My Actifit Report Card: July 18 2019

in #actifit3 years ago (edited)

Today I rode around 46 miles on my ebike to search for my missing Tobu disc. I also played nine basket of disc golf with my son and we tied at one over par. We played the last basket over again and I won the tie breaker.

I had lost my Tobu disc earlier in the week when it stopped working. This disc has a tracker in it that can be detected on the smartphone with a flashing light and beeper to help locate it. I like the disc a lot so I was really wanting to get it back.

It was a really nice ride down to the disc golf park and the weather was just right. It started out being a bit cool so I was wearing a jacket.

Here's a view of a river I passed:

Here's a view of a very green looking pond. Maybe there is a little extra fertilizer in it.

Here's a view looking down off a bridge on the bike path to where two rivers come together. I thought it was interesting watching the colors mix and the swirling patterns in the water:

Arriving at the disc golf course where I lost the disc I searched all over the place but could not find it. The locater still was not working, which was not suprising because it has been raining a lot recently. If water gets inside the locator it stops broadcasting a signal.

I wandered around pretty aimlessly near where I thought I lost it and was about to give up and leave when I thought I would think about the process some more.

I went back to the tee pad and thought about where the disc might possibly be. There was a big tree just to the right about where I had thrown it. I new the disc had not hit the tree because of the sound it made on landing.

I had searched all the zones shown in the diagram below pretty carefully. I doubted it was in zone 1 or zone 4 because the throw hadn't been that bad.

Zone 5 and zone 2 were very unlikely because I had not heard and thump sound of disc hitting tree.

Zone 6 was pretty easy to search and not that overgrown plus the ground was not that wet there.

Zone 7 was a distinct possiblity but the disc would have needed to pass throw a lot of brush to make it there. The overgrowth here was so dense it would make it really hard to search completely.

Zone 3 was near where the last reported telemetry was received from the disc before it fizzled out from what I assumed was water getting into its innards. Thus this was the only logical area to spend what was left of my dwindling ability and patience for disc searching.

I reasoned the since the disc has stopped broadcasting it was likely to be found in the muddy ground and zone 3 was very muddy. I concentrated my searching there under the branches.

Lo and behold! I found the Tobu disc down in the muck! It was right where I reasoned it might be. I opened it up and there was just a little water inside right next to the battery. I tried to see if it would work but it didn't at first. By the time I got home it was dried off and I recharged it and it started working again.

Tip for using the Tobu disc in the Pacific Northwest:

My hypothesis is that the small holes in the cap should be plugged so that water does not get into the electronics. I think that the electrical tap modification I've done in the below picture should do the trick:

The nice thing is that the light is still visible from the top and most of the bottom - plus the chirping sound from the speaker is just about the same volume as before.

I'll test out the modification next time I toss the disc into some wet stuff.

Thanks for reading! I always value your support and comments. The pictures were taken by me with my Galaxy S9+. Text and graphics copyright lightsplasher & litesplasher.

Cycling, Daily Activity, Golf, Walking


Excellent review @lightsplasher, you were very active today and made interesting photos, well done!

Oh that is so cool! Perfect deductive reasoning! Glad to hear it survived! Hope it will continue to be fun for many years.

Thank you! After all it has been through I am feeling lucky to still have it. Hopefully the modification will work and keep the water out.

 3 years ago 

Does the tracker affect the aerodynamics?

It does, but not necessarily in a bad way. This is not the longest flying disc in my bag on a full power throw. The mass is located both on the edge and more in the center of disc so it feels differently when you throw it. I think there might be more air resistance too because of the tracker. It does make a very good control driver for shorter shots though.

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