Ruggedised transmitter for remote camera control: part 3

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A setback. With a working set of components I began testing the control system. Hooked up to a rig with video relay the ergonomics of this become apparent. The 3 controls on one thumbstick is HORRIBLE. I thought this might … Continue reading

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Ruggedised transmitter for remote camera control: part 2

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Wiring in the joystick. The thumb joystick and its break out board arrived and a process of substitution from the potentiometer wires made the pan and tilt connections. The shutter release is wired to the ‘gear’ channel: I hate soldering … Continue reading

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Ruggedised transmitter for remote camera control: part 1

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KAP really puts kit through it. I had a transmitter smashed by a dog jumping on it, I have trodden on the thing whilst hauling line…and to cap it all on my last outing it smacked me in the face … Continue reading

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2 kites, 2 cameras and a windpump

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The rain radar showed a clear spot half an hour from where I was working, I watched the met data update and clipped off work as quick as I could to try and catch the light over the marshes. All … Continue reading

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Progress of flight 1910

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A  fragment from the Flight Magazine October 1910: I’d love to know what sky hook Gamage’s supplied for the scientific flight at Wimbledon. They were exporting kites by Brookite, Skylark and ‘Finbat’ War kites (a keeled diamond with slit vents..nothing … Continue reading

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Royston 2015. Hitching a ride

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It took us an age to organise our antenna but by 13.00 we were live and catching signals from Europe. The wind was an on and off affair with the wire dropping at irregular intervals, even though the kite was … Continue reading

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Kites radio…& KAP

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As prep for this years Royston Kite Festival I have been asked to provide an information panel to explain the pile of wires and string we will present to the public on the day. Last time we did this we … Continue reading

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Didak Explorer 16 overblown at Bft 6

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Packing small. I have been working with the flowforms as kites to bike with. Getting the deltas on the bike is do-able but awkward. I ended up with a fairly badly loaded bike: This works but gets awkward under low … Continue reading

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KAP & UAV

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The problem with UAV: You can pop down to Maplins and get yourself a DJI Phantom and go fly, shooting video and stills as you whiz  flawlessly across your favorite landscape: what’s not to like? The shots you get from … Continue reading

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Mudlark

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This nadir shot was taken as the kite over flew its own line…. Camera flight time 15mins 236 exposures captured. Shot interval :5s Path: clickPanPro ‘A’ Canon S95 Exposure: CHDK KAP UAV 3.5 Shutter release: USB one shot Tgt Tv: … Continue reading

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