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DIY Drone Racer  – Kit Building Made Easy

DIY Drone Racer – Kit Building Made Easy

First-person-view (FPV) racing has changed the face of radio control. World-class race events and network TV coverage have combined to pull in huge numbers of racers with no prior background in traditional aeromodeling. While there are some nice ready-to-fly quadcopters on the market, FPV racing is ideal for those who like to build their machines. […]
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Props for Racing and Camera Drones

What props would you use for a racing drone versus a camera drone? In general, are there particular things that a pilot should look for in a prop?   In answer to your first question, not all props are designed the same. The technology is so advanced that, nowadays, we develop specific props that are […]

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Ready, Set, Go! Setting Up Your Own Drone Race

Ready, Set, Go! Setting Up Your Own Drone Race

By John Reid Photos by Lesley Cunningham Greenlee & Cheryl Volmacka Maltby Most races are organized by people who just get together and set up their own event. To see how this is done, we followed a group of racers as they packed up and headed out to some old abandoned houses in the desert […]

FPV Camera Programming

Expert tips for optimal performance Clear vision is key to winning races and your drone’s camera is responsible for  everything you see in your goggles, so it makes sense to optimize it for a clear vision of the course. While most cameras come well tuned from the factory, you can adjust them for your racing […]

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Super-Fast Drone Fixes

Super-Fast Drone Fixes

Get your bird back in the air in a flash FPV drone racing is unlike anything else I have ever tried, and it is extremely addictive. But to be competitive, you have to push it to the limits, and that means crashes—and more crashes. While these drones are pretty tough, there are times that repairs […]
Rotor Riot – YouTube’s FPV Lifestyle Show

Rotor Riot – YouTube’s FPV Lifestyle Show

In January 2016, an action-packed web show appeared on YouTube aimed specifically at the burgeoning first person- view (FPV) multirotor community. But unlike earlier attempts, this one eschewed technical language, avoided instructional videos, and circumnavigated hobbyist clichés, opting instead for something a lot more exciting. Taking cues from snowboarding and skating videos, it portrayed the […]

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Prescription lenses for your FPV goggles

Prescription lenses for your FPV goggles

RHO-Lens Today’s FPV goggles offer amazing resolution for a truly immersive flying experience. Unfortunately, fliers with less-than-perfect distance vision may not get the most out of these outstanding headsets. While there are diopter-lens sets available to provide a measure of distance-vision correction, these can’t take the place of genuine prescription lenses.  RHOLens fills this need […]
How-to Solder up Battery Connectors

How-to Solder up Battery Connectors

Our Senior West Coast Editor John Reid offers up some tips for soldering on a new connector to your flight battery. This video will take you from the start to the finish on this critical soldering skill.    

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What Programing Features are Helpful for Flying Drones?

What Programing Features are Helpful for Flying Drones?

To begin with, dual rates are helpful as they affect the speed at which your model  changes roll, pitch, or yaw orientation for a given stick input. There are no hard and fast rules for dual rates as they are dependent on your own preferences. For drone racing, I like to have a lower rate […]
C Rating for Drone LiPo Battery Packs

C Rating for Drone LiPo Battery Packs

The short answer is that when it comes to flight times and motor performance, the higher a battery’s C rating, the more likely it will make you smile. A 45C pack makes a joke of a 10C pack when it comes to power delivery. The C rating for a LiPo battery, quite simply, refers to […]
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