Maiden!

Yep, despite windy conditions i maidened the miniquad today. It needs alot of tuning, so i’ve changed some things on the nanowii and will continue the testing tomorrow.
I found this nice guide to the multiwii configurator, it explains the basic functions of the program in a good way https://youtube.com/watch?v=qT3MlyRvy9w

If you wan’t to look at the boring film from the maiden, here it is

MiniQuad testflight – RCcaptain.com from RCcaptain on Vimeo.

MiniQuad maiden

Ok, so the miniquad i’ve been working on is now ready to hit the streets. This is the mini sold by banggoods and i’m very much looking forward to testing it tomorrow. I’ve done a couple of flights today LOS, but tonight i mounted the FPV-gear on it and if the weather is ok i will test it tomorrow (the weather looks windy and rainy though, so it could be delayed to tuesday). I’ll keep you updated on this.

AUW is 600gr, and the gear is a 808-keychain camera, a CCD fpv-camera, 200mw 5,8ghz VTx and a nanowii flight controller.

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Less is more

A month ago or so, i ordered a mini-quad, and yesterday it finally arrived. I emediately started the work of assembling it.

Proximity is the thing if we wan’t to keep FPVing, and luckily it’s more thrilling then long range i think. I just can’t wait to try this new quad out!

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Summer update

The tricopter is getting alot of love now, and the updates are among other 1,2ghz video and OSD with gps.
I´ve also joined the large number of people liking the E-props from Graupner. They are awesome, almost perfectly balanced from right out of the box!

Here´s some pictures from some flying the other night.

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And here´s a movie of some random flights from this summer.

Random summer FPV 2014, tricopter and plane – RCcaptain.com from RCcaptain on Vimeo.

Improving

Just got back from the field. The rain have stopped me from flying for a week or so, but tonight it was time for some FPV. And what an evening! Just when i got to the field the clouds parted and the wind stopped almost completely. I got to test my new crosshair antenna with amazing results. A new personal record in distance, 3,5km. I saw no fading in my 100mw video so i could probably have gone further, but a problem with my remote control who kept beeping like crazy meant i didn´t dare to fly further out.

Still almost twice the distance i´ve flown before, exactly half the distance of my current goal of 7km. I´m getting there!

What amazed me about the crosshair antenna was that it had a very wide beam. I´m liking it so far and i´m looking forward to putting more flights on it.

New goal

Since i reached my cloudsurfing goal, i now need to find a new one. And i already did. The new goal is to fly out over the ocean to have a look at an island. To do this i need at least 7 kilometers of solid video and control.
The first step to improve my video range was to build a new Rx antenna, so tonight i built IBCrazys crosshair antenna. Hopefully i can make some testflights tomorrow, but it all depends on the weather.

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