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kitestrings
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Posted: 28 July 2017 at 12:58pm | IP Logged Quote kitestrings

A couple minor tweaks to this thing:

Since it looks to be a more permanent feature now, I ran some non-metallic PVC liquid-tie and buried a portion of the run where we have a logging access road.



I documented a make-shift schematic for when ICRS in the near future.



Lastly, I'm adding a constant voltage pump/motor driver on the line to the tower. This thing runs off a small 12V bank in the garage. We have our (trusty) old Trace inverter there which runs the OH door openers and a few light loads. When the batteries dip what's left on the end of the run to tower is another ~1/2V lower. The pump driver will provide a steady ~14V output with a varying input (11-15V).





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Posted: 28 July 2017 at 3:50pm | IP Logged Quote kitestrings

Notice the "Rutland" turbine on the cupola. I call this our functionalweather vane. It charges, a bit, into the 12V bank in the garage.
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Posted: 29 July 2017 at 8:08am | IP Logged Quote flc1

looks good ks,maybe an idea to put a couple of concrete posts or large wooden posts either side of your tower so some clown doesn't take out your tower with their car/truck.

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Posted: 01 August 2017 at 7:23pm | IP Logged Quote kitestrings

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That'd be me in this case. The tower is just off my driveway, and I'm the 'plow guy'. Seriously, this is something I've been thinking about. It'd be pretty easy to back into it in the winter especially...or the LPG guy... I'm thinking to just drag a couple of big rocks over on each side of it. It's all ledge there.
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Posted: 02 August 2017 at 12:46am | IP Logged Quote flc1

Yep. That would do it.big tower like that would come down hard.
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Posted: 08 August 2017 at 4:17pm | IP Logged Quote kitestrings

I've added this constant voltage converter. It is a pretty slick unit. Takes a varying input voltage 11-15V, (5A max.) and allows you to set the output voltage. Here I have the thing powered off my truck battery, and I'm setting the output voltage to about 15V.



Current losses have been causing me a bit of grief, so I plan to move the DC source closer to the thing. I also found a aux. battery isolator, so I should be able to isolate power to this thing on a cell that is unaffected by [other] load. Should of probably done this in the first place.

~ks


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