New product in the DIY Drones store: APM telemetry kit!

Check it out: an all-in-one telemetry kit for ArduPilotMega, all set up and ready to go! No more fussing around with Xbee configuration. $165 for the total, which includes the custom configuration.

 

In this kit you will find everything you need to add telemetry features to your aircraft set up. The Xbee modules come paired up and ready to use!  Included with this kit:
- 1x XtreamBee Board (The one manufactured by DIYDrones!), including the two female connectors and right angle connectors.
- 1x XBee-PRO 900 extended range module w/ RPSMA connector and duck antenna
- 1x XBee-PRO 900 extended range module w/ wire antenna
- 1x Xbee Explorer Dongle (USB adapter for the Xbee module!)

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Comment by simonl on April 21, 2011 at 5:46pm
Nice. Any plans to do a UK legal version? (I think we need the Xbee 868 IIRC)

3D Robotics
Comment by Chris Anderson on April 21, 2011 at 5:48pm
No, but that seems like a great opportunity for some of the the UK distributors.

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Comment by Martint BuildYourOwnDrone.co.uk on April 21, 2011 at 5:49pm

Hi Chris,

Great to see another addition to the store, I know a lot of people have been waiting on a solution like this! Do you have plans for a 2.4 ghz option for use in other parts of the world where 900's are prohibited?

While a little off topic, there was an issue using the 2.4 xbees with the latest APM code, a work around was listed is this issue going to resolved soon?

Regards

Martin


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Comment by Chris Anderson on April 21, 2011 at 5:51pm
Matin: I think the 2.4 Xbees will require a minor hardware change to the Xtreembee boards. Right now we're not supporting that, but it's certainly a good idea for a future telemetry pack.
Comment by Jack Crossfire on April 21, 2011 at 6:01pm
That's like a 100% markup.  What the RC community is willing to pay never changes.
Comment by Ayush Gupta on April 21, 2011 at 7:15pm
Do you also provide the antenna ??

3D Robotics
Comment by Chris Anderson on April 21, 2011 at 8:17pm
Ayush: yes.
Comment by ken on April 21, 2011 at 8:55pm

@jack: Not much of an apparent markup, rather they chose more expensive xbee modules. You won't find the Xbee Pro 900 MHz 50 mW with an SMA connector for cheaper than DIYdrones (I assume via sparkfun) at $55. My quick search on google shopping showed the only competitors listing it for $63 and $70. I compare (on sparkfun) the ranges of the $23 (300 ft), $41 (1 mile) vs the 6 mile estimated max range and the choice is apparent. 

 

My own question is why that antenna appears to be the 2.4 GHz one from sparkfun and not the 900 MHz rubber duck? It seems like the SWR would be awful.

 

2.4 GHz from sparkfun

900 MHz from sparkfun


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Comment by Chris Anderson on April 21, 2011 at 9:06pm

Ken: the antenna is this one, which we sell.It's optimized for 900.

 

"Operation frequency: 868MHz-928MHz. VSWR: 2. Gain: 3.1dBi. Height: Whip: 6.772" (169mm). Connector: RP-SMA. Type: Whip: Whip: 1/8 Whip: Swivel, Tilt (Right Angle).Operation frequency: 868MHz-928MHz. VSWR: 2. Gain: 3.1dBi."

Comment by ken on April 21, 2011 at 9:32pm
duh, I should have looked at the DIY store. Thx

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