ATV on 5.8 GHz – Quadcopter gets an upgrade

Flight data superimposed onto video and transmitted back to ground.

I’ve recently added a 600mw 5.8GHz video transmitter and helical antenna to my quadcopter along with an IOSD-mini – a neat little gadget that superimposes flight data over the video that is sent back by the onboard GoPro camera. This data includes altitude, speed, pitch, roll, battery voltage, number of GPS satellites being received, vertical…

Soon to be active on the 5cm band


A few weeks ago I sold my 1st generation Phantom quadcopter to a friend and bought the newest version which has several very significant upgrades over the older. These include: a 2D brushless gimbal – videos are now smooth regardless of the quad’s motion (see video below) a higher capacity “smart” battery which increases flight…

Nikon and Elecraft customer service comparison


Apples and oranges – yes, I know. These are two vastly different companies in terms of their size and what they produce but with my products from each company costing the same amount I can’t help but compare them anyway. A year and a half ago, Nikon released its D600 – a semi-pro D-SLR camera…

Video: Antenna view via quadcopter


I recently added a GoPro Hero camera to my DJI Phantom quadcopter and have been having a lot of fun with it. Two co-workers enjoyed test flights with the combo so much that they now also have similar set-ups. A trip to San Antonio this past weekend was too busy to allow me to over-fly…

Old radios and good-lookin’ women


In January 2013, I posted something to the effect that one of my goals for the year was to find some way to combine my two hobbies – ham radio and photography. The year came and went without that resolution being realized. The problem was inspiration – or rather a lack of it. Inspiration has now arrived in…

Test video from quadcopter


I ordered a GoPro camera for my DJI Phantom a few days ago and it is due to arrive tomorrow. In the meantime I decided to attach a cheap key-fob camera to the ‘copter and see if I could get anything useable. I didn’t, but it was fun nevertheless.