Gary McCray
  • Male
  • Fort Bragg, CA
  • United States
Share Twitter

Gary McCray's Friends

  • Yutaca Sawai
  • Twing Kewl
  • Daniel Lachance
  • FlightBots.com
  • Rob Thompson
  • J M
  • Daniel Liebeskind
  • giel aragon
  • Mike P
  • Paul Krajewski
  • sachyy jay
  • JoeT
  • Toby Lankford
  • Rick D
  • Christian Davis

Gary McCray's Groups

 

Gary McCray's Page

Profile Information

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, 14" props, KDE 515kv motors, telemetry, Sony AS100V Video Camera, 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

Chim Xotox commented on Gary McCray's blog post GoPro 4 is Here - Sort of!
"Euan, nope, the back opens presumably to get the card out etc but it says right in a tiny footnote at the bottom of the GoPro site's page that this model cannot be removed from the case. (It's interesting that the footnote superscript is…"
3 hours ago
Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Commercial Drone Regulations: Canada vs the US
"Hi mP1, I think the America / Canada comparison is valid on its own because we share not only borders but are really very close in many functional and governmental ways. It wasn't an attempt to exclude anybody else, just to talk about our most…"
4 hours ago
F1P commented on Gary McCray's blog post GoPro 4 is Here - Sort of!
"4k era in aerial filming has begun, but how many people have such panels for see it beauty ..."
7 hours ago
Euan Ramsay commented on Gary McCray's blog post GoPro 4 is Here - Sort of!
"Chim - there's a photo on the gopro site with the base hero case open; I assume therefore it can be removed."
7 hours ago
Chim Xotox commented on Gary McCray's blog post GoPro 4 is Here - Sort of!
"Yes Mark, you're right, there are indeed a huge number of people who have bought into the GoPro, right from the beginning (including me). That however proves nothing about the ultimate value or quality. All it means is that there's …"
7 hours ago
Euan Ramsay commented on Gary McCray's blog post GoPro 4 is Here - Sort of!
"If the glass (image quality) identical across all three models, the base 4 will be perfectly good for quad use. One failing of the clones such as the SJ4000 is the glass quality affecting overall quality."
7 hours ago
Quadzimodo commented on Gary McCray's blog post GoPro 4 is Here - Sort of!
"1080p@120fps is awesome!!! Finally we have the ability to create proper slow mo at high definition. 4k@30fps might allow for some powerful post stabilization (extracting a stabilized 1080p from the 4k file). What about 720p@240fps?  The H3B did…"
10 hours ago
Alexsey Novik commented on Gary McCray's blog post GoPro 4 is Here - Sort of!
"I bought Gopro Hero3 BE with remote for 300, from Gopro website."
13 hours ago
Mark commented on Gary McCray's blog post GoPro 4 is Here - Sort of!
"It is funny! Many people say "Price is too high" and so-on.. on the end GoPro can't keep-up with demand on highest price cameras. I remember GP 3 Black were never in-stock at local Best Buy store, I had to wait for a month for my…"
18 hours ago
Kristian Olson commented on Gary McCray's blog post GoPro 4 is Here - Sort of!
"I'm surprised this hasn't been brought up yet, but one of the main things I do with my GoPro is take aerial still shots. The current GoPros (3+ BE) is mysteriously gimped in still image mode because you can't adjust any settings…"
18 hours ago
Gary McCray commented on Gary McCray's blog post GoPro 4 is Here - Sort of!
"Hi Chim, Good call. I was one of the first purchasers of the Hero 3 Black, entirely a dismal experience. The battery overheated and turning the camera off didn't stop it, you had to remove the battery. Their customer service wasted a huge…"
19 hours ago
Chim Xotox commented on Gary McCray's blog post GoPro 4 is Here - Sort of!
"Note that the new cheap clunker Hero model cannot be removed from its case, which means it will be heavy. And you can buy a nice used H2 on eBay for the same money. Good catch on the missing remote, Gary. What's next, the lens will be an…"
19 hours ago
Gary McCray commented on Gary McCray's blog post GoPro 4 is Here - Sort of!
"Just noticed they also don't include the smart remote with the Black anymore and the smart remote is $80.00 so for an equivalent system it is actually $180.00 more for the new black versus the old black. Except for 4K 30 FPS and 1080P 120 FPS…"
22 hours ago
Seb commented on Gary McCray's blog post GoPro 4 is Here - Sort of!
"Good image stabilization is much harder to accomplish when the input image has a serious fisheye.  Maybe that's why gopro didn't bother."
yesterday
Mark commented on Gary McCray's blog post GoPro 4 is Here - Sort of!
"I do not fly helis I fly fixed wing. Have GP 3 Black and shooting 1080P 60fps fixed (no gimbal). Had a bit of jello on powered flight and then I put a bit of rubber around camera - jello is gone forever. Check The Black Sheep videos - do you see any…"
yesterday
Project Nadar commented on Gary McCray's blog post GoPro 4 is Here - Sort of!
"Personally it's the first time i am willing/considering to buy a gopro camera. I too don't like the touch screen and would be helpful to know whether the touch feature can be turned off cause using a strap on the gimbal might mess things…"
yesterday

Gary McCray's Photos

Loading…
  • Add Photos
  • View All

Gary McCray's Blog

GoPro 4 is Here - Sort of!

Posted on September 29, 2014 at 10:30am 23 Comments

GoPro is finally announcing the new 4 Silver and Black:

It , of course has the new 30fps 4K and - not surprisingly costs $100.00 more than the last one so now $499.00.

Probably using the new Ambarella 9 chip, but no mention made of built in electronic image stabilization…

Continue

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…

Continue

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…

Continue

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…

Continue

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

You need to be a member of DIY Drones to add comments!

Join DIY Drones

 
 
 

© 2014   Created by Chris Anderson.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service