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Old Dec 10, 2011, 08:03 PM
PB of 733kph
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DEFINATELY would have done 400 today.

Got up the hill to 47kt average winds, max gust around 55kts

BLOODY CLOUD AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old Dec 10, 2011, 09:51 PM
DS state of origin NSW Vs QLD
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Man thats some serious wind Alex.. That sucks about the clouds. Is it a common occurrence?



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Old Dec 10, 2011, 11:43 PM
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Seems to be when certain conditions arise it happens. Both times there has been a NE wind over 50kts up the hill it has been clouded over.

NE winds come off the ocean, I think the moist air hits the land, gets deflected up and condenses and forms cloud at a certain layer. Just my guess.

About one in every 5 decent NE wind days has the cloud base below ridge height.

If you look at some of my DS vids on You Tube you will see it is cloudy half the time, but the cloud base is high enough.

I need to find a site at a lower altitude for the NE
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Old Dec 11, 2011, 12:49 AM
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What sort of altitude do you need to get under , so clouds arnt a problem?

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Old Dec 11, 2011, 04:03 AM
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Under 600m elevation. have been looking but nothing really accessible
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Old Dec 11, 2011, 04:13 PM
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NE winds come off the ocean
Alex that seems funny to us ... all your winds come off the ocean! There isn't really a big "inland" to dry out your air!
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Old Dec 11, 2011, 04:44 PM
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Hence why I am looking at here for a possible WR site. Just need to get my arse into gear and get up there

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...4&postcount=43
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Old Dec 11, 2011, 06:42 PM
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That's the Mt Olympus ski field isn't it? Is the road open during summer?
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Old Dec 11, 2011, 07:32 PM
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Need to email them to ask if they could open it for me for access. Want to draft up a good proposal to them, showing what we do and how it could work as a possible WR site. And how it would be good Advertising for them blah blah
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Old Dec 11, 2011, 07:37 PM
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Lots of wind forecast this week.... http://www.windfinder.com/forecast/akaroa
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Old Dec 13, 2011, 04:46 PM
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Just got back from Wainui ridge again. 46kt average, max gust 58kts!!!!!!! This time..... RAIN!!!!!!! Anemometer didn't like getting wet, won't work anymore. Most wind I have experienced in my life!!!!!

Was short breaks between showers, but not enough for me to justify getting a model out and chucking it off. Could have possibly milked a flight out, not sure if the K100 would appreciate flying in rain.

But main reason for not flying was I was by myself as I could get no-one to come radar for me, so pointless flying and risking breaking a model for the sake of a quick fly between showers.

Hey anyone who is reading this, any ideas on a radar robot or an automated radar stand etc… for when I am by myself??? Or would that be frowned apon? Finding radar operators mid-week for me is the closest thing to impossible
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Old Dec 13, 2011, 04:52 PM
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Here was the forecast map from today from down on the flat across the harbor from Wainui ridge. Check the gust forecasts
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Old Dec 13, 2011, 05:19 PM
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Sheeeeesh! Can't blame you for trying. Seriously windy! Hopefully you get a sunny day soon.

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Old Dec 13, 2011, 06:34 PM
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Heard somewhere it has been the wettest Nov-dec on record or last 10 years or something like that. Must mean we are in for an awesome January! Always windiest in Jan
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Old Dec 13, 2011, 06:37 PM
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Hi alex, I have set up the radar on a tripod with a video camera also on a tripod so that the radar readout is visible in the corner of the frame... Scan in fast forward at the end of the day to find your top speeds.
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