Midnight Trip to AlcatrazOctober 10 2014
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Our boat mounted antenna received a solid signal with HQ over the ethernet bridge when we arrived at a position about 100 meters south of the Berkely marina restaurant.
We then motored out towards Treasure Island and made it about halfway there before loosing signal.
It was clear that the signal loss was from a weak connection between the 12 volt input and POE adaptor which is mounted inside the pelican case. In calm waters the connection was ok, but as soon as the boat hit waves the connection was intermittent.
We'll develop a permanent solution shortly, but for now, this zip tie will suffice.
Our software guru developed an amazing new device today which overlays our GPS track directly onto a satellite map.
Mission control was able to track our position, displayed as a little blue dot, out and back.
With wind and lightly rough seas, our maximum speed over ground was 10 mph.
We're exploring the possibilities and connectivity of the Bay, starting with running a WiFi beacon to the top of the dirt pile outside of OpenROV headquarters. We're heading out on an inflatable boat to Alcatraz, where we hope to someday fly an ROV. But first, we have to figure out how to talk to the people and robot on the boat.