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Old 01-27-2016, 03:32 PM   #1
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Default So I finally got a quad copter... and now it's gone...

I have been toying with the idea of getting a quad for some time now but didn't want to spend a boatload of money on one and decide it wasn't for me. So I found this site called gearbest.com that has a lot of different version relatively cheap.

I picked up this one for under $100 with free shipping just ti kick around the yard with. It is under the FAA weight limit, not that it matters as I registered anyway, so no worries there.

Once it got here I got it all out and to be quite honest, I am impressed for the price. The transmitter is a bit toyish compared to our JR and Futaba transmitters but for the price it really is quite nice. The screen for the FPV is cool and has sun shades on three sides to help see in the sun.

The quad itself is of good quality, especially for the size. It flew really well right out of the box. Flight times are not super long but it has been really cold so the smaller lipo is probably affected by that some.

All in all for 85 bucks it is not bad at all. I may look at stepping up some after getting used to this one.

I'll get some pics from the air when I take it out next and post them.

Here is the link to the one I got.

http://www.gearbest.com/rc-quadcopte..._campaign=3598


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Old 01-27-2016, 03:47 PM   #2
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I am like you .... never really interested in quads ...

Then I saw the 959 on Banggood ...

Does flips all sorts and for small money - its a 'gas' !

Sadly I have a bit of trouble now after getting snow all inside the electronics .. I hope that for summer it will be back working dried out etc. The camera may not be HD ... but it works.

If the quad fails to dry out and work ... the camera will go on a model as it has Tx controlled On / Off etc.

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So far it has been quite fun. I haven't really used the camera function yet. I want to make sure I know how to fly it in the event I lose the camera link! lol

Orientation seems to be my big problem. It looks the same from all directions once it's more than 20 feet or so away. I am better at orientation on airplanes and being able to tell which direction they are headed and make the appropriate inputs.

It's been fun learning though.

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Cool to see you trying new things OP and glad you're having fun with it.

I was given an Estes Proto-X nano quad a few months ago from a club member who was moving out of town. It's one of those super tiny indoor only quads. After flying it around for a couple weeks, it didn't spark my interest and it's been sitting in its box for about a month now.

I'm just not a fan of quads or multirotors in general. They're so ugly compared to airplanes, they fly awkwardly, and I struggle to see why they're so popular, other than the camera functionality that so many of them have. I'll probably never buy one with my own money, but I guess I'd take another one if someone offered it to me for free
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Well that didn't end the way I wanted it too.....


So I have been flying the heck out of this thing and having a pretty good time with it. Been taking it up just high enough to get views of the house and my land from the air and having it hold hover right there was pretty sweet. I'd get it where I wanted it and go hands off the sticks and it would stay right there. Flew it around pretty easy doing laps around the yard and even got brave enough to hit the flip button once which made it do a tumble of some sort but it corrected easy enough...

So today I'm killing a few minutes before going to dinner with my family and take it out for another flight int he back yard. Got it fired up and at 100" it lost the video link and then I had no control of it at all. I watched it continue to climb and get smaller and smaller until eventually I just walked back in the house and tossed the transmitter in the bin...

I am so happy I did not spend a boat load of money on this thing. First ever fly away I have had of any kind... And I don't like it. That is really one of the most helpless feelings I think you could have.

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A sign take it as, Quads, FPV, to the dark side these things will lead you.

OK, I got my "drone licence".
When does the season start and what weapons are allowed?
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Originally Posted by FlyWheel View Post
A sign take it as, Quads, FPV, to the dark side these things will lead you.
agreed... done

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Originally Posted by firemanbill View Post
Well that didn't end the way I wanted it too.....
Yeah

Last year, one of my club members had one of those things lose radio control, and it went in. Pretty much total loss. The mfg refused to do anything. It wasn't a cheap model either.

The pilot was one of the more experienced members in our club.

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I'm new to the quad thing but fancy myself a decent RC pilot. I know nothing I could do would help. When I realized it was pulling away I immediately cut power and hit the return button, no change in motor pitch when I pulled down on the stick.

Oh well... lesson learned. I don't mind wrecking them when I do something dumb... but this ticks me off a bit.

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Bad failsafe settings... The thing went to full power and autolevel on loss of radio.

For a quad I'd set the failsafe throttle for a mild descent or to 0 (Might want a parachute to deploy... at 0)

Probably you had the factory failsafe setting. (if you even had any choice about it)

Some of the more advanced ones' (that have the capability) manuals go into how to set the failsafe to auto-return to take-off point.
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Sorry about the flyaway, Bill.

On the lighter side:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4refzhmxks
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Originally Posted by Turner View Post
Sorry about the flyaway, Bill.

On the lighter side:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4refzhmxks
Obviously, the "return to home" failsafe was still set from the factory. In this case, "home" was Santa's workshop on the North Pole.

Buh-bye!

EDIT: Not to worry. His FAA number, emblazoned on the drone, will be identified and it will be returned to him.
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Originally Posted by Turner View Post
Sorry about the flyaway, Bill.

On the lighter side:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4refzhmxks
The terrible part of that is she says Bring it back .... He replies "I don't know how !!"

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Bill,

You are not alone. From Amazon reviews:

This drone sucks. Don't even waste your money.
By James S. on January 5, 2016
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I have been a professional drone pilot for 5 years and I have flown several different types of drones from easy to extremely difficult. I have never flown a drone that was as disappointing as this one. I took this drone outside to test it out after I got it trimmed and adjusted; it was under my control for about 30 seconds then it developed a mind of its own and flew away. I was not able to retrieve the drone nor could I see it because of how high up it flew. If I could I would give this drone zero stars.

And...

Mine did the same thing on about the 5th flight. Still not sure what caused it. The 1st 1/2 of the flight was fine, then suddently it just took off went very high and ended up several blocks away inside someone's privacy fence. Was lucky to even find it and get it back.

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These things are all setup to just fly back to factory, were they are re-boxed and sold again
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Whew!! I almost bought that same one....

After 12 flights(7-8mins) I'm pretty happy with this one, $65 JJRC H16 Tarantula as a orientation trainer before stepping up to DJI.
With decent reviews, it has pretty good LEDs to help orientation at height and IOC works.
Has some power, though lightweight it handles wind well enough for me to stay interested.
Easily hauls around little runcam hd.

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but the 2" Syma x12.....awesome indoor $30 unbreakable cat teaser & does flips!!


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Originally Posted by fhhuber View Post
Bad failsafe settings... The thing went to full power and autolevel on loss of radio.

For a quad I'd set the failsafe throttle for a mild descent or to 0 (Might want a parachute to deploy... at 0)

Probably you had the factory failsafe setting. (if you even had any choice about it)

Some of the more advanced ones' (that have the capability) manuals go into how to set the failsafe to auto-return to take-off point.
Originally Posted by Bald Paul View Post
Obviously, the "return to home" failsafe was still set from the factory. In this case, "home" was Santa's workshop on the North Pole.

Buh-bye!

EDIT: Not to worry. His FAA number, emblazoned on the drone, will be identified and it will be returned to him.
(Sometimes I crack myself up!)

No, and no.

I set the fails safe per the instructions, which were barely legibly by the way, and had even tested it once by pressing the return button on the Tx. Things are not always easily explained by saying someone did something wrong.

It would be nice to be as perfect as you two.

No worries though, done with drones I reckon. Back to flying my regular birds when I get home from the Grand Canyon

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Bill,

According to the FAA, they're all drones. So no, you're not done with them.

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Originally Posted by crxmanpat View Post
Bill,

According to the FAA, they're all drones. So not, you're not done with them.
You do have a point there.

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