Open Source Software for Drones

Open Source Software for Drones

Most folks don’t give open source the love it deserves. Since the early days of MultiWii, it has defined our hobby. To see this most clearly, take a step back and realize what your quadcopter really is: a flying computer with 4 rotating propellers and a camera. When...
Toward a Better Race Spec

Toward a Better Race Spec

The parts you can select for a race quad are vast and extremely varied. Frames, motors, batteries, and other components come in a huge number of varieties. If you want to build a quadcopter to get started with racing, you need to make a lot of decisions. Your first...
Race Specs: What’s the Point?

Race Specs: What’s the Point?

When I started my local race group a few years ago, there was a long discussion over what our class specifications would be. Each enthusiast had different ideas about what we should race, and it was suggested that perhaps we not define any specifications at all. After...
Don’t Use “L” Band!

Don’t Use “L” Band!

Most FPV equipment uses a standard set of frequency channels. In the battle to offer ever-better specifications, some manufacturers now provide access to a much wider area of the radio spectrum. These expanded channels should not be used! This article applies to...
Are Ground Stations Still Relevant?

Are Ground Stations Still Relevant?

Whether you prefer goggles or box-style screens, all-in-one head-mounted units dominate the FPV landscape, and these products keep getting better. Have we made ground stations obsolete? The case for a ground station is certainly diminishing, but don’t count them...
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