DIY: Building a Mini (220mm) Quadcopter Part 6 – 12V Step-up Voltage Regulator

(This is part of a multi-part series on building a FPV mini 220mm quadcopter)

The last part ordered was the FPV Camera and that operates at a voltage of 12v.  Since I will have a clean 5v provided from the video transmitter (to be selected later), I need a 12V step-up voltage regulator.

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The Omni Notifier, Sends Email and Text Messages From Omni Panels

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Leviton Security & Automation (formerly HAI) has released a new module call the Omni Notifier that brings email and text notifications to any Omni (Pro II, IIe, LTe) or Lumina (both) control system.  It uses one of the RS-232 ports on the controller and needs an ethernet connection (in addition to the one that is probably already connected to the Omni panel) — the best part — it requires no service contracts to use!

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Posted on May 13th | no comments
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DIY: Building a Mini (220mm) Quadcopter Part 5 – FPV Camera

(This is part of a multi-part series on building a FPV mini 220mm quadcopter)

What makes the quadcopter I’m building different than say a DJI Phantom?  Well, the main difference is that I’m building a FPV (the First Person View) quadcopter and to achieve the FPV part you need at least one camera (I’ll be installing two, one for the FPV and the other to record HD video — more on that in a later post).   The FPV camera broadcasts via a transmitter (will be selected in another post) to the ground station which can either be a simple video display with a wireless receiver or video based goggles (also to be selected in a future post).

The video from the front mounted camera is what you will use to fly (or steer) the quad in the air without needing line of sight view — you see what the copter is seeing.  The video signal also has superimposed telemetry data (via the OSD module).  As this is technically the “eyes” of the copter it’s important to have a high quality camera that has a high dynamic range and provides clear sky and ground exposure.

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DIY: Building a Mini (220mm) Quadcopter Part 4 – The Battery

(This is part of a multi-part series on building a FPV mini 220mm quadcopter)

You need batteries to fly a quadcopter.  The battery we selected will be used to power the receiver, flight controller, the OSD, FPV video camera/transmitter and to power the four motors that spin the propellers and give the quadcopter the lift it needs.   As you can see, the battery is very important and also adds the most weight per single item.   We’ve selected the Turnigy nano-tech 1500mah 3S 35~70C Lipo Pack to power our copter.

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DIY: Building a Mini (220mm) Quadcopter Part 3 – Transmitter & FrSky D4R-II Receiver

(This is part of a multi-part series on building a FPV mini 220mm quadcopter)

These next parts aren’t really that exciting but much needed for controlling the quadcopter.  I already have a Futaba 9C controller that features a neat little module system.    So I just needed to purchase a FrSky Transmitter Module that works with my Futaba controller — the FrSky FF-1 2.4Ghz Combo Pack for Futaba w/ Module & RX), it’s only $39 for the kit.

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DIY: Building a Mini (220mm) Quadcopter Part 2 – Minim OSD v1.1

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(This is part of a multi-part series on building a FPV mini 220mm quadcopter)

Since I’m building a FPV (first person view) based quadcopter, I need something that will display the copters telemetry to a video display or goggles.  I’m going with the Minim OSD v1.1.  I like that it is a mini Arduino (328P) based on-screen display board.

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iOS 7.1.1 – Battery Draining!?

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After updating to iOS 7.1.1. my iPhone 5 battery seems to be draining within a day.  It starts at 100% in the morning and by the next day it’s completely drained.   Apparently others report having this same issue at Apple Support Communities (here, here, and here) but nothing yet from Apple.

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DIY: Building a Mini (220mm) Quadcopter Part 1 – Flight Controller

Thanks to Steve and his mini quadcopter FPV videos — I’m going to build one for myself!  Over the next few weeks/months, I will be chronicling my adventures of selecting and sourcing parts for the copter (with Steve’s input/help).

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