Your Own Drone?

The Drone It Yourself is a kit to take ordinary objects and turn them into flying remote-controlled drones.  The concept is simple: clamp four electric motors with propellers and a control unit onto whatever object you desire, and fly it around the neighborhood.

While it may be fun to terrorize the XYL or spy on the neighbors with this, I see this possibly having some useful real life applications in amateur radio.  I’m not sure of what kind of battery life this unit has, but imagine hovering a remote controlled HT at 80 feet for an ad hoc repeater.

A guy could really get into some trouble with one of these :-)

Anthony, K3NG, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com.

4 Responses to “Your Own Drone?”

  • Charlie Cartmel G4EST:

    One way of getting that wire up in that tree at the end of the garden

  • Matt W1MST:

    I’ve thought numerous times about floating a dual-band HT a few hundred feet up using a large kite. What a quick way to really extend your radio range out in a remote area!

    What HTs have crossband repeat built in? Any recommendations? I would imagine a little HT would be limited by a relatively short TX/RX duty cycle.

    My only dual band HT (at the moment) is a Wouxun HT and it most certainly doesn’t offer a fancy feature like crossband repeat.

  • Joe ws4r:

    Matt
    I believe the Kenwood TH-D72 has cross band repeat.
    Joe
    ws4r

  • BOB LECH AF2Q:

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! COOL Anthony,
    I have electric choppers gere and 4 gas powered fixed wings and the biggest is just short of 7 feet.The camera with zoom that spins was way out of my price range so I use my old BB phone and then upload the videos with the lap top.
    But I’m still shopping for a real drone fixes wing that is electric powered.
    Good going.
    Real nice bike rim also:-)
    BOB AF2Q

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