I got my new VTX in.. I was super excited to get it in the ol Shuriken and put her in the sky. I had to move some components around to squeeze it all in but I got the job done and headed out to the field to try her out. I didn't have a good feeling about it. I probably should have tested it out before hand but I really just wanted to get in the air. I got everything setup and within a couple seconds of the launch the damn thing started having a seizure. It was shaking pretty bad. I flew it around a little, hoping it would clear up, but it didn't. And if that wasn't;t enough I was also getting a low radio signal warning from my Taranis. I knew one of my antennas was a little beat up so that wasn't really a surprise. The shaking on the other hand kind of caught me off guard.
I was kind of confused my first thought was the accelerometer just needed calibrating, but I later recalled the acc didn't have any effect when in acro mode. So I was at a loss. The only thing I could think of was the little soft mounted board labeled IMU, that I moved over to fit my VTX inside the frame. I really wasn't sure what that board did... but I didn't think moving it would be a problem.. I only moved it forward a couple centimeters.
Well... with incoming snow and slush, my VTX could not have picked a better time to commit suicide. Today is Monday, it's the first dry and somewhat warm day since its unfortunate incident, and my new VTX is on the way and scheduled to be delivered today. I find myself checking the driveway everytime I hear a car engine, or a door shut, which is quite often, in hopes that the postman will make it here before the sunlight fades. Unfortunately its been my experience that that is seldom ever the case. I will wait anxiously all day, expecting a knock on the door at every half hour, until 30 minutes before sunset, when I finally hear that knock from the man or woman I have been impatiently awaiting, just in time to see the sunlight fade into the incoming darkness.
The snow is melting and the sky is calling... I havent gotten my VTX yet, but I decided to fly a little line of sight in the snow. Still not 100% confident with my repairs so I took it VERY easy. Just a simple, slow, low altitude flight to give me my flying fix. Obiusly it didn't give me the same thrill as ripping theough the field, but for now it will suffice.
The quad repairs seem to be holding up thus far, but knowing my luck, the day I decide to go out in the field and let her rip, it will fall from the sky to its unfortunate death. My VTX will be here tomorrow so hopefully I will get a chance to really test it out sometime this week.
I really want to fly. I really really do... You see the thing is...
I just recently repaired my quad. And it's not that I am afraid that I am going to kill it.. well that's part of it, but there is snow on the ground and it is very soggy and wet out, but it's not just that... I would go outside in my driveway where there is a bit of snow free ground that I could easily launch and land from, but because I do not quite trust my repair yet I think I am going to wait. The reason is just out of caution.. I am afraid that if my repair does not hold my quad will fly out of control and end up hitting one of my neighbors homes or vehicles... Don't want to "Ruin the Hobby". I did a quick hover test last night, and everything was fine.. but I just don't trust it quite yet. Of course I could always walk through the snow a mile into the woods and fly in the field I usually fly, but talk about snow soggy and wet... it's a disaster waiting to happen. So... I will wait until the snow melts and the ground dries out a bit. Sure I could waterproof my drone but honestly we do not get a lot of snow around here, just a few inches here and there and I really don't feel like putting in the effort. So as I said.. I will wait until its a bit drier... But I REALLY want to fly! Ugh!..
Whats up folks and welcome to my first blog! If you don't know who I am, allow me to introduce myself. I am Dennis Bosher AKA TripleCap AKA CAP. I am a designer, gamer and FPV drone pilot. I have been into computers for most of my life, which lead me to a carreer in graphic design. That carreer allowed me to afford a couple hobbies like gaming and FPV flying. I have been a gamer for as long as I can remember and only recently have put it aside to focus on my new passion of FPV Flight. I have a Youtube account with over 250 videos. I upload at least once a week but usually much more frequently than that. I try to fly every day and I usually document every flight with a video. If I am not uploading a video its because I didn't fly that day. However many times even if I don't fly, I will try to find a reason to upload something. It's not that I have a ton of fans or anything, I just enjoy sharing my experiences with the world.
As of this moment I am gronded due to several inches of snow that has fallen over the last few hours, but don't expect that to hold me back. Chances are I will find some way to share an experience in some form or another.. Come to think of it, this blog is serving that purpose right now.