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Sgt Ric replied to Joe's discussion FS_TH9X
"The 9x is known for having possible wiring/solder QC issues, and most recommend that you open it up to look for any obvious mistakes. I have modded my 9xs so much, that I have gotten to know it inside and out, by heart. The first thing that I have…"

Sgt Ric commented on Kelly Miller's blog post Screamy: A durable lost UAV alarm
"@ Kelly Miller, I would like to add that Dany is known for his professional, but generous business ethic... I am positive he would be a valuable asset in your endeavour. "

Sgt Ric replied to Joe's discussion FS_TH9X
"I have 3 of these 9x machines and with one I had to experiment to find the one switch that wanted to be in a different before you panic, play with the switches and get to know your TX... They are great radios!"

Sgt Ric replied to alain's discussion Solar storm problems??
"I understand the full impact of the solar event won't be felt on Earth unti today and tomorrow. (?)"
Sep 12

Sgt Ric commented on Sgt Ric's photo

Glass domes thru mail

"Surprisingly both domes were intact!"
Sep 11
mP1 commented on Sgt Ric's photo


"You might want to add a proper title, image doesnt mean much."
Sep 11

Sgt Ric commented on Sgt Ric's photo


"I just rec'd 2 parcels from 2 diff suppliers from China, each wrapped VERY differently! One incased in a block of foam, and the other just an envelope, no padding. You wouldn't know they were both optically correct glass domes!! I'm…"
Sep 11

Sgt Ric posted a discussion

Ordering fragile parts from China

I just rec'd 2 parcels from 2 diff suppliers from China, each wrapped VERY differently! One encased in a block of foam, and the other just an envelope, no padding.You wouldn't know they were both optically correct glass domes!!I'm afraid to open them.See More
Sep 11

Sgt Ric replied to Dozy Jones's discussion Radio control?
"Better yet, go with an ArduPilot!"
Sep 11

Sgt Ric posted a photo
Sep 11

Sgt Ric posted a status
"I'm afraid to open them !"
Sep 11

Sgt Ric posted a status
"One incased in a block of foam, and the other just an envelope, no padding. They are both optically correct glass domes!"
Sep 11

Sgt Ric posted a status
"I just rec'd 2 parcels from 2 diff suppliers from China, each wrapped VERY differently!"
Sep 11

Sgt Ric replied to Motion Man's discussion Which "person" removed Relay On/Off from CH6 ?
"(Mod edited title to conform to site TOS.)"
Sep 7

Sgt Ric commented on Euan Ramsay's blog post Payloader max prototype complete
"It is always better to have the ESCs as close to the battery as possible!  (Short cable runs, even when using large diameter wires) Especially, as @Euan mentioned, for larger draw applications. Larger caps can mitigate this, but you still can…"
Aug 28

Sgt Ric replied to Joe's discussion Need a flight control board...
""...ArduPilot, the world's first universal autopilot platform (planes, multicopters of all sorts and ground rovers). Today the Pixhawk andAPM 2.6 autopilots run a variety of powerful free and open UAV software systems,…"
Aug 26

Sgt Ric replied to Brandon's discussion ezuhf and futabaT9-CHA
"It's good you remembered to add that you had the NAZA flight controller... 'Till then you were only describing strictly R/C flying. [no RTH at all] I don't know what model you have: the NAZA M, the lite, or whatever, and I am not…"
Aug 22

Sgt Ric commented on Jorge Brites's blog post Refurbish a damaged 4S battery
"Careful, there's still alot of dangerous stored energy in those cells! I agree with @John Maffetone, this is not safe and something I would never recommend. "
Aug 20

Sgt Ric commented on Jesper Andersen's blog post An AutoPilot in the Clouds - part 1
"I agree with @johnkowalsky, This entire community (and this site) is proof that the autopilot is NOT the expensive part of project. "
Aug 19

Sgt Ric commented on Jose Luis Cortes's blog post Huge quadcopters can be attractive alternative to fixed wing for mapping and survey
"@eduardo, you obviously are new to Jack Crossfire's unique communication style."
Aug 18

Profile Information

About Me:
I got into R/C in 1975.
I got into photography in 1975.
I got into computers in 1975.
I got married in 1980. (which put a stop to all of the above)
It wasn't until 2005 that I figured out how to combine the first three.

Currently flying FPV. (EasyStar)
Working on UAV projects (second EasyStar and NitroPlanes 81"Cessna 337)

Remarried to a wonderful, understanding, and supportive lady.
Father to a 30 yr old son, a 29 yr old daughter, and a 6 year little angel who can fly my R/C helicopter better than I can!
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
Primarily recreational fixed wing platforms.
Colfax, WI 54730

My favourite response to the "I Want One, And I Want It Now" crowd...

"This site contains a wealth of information meant to address the very questions you are asking.
Many like minded people have begun just as you are and rec'd ideas and answers by reading about the experiences of the modellers and experimenters before you.
Since alot of the enjoyment (for most of us) comes from the trial and error of a custom configuration, it would perhaps be best if you read some of the many threads and articles here at DIY Drones."


Safety Quote:
Please keep in mind any laws, regulations and guidelines that regulate RC flight in your areas. Many jurisdictions do not allow flying above certain altitudes, beyond set range and most require line of sight and ground operator controllability at all times.

"Safe: We follow the current interpretation of the FAA guidelines on small UAVs. Recreational use (non-commerical), under 400 ft altitude, line of sight, "pilot in the loop" and onboard safety systems that always allow for manual control in the case of malfunction. We're building experimental platforms that demonstrate autonomy and the capacity to do real useful UAV work, but we test them in controlled settings. If you want to fly miles out of sight or map cities, we're going to assume you've got the proper FAA clearance or we don't want to know about it."



DIYDRONES does not advocate or condone any RC flights beyond LOS or above 400'AGL.

Do not try this

Such Flights may be illegal in many parts of the  world.

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DIYDrones bears no responsibility for such action.


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Comment Wall (25 comments)

At 1:45am on December 15, 2007, Danny Campbell said…
Nope, but I am gonna take a look at it right now.
At 5:27pm on October 10, 2008, Danny Campbell said…
Hey, that is so cool! The ArduPilotPro uses an Arduino board, which is something me and Ryan were talking about a while back. I was actually thinking about purchasing the arduino board anyways, to play around with and use with different projects. But now I will actually have a good reason to get one...

There is actually a cheaper one out there called the Boarduino, but I think there are some significant differences so the Boarduino might not work with this.

I haven't had much of a chance to read the ArduPilotPro page yet but I will try to do so today.
At 5:39pm on October 10, 2008, Danny Campbell said…
I'm just reading through now, and I think I would have a lot better perspective on all this if I understood a little more about R/C planes and exactly what a finished autopilot device needs to do... do you have any links or info in that regard? I'll look around on my own too, but I thought you might have some good info kickin around.
At 5:42pm on October 10, 2008, Danny Campbell said…
Nevermind, I think I found it what I am looking for.
At 5:43pm on October 10, 2008, Danny Campbell said…
Oops, I'm posting in two different places here. My previous posts were replies to your comments on my wall. I was just asking if you had info about exactly what the autopilot does, but I think I found what I need, so don't worry.
At 4:15am on October 27, 2008, Danny Campbell said…
So I'm looking around here, and I saw a post where Chris states that the ArduPilot (not ArduPilotPro) code would be out soon, that was in June I believe. And then on the ArduPilot page it says that the code is in alpha. So it's not actually been released yet? Or am I just not looking hard enough...
At 3:47pm on November 10, 2008, Sai said…
Hi! actually i didnt get u properly what did you mean?
At 10:50pm on January 7, 2009,
Rory Paul
Hi Sgt Ric

I hope there will be no goosestepping. The few people I know actually working commercially are north of the border and as long as they are they it gives me hope for a civilian market. Transport Canada appears to be willing to even allow overflight of populated areas as long as you ask nicely and are not flying a 200lb monster.

At 3:40pm on July 22, 2009, Moe Bahrami said…
No problem mate don't worry about it, but just so you know and so we can clear the air, I have a degree in aerospace systems engineering and my project which won a first prize in a European UAV competition was designing a UAV from an aerodynamic point of view. Anyways due to my circumctances in life I never had the chance to actually get hands on with the stuff you guys are up to and the reason I'm turning to this field as a hobby is because I have a few good ideas to implement but I need to gain some experience first. Any ways I truly do respect someone who has the decency to leave me a comment like you did.
all the best and keep in touch
At 8:28am on July 23, 2009, DougB said…
Ric, I was just reading your profile and saw that you were working on the nitroplanes 337, I guess great minds think alike (lol) that is exactly what I'm planning. I also have a nitoplanes Predator with an Ardupilot in it plus FPV camera. I haven't ordered the 337 yet, have you put yours together and flown it yet, it looks like a great airframe to play with. I'm thinking of putting a single Zenoah 26 (since I have it laying around) in the rear leaving the front open for stuff, also I want to redesign the nose to look more like the RQ-7 Shadow. Have a great day.


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