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Pete D

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  1. The article is definitely just a party game but if you take a look at the detailed report on the actual website a lot of it is pretty accurate: https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/27-4014.00 One of my favorites was under the abilities section: Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong.
  2. https://www.mcmaster.com/#standard-pull-handles/=18uqi1x McMaster has a bunch of options if you're comfortable wading through their catalog. Check out the Aluminum or Steel cut-to-length handles for a custom fit
  3. Agreed, the black and natural wood look really good. If you've got the time to post more pictures I'd be interested in checking it out.
  4. Looks cool. What's the make/model? Do the sides of the bag open up so you can get to the card slot an whatnot?
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    Schoeps MiniCMIT

    From Rycote's Instagram: Looks interesting but doesn't seem to leave much room for wind protection. I feel like even a foam windscreen would have to be a pretty exact size to fit, nevermind trying to use that with a softie.
  6. Pete D

    Schoeps MiniCMIT

    Yes! I've definitely wished for this while booming some tricky Steadicam shots in tight spaces
  7. +1 To being wary about building your bag too far out in front of your body. For that reason I'm a big fan of the side pouches on the stingray bags. As far as strapping it to my body goes, I use a Ktek harness. I wear the bag low enough that my hips can take a good amount of the weight, like when one wears a heavy camping backpack. I also keep the bag strapped very tight to my body so my bag and I move as a single unit instead the bag slopping around.
  8. Seems like a good step forward. Though as someone who lives in New Jersey but works in NYC, I'm curious how this bit is going to play out:
  9. Good to know about the saddle bags, I hadn't seen those before. Have you augmented your bag in any way besides the saddle bags (like adding a raised shelf/work surface)? Or are you mostly using it as a run around bag in place of a duffle/backpack/pelican?
  10. Not sure if this is news to anyone but me, but apparently Zuca now makes an "All Terrain" version of their bag. Seems like it could be interesting for some mini/super mobile sound cart setups. Plus it's got cup holders http://www.zuca.com/control/product/~category_id=10210/~s_category_id=10211/~st_category_id=10266/~product_id=12132;jsessionid=3DCA60B3890A7A5F6905FEA741CEDD6E.jvm1#dontmove
  11. Very excited to see what Angry Face Watercooler will be debuting this year
  12. Don't forget your silver oven mitts either. Those boom poles get toasty in the hot desert sun
  13. The essential things a boom op needs are definitely more intangible than just "here's what you need to buy or rent". A zen attitude is definitely paramount. Not only to just do the job but to make sure your stress levels stay at a healthy amount. If you're there grinding your teeth and pulling your hair out for 12 hours a day, you'll burn out pretty fast. Even though it's a quite a few years old at this point, I still think The Art of Zen-Boom is a great read for new boom ops. As far as physical items to have goes, comfortable shoes are a must. Wear black. If you start showing up in reflections or distracting the actors with your cool new day-glo orange band tee people are gonna start making your job hard or impossible pretty quickly.
  14. Check out 8020.net, that's what was used to build those carts. 8020 is made in the US but there's a German (I think) company that makes basically the same thing which would probably be more cost-effective shipping wise. Can't remember the name though so hopefully someone else can chime in.
  15. Pete D

    K tek Harness

    I've been using the K Tek harness for a while now and it's great. It's definitely bulkier than a versaflex and takes slightly longer to get in and out of but the reduced fatigue on my back and shoulders make it totally worth it. To speed up strap-in time, I keep the harness attached on one side all the time so i only have to clip/unclip half of it. One thing to note was that it did take a bit of tweaking to get the fit just right. Mainly with how far up or down the "ladder" the shoulder straps should go as this takes the longest to adjust.
  16. Got around to building one of these. I also noticed he seemed to get the coax numbers mixed up. Anyway, I figured I'd do a test between the biquad and two sizes of dipole I had around. I didn't get to putting epoxy putty or a coat of paint on the antenna because I wanted to test it as soon as I could. Here are the antennas (with a quarter for scale): I tested the zaxnet output of a nomad with the transmitter frequency set to 2448 and the transmitter power set to 7. The receiver (rf explorer) was ~12 feet away. In case it's difficult to see, the larger dipole came in at -51, the smaller dipole at -61, and the biquad at -54. I'm curious what other folks have noticed because my antenna's performance doesn't seem to be in line with what was showing in the video. Maybe i need to be more exacting with the lengths of each side of the antenna. I will say that regardless of performance this antenna seems like it would be too fragile for bag use. Maybe not actually snapping, but definitely getting bent out of shape easily.
  17. I like the minimalist styling of the new site. Also, I too am curious about the windkiller vs. the softie. Maybe it's time for a wind protection shootout
  18. Whelp, looks like I've got another rainy day project. Thanks for sharing this
  19. I turned on a transmitter and placed it 6 feet away. Then, using the antenna that came with the rf explorer, I first took a reading with the antenna attached directly to the top of the rf explorer. Then I attached the antenna to the "B" bnc on the SL-6 and the RF explorer antenna input to one of the "B" sma cables that you would normally attach to your receiver. In these pictures the signal going through the SL-6 is actually 1dB stronger but they were both hovering around the same level.
  20. Testing with my rf explorer there was no change when I went through the SL-6's rf distro vs. attaching the antenna directly to the RF Explorer. Also, the distribution doesn't seem to be passive as when I power down my 688 the rf explorer stops getting signal from the SL-6
  21. I want to whip up a few BDS cables (Remote audio BDS to Lectro SR) for my bag rig and I have a lot of Redco TGS-01 on hand (it's my go to for small audio cables). Is there a compelling reason not to use it for this application? I figure if I just trim back the shield/drain wire and use only the red and white wires inside it should be fine. Does using a shielded cable present unnecessary risk? What's your go to cable for making BDS cables?
  22. Bongo ties are a smart idea. I figured velcro though because the Tentacles already have hook side velcro built into them.
  23. You could velcro the Tentacle to one of the shoe mounts that comes with Sennheiser G3 sets. It's a little bigger than you need but still fairly low profile. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/328035-REG/Sennheiser_CA2_CA2_Shoemount_Adapter.html
  24. First off, very cool. I love following a good cart building thread. Especially when it's DIY. Not to be a backseat driver here but are you worried at all about the bolt head on the inside of the blimp holder causing unnecessary wear and tear?
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