Today we’ve got my Dad’s DJI Mavic Pro and My DJI Mavic 2 Zoom getting ready for their flight today. Starting things off by going over our flight plans and safety procedures. In my younger years I’d go flying with my Dad out in Castroville. I never got a chance to fly with him due to my inability even pilot an RC car let alone small aircraft.
Well now we have DJI Drones and don’t need to go to the flying field like we used to be required to do 20+ years ago. The irony in it is now I am teaching him how to fly a drone. Which btw after 35+ years of flying Remote Controlled aircraft he was still flying the Mavic Pro like it was a plane!
RC Planes back then didn’t really have any of the safety devices and or assisted flying modes. If not all of DJI drones have the ability to fly with GPS lock allowing the pilot to focus on getting better video. Or even providing a more stable aircraft for first time pilots to fly.
I took this photo using my DJI Mavic 2 Zoom & wanted to share this photo of this amazing building, I don’t know if its a house or some sort of lookout facility. Either way its a very cool and interesting building, I’d love to meet the owners!
This is one of my go to spots and I’m gonna be sad when this actually goes from a neighborhood under construction to an actual neighborhood. If anyone knows who owns that house please contact me HERE I’d love to discuss more about this home and possibly fly here once the home is completed and has the owners living in it!!
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This is a short video of my 3DR Solo Flying through the lovely Cibolo Nature Center located in Boerne, Texas and just a short drive from San Antonio. This has got to be one of my most treasured places to visit. I feel like I am in another world, it takes me back to a much simpler time. This place has a couple different “zone” that recreate nature, like the Swap area, or Marsh Zone, even the Prairie Lands.
I took this photo with my GoPro Hero 4 Black attached to my 3DR Solo @ Nani Falcone Park in San Antonio, Texas. We just had a big storm on February 20th, 2017 and I was curious as to what this creek looked like after all that rain and wind! The 3DR Solo has a GPS upgrade by a company named mRo and they sell a few aftermarket parts for the 3DR Solo. There are a lot of other Quadcopters out there hovering around but the 3DR Solo is one of the cheapest with the most range of features that you’ll find on a Hobbyist Drone. Unlike many other Multi rotors on the market this one can be modded quite a bit. You can find all kinds of sensors and cameras to make Land Surveying a breeze.
I like that the 3DR Solo offers a range of what they call “Smart Shots” which allow you to do things like take a Drone Selfie or Orbit your selected target and it does this all automatically. Of course you just have to press one button to return your 3DR Solo back to its default flying mode. Each flight can last up to 20 min which of course is affected by the external conditions such as wind, rain, temperature and how the pilot (YOU) fly your aircraft.
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I just picked up my 3DR Solo this last week and have been flying it whenever I get the time. I also wanted to register with the FAA since it only costs $5 to do so. I am now licensed to fly legally, and will soon be getting my Part 107. You can contact us with questions here.
If you still hurry you might be able to purchase one from Best Buy or another local Computer store, if you already own a GoPro you should definitely pick up while you still can. I will upload some more mods as I do them, so far I plan on upgrading the GPS, HDMI cables, and adding some Moon gel.
You can use your cell phone to view the live video feed that is streamed from the 3DR back to you on the ground, but I decided to upgrade to a tablet instead. I decided I needed one with good battery life and it must have GPS in order for the “Smart Shots” to work. So I went with a Lenovo Tab from Amazon, it works really well and its much easier to plan out missions on. However there are many compatible tablets that can be used such as the ever popular iPad lineup
Time For some upgrades!
I decided to use my #Flashforge 3D Printer to print out some upgrade parts from Thingiverse. I went with a new Gimbal clips that prevents the GoPro from falling out of the Gimbal while your flying. The clip that comes installed from the factory requires that you remove the GoPro in order to remove your Micro Sd Card.
The picture shown on the bottom right shows a simple upgrade that can be 3D Printed if you know or have your own printer, it allows you access to your Micro Sd card without the need to remove your GoPro.
If your running the 3DR Solo with a Gimbal like I am you might also want to consider some leg extensions, that will help your GoPro & Gimbal clear the Grass or any obstacles low to the ground. They are easily installed, all you need to do is remove the old clips and snap these in their place!
Hey folks! Today I am gonna talk to you about some of my Fidget Spinners! Until this year I had never heard about these so called “Hand Spinners” or “Fidget Spinners”. Well after printing out a few frames that I found online I decided that I would design my own frame and see if I could get good or better results. Two frame designs in I found the design that I would keep and called my own. I used my Flashforge Creator Pro 3D Printer to print out some frame prototypes so I could check if my measurements were correct.
I am now comparing the spin types and the speed of two bearings: the first bearing is by Spitfire and they work well, good spin times and fairly smooth. The second bearing is by Bones and they are also good bearings, they spin smooth and for just as long. The only difference I can distinguish is that the Bones Bearings spin a little quieter and smoother than the Spitfire Bearings.
The Spinners show below are printed with Hatchbox PLA and to be honest I feel that the PLA material is far superior than ABS when it comes to Fidget Spinners. I’ve printed Spinners using both ABS & PLA, and I prefer using PLA for the Spinners. I have had way less stress fractures that you commonly see with ABS, the PLA also has a great surface finish. Most of the spinners I’ve made spin for at least 30 seconds and up to a 1 1/2 minutes! A lot of people don’t care that it spins for more than 15-20 seconds, well I prefer long spin times, so these work out for me and most other people seem to like this design as well.
So Father’s day was last week and I decided to build my Dad a new 250mm Quadcopter so we can finally race each other. I wanted to make a build video but went with a Time-lapse of the build and its pretty cool IMO. I still need to test fly it and finishing the PID tuning. So far I have some issues when trying to spool up the motors, I am going to troubleshoot it this week. Click HERE to find out more info on your own custom Quadcopter Build.
Using my Flashforge Creator Pro 3D Printer I was able to make some custom parts for this FPV Quadcopter, one of which is a low profile spacer that allows you to put all of the electronics inside the frame including the ESC’s which makes for a super clean build as show below.
The Flight Controller is running Cleanflight but I might switch it over to Betaflight, I still need to look into the recent changes of both Cleanflight and Betaflight.
Skyline32 Flight Controller
FlySky TH-9 Transmitter
2500mah LiPo Battery
Carbon Fiber 250mm Quadcopter Frame (ZMR250)
Power Distribution Board
Soon I will be posting a test flight video of this aircraft.
Most of you know that the FAA has stated that all multirotors that weigh more than 0.55 pounds must be registered in order to prevent fines upwards of $250,000. So there has been an increase in sub 250g Quadcopters and Tricopters. Well today we are gonna talk a little about my FPV Quadcopter and what they look like.
The frame I chose for this build is an: LHI 210mm Carbon Fiber Frame : Overall I am very pleased with the quality of this frame, very sturdy and lightweight coming in at 70g with all the aluminum hardware. In the future I will be using my Flashforge Creator Pro to 3D print some much lighter spacers to replace the metal spacers that come with the LHI frame.
During this build all of the wiring was done in a minimalistic fashion, I would measure the wire bundles allowing just enough wire to go from A to B then add about an inch to allow for some slack.
I am sure most of you have heard about the importance of remaining anonymous and keeping yourself protected while browsing from public Wi-Fi. Then you ask, well how am I supposed to do that?
Well today I want to talk a little bit about a device called “Anonabox” which is a tiny TOR embedded router that can help keep your anonymity safe while browsing the web. Its powered by 5v, supplied by a USB port found on almost every laptop & desktop or by most cell phone chargers via micro usb.
Once powered up you can connect to a wireless access point for internet or if you’d like to “hardwire” in you can do that as well with the supplied LAN/WAN connections. There are 4 models to choose from, the two most popular are The Original & The Pro versions of the Anonabox. Both offering different features for those who just need to use TOR or those who need a more advanced version like the PRO can access features like VPN, or .Onion Web Hosting. In the coming weeks there will be some updates published that allow for more services to be added.
The two most popular Anonabox models, The “Original” is for those who needs are basic, a Plug n Play Design. While the “Pro” offers a more advanced user experience, offering more features like VPN access, Ad Blocking, .Onion Hosting & more!