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

Building a Quad – First Flights and a Mistake
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 November 2019, 10:00 am
Having finished building my first quadcopter, I took it outside for a hover test and maiden flight. For the hover test, I basically treated it like a live grenade. Setting the quad up on the driveway, gingerly plugging in the

Building a Quad – Assembly
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 November 2019, 10:00 am
After picking the parts the first thing I did was take the flight controller and plug it into USB and connect it to Betaflight to check two things. First just to make sure that it powered up before I started

Building a Quad – Picking the Parts
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 November 2019, 10:00 am
With the weather warming up I started looking into building a larger sized quad to fly outside. I decided I didn’t want to go straight to a full sized quadcopter with 5″ props which is the standard for FPV freestyle.

Flying Outside
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 October 2019, 10:00 am
We had an unusually warm day in February and I seized the opportunity to start flying outside. I briefly tried the back yard but decided it was a bad idea because the tree line there seemed tailor made to snag

Repairs and Race Gates
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 October 2019, 10:00 am
Once I got to the stage where I was flying more than crashing, I started thinking about the next steps which in my mind was getting outside to fly and flying something bigger than a tiny whoop. That left me

One Month Later
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 October 2019, 10:00 am
About midway through January my whoop started to failsafe intermittently. That means it would randomly lose connection to my transmitter and as a safety precaution shut off and drop to the ground. This is a safety feature, which isn’t as

First Flight
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 October 2019, 10:00 am
After watching NewBeeDrone’s build tutorial video about a dozen times leading up to Christmas, I figured I was covered for putting it together. The kit was pretty easy with no soldering, just a few screws and plugs. It turned out

Discovering FPV
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 September 2019, 10:00 am
Thing One got a toy drone for his birthday. A simple and inexpensive one with an internal battery and a remote. I helped him get it charged up and ended up flying it more than he did during his birthday.

Back again.
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 September 2019, 10:00 am
It’s been a while, four years actually, since my last post celebrating the end of my seventh year on the blog. Obviously my plans at the time to set a writing reminder and do one or two posts a week

Blaugust 2015 Wrapup
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 September 2015, 12:00 pm
Goodbye Blaugust, hello Restember! Well hopefully not. Yesterday marked the end of another successful Blaugust. Thirty-one posts in as many days. Unlike last year when I apparently hit a speedbump after the first week, this year I didn’t start to struggle with topics until around the 12th or 15th. Even then, I just stopped worrying about having […]

Gameus Interuptus
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 September 2015, 9:23 pm
Some nights things just want to work out. For whatever reason my intermittent Comcast disconnect issue was being very consistently disconnecting last night. When it finally did finally stabilize, I tried logging into STO but was still getting disconnects in Cryptic’s games. Or maybe it was my connection being flaky enough that it was causing problems […]

Jool Five Lander Launch
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 September 2015, 12:00 pm
Getting back to my mission preparation for my first Kerballed mission to Jool, the next piece that needed to get into orbit was the Jool 5 Lander (since it’s going to land on five different moons, not that it took five designs to get it right).   The launch went well, although I had to […]

Windows Upgrade
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 September 2015, 9:43 am
Yesterday I worked from home since I had Comcast scheduled to come out and fix my Internet issues. I had been intending to upgrade to Windows 10 for a while, but hadn’t done it yet as every evening I decided I’d rather play games than deal with waiting on the upgrade and fixing any issues […]

Journey to Jool
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 September 2015, 9:44 pm
My intentions going into the weekend were to launch my Jool exploration expedition, meet up with my local Golem Arcana group, and restart on my multi-tasking experiment. Two out of three isn’t bad right? I ended up playing two Golem Arcana matches using my Dread Vanguard army, winning both so my Ashmogh remains undefeated, and playing a lot […]

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