I went to Potholes Reservoir yesterday to primarily keep my basic piloting proficiency, and also to see how water visibility is improving. It has been so long since the last dive that there was a layer of dust forming on my ROV.
I didn’t see anything other than a few tires. The ground was fairly uneven and flat, which made a lot of noise on the Ping360 waterfall. I spent most of the time playing around on the boat launches since the parking lot was empty and it was fairly windy, which made visibility a little worse since it was stirring up the water. I actually had perfect timing for once since someone arrived to launch their boat just as I was loading my car to leave.
4:34: I see the end of the I-Beam that separates the 2 boat launches on Ping360. I decide to start a visual inspection mission.
20:00 I get a sonar contact and slowly go to investigate. I don’t see anything in that area except for a few tires. I also lose the main contact as I arrive, so I’m assuming that it’s something short like a rock or another tire sticking farther out of the ground than the rest. I will probably re-investigate that area in the future dives.
The only problem encountered was the Ping Viewer for Ping360 closed itself at 7:32. I also need to buy some waders since I had to use the thrusters to make the ROV drag itself out on the launch because the shore slope was too shallow to correctly launch it.
Boat Launch on sonar:
Sign at parking lot
Passing a group of tires on my left side