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  1. New speakers and an amplifier to power them would greatly improve the sound. Are you pretty handy and think you could install it yourself? If so, Crutchfield is a good company to purchase through and they include all directions and parts needed to install in factory speaker sizes. If not, then I would go to a car stereo shop, not best buy or large chains. Good luck
  2. Are you going to have the same size and kind of main canopy in both? If not, you really are not doing yourself a favor at getting better at canopy flight. I bought my second rig so that I had a CRW rig and a free fall rig both with very different canopies. Luckily the CRW canopy taught me more than I could ever imagine so when I jumped my free fall canopy I had a ton of confidence but a very different landing set up. If you are going to be using two differnet mains and two different sizes they are going to fly different and you will spend a lot of time thinking about the difference instead of getting better after each jump. Just some thoughts
  3. I currently do use both a Protrack and an Optima II in my helmet. I like how the Protrack keeps the log of jumps, exit alt, speeds, free fall audible alarams, deployment alti and so forth but does not have the low altitude warnings. I guess I could have gone with a Viso on my wrist so that I could see the lower altitude more accurately with some alarams but I went with the Optima. So on both ears I can hear my free fall audibles and then under canopy I can set up my pattern with the audibles from the Optima. May someone else can speak to this but building your visual reference of low altitude with only a beep to verify certain altitudes can keep your eyes free to check references and most importantly keep scanning the skies for other canopies. Any other thoughts on this?
  4. If you already know that you are going to be a base jumper then you should make your presense known at the DZ. BASE jumpers just lead the crowd and are envied by everybody, so getting to try out different canopies won't be hard at all. Once you are done with the studnet canopies, meant for those without skills then you can quickly get ready for the Velocity. The Velo 84 sounds like a great first choice so you can master the performance landing. Let's face it, all base jumpers use these boring big canopies to land and it is not exciting to watch. When you show everyone your skills of masterfully landing a velocity on a slider down jump then no one will forget your name. Hope you waste no time through this progression and don't forget to tell your new friends to invite me on your ash jump. Blue skies
  5. I have a Storm 135 that is the CF Storm and just started wingsuit with it. The canopy has the three rings on top for the retractable bridle but I do not use it for freefall. I have a standard bag and collapsible pilot chute. I did have to replace the slider with a standard zp slider instead of the mesh slider it came with. Your pack volume is going to go up with all that dacron and tailpocket. Hopefully your container can handle it and not create an issue deploying the d-bag from the container. That would be my only concern, have fun with it
  6. +1 +2 Wow this is a tough crowd, I would like to see what you find enjoyable
  7. Thought everybody on might like to see the video that won a free Cypress 2 AAD at the Carolinafest boogie at Skydive Carolina last weekend. The video is called "The Skydiver" and hope everyone enjoys the comedy.
  8. Very cool Kevin, hate that the launch was delayed a few weeks ago so we could have built that diamond. Glad you, Bob and Dave could still get together and add another CRW photo to a shuttle launch. Todd
  9. Hey Shah those girls may even appreciate the lame coupon book given for free back rubs and other dumb crap that shows you "care"
  10. Something else you can do is go to Skydive Sebastian and ask for Ballistic Bob. He teaches proximity flying under canopy and can really show you lots of exercises to do under canopy. He has put together an entire training program and will be in the air next to you so you can see what these controls do relative with another canopy. It is one thing to see how much altitude you lose on an altimeter but to see the difference compare to another canopy gives a better idea of altitude lost or gained from each control. Good for you to work on canopy control so early and hope you stick with it. Todd
  11. If you are jumping at Skydive Monroe there are a few CRW dawgs out there who rarely ever go in freefall. Ask manifest to introduce you to one of them and they can jump with you and explain whatever you need to know about spotting, winds and 3 second delays. Try and find John Young to jump with since he has a wealth of knowledge and is a great teacher. Hop and pops are the best way to learn how to truly fly your canopy and not just glide it back to the ground.
  12. Hey Aaron they are still making the patches and also sending out the award certificates. When I sent in the paperwork a few weeks ago for the night stacks in zhills I was able to order patches for the day awards also. They were out of the patches or were phasing them out when I got the day awards, so it was nice to order them later when they got them back. They have patches now for all 6 awards now and can be ordered. I still do not ever see these awards show up on my USPA card but maybe someone else can speak to how you make that happen. Good luck getting them and have fun sewing them on to your jumpsuit, gear bag, ect.. Todd
  13. One thing you are going to find is that the 160s are going to out float the 126 more so than the 143. Now this might work really well if the 126 is flying slot four. Even though they all might have the same wingloading the 126 is going to sink faster than the 160s. I would say that the 143 with weight would give you more flexibility to move this member around in the formation. This would become very important during the inter pieces of competition. Of course this is all assuming that your team is going to train for sequentials and not just rotations. If you are only going to be doing rotations I don't think any of this would matter at all. Anyone think otherwise? Todd
  14. Hey Jeff did you see that Matt Z put the raw video of your AFF jump on Youtube? Todd
  15. Not to forget that skydivers never downsize in a dangerous manner and always wear a camera once they have achieved skygod status.
  16. Something else to keep in mind is in the US reverse 3 rings are not common in skydiving and therefore could be tougher for someone to give you a gear check. If someone is not used to seeing them then they may not know if they are routed wrong when looking at them. Having someone give me a gear check before doing CRW gets a lot of strange looks and I can imagine you would get the same looks with reverse 3 rings. Really doesn't matter what people think about how your gear looks but if you are asking them to make sure you are going to be safe then it might make a difference.
  17. Check your reserve date and USPA expiration date. No sense getting there to find out you can't jump. Practice your stable exit from the plane and be ready to feel like a noob again. CRW has a learning curve so go with an open mind ready to learn, practice and most importantly to have fun. Judging from this board if you want to join a team then be ready to pleasure a goat
  18. That was an amazing boogie and exceeded what I thought was going to happen. Bryan Scott took an amazing picture of the 9 way diamond on the first night jump and too bad the 16 way didn't work out the next night. Almost wish there was a camera in the landing area on Saturday night for the downwind carnage of landings Glad we were able to build the 25 way the second go round on Sunday and that was a perfect way to end the weekend for me. Big thanks to all the organizers, camera flyers, light beacons for the night jumps and all the dawgs who make everything such a good time. Looking forward to the next get together to fondle some nylon and get to know more of this great community. Todd
  19. Sure looks to me like one of them is going to strike the tail, wait for the pilot to cut the engine!!
  20. Is everyone saying that nothing changes after sleeping with someone? I have dated some women that didn't at first keep me interested for the first few dates then after sleeping together she had a lot more to say. This of course is not right after the act but in follow up calls, dates and encounters. It could have just been me and that I wasn't hearing what she was saying until the sexual tension went away. It could also be that some of these women moved like a paint can shaker and after that just demanded my full attention. Who am I to say? But if you are dating someone who really isn't fitting into what you think is the perfect fit do you stick around and see if sex will change that? Do you set a dollar amount to spend to find out if the sexual tension really was the problem?
  21. FreeFlyer2100


    This season felt a lot like the first season, mostly character building. Rita was a big part of getting Dexter into mainstream cover with a family, now they have to show what he is going to be like without her. I was still happy with the ups and downs of this season but wasn't nearly on the edge of my seat like season 4 did. I do like how they left a lot of the story line open for anything to happen in season 6, should be a good season!!
  22. Something tells me that a 40 foot table is not going to big enough to pack that round.
  23. Something to keep in mind is that the Storm is a tapered elliptical canopy where the Tri/Lightning/Spectre are all square. This doesn't mean anything when compared to flying relative to others but it means a lot with control. I fly a lightning when I know I am doing a CRW jump and fly a storm on any jump that will have free fall. Just like everyone is telling you the Storm is trimmed very steep and will sink out very quickly on Tri/Lightning/Spectre canopies. So when I am doing "casual" CRW after a freefall jump and the others have a Tri I know that I can not go low on them. I also usually get one chance to top dock or to pin someone before I sink out on them. The storm is a lot of fun to fly, has a strong flare and turns on a dime but will take some extra skill to use for casual CRW with other canopies. Good luck with your search and if you come to Chester anytime let me know and we can make a few jumps.
  24. How could you be so irresponsible to leave out Fandango??? The ground school for that movie by far is the best part of the entire flick