Alternatively, I downloaded the show and made an mp3 (128 kbit, 44.1 KHz) of just that story here. Eule
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    Stoked in Zion

    Pack up some clothes and stuff; put the bags in your car. Strap a snow shovel on the roof of your car. Start driving south; fill up every time you get down to half a tank. As soon as somebody at a gas station asks you what that thing is on top of your car, OR you come to the ocean, start looking for a dropzone. :) Welcome! Eule
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    access to deleted/recycled posts

    There is a problem with searching posts from about mid-January through the end of May 2006. All of the posts are still there, but they aren't indexed, so the search function won't find them. If you remember which forum you posted in, go to that forum and start looking at the older index pages and you can probably find it that way. (Once you're in the forum, look at the top of the list of posts, above the word "Subject". There is a line that looks like >> or similar. This will take you to the older index pages.) Eule
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    Broken indexing

    Me t00. The last time I checked, the unindexed posts ran from about 13 Jan to about 27 May, or around 4.5 months' worth. Eule
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    Dropzone Locator

    I just tried it and I'm getting the same thing. city and state -> doesn't work zip code only -> doesn't work city, state, zip -> doesn't work street address, city, state, zip -> doesn't work I cleared my cookies and cache, logged back in, and tried the four queries above again, with the same results. I'm using Firefox 1.5.0.6 on Linux (2.4.x kernel). Eule
  11. When you come back, can you sneak some non-3.2 Bud and Coors in with you? Dude, you got ripped off! Most tandems get like five minutes! Seriously, one minute is pretty standard if you're going to 14,500 or 15,000. :) There, made it clicky for you. Is about an hour close enough? I've been jumping in Cushing. There is also a dropzone in Hinton, but I think it might be closed... I heard they were closing and their Web site doesn't work anymore. Welcome! Eule Tulsa, Oklahoma
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    Upcoming USPA Election

    This is absolutely pathetic! I'm assuming you are referring to the large number of uncontested positions? I think there was some discussion on this a while ago - this thread had some of it but I'm not sure if it's the one I'm remembering. You yourself had part of the answer, I think... I know a couple of jumpers who would probably do a decent job but who don't have an extra 100-150 jump tickets in their pockets or another week of vacation at work. That's not the only reason but I think that's a significant part of it. On a slightly different note, there was a forum created specifically for the last election; do you feel it would be helpful to have something like that again? Eule
  13. Before you went on the jump, were you at all congested? Do you have any allergies that might have been acting up? These can make it harder to clear your ears. You might find Skydive Radio show #54 useful; the hosts talked to an ear, nose, and throat doctor about things like this. Eule
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    Searching Posts problem

    This appears to be a known problem for at least four months or so, but it has not yet been fixed. See this post. They aren't gone; they just haven't been indexed for the search function. If you know what forum a post was made in, you can go there and start looking through the old index pages for likely thread titles. Alternatively, do an advanced search at Google and fill in dropzone.com under Domain - this may not be exact but it will let you get a little closer. Eule
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    narrowing the search - classifieds

    I don't have an answer for you, other than to note that this is along the same lines as this request that was posted a month ago. The problem that underlies that request and your request is that the classifieds search function (at least for non-Premier members) is not very good, IMHO. When you place an ad, you can specify lots of details for your gear in a structured way, but there's not a good way for prospective buyers to search those details. Eule
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    Diver Pilot

    I don't know... us jumpers keep trying to talk to you guys, but you always wear those headsets, so we are forced to use the I'd-like-to-leave-the-plane-now lever to get your attention. :) I know diverdriver is one and I'm sure there are more. You might ask in the General or possibly the [url "http://www.dropzone.com/cgi-bin/forum/gforum.cgi?forum=1;"]Bonfire[/url] forums. Welcome! Eule
  17. I haven't heard of it, but I've only been around for about a year and I make no claims to knowing it all. :) The sectional chart shows a private airport "Paradise" with a parachute symbol near Goldsby. Cross-referencing with an ODOT highway map, it's on the west side of OK 24, about halfway between I-44 and OK-74B. Googling for "goldsby skydive" yields this, where one poster claims the DZ in Goldsby closed in 2003. (Link goes to Google cache as the original page appears to be gone.) There is also this, which appears to be a list of dropzones, that mentions Goldsby. It is dated March-April 2003. (Again, link goes to Google cache as the original page appears to be gone.) diverdriver has a NTSB report from 1985 that mentions jumping in Goldsby. This doesn't mean a whole lot, but it never showed up on the DZ list on this site, at least according to the Wayback Machine. There is a DZ (Pegasus Skydiving) over in Chickasha, which is about 25 miles east of Goldsby. But as far as I know it has not closed. Eule
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    Skysurf preperation

    Scoop, Skydive Radio had an interview with Tanya O'Brien a few shows back and as I recall, they did discuss some "how to get started" kinds of things; it might be interesting to listen to. This was on show #41. Eule
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    I want to skydive!

    I don't think the USPA has an age requirement for the license, but most dropzones have some kind of cutoff age. This varies by state and by dropzone. If you're 21 you're good most anywhere; some places will do it at 18 (but your parents may have to sign something); a very few places *might* do it at 16. You'll have to ask at the local dropzones to find out what their policies are. That's the first one USPA issues. The other three are B, C, D. There are some other ratings and qualifications you can get, but those four letters are the main ones. You might want to look at the SIM (the skydiving version of the AIM) at uspa.org - you can buy a printed copy or download it as a PDF for free. It costs about $200 to get started and then half of your paycheck for the rest of your life. :) Seriously, it depends on what training method you choose and how fast you progress, but I would count on at least a couple of thousand dollars minimum. That's just the jumps and gear rental - it doesn't include buying your own gear. The sectionals lie. Use the dropzone locator on this site to find out what's close to you. I know Florida has several dropzones so there should be one nearby. You might also want to read the articles here on getting started. Eule
  20. New building, potential new logo, marketing-speak that is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike English. Are there any skydivers working there, or just suits? Eule
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    Threads marked read.

    I've had this problem as well. As long as I don't go in to a forum while logged in, all of the unread posts/ threads will stay marked as unread. If I go in there while logged in, I then have to either read all of the new posts, or resign myself to losing all of the new-post markers when I log out. What I have been doing to get around this is to log in, check PMs and email, and maybe catch all the way up on a forum that's only got a few new posts. I then log out and visit the forums again while not logged in. That way I can look at the forums that have a lot of new posts and read the few that catch my eye. Later, when I have time, I log in again and get completely caught up on the forums with lots of new posts. I end up reading some things twice this way, but to me that's preferable to losing all of the new-post markers. The root problem, I think, is that the forum software is keeping some state on the server instead of on the client. (One of the requirements for writing Web forum software is to ignore all the lessons learned from 20 years of USENET.) I haven't experimented with this much, but the software _might_ be storing this data on the client in the form of cookies. Unfortunately, as far as I can tell, the cookie format isn't documented anywhere, so trial and error is the only way to find out how it works. Eule
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    Arizona tunnel trip report

    Betsy gave the basic info. When I was there, the common room was a little messy but nothing worse than I've seen around my home DZ after we've had lunch and dinner on the same table. The sleeping areas were very clean. The lockers are around 2' wide by 3' tall by about 2' deep (about 60x90x60 cm). You could easily put two rigs in one and probably three. When you check in, you get a pillow, sheets, and blanket. In the room I was in, the bunks were two high, and each one has a curtain that can be drawn all the way across the bunk. There were fold-out shelves along the walls you could put your stuff on. I _think_ there was a socket or two to charge your phone or whatever in the bunk room; I know there were sockets in the common room. When you check in, you need to put down $50 cash as a deposit on the linens, which you get back when you return the stuff in good order. Check-in is at manifest, so as I said, you need to do it while manifest is open. There is a little window that is just for getting on loads, and a door to a long counter where all the other manifest business (like bunk check-in) takes place - it'll make more sense when you see it. The bunkhouse was pretty quiet when I was there. You do have to go outside and walk about 30 feet to the building the bathrooms are in - it has toilets, sinks, showers, and washers and dryers. You get a key to your locker and to the bunk house - the door seems to always be locked, so only people who are staying in the bunk house "should" be able to get in. As far as hotel vs. bunkhouse - that's pretty much up to you. One nice thing about the bunkhouse is that it's right at the DZ and there is no law against drunk walking to get home at night. :) All of the motels are at least a couple of miles away from the DZ. There are several chain motels including Days Inn and Motel 6. If you do get a motel, I would recommend making a reservation as soon as your plans are firm, so you don't get caught out like I did. What to bring? I brought a sleeping bag and a pillow which I didn't really need. There are little battery lights in the bunks, but I also had a keychain flashlight that came in handy. There are lights in the bunk rooms, but it's kinda rude to turn them on late at night IMHO. The lights are on timers, so they will eventually turn themselves off. If I was going to be there longer than a day or two, I would have bought some groceries and used the refrigerator and microwave. If I did this I'd probably go shopping in Casa Grande, a few miles north, which seems to have a better variety of stores. For communications, cell phones seems to work fine, plus there is a pay phone. There is an Internet cafe, or (pay) wireless Internet. Random other things... The tunnel is maybe a quarter mile away from the "main" dropzone area. (I think I read on this forum that this lets the tunnel be on a cheaper electric grid.) It's an easy walk, but you can't stroll out of the bunkhouse at 9:00 for 9:05 tunnel time. There is some parking over by the tunnel so you can drive over there - just watch out for canopies! Driving down from Phoenix is fairly easy - during non-rush-hour it takes around an hour to 75 minutes to get from Phoenix airport to Eloy. During rush hour, allow more like 90 to 115 minutes. I had a 9 AM flight out, so I wanted to get to the airport at 8 AM, so I left Eloy at 6:30 AM, which was about right. When I got close to Phoenix, it took me about 30 minutes to go the last 10 miles to the airport. I hope this helps! If you have more questions either reply back here or PM. Eule
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    Arizona tunnel trip report

    I think so too. And this time I didn't even have to break an instructor to do it! Thanks! Eule
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    Arizona tunnel trip report

    Seeing that in isolation, it might be a little misleading. I don't mean that I passed L3 and then took 40 additional jumps to pass L4. 40 jumps was about what it took from my very first jump to passing L4. I can be really hard-headed when I want to be. :) In fall 2005 I was determined to jump my way through it, to the degree that I was somewhat resisting going to the tunnel. Finally I decided to stop being hard- headed about it and get some more tunnel time. When I had 10 or 15 jumps and it was becoming clear that I was a problem child, I used to joke that if USPA passed out licenses solely by jump numbers, I'd graduate AFF and get my A on the same day. Now I'm going for my B. :) Eule
  25. I've thought it would be nice to have a clickable avatar, but it should go to a page with a bigger version of that image and a short explanation. Lots of people just have mug shots in their avatars, but some are clearly shots of "interesting" landings, exits, etc, and it'd be nice to have a regular way to find out more about them. Eule