Ham Drone Builders

A group dedicated to Amateur Radio Operators (Ham Radio) who build and operate air and ground drones for whatever purpose.

Members: 76
Latest Activity: May 7, 2017

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Using a drone to help place an antenna at the 80' to 200' level of a sturdy Douglas Fir tree.

Started by Justin Smith. Last reply by Jake Stew Jun 19, 2015. 1 Reply

I invite and welcome your comments and suggestions regarding the application that is described in this discussion. I have been building and flying drones for about three years, and am early in the…Continue

Tags: Phantom, 3D, Robotics, solenoid, mechanism

help on quadcopter

Started by Abhishek Jain. Last reply by Rob Dunbar Apr 14, 2014. 1 Reply

helloo...i just build my quadcopter on kk multicopter board v5.5. The construction part gone great, but when i started controlling it through RC, am not being able to provide equal rpm to all the…Continue

HAM control of the WORLD!!!! But will start with a drone...

Started by Asa B-S. Last reply by hotelzululima Jan 3, 2014. 1 Reply

Has anyone actually created a 6 meter drone?  What did you use?Continue

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Comment by Earl on December 9, 2012 at 9:23pm

N8TV here. I do a lot of high alt balloon stuff. Looking to drop an X8 from 100k.


Comment by Matthew Pitts on December 9, 2012 at 1:07pm


I know of at least one project to build a homebrew RC controller, though it uses a 70 cm transmitter and receiver; perhaps we could find a way to build parallel transmission paths into a custom controller. Another option (what I will probably do with the drones I am building) is have the firmware configured to use the autonomous mode to return the drone to it's starting position if it looses communication with the transmitter.

Comment by R. D. Starwalt on November 23, 2012 at 8:05am

Greeting fellow Hams,

KB4FEM here, South Carolina.

Regarding 6M, there is an small but ardent group supporting the MS2K project. Many of those folk are buying up the RC TXs from the 70s and making the mod/installation... bold project and in true ham spirit.

I have often thought a 2m 'backup' RX for command control would be good insurance in the event of a 'flyaway' or loss of normal RC control. Perhaps the failsafe mode could allow a gradual it is now, my Spektrum RX pulls to throttle minimum... a sure crater-maker landing for my quad.



Comment by Matthew Pitts on November 3, 2012 at 2:45am
@Eric, that's what happens when typing on a touchscreen device; it should be fixed now.

@Asa, I had a chance several months ago to buy several 6 meter transmitters, but passed the deal up; I'm now kicking myself for that.
Comment by Asa B-S on November 2, 2012 at 11:58pm

Has anyone tried to build a drone on 6 meters?  If so, did you use an actual transmitter or a ham radio?

Comment by Kevin Brown on November 2, 2012 at 9:12pm

Hams and Drones is

good combo


Comment by Eric Tweet on November 2, 2012 at 8:50pm

KL0YB on board! Is there a reason for the ',' in the group title?

Comment by Matthew Pitts on November 2, 2012 at 8:13pm
Welcome; if you're an Amateur Radio Operator, or are interested in becoming one, feel free to join the group and post discussion topics hee=re. 73 de Matthew N8OHU

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