Brian's Blog (14)

BFRO Gets UAS Support for Squatchin


Ok, so Big Footing is not exactly "Main Stream", but IMO, this is a great example of how we can enjoy our hobby while helping others explore theirs.  Unfortunately, there's not a lot of details on the drone or UAS Operations but  it's a positive example none the less.  I live in Northern California, and want to take my drones on a BFRO…


Added by Brian on November 11, 2012 at 11:00pm — 9 Comments

3.3v Power Supply Options - What's recommended?

The items shown above are part of a 5.8GHz video transmitter (#5) setup offered by Range Video.  All items are sold as individual items and like a big dummy I forgot to get Santa Clause order their powersupply (#4) when she placed her order for the transmitter. 

So the luck of the Irish kicks in and Mr. Murphy ordered their last Filtered Linear Power Supply and there's no telling when they…


Added by Brian on January 22, 2012 at 1:00am — 13 Comments

Santa's Sleigh Wake nearly takes down sUAV

My friends Raven was nearly taken out by Santa!

Added by Brian on December 24, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

In Flight Motor Failure

So I finally got to do some testing without crazy winds, then THIS happens!


Oh well, it could have been very bad, but I was lucky and did not have any major issues.


I have some repairs to do, but in reality I was thinking of doing the mod I NEED to do now anyway, so... NBD!


That dark spot…


Added by Brian on May 1, 2011 at 10:14pm — No Comments

Wireless RF Transceiver 431-470MHz - Good Enough for Learning?

Other than "you get what you paid for" Anyone have a reason Not to buy this pair? 

My personal goal would be to use it as a learning tool, prepairing for adding telemetry to my projects. But it should be usefull too.  Secondary use in some project around the house, ie halloween automation, laser guided water splasher (anti-cat crap in the yard device currently in planning…


Added by Brian on April 7, 2011 at 10:56pm — 17 Comments

My ArduPilot Trials - ArduPilot - First Test Flights & A View That Kills


My ArduPilot Trials Day 2

I started off the day very excited to see how a new day of testing would go. I'd re-read portions of the manual, searched for ArduPilot tuning posts and contemplated the replies I got from my previous post.

The conditions were great…


Added by Brian on April 2, 2011 at 8:32am — 13 Comments

ArduPilot - First Flight

Ok, I've spent the last few weeks putting together my ArduPilot and plane.  It's running ArduPilot 2.7.1 in "Stabilize" mode.  The first flight was not very stable, possibly due to the fair amount of wind, but also because the ArduPilot is not tuned.  I've read the manual and have some observations/questions for anyone who can answer.
1. I'm running on a plane, Sky Fly Max by Hobbico, that is a boom type plane with ailerons, rudder, and elevator. I've modified…

Added by Brian on March 29, 2011 at 11:40pm — 6 Comments

DIY Drones Member Projects

Hello DIY Droners.  

Please allow me to introduce the "DIY Drones Projects" Google docs spreadsheet.

Many DIY Drones members would…


Added by Brian on March 21, 2011 at 7:30pm — 10 Comments

Turnigy Lipo's from

Just putting this out there...

I recently purchased 6 batts from and selected the USA Warehouse for shipping.  That was Wednesday the 23rd, it's Friday the 25th and they are on my desk.  I selected the USPS shipping option 2/3 day for less than $1.50 over the default shipping cost, bringing the cost…


Added by Brian on February 25, 2011 at 10:30pm — 11 Comments

Voyage of Discovery - (Great Finds) Sky Fly Max & other Everyday Stuff to Make Good Parts

I found the Fuse to a Sky Fly Max at a local hobby store and was instantly forced to buy it. It's a great, but simple starter plane which I think will make a great UAV. All of the parts except for the fiberglass boom are EPO type foam, all thick and well made. Like always, I will not buy an RTF so I'll need to part it together, but that should be less than $65. for just the air frame. I have a few ideas to make it more me, but that's for…


Added by Brian on July 28, 2010 at 11:22pm — 3 Comments

Skynavigator - Used for Flight Performance and GPS Triangle Racing

I stumbled upon this and thought others may think it's interesting as well...


Who knew the SP guys had competitions where they race around a triangle pattern of GPS coordinates? View results on Google Earth, get addional details from the plane to the ground station... Lots more.

Sounds fun…


Added by Brian on April 16, 2010 at 9:00pm — 12 Comments

Very stable and Cheap Homemade Camera Platform - MUD DUCK

I found this company while searching for homemade plane ideas. I've always the "rugged" look of agri-planes so the planes on this site really caught my eye. The cool part is they are built with foam board and are very stable slow-flyer planes. I've included another link to a guy's vimeo site who's big into FPV. He uses Mud Duck inspired planes and tosses up HD video camera. He's got some really nice video posted.

Mud Duck Aviation… Continue

Added by Brian on December 3, 2009 at 9:00pm — 12 Comments

2.4ghz Device Range Expansion/Improvement

I found a link for building your own 2.4ghz Patch Antenna to extend the range of your remote projects.

The details can be found on this page:

Which is a sub-project page from ( which is included within this post in accordance with the wishes of the the operator of the RC-CAM website.

I have also found this antenna listed on the 'Geeks' web (

Product link:… Continue

Added by Brian on September 20, 2008 at 11:35am — 9 Comments

Twin motor setup

I've been contemplating about different platforms that could be used that, to me, seem a little more UAV'ish, but I've noticed that I have not ran across any twin motor setups within this site. I've poked around quite a bit, but certainly have not read every page posted.

Is there a reason for not utilizing twin setups? Is it simply a matter of scale and payload to flight-time payoff?

It seems to me that a few very good possible setups include:

OV-10… Continue

Added by Brian on June 3, 2008 at 8:30pm — 6 Comments

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