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Old Nov 18, 2007, 08:10 AM
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RAM3 Sneak Peak

Guys, just posted a pic and some initial specs of the new RAM3 at the Soaring Circuits website. I'm currently putting some final touches on the software and building some more prototypes. Then I'll be testing the heck outa them.

At about half the size of the RAM2, it should fit nicely into our DLG's. My problem now is that the darn thing keeps getting smaller and my eyes keep getting older. I built the RAM2's by hand but I'm going to have to find a board house to stuff the production units.

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Randy
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Old Nov 20, 2007, 09:06 AM
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are you taking orders yet?
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Old Nov 20, 2007, 09:37 AM
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any chance on getting the board and parts for us DIY'rs?
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Old Nov 20, 2007, 11:11 AM
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Randy,

The Ram3 looks awesome, can't wait to get my hands on one!

Jason
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Old Nov 20, 2007, 11:46 AM
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are you taking orders yet?
No, I don't want to take orders until I have production units ready. I'll post any updates to the website.

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any chance on getting the board and parts for us DIY'rs?
Sorry, no kits.

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The Ram3 looks awesome, can't wait to get my hands on one!
Thanks, it should work really well for hand launch. That's mainly what I fly so it's a good impetus for making it smaller and smaller.

I'm hoping to make significant progress over the holidays since I have a decent chunk of time off from that pesky "real" job. I'm contemplating making a hand assembled pre-production run of 10 units just to get them out there. If I do, I'll announce it here first.

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Old Nov 20, 2007, 12:51 PM
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I'm contemplating making a hand assembled pre-production run of 10 units just to get them out there. If I do, I'll announce it here first.

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Randy
Duuuuudddee! I'll test one for you!
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Old Dec 18, 2007, 05:37 AM
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Hi Randy,

Any update as when the new RAM3 becomes available ??

Arno
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Old Dec 18, 2007, 06:22 AM
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Announcement coming soon...

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Old Dec 19, 2007, 03:44 PM
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Funny thing is..........I just looked at my watch.......and it said soon. What are the chances?

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Old Dec 29, 2007, 07:53 AM
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The first batch of RAM3's are shipping today. I've had a long list of people waiting for units ever since the RAM2 went out of production. I just took a major chunk out of that list and I should be caught up after the next run.

So, if you'd like to get a RAM3 the best thing to do is to drop me an email and I'll add you to the list. The first to respond will ship in about 3-4 weeks.

For the production units I went to a thinner pc board and they're averaging right around 2-1/4 grams. I also just got some smaller LiPo cells in to test. Right now I'm leaning towards the 30mAh cell which will power the RAM3 for about 5-6 hours and weighs a couple grams. I'm hoping to have a totally self contained RAM3/battery package in the 5 gram range.

Batteries will come once I get the RAM3 orders under control. I'll also be coming out with an inexpensive little charger to go with the LiPo cells since it's hard to find a charger in the 20-30mA range.

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Randy
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Old Jan 01, 2008, 10:38 AM
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An update on the LiPo battery. The little 30mAh cell came in at 1.5 grams with the lead and connector installed. So, a RAM3 with its own battery will weigh approximately 3.75 grams. Add a foam wrap and rubber band and it tops out at about 4.25 grams for a complete package that can be stuffed anywhere in the glider and record for over 5 hours.

A couple notable people from this forum are testing RAM3's and hopefully we'll see some comments from them soon.

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Old Jan 03, 2008, 08:31 AM
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Nice work Randy. If it's of the same quality as the Ram2 you've got a winner.
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Old Jan 03, 2008, 11:51 AM
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Same quality Allan. I made all the RAM2's by hand and I'm making the RAM3's by hand too.

Hey, if you ever want to play with one, let me know.

Randy
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Old Jan 03, 2008, 08:19 PM
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Just received mine in the mail today!! Looks great, less filling!

Hope to try it out soon, but weekend may be blown out....

Thanks, Randy!

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Old Jan 08, 2008, 12:24 PM
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spent some time with the RAM3

Well the weather finally cooperated (kinda) and I got out to do some chucking with the new RAM3. This is an upgrade for me from the model 2. When I got the old one I was impressed with the small size and the new one make the old one look like a brick. Finding room for the new version is not an issue and it is so light that even if it is not on the CG you won't notice it. I hope Randy has a do not disturb sign on his workshop, it looks like he will be busy. I have attached a plot from yesterdays launch practice.

Bruce Davidson
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