Starless in SeattleAugust 27 2014
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Phantom has a few new hiccups. I think the sharks took a few too many swings at her in the Caribbean.
It seems the camera servo is now pretty broken, and one of the motors doesn't operate at full capacity, so with forward signal, Phantom turns in circles to the left.
The little white end cap plugs are stuck, my favorite pair of pliers is busted. Haha, all good signs of use.
I also fought with powering up yesterday. I tried many combinations of batteries until I found a set that actually worked, though not well enough to go on a serious dive.
So after two weeks of dives in Lake Crescent, three weeks in the Arctic and two more weeks in the Caribbean, Phantom needs a serious tune up.
All of this being said, WE HAD A BLAST. The giggles of DiverLaura rang out over the water every time an ROV came up and tickled her.
We tried out Screencastify for Chrome, which is a great! Though I accidentally recorded the setup but not the dive. It was sort of a chaotic morning :)
After my sea star-expedition in Santa Cruz earlier this summer, I got really interested to find out more about the wasting sea star syndrome.
Visiting Erika Bergman on her farm in Port Angeles seemed like a great excuse to bring my ROV on new adventures!
It turns out Laura James, the scuba diver who runs this awesome expedition: openexplorer.com/expedition/seastarwastingsyndromesurvey, is in Seattle and wants to join us.
That means; two OpenROV's and one scuba diver are getting into the water tomorrow!