Suspicious

I noticed that a few DJI vendors are having some pretty good sales on their Phantom products. Both single units and combo packages. I also note that the general holiday season is racing our way, what with halloween, thanksgiving, christmas and new years stacked up in a holding pattern. The last time this happened we …

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S900 Awaaaay

I was all excited to get the new S900 from DJI. Looking all over for it, I couldn’t find anyone with it in stock. IntelligentUAS showed a picture of a stack of S900 boxes and celebrated that they were now in, but checking the web page showed them out of stock.  A couple of days …

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3DR Offers Iris Upgrade Last Chance

As a purchaser of the Developer Edition Iris, I got a notice from them that August 31st was the cutoff date to receive a kit that updated developer editions to full fledged consumer editions. The kit is going for $160. Their offer of replacement arms for developer Iris owners is over; they ran out of …

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Setting up iOSD and FPV on a P2

I already had the Zenmuse H3-3D and the wires coming out of the Phantom so I decided to go for the whole enchilada. I ordered a 600mW Tx Rx combo from Amazon for w whopping 80 bucks and picked up an iOSD moduse from 1UAS in Maryland. It wad actually pretty easy to do. I …

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Woo and Hoo!

I’ve been waiting for a good hexacopter to come along with DJI reliability and smoothness. Looks like DJI hit the mark with the s900. I’ve been flying the FW550 and while I like it well ehough, it’s heavy and I can only get about 10 solid minutes of airtime out of it. Not really long …

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Putting a H3-3D on an old style Phantom 2

Deciding I like the Zenmuse H3-3D better than the H3-2D, I decided to retrofit one on my Phantom 2 v1. It doesn’t have the circular cutout in the body that the newer Phantoms do to accommodate the yaw axis gimbal motor. The old ones have a rounded rectangular hole that accommodates the main support pillar. …

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Bummer

I took my daughter and her boyfriend out flying last night. There was still a couple of hours of sunlight before the sun would be fully below the horizon and it was calm and comfortable. My daughter had the Phantom 2 Vision I’d just given her and I’d equipped her boyfriend with a Walkera QR-X350 …

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Phantom New Two

My new P2 arrived today and it took about 20 minutes to set it up. During that time I mounted the Zenmuse H3-3D gimball, put batteries in the transmitter and did a software update through Software Assistant. Of course, I did a compass and IMU calibration. One of the biggest n00b mistakes is to charge …

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Phantom 2 Again

I just picked up another Phantom 2. This makes four, if you count the P2 Vision I bought last year. Oddly enough, I’ve only flown the Vision ten or so times because of all the stuff I have to go through to put it in the air. I mean, it’s a fine quad, as good …

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Automatic Landing Gear

I got frustrated trying to set up a stupid switch on my transmitter to work some retractable landing gear I bought for my F450. Not only did I have to set up a switch, but I also had to mix it in with the failsafe so that the gear would drop in a Return to …

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Comparing QR-X350 to Phantom 1

I saw a Walkera QR-X350 on sale at Hobby King and decided to buy it. I already had a G-2D brushless gimbal made for the 350, so that would allow me to make myself a DJI Phantom clone aircraft. Checking that I could mount the JS4000 Sport Camera (I could) I was all set to …

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Updating and old friend

It’s been a while since I played around with my F450 and figured it was time to let the old girl stretch her legs. I didn’t have a camera on it and had installed DJI’s stock landing gear. With a 5000 mAh battery I got about 14 minutes of flight mucking about the back yard …

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