I’m “Flying” Again! Too Cool!

Got the parts in to fix my AR Drone 2.0, which took awhile, but was ultimately worth it. Took a short flight around the yard and didn’t hit anything. Too windy (really windy sometimes) to go very high but it flew well and the video looks great. Cool!

Not much going on today. SWMBO and I went to Home Depot in Silverdale and bought some paint and stuff so our son can finish that room we’re making for him in the basement. Sure will be glad when he moves into it and I get my space back. It’s a real pain in the ass not being able to find computer stuff or a cable that I know I have but is packed out of his way somewhere. Yep, looking forward to that.


Got in both the antenna’s I ordered: the longer rubber ducky for the handheld and the 2m/440 for my yaesu 857d for when I put it in the truck. Which is going to be soon as the mounting bracket comes in. I think I’ll have to save up and buy another yaesu 857d to keep in the house. (Yeah, like that is going to happen! $700-800 bucks last I looked.) June 1st I think I’ll order one of those $40 boefeng handhelds for our trip.

MCARC 10-meter chat net went well tonight. I have bursts of static over here that makes it hard to hear the other guys. I really need a tower. A hundred footer ought to do just fine. That’s another $2000-4000 I need to save up.


Unless SWMBO won the lottery tonight. (THAT would change things!)

It’s 2100 hours. Time to finally make the bed and get my coffee machine set up for tomorrow morning. Gotta go to eztv.it and see what’s available to download. All our shows have had season enders though so there won’t be much.


Flickr is giving everyone 1 TB of space so I’m uploading some of my photo’s to my account. Eventually I’ll probably have all my pics up there. Hell, 1 TB will hold 53k+ photo’s according to their advertisement. I’m going to see if that’s true!

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Red Letter Day! Red Letter Day!

Got up to about 70 degrees! Warm enough for me to get out the old sandals. Warm enough to sit out in the sun for awhile. Nice Weather Day! We need lots more of them!

Ellie May Clampett

Took the Drone out for a spin a couple of times. Finally got it to save the video to the thumb drive (all I had to do was reformat it with Fat32) and only crashed it a couple of times. I just gotta learn that, in absolute control, no matter which way it’s pointed, pulling the “stick” toward me pulls the drone toward me. And I gotta learn to look at the video instead of the drone! There’s GOT to be a way to set it so which ever way the camera is pointed that’s forward. And I don’t like the “tilt” method for some reason. I’ll keep trying it though.

OLD San Francisco!

The Nexus controls the Drone really well. It’s really crappy for reading outside on a bright sunny day; but otherwise I haven’t many complaints about it. Hooks into my network (using Skifta) and let’s me check my Outlook.com mail/gmail and, so far, has done everything I’ve asked of it (except letting me read outside on a nice sunny day). I like it and it will probably replace my Kindle for reading before going to sleep. That’s still up in the air though so, we’ll see.

OLD Times Square

Not much else going on this fine Easter Sunday. SWMBO is cooking and the Ham is about done. She’s making mashed Sweet Taters and Green Beans to go with the ham. I don’t care what we have for Easter Dinner as long as I get to spend it home with her!

The Beverly Hillbillies

Oh yeah, turns out turning “absolute control” off on the Drone is what I’m looking for. That way which ever way the camera is facing is forward. Now if I can learn to look at the video instead of the Drone I’ll get a lot better at this! Gotta figure out a way to extend the Wi-Fi on it though. Maybe set up a repeater of some sort…

Anywho, Easter Dinner was excellent. Dishes are all in the dish washer ready to go.

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Saturday Sure Started Early!

Woke up about 0430 and was up for awhile. Fell back asleep though and didn’t wake up until the alarm went off. Should have just stayed up. Now I feel like I’m trying to get a headache.

Andy Griffiths & Barbara Eden

My AR Drone could/should be here today. Maybe. If they don’t actually deliver to my house I’ll have to wait until Monday to go to the Post Office and pick it up. Our son took SWMBO’s car to work (which I didn’t know he was working today) and she has to take my truck to the Genealogy Library. So I hope they deliver…

Barbara Eden

Found X-Plane & Helo/Plane RC Apps for the Nexus 7. Cool! Now I got something to do besides read when I drop a dump. Smile I’ve already crashed multiple times trying to land.


Well, the AR Drone showed up. FedEx dude tried delivering it to the wrong place but it got all straightened out. Thing is a Hoot! I’ve already posted my first flight (crashed) and the last one I took today (didn’t crash) but am withholding the other 6 video’s where I crashed each and every time. Tried taking out both my antenna’s and the wind chimes. Wx was great for flying (or just being outside) though. We’ll see what happens tomorrow…

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