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Posted by Mad_angler1 | Apr 11, 2021 @ 04:42 AM | 3,036 Views
DJI FPV Drone Smart Battery

This video is an overview of the DJI Smart Battery and how it works, its features and how to get the best live out of it when using with the DJI FPV Drone and Goggles V2.


DJI FPV Drone Smart Battery - How It Works, Tips & How To Get Best Life (15 min 24 sec)

Posted by Mad_angler1 | Mar 23, 2021 @ 05:08 PM | 6,902 Views


DJI FPV Drone FCC Hacks

In this video I am walking through the FCC Hacks that are available for the new DJI FPV Drone fron Drone-Hacks and modified DJI Fly Apps.


DJI FPV Drone - FCC Hacks Overview Android & IOS (15 min 58 sec)




#DJI #FPV #FCC #Hacks

Posted by Mad_angler1 | Mar 13, 2021 @ 07:43 PM | 8,185 Views
This is not actually meant to be a full review of the new DJI FPV drone and that will come a little later but it ended up sort of being a review or at least thoughts.


DJI FPV Drone - This Is Not A Review But Sort Of Is (28 min 46 sec)

Posted by Mad_angler1 | Feb 10, 2021 @ 05:28 PM | 11,203 Views
As people are now receiving the DJI Goggles V2 there are some things that need to be taken into account before upgrading the Antenna on the V2.

In this video I explain how the antenna setup works and what you need to know on both versions of the DJI FPV Goggles.


DJI Digital FPV Goggles V1 vs V2 Antenna Upgrades - What You Need To Know (12 min 10 sec)

Posted by Mad_angler1 | Jan 31, 2021 @ 07:20 AM | 13,174 Views
DJI Care Refresh Flyaway Cover

This week DJI has updated Care Refresh for the Mavic Mini 2 and Mavic Air 2 Models to now include a Flyaway Cover.

DJI CARE REFRESH FLYAWAY COVER - ACTIVATE NOW (12 min 43 sec)



DJI Care Refresh in an insurance cover that allows you to reduce the cost the cost of a repair for damage to your DJI drone should you have an accident, as part of Care Refresh DJI allows you to claim fixed price repairs or replacement of your DJI drone rather than paying full repair or replacement cost. The cost of a claim under Care is generally much lower than the cost of repair or replacement normally however one of the main downsides of DJI Care Refresh was you had to have your craft to send back to be eligible, while is did not matter how bad a condition is was in you actually had to have it. DJI did not cover losses of the craft as a result of a flyaway.


However this week Flyaway cover has now been added to both current and new DJI Care Refresh holders for the Mavic Mini 2 and Mavic Air 2 Models. This new cover allows you to claim for unto 1 reduces cost replacement should you suffer a flyaway on the 12 month cover plan. Just like the damage cover there is a "Service Fee" cost to the replacement and this is around 50% of the cost of the model when new.





Activate Flyaway Cover Now

While this cover has been added for free it must be activated before you would be eligible to claim and it can not be done after the
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Posted by Mad_angler1 | Jan 25, 2021 @ 05:55 PM | 10,539 Views
In this video I am talking a look at the new UAVCAN Servos from Hitec Technology.

Hitec UAVCAN Servo For Ardupilot & More - Overview & Setup (18 min 5 sec)



The MD70MN-CAN is a multiprotocol metal gear servo designed for model RC application that can be used with both PWM and UAVCAN.


High Resolution 32-bit Programmable Digital Circuit
CAN Bus (2.0A or 2.0B), UAVCAN, RS-485, PWM & TTL Protocol Capability
Magnetic Encoder Position Sensor
Wide Operating Voltage (4.8 ~ 7.4V)
Heavy-Duty, Long Life Motors
IP65 Rated Cases
Customization and Modification Options Available
Custom Connector Options Available

In the video I give an overview of the servo its self as well as show how to set it up with UAVCAN on a Cube Autopilot (Pixhawk 2.1) on Ardupilot using mission planner.



Posted by Mad_angler1 | Jan 11, 2021 @ 05:31 AM | 9,796 Views
DJI FPV Goggles V2

DJI FPV Goggles V2 - Overview Of The Updates (5 min 49 sec)


This is an updated V2 set of goggles only and not a V2 FPV system as a whole.

The New V2 FPV Goggles feature

Dual band 2.4 and 5ghz Video Transmission capability*
Increased Refresh rate 144hz on screens
Increased 810P live Feed Resolution from 720p.
Live View Mode: Low-Latency Mode (810p 120fps)
High-Quality Mode (810p 60fps)

The FPV Goggles V2 are also supplied with a New DJI external Battery that is 2S 1800mah.

The overall goggles form factor remains unchanged as is the main specs such as the LCD resolution ect .


Air Units

The DJI FPV Air units remain unchanged and remain 5ghz only.

Both the V1 and V2 goggles remain compatible with both the standard DJI Air Unit and the Caddx Vista for the FPV system.

We believe it’s new firmware to increase resolution that will be release shortly.


DJI FPV Remote

The DJI FPV remote remains the same with no changes.

Notes
*2.4ghz mode not compatible with DJI FPV air units and for future use .
*810P only for future use.

Overall this is a minor update brings some additional features and support for future use.

Some FAQ

Q: Why are there no 2.4ggz air units ?

A: 2.4Ghz is reserved for future use as I understand it.

Q: Is the Vista compatible with the V2 Goggles ?

A: Yes, air unit compatibility is the same as before.

Q: Can DJI FPV Air units be upgraded to support both bands as I read they have it lock on firmware ?

A:Currently they are certified for 5ghz use only.

Q: Do the FCC and 1200mw hacks still work on the V2 Goggles ?

A:This is not currently known at this time.

Q: Are there any changes to the DJI FPV Remote ?

A: No this remains the same as before

Q: Can the V1 Goggles be upgraded to get 2.4Ghz Support ?

A: No V1 remains compatible with the current Airunits only.

Posted by Mad_angler1 | Jan 01, 2021 @ 06:17 AM | 14,166 Views
FAA Remote ID

In this video I cover ins and outs of the new Remote ID that a come into force and that all drones and model RC will need to comply with over the next few years.

I explain the full situation in this video and what you need to do to comply.

FAA Remote ID - A Complete Overview For Drones & Model RC (14 min 17 sec)

Posted by Mad_angler1 | Dec 28, 2020 @ 09:51 AM | 12,785 Views
FatShark Shark Byte Digital FPV System

Having spent nearly 2 months with this system I have put together a overview and review of this new FPV system from FatShark.

FatShark Shark Byte Digital FPV Review - A Lot To Like (32 min 21 sec)


In the description is timing marks as listed below

00:00 Start
01:06 Main Spec
01:39 Hardware Overview
04:13 Air Unit Soldering
04:52 Receiver Goggles Setup
08:27 System Menu and Display
13:54 OSD
14:41 Flight Footage From System
19:00 Footage Comparison to DJI
20:43 Final Thoughts on Ground Unit
22:29 Final Thoughts on Air Unit
25:38 Final Thoughts on Shark Byte System As A Whole

Posted by Mad_angler1 | Dec 02, 2020 @ 03:37 PM | 12,783 Views
Since its release Herelink has become one of the most accessible and simplest ways of integrating a wireless digital video & remote controller ground station into your drone or UAS system. Designed for hobby, professional and system integrators Herelink features long range low latency wireless HD video with upto 20km range and supports Mavlink communication for both Ardupilot and PX4 flight software.



Herelink has a built-in remote controller, an 5.4Ē 1080P Android based smart device with both Solex TX and QGC open source software installed that allows for advance mission planning. The Air unit supports multiple camera options with dual 720P/1080P HDMI inputs, Mavlink telemetry and Sbus control signal. UAS Manufactures and system integrators can also take advantage of the built in S1 SOC for custom applications as well as dedicated OEM support features.


This week Cubepilot have announced that upcoming firmware will add the ability for 2 Herelink controllers to communicate with one air unit for dual operator missions and a new dual live video streaming feature. Alongside this Cubepilot added that Herelink has a new lower price of $699.

Herlink remains one of the best value fully integrated ground station systems on the market that supports both Ardupilot and PX4. Being part of the Cubepilot ecosystem alongside the Cube Orange Autopilot means Herelink benefits from dedicated manufacture support forums and an active community following.

For more information on Herelink you can go to https://cubepilot.org/#/herelink/features
More info on upcoming firmware releases and support can be found at https://discuss.cubepilot.org/

Posted by Mad_angler1 | Sep 29, 2020 @ 04:14 PM | 11,541 Views
In this video I am giving an overview of the new Here 3 CAN based GPS with M8P Chipset for RTK Rover capability from Cubepilot

We look at the info and spec as well as walk you though setting it up on Ardupilot and Mission Planner with the CAN settings.

More info at
www.cubepilot.com

The Here 3 GPS From CubePilot For Drone & Rover - Overview & Setup Tutorial (15 min 0 sec)



Posted by Mad_angler1 | Jul 23, 2020 @ 07:16 PM | 13,574 Views
DJI Go 4 Security Concerns - Is It Safe ?

DJI Go 4 Security Concerns - Is It Safe ? (8 min 44 sec)


Today Synacktiv, a security and research company has released a report on their findings after taking a deep dive into the current and passed DJI Go 4 App on Android.

As part of their investigations they have highlighted some areas that raise some fairly large concerns with the potential behaviour and risk within the Go4 App.

Specially these include the facility to remotely trigger an update to the app outside of the Android Play Store safety net.

Concerns around the Weibo integration with in Go4 that could allow apps to be installed on users devices and issues with the app not closing down correctly or starting to run in the background on its own.

The information and findings of this have been backup and verified by GRIMM.

Further to this DJI have now released a statement as well questioning some of these findings as well as denying others altogether.

Users of the Android version of the app should look at the data for them selves and make up their own mind of what they feel is necessary from a safety and data security point of views.

In the attached video this is all explained in a little more detail as to what this is all about should people be interested in knowing more.



More info at the source here https://www.synacktiv.com/en/publica...-analysis.html



Posted by Mad_angler1 | Jun 25, 2020 @ 12:18 PM | 16,148 Views
The remote USB port deiced to let go on my Mavic 2 remote.
In this video I walk though repairing the RC by stripping it and soldering the port back on
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DJI Mavic 2 Remote USB Repair - How To (17 min 14 sec)

Posted by Mad_angler1 | Jun 14, 2020 @ 11:00 AM | 13,471 Views
Gatewick Couple Receives £200,000 Payout.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-englan...P3tZiqtoJHso6K

First of all I want to say how pleased I am this couple both fought this and also received a substantial payout for the frankly talking itís not enough based discussing way they were treated. They were arrested, their home ransacked then interrogated for 36 hours based on the simple fact they lived close to Gatwick and once owned a drone. I am astonished this could happen in the U.K. but it did.

Further to this the incident has now cost the British public £200,000 yet no heads a rolled, we still have no proof there was an actual drone at all or the truth of what happened here. Personally this imo deserves a public enquiry more than many things I have seen in recent years.


The wider issue here is the fall out from this for the drone community in the U.K. Itís left my self and many others wondering if this could be us next. If an incident was to happen close to me would I be a suspect simply based on the fact I own a drone?

As a PFCO and being legitimately registered I have provided the CAA and government a quick and easy target should they need to ďget resultsĒ quickly.

I live close to some high profile oil and gas installation and itís not much of a stretch for me to see something similar take place as we have seen as Gatwick. Regardless of if a drone was actually there or not.

I am already aware of one done user who had the police arrive at his...Continue Reading
Posted by Mad_angler1 | Jun 04, 2020 @ 05:28 PM | 15,075 Views
Ardupilot Copter Build Series


I have started a new Ardupilot copter build series where I will be walking though the steps to setup a Copter based hex from start to finish.

In this series I will also be deep diving into some of the more complex hardware setup with multiple GPS, Mag sensors as well as other external sensors.

The series consists of

Video 1 - Basic Hardware - Frame,Motors & Power System

Video 2 - GPS - Serial and CAN as well as multiple GPS blending options

Video 3 - Compass - Mag setup and overview of the new Compass configuration in Ardupilot

Video 4 - RC Types and Setup - Looking at Herelink, Sbus and other RC options.


More Videos to follow.

Video 1 Basic Hardware

Ardupilot Drone Build How-To Series Part 1- Basic Hardware (30 min 40 sec)




Video 2 GPS Setup

Ardupilot Drone Build How-To Series Part 2- GPS Setup (17 min 57 sec)
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Posted by Mad_angler1 | May 25, 2020 @ 09:45 AM | 15,019 Views
In this video I am taking a bit of a dive into Sbus taking a look at how it work as well as explaining the difference between the Futaba 'standard' sbus and FrSky Inverted.


SBUS HOW IT WORKS - Futaba Vs Frsky Inverted Complete Overview (14 min 27 sec)


For more information on me or the channel please checkout the links in the description of the video.

Posted by Mad_angler1 | May 17, 2020 @ 02:57 PM | 19,737 Views
This week I have released the first in a new series of videos I will be doing on test equipment on the channel, the first was an overview of the Rigol DS1202Z-E Oscilloscope.

Scopes used to the tool of choice for the lab tech and well out side the reach of the average person however today they are cheaper and more accessible than ever. You can now get a feature rich scope for under £/$350 helping you to improve your electronics diagnostics and repairs.

A scope is an extremely handy tool for any bench and regardless of if your building or repairing RC equipment, building UAS or just tinkering on the bench a scope is a very handy tool to have .

Please check out my overview of budget model

Oscilloscope Overview - Rigol DS1202Z-E Features & Demo (29 min 27 sec)

Posted by Mad_angler1 | May 01, 2020 @ 08:16 PM | 15,502 Views


The Cube Autopilot

Whatís the next big thing after Pixhawk? Why wait to find out! You already know

The Cube Autopilot offers a powerful autopilot ecosystem for use in a wide range of applications with Ardupilot and PX4.




The Cubeís foundations are based on a Cube module with a growing ecosystem of carrier boards and accessories that allow users to design a system that best suits their application and needs.
For future upgradability every Cube module is fitted with the same connector ensuring full backwards and future compatibility.

On this, Philip Rowse CTO of Cubepilot says

Your companies future is secured with a cube at its heart, from the day that ProfiCNC came up with the concept of the Cube in 2013, to today, we have promised our users that they are future proof. We will maintain this promise, ensuring that your legacy platforms remain current with 100% plug in upgrades to the latest technology!



Hardware Redundancy


The Cubeís design helped set the standard for sensor redundancy in an autopilot, all models apart from the Purple feature triple IMU sensors of which two are located on an internally vibration isolated temperature controlled module.

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Posted by Mad_angler1 | Apr 14, 2020 @ 10:50 AM | 18,873 Views


This week ProfiCNC and Hex Aero released the first major update for their Herelink digital FPV system that brings a number of major improvements and features, these include a free custom version of Solex TX.


Digital Long Range FPV Remote System



Herelink is an integrated remote controller, ground station and wireless digital transmission system designed to be used with the Cube Autopilot, Ardupilot or PX4. Herelink allows RC control, HD video and telemetry data to be transmitted upto 20km between the ground station and air unit. The herelink remote controller features custom Solex TX and QGC applications and both the air unit and ground station feature an integrated 8 core SOC for custom application development.

Main Features


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Posted by Mad_angler1 | Feb 19, 2020 @ 07:25 PM | 18,084 Views
This week DJI demonstrated their vision of what Drone To Phone Remote ID may look like inline with whatís being proposed in the USA under the NPRM and that is in legislation in the new EASA EU regulation package.



Solutions For The Drone Age: DJI Drone-To-Phone Broadcast Remote ID (3 min 19 sec)


As part of the NPRM proposals in both Network ID and Broadcast ID and the the EASA EU2019/945 & 947 regulations coming into force in July is the requirement for the pilots location to be shared as part of the the Remote ID data being transmitted.



While itís is not absolutely 100% certain that all the information including the pilot location will be available for all to see the only realistic way to interpret these new rules as proposed and written today is that it will be fully open to anyone with just an app on a regular smart device.



This raises genuine concerns for pilots privacy and safety while out enjoying a hobby with anyone being able to pinpoint a pilots location at any time for good or bad reason. Commercial drone operators have very real concerns especially and these rules may put them at additional risk of landing area incursions and incidents not foreseen in the passed. It could even render single man flight ops a thing of the passed when your unable to secure your operating area sufficiently now itís going to be generally publicised. Allowing the pilots location will putout a ďbeaconĒ on drone users and put them and the public at additional risk....Continue Reading