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  1. markharju

    3D printed Camera Mounts?

    I got one (chin mount) for my Cookie G3 from a garage manufacturer in Sacndinavia. It was (iirc) ~$25 shipped. (Youtube link). It was a bitch to mount, but IMO it's a lot safer than the "Teletubby" (top of helmet) mount one sees so often. It seems to me that having a GoPro on the chin with a chop handle is much safer than Teletubby-style without a chop handle. At least it's visible. On top of your helmet...nope.
  2. markharju

    How Sigma & Burble’s Tech Are Changing Skydiving

    My logbook and USPA membership card don't need a battery or an Internet connection but I can foresee the day when those credentials will no longer be accepted. DZOs who place their reliability upon technology out of their immediate control do so at their own risk (read: unforeseen consequences). As for the punk who didn't bring his logbook and card to the new DZ - he's SOL. Let the other 14 behind him manifest. I miss Skydiving Magazine, wherein articles weren't just shills for products. mh
  3. markharju

    Rapid International MOHOC camera

    I like the design (it looks as though it almost cannot snag), but man, is it ever pricey. The ParaGear page selling this says that it "cannot be exported" Is this gizmo under ITAR (arms control) restrictions or something? mh .
  4. I succeeded (after much effort and swearing) to get the chinmount product on my Cookie G3. I had to give up on the rubber bands because they kept getting sawn through when attempting to remove the pull-up cord (there was a dinky one supplied with the product made from 550 cord but it was way too short. I had my own 550 cord but I opted not to use it. My mistake). Anyway, after about two hours of effort I gave up on the rubber bands and grabbed a Tube Stow from my kit bag. I tied a knot in it to shorten it, then pulled it through the center louvers of the G3 and pinned it in place with a pair of needle-nose pliers. This held the band in position so that the locking tab/cutaway handle could be inserted. One this was done I was able to remove the pull-up cord without sawing through the elastic. I have a GoPro mounted on it and was going to try jumping it this past weekend, but Skydive Verona was closed (see Incidents forum). Pluses: Good communication with seller, fast shipping and good information about how to install / use the product (pics and video on the website). Deltas (suggested improvements): Would like to see an installation one-sheet included with the product (since the inventor is from Sweden I thought it might be cute if he did an Ikea-style pictographic - hah), and/or an installation demo using common household items like I did because I don't own and don't know where to obtain (aside from ParaGear, I guess) a rigger's packing tool as was used in the demonstration how-to online. It shouldn't be necessary to purchase a specialized tool to install something on one's own, though I guess one could ask a packer or rigger nicely to allow one to use a packing tool. In short: although I'm satisfied with the product (really good design and kudos for including a cutaway method) and at $25 plus shipping the price absolutely can't be beat (the inventor said he wanted to keep the product cost around that of a lift ticket - he succeeded admirably), I found it a bitch to install and I'd really not want to do it in the field if I had to take the chinmount off my Cookie G3 for some reason and needed to put it back on again. Edit to add: Although there is obviously still a risk of snagging, the chinmount concept seems to me to be a much safer approach than the "Teletubby" mounting scheme (where the GoPro is sticking straight up off the top of the helmet, complete with that huge mounting screw, which practically begs "Snag me!") I see a lot of people using (I replaced the mounting screw on my GoPro mounts with a 5mmx20mm Allen head. Yes, I also pack an Allen wrench in my gear bag ) .
  5. markharju

    Dropzone Reccomendations for Switzerland

    Hey gang, I'm working in Northern Italy these days and travel by rail to Switzerland frequently (at least once per month), and would like to have recommendations about DZs in Switzerland. I've been through the find-a-dropzone list here on the site, and of course one can see "Skydive Switzerland" (Reichenbach) from the railway line (must change trains in Spiez to get there, though). ...I also want to know if any of the other DZs in Switzerland are worth the trip. I've already purchased the "extra" insurance...thanks! mh .
  6. I like it. I just bought a Cookie G3 and am keen to mount my GoPro on the chin. mh .
  7. markharju

    Any SAFE full-face helmets out there?

    I think most people aren't making fashion statements. They just prefer not to have the wind in their face. (Something that I don't understand myself) I agree. Full face helmets may have been a fashion statement 20 years ago but now they are just mainstream. It's all a matter of risk/benefit analysis, and it will be different for different people doing different disciplines. I used to pooh-pooh full-face helmets until the day I was in a formation that funneled and I left toothmarks on someone else's container....made a believer out of me. I went right to ParaGear and bought a Parasport Italia Z1. And yeah, full-face helmet not be cheap but just as in motorcycling - how much is your mug worth to you? mh .
  8. markharju

    Are Earplugs Dangerous to Use in Freefall?

    No, they idea is to block noise, not air. Foam ear plugs are not air tight. 18,000 feet is about 1/2 atmospheric pressure. So that would be about 16 feet of water. Depending on the plane, I wear them for the ride up and take them out before exit. I have jumped them before, without any issues. Derek V Haven't been on for a long time so I'm wondering whether anyone in the medical field who also happens to be a skydiver has ever done an impromptu study of hearing loss among skydivers. I'll bet it's a LOT. It's come up from time to time. I enjoy jumping out of airplanes but I absolutely cannot stand all the noise from the aircraft and from windblast, but then I, like a skydiving brother of mine, have a low tolerance for noise. Something about Asberger... What's that? Ass-burgers? Is that from the rump of the steer, or did I simply not hear you correctly? .
  9. markharju

    Are Earplugs Dangerous to Use in Freefall?

    I've used foam earplugs my entire skydiving career. They're gas-permeable so one's ears clear normally in freefall. I agree with others that they should be removed under canopy, but with a full-face helmet you're not going to hear a lot anyway - just be heads-up when in the pattern. The earplugs I use are on a plastic cord which I loop through the eye of my jumpsuit zipper tab so they don't get lost. mh .
  10. markharju

    Chicago Area 30 Jun-3 July 18, Need Services!

    Yup, been a while. Expensive? It depends. A hop-n-pop isn't too painful (and full altitude is FL 145 [~4300-4500m] at either 27 or 32 Euro ($32 - $38 at current exchange rates [and it was higher recently - ouch]), but Jet A in Italy not be cheap. It's enough to stay current til I get back. Some day...I mean, it's Italy - what's not to like? At least it isn't Djibouti, or Kosovo, or Qatar, or Kuwait, or Bahrain... no skydiving in any of those places - not for me anyway. I've returned to because I gave up on Facebook - too intrusive and time-consuming. Zuckerberg's always after me Lucky Charms... I'll be staying out of Speaker's Corner, though. BSBD .
  11. markharju

    Chicago Area 30 Jun-3 July 18, Need Services!

  12. markharju

    Chicago Area 30 Jun-3 July 18, Need Services!

    Thanks for this Any boogies / events in the area between Sat 30 June and Monday 2 July? (I have to fly from ORD back to VCE on Tuesday eve 3 July but I might have time to get a jump or two in beforehand). .
  13. markharju

    Chicago Area 30 Jun-3 July 18, Need Services!

    All, On Friday 29 June, I'm flying to Chicago-O'Hare from my current worksite in Italy, and I need THREE IMPORTANT RUSH SERVICES while I'm in the greater CHI area-- 1) New 210 - 220 sf reserve put in my rig (Infinity/Velocity size I-55). Replaces obsolete Northern Lite Enterprises Raven-II. 2) New CYPRES unit in my rig (the first one died of old age while I was working overseas, and was removed) 3) Need to be measured for a new flightsuit. I also want some custom modifications (Mandarin collar instead of the usual knitted-cuff wristband thingie). Please advise whether there is a loft in the area (SDC?) that can provide ALL THREE SERVICES on IMMEDAITE demand (will only be there for a few days and then have to hightail it back to Italy via ORD on 3 July). I want to go back to Italy with the first two and have the third mailed to me. Contact me here or PM me for my Italy phone number. Responses made here will determine whether I carry my rig with me from Marco Polo, or just jump rental gear while I'm there. DZ recommendations are also welcome. Attn Snohomish crew who may be reading this - I won't be making it to Seattle this trip, sorry. Be advised I'm aware of surcharges for rush service. I can afford it. THANKS!
  14. markharju

    Boogie Calendar!

    Lost Prairie is in Montana (MT), not Missouri (MO) .