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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Sports Cam

I found this camera on Amazon and decided to take a chance on it. It has most of the features of the Go Pro and it’s size is very similar. It is the same top to bottom and side to side, but about an eighth of an inch thicker in depth. It’s lens is 170 …

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No Go Pro

I got a really great flight out of my Phantom 2 today, the one with the Zenmuse gimbal on it. I flew it well beyond my usual range, testing the envelope of the altitude and range limits settable in Software Assistant. With range st to 1200 feet and altitude set to 400, I held both …

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