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 didnâ€™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 weâ€™re making for him in the basement. Sure will be glad when he moves into it and I get my space back. Itâ€™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 antennaâ€™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 Iâ€™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 Iâ€™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. Thatâ€™s another $2000-4000 I need to save up.
Unless SWMBO won the lottery tonight. (THAT would change things!)
Itâ€™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 whatâ€™s available to download. All our shows have had season enders though so there wonâ€™t be much.
Flickr is giving everyone 1 TB of space so Iâ€™m uploading some of my photoâ€™s to my account. Eventually Iâ€™ll probably have all my pics up there. Hell, 1 TB will hold 53k+ photoâ€™s according to their advertisement. Iâ€™m going to see if thatâ€™s true!
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!
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 itâ€™s pointed, pulling the â€œstickâ€ toward me pulls the drone toward me. And I gotta learn to look at the video instead of the drone! Thereâ€™s GOT to be a way to set it so which ever way the camera is pointed thatâ€™s forward. And I donâ€™t like the â€œtiltâ€ method for some reason. Iâ€™ll keep trying it though.
The Nexus controls the Drone really well. Itâ€™s really crappy for reading outside on a bright sunny day; but otherwise I havenâ€™t many complaints about it. Hooks into my network (using Skifta) and letâ€™s me check my Outlook.com mail/gmail and, so far, has done everything Iâ€™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. Thatâ€™s still up in the air though so, weâ€™ll see.
Not much else going on this fine Easter Sunday. SWMBO is cooking and the Ham is about done. Sheâ€™s making mashed Sweet Taters and Green Beans to go with the ham. I donâ€™t care what we have for Easter Dinner as long as I get to spend it home with her!
Oh yeah, turns out turning â€œabsolute controlâ€ off on the Drone is what Iâ€™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 Iâ€™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 sortâ€¦
Anywho, Easter Dinner was excellent. Dishes are all in the dish washer ready to go.