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For any members wanting Tiger Motors

Started Nov 23, 2012 0 Replies

I have had several members ask me about some of the Tiger Motors I had for sell.  They have all been sold.  However, I will place another bulk order with Tiger Motor if there is enough demand.  If…Continue

New Multicopter "Navigator Series" Motors

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cyrus M Nov 8, 2012. 2 Replies

   As some may know on this site I am a staunch user of Tiger Motors.  Out of all the motors I have used on my copters these have offered the best quality and performance for the money.  They have…Continue

Dorji DRF4431F27

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jake Stew Jul 7, 2012. 3 Replies

Just purchased a set of these modules off of ebay for cheap.  Starting to delve into setting up my own means of communication.  Been using xbees', but I want to learn how to configure other low  cost…Continue

Latest Y6 Build

Started May 29, 2012 0 Replies

Just about to finish up on our latest build.  It is an  all carbon Y6.  We custom molded the motor mounts out of baked light weight plastic resin and graphite.  And yes, there is an APM2 inside the…Continue


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Todd Hill commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Lost drone ads proliferating on Craigslist
"Funny,  I recently saw a missing poster in my neighborhood for a phantom.  It seems the majority are non 3DR powered copters.  "
Jul 12
Todd Hill commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Control your APM/Pixhawk drone from the cloud with DroneDeploy
"As previously stated the security concerns are far reaching.   I'm also a little put off by the amount of data that is likely to be collected.  I'm all about increasing functionality and having greater command and control, just…"
Jul 8
Todd Hill replied to Michal Rus's discussion Crop Dusting Copter in the group Agricultural UAVs
"I built a number of crop dusting gas helis' several years ago.  IMHO they are dangerous!  I think multicopters are the safest route.  There are a number of motors currently available that can lift an adequate enough payload to be…"
Jul 5
Todd Hill commented on Nick Arsov's blog post AUAV-X1 , a new vision of the PX4 autopilot
"Again, great work on this first batch board guys!"
Jul 3
Todd Hill commented on Nick Arsov's blog post AUAV-X1 , a new vision of the PX4 autopilot
"@ Phillip,  PX4 Middleware with latest Arducopter Beta on top.   RC Timer 1806-1450kv motors with 5030 carbon props running on 3S 1000mah LiPo.  ESCs' are 10A Multistars'.  RC Timer LEA-6 GPS.  S.Bus input.…"
Jul 3
Todd Hill commented on Nick Arsov's blog post AUAV-X1 , a new vision of the PX4 autopilot
"I will get that to you when I get back to it this afternoon.  I'm having a blast with with it.  Can't wait to get some more of these.  Now time for a Piksi! "
Jul 3
Todd Hill commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA will miss 2015 commercial drone use rules, says audit
"Can't say I didn't see that coming.  We should take up a collection to by our guys at the FAA new shoes.  All this feet dragging is bound to have wore them out!"
Jul 3
Todd Hill commented on Nick Arsov's blog post AUAV-X1 , a new vision of the PX4 autopilot
Jul 3
Todd Hill commented on Nick Arsov's blog post AUAV-X1 , a new vision of the PX4 autopilot
"Nick, when did you say the next batch of X1 autopilots would be available? We need more for testing.  "
Jun 18
Todd Hill commented on Marque Cornblatt's blog post Unbreakable Airframe Testing Footage
"If I could make a small multicopter frame out of anything readily available it would be EVA foam hands down.  A molded EVA foam frame with ducts would be really lightweight, impact/vibration absorbent, water repellent, UV resistant, and cheap…"
Jun 17
Todd Hill replied to Bill Bonney's discussion Indiegogo & Kickstarter Crowd Sourced Projects discussion
"Glad to see this post Bill.  I discovered the Hexo+ campaign today and was a bit flabbergasted at some of their claims.  300k on their first day, and nothing really stellar about what they are doing.  I was a bit disappointed after…"
Jun 16
Todd Hill commented on Marque Cornblatt's blog post Unbreakable Airframe Testing Footage
"For the longest I erred on the notion of an indestructible quad frame.  Only after replacing more costly hardware did I realize it was much better to have one that was designed to fail at predetermined stress points.  Much easier and…"
Jun 16
Todd Hill commented on Roger Sollenberger's blog post Follow-Me Mode: Available Today, Free in DroidPlanner 2.0
"Too sweet!!!!"
Jun 16
Todd Hill commented on Nick Arsov's blog post AUAV-X1 , a new vision of the PX4 autopilot
"Radio calibrated, everything is working great so far.  Just got to mount it to a unit and try flying it.  I will make a video and post a link when I try it over the weekend.  Thanks once again.  "
Jun 5
Todd Hill commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Why drones weren't allowed to fly at the Washington mud slides
"I was building a unit for camera man who works for a Seattle News station.  He was on seen covering most of the incident.  He informed me of the stand down as soon as it was issued.  I like most who will read this was flabbergasted.…"
Jun 5
Todd Hill commented on Nick Arsov's blog post AUAV-X1 , a new vision of the PX4 autopilot
"@Nick + Phillip.  Got the board yesterday, and wow!  Great job guys.  So far it is showing to be fully compatible with APM Planner, Mission Planner, and Qground.  Flashed latest firmware and successfully calibrated all the…"
Jun 5

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Been building and flying just about anything you can put a controller on. Started when I was twelve and haven't put it down since. If I have the tools I can build it. If I don't have the tools I will make them too. I am also a proud combat veteran.
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I currently work on developing and building small UAS.
Florence, AL

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Mans best friend...A Drone!

Posted on December 19, 2012 at 12:30pm 14 Comments

If there is anything I look forward to more than updates from Darpa, its updates from Boston Dynamics.  They are really doing some pretty innovative things in the way of robotics there, and yet here is another example.  My arducopter is jealous.  

Futaba T8J Transmitter Mode Selection

Posted on November 21, 2012 at 10:30am 7 Comments

Just thought I would share my Arducopter mode setup on my new Futaba T8J, as this can be a bit of a headache for newcomers.  The new T8J radio is my new favorite transmitter.  It offers a lot of features that was only offered on the 8FG, but at a fraction of the price.  It doesn't utilize FASST, rather S-FHSS.  With the…


Talk about creepy cool!

Posted on October 24, 2012 at 10:00am 8 Comments

Atlas is getting a lot smarter.  He doesn't fly, yet this is still impressive.  


A Work in Progress

Posted on October 8, 2012 at 9:30am 9 Comments



It has been some time since my last blog post.  I have kept myself busy with work and projects.  For the last couple of years I have been working on trying to develop an airframe that combines aesthetics with functionality.  Some may remember some of my previous blog posts where I presented my attempts this.  

I have never been satisfied with most of the kits offered through other retailers.  They all seem to incorporate the same parts and means of…


Comment Wall (6 comments)

At 7:32am on October 29, 2010,
Mark Colwell
Please re-post your web site as it was removed by Ning when I approved your membership request, Are you in Florence CO or Italy?
At 10:24pm on August 20, 2011, Daniel Hibben said…

sorry i just got your message,

yes please mold me a body also let me know cost and preferred way of paying and i will get that out to you as soon as i can thanks as far as size the standard dimensions you gave of 300mm x 180mm if i remember correctly sounds great, this will have more then enough room in it


At 7:11pm on September 26, 2011,
Michael Pursifull

Is this the ublox? And ublox adaptor? If so, I encourage you to give the battery-backed ublox adaptor a try, if you don't mind giving store.diydrones a second chance. The battery-backed unit allows faster fixes for the ublox. I have two of them. 


I cut a tiny bit of foam, about 1mm thick, and push it between the adaptor and GPS unit, makes for better fitting for me. Some people use hot glue to get a level mating. The boards only connect at one point, so they can "leaver" a bit with the connector as the axis. 

At 5:18pm on May 21, 2013, WileyESurveyor said…

Todd If U would be So Kind as to Share some of  UR Knowledge, Relative Constructing  an EBEE DIY Unit, I would be most appreciative. Life Long Photo Analysts and Mapper. University of Colorado. Surveying Since the Age of 10. Was Scheduled to head to Taiwan in the Next few Weeks to Seek Components for My Build from some Old Friends.

Thanx in Advance

Wiley :-)

At 10:07am on May 25, 2013, WileyESurveyor said…
Todd: Thanx for the Response !!!! What I am attempting to do is Create a Skywalker X8 Based Aerial Mapping Drone that will be on a Par with or Exceed the Capabilities of the
EBEE System. As you had Noted, and I agree, the EBEE at the $12,500.00 Price Level is WAY Out of Line. The Cost could be Lowered to the $2,500.00 to $3,500.00
Price Range based on off the shelf components. I have been associated with Aerial Mapping for Our Government from the Ground Control to the Satellites, and
have served as the Tech. Assistant the Chief of the Defense Mapping Agency, now known as NRO. Wish I still had Access to the Unlimited Budget.
So my Goal is to Create a Drone Aerial Mapping Platform Based on the Skywalker X8, as the Base Frame, that will be Equal or Outperform the EBEE System.
Any Links, Info.Sources, Blogs, etc. that you may have already discovered would be of Great Assistance.
I am currently working on a 600+ Acre Project for a Group from Taiwan and will be heading to their HQ in a Few weeks. While there, my plan was
to seek out some of the Manufacturing Contacts, that may have ties to Main Land China, as a Components Resource Supplier.
But with your Help and Knowledge, I will be better versed on what components to seek and which will be worth concentrating on.
In my opinion the X8, due to it's capacity, would serve as the Most suitable Platform for the Aerial Mapping Task. But if you know of any other Platform that would be more
stable and have the capacity to carry the variety of sensor's Etc. that are going to be needed please let me know.
At the End of the Day my Goal is to Create and "Affordable" Drone Aerial Mapping Solution for the Poverty Stricken Surveyors who are Always the "Tail of the Dog".
Thanx in Advance for Your Advice & Assistance
At 10:18pm on February 13, 2014, David Erling Howard said…
HiTodd, thanks for the prompt response. I saw you pictures with the futaba settings and I I was hoping for more of the same. Such as any reversed switches or auxiliary channel settings etc... I am setting up my pix hawk and am having some difficulty with 3 motors not starting and I am no expert at programing the t8j. I thought I was when I went through similar problems with my wookong m. Also, what function does that mix do? I'm not familiar with the mix settings but I want to learn about it all but I need practical examples not just a procedure. The other photo showed the settings for the "ger" to be set at 45 and 50, or something like that. What do those settings do? I've also learned that I need to set my throttle input to 1000 max, and I need to figure out how to do that too.
thanks for your time.

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