Gary McCray
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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.
  • 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 Andreas Lindner's blog post Rapide Lite, Affordable High Resolution 3D Printer
"Really looks like a very nice 3D Printer. The X bottom feed and Y top feed design does permit the highest accuracy. At this point they have already gotten twice their funding goal and they have 29 days to go. My biggest concern is that they will…"
3 hours ago
Gary McCray commented on Gary McCray's blog post GoPro 4 is Here - Sort of!
"GoPro is definitely a glass half empty or half full kind of a thing. Praised for the stuff they do do and condemned for the stuff they don't. As I said at the start, personally I'm a bit dissapointed by their offerings, from a feature…"
4 hours ago
Quadzimodo commented on Gary McCray's blog post GoPro 4 is Here - Sort of!
"More 120fps slow mo stuff here and here. See this, this, this and this to see just how good 4k recording can look even when cut back down to 1080p. "
5 hours ago
Quadzimodo commented on Gary McCray's blog post GoPro 4 is Here - Sort of!
"John - You can edit 4k with a MacBook and Final Cut Pro and share via youtube. A mate of mine is also pro who does some really big jobs. His work is top shelf and he is pretty demanding of his gear. While Simon mostly…"
5 hours ago
Kristian Olson commented on Gary McCray's blog post GoPro 4 is Here - Sort of!
"I realize I was ranting a bit earlier (frustration is all), but am I the only one who takes stills with a GoPro? Is no one else ticked that GoPro deliberately gimped the 3+ by giving Protune options to video but not stills, but now is marketing…"
6 hours ago
Pektusin commented on Gary McCray's blog post GoPro 4 is Here - Sort of!
"I hope they did something about the poor battery life. "
6 hours ago
Chim Xotox commented on Gary McCray's blog post GoPro 4 is Here - Sort of!
"Well, John, the last camera I bought that wasn't plastic crap at least in part was a TLR Rollie about 30 years ago. And customer service is a joke just about everywhere. But I mostly agree with you on the rest, except that the various high…"
6 hours ago
John McGrath commented on Gary McCray's blog post GoPro 4 is Here - Sort of!
"4K at 30 eh? so tell me this what are you going to do with that video? Where are you going to put it for the millions people to watch it? Do you have a computer that will edit this without a hiccup? Gopro as a company is a joke. Terrible customer…"
7 hours ago
Chim Xotox commented on Gary McCray's blog post GoPro 4 is Here - Sort of!
"Finally found the weight spec for the new basic Hero (which cannot be removed from its protective housing): 110 grams. Not too bad and only 33 grams,or a little over one ounce, more than my Black 3 without case. If we can balance and mount it to a…"
7 hours ago
Mark commented on Gary McCray's blog post GoPro 4 is Here - Sort of!
"Oscar, use Protune and you'd be able to get better results. You can edit colors then. Codec they use is pretty good considering processor load and bus bandwidth while keeping components temperature in-check. With 4K they had to make…"
14 hours ago
Oscar Avellaneda-Cruz commented on Gary McCray's blog post GoPro 4 is Here - Sort of!
"I waited a long time before buying a GoPro and eventually started with the GoPro3.Reason is, video in the past few years is going throughthe same rapid changes that still DSLR technology went through10 years ago.Don't get me wrong, 4K @ 30fps…"
14 hours ago

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Sgt Ric commented on Gary McCray's blog post GoPro 4 is Here - Sort of!
"We heard it here first!"
22 hours ago
Jack Crossfire commented on Gary McCray's blog post GoPro 4 is Here - Sort of!
"What a piece of crap.  The Hero 5++ is so much better, for only $999. "
22 hours ago
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…"
yesterday
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…"
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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 ..."
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GoPro 4 is Here - Sort of!

Posted on September 29, 2014 at 10:30am 35 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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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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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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