October 2013 Blog Posts (155)

Better than an Xbee and cheaper Hobby King 433Mhz or 900mHZ Radio Telemetry Kit 100mW

Better than an Xbee and cheaper Hobby King 433Mhz Radio Telemetry Kit 100mW

Ran this wee puppy at 57,600 full duplex no issues at 1/4 mile with the RX inside my neighbors brick…


Added by Nick Goodey on October 25, 2013 at 2:03pm — 19 Comments

Ham Radio Led Me Here

(my Elecraft KX3, state of the art, 160-6m software defined radio transceiver.)

Ham radio led me to UAV's in 2013.  Weird, right?  Well what happened was after spending 20 years as an IT tech and consultant, I decided that ham radio would be…


Added by Cory Hill on October 25, 2013 at 2:00pm — 13 Comments

What Ning 3.0 Has to Offer!

Ning 3.0 is going to revolutionize the way we all use DiyDrones.com with all the new features (New Chat Room Feature!!!!) and the updated features that Ning 2.0 currently offers.  Below is a list of things that Ning 3.0 is going to bring to the DiyDrones.com Table!:…


Added by Joshua Johnson on October 25, 2013 at 11:45am — 32 Comments

Weekend Sale: $200 off 3DR Y6 or X8 or free GoPro Hero 3 Black!

This weekend only, 3DR is running a 48-hour special on our most robust and reliable ready-to-fly multicopters: the Y6 and X8. These rugged copters will let you take your…


Added by Sue Rosenstock on October 25, 2013 at 10:00am — 9 Comments

Autumn FPV flying with crash :)

Had little trip to enjoy Autumn colors.

Crashed in cables at end when escaping bigger cables :)

Flying setup:

Plane: Intermezzo 145 flying…


Added by Kristaps on October 25, 2013 at 6:39am — 4 Comments

Hobbyking IOS & Android 4CH WiFi Receiver & Win Forms Csharp TX to Arduino RX


C# TX and Arduino RX for Coroplast Catamaran which will be self guiding with 2 GPS's one in the boat and one in the remote forming a virtual tether so the model can follow a full…


Added by Nick Goodey on October 25, 2013 at 12:00am — 6 Comments

Time to shed some positive light on our hobby

Hey guys,

Looking for some advice here.  I have been approached by a local newspaper photographer who wants to do a story on me and my "hobby" aerial photography.  I'm looking for POSITIVE suggestions on subject matter I can share to steer away from some of…


Added by AKRCGUY on October 24, 2013 at 7:00pm — 6 Comments

Documentary Goes Missing


Last week I posted this link to a documentary video (Civilian Drones-Search and Rescue) in a comment to a blog post

http://vimeo.com/77021543                      Broken Link

I checked it a few days latter to see the stats and it was totally gone, I contacted the Producer and…


Added by Ed Kirk on October 24, 2013 at 6:30pm — 8 Comments

Goggles enable interaction with floating display!


Could be fun to see and control fpv screen and apm screen and other input at the same time ?

A Taiwan-based nonprofit R&D organization announced Wednesday a virtual display that allows users to control virtual keyboards and touchscreens that float out in front of users.

The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) said…


Added by Paul on October 24, 2013 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Quadcopter footage of Australian 'firestorm'


Here's a fresh change, an example of UAV's used for good!

cividrones has been in the air with a quadcopter within the area of Lithgow, New South Wales (Australia) during our current fire season highlighting the extensive damage done to property as well as ongoing preventative measures in use by 'firies' to control these fires. The…


Added by Michael Visser on October 24, 2013 at 5:00am — 5 Comments

3D Robotics
PETA selling AR.Drones with a decal as an "Air Angel"

Noted without comment from PETA's website:

The drones are being sold in our catalog, and PETA aims to see a fleet of Air Angels…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 23, 2013 at 6:30pm — 22 Comments

Seed freedom

A DIY drone seeding platform:

When bees are threatened of extinguished, GMOs sterile crops are everywhere in the world, who is gonna pollinate our local seeds?

Here goes a tutorial of an alternative: Seeding drones, that can seed freedom anywhere in the…


Added by lot on October 23, 2013 at 9:18am — 4 Comments

Coin-sized Retrievor solar-powered GPS tracking device


October 23, 2013

If you've ever wondered where you left the laptop or how your dog came home smelling like a frog pond, then a GPS tracking device might seem like a good idea. The trick is to find one small enough to be practical…


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on October 23, 2013 at 7:19am — 23 Comments

Micro HD Quadcopter from Hubsan

I wanted to share a video of my new Hubsan H107C HD micro HD camera quadcopter flying in some fairly heavy winds. I specifically shot this piece of video because it showed the flag waving, and gave some video evidence of flying conditions. It handles surprisingly well given the conditions, and I would be willing to put it up against non-gimble shot video from bigger systems in similar conditions.

Hubsan, the company who…


Added by HeliStorm on October 22, 2013 at 6:52pm — 16 Comments

Autonomous sail boat part three. Simulation

This is the third update about my attempts to build an autonomous sailboat with the goal to have it sail by itself next spring.

My first plan for simulation and hardware in the loop simulation was to use the Sail simulator game.You can read more about that in my last blog post. This solution works but the setup with two computers and a number of small programs working…


Added by Magnus on October 22, 2013 at 11:00am — 11 Comments

Skywalker 2013 UAV platform completed


Hello everyone,

I have finally completed the build of my UAV platform. I'm talking just the plane here; the autopilot issue is a very different one and I'm still experimenting on it.

I always like to give back to DIYDrones, which conveys very valuable information to me daily, so here you have it.

Here is photo gallery. If…


Added by Georacer on October 22, 2013 at 10:08am — 46 Comments

The Next Decade of American Airspace with Chris Anderson

Chris Anderson, the former Editor-in-Chief of Wired and now CEO of 3-D Robotics, talks with The Atlantic's James Fallows about the role of drones for civilian uses. This program is part of The Atlantic Meets the Pacific 2013 conference presented by The Atlantic and UC San Diego. (#25784)…


Added by Gary Mortimer on October 22, 2013 at 4:31am — 9 Comments

How can DiyDrones surpass RcGroups!?

To the Diy Drones Community from Joshua Johnson:

Which proposed improvements do you like?  Which ones do you dislike?  Do you have your own ideas on improvements that would put Diy Drones ahead of  Rc Groups and add more resources for the community?  Please share and collaborate this is a perfect time for the community to help shape and evolve this community in something…


Added by Joshua Johnson on October 22, 2013 at 3:31am — 68 Comments

Robotic Hand Project # 1

What type GCS should I use?! AndroPilot? Mission Planner? Also are their any others compatible with the APM 2.5? If anyone knows of a list of Compatible…


Added by Joshua Johnson on October 21, 2013 at 12:35pm — 4 Comments

How to scare the porridge out of the kids this halloween

Stole this from Model airplane News, thought the effect is stunning!

Gonna send some people running!! LOL

Added by Wessie on October 21, 2013 at 2:30am — 25 Comments

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