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Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
As a bonus, here's a blackhawk helicopter that periodically surveys the DNC for terrorists and stuff.
Adding to Eric's post here, our friend Cale Dancho sent me these pics from his neighbor in Parker, CO. Nice long lived landspout that was caught by many today. Ironically enough we were supposed to go down to Cale's at 6pm for a BBQ - that would have put us right under this beautiful spout!
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Tonight I added a mini-DVR to the Cameraman's pack that will pass the video through to the goggles from the Heli and record the downlink video to an SD card. This will give a second source of video in addition to the Panasonic HD video being captured from the Heli platform. Another thing that this does is I want to use the cameraman's pack with the Wicked Witches so that I can be untethered from the car power and walk freely while doing FPV flight. FPV is First Person View which means flying the WW as if you were in the cockpit after launching in RC mode.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
RUSSELL, KANSAS Chase Base!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Radar Grab, notice the dewpoint spread from east to west. Almost 30 degrees!
Boundary is visible here as the faint line off to the west of the cell.
Velocity scan, look at the couplet just northeast of Michael's car!
Michael Carlson and Dann Cianca score big today with a tornado in southwest Elbert County, CO this afternoon. At about 4:30pm today on Alice 105.9 radio they broke in with a report of a tornado in westcentral Elbert County. I immediately pulled over, fired up my laptop and saw that Michael was on spotternetwork right next to the storm. I immediately called him up. He and Dann had seen a tube tornado on the ground for five minutes with a large cone aloft and debris swirl on the ground. This was Dann's first tornado ever - congrats guys!!
Time Location County State Lat Lon Comments
2218 8 S RAMAH EL PASO CO 3901 10417 TORNADO ON GROUND FROM 418 PM MDT TO 423 MDT. (PUB)
Monday, August 11, 2008
I've got a Wicked Witch in the car and my new HD cam so I hope to get some video this afternoon close to home here.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Starting on the left is the receiver powered by a 11.1V lipo battery. This video signal is then fed into the box for the video goggles. The whole setup is mobile and will be built into a fanny-pack for the cameraman to wear. On the right is the 2W 1.2GHz transmitter that will feed the view directly from the Panasonic HD camera right to the ground. This setup will allow the cameraman to see exactly what the camera is pointed at. I should have atleast a few extra channels on the cameraman's R/C system to allow zooming in addition to pan and tilt!
Thursday, August 07, 2008
After spending a few runs over the past couple of days getting a handle on the blade 400, I'm slowly increasing the amount of time I can hover in place. With a slight breeze I can only keep it stable for about 10 seconds, but without wind I can keep it steady for much longer. The image above was a tricky one to get. The timer function on my camera only allowed me a few seconds to get my hands on the transmitter and get it off the ground, so it took me a few tries to get the heli fully in frame. Hopefully I can find a place near the dorms once I move out so I can keep practicing and eventually get into directional flight.
Saturday, August 02, 2008
This small FM was not so lucky when I crahsed on the roof of a building while trying a nose in figure 8. Had to get the ladder to retrieve this one. Off to the shop now!
This is a map of reachable chase territory within a 6 hour drive.
Well after much thought, research and input from friends we have abandoned our thoughts about getting a place in Dodge City. We are now turning our thoughts back to Russell, KS. Why Russell? well it's as close to Hays, KS as you can get without paying Hays prices - the geographic center of Tornado Alley. If you look at many of the maps of Tornado alley (including mine above) Hays falls right in the middle.
Researching www.realtor.com shows that homes in Hays start at about 80k. If you go one exit west to Ellis, KS you can find a home for under $40k. If you go one exit east to Russell, KS you can find atleast 5 homes less than $40k. Some are as low as $31k but we want something that is immediately liveable but could use some cosmetic work. New paint, tile, carpet, etc.. is okay.
So once again with the stock market up and down 300 points each day with the price of crude oil we are going to pull some stocks and get something we can actually use - a home that will be Chase Base #2!
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