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Lake Chelan 10/20/2020

I went back to Lake Chelan since it looks like the weather will get bad soon and I wanted at least 1 more dive there this year.

The Ping sonars did their usual thing where they work when they work, and the rest of the time they don’t work. The Ping1D stopped working basically immediately after launching, and the Ping360 quit working about 12:45 in the video. I heard that there might be a second car somewhere below the jeep, but I didn’t see any signs of one.

I then ended the dive to restart the ROV to try to get the sonars working, but Ping Viewer couldn’t detect either one for the rest of the day. I even restarted both Ping Viewer windows and unplugged the USB tether interface. I continued the adventure regardless and went down to 200 feet since this is my only dive site that gives me the opportunity to go that deep. I turn the lights off at about 195 feet (about 11:16 in the video) and see that there still is a little ambient light that far down. I then find a huge rock wall at about 23 minutes, which was surprising because it’s a sudden change of the terrain.

The 3rd dive was just messing around to use my remaining laptop battery power. I tried to play with the group of bass, and at about 18:30 I had some fun and tried to do a low level ascent over the slope. It was fun to fly because I held the vertical thrusters at full power and then used the forward thrusters to adjust altitude. I thought the backlit rocks made a cool video.

Both sonars seemed to work flawlessly as soon as I got back home and powered it on to test it, which wasn’t surprising.


Hi @btrue! Thanks for continuing to share your adventures :slight_smile:

The issues you are having with the Ping and Ping360 are not normal. Would you mind sending us an email at support@bluerobotic.com? We believe it may be an issue with the software, but seeing what your gui log looks like would help us!

I will send the e-mail. I understand the all of the Ping products are in Beta and I’m fine being a Beta Tester and dealing with a few issues as long as they are eventually smoothed out as the products mature.

One of the reasons why I love sharing my adventures is so that experienced people can call me out on the mistakes I make and let me know when things are abnormal, because I can’t find any affordable ROV pilot training so I’m teaching myself.

Thanks, @btrue! Our beta testers are what helps to bring our products to a stable condition, so the more feedback, the better. We will await your email! :slight_smile:

Nice looking dive! I’m planning on doing a 400m test dive up in the Lucerne Basin area of the lake next year, maybe I’ll see you there! For anyone who doesn’t know, Lake Chelan has a max depth of ~1400 feet, which is right off the shore line. Makes for a great test area.

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One of my long term goals is to explore the very bottom of Lake Chelan, though I don’t know if I actually ever will since it would be expensive to upgrade the ROV to that level.

Yah… 1400’/32x14.7= approx 650psi. Ouch.

Dunno if my ROV design would handle such pressure. Lake Tahoe depth similar.

Hi @btrue! i really enjoyed watching your video above.

Sorry i am new to this experience and especially with BlueRov2. But how do you display all information bellow your screen as seen in your video (i.e depth, heading, roll, lights, date etc). I can only seen mine on the right hand side of the screen but not embeded like yours in full screen.

Hope you can help to clarify this


@PatRam I have the same setup as yours. The embedded information is the subtitles that QGroundControl makes when I record the video stream. I recently answered this question on another post: Potholes Reservoir, Washington

Here’s the quoted version here for convenience: