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#302413 - 05/26/24 09:10 PM Re: 2023/05/25 PLB + Signal Mirror, [Re: Ren]
rafowell Offline

Registered: 11/29/09
Posts: 261
Loc: Southern California
Originally Posted By: Ren

Some irony that ACR discontinued their signal mirror some time ago.

Yes. That ACR product combined a mirror and a whistle - too bad ACR didn't figure out how to combine a signal mirror with their PLB.

Their signal mirror also had great documentation on the back of the mirror.

ACR actually produced a combination survival product for the Gemini and Apollo astronauts in the 1960s that included a flip-out signal mirror with a retroreflective mesh aimer.
Originally Posted By: Ren
Also notice CountyComm now have a plastic signal mirror.
Anyone tried one of them?

Yes, assuming they haven't changed from those I bought over a decade ago[1] (and they do look the same).

They seemed okay as mirrors, but as signal mirrors, I couldn't figure out how to use their red cross & dot for accurate sighting - they didn't seem to do anything useful.

Has anyone had any luck figuring out how to get value out of the CountyComm red cross & dot?

If not, I'd just tape on my own DIY "red-dot" retroreflective signal mirror sight made from red "truck tape"[2] that we've been using for our Operation On Target long distance peak to peak signal mirror event since 2009 - I know those work extremely well, though they can't handle a water dunking.

The advantage of starting with the CountyComm mirror is that they start with a quality mirror, and they've already removed the reflective surface in the center, creating a transparent window. Those are the first two steps when I make a signal mirror from scratch[2], so it is a labor saving - plus they have the lanyard. It's just that their aimer (as far as I can seen) is not greatly helpful.

I just ordered a pair of the CountyComm mirrors (one of each size) just now so I can take another look, but my expectations are low.

[1] These look identical to those they've been selling for over a dozen years - see:

[2] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aNiJ7fWb9g[i][/i][color:#3333FF][/color]
A signal mirror should backup a radio distress signal, like a 406 MHz PLB (ACR PLB) (Ocean Signal PLB)

#302414 - 05/30/24 10:25 AM Re: 2023/05/25 PLB + Signal Mirror, [Re: rafowell]
paulr Offline

Registered: 02/18/04
Posts: 499
I got the 2" x 2" BCB "heliograph" (signal mirror) from bladehq.com. It is very light weight and has a real hot spot that works unlike the Countycomm one. They also make a 4x4" model that is harder to find. I want one of those since the sighting hole is in a corner rather than in the center, which should(?) still work perfectly well, and it means you have a mirror useful for other stuff (i.e. looking at yourself) as well.


Edited by paulr (05/30/24 10:27 AM)

#302415 - 05/30/24 02:41 PM Re: 2023/05/25 PLB + Signal Mirror, [Re: rafowell]
Ren Offline

Registered: 11/05/07
Posts: 532
Loc: Wales, UK
Can get it direct from BCB, but don't know if they do international orders.


#302416 - 05/31/24 09:49 AM Re: 2023/05/25 PLB + Signal Mirror, [Re: rafowell]
Phaedrus Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 04/28/10
Posts: 3158
Loc: Big Sky Country
I need to get one of the larger ones made of real glass.
“I'd rather have questions that cannot be answered than answers that can't be questioned.” —Richard Feynman

#302417 - 06/03/24 08:35 AM Re: 2023/05/25 PLB + Signal Mirror, [Re: rafowell]
paulr Offline

Registered: 02/18/04
Posts: 499
5col has the glass ones. They are heavy (especially the large size) but they are supposed to work really well.


Edited by paulr (06/03/24 08:37 AM)

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