Last weekend when “flying” OpenROV 241 in my neighbor’s pond my tether was a limiting factor. It kept getting stuck on the plants in the bottom of the pond. I am ready to try something new. Currently I am using CAT5E gray cable, 24 AWG and have 150 ft. on the reel. I am using 4 wires for full duplex Ethernet (not using the single twisted pair adapters) and 1 pair of the remaining 2 pair for extra power for the batteries.
The problems with the current wire is it stiff in cold weather (which we have a lot), it is gray (cannot see it), and it does not float (gets tangled up with stuff on bottom). The good news is it works and I don’t lose the connection with the laptop and can be used to pull the unit back if there is a problem.
Looking over the discussion I don’t see the solution listed. So what is the best choice for the next tether to try? I am willing to buy some and try it in a lake or pond.
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