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, 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.
  • Blade 200 QX, Hubsan X4 and Estes Nano Quadcopters.
  • My design: Hanging pendulum style robot with 2 brushless 26" 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

Mike Knott commented on Gary McCray's blog post Great deal on a 3 axis gimbal with Alexmos controller
"Gary, you've pretty much posted all the info we have. I want to try one with a Storm controller as well, let me know how that works out."
14 hours ago
armen t commented on Gary McCray's blog post Great deal on a 3 axis gimbal with Alexmos controller
"Wow that's with the controller too!! Thank you for posting. Awesome deal."
17 hours ago
Jose A Corro commented on Gary McCray's blog post Great deal on a 3 axis gimbal with Alexmos controller
17 hours ago
Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Hexacopter vs shotgun (court rules in favor of copter!)
"A loose canon indeed! From the sound of it the county should be pursuing reckless endangerment criminal charges against this guy anyway. Discharging a firearm such that the projectiles hit a neighbors property (let alone house) is a very serious…"
18 hours ago
Gary McCray commented on Gary McCray's blog post Great deal on a 3 axis gimbal with Alexmos controller
"Hi All, Here is the updated EBay link for the current batch of the 3 axis gimbals. http://www.ebay.com/itm/DSLRPros-3-Axis-Gimbal-for-the-GoPro-3-3-and-4-/161748464468?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item25a8f5b354 I would suggest if you want one…"
18 hours ago
Gary McCray commented on Gary McCray's blog post Great deal on a 3 axis gimbal with Alexmos controller
"Hi Mike, Thanks for letting us know about the additional ones. I just ordered a second one. These seem a really excellent value, especially for a true 3 axis gimbal. Is there anything you can tell us about these that might be of value? I have…"
19 hours ago
Quadzimodo commented on Gary McCray's blog post Great deal on a 3 axis gimbal with Alexmos controller
"Purchased. Gary - thanks for the tip. Mike - thanks for the update."
yesterday
Mike Knott commented on Gary McCray's blog post Great deal on a 3 axis gimbal with Alexmos controller
"Just to let you guys know, more of these will be available today!"
yesterday
JoeBob commented on Gary McCray's blog post Great deal on a 3 axis gimbal with Alexmos controller
""30x zoom on a SAR rig, and can only get to 12-15x zoom before it starts bouncing;"  If your lens is extending as it zooms, then the center of gravity is shifting.  The weight of the optics would overcome a small gimbal…"
yesterday
Quadzimodo commented on Gary McCray's blog post Great deal on a 3 axis gimbal with Alexmos controller
"Missed it. Spewin'"
yesterday
Euan Ramsay commented on Gary McCray's blog post Great deal on a 3 axis gimbal with Alexmos controller
"Would love to see some sample footage from one of these."
Sunday
JB commented on Gary McCray's blog post Great deal on a 3 axis gimbal with Alexmos controller
"Thanks Gary for posting! I managed to get one as well. Always interested in a bargin! ;-)"
Sunday
Muhammad Al-Rawi commented on Gary McCray's blog post Great deal on a 3 axis gimbal with Alexmos controller
"Cheers Gary. I managed to snag one last night."
Saturday
Gary McCray commented on Gary McCray's blog post Great deal on a 3 axis gimbal with Alexmos controller
"Hope any of you who wanted one of these got one, apparently they sold out pretty fast after I posted it. Probably worth checking DSLRPros Wholesale site on Ebay every once in a while, they have quite a bit of stuff, but none (now at least) as good a…"
Saturday

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Thorsten commented on Gary McCray's blog post Great deal on a 3 axis gimbal with Alexmos controller
"...anyway, I am more interested in your "laser rangefinder scanner prototype". Sounds interesting! Any details so far? Best regards, Thorsten"
Saturday

T3
Thorsten commented on Gary McCray's blog post Great deal on a 3 axis gimbal with Alexmos controller
"Too late: "This listing has ended.""
Saturday

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Great deal on a 3 axis gimbal with Alexmos controller

Posted on June 26, 2015 at 4:00pm 20 Comments

Just had to tell all of you about this $59.95 three axis gimbal deal on EBay:

This seemed like a great deal and looks to be identical to DYS Gimbal on Hobbyking which is $200.00.

I got one and quality appears excellent though I haven't tried to use it yet (I will probably get…

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My thoughts on the state of affairs.

Posted on February 11, 2015 at 9:30pm 3 Comments

Recently a local radio station asked me to comment on an interview relating to the current status of "drones".

I am enclosing the letter I sent to them declining phone interview for the reasons specified, but putting my "opinions" in writing instead for them to use as the…

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GoPro 4 is Here - Sort of!

Posted on September 29, 2014 at 10:30am 36 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…

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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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Comment Wall (4 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

At 3:35pm on March 26, 2015,
Admin
Thomas J Coyle III
said…

Hi Gary,

Re: Fire Cape

I have been thinking about it, but have not decided to move on it yet.

Thanks,

Tom C

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