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#192812 - 01/07/10 03:42 AM Re: Pocket Survival Pak PLUS Announced [Re: Doug_Ritter]
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Thanks! its sorta bent latteraly and it is irritating since its almost parabolic. <-- i learn so much from this site!! Thanks
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#192819 - 01/07/10 04:17 AM Re: Pocket Survival Pak PLUS Announced [Re: sybert777]
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Originally Posted By: sybert777
Thanks! its sorta bent latteraly and it is irritating since its almost parabolic.



Now you can cook with it.



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#193078 - 01/09/10 06:45 AM Mirror Shape [Re: sybert777]
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Originally Posted By: sybert777
Thanks! its sorta bent latteraly and it is irritating since its almost parabolic. <-- i learn so much from this site!! Thanks


Besides irritating, it will severely restrict the range at which your signal mirror flash is visible, since your signal will be spread out into a broader, but less intense beam.

For maximum range, your signal mirror should give a reflected spot that is a tight circle whose diameter is about 6" plus the diameter of the mirror at 50 foot range from the mirror. I generally use a high quality glass signal mirror of the same dimensions as a comparative standard.

There's some discussion of this issue in this page:
http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015010566720;start=1;page=root;seq=88

from this superb seven-page article by the father of the modern signal mirror, Richard S. Hunter:

Hunter, Richard S., "Heliographic Signaling Mirrors", Air Se Rescue Bulletin
U.S. Coast Guard, NAVCG 128 VOL. Ill NO. 2, February 1946.

The online version, alas, is clipped one one side by roughly 1/2 inch, but it starts here:
http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015010566720;start=1;page=root;seq=86
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#193079 - 01/09/10 06:49 AM Re: Pocket Survival Pak PLUS Announced [Re: Doug_Ritter]
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For those unfamiliar with the items carried over from the regular Pocket Survival Pack, there is an excellent in-depth discussion of all of these here:

http://www.dougritter.com/amk_psp_faq.htm


Originally Posted By: Doug_Ritter

Rescue Flash™ Signal Mirror, 2 x 3 inches (5 x 7.6 cm) Lexan™ polycarbonate with mil-spec style retro-reflective aiming aid for one-handed use, instructions on back, protective cover to prevent scratches while stored in the kit, lanyard hole.


While the press release seems good about crediting Doug's contribution to the new stuff, it is worth noting that he also was involved in the design of the (carried over) signal mirror, as discussed about 40% way down the FAQ link I give above.
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#193130 - 01/10/10 01:31 AM Re: Pocket Survival Pak PLUS Announced [Re: rafowell]
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Thank you for the info everyone, i should be getting my replacement mirror in the mail soon. For anyone who wants to know, THIS is what the new kit should look like, i personally dont know! you have to scroll down a bit though!!


Edited by sybert777 (01/10/10 01:34 AM)
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#193147 - 01/10/10 12:45 PM Re: Pocket Survival Pak PLUS Announced [Re: sybert777]
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Originally Posted By: sybert777
For anyone who wants to know, THIS is what the new kit should look like, i personally dont know! you have to scroll down a bit though!!


Not exactly. That's an early prototype pouch packed by a monkey. :-(
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#193216 - 01/11/10 05:58 AM Re: Pocket Survival Pak PLUS Announced [Re: Doug_Ritter]
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Ha Ha! oh, i just saw it on google and figured, what the heck, post it! but, i cant wait to get a PSP+ even though i already modified my PSP. PS i found out, if you drop a altoids tin survival kit from a 65-70 ft. cliff, you will never get it open again! thats why i now prefer pouches like the PSP pouch!
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