June 27th, 2011

O2ptima Hammerhead Rev D Electronics Update

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Juergensen Marine is very close on the release of the Rev D electronics. I am testing the final product for bugs on the O2ptima. It’s very nice. Loaded with features and easy to use menu. If you are diving a Rev C this menu is very intuitive, I know because I didn’t have a manual. The added features and Bluetooth interface are very nice. The large readout PO2 display is always present and very responsive. The multi color display and constant on backlight option is sweet. The DIVA is very easy to read and the placement of the LEDs should address questions from color blind divers. The added decompression LED and reading light are bonus features that I had questions about until I actually tried them. I feel Kevin has raised the bar on rebreather electronics. We are only days away from taking delivery on our first shipment. I will keep you posted. We had to redesign the DIVA mount so it works on both the old and new DSV but this should be only 10 days. I will keep you posted on the final test dives.

Lamar

O2ptima Hammerhead Rev D Electronics Update

June 8th, 2011

Tech Diver’s Tool Bag

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Every diver needs tools and the tech diver needs a few more. I took an idea from my motorcycle adventures and designed our new Tech Tool Bag roll bag for myself with the tools I have traveled around the world with. I have fixed regulators and replaced electronics in my O2ptima rebreather with this selection of tools.

A ½ wrench for getting in between cylinders to adjust bands or tighten the bands on doubles. A four way screwdriver, two double ended tips is the ultimate screwdriver. A must is two adjustable wrenches so you can hold the nut on a second stage while replacing a hose. Tie wraps are a must along with an o ring pic, if you can’t find an o ring pic a good substitute is a large safety pin. I usually keep DIN o rings on the safety pin for quick access. You need two hex key sets, a standard and metric set, look for a compact set, I stay away from the individual hex keys because the most used one tends to get lost. The extra hex key is a large 8 mm key for removing DIN inserts from tank valves and of course a pair of channel locks. The zipper pouch is for a selection of o rings and lubricant, 5 zip lock bags are included for o rings.

Lamar