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August Drone Build Party

After a successful venture into the wilds of a Texas Ranch, NTDUG would like to bring things closer to home for the month of August.  Since there has been considerable inquiry on just how to go about building a drone we thought we would host a full day on just how to do that, no experience necessary!

Here is the schedule of classes:

 

Pick the Brain - 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM. - Vincent Shepherd

Ever wanted to ask a UAV designer just what he was thinking when they did something a certain way?  We have found a UAV Engineer willing to come and do a friendly sit down with anyone that wants to come and ask questions!  His name is Vincent Shepherd and has worked with designing all aspects of small UAVs for years including testing and evaluation.  Want a professional opinion on your idea?  Want to understand an equation?  Want to know why they do things the way they do?  Come and ask!

 

Basic RC/Electronics - 11:00 AM to 1:00PM. - Romeo Espana

This class is designed to introduce and explain all basic Radio Controlled equipment and cover basic electronics skills as they pertain to multi-copters.  We recommend watching this video about basic soldering if you have not done it in awhile (3.18 minutes).  This class is a must for all those who wish to do the drone build class but have never built or flown a hobby level aircraft.  If you just want to come and brush up or even just want to get up to date on modern equipment then you should go ahead and grab a seat here.

 

Lunch - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM.

Dallas Makerspace is located next to fast food restaurants as well as some sit down restaurants.  Take your pick.

 

Quad Copter Drone Build - 2PM to 6PM. *LIMITED SEATING OF TEN SLOTS* -Romeo Espana and Tony White

Keep your wits about you!  We are going to take you from system components to functioning RC to drone inside of 4 hours!  These are basic level aircraft with all the trimmings of the big boy toys.  You will need basic level RC equipment understanding as well as the ability to solder just a few things together.  Since this is a guided build you MUST get the parts yourself and bring them.  We have the grocery list for you here. Again, get the parts ASAP and get ONLY the parts on this list.  We will provide software configuration and help with flight controls as well as a whole host of other little things you'll need in order to get airborne.

To get a seat, reply to this event page stating that you have placed your orders.  When ten of you have replied, that's it.  IF additional seats open up we will post about it but don't count on having enough time to get your items if you wait for a seat to open up.

If you already have a transmitter and/or receiver you can choose to use that instead of getting a new one.  Don't forget, it takes time to get things in the mail, get it done ASAP!

 

Intro to UAV Pre-Flight - 6PM to 7PM. -Tony White

Taught by NTDUG's very own former UAV instructor (Yuma Proving Grounds) Tony White.  In this brief introductory class we will go over basic weather issues, flight safety, how to make a checklist and get you an understanding of airspace rules and regulations as they relate to UAVs.  Fast paced and a very unique opportunity, if you have no training with UAVs this class is a don't miss!

 

Dinner - 7PM to 8PM

You figure this one out.  Come back for the Maiden Flight Assistance class if you feel you need to otherwise, SPIN ON!

 

Maiden Flight Assistance - 8PM+

So, you have built it but you still don't know how to fly it?  Not a problem.  We will have some very experienced pilots on standby to help you take off and fly around a bit.  These flights will be conducted indoors for public safety.  Flights are only one or two at a time, so it's first come first serve.  If you bring a helmet for this, that would be funny.

 

*Please be aware that we have a limited seating of 10 slots for the Drone Build class.  Meetup Members attending is NOT an indication of seats allocated.  If you want to come you MUST order your parts in time to have them in your hands for the class.  All other classes do not have a seating limit.

 

**This event is rain or shine. If our venue is a wash-out, for weather or politics, an alert will be announced/posted.

The site selection committee is always looking for new and varied flying sites. If you have one in mind, or even a suggestion on what to look for send me a message to add it to a site list. If possible, please provide a description of the field, a Google/Bing map link, and a point of contact for that location (if there is one.)

Please send me a message if you would like to serve on the site selection committee as well. The committee will meet briefly, via in person or via VOIP, once or twice a month as needed to consider and select locations for the group.

Keep it safe, we look forward to seeing you (and all of your fingers) at the flight line.

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  • steve p.

    I just found you on a search for quad copter groups close to me. This (the date) is October. Any future meets scheduled? Would love some pre-flight advice and contact.

    October 7, 2013

  • Tomas

    Had a great time at the build party. Learned many new things. A big "thank you" to Romeo, Chad, Tony, TJ and the rest for all of the technical assistance. I've got a few glitches to work out but I should be airborne in short order. Couldnt have done it without you!

    August 12, 2013

  • Tony W.

    I am bringing some goodies from HobbyTown to sell. So bring some spending cash. All proceeds are going to future NTDUG events. See ya there!!!!

    August 10, 2013

  • Don Y.

    Sure hope someone can explain some of this stuff about the transmitter and the Accucel-6 charger to me. I've been playing around with both and don't have a clue how either of them is really supposed to be set up. Tried charging some NiMH batteries and can't really tell it did much of anything to them. I did finally find the manual for the charger by doing a BING search for Accucel-6 manual just in case anyone else needs it.
    http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uploads/ACCUCEL_manual(2).pdf. Some stuff is a little vague,
    like you have to a press and hold down +- buttons, not just press at the same time for some functions to be activated.
    Don
    PO is still insisting they will get my batteries back. :-))

    August 10, 2013

  • Don Y.

    Thanks guys.
    I bought a battery from Mikes in Carrolton on Friday. They had nothing between 2 amp and 5 amp so bought the 5 A. Cost $69.
    By the time I finished getting adapters etc. so I could use it + tax
    it was $98. What the PO lost was $73 and was two 3.6 A, one 3s and 1 4s. 3.6 A because that was the biggest Hobbyking show was in stock.
    Don

    August 10, 2013

  • Don Y.

    My batteries were delivered 29 July..... Problem is they weren't delivered to me. The PO screwed up and delivered them
    to some company. Won't tell me who to but they are now trying to get them back. Since I have security cameras I was able to prove they didn't deliver them to me as the tracking info said.

    Just in case they don't recover them by Friday, can someone tell
    me a good place to get one locally before Sunday.
    Thanks for any suggestions,
    Don

    August 7, 2013

    • Ron P.

      Don

      August 8, 2013

    • Ron P.

      Don rc zone in either plano or frisco will likely have one. Not sure what size you need but they carry some. Good luck.

      August 8, 2013

  • Tomas

    I could use a local source for batteries as well. They were out of stock when I ordered my parts (which the PO tried to deliver yesterday).

    August 8, 2013

  • Chad F.

    Full day of all things drones coming up this Sunday!! Don't forget!!

    August 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would like to drop in on the basic RC class.

    August 7, 2013

  • Frankie F.

    My parts were ordered the evening of July 18 and were delivered yesterday, July 31. JUST under two week turn around time.

    1 · August 1, 2013

  • Chad F.

    I'd say today is the final day to try and get your parts. If you just want to come and watch the classes that's good to. See you there!

    August 1, 2013

  • Don Y.

    Got the bulk of my parts in Thursday.
    Still waiting on Batteries, Charger and Transmitter.
    All were listed as being in stock so they should be here on time.
    I'm pulling for you Tom. I hope yours get here.
    If not you can help me with mine. :-))

    July 29, 2013

  • Chad F.

    Glad you could make it Tom, cya there!

    July 28, 2013

  • Tomas

    Got my parts ordered (wasn't sure I'd be in town that weekend - nothing like waiting until the last minute to add some excitement).
    Looking forward to learning lots of new things!

    July 28, 2013

  • Chad F.

    That's the apm 2.5. The boards are open source as well as the code. Be weary of quality control issues.

    July 24, 2013

  • gil w.

    July 24, 2013

  • Chad F.

    Would be good to see you there Gil, come on up when you can get there.

    July 22, 2013

  • gil w.

    would like to attend Intro To UAV

    1 · July 21, 2013

  • Frankie F.

    Parts have been ordered! :)
    Looking forward to the class!

    July 18, 2013

  • Dan

    Sure would like to get in on the build, gona be outa town again. I'll catch the next one...

    July 18, 2013

  • Chad F.

    5 seats taken. 2 weeks delivery time from RCTIMER.COM, get yer stuff!

    July 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Orders are placed. Count me in the DMS Group.

    July 18, 2013

  • Chad F.

    4 out of 25 seats taken. 15 seats are allocated to DMS members and 10 to NTDUG members.

    July 17, 2013

  • Chad F.

    Of course, bring him! See if he wants to get in on the other classes too.

    July 17, 2013

  • Don Y.

    Placed my order for parts
    last night 15 July 2013.

    July 16, 2013

  • Don Y.

    Romeo, I placed my order last night.

    July 16, 2013

  • Romeo E.

    The order list is up and double checked. Please let me know if there are any issues. I will post if any major changes occur to the list (for example: an alternate supplier due to an item going out of stock)....otherwise I will continue to clean up the list to improve its readability

    July 15, 2013

  • Chad F.

    Post when you have placed your orders, first come first served based on posting for the limited 10 seats. GOOD LUCK!

    July 14, 2013

    • Romeo E.

      Please refrain from ordering till morning. The links are being repaired. This class was moved back from july due to issues with diydrones not responding to our group buy request.

      July 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can you guys double check your links. Some of them are broken on the grocery list. Count me in though. Will but as soon as links are fixed.

    July 15, 2013

  • Don Y.

    I'll be there! I need all the help I can get! Don

    July 9, 2013

  • Don Y.

    This Question is really for Romeo Espana... Is this the Quad build class you were trying to get together? If so, I'll be there.
    Does anyone know the on line link to the basic RC class that Romeo gave about a month ago? Don Young ([masked])

    July 9, 2013

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