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About mikep

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  • Birthday 12/14/1966

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  1. mikep

    RCAP

    Althought this is a very old thread I thought I would reply. I would guess that if you lowered the turn rate you would have better result on that last waypoint. My plane pretty much keeps flying a figure eight when it reaches the last waypoint.
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    RCAP

    Haven't been here in a while. I just read this thread and wanted to say RCAP was never designed to be flown on a helicopter. I'm not saying you could not make it work, but I would seriously no recommend it. It works fine on a high-wing, trainer type aircraft with a good amount of dyhedral which is what it was designed for. If anyone has questions, please post them to the source forge lists and I will answer them there. http://rcpilot.sf.net/ LOok for the support mailling list. As for kits and pre-build units they should be availbale again shortly. Right now I gave a few boards and chips to someone who is testing out the idea of building them for people. Regards, Mike
  3. There's a store that's been mentioned here several times that sells wireless video equipment. They specialize in surveillance cams, hidden cams for law enforcement etc. I believe they might be in New York State, but I could be wrong about that. I used to have a catalog for them, but can't find it now. I know there are tons of wireless cam sites on the net.... but these guys were pretty well known. If you can make some suggestions it might trigger some memories of their name! :-) Thanks, Mike
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    Artificial Horizon

    Looking good!!! If I can make a few small comments though.... Are call sign and voltage optional? Would be nice if it was for people arlready using other boards that do not need this info. Also it looks like you loose one axis when these appear. Perhaps have them flash on top center and not loose the axis indicator. But definitely a VERY cool project Mr. RC-Cam!
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    Landtastic: R/C model retract controller

    How many do you want? Maybe we can make a little deal. Pay for the 2 extra PICs and get them shipped to me here in Montreal, and I will burn yours and mail them off to you. If glichbusters has them he only charges like 2.00-2.50 for shipping.
  6. Actually the balloon guys do not notify FAA. It has to do with the payload weight and a few other stuff. You can see how they get exempt here. http://www.eoss.org/pubs/far_annotated.htm So if you create some regulations... don't forget the exemptions! :-)
  7. What makes trying to reach high altitudes with an R/C plane any different then the guys that send up balloons to 80,000 ft every weekend. And I know of several clubs that do this. And what about the 100's of weather balloons that go up every day. I can understand the need to to be vigilent about where you fly when trying to reach these altitudes. But I don't see why it should be banned. I object to the phrase "unreasonable acts of a few". What makes this any less reasonable then crossing the Atlantic with a model airplane that the AMA was SOOO proud of. Although I am not a member of the AMA.... I just sent my comments to Mr. Brown. It really irks me that when it is he and his friends doing these kind of thing it's a great event.... but if others try similar things it is unreasonable. My .02$
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    Sony DSC-U20 Project

    That's funny... I also zapped myself pretty nicely on the flash! Well I don't mind giving you my code if you want it. It's in PicBasic Pro. Or if you simply want the basic steps I can give you that as well. Leave me your e-mail in a private message.
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    wing area of a bi-plane

    From my experience, bi-planes tend to have a lot of drag. Ever have to bring one in with a dead stick? They sink like rocks! Personally I don't think they would make a good plane for any payload. A trainer is a much better bet. I've put 4 pounds in my 40 size trainer. Admittedly it also became a sinker... but it still flew quite well. Also the flat bottom and dyhedral in the wing give it some nice qualities for autopilots and RPV'ing. I've also use a Modeltech Cessna 182 model... I fly it with 10% flaps with a heavy load in it and it does quite well. My main "Carrying" machine is a Senior Telemater. It can handle a lot of weight, but considering it's a kit (not ARF) and the flight charateristics are only so so, I don't think I would bother with one again. I would simply look for a 60 size trainer ARF.
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    Altitude Hold

    Unfortunately it will be a while still before I get a kit together. I was hoping to get something out in June, but I don't think it will happend. Other commitments (Real Work) is keeping me pretty busy.
  11. Only thing about that is when you are wearing the glasses it's pretty hard to figure out if you are looking in the direction of the plane or not. At least for me. However it's pretty quick to reorient the antenna with a turn of the head. Although I think it's a great idea, I think I prefer the auto-trackers.
  12. Take a look at the latest TinyTrack. It's getting pretty small. TinyTrack Photo
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    marking waypoints automatically

    I don't use a program. I have incorporated it into my GPS stuff. Mostly I use it to make sure the sentence is complete and not corrupted before my autopilot uses the sentence for navigation. If the checksums don't match I disregard that sentence for navigation. And if I just need a one off, I use the calculator in windows with a character map to get the hex values. A bit slow, but it works. I suppose I could write a quick utility to do this in Windows but I really haven't needed to do it that often. Checksums are actually quite simple... when you start getting into CRC routines life gets somewhat more complicated! Cheers, Mike
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    marking waypoints automatically

    I will write off a quick e-mail to Garmin to see what they say. But I'm not very confident about their answers. In the past I got the feeling the person responding to my questions was not very knowledgable. I already have all the routines for calculating the checksums and reading the GPS from working on my autopilot. So putting together a project that listens to the GPS and records waypoints would not take very long. And you do need a cable connected between them anyways for writing. But I would rather not have to listen to the GPS. I will see what Garmin says. Right now I'm having a problem getting to their site. As for MOB, I don't think that would work. Generally I don't think there can be more than one MOB at a time. P.S. That sucks that it doesn't work on XP. I will have to try my daughters laptop to see why. I am using an old version of Visual Studio (6.0). I just can't get myself to take the hit for their .Net studio.
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