It's customary and traditional that we celebrate the addition of every 1,000 new members here and share the traffic stats. This time it's a big 74,000!!!!

There were approximately 1.3 million page views in the last month! (we now get around 43,000 page views a day on average). It took us just 34 days to add these latest 1,000 members--we're averaging one new member every 49 minutes!

Thanks as always to all the community members who make this growth possible, and especially to the administrators and moderators who approve new members, blog posts and otherwise respond to questions and keep the website running smoothly.



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Comment by Darius Jack on January 4, 2016 at 3:56pm


My congratulations.
I have studied interactive media communication at MIT, MediaLab, MediaMOO, Princeton University (US-Japan Trade studies), Columbia University - Global University System and more.
I publish 50+ on-line papers in the Switzerland and can attract Millions of readers.
My single message can be read by 10,000+ readers.

I can double DIY's membership within one month
and raise it up to 1 Million by December 31, 2016.

I am not sure if you really care to have 1 Million readers at DIYDrones.

What is really hot is


CURV-21 is a 6,400-pound Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) that is designed to meet the US Navy's deep ocean salvage requirements down to a maximum depth of 20,000 feet of seawater. This vehicle is loaded with a host of new technologies and was built as a direct replacement for CURV-III but with a smaller overall system footprint.

ORION and CURV-21 can be combined into a single integrated search & recovery system capable of being deployed on a USNS T-ATF. The system is based on a .680 fiber-optic umbilical cable and a shared handling system that can switch at sea between side-scan sonar and ROV operations. The system is self-contained and fly-away transportable for world wide response on vessels of opportunity.

The ROV can be controlled in all six degrees of motion with auto-control functions for depth, altitude, and heading. An integrated DVL allows 1 and 2 meter incremental movements as well as cruise control for extended axial movements. The vehicle is equipped with CTFM sonar for target location and pinger detection. The ROV uses two seven function rate manipulators. It has a high-resolution digital still camera, black and white, and color television cameras. The system includes a load bearing, pressure compensated, Electro-Optical Umbilical Swivel.

The fiber optic multi-plex system can combine up to eight channels of video, sonar, USBL, RS-232/422/485 data communications, and navigation data on a single fiber. 2 spare fibers are available subsea for additional sensors. A digital communications network with a data capacity of 400 MHz controls the vehicle and has significant capacity for future expansion. The system is designed to interface easily with additional sensors or tool packages using standard data formats.

For special operations, the ROV can accommodate customized tool packages. These packages can include, but are not limited to specialized salvage tools, instrument packages, or other mission-oriented equipment.

Length - 8 ft
Width - 5 ft 0 in
Height - 7 ft 0 in
Weight - 6,400 lbs

Depth - 20,000 ft of seawater
Speed - 2.5 knots
Power - 45 Hp
Auto Controls - Depth, altitude, heading, cruise, auto translate
Lift Capacity - 4,000 lbs via ROV frame & umbilical (releasable)
Payload - 240 lbs.

Manipulators & Tool Packages
Two 7-function Schilling ORION Manipulators rated at 150lbs @ 5ft.
Custom tool packages: Guillotine cutter, rotary grinders & tools, and T-handle shackles w/ heavy rigging.


   1 x Electronic Gyrocompass
   1 x Attitude and Heading Reference Unit
   1200 kHz Doppler Velocity Log
   1200khz Doppler Velocity Log
   Altimeter, 200Khz
   Ultra Short Baseline Tracking ( 17Khz)
   Emergency Locators - Acoustic beacon -37.5 kHz
   Strobe flasher - high intensity Xenon (100-hr life)
   Radio Direction Finder

   CTFM with 2000 ft. maximum range with pinger locator
   (27/37/45 khz)

   1 x 460 Kongsberg 1364 color video on pan and tilt
   1 x 400 Black and white Fixed pilot camera
   1 x 3.3 Meg Pixel Digital Still with strobe

   4 x 250 Watt Halogen fixed
   2 x 400 watt HMI

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Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on January 4, 2016 at 4:05pm


Thanks for the observations, much appreciated. However, I feel that DIY Drones is looking for the quality in the membership and not necessarily the quantity of the membership.

We have developed a quality and knowledgeable core of members who have been more than willing to assist the newer members to become competent and knowledgeable members of the sUASs community.

I believe that the DIY Drones mission is to promote the sUAS community and provide pertinent and up to date news and technical information that can be put to use by the vast majority of our members.


TCIII Admin 

Comment by Darius Jack on January 4, 2016 at 4:48pm


in theory you are right but in practive every new member counts.

I don't buy your high-quality member,  low-quality member idea.

Every member counts.

Ok, I can help to build DIYDrones University made of Tutor-members and Student-members if this is what you mean.

Core members come from 3DR but to turn DIYDrones into sUAS Technology Institute

we need either Tutors or students.

In theory 74,000 members can create R&D Projects, set Challenges

but in practice 1% of the total number are active members to join such Projects and Challenges.

Web-based GUI at DIYDrones features limited timeline alike Twitter, so really hot projects, discussions get lost next month.

Usenet Discussions Groups acquired by Google were hot, featuring highest traffic and activity since Usenet reader was Web-free.

Web-based GUI looks nice at first look but every project started this January month at DIYDrones is lost in February, attracting nobody since web-link headline is deeply burried under new headlines.

Prof. Negroponte, f. Director at MediaLab, f. Chief Editor at the Wired was was really man not challenged by competitors 25 years ago.

Today, rc groups with Google Groups and other rc groups , rc forums

can attract millions of members not leaving much place for DIYDrones to grow up.

In theory you can be active member at many places but in practice, your are time limited to be active member with one place and passive member with another place.

To survive DIYDrones should double membership within one month's time and rise it up to 1 million by December 31, 2016.

Otherwise rcgroups and others can be the winner in rc market.

I have studied hundreds of success and failure stories in Internet business

and Mark Zuckerberg is the winner since Linkedin is down, Twitter is down on interaction, Google's Groups are down and the winner is Facebook today.

And it doesn't matter if you love it or not, visit or not.

Facebook featured high level of interaction and supports multimedia.

Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on January 4, 2016 at 5:03pm

Hi Darius,

I said we were "...looking for the quality in the membership and not necessarily the quantity of the membership." versus your "I don't buy your high-quality member,  low-quality member idea."

We all have our opinions on what constitutes a quality website.


TCIII Admin 


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