Gary McCray
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  • Fort Bragg, CA
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About Me:

I am the Owner and Author of these advertising-free informative web sites:
Now flying, rolling or under construction:
  • Hoverthings FLIP FPV Pro Quadcopter with Pixhawk, 13" props, KDE 515kv motors, telemetry, GoPro, Brushlesss Gimbal and FPV.
  • Custom CF tube H/dead-cat Quadcopter with Pixhawk, GoPro, Gimbal & FPV.
  • Hoverthings FLIP Sport Quadcopter with PX4.
  • ARF DJI FlameWheel 330 Quadcopter with PX4.
  • ARF DJI Flamewheel 450 Quadcopter with APM 2.5.
  • My design: Hanging pendulum style robot with two 26" brushless bicycle wheels.
  • Traxxas Stampede 4x4 Rover with PX4.

Professional History:
  • (Retired) Microcomputer Engineer, Hardware and Firmware.
  • (Past) Lead Editor of DIYDrones APMcopter, APMplane and APMrover wikis.

Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
  • Reentry into RC Planes 3 years ago.
  • Lots of PIC hardware and C and assembler programming experience.
  • Currently interested in Quadcopter development, robotics, 3D vision, environment relative autonomous navigation, Linux, Beagle Bone, Odroid, TOF cameras and LIDAR.

Hometown:
Mendota Illinois

Latest Activity

Gary McCray commented on UASys's blog post The issues with current multirotors and how we want to fix them
"Looks like a great project guys all the best luck. For quite a while I've been promoting the idea that consumer quadcopters need to be made as small and intrinsically safe as possible. Here we have the FAA who's big mandate is…"
16 hours ago
Gary McCray commented on James Daniel's blog post Letter to my Congressman
"Hi James, Absolutely excellent letter which eloquently and concisely sums it all up. I have just installed a link to this Blog on my Drones Are Fun Web Site's Social and Legal Issues…"
17 hours ago
Gary McCray commented on Roger Sollenberger's blog post Drones at the Robot Film Festival: IRIS Wins a Botsker!
"Great video guys can't wait to see the final result. Perfect place for an Iris. It's OK to break the equipment, but bones take longer to fix."
yesterday
Gary McCray left a comment for J M
"Hi JM, Although I have 4 of the RC Timer 5010's I haven't used them yet. After reading others reviews of them I don't think they are ideal for my needs, they have manufacturing and bearing issues. That said though assuming they are…"
yesterday
Gary McCray replied to J'Rome's discussion Top 10 reasons DIY mini-uavs crash & the recommended equipment/procedure to address it?
"This is a great idea and if we can manage to come up with a good list of ten items and how to address them I will be happy to prominently present it on my drones are fun web sites. Of course the obvious big one is operator error or perhaps in our…"
yesterday
Gary McCray commented on bigkahuna's blog post I may have just witnessed the future of personal drones...not sure if I like it
"Hi Peter, I wasn't talking about the FAA, I was talking about the normal legal system. Any jurisdiction anywhere can prosecute you for reckless endangerment and if they think you are a serious danger they can and will shoot you as in the case…"
Tuesday
Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Time: "Here's why so many drone pilots are getting in trouble" (they're not RC folks)
"To the public and Time and the rest of the media a Phantom Quadcopter is a "drone". And we are stuck with it. And I totally agree the proliferation of larger and more dangerous consumer (illiterati?) quadcopters (eg: Phantom) is a really…"
Tuesday
Gary McCray commented on bigkahuna's blog post I may have just witnessed the future of personal drones...not sure if I like it
"This kind of thing can always be criminally prosecuted as reckless endangerment, especially flying directly over peoples heads with a Phantom or bigger. I think you would be likely to lose in court trying to defend against it. And it could be either…"
Tuesday
Gary McCray commented on bigkahuna's blog post I may have just witnessed the future of personal drones...not sure if I like it
"H Robert, an extremely responsible approach. Unfortunately here in the US a lot of people want to get in aon the latest fad even if they know nothing about it. Initially this worked out OK because the easy stuff to get for these people was the…"
Monday
Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Time: "Here's why so many drone pilots are getting in trouble" (they're not RC folks)
"+1 Alex"
Monday
Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Time: "Here's why so many drone pilots are getting in trouble" (they're not RC folks)
"RC airplanes are flown a considerable distances from people and the challenge is usually just flying them. And many of the smaller ones that are flown in more public places don't represent a serious safety threat even if they hit you…"
Monday
Gary McCray commented on bigkahuna's blog post I may have just witnessed the future of personal drones...not sure if I like it
"Hi Jonathan, The fact is that a lot of people are "creeped" out or feel exposed, and certainly even more so when they are stand around semi-naked on a beach as is normal. It is a perfectly normal human reaction and with the current media…"
Monday
Gary McCray commented on bigkahuna's blog post I may have just witnessed the future of personal drones...not sure if I like it
"That is utterly completely unacceptable behavior for an ultralight too and if anybody had reported them to the FAA the FAA would now be in possession of their ultralight, they would be no longer allowed to fly and a large fine would result. That is…"
Monday
Gary McCray commented on bigkahuna's blog post I may have just witnessed the future of personal drones...not sure if I like it
""Unfortunately, you represent the opinions of many when it comes to the paranoia about our quadcopters." Actually, what he represents is a clear case for the justification of that paranoia. Obviously this person was behaving dangerously,…"
Monday
Gary McCray commented on bigkahuna's blog post I may have just witnessed the future of personal drones...not sure if I like it
"Hi bigkahuna, I completely agree with you that this sort of activity is completely unaccepatable. Generally it comes from the fact that the people doing it: A. Generally have no idea at all what is reasonable and what is not. B. At no point in their…"
Monday
Gary McCray replied to nickthecook's discussion Questions for videographers
"Hi Nick, I am referring to the medium and narrow FOV modes which are really 2x and 4x telephoto. Keep in mind that the narrower you go the more it exaggerates any motion or vibration in the copter by 2 or by 4 accordingly. It is considerably harder…"
Monday

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Gary McCray's Blog

New 1 at a time ESC calibration method for PX4 or Pixhawk

Posted on June 28, 2014 at 2:47pm 3 Comments

One of the Problems with the PX4 / Pixhawk is that it uses a PPM-Sum receiver which when so configured may not work at all for the normal receiver based method of one at a time ESC programming.

And especially so for 4 in 1 ESCs.

The one at a time method I have developed uses the Wikis…

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Drones Are Fun an informational resource for everybody interested in UAVs, especially for personal use.

Posted on May 29, 2014 at 5:25pm 21 Comments

Hi everybody,

Gary McCray here, past wiki editor for DIYDrones, announcing my own Informational Web Site: http://www.dronesarefun.com/

I am very much strong advocate of our APM and Pixhawk flight…

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BeagleBone Black available - if you're quick.

Posted on March 5, 2014 at 11:00am 32 Comments

Hi all, Beagle Bone Blacks are available at Adafruit this morning.

I wouldn't ordinarily put an Advertisement for a product as a Blog but as you may or may not know, Beagle Bone Blacks are seriously hard to come by.

Everybody is out of stock all the time, except a fewy unscrupulous dealers who…

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I Really Need help solving a problem for all of us!

Posted on February 23, 2014 at 7:30pm 94 Comments

We have a great new Wiki / Manual which is actually being I think very helpful for all of us.

But there is a Huge - Seemingly Intractable Problem. At least in my estimation of things:

No the Iris isn't the problem, It's a really great 3DR copter, probably the best one available for the…

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Comment Wall (3 comments)

At 8:14am on February 13, 2013, Jethro Hazelhurst said…

H Gary,

First off, thank you for the superb job on the F330 construction page and wiki table of contents.

I will Email you the Image so that you can put it where you see fit.

Many thanks again!

Jethro.

At 10:49pm on May 21, 2013, Jorge Antonio Saldaña Rosales said…

Hola que tal Gary sabes el hadware que necesito para hacer mi drone Cooperativo

At 5:17pm on May 22, 2013, Michael said…

Hi Gary,

Just a thing on shipping rates (from your comment). I was also mad because of high shipping. I sent support an email and they shipped the parts for free through standard mail! I got it in 2 days ( I live on the east coast). There is a size limit though, can't go above 13 oz, but for small parts its fine. Oh and btw, when you email them, ask for Lorena, it may take a day or 2 more because of her work hours, but she's been amazing with shipping like this.

 

Sorry this is the only way I could contact you!

 

Michael

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