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Posted by roybob | Oct 18, 2010 @ 04:30 PM | 1,445 Views
I posted a couple of new onboard videos today.
Posted by roybob | Sep 22, 2010 @ 01:52 PM | 2,235 Views
I was really disappointed to hear that RCHeliNation podcast is no more!

It wasn't my favorite podcast, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Dan and Asid seemed to get along and they had great information. Apparently, the behind the scenes relationship wasn't going as well.

I first stumbled upon their podcast as their relationship with Dicey came to an end with the RCHeliFreak podcasts. Not sure what was behind that break, and frankly I don't really care, but the result was TWO podcasts. For a guy who can't get enough of RC related podcasts for his daily commute (approximately 1 hour each way), two podcasts are better than one.

But now RCHeliNation is gone.

I still enjoy the remaining podcasts and I have some appreciation for the level of effort it takes to produce them. It's always disappointing to see less of something rather than more.
Posted by roybob | Jul 27, 2010 @ 11:26 AM | 1,984 Views
I live in Atlanta and drive 30 miles to work each day. If you know anything about Atlanta traffic then you can probably guess that I spend at least 10 hours a week driving back and forth from work.

To preserve my sanity, I listen to a combination of audiobooks and podcasts about RC. I'm sure my audiobook selection would be of little interest here, but I'm certain that someone is interested in the podcasts.

I subscribe (via iTunes) to the following: InsideHeli with Chris and James; All Things That Fly with Diggs and Jamie; RC Heli Nation with Dan and Asid; RC Freak with Dicey; DIY Drones with Chris Anderson; and last, but not least, RC Radio Network's Air Show with Cliff Whitney and company.
Posted by roybob | Jul 07, 2010 @ 10:09 AM | 1,843 Views
Ok -- so I'm not the most prolific person when it comes to writing, but I thought I would put something on this page to help explain myself and why I'm on this website.

My interest in radio control flight goes back to when I was a kid and I dreamed about being able to remotely control a small model aircraft which could be flown manually or by a small computer based autopilot with a video downlink so I could "see" from the cockpit. The year was about 1970 and I was 13 years old. I already had a couple of years experience with model trains (HO scale) and dabbled in electronics. But other than daydreaming about it, I didn't pursue RC at the time.

In the early 1990s, I was the chief engineer for a mid-market television station in Central New York. I came across an article from a broadcast engineer in California who had taken a radio controlled helicopter and mounted a small video camera (small at that time) along with a small microwave transmitter. His station didn't have a full scale news helicopter so he was trying to use the RC version to capture some aerial shots. Again, I was intrigued so I when to my LHS and talked with the owner. He explained to me that after I put the kit together, if I took my helicopter out on the driveway on a Saturday morning and spent the next 8 hours just trying to learn, I might, might, be able to hover it about two feet off the ground. Clearly, this was not going to be a small effort. I tried to convince the station to buy...Continue Reading