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 Marco Glattfelder on April 22, 2011 at 12:22am
The 868xBees are really hard to get. Beside that the 10% duty cycle issue sould be solved in some way (hard reset of the modems?). I guess this will be an overkill for making the set EU compatible.
Comment by Ritchie on April 22, 2011 at 2:47am
Where are you getting this 100% markup from you can use spark fun or DIYdrones store to see the individual parts and they come in to over $165.
Are you using the XSC xbee to do your pricing? As they have a max baud of 9600 which the others have 115200.

@868MHz folks
The 10% duty cycle royally screws using them and unless you are going to rewrite to hex firmware you are stuck with it. Just get the 2.4GHz versions and get different controller. It is not nice to buy kit then find it's not useful but if unless you can get in the 900 modules secretly you are going to have to do that.

Nice kit chris. I hacked a FTDI cable on to a DIYdrones board to get the same effect :)
Comment by Pete Birley on April 22, 2011 at 3:29am

Check out for a similar package with 2.4Ghz XBees in the uk. I've been using them with APM2 with no issues.
Comment by Pete Birley on April 22, 2011 at 3:31am
has anyone tested HK's method to reset the 868 Xbees using his GCS?
Comment by Ante Vukorepa on April 22, 2011 at 6:02am


It popped up just after i've ordered the xbees from SparkFun (and the XtreamBees separately, from DIYdrones store). Blargh. If only i've waited a bit, could've got it all in one go.

Comment by Ayush Gupta on April 22, 2011 at 6:27am

Whats the use of using two diff type of xbee 900 (wire & rpsma) it there any problem if i go for for both xbee 900 wire or both xbee 900 rpsma.


Is there any difference in terms of their range capabilities

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Comment by Chris Anderson on April 22, 2011 at 6:34am
rpsma has longer range. It's a bit bulkier, so we tend to use the smaller wire antenna one one the plane, but you can use whatever you want.
Comment by Ante Vukorepa on April 22, 2011 at 6:35am
AFAIK, wire antenna will have a lower gain (and, hence, range), but is smaller and lighter. I assume that's why it was chosen. (telemetry isn't mission critical, weight and flight range/duration are)

Comment by Dany Thivierge on April 22, 2011 at 6:56am
oh yeah! on my "to buy" list... I just received my jdrone kit.. very well packaged, good job guys, really happy customer (now time to make it and fly it)
Comment by Ron Holley on April 22, 2011 at 7:16am
Wonderful! Order placed. Thanks for the convenience.


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