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    Ok you asked for it and now you've got it! The NJ area Flashaholics PhotonFest 2 (PF2). If you missed the first one and want to hear what it was about go to the "NJ Flashaholics" thread and check out what you missed. PF2 will be held at the same location, the home of CPF member Milkyspit, in Califon NJ. I'm sure we will be bringing out the best of the best to challenge the infamous "Black Hole Field", as well as heading off for another adventure in the abandoned quarry.

    So when is it going to take place you ask? Well we used the following criteria to help decide when. First off a Saturday was deemed to be the best day of the week for the majority, secondly we wanted to have it happen before it gets to cold out, so it was a kinda sooner the better thing. However, we felt we needed to give everyone some advanced notice, so we decided on Saturday, November 1st. As an added bonus it happens to be the first Saturday after daylight saving time ends, so it will get darker sooner!

    The start time will probably be about 2pm. This time we might even pull ourselves away from our lights long enough to take a dinner break. We are planning on even more buy/sell/trading taking place, so bring you stuff, and bring some cash. Hopefully some more freebees will be given out as well. At PF1 there were 9 of us, and close to 100 lights were displayed. Can PF2 top that? It can if you come out and bring your lights. Trust me no matter what you bring someone is just dying to see it.

    I hope everyone can make it, please respond within this thread if you are planning on coming or not. If you need directions Milkyspit will be happy to respond to a PM for them. See ya in Califon!

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    This time i'll have a McL4, McLux PR-Head with R2H and one with a X3T, as well as some other lights i'll be acquiring, and most likely a MagLite TurboHEAD!!

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    ufokillerz - Awesome, I guess that means you going too. I'm looking forward to seeing you again and checking out those lights. I wold love to check out your Mini-HID light again, that thing was way cool.

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    Cool. I will definitely give this one a shot. I may be able to get my hands on that UK HID light too.

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    Beretta, I hope you can make it! Even if PF2 is 1/2 as good as PF1 you'll have a great time. And I would like to check out that UK HID, and whatever else you can bring. Hope to see you there.

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    Oh Drat!! I'm working @ 1830 that day.
    But I will stop in to see all the stuff in the daylight.
    And to re-see the bright smiling faces [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
    Tom
    I will be saving KartRacer a seat [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

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    Tom - Sorry you can't stay for the nightime activities. Maybe you could call in sick [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/naughty.gif[/img]
    At least you'll be able to hang for a little while and see what everyone brings. Thanks for saving me a seat, when we head out to the quarry I'll look for your lighter.

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    I'm going to try and make this one. Send me directions please. According to MapQuest, it's going to take me about 2-hours on the road.

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    Nascar - I hope you can make it. I've noticed in past posts that you have some nice lights, I hope you can bring them......all. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grinser2.gif[/img] As for Mapquest, I'd be careful. My past experiences have shown that Mapquest stinks.

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    I'll be there or be square! Might have to do the call in sick routine again... of course they're playing games with my work sked now.

    This time the big gun comes along.. Vector 3 MCP twin spot. Hopefully I'll get an original banana Vector by then.. working on it. Also have a Pila G4 coming.

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    Rich - Glad to hear you'll be able to make it! I'm very interested in checking out the Pila G4, that's a light I've been wanting to get for a while now. And I see a heavyweight battle shaping up here, your Vector 3milCP VS my RoadPro 3milCP Monster. Very nice!

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    I'll be there! Hee hee. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

    Figured out the focus and changed batteries on my Pelican LaserPro 4D, so now it rocks! Beam quality is amazingly artifact free, and throw is amazing for a 4D light.

    Of course, it won't compete with some of those heavyweights you folks are bringing. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/icon15.gif[/img]

    There's an off chance that I'll have a small run of Milky Candles completed by then. If so... first dibs to attendees! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

    Hmm... gotta find a righteous light for this event... [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/thinking.gif[/img]

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    I'm watching this thread. I don't know if I will be able to make it---with a wife, two kids, and a job the scheduling can get to be tough.

    If I can't make it will go up on my roof and point a green laser at the quarry.---Marc

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    MicroE - I sure hope you can make it, hey man you have to get your priorities straight: 1. Flashlights, 2. Family, 3. Job. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/yellowlaugh.gif[/img]

    Hope to see you there, oh any luck with reaming out that light? -- Tim


    Milky - Glad to here you'll be there! We'd hate to have to break into your house and rummage through all of your lights without you! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

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    I just noticed another NJ member, MTFD17

    Maybe he would be interested. He's in Mendham.

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    Beretta, good catch. I sent a PM to MTFD17, giving him the "heads up" on checking out PH2.

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    Kart, I see that Tech A Billy is from someplace or other in NJ. I don't suppose you sent him one of your signature PM's? Or did you? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/thinking.gif[/img]

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    Yep he got one. The interesting thing is that while I spent the time to send 19 seperate PM's giving everyone the heads up on the event not everyone has responded. Actually 4 people havent even read the PM yet, and out of the others only about half responded in one form or another. A quick reply of yes, no, maybe, or leave me alone and go to he!!, would work for me. If everyone would respond that would be great, but I guess it really doesn't matter. As it stands I think we have about 7 going and 3 possible.

    I'm looking forward to seeing those I met already again, as well as meeting those who couldn't make PF1. Of course I'm anxious to see what lights are brought, with special intrest going to Richpalm's G4 and Vector 3mil, as well as ufokillerz McLux/PR/X3T. I'm sure I'm missing something else here, but I rather not remind myself, that way I can be surprised at the get together [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grinser2.gif[/img]

    PS - I'll be bringing some more LED light-up pens to give away to everyone who comes.


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    Hi guys,

    If you're interested, I could posibly mail a couple heads to Beretta or UFO for you to check out. I think I will get the LED's in time and I could send both a modified KL4 and McLux-PR with S rank Luxeon III's and DownBoy 1000's. I would only ask that they either be returned or somebody in your group buys them. If more that one person were interested, perhaps you could have a drawing. I assume that you guys could come up with a couple E2(e)'s or McLux 2x123's or UBH's to host these for evaluation. If you're interested, let me know and I'll put on a hussle to get them made and out to you.

    - Don

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    ARE WE INTERESTED?!?!?!?! Heck yes! That's way cool of you to send them out. Please include as much information as you can with them: specs, cost etc. I'm anticipating many deals will be made at PF2, so if you have anything else you've been thinking about selling send it along too. Placing a for sale light in front of us is like throwing a wounded fish into a shark tank, it's not going to last to long without someone gobbling it up. Thanks in advance. --Tim

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    I figured placing a foe sale light in front of us is like putting a loaded needle in front of a heroin addict.

    McGizmo: YES!! Wanna see a McLux PR head.

    Kart: Got the G4 and it's something... I did a writeup in the review section.

    UFO: No problem if you need transportation.

    Nascar: Hope you can make it.... Mapquest can put you miles out of your way though. Got me good and lost a couple times.


    I'm flat [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/broke.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/mecry.gif[/img] now so don't know if deals wil be happening for me or not.



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    Rich - I just read your G4 review. Now I really want to see it in person! PS - I like your ideas for a mod of that light, a 1watt/5watt version woud be outrageous!

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    McGizmo, YES! YES! Muahhahahahahaaaaa!!! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img] (twitches uncontrollably)

    Please send along anything you care to show the group and/or tempt us to buy, along with prices, instructions on what is and isn't for sale, description of what we're looking at, etc. It might make things easiest if you send them directly to me since I'll be hosting the event... that way nobody needs to worry about lugging your stuff along with the infinite number of lights they're already carrying. Besides, ufokillerz has to travel through Penn Station in NYC, and we don't want the poor guy arrested for carrying deadly weapons. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

    I'll email you my contact info. I think I speak for all us poor souls who live too far away from you in saying, THANKS! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

    All, while it's an anticlimactic way to follow that McGizmo post, I just got my PRIZE for naming Quickbeam's light measurement milk carton units ("QUPS"), a Streamlight TwinTask 1L! Naturally I'll have it at the event for all to see. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

    Also got a SL TL-2 LED since that one seemed conspicuously absent last time. Plus I've "retuned" a few of my lights for more pleasing output, heh heh. They're now "quarry tuned!" [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

    For now, a teaser photo. Who are these mysterious little lights?



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    Scott I think your trying to entice me with that picture, Is that Mr. Blue in the middle? I think I see your cut down Mini Mag (Mini-Me-Mag) as well.

    PS I'm bringing cash and stuff for dealing. I'm sure we'll be able to make a deal or two.

    BTW, how do you like the SL TL-2 LED? I'd ask to see beam shots compared to Mr. Blue and SF L4, but think I just as soon see them in action in person on Nov. 1st!

    PS -BobG just PM'd me, it looks good for him comming to PF2 as well. I think he'll be PM'ing you for directions.


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    I will also have some of my McGizmo modified toys with me at the meet.

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    hey i wouldnt mind having mcgizmo's deadly weapons on me, i would probably be tempted to buy them =) and since i have the perfect hosts for them also, i have a total of 8 Surefire L4's in my possession at the moment =)

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    Milkyspit,

    I received your E-mail and it does make sense to send the stuff to you. I'll see what I can come up with and let you know.

    - Don

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    I think I'll be able to make it. I'm down by Trenton, so I'll probably take a liesurely drive up 202. Shouldn't take more than an hour or so. I can bring a few thousand T1 Red LEDs if anyone needs them. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] PM me.

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    Willmore - Glad you'll be able to make it. Care to tease us with any of the lights you can bring?

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    Willmore, hopefully you're monitoring this thread? If so, please speak up. I suggest you bring some of those LEDs along with you, and it's likely that someone will have interest. Plus they're bound to be good trade bait, which you might need once you see some of the goodies that are bound to be here! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] You can probably fit dozens of the little fellows in a film canister, right? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

    BTW, glad to hear you can make it. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]

    All, PLEASE FORGIVE ME IN ADVANCE if I run low on proper seating or we experience some other minor gaffe on the day of the fest! If it makes anyone feel better, I'll be the first one to sit on the floor. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/icon3.gif[/img]

    For repeat attendees, this time we'll get the parking situation worked out a little better. We've had 20 or more people here for summer picnics and parked all the vehicles without blocking anyone! So it can be done. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

    For the uninitiated, this is shaping up to be one part social mixer, one part flashlight show-and-tell, one part swap meet, and one part EXTREME testing the Milkyspit way! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img] Featuring such favorites as the "black hole," the "proving ground," the QUARRY, and some new twists to be revealed when you arrive, heh heh. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/eek.gif[/img]

    Don't get in front of that ufokillerz guy, either, or he's liable to blind you. He'll be the guy that looks like a photon. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/ooo.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

    Kart, yessir! That's meant to entice. Well, not really. I happened to pull an all-nighter last night (wasn't tired until 7am! oops.) and snapped some photos to send to Rothrandir. You know, that type of photo is like porn to the poor kid. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/jpshakehead.gif[/img]

    Have you ever considered making some headlights for your, er, kart? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/thinking.gif[/img]

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