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Messages - Tinker

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General Talk / Re: Radio-controlled Whatever
« on: December 08, 2023, 08:30:37 AM »
ADDENDUM: The Remote ID requirement went into effect on September 16th but the FAA wont rigidly enforce the rules until March 16th 2024 because of a lack of the technology required to comply.


Now I know...

General Talk / Re: Radio-controlled Whatever
« on: December 08, 2023, 08:25:23 AM »
I've got a skydio 2 and a hover x1.

I'm sorry SteveS doesn't kayak anymore, neither of your drones fit what I'm searching for right now.  As 123engineering is about to tell me (and what I already knew) is the skydio 2 will need to be registered with the FAA and a remote ID module installed.  Too bad, because that would be fun to fool around with.  The hover x1 is interesting, but I need to pilot a drone FPV if I'm going to learn anything that will help in the future.

I appreciate the offer, but I'm sorry, they don't fit.


Check the latest FAA regulation changes, I think they are going to force Remote ID rules soon.  Check FAA website: https://www.faa.gov/uas/getting_started/remote_id
Any commercial use requires an FAA 107 license, which is not that difficult to get but will cost you $175? to take the exam.  I got my 107 a year ago but didn't fly much lately.


I'm familiar with the FAA regulations, Paul.  It's rumored that the FAA might have announced a delay in timing and they may go into effect early next year, although the exact date is uncertain.  The biggest problem the FAA is creating is that no matter what UAV one owns. if it's heavier than 250 grams, you'll need to register it with the FAA and install a remote ID transponder which aren't built into the drone, and a newbie like me will have to solder something to the tiny circuit boards and OMG, that's not my forte.  I'd fry something critical, no doubt.

Just like me to show up a day after all the fun...

General Talk / Re: Radio-controlled Whatever
« on: December 06, 2023, 02:21:18 PM »
Well, the guy in the kayak had the bow on the beach.  I was watching some trout fishing videos and it seems you don't have proof you caught a fish these days if your video doesn't have a 10-second aerial B-roll in it.


Tell me more about your tiny drone.  I would like to have a trainer for a while.  Actually, let me know more about whatever drones you're thinking about parting with, please.

General Talk / Re: Radiuo-controlled Whatever
« on: December 06, 2023, 01:00:41 AM »
I have been flying drones on and off for the last several years.



I figured it out!  Several - many - of the DJI drones can stay in the air for 20+ minutes, but they seem to be the exception, not the rule.  I apologize for being surprised that any drone could fly that long.

I'm not sure I know enough to recognize that I'm still stupid.

General Talk / Re: Radiuo-controlled Whatever
« on: December 06, 2023, 12:57:50 AM »
Tangentially relevant to this conversation, but there are some pretty awesome drones out there these days. I've seen a guy in Pacifica a few times now, fishing from the rocks, using a drone as a bait delivery system, further out than he can cast.

I'd be careful about using/controlling one while.on the kayak. Any comms link or equip malfunction, and most of them return to launch point.  As a moving platform, that is probably in the water by the time you realize what is happening. A friend of mine lost a $3k drone doing exactly that. It sank very fast, haha.

There's a fishing video on YouTube where a fellow in a kayak tried to hand land a drone (pluck it out of the air), bobbled it, and it sank.  Oddly enough, that was the video that got me interested in a drone of my own.

Also, check California flight restrictions.  Up here in Oregon it's illegal to use a drone to aid with fishing and hunting, or to locate fish or game.  The rules are changing all the time, so stay current.

General Talk / Re: Radiuo-controlled Whatever
« on: December 05, 2023, 12:39:25 PM »
There's also these folks.  Not sure if you're close to them or not, but I'd be shocked if they wouldn't guide you along better than I can if you started asking questions.


General Talk / Re: Radiuo-controlled Whatever
« on: December 05, 2023, 12:37:01 PM »
Joshua Bardwell is a legend in the sport.  Find him here: https://www.youtube.com/@JoshuaBardwell.  A search engine is going to become your best friend because he knows this stuff but he doesn't translate it down to my level ("Idiot").

Get the Liftoff drone flight simulator and follow Joshua's tutorials.  It's better to wreck a virtual drone than a very expensive one.

You could also get an EMAX Tinyhawk III FPV Racing Drone Ready to Fly Kit https://emax-usa.com/products/tinyhawk-3-fpv-racing-drone-ready-to-fly-w-controller-and-goggles or the EMAX Tinyhawk III Plus Ready to Fly Kit https://emax-usa.com/collections/tinyhawk-iii-plus-series/products/tinyhawk-3-plus-ready-to-fly-rtf-kit that would be perfect to fly indoors until better weather next year.

There are a lot of reviewers out there.  The one I like the most are the YouTube video reviews by Justin Davis at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwojJxGQ0SNeVV09mKlnonA.  He seems legitimate, but who on YouTube is 100-percent honest.

Justin test flew both of those micro drones.

I fly-fish, just so you have some point of reference when I say, "It's gonna get expensive..." 

I have been fantasizing about drones and aerial coverage of fishing spots.  Also the drone FPV racing looks so fun!  I'd like to get the VR setup for them and start learning that way.  Let me know if you have any suggestions there!

General Talk / Re: Radiuo-controlled Whatever
« on: December 05, 2023, 12:32:47 PM »
I have been flying drones on and off for the last several years.
One of the cheapest ways to learn is to buy a toy drone and practice joystick skills first.
Most drones come with two batteries and a charger, but you might need to get a couple more due to their limited flight time.
Most batteries last approximately 15-20 minutes of flight time.
The drones are so advanced that they can fly independently and avoid collision.


Paul, I'd sure like to know which drones can get 15-20 minutes of flight time on one battery, because most of those pilots online get ecstatic if they can squeeze 5 minutes out of a flight.  Are you flying the long distance drones that are larger than 7-inches?

I'm serious, not diss-ing on you.  I first started thinking about 20- or 30-minute flights with a UAV and it still bugs me that I'll need to change batteries several times to fly that long.  It must be great.

- Kevin

General Talk / Re: Radiuo-controlled Whatever
« on: December 05, 2023, 11:23:09 AM »
Thanks.  I understand the drones themselves (on paper - I haven't received mine yet), and am learning about the various batteries, but i'm stumbling about trying to figure out the proper kind of charger that won't damage the batteries or burn down the garage.

As far as I can tell, almost no kit includes a charger, other than those by DJI or unless you're referring to the batteries for some radio controllers that can be charged in place through a USB port.  I'm asking about chargers for the power pack for the drone itself - and not DJI drones.

I could'a explained that part a lot better, huh?

Thanks for chiming in.  I appreciate getting any and all information.

It depends on what drone kit you get. Most kits will have 2 batteries with USB charger. Make sure not to get one too big to start with. The larger models require registration, license and training tests.

General Talk / Radio-controlled Whatever
« on: December 05, 2023, 10:31:36 AM »
I'm thinking about learning to pilot a recreational drone and the first stumbling block I came to was the LiPO battery charger.

Is there anyone using radio-controlled models or drones who can help me figure out what I need - or just how to figure out what I need?

Also: is there such a thing as LiFePo4 battery packs for these things?

I should never have started down this trail.  I seemed smarter before I did.

- Kevin

Ocean Kayaks / Re: Trident Restoration Questions
« on: November 10, 2023, 07:44:30 AM »
Pop it like an abalone.


Oh, I miss Ab diving. Shoot a video and share it when you do it, Kevin.  :smt003

I miss abalone diving, too, but I don't think popping the puck will be all that nostalgic.  We'll see.

Ocean Kayaks / Re: Trident Restoration Questions
« on: November 08, 2023, 02:40:49 PM »
Interesting, I havenít experienced that state of goop before. Iíve had the webbing straps go crusty, it seems thatís just before they break. I might be tempted to try soaking/washing and using dry hair conditioner on them, just a thought

I'ver used a lot of GOOP, on water baths, to seal screw holes for accessories... I've used it a lot, and I've never seen it get hard and next to impossible to remove either.

I'll see if soaking the straps in hot water helps.  I hope they don't break.  I'd have to replace the entire seat if they do.

Thanks for the suggestion. 

Ocean Kayaks / Trident Restoration Questions
« on: November 08, 2023, 11:58:06 AM »
The kids dropped off their T11 so I could fill in some screw holes.  That's done, but I noticed the water bath puck for the transducer is squishes, torn and unusable - but I can't get it out.

I'm the one who installed it and it's only held by GOOP, but this GOOP has turned rock hard and it's resisted every reasonable attempt to remove the puck - it has laughed at yanking on the puck, tearing it apart, and using paint scrapers and flexible putty knives.

Has anyone had GOOP turn to the dark side?  How did you get it out?

The straps for the seat back are stiff.  Not horribly stiff, and they don't appear to be either filthy dirty or sun-damaged, but they're hard to pull to adjust the seat back.  I haven't tried to do anything about the straps, yet.

Has anyone had to work with nylon straps to get them to loosen up and be flexible again?  How'd you do that?


For Sale / Re: trident 13 for sale
« on: November 08, 2023, 11:57:38 AM »
Very interested.  I can't see how you got the wiring to the Humminbird.  How?  How did youy do it?

I'm serious about being interested...  Tridents are like crack to me.

Wanted To Buy / WTB: Winston BiiiX
« on: November 08, 2023, 11:44:48 AM »
I'm searching for a Winston BiiiX 905-4 in good condition.  If anyone has one they'd part with, let me know, please.

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