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Author Topic: Recommendations on a "windsock" that I can (easily) put up when flying?  (Read 1489 times)
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« on: April 04, 2010, 07:12 PM »

I usually fly where I can see a few flags but I would like to put up something like a pole with a flag or ribbon on it so I can get a better feel for the direction and intensity of the wind.

What do ya'll recommend?  It really needs to be compact, easily/quick to put together and functional.
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« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2010, 09:00 PM »

Get yourself a kite stake and a short chunk of plastic tail material....tie an overhand knot in the middle and stick the stake through the hole.........can't miss Wink
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« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2010, 09:40 PM »

How about a dowel rod sharpened on one end with flagging or yarn on the other?
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« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2010, 10:08 PM »

The back of your neck and ears are more sensitive to wind than any flag or windsock.

Just standing still you should be able to tell where the wind is coming from (more in one ear than the other?, you're not facing middle window) and with experience, tell how strong the wind is (in kite selection terms, if not MPH)

Probably the big advantage of flags & banners is if they are tall. Wind 12' up is often quite different than at ear level.
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« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2010, 05:02 AM »

banners or windmills work best because they are not located at ground level.....

Steve had a Phenomenal deal on some 6' Prism Windmills....old stock rediscovered at Prism's warehouse....
http://www.gwtwforum.com/index.php?topic=1624.0

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« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2010, 11:16 AM »

I like the Hypnotwister on a 10 ft. pole....

http://www.chicokites.com/store/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=146



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« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2010, 11:16 PM »

I have found over the years that ribbons, tubes and windsocks, while they look pretty, lack a basic quality. Anything you have to look at will by design need to be in front of you, meaning it can easily also be in your way. While I'd encourage Allen's  "learn how the wind feels" skill, because it'll always be with you everywhere you go, it does take a while to get it down. So, what I like is banners. The best seem to be out of light to medium weight ripstop, because you want them to make a bit of noise, and you want that noise to increase with wind speed. The Prism banners are o.k., but because they have a curved leading edge they tend to run silent. Keep your eye out on the forum, because some of the best are made by individuals, and aren't retail. Banner cloth is what you'll often find, and while it's lots more durable, it is also too quiet for me.

I've also staked out a small to medium sized kite behind me on more than one occasion. Then, you'll have your SLK up high over your head, and you can fly underneath it. Of course, now you have to learn wind speed estimation for two kinds of kites.

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« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2010, 11:43 PM »

I'll put my Skate up and if it stays up unattended I know there's enough wind to fly my rev b w/race rods or QP sul, if  not, I just glide the Skate around.
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« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2010, 03:03 AM »

i use a $1.98 driveway marker from lowes which is about 3' tall and mounted on it is about a 4' length of 1" slit nylon attached with a string which is just held under the vinyl endcap at the top, though you could use any sort of lightweight ribbon.

i won't go into the merits of when or why but this is what's in my bag and it responds to winds which are sometimes too light to feel. among my fellow fliers at our field it seems a popular item, as much as a ribbon on a stick could be.

there's also a person who irregularly flies a spinsock on a 16' pole but it takes a good 4 mph before it moves. with a wind that substantial, i'm already in the air and not paying any attention to an indicator, it's flying time.

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« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2010, 06:10 PM »

Thanks Thief!

I bought one of them thar windmills.

It may not be portable so I may be looking for a ribbon thing still.
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« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2010, 06:37 PM »

We put up our Aerobe.. (Walla)...because the wind is pretty shifty. Sometimes we put a flourescent orange tape at the 4 ft level on a stick. Using your ears is also highly recommended.
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« Reply #11 on: April 06, 2010, 07:02 PM »

I got an excuse for everything!!!!

I am bald so I cannot feel the wind in my hair.

I am deaf so I cannot hear the wind.

Last yr I did Lasics so I can see a ribbon!  hehe
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« Reply #12 on: April 06, 2010, 08:43 PM »

We just get one of the guys to stick a kite in field lights  Cheesy

Couple shots of those newly installed windsocks at out local field.



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« Reply #13 on: April 06, 2010, 08:54 PM »

Sadly, I've done that, too...
Didn't realize how close I had gotten to the poles with my Chevron way back when I first got it. It is also the cause of the only damage on mine other than normal "wear and tear"...
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