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Aerial Map of Boomerville in Quartzsite, AZ

Aerial Map of Boomerville in Quartzsite, AZ

Flying my 3DR Solo sUAS allows me to create aerial "maps". These are similiar to a Google Satellite view, except this map is current and can be zoomed in for greater detail. On January 21st, 2016, I flew a mapping "mission" over Boomerville in Quartzsite, AZ. This is the nickname for the rally location of the Escapees RV Club "Boomers". The result is a current aerial map of our camping area.

This web link will take you to this aerial map. You'll need to answer "yes" to install Microsoft's HD View plug-in, which never got out of development. However, it works just fine. The HD View plug-in allows "giga-pixel" graphics to be displayed on the web. You can zoom in for greater detail and move the map around the screen. Controls can be found in the top-right corner of the map.

Click HERE to see the aerial map of "Boomerville" as of January 21st, 2016

 

 

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Friends and Family In Quartzsite, AZ

Friends and Family In Quartzsite, AZ

Almost every year, we stay in Quartzsite AZ with friends from the "Boomers" group, a part of the Escapees RV Club. This year, Larry's brother Kenny and Mary with their granddaughter Lily came to camp with us for a few days. In addition, friends Joanie and Steve stopped by for the night and friends Alan and Silvana camped with us for over a week.

Aerial video taken on January 23rd, 2016 with a 3D Robotics Solo and GoPro Hero 4 Black. Music by "The Piano Guys".

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Guest — Joanie Stevens
Your drone is fascinating, Larry. What a fun hobby! Love the 'orbit' feature. Thank you guys for a fun stay, meal and welcoming... Read More
Tuesday, 26 January 2016 06:53
Guest — Dave Ostrander
Hi Larry Hadn't noticed you had a blog. Signing up. Great pictures of Boomerville, and we hope to make it next year.The first pi... Read More
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 11:40
Larry Farquhar
Hi Dave, The vertical photo must be unique to your system or browser. It looks fine on 3 computers that I've tested it with.Glad t... Read More
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 13:38
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Dear Family & Friends,

2015 was a banner year for us and we would like to share some of the highlights we had.

Though 2015 didn’t start out so wonderful for Larry, January found us in our annual spot of Quartzsite AZ. We enjoy gathering with our RV friends to spend a couple of weeks in the desert. We had just arrived and Larry was putting up the solar panels when he fell off a ladder and broke a rib. Though it slowed him down a lot, it didn’t stop us completely from enjoying all the activities.

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Guest — Jan Mains
What a lovely blog.
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Testing "Follow-Me" and "Watch-Me" Flight Modes

Testing "Follow-Me" and "Watch-Me" Flight Modes

Although I've had my new sUAS (small Unmanned Aerial System, aka Drone) for 3 months, I finally decided to test the "Follow-Me" and "Watch-Me" flight modes. All worked very well. These flight modes work as follows:

Follow-Me - The sUAS follows the GPS signal from the tablet or phone, keeping the subject in the center of the video screen. I used my Samsung Galaxy S2 tablet inside of the Jeep and drove away. Sure enough, the 3DR Solo followed me. This was on "medium" speed settings and I got to 25mph. In "speed" mode, Solo should go up to 55mph. I'll try that another time, This test was done on a windy day and you can see Solo sliding around when staying in one place as it fought the wind.

Watch-Me - The sUAS stays in one place, but keeps the GPS signal in the center of the video screen. Solo simply "yaws" (turns) as needed to stay on the subject.

This was done using a 3D Robotics Solo with a GoPro Hero 4 Black camera. Filmed at 1920x1080/60fps. The telemetry at the bottom of the video was added using the "Dashware" program.

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2015 Alaska RV Adventure Photos

2015 Alaska RV Adventure Photos

I finally got around to adding the 1200+ photos we took during our 2015 RV Adventure to Alaska. If interested, you can find these photos in our "Photo Gallery":

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