Antenna inspection with a mini drone - DJI Mini 2

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by VA2PV, Nov 14, 2021.

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  1. W1SPS

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    nope, but i don't go much higher than treetops. And I only do it for me, it's not a business.
    When did this trust thing start?
     
  2. W4THC

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    You have to at least pass the TRUST exam to fly now. FAA required....In the USA
     
  3. W1SPS

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    Hmm, Just started as a requirement in April 2021. That makes sense. I got the drone before that. Ill have to look into that. Thanks for the heads up.
     
  4. W4THC

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    All the uboober's in the past have slowly ruined quadcopters flying through the years doing stupid stuff for recreational pilots. Local and state laws have been made too. I've watched my flying freedom dwindle down in the last 4+ years now. Plus you have to register them and tag your drone with the FAA number.

    The FAA will do more. I get email surveys from the FAA asking me questions. With Amazon and all the others, there could be traffic controllers to deal with in the future before taking off from anywhere.....I have the newest Amazon warehouse near me in Republic Missouri. Delivery drones will be passing over my house in the (near?) future...

    Anyway happy flying!
     
  5. W1SPS

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    I'm reviewing the TRUST course right now, already have the B4UFLY app. Thanks again.
     
  6. W4THC

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    The b4ufly app does NOT give you any local, county or state law information. It may tell you it is ok to fly but Barney Fife may not think so. So the app is pretty useless a lot of times. If you're going to fly someplace other than around your home, I would check everything out before you take off.
     
  7. W1SPS

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    Right on. I just got the TRUST thing done. Waiting to get home and get the serial number off the drone to finish the drone registration with the FAA. I'll find some local references and get a couple other apps to "average" my data.
     
  8. N1IPU

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    My only issue is it seems Drones attract unwanted attention from neighbor's. I prefer to do things quietly rather than disturb. All my inspections are with a Spotting scope instead. Now if you have some space it is and ideal solution but if not it could cause as much trouble as it assists you.
     
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  9. VE3PUH

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    Yes, Robin. I use my DJI Mini to hang wire antennas. Because the Mini is so small, I first fly 2lb fishing line in the desired spot, then I pull through 12 lb line, and then para cord. Naturally I have to go only up and over the top as opposed to over the lowest branch, but then again usually the higher the better. I attach the fishing line to the drone with a piece of tape on the side of the body of the drone so as to make a break free device that will not pull the drone down due to accidents, wind or snags. Hey, I love to have a Mini 2 or larger but the small one does the job so far, and I'd rather put my dollars into other HAM radios or accessories.
    70 from John, VE3PUH
     
  10. VE3PUH

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    Yes, so true about the attention thing! I always point the drone towards me, I keep it down to twice the height of the tree I am attaching to, and the best times are early morning when others are either working, not out yet, and the weather is usually calm.
    Cheers. 73 John VE3PUH
     

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