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  1. vonirkinshtine

    Wanted ISO Crown Victoria LED mirror beams

    I saw those housings. I might go that route and save my pennies for some new 500 V-series 3-in-1s.
  2. vonirkinshtine

    Wanted ISO Crown Victoria LED mirror beams

    I am in the hunt for a set of Crown Vic LED mirror beams. Red/Red is what I need, but color doesn't matter because I can send them off to have the diodes changed from whatever they are.
  3. vonirkinshtine

    DIY arrow board?

    Actually, I was just thinking about this same configuration. Still need to find a flasher slow enough (25-40 fpm)
  4. vonirkinshtine

    DIY arrow board?

    Anyone ever used something like this before: https://www.waytekwire.com/item/46880/Littelfuse-02400104P-1A-MINI-Diode/ It's the form of a blade fuse, but it's a diode. Would make packaging easier because I could use off-the-shelf fuse blocks and plug the diodes in.
  5. vonirkinshtine

    DIY arrow board?

    I haven't spec'd out the lights for the board yet. They'll be drop-in LED replacement units for the incandescent bulbs in there now. Your FedSig controller might work? Can you PM me with more info? I don't see why I couldn't switch on the negative side.
  6. vonirkinshtine

    DIY arrow board?

    Ah crap. I should have figured there was a federal standard governing these things. It sounds like what I need to find is the controller box. With the night time dimming requirement, this is getting a bit tricky to home-brew.
  7. vonirkinshtine

    DIY arrow board?

    So, I've been tasked with re-wiring an old arrow board trailer that my FD has had lying around for a while. I'm not sure if we have the original controller to the board. It sounds like we don't. Would a schematic like the attached work if I have to home-brew something? Can anyone recommend an...
  8. vonirkinshtine

    Career Dept Staffing in your area

    Charlotte Fire Dept. runs 4-man crews on engines, ladders, and rescues ("rescues" in Charlotte are heavy-rescue companies...ambulances are provided by MEDIC). I think HazMat companies are also 4-man crews, but they're cross-manned by another crew (if HM1 goes out on a run, then E13 is out of...
  9. vonirkinshtine

    FF Jason Hensley, Triple Community FD, Morganton, NC

    10/8/2017 A confirmed tornado had passed through the area and FF Hensley was assisting with debris removal on HWY 70 when an intoxicated motorist went through the scene. The motorist stuck, and killed, FF Hensley. Funeral will be Friday the 13th...
  10. vonirkinshtine

    commercial chassis, custom fab...... (nah we'll use gov surplus)

    Nice trucks. Lots of water. But can they pump? Hahaha. (I mean, I see the pumps, but can they match a purpose-built apparatus?)
  11. vonirkinshtine

    Wide load (ex-wife jokes not included)

    Abby Normal needs smaller loads.
  12. vonirkinshtine

    My ride on set.

    It would only take a couple more Blues Brothers movies to finish off the rest of the surplus. Hell, they'd probably have to start tapping into the Charger fleet too.
  13. vonirkinshtine

    2014 Focus SE hatchback, POV

    Close, 5x8. I use it for taking my lawn mower around. Or taking trash to the dump. Getting lumber. Etc.
  14. vonirkinshtine

    2014 Focus SE hatchback, POV

    Ok, FINALLY got it all put together. (I love the coat hanger trick) (I cut the 10A line from the fuse block to the "power seats" - which I don't have - and ran it instead to a secondary fuse block. From there I power my lights, and on a separate fuse, my trailing lighting) Questions?
  15. vonirkinshtine

    Mecklenburg County NC department hit by car

    *EDIT* Engine 1 is out of service. The brush truck (a 2008 Ford F350) got pushed into the door of Engine 1 (a 2003 Spartan Gladiator). They still have Rescue 12: a Ford F450 walk-around; and Tanker 4: a commercial chassis tanker/pumper. So, they'll still have all their bases covered.
  16. vonirkinshtine

    Mecklenburg County NC department hit by car

    Cooks Community Fire & Rescue. This is the department where I got my start as a firefighter. I served there for nearly 5 years before moving out of the county. They kept their brush truck in the #1 bay on the A-B corner. I hear it's pretty heavily damaged. Their 1st out engine is in the #2...
  17. vonirkinshtine

    2014 Focus SE hatchback, POV

    What I'd like to do is figure out a way to put a blinky in the side-mirror turn signal housing. Anywho, I have my approval, now I just need to find time to take out my headliner.
  18. vonirkinshtine

    2014 Focus SE hatchback, POV

    Actually, I disagree. I respond no differently than I drive to work. I can't (and don't) bust intersections. I don't really need people to know I'm coming, but I do need them to know they're coming up on me.
  19. vonirkinshtine

    2014 Focus SE hatchback, POV

    I don't run a ton of calls. We have a pretty robust full-time crew. But when I do, it would be nice to have a smidge of lighting. I've been inspired by NCHP marked slick tops. I figure "If it works for the guys who spend 100% of their time on the road, why wouldn't it work for me?" Those...
  20. vonirkinshtine

    "Federal Signal Viper S2" knockoff

    Yeah, I got everything back from Wilson (that guy is amazing). Still haven't installed yet. Dept. SOGs say I'm good, but I want to clear it with Chief first.
  21. vonirkinshtine

    Official "Whacker" or "Screwed Up Install" Thread

    Hey! Those are my Knockoffs I'm installing! They look promising. As mentioned above, as long as they don't set my car on fire (TIC analysis looked ok), I think I'll be pleased.
  22. vonirkinshtine

    "Federal Signal Viper S2" knockoff

    I'd bet the farm the light you linked to is the same as what I bought on ebay. I found ZERO identifying markings on any of the components on the PCB. It would be impossible to distinguish one from another. Update: I sent two lights to Wilson to do an LED swap (turn a white/amber and red/red...
  23. vonirkinshtine

    Wilson LED conversions - multiple models and repair

    Wilson, sent a PM about doing a diode swap.
  24. vonirkinshtine

    "Federal Signal Viper S2" knockoff

    Here are the thermal imaging results: No hot spots. No areas of increased resistance on the PCB. I think I'm ready to install it and see how she runs in action.
  25. vonirkinshtine

    "Federal Signal Viper S2" knockoff

    I tried really hard to get some quantitative data on how "bright" it is. We have a test hood at work that can give me brightness in Candela, but the light doesn't have a steady-burn mode...so I couldn't get super accurate readings. In a double-double flash, the sensor recorded a median value...
  26. vonirkinshtine

    "Federal Signal Viper S2" knockoff

    Also, a link to the exact item from ebay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/272573422806?_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT Super generic listing. No mention of Federal Signal, except you can see the FedSig logo peeking out in one of the pictures.
  27. vonirkinshtine

    "Federal Signal Viper S2" knockoff

    Yeah, I saw a similar picture on an Amazon review. No question it probably uses the cheapest material possible. But, if I know that going in, I can adjust to improve its survival (thermal shielding, good ventilation, etc). I will do a full deconstruction after today's 8hr run test. I turned...
  28. vonirkinshtine

    "Federal Signal Viper S2" knockoff

    I saw one of these things are a regional training event, and I thought it was pretty bright. So, I wandered down into the bowels of ebay and bought the cheapest one I could find. On the listing, it never mentioned "Federal Signal". The description was "16 LED warning light". I think one of...
  29. vonirkinshtine

    Atlanta I85 bridge collapse and ARFF?

    So, I was naturally distracted by watching the live coverage of this last night: (This image is linked to picture posted by Fox5 Atlanta. I don't know how long the link will last.) Obviously, big fire. Tough to access fire. Too much fire, not enough water (no fault of AFD, how do you get...
  30. vonirkinshtine

    "Run numbers", call out type forms and more

    Jarred, I'm going to shoot you a PM. I've VERY interested in helping you out.

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