May 21st, 2013

Birth of the TransPac

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The TransPac was born from my expeditions to various parts of the world. The proving ground was an expedition to the remote karst region of Japan in the Iwate prefecture to the small mountain town of Akka. The Akka river flows thru the center of town and there was a cave at each end Akkado and Shigawatarido (-do means cave). There was also another nearby a cave called Rysendo.

These caves Japan required not only diving, but also dry caving and climbing out of tedious sumps. To push the exploration thru the sumps in 38 degree F ( 4 degree C) I had to develop a harness that we could swim, climb and walk a mile thru virgin cave with our cylinders. The last push was over eight hours and the TransPac was born.  This also brought about the TransPac promise of ‘If you think there is a dive that the TransPac can’t do, I’ll either tell you how to do it, or if it’s interesting enough I’ll show you myself’.

I recently found the mini DV tapes from the 1998 expedition with the Japan Cavers Club and had them digitized. I put together a short piece to give you an idea of what I do to prove gear will do the job.

Lamar

May 10th, 2013

New Transpac XT Sizes for Women

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Last October when Lamar and I were headed to Bonaire for two weeks, he thought he would pull a fast one on me.  As always Lamar got all our dive gear together and packed it for the trip.  I just didn’t know what he had packed.  Quick back story – In our early days of diving together I kept my gear locked up and packed it myself so he couldn’t mess with it.

When we went on the first dive, I noticed that I was much more comfortable than I had been on previous dives.  I just didn’t put it together that once again Lamar had been messing with my gear.  I found out later that I was testing the prototype for the new M/L Transpac.

I am short, 5”3”, about 20 pounds heavier then I think I am and I have boobs. The standard backplate of a Transpac was too long for me, and the cummerbund of a small backplate was not long enough to come around my waist.  What he made for me was a Transpac using a small backplate for my height, a longer cummerbund for my waist, and large shoulders to take care of my chest.  This allowed the tank to drop lower on my back, not create tank head, and gave me stability in the waist.  The Transpac I was diving before this trip always worked for me, but now I had something that fit me like I’d want it to.  The custom sized Transpac XT is now available to everyone, and it doesn’t require Lamar messing with your gear without you knowing.

For more info on the new sizes added for women, check out the updated Transpac XT sizing chart here: http://www.diverite.com/downloads/diverite_259.pdf

Lee Ann

May 6th, 2013

Nitek Q Workbench 3.0.2 is LIVE

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The latest release of the WB 3.0.2 is on the web. This release was designed to push firmware updates to your Nitek Q computer. If you purchased one before firmware 2.0 (black USB cap), then you haven’t been able to use the WB logbook function. If you purchased a later model (red USB cap), then you have access to the WB.

The WB is a free download from our website, and I encourage you to download it and update the firmware on your computer. We are up to version 2.0.5 on the firmware. The update includes better animation during battery charging and a 10 hour countdown on battery life. It still checks voltage, but now has a 10 hour countdown on the time the display is active. Since the display has the highest power consumption, it gives you a better indicator of battery life with a reserve.  The overall battery life hasn’t changed.

To use WB 3.0.2 on a PC, it needs to have Windows 7 or newer and you need to have administrator rights.  Everyone believes they have administrator rights to their PC, but sometimes the wrong check box or another program can change it. One user that was having issues with installation and communications to load the program used this link http://www.mytechguide.org/106/how-to-log-on-as-administrator-in-windows-7/ to log on as administrator, and it worked for him.

MAC is easier, but I had an issue with a USB port not allowing enough communications/power to allow for the re-flash, but would still allow me to upload dives.  I switched ports and now everything works.

Since the program is internet based you must have a high speed connection to install the program or get any firmware updates or upgrades. Look for more features now that we can push firmware updates to your Nitek Q.

To download Workbench for Mac or PC visit: http://www.diverite.com/products/catalog/computers/co-xxxx

 

Lamar