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Gary Thurmond, Pacific Grove, California, USA
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute at Moss Landing
(Posted August 25, 2000)
COMMENTS FROM GARY August 25, 2000
The kite photos you see on my web page were taken in and around Moss Landing. At that time I worked at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute as an electrical engineer. I officially retired yesterday. So now I hope to spend some time learning how to properly present a web page. I haven't uploaded any new photos since about April. I have some good ones like the ones Kevin and I took one day with the full 1000' feet of line let out. Kevin Flynn was flying his home made delta one day from a nearby parking lot when I met him. At that time my rig was working but not finished. Meeting Kevin gave me the motivation to finish it. From then on Kevin and I met during my lunch hour once or twice a week and flew the KAP rigs. I then added the video down link and began to get 75% usable photos.
The basic run down on equipment.
Camera is an Olympus D-340R 1280x960 digital camera electronically triggered for a 640x480 (joy stick forward) or 1280x960 (joy stick backward) resolution control.
See the following for the details.
Video is a:
X10 Xcam2 video camera and receiver.
I use a 9" Sony TV in the back of my car because I haven't
found a LCD display I can see in daylight. I sure feel awkward taking
KAP photos when away from my car and not using the video view finder.
R/C and servos are from Tower Hobbies. Pan servo is a modified servo for 360° with external gearing and feedback pot. Video transmitter and antenna are mounted on top of the Picovet so as to be always pointed down the kite line.
That's about it for now.
Thanks for you email and web site info.
Pacific Grove CA
The [above picture] is a view of Moss Landing from about 600' (1000' of line let out). The wind came up and it took both Kevin and I about 30 minutes to get the 14' DTM Delta Coyne and rig back down. Something to keep in mind, the wind is a lot stronger above you then at ground level!!!