The World’s Best Kite Retrieval System.
The idea was to quickly retrieve my kite without doing much.
First I rebuilt the Reel, it had to be a bait caster so the spool wouldn’t bird’s-nest.
Penn is now my favorite reel, this one is made in the USA!!! It is of very good construction and engineering.
A seven gear-train total, (eight when I’m done with it). Clock-wise rotation of the crank gives counter-clock-wise rotation of the spool and counter-clock-wise rotation of the indexing shaft for the guide follower.
I had made the motor for one of the ALX-1 experiments.
Tuned down (lower voltage), it was still a good 300 watts so I used a switch triggered relay.
I wired a switch and the normally closed relay contacts (in series with the motor) in parallel with a 7.2 volt RC car battery.
It worked great for a while, then burned (melted the solder off) the contact off the inside connection of the relay contact.
It will need a Solid-state relay in the future but I’m just using a 120volt 30 Amp home fuse to switch it now. http://www.omega.com/pptst/SSRL240_660.html
Man and it goes, probably about or around 100 feet per second, with a small kite and no wind, really, ~100 feet per second, tested in a park.
The reversing gear for
the follower shaft (below)
The gear I attached, an HPI gear.
This is what I milled
in between the two aluminum pieces are washers that set the mesh. The motor must turn clock-wise (looking at the motor)
I had to mill (drill) the bottom posts out of the project box to make room for the relay and switch.
Charging the battery.
Thanks to Aaron for the Reel.