Zip Ties
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 July 2020, 10:00 am
One of the things that I use the most in flying quadcopters that i didn’t anticipate is zip ties. I was flying over the weekend and towards the beginning of the session I knocked my goggles off of the tailgate

Back in the Air
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 July 2020, 10:00 am
I’m back after taking a little break from the blog. I didn’t quite take a break from flying but I did scale way back. For reference in May I flew 14 sessions and in April I did 19. In June,

Getting out of a Rut
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 June 2020, 10:00 am
I realized recently I was starting to get a little bored by about my 4th or 5th battery of a session. I’m used to that happening over the winter when I’m stuck flying in-doors, but I’ve not had that happen

Tree Bonk
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 May 2020, 10:00 am
Wednesday last week we had some good weather and I was able to wrap up work by 5 pm, so I charged up six batteries and headed out to the back deck to fly. I was having a pretty good

Stupid Mistakes
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 May 2020, 10:00 am
It was a nice day and I was flying from my backyard while the kids’ were playing on their trampoline. I’d just started my fourth pack and was flying around the front of the house when my nose started to

XT30 Battery Discharger
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 May 2020, 10:00 am
The other day I was charging up some batteries to fly and was surprised when a ground lead snapped off of its XT300 connector when I was pulled it off of the charger. That’s bad because one it couldn’t fly

XT30 Switch
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 April 2020, 10:00 am
When troubleshooting a quad problem or when getting a new build configured, I’m regularly plugging in a battery to a quad to power the motors, VTX, and receiver, and then unplugging it again. I don’t like to leave the battery

Still Flying
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 April 2020, 10:00 am
Despite having a couple of projects in mind, I haven’t been doing much over the last two weeks except flying. With everyone stuck at home, I’ve just been sticking to my yard which is kind of limiting, but after being

Fly Hard, Break Stuff
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 March 2020, 10:00 am
The longer I fly quads, the more comfortable I get, and the more risks I start to take. As a result I end up crashing a fair bit, not as often as when I first started, but these crashes involve

1S Charging Adapter
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 March 2020, 10:00 am
When I first got into flying I was using a whoop style quad that flew on a 1S LiPo battery, which means a single celled lithium-ion polymer battery. The kit I bought came with a small USB charger that would

Repairs Revisited
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 March 2020, 2:00 pm
The replacement flight controller came in so I could follow up on the repairs from last time, where I realized I had two bad ESC’s after finishing the rebuild. When flashing my new replacement for the replacement flight controller, I noticed

Repairs and Frustrations
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 March 2020, 10:00 am
Sunday was a great day for flying, especially for March. It was sunny, there wasn’t much winder, and it hit the mid 60’s. Very rate for this time of year. So when I got up in the morning I made

Brushless Whoop Build – Part Two
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 March 2020, 10:00 am
Last time I left off at having finished the soldering and successfully tested that I could connect with my radio to the flight controller and receive a video signal on my goggles, and that the video signal was right side

Brushless Whoop Build – Part One
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 February 2020, 10:00 am
It took me a while to actually sit down and do the build for the brushless whoop parts that I got for Christmas. The first thing I like to do on a new build is test the flight controller. Especially

Like Riding a Bike
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 February 2020, 10:00 am
I mentioned last time that I’d finally gotten my toothpick quad fixed, but too late to actually get it in the air. Looking ahead at the weather last Monday, I wasn’t expecting to be able to fly any time soon.

HX100 Repair and Modification
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 February 2020, 10:00 am
I’m sad to say that it’s February and I haven’t flown at all yet this year. I could have been since my brushed whoop is flyable, but I kept waiting until I got my brushless whoop built. That quad is

Daily Journaling
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 January 2020, 10:00 am
A few years ago I signed up for a service called after I reading a post from an author who mentioned that it had helped her get better about writing every day. It’s a very simple service with a

Wear and Tear
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 January 2020, 10:00 am
One thing I’m still not good about with flying quadcopters is checking my drones before and after I fly them. I’ve built up some excellent habits around taking care of my batteries. I don’t charge faster than 1C. I try

Flying in Public
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 January 2020, 10:00 am
I don’t know if I’m just lucky or if I’m basing my expectations too much off of news stories and horror stories that I’ve read online about drone pilots having problems when flying in public, but so far my experiences

My First Year in FPV
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 December 2019, 10:00 am
I had a good first year getting into the FPV hobby. This time last year I was flying my original AcroBee V2, well trying to anyway. It took me a few days to get enough of a feel for the

Quad Troubleshooting
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 December 2019, 10:00 am
I actually still haven’t fixed my toothpick quad yet. Originally I wasn’t in any hurry to get it replaced and I was hoping to try that antenna fix as well, but I haven’t made the time to do it. Between

Crashes and Quad Repair
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 December 2019, 10:00 am
It was decent weather over the weekend for Indiana in December, meaning that it wasn’t completely overcast, windy, and miserable. It was still cold, somewhere in the mid 30’s, but I didn’t want to pass up no wind and a

Finding a Lost Quad
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 December 2019, 10:00 am
It was the first trip to the in-law’s farm after getting my HX100, and I was looking forward to trying it out where I had lots of open space. I’d already had a good set of flights with my Acrobrat

Not a Yard Flyer
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 December 2019, 10:00 am
At this stage in my FPV journey it’s May and I’ve finally gotten my 3″ build back together on a new frame with all of the broken components replaced. Now the primary reason why I went for a build with

Building a Quad – Frame Change
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 November 2019, 10:00 am
After my first real flights ended with a broken battery lead and a fried flight controller and messed up video transmitter, I decided that since I was going to have to take everything apart anyway, I might as well change

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