"ring compass"

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  1. alukban

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    More dumb stuff...

    I am often humbled by how easily I can get turned around - even in "my woods."

    Just this weekend, I ended up moving pretty much at right angles to the direction I wanted to go to get to one of my local fishing ponds that is a mere 1/3 mile away. It's a good thing I always have a button compass in my left front pants pocket (attached to my lip balm so I don't lose it) and I can go to the iphone's apps if necessary.

    I did get a better, small compass a couple of months ago in the form the Suunto Clipper. I intended to clip it to my watch band but it turns out that my band is too big for it. I blame this incompatibility for not having a good compass handier and thus my getting temporarily misdirected this weekend ;)

    I wanted to get that thing on my watch band so I decided to sew a micro band for it so it will fit on there. In planning and looking at it though, I figured I can also just wear the thing like a ring! This is advantageous because: it is easier to see, I can point to where I want to go, it is extremely "handy" (it's on my danged hand after all :4:), it can easily be moved away from metal and electronics on my body. Also, it actually turns out that having the compass near my watch affects the thing because of the field from the battery :(

    Anyways, more dumb stuff that should have gone in it own sub-forum: the ring compass :dblthumb:

    (1) "go this way!"
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    (2) can still use hands
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    (3) a simple loop
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    (4) can still wear/store on watch band
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  2. Seeker

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    Great mod to solve a problem.

    It's always easy to get lost if the situation changes... overcast sky, darkness, new territory (or wandering off your own turf)... I had a similar incident during the recent LA/EastTX gathering... got turned around in some state land, maybe 80-120 acres due west of Forestree's place... heard an ATV go by and realized I was right back up against his property line headed South when I though I was headed West. Stupid time change... has my sun navigation all messed up...

    I always carry a fisheye compass, just in case. That little Suunto looks handy!
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    Just got this one for my watch. Type 3 aluminum billet,compass oil filled and replaceable. Silicone housing offers different mounting options.
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    I need a small compass, once I moved away from the ocean to AZ I can no longer tell north from south unless I can see the sun rising or setting.
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    That's fun. I found out recently myself just how much my watch affected my compass. Really surprised me.
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    Oooo... where is this sold?! :dblthumb:
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    I am such a compass geek. I always have my old pocket watch style compass in my watch pocket of my jeans but now...must...resist.
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    hello,
    I've still got my issue FB 1605 NATO survival button compass, also known as the Francis Barker SAS Survival Button Compass from Gulf War I Operation Granby. I'll post a photo later.
    Regards
    David
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    I buy these for a buck or so and give them away to kids ,hoping to encourage the into scouting.
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    What do you buy for a buck or two? No pic or link and I've never seen the suunto for that cheap? Compass geek too so I'm intrigued.
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    If you give one of these as an engagement ring and she accepts, you know you've got a keeper.
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