Spektrum Telemetry Reader – Pre-Alpha Build

Here’s a little update on a project I’ve been working on. The Spektrum Telemetry Reader is an Android app to read Spektrum telemetry data. The Spektrum Telemetry Reader I’ve completed another alpha build of the Telemetry Reader for Android. It’s relatively stable. Obviously there are ways to make it crash. I’m mainly using it as a visual verification that the data from the library is coming back correctly. I’m also attempting my first hybrid application using the Ionic Framework (an extension of Cordova) and want to validate some of the design choices that I’ve made. Download the compressed APK: Telemetry Reader for Android … Continue reading

Flying the Sunbird

If you’ve been following my Sunbird series you’ll know that in the last posts I covered and finished the wing. I had to run an errand after work which got me home a little earlier than I normally do. I immediately got into finish the glider mode. The ailerons setup was pretty easy, just like any other ARF. I setup and made mounts for the wing bolts and drilled the holes in the wing. Basically, I was done! I had two OrangeRX receivers in my electronics box. Now, I’ve had a bunch of these receivers and have had no problems with … Continue reading

Covering the Sunbird Wing

The major covering tasks on the Sunbird have been completed. Just a few more items on the list until I can get the glider out for test flights Continue reading

Covering the Sunbird

Most people hate covering a model. While it’s not my favorite thing, I’d rather be out flying, I think I enjoy putting the covering on more than actually doing the building. I’ll admit it is frustrating and I’m not good at it. I often get to the point of frustration where I shortcut stuff or don’t do things correct because I just want it done. However, in my eyes covering is more like actually completing the model. When it is covered it is ready to go! I decided to go with Ultracote Lite covering. It is a great covering material. … Continue reading

Dell Latitude Laptop Processor Stuck at 800MHz

At home I use a Dell Latitude laptop which I found discarded. I’ve been using Xbuntu on it for over a year. It has been OK. It’s nothing blazing fast or great, but it works for doing some basic side development. Recently, I noticed that my CPUFreq-indicator was never moving off the lowest level. I tried changing the CPU governor to performance but nothing changed. I ran cpufreq-info and got this message: current policy: frequency should be within 800 MHz and 800 MHz. The governor “performance” may decide which speed to use within this range. Crap! How To Fix I tried … Continue reading

Moving Between GoDaddy Hosts

For the life of this blog I’ve been using GoDaddy’s Economy hosting which was thrown in free with my domain name registration. The option was a very, very basic one, just designed to do some basic website hosting. My guess it was more for the use of parking the domain or doing a basic, “I’m Here!” site. Their documentation said that WordPress couldn’t be hosted on it. I didn’t see why it couldn’t and in the end proved you could by  hosting this blog. Now I don’t receive a ton of traffic, about 250 hits a day. I had no … Continue reading

Sunbird Update

The continuation of my HobbyKing SunBird build… Building the Wings Without having any plans this build is a bit harder than it should be. I ended up not using the joiner between the center panel and wing tip. After reading more on this and re-reading the instructions like 10 times I know this was a mistake, but the horrible instructions provided by HobbyKing made this impossible to understand. After getting the outer tips finished I trimmed off the excess spar material. I’m not sure if I was supposed to do this, but it seems like it needed to be done in … Continue reading

Mixing Communities is Like Mixing Groups of Friends

If you’ve ever introduced two groups of friends which you normally don’t hang out with at the same time you may have noticed some awkwardness. One group may think you’re this really outgoing and wild person while the other thinks you’re reserved and quiet, as in mixing your college buddies with your co-worker friends. I’ve found that this is the same when you try to cross between communities on the Internet. With social interactions in real life there are subtle things that can make a difference, tone of voice, body language, etc. With Internet communities there are still norms but … Continue reading

Spektrum Telemetry Viewer for Android

I’m announcing two new projects! TLMReaderLib, a library for decoding Spektrum TLM files, and TelemetryReaderForAndroid, an Android application for viewing Spektrum telemetry. Let me tell you why I’ve undertaken these two projects in my spare time. Continue reading

Sunbird Electric Glider Build

Recently I got bit by the building bug. I don’t know why, but I’ve been wanting to build something. There was a thread on RCGroups about building a woodie DLG. I decided that it would be cool to have. It looks like an awesome flying glider. However, I have’t built anything before. A DLG airframe takes a bunch of stress. Building one has to take this into account. You don’t want it to come apart after a few hard throws. I decided that building something cheap like the Sunbird Electric Glider would be best for me to try before I got the … Continue reading