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#19086 - 12/18/03 08:46 PM Re: Kit Endorsed by Doug?
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Thanks for your suggestion, Flexibility is not a good thing for signal mirror, rigid and flat is what is desirable. See my other pots in this thread.
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#19087 - 12/18/03 09:02 PM UPDATE from Doug
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Thought it would be worthwhile to update what's happening with the Personal Survival Pak.

I happen to be sitting in an office at AMK having just finished a meeting reviewing production details for the new kit. Some excellent developments over the past month or two.

1. The PSP will include a Fox 40 whistle made especially for us. The latest Fox 40 prototype is extraordinary. Triple frequency, very nearly as loud as the full-size Fox 40 Classic, but compact and louder than any other slim whistle out there. Superb ergonomics. Dual-carry lanyard hole, so lays flat. They are now starting on production tooling.

2. The latest prototype signal mirror is performing well beyond the minimum standard I set, and beyond my expectations. In ground to air tests recently it was visible at 23 miles under far less than ideal conditions. It is just a hair over 1/8 inch thick, double layer polycarbonate (that's generic Lexan) with a retro-reflective mesh aimer (like on the old fashioned glass mil-spec mirrors or as used by Rescue Reflectors in their high end mirrors) that provides a sharply defined aiming spot. Instructions are protected under the backing layer, so cannot be easily damaged. Includes instructions for signaling with two hands at high angles or for using other reflective materials as additional improvised mirrors.

The bad news, is that the availability date has been pushed back a month and they expect the first kits to be available at retail in early February.
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#19088 - 12/19/03 01:56 AM Re: UPDATE from Doug
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The bad news, is that the availability date has been pushed back a month and they expect the first kits to be available at retail in early February.
That's the bad news? I think that's great news! The press release said January, so we were already missing out on Christmas. Given that, the difference between January & February is nothing. I'm looking forward to getting a couple for me and a few more for family & friends.
Thanks for all you do Doug!
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#19089 - 12/19/03 02:39 PM Re: UPDATE from Doug
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Doug,

Will the new Fox 40 whistle be available separately at some point? Or will they only be available in the kit? Just curious...

Greg

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#19090 - 12/19/03 03:32 PM Re: UPDATE from Doug
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It is anticipated that the whistle will be available separately.

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#19091 - 12/19/03 06:19 PM Re: UPDATE from Doug
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Just yesterday I was browsing their site and ETS for any news and here it is! Thanks. Feb. is just in time for the consumer camping season. I didn't notice any trade shows listed on their site. Do you know if they are planing on displaying the kit at any shows open to consumers?
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#19092 - 12/19/03 10:34 PM Re: UPDATE from Doug
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The AMK site is pretty bad. Far as I know, they only do trade shows, no consumer shows. They will be at both Outdoor Retailer Winter Market and SHOT Show.
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#19093 - 12/23/03 02:48 PM Micro-Compass ?
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Did they find a good micro compass ???

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#19094 - 12/23/03 03:10 PM Re: Micro-Compass ?
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Yes. We have a 20 mm wet compass that responds quickly and the test units did not develop a bubble during our tests. There is a groove in the compass that can be used to attach an improvised wire ring or string tether.
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#19095 - 12/23/03 08:56 PM Re: Micro-Compass ?
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Doug

This point may have already been brought up. Any ideas for an "ETS" limited edition kit - you pay a bit extra (which of course gos directly to the ETS Foundation) and you get the ETS logo on the kit? just a thought...
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