Spring Build Party and Workshop

We will have another build party and drone tech workshop in Early May! Come by with your drone hardware and build, configure, test, and learn from each other! Even if you don't have hardware, you're welcome to hang out!

We will also have a Group Buy V coming soon, which will hopefully add a few more inexpensive options including DIY fixed wing airplane kits, and smaller quadcopter kits!

The suggested date so far is tentative, and the location is TBD! We will be updating this in the coming weeks!

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  • Gregory P.

    Chris Vo thanks a whole lot we all owe you! Arlen also thanks for your AI Soldering machine.

    May 5, 2013

  • Christopher V.

    IMPORTANT : DO NOT park directly in front of Nova Labs, this area is for loading and unloading only. There is parking across the street, see the Nova Labs website for parking details if you need more specifics!

    1 · May 3, 2013

  • kman4u

    Really you guys are awesome to have a group like this..I wish i could have been near to DC area...I am in NY area and i am in to this hobby for almost couple of years..I fly my quad in my huge open backyard. I love to join this Build Party..Where can i find more information on this?

    April 22, 2013

    • kman4u

      Chris, Any future build workshops like this?. I would not be able to make it for this May 4th. I need to plan a weekend trip trip.We used to live in Herndon, VA few years back and i like that area.

      May 3, 2013

    • Christopher V.

      yep. we try to do this about once every 1.5 months. there is a group buy open at store.dcdrone.org please feel free to ask any questions, this is a community effort and someone here will respond!

      May 3, 2013

  • Nils G.

    Hey - Need to hire a Mikrokopter Tech savy person this week before friday. Need to do some minor configurations to my octo - email me direct [masked]. I will be at the build too for sure!

    April 30, 2013

  • David Thorin S.

    Anybody driving from petworth (or near) and willing to share a seat? Will pay gas/buy coffee/do some other nice thing.

    April 30, 2013

  • Stefan C.

    im bringing my camera,pad and pen

    1 · April 30, 2013

  • Christopher V.

    The build party will go roughly from 10AM to 5PM; I will be there earlier to distribute kits if you feel like coming early. Also, there will be a follow-up session later in the week for those who don't finish their build; this follow-up session location and time is TBD.

    April 30, 2013

    • Joe B.

      See you then. I am getting a kit - what tools make sense to have when I come?

      April 30, 2013

    • Christopher V.

      I'm not entirely sure that the kits from the latest group buy will be fully in on time, our vendor was a little behind schedule because they recently released a brushless gimbal that has been flying off their shelves (they sold 5000 brushless gimbals in the first week! WTF!)... anyway, you should try and bring a 2mm screw driver, soldering iron (a typical 30W or higher soldering iron with a screwdriver or chisel tip should do fine).

      April 30, 2013

  • Leshell H.

    What do I need to bring? Can I just watch if I don't have material?

    April 28, 2013

    • Christopher V.

      You can certainly watch; if you have a drone that you'd like advice on please feel free to bring it!

      April 28, 2013

    • Jose Luis M.

      @Leshell, I did the same thing during last build. I attended with no kit to build. Just bring lots of questions, curiosity and desire to learn. :)

      1 · April 30, 2013

  • Aaron M.

    I don't know if my new 330 will be in yet, but I am having some wonky problems with my quad that hopefully someone can help me out with.

    After launch sometimes it get the directions messed up and nothing moves the direction it should. Even a reset (land, disarm, reorient, rearm) doesnt fix the problem. Also, it won't alt hold, it just slowly decends.

    April 28, 2013

    • Christopher V.

      The 330s had to be backordered. They will be here within 2 weeks though. As far as the directions getting messed up, make sure you don't have "simple mode" selected for any of the modes. That's caused a similar problem for some other people's quads. Alt hold will require some additional tuning, I'll make a screenshot of some settings that work for me when I get a chance.

      April 28, 2013

  • Mike V.

    I can not go as I have a wedding, but would like to know more about the next group buy and help with figuring what I need to build a small or micro quad

    April 26, 2013

    • Christopher V.

      next group buy is already open, please feel free to ask any questions if you have them. i will put up a meetup event to announce it shortly.

      April 28, 2013

  • Shadrock

    Rats. Have to change plans but look forward to another build soon...

    1 · April 27, 2013

  • Gregory P.

    Turnigy 9XR Radio!

    I recently bought the Turnigy from Hobbyking which looks nice but I now see it does not have an RF Module!

    I dont think these are expensive but where do I get one. HobbyKing does not appear to have them. Im new and just getting used to all this gear.

    I know what a PID is now!

    April 22, 2013

  • Joe B.

    depends on location

    April 14, 2013

    • Christopher V.

      we may perhaps hold it at Nova Labs in Reston, but if space does not permit, or if they don't let us, we'll have to hold it elsewhere. the location will be announced in the coming week.

      April 16, 2013

  • Hocine C.

    Hi Chris,

    Please, if you have some time tomorrow, could you help me tune up my quad copter before, during, or after the flying party. Thank you so much for organizing the group buys, the build parties and the workshops, I sincerely appreciate your generosity, your time and your expertise.

    I would also like to thank Gus for helping me build my quad and Toby for his encouragement.

    Finally, many thanks, Timothy, the board and all the DC drone members user groups.

    Have fun tomorrow and enjoy the flying,

    Regards,
    -Hocine

    1 · April 13, 2013

  • Jose Luis M.

    do this mean the parts for Group Buy IV are in ? I'm not sure if someone I missed that post.

    April 11, 2013

    • Christopher V.

      Yes, for the most part. Your kit is still missing motors, which is why I haven't sent an announcement to you.

      April 11, 2013

    • Jose Luis M.

      cool !!! hopefully the motors will be in before May 4th I assume.

      April 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey everyone, will the group buy V happen before the build party? I don't have any hardware yet but would like get some before the workshop.

    April 11, 2013

  • Nils G.

    Rats, our film competition is that weekend

    April 11, 2013

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