North pointer points south - please help...

#1
Not the greatest ever aid to navigation, Silva compass needle points south.

While this could be some kind of metaphor, I'd rather it actually did its job and pointed north.

Anyone know how to reverse this?

I've tried sarcasm and shouting, to no avail.

TIA

BB
 
#3
When it happened to me I emailed Silva UK and they have confirmed its a common problem with compasses and offered to remagnetise it at no cost if i post it to them.

I also emailed the shop where I purchased it and they have confirmed that if i return it, they will happily post me a new one.
 
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#4
You've got the 'Southern Hemisphere' model. If you looked more closely at the paperwork when you picked it up........
 
#5
Add or subtract 3200? Bit of maths never hurt anyone!
 
#6
Bravo_Bravo said:
Anyone know how to reverse this?
Hang on, I'll just pop outside and check mine....................






Sorry, North is still where it should be.......... even in this hemisphere.
 
#8
cloudbuster said:
You've got the 'Southern Hemisphere' model. If you looked more closely at the paperwork when you picked it up........

:lol:
 
#11
Same thing happened to mine recently; still accurate (!) but with North and South transposed. Realised it must have occured when I forgot to remove it from my rucksack when travelling to the US - this was confirmed by Silva who re-magnetized it free of charge (also cleaned all the crud and sand out of it :oops: ). Silva in Sweden referred me to their UK counterpart who were most obliging:

Silva Ltd
Unit 7, Elphinstone Square
Deans Industrial Estate
Livingston, EH54 8RG
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel: + 44 - (0)1506 406 277
Fax: + 44 - (0)1506 415 906
info@silva.ltd.uk
 
#12
Bumper said:
I think I can help out here BB; if you've found yourself in a bit of a jam, about to go on a patrol or expedition or something with no navigational aids then grab a cow.
Tried that, the string keeps breaking when I loop it through my buttonhole.
 
#14
Bravo_Bravo said:
Bumper said:
I think I can help out here BB; if you've found yourself in a bit of a jam, about to go on a patrol or expedition or something with no navigational aids then grab a cow.
Tried that, the string keeps breaking when I loop it through my buttonhole.
Right not to worry; temperamental things at the best of times and the lads walking behind you won't be thanking you having to tramp through all the poo. Still, would have been good for camouflage and concealment.

Plan B: the Coriolis Effect.

Go and get a bath. Fill it and drain it, observing how fast the water spins as it goes down the drain.

Move the bath somewhere else.

Fill it and drain it again. If the water is spinning faster, that means you have moved north. If it is spinning slower, you have moved south. If it is spinning at about the same speed, then you have moved east or west.
 
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#16
Bumper said:
cloudbuster said:
The cow nav kit drops out when rain is due too. No good in temperate climates.
excellent point but good for weather forecasting; they lie down when it's going to rain.
But if it's about to rain, whip the bath out and use the Coriolis Method as outlined.

So, replace your expensive bit of Swedish tat with a large cow, breed dependant on the area you're trogging across, and an enamel bath c/w plug.

Sorted.

Next!
 
#17
cloudbuster said:
Bumper said:
cloudbuster said:
The cow nav kit drops out when rain is due too. No good in temperate climates.
excellent point but good for weather forecasting; they lie down when it's going to rain.
But if it's about to rain, whip the bath out and use the Coriolis Method as outlined.

So, replace your expensive bit of Swedish tat with a large cow, breed dependant on the area you're trogging across, and an enamel bath c/w plug.

Sorted.

Next!
Not quite Cloudbuster; we can refine this one a wee bit and give BB an upgrade.

Take your mother-in-law with you, dressed in a nylon nightie, (curlers will enhance the effect) and rub vigoriously. Place M-in-L in bath and she will point northwards.

If it sounds a bit silly to take your M-in-L on a patrol or expedition then get one of the lads to wear the nightie.
 
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#18
Only if the now-statically-overloaded old dear floats. It would work with my MiL, only the ashes would stick to the sides of the bath.
 
#19
Bravo_Bravo said:
Not the greatest ever aid to navigation, Silva compass needle points south.

While this could be some kind of metaphor, I'd rather it actually did its job and pointed north.

Anyone know how to reverse this?

I've tried sarcasm and shouting, to no avail.

TIA

BB
Could you not just use it as normal and then walk backwards?
 
#20
But there is a southern hemisphere version....
The needle is weighted differently, which allows it to rotate properly.
North is still north though.
 

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