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I imagine the majority of you have signal mirrors in your packs, my question is how can there be so many variations of signal mirrors on the market? How many different options can there be on a signal mirror?

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Everyone's trying to make a buck.

Get a Star Flash from Survival Tech or a Rescue Flash from AMK and call it done.

Better yet, get a couple of them and keep them in every BOB and BOV you use.
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Thanks Glen, the Star Flash is the one that I had actually found. Am I better off going with a 2" x 3" or 3" x 5"?

I have never used one before so I am not sure if the size makes that much of a difference.

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All depends on the size of your kit. If it's a backpack kit, go with the bigger one - I like bigger mirrors because mirrors have multiple uses.

But if it's a pocket kit, then go with the smaller one. Either way that thing is visible from a long way off.

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I'm gonna test a few hard drive platters soon... they're about 3.5 inches diameter with a one inch hole in the middle....

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It is an interesting idea, I wonder if those platters would scratch really easily?

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how can I test :)

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how can I test :)


Scratching or reflection?

Scratching would be pretty straight forward, though that wouldn't damage it's reflective ability much. I test mirrors / watches / various other reflectives by climbing a hill and having someone 1 mile away and seeing if they can see my reflection. Then we move out to 2 miles and test.

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Morbo demands an answer! lol. I'll get serious about these platters.

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You can also use CDs as signal mirrors, they work well, as do DVDs. Or, you can use what I use, something that's on my person all the time...my Seiko Dive Watch. It's got a quartz crystal and a black dial face and makes a great mirror. I have to be careful when I'm outside that I don't blind somebody with it inadvertently. This actually happens frequently on my patio when people are over.

The next thing to do for most of you guys is to learn International Morse Code so you can send it with the mirror if need be. I learned it when I was 8 or 9 years old and of course, that came in handy when I became a Ham Radio operator a few years later.

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Flash beat me to it. CDs work fine.

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Quartz watch and cd...check :)





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