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Topsky 2.0 Viper DLG

What’s not to like? Even though this design is over 10 years old, it is a fantastic flyer. Carbon fiber/kevlar fuselage. Carbon reenforced wing. Lightweight foam tail feathers with carbon stiffeners. Generous equipment bay, room for micro servos, receiver, battery, ballast. I put in a 1s lipo battery with a voltage converter but realized my …

Learning to fly handlaunch gliders

My buddy Joe had a bunch of perfectly good, gently used handlaunch planes that he was looking to sell. For not a lot of $$$ I picked up a receiver-ready beater (below) and a couple of unfinished planes.  This past weekend, Z and I got out to the field and did some flying. Super fun …

It’s home!

My buddies Bob and Dave built a fantastic mast and panel frame over the last two weekends. This weekend we got the station permanently installed out at our club field. There is a link to the station weather and camera feed on the right side of this page. Some factoids on the mast and frame: constructed …

Building a kid plane

I’m building a new plane for my kid. He has been flying 5″ racing quad’s and has flown a bixler a few times, but I wanted to provide him with something very durable and yet fun to fly in a variety of conditions and flying styles. The Bixler1 is just too slow and too hard …

The WX Station is Alive!

I got all my pieces and parts, pretty much as described in the earlier post. In the last post, I detailed the wiring configuration that I intended to follow. With only a few exceptions, things worked really well. Here are some photos… The enclosure from Allied Enclosure (part # AMU1084L) is really nice. It is completely …

Wiring up the weather station…

In the last post, I went through all of the major components that make up my WX station design. I”ve gone forward with my design, having acquired all of the components. I’m now starting on the “fun phase” of construction. I was pleased to find most of the gear available on Amazon. Amazon is handy …

Initial Weather Station Design

Having done a bit of research, I came up with the following rough design and list of equipment. This build involves use of the MeteoBridge opensource project and off the shelf hardware from TP-Link and AcuRite.  AcuRite Pro 5-in-1 Weather Station (model 1035P) Description: This is the weather sensor pod and the monitoring downlink station …

Researching Weather Stations – a sea of options..

I’ve got design criteria for this project. Now it’s time to see what options are out there. Wow! After many evenings spent google searching weather station designs, I’ve learned some things: There are lots of open-source arduino and raspberrypi projects There are some cool edu focused projects  Not many people want to go completely off …

Weather Station Design Criteria

  In my first post in this series, I talked about the birth of this project (why the heck I’m doing it) and in this post I’m going to talk about the design criteria that I’m using as a basis for this project. Every good project needs some good criteria to set the who/what/when/how. It’s …

I build my first weather station!

My RC flying club is located in beautiful North Plains, OR. It is a lovely field, set amongst cornfields on a beautiful farm. It really is a lovely place to fly. There are a couple of problems with our field. One is that it is subject to some unusual weather patterns, particularly wind, that are …