Just back from a field trip using our new Fathom Spool, where we had a few issues with the connection from the slip ring (to the control box).
Essentially, in a bit of chop on a small boat we ended up catching/tripping up on the reel-interface box connection, which dislodged it (plus we broke a couple of wires to boot while trying to screw it back in to the reel).
I was wondering two things. First, could that connection be made more robust -now it’s out we can see it’s a not especially strong looking plastic thread? Are there any other suggestions about how to avoid a similar problem in future (other than tether management!)? The reality is a lot of our work is going to be on a small, moving boat, so making things tough as possible is key.
Second, is it possible to get hold of a spare slip ring? We’ll repair the one we have, but on a remote field trip like we were we would have had a better chance of rebuilding the spool with a new ring than trying to re-solder connections (I’m a biologist so while I can work a screwdriver OK, fine soldering is not my forte!). In this case, a spare ring might have let us keep going the next day using the spool.