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Getting started in FPV/Drone: MyGeekShow

Started this discussion. Last reply by UnmannedTechShop.co.uk Nov 18, 2011. 3 Replies

Hey guys! So 2012 is going to be MyGeekShow’s year of “Technology Aided Flight” where I’ll focus on going from just flying around the field, to full FPV and waypoint supported autopilot. I’m doing…Continue

Tags: My Geek Show, MyGeekShow

Is this a good FPV set up?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Brooks Jul 5, 2011. 2 Replies

This is what I'm thinking for my first FPV set up... anything that sticks out to you as good/bad? Airplane Tx: Turnigy 9x…Continue

Tags: My Geek Show, MyGeekShow, FPV

Model Airplane to Fly Across The United States!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Trent at MyGeekShow May 14, 2011. 8 Replies

I've decided its time to get serious. I've announced my new 5 year project: To fly an RC airplane 3,000 miles to cross the United States.Most of the flight will be FPV style, but 90% of the trip will…Continue

Bluecor Fan Fold Foam and Hot Glue: Good Building Materials?

Started Apr 9, 2011 0 Replies

I did an episode on the strength/properties/durability/etc. of Bluecor Fan Fold Foam and Hot Glue to test their ability to be good building materials for some future drone airplane I'll be building.…Continue

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Gary Mortimer commented on Trent at MyGeekShow's blog post Emergency Auto Landing - APM saves sUAV
"I think what folks are eluding to here are C2 links and the WRC is making them above 5 Ghz Very soon all the stuff folks are playing with at the moment will be very illegal. Not FAA illegal, FCC and your local country illegal."
25 minutes ago
Mike Downey commented on Trent at MyGeekShow's blog post Emergency Auto Landing - APM saves sUAV
"also, dont forget to use the telemetry logs when adding new equipment. For example, I had an issue when mounting my video Tx too close to the APM. There was enough RF energy to interfere with my magnetic heading sensor in the APM.  if you…"
1 hour ago
Mike Downey commented on Trent at MyGeekShow's blog post Emergency Auto Landing - APM saves sUAV
"5.8 is definitely the way to go. you dont have to worry about harmonics, and the range on 600mw is more that adequate. Range is a battle that is won with antennas anyway. I highly recommend investing in some good circular polarized antennas...…"
2 hours ago
Tom Pittenger commented on Trent at MyGeekShow's blog post Emergency Auto Landing - APM saves sUAV
"Looks to me that @Trent "controlled" his aircraft at 900 MHz."
2 hours ago

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Ted Van Slyck commented on Trent at MyGeekShow's blog post Emergency Auto Landing - APM saves sUAV
"Your control frequency should always be the lowest frequency on your ship. Therefore is you use 2.4 ghz, 5.8 has to be your video. I'd recommend a UHF system. Exciting video, love your series. "
2 hours ago

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Rob_Lefebvre commented on Trent at MyGeekShow's blog post Emergency Auto Landing - APM saves sUAV
"Just go to 5.8 GHz and don't look back.  I'm just getting started in FPV, and this seemed like the best option for us.  1.2/1.3 is horrible because it also can kill the GPS signal.   I've used a 200 mW 5.8 system out…"
3 hours ago
Pedals2Paddles commented on Trent at MyGeekShow's blog post Emergency Auto Landing - APM saves sUAV
"Your excitement and energy makes your videos fun to watch. I'm glad you got it down in one piece.  This shows how things can go wrong, and how some ingenuity can save the day."
3 hours ago
Tom Pittenger commented on Trent at MyGeekShow's blog post Emergency Auto Landing - APM saves sUAV
"1.3Ghz is HAM band. To transmit video you must: have a HAM license and display your HAM sign call letters in the video usually embedded in the OSD text. I have also found that high power 1.3GHz can interfere with GPS (1.4GHz) so watch out. Bottom…"
4 hours ago
Curt Olson commented on Trent at MyGeekShow's blog post Emergency Auto Landing - APM saves sUAV
"Hi Trent, You probably already know this, but I didn't see anyone bring this up in the comments.  The standard operating procedure for flying RC airplanes is to do a range check with your RC system before flying.  Probably not before…"
5 hours ago
Trent at MyGeekShow commented on Trent at MyGeekShow's blog post Emergency Auto Landing - APM saves sUAV
"AKRCGUY: Yessir! Not kidding, my heart was racing the whole time. Was a little scared my family would find me dead of a heart attack with a safely landed Raptor140 next to me : ) Graham: Very true... all apart of the fun and education. I'd like…"
5 hours ago

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Graham Dyer commented on Trent at MyGeekShow's blog post Emergency Auto Landing - APM saves sUAV
"I've been through all the teething pains of getting FPV equipment to work and made some mental notes of the ranges I was getting. One of the main reason's why I got my first ArduPilot 5 years ago was to have a RTL failsafe in case of…"
5 hours ago

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AKRCGUY commented on Trent at MyGeekShow's blog post Emergency Auto Landing - APM saves sUAV
"Trent, You had me on the edge of my seat. Nice job and quick thinking.  I second all of the others recommendations regarding better radio gear and antenna placement."
6 hours ago
Trent at MyGeekShow commented on Trent at MyGeekShow's blog post Emergency Auto Landing - APM saves sUAV
"Graham: Excellent stats, thank you for sharing. I think its awesome that 1. you know that, and 2. you can just spit it out on the spot. Impressive!"
7 hours ago
Trent at MyGeekShow commented on Trent at MyGeekShow's blog post Emergency Auto Landing - APM saves sUAV
"AWESOME comments everyone. Thank you so much for your input. Yet another example of the DIYD community's ability to come together to assist a fellow hobbyist. Thank you! Confession: I have a 433mhz EZUHF sitting at home, waiting to be…"
7 hours ago
Muhammad Al-Rawi commented on Trent at MyGeekShow's blog post Emergency Auto Landing - APM saves sUAV
"I've recently swapped my 9X stock module with FRsky and haven't lost control of a plane since. The diversity RX works wonders and the RSSI feedback lets me know when I'm pushing the boundary of my reception. It's a cheap and easy…"
7 hours ago

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Graham Dyer commented on Trent at MyGeekShow's blog post Emergency Auto Landing - APM saves sUAV
"Cool stuff, never heard anyone get so excited that their plane landed safely, lol Trent, on a Hitec Aurora 9 I get about 2.4km (7800ft) range without my 1.3GHz VTx (on 1040MHz), about 800m (2600ft) with the VTx on and that's with a lowpass…"
7 hours ago

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Emergency Auto Landing - APM saves sUAV

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 6:19am 27 Comments

Mayday! Mayday! I tested the FPV system on the Raptor140B, with nearly disastrous results. Luckily, the APM was onboard to save the day!



I added the 400mw 1.3Ghz FPV transmitter to the 140B, and took it for a test flight. Right after take off I had significant control issues,…

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Follow Me Test! Success!

Posted on April 12, 2014 at 4:54am 10 Comments

ArduPlane, APM2.6 and Mission Planner come together to make an awesome feature called "Follow Me" where the ground station sends the airplane it's GPS location and the airplane will go to that location, even follow it as it moves!

I tested it today and it performed…

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Long Range Telemetry Testing

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 9:28am 38 Comments

RFD900 Telemetry: http://store.jdrones.com/jD_RD900_Telemetry_Bindle_p/rf900set01.htm



During the USA trip I'll need extra telemetry…

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NCR18650B - Flight Testing

Posted on March 22, 2014 at 5:06am 24 Comments

Last week I did some bench testing on the NCR18650B Lithium Ion cells, and the results were very promising, showing twice the energy density as a LiPo. This week I wanted to get the packs out of the lab and in the air on the Raptor 100 for some real life testing.



First I tested what…

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Comment Wall (5 comments)

At 12:37pm on September 11, 2011,
Moderator
Brian
said…

Trent, check this post/project out.  I think it's right in line with your goal.

http://diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/thermopilot-project-a-thermal-hunter-glider-drone?id=705844%3ABlogPost%3A619448&page=2#comments

Regards - Brian

At 1:21pm on March 10, 2012, Stan Virgint said…

You have a cool channel I want to build a flying as well with center fuse for little more room

what are you using for your hot wire power supply?

Thanks Stan

At 10:47am on September 1, 2012, Earl said…
Put a voltage and current sensor on the telemetry! Use as a gas guage.
Looking good. Getting ready to drop X8 from balloon and control with joystick. I use 433mhz radios. Much longer range.
Earl
At 10:35am on July 24, 2013, roger gravel said…

thanks to take the time to explained how apm work you are a very generous person 

and your geek show is very proffessional 

At 4:52am on December 12, 2013,
MR60
Forrest Frantz
said…

Outstanding Trent. UAV across the US has a pioneer ring to it. Great.

Yes, the Li-Io will serve you well.  Nearly 50% more duration.

If you can afford it, buy a battery welder when you make yours or I think I saw someone on e-bay that will do the welding for you.  Panasonic does make the best one.  You can solder, but I'm not good enough to trust my skill.  There is a vent that might release if it gets too hot.  

Please keep me in touch with your build.  lt sounds exciting.

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