Flying in High Winds

April 4th, 2016
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So being spring and getting warmer and all I’ve been flying every other weekend. Well with spring comes wind. I didn’t let that stop me though and have flown a few weekends with 20+ mph winds which surprisingly both the Atom and ZMR were able to handle it. Unfortunately you can’t tune it while it’s windy and both are in deep need of some tuning. I setup a new YouTube channel under the Chris Ames FPV moniker. Here’s a link to one of the videos I’ve posted First FPV compilation. I hope to get more video up soon and keep posting as weather permits to add content.

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First flight on an actual course

March 21st, 2016
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Yesterday a few of us got together in Crystal at Lions Park and setup a small course. It was the first time I’ve flown with any semblance of a course laid out. Hitting the gates right was not as easy as I had expected and in the course of 2 hours I hit more gates then flew through. It was a learning experience. I also switched over to 4S 1.3mah batteries from 3S 1.5mah batteries. This makes a huge difference on it’s own and make my ZMR 250 much more nimble then I thought possible. I would post some video footage but during one flight I had a bad crash that ejected the SD Card from the Xiaomi Yi camera and I was unable to find it in the grass. All in all it was a lot of firsts for me: A course, 4S battery, 2hours of flying, and flying with more than one other person. I’m learning and it’s getting easier. Now on to cleaning my workspace off so I can use it again.

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Flew ZMR 250 “The Buster” on Sunday

February 1st, 2016
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Met up with a local member of our MAV group here at the soccer complex. Neither of us got through an entire battery before having to pack it up. It seems even with waterproofing prep cold wet snow will still kill your quad. I first lost video and then lost sync with one motor causing to to barrel roll to death to the ground. Well back to the bench to figure out where the water got in at.

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The Life of a Wannabe Drone Pilot

January 29th, 2016
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I started getting into quadcopters (AKA Drones) about a year ago. I started with a toy SkyRocket Toys X-Quad and have moved onto modding and building my own. At current I own 4 a modified version of my X-Quad, a tiny nano sized toy quad, a ZMR 250, and a RotorX Atom 122. I am by no means good at flying anything but the toy grade ones but I can keep it in the air without crashing for the most part. XQuad Stunt Quad

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How my day feels some days

May 6th, 2015
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XKCD.com Courtesy of XKCD

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New Challenges 2015

May 4th, 2015
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Well again back after changing jobs and seeing how things are changing figured I’d put a post up.  Moving from the private financial sector to the public software developer sector.  We’ll see what kind of new things I’ll discover here.  At the previous employer it was all go no rest for the weary this place seems to be more get what you can done but we don’t expect miracles and don’t kill yourself trying.  Time will tell.

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Kidney no more

July 30th, 2014
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Well it’s now the end of July and I can say that the last 2 years have sucked royally.  Through all my complications with kidney stones and the pain accompanying it I seem to be free of it.  It had a heavy cost though I lost my left kidney and have to be very careful of my diet to prevent any from forming in my remaining right kidney.  I missed out on my girl growing up for 2 years and don’t want to miss out on anymore.  Today I can say I’m pain free and for the most part got my energy back.  Here’s to hopefully more updates and remaining kidney pain free.

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New year trying to get healthy

February 11th, 2014
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Well the new year started over a month ago and I’m still dealing with the aftermath of my previous post from nearly a year ago.  I’ve had 3 more bouts of kidney stones and now am seeing a specialist in Urology from the UofM to look at the damage done by the first kidney stone removal.  It appears it will require major surgery to fix being that there is so much scar tissue it will prevent me from passing even the smallest of stone material.  In lieu of the surgery I am trying to change some of my bad habits to make recovery that much easier and to get off on the right foot afterwards.  I have quit drinking soda and instead am imbibing in water for my drink of choice.  I have also quit smoking through use of the nicotine patch.  This definitely helps me but eventually that will be gone too.  I’m down to 267 lbs from a high of 296 lbs.  My goal by end of summer will be to be down to 240 or less.  This is for myself and my family as this last year has been very tough on all of us with me being laid up for a month ever 3 months dealing with these kidney stones and healing from them.  So with that said here’s a toast to the new year and with any luck and a lot of will power a new more energetic and 2014.

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Unfortunate Summer 2013

August 21st, 2013
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Sadly it’s been a eventful summer in a negative way.  Was laid up for 3 months with a kidney stone and stent that caused egregious pain and limiting of anything beyond sitting around.  Finally free of it all as of the middle of August. Summer is nearly over and now trying to fill in my summer with everything that was waiting on my recovery.  Irritating to say the least.

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Spring Fever

March 25th, 2013
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We are nearing the end of March here and all I can do is think about all the projects I have set to do this summer and a few activities I’d like to take up.

First and foremost I’d like to get my yard in working order and have something other than a brown yard this year overgrown with weeds.  Here is my list organized by priority:

  1. Fertilize and weed killer
  2. Fix rear fence to keep dog in yard
  3. Fix once and for wall underground sprinkler system
  4. De-Weed the rockbeds
  5. Clear out debris behind house on rockbed slope
  6. Give the backyard some much needed attention and rid ourselves of the ant mounds.

For my sanity and a little bit of fun I’d like to get some sort of playset for my daughter to play with and maybe designate a corner area for that.  I’d also like to take up a hobby working with RC Airplanes or something along those lines.  A mixture of electronics and aviation would be fun and a learning experience.

Now realistically I hope to accomplish maybe half of that LOL due to our short summers and sometimes crappy weather but with any luck I’ll enjoy most of it and accomplish a fair bit of it.

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