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#1 revtionolu

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 07:24 AM

Im new to the rev flying thing

where do you guys get your wind meters?

who has the best prices all i want is the wind speen thats it nothing fancy
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Posted 27 August 2009 - 07:59 AM

Im new to the rev flying thing

where do you guys get your wind meters?

who has the best prices all i want is the wind speen thats it nothing fancy

FREE TO ALL

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#3 MrDenny

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 08:33 AM

Im new to the rev flying thing

where do you guys get your wind meters?

who has the best prices all i want is the wind speen thats it nothing fancy

A wind meter was a must have for me too. It is now the most unused thing in my bag. I never, ever use it. Think twice there is plenty to spend your money on now that you are into the rev flying thing.

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 08:58 AM

A wind meter was a must have for me too. It is now the most unused thing in my bag. I never, ever use it. Think twice there is plenty to spend your money on now that you are into the rev flying thing.


Great Minds Mr Denny.I have sent PM saying just what youve just said.I also sent some info on the Dusty one i have.

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#5 Jeff

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 12:02 PM

I LOVE gadgets, and if I found one really cheap I might get one just because, well... I love gadgets.

When I first started in this sport, I thought it would be a really useful device. But after some time, I realized that I don't need one, and if I had one, I probably wouldn't use it anyway.

So take that for what it's worth. If you just like to know the numbers, that's fine, but I don't think it will give you any more useful information than feeling the wind on your face, or seeing branches moving in the breeze.
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Posted 27 August 2009 - 12:09 PM

I have this one: http://www.amazon.co...a...3642&sr=8-1

I like it and used it alot when I first got itójust to calibrate my sense of wind speed, basically.

Don't use it much anymore, because now I can just tell by feel which kite/frame to use.

But it's still fun sometimes to be able to take a wind reading.
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Posted 27 August 2009 - 12:19 PM

A wind meter was a must have for me too. It is now the most unused thing in my bag. I never, ever use it. Think twice there is plenty to spend your money on now that you are into the rev flying thing.



Maybe Mike would purchase yours????

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 12:41 PM

This might be a simplistic approach, but ...

An electronic wind speed meter will yield a numerical indication of the wind speed. Then you have to go to a chart to translate that wind speed into a probable kite to use. What many folks are telling you is to skip the numerical wind speed and go straight to a "kite scale." Translate the Beaufort scale into a readout of which kite to use. Can't feel the wind on your face ... go home. Can feel the wind lightly on your face ... SUL. Leaves and twigs in constant motion ... SLE (of course with a 1/4inch frame). Small branches start moving ... mid-vent. Larger branches and small trees sway ... full-vent. Neighbor's cat blows by ... go home.

Again, it might sound simplistic, but simply skip trying to figure out what the actual wind speed is. Most people guess too low when the wind is low and too high when the wind is high. But, somehow they seem to grab the correct kite.

So, guess at the correct kite and go for it. If you're wrong, no problem, simply change kites. Plus, realize that you've added a calibration point to your memory bank on the "kite scale." That's really what most Rev fliers are doing.

Disclaimer ... I own an inexpensive wind meter that was purchased when I first started flying. I used it to validate my guess of which kite to use ... got out of the car, guessed which kite to use, verified it with the wind meter and started flying. Then I realized that the wind meter never changed my mind ... so, I stopped using it.

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 01:02 PM

Let me just fix your reply there...

This might be a simplistic approach, but ...

An electronic wind speed meter will yield a numerical indication of the wind speed. Then you have to go to a chart to translate that wind speed into a probable kite to use. What many folks are telling you is to skip the numerical wind speed and go straight to a "kite scale." Translate the Beaufort scale into a readout of which kite to use. Can't feel the wind on your face ... go home fly a Zen. Can feel the wind lightly on your face ... SUL. Leaves and twigs in constant motion ... SLE (of course with a 1/4inch frame). Small branches start moving ... mid-vent. Larger branches and small trees sway ... full-vent. Neighbor's cat blows by ... go home mega-vent half-pint.


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Posted 27 August 2009 - 01:13 PM

Let me just fix your reply there...

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Thanks Jeff, I stand corrected.

Wish Ben would loan a Zen to IKE so we could all try it out. And yes, I can attest to the fact that a vented half-pint doesn't have much pull in 25+ mph winds.

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 01:15 PM

Let me just fix your reply there...



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Posted 27 August 2009 - 03:37 PM

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 08:29 PM

I got a meter and really used it every trip out. :blushing:

After the first year I only use it to confirm what I thought. :)

I do like it to see what winds are between 25 & 55 MPH because I'm not usually in the air then :wacko: but just like the numbers :wacko:

So I guess I do like numbers, buy a cheap meter. :devil:


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Posted 28 August 2009 - 10:03 AM

^

Yeah it's pretty cool in high wind to see just how much it's howling =)

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Posted 28 August 2009 - 11:52 AM

Our meter is somewhere in the bottom of a bag in the bottom of the kite stuff, in the bottom of our truck.

Put up what you think may fly. If the wind is too light, go to an SUL. If the wind is too heavy, go to a vented.

If the sand is blowing across the sand, it's time for fish and chips, or pizza and beer.

This system works. It is fool proof. No meter needed.

Especially the last part.

Really,,,,,,,worry about how your kite is flying. Don't make yourself crazy with knowing the exact wind speed.

Edited by Jim Foster, 28 August 2009 - 11:55 AM.

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Posted 28 August 2009 - 12:15 PM

A standard sail will usually fly between 5 and 15 mph winds - regardless of what frame is in (unless you have the SUL frame, then 15 is to strong). If the kite will fly in those winds, why bother knowing exactly what the wind is anyways. The problem is that the wind meter will tell you the wind speed where you are at, not 50 feet up where the kite is which is usually different anyways.

We all have wind meters in our group. The ONLY time they are pulled out is when there is an argument on whether it is blowing 12 mph or 15 mph (usually ends up being somewhere around 8 to 10). A wind meter has never effected which kites we are pulling out to fly.

My flying time on the field is way to valuable to waste seeing if the wind is 8, 10 or 15 mph.

Save your money from buying an 80.00 or 120.00 wind meter and use it to purchase another kite or accessories that you will actually use. If you really need to know what the EXACT wind speed is at that time, ask one of your buddies and see if they can dig their old unused wind meter out and tell you. :) :) :)

Just my opinion anyways.

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Posted 28 August 2009 - 02:06 PM

I LOVE gadgets, and if I found one really cheap I might get one just because, well... I love gadgets.

When I first started in this sport, I thought it would be a really useful device. But after some time, I realized that I don't need one, and if I had one, I probably wouldn't use it anyway.

So take that for what it's worth. If you just like to know the numbers, that's fine, but I don't think it will give you any more useful information than feeling the wind on your face, or seeing branches moving in the breeze.


Hi Jeff-
How's everything?
I'm into gadgets, too. :blushing: I do own one, but have never used it to figure out which kite to use. I'm into the whole weather thing, so when there's a good storm blowing, I want to know what the peak wind gust was. :blink: .

One evening, I stood outside my place, maybe 10 pm, with my hand up high, in a good mist, trying to get the biggest gust. Turns out the guys across the street (in the first aid building) were watching me (I looked like Lady Liberty holding the torch), but they couldn't see the meter, so they thought I was nuts!!!!!!! :lol: I still laugh about it!
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Posted 28 August 2009 - 04:15 PM

I have my own weather station at my home, a Davis Vantage Pro2. My data is uploaded to CWOP/NOAH and to Weather Underground. If you want to see the current conditions:

http://www.wundergro...p?ID=KWASPANA10

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http://www.findu.com...cgi?call=CW7454

My weatherstation has been recording data since late January 2007.

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#19 Love2fly

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Posted 28 August 2009 - 04:35 PM

I have my own weather station at my home, a Davis Vantage Pro2. My data is uploaded to CWOP/NOAH and to Weather Underground. If you want to see the current conditions:

For kite flying, my short hairs are the best meter........ ;)



Hi Walt-

I didnt' know that you fly naked! Is it legal by you ;) :lol: !

Great meeting you.... I had a wonderful time out there!

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Posted 28 August 2009 - 04:42 PM

Hi Walt-

I didnt' know that you fly naked! Is it legal by you ;) :lol: !

Great meeting you.... I had a wonderful time out there!

Take care.



I never kiss and tell............................... ;) :blushing:

I look forward to sharing the sky with you again, and the rest of the right coast crew!
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