Antenna inspection with a mini drone - DJI Mini 2

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  1. W4THC

    W4THC Ham Member QRZ Page

    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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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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  4. 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
  5. VE3PUH

    VE3PUH Ham Member QRZ Page

    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
  6. W3AMT

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    That is a really great idea! Years ago when I was pulling cable in a suspended ceiling I used a four wheel driver remote control Truck to pull my line across helps if it has head lights. Once the pull line was across.I hooked the wire to it then pull it. Saved me many hours.
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  7. K2WH

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    I had a drone but one day it decided it didn't want to play anymore and as it was cruising over a lake it took a suicide plunge.

    Still on the bottom about 4 years now.........................
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  8. W4THC

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    Didn't heed the warnings of flying over water it seems...
  9. N4EMP

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    Used same to try seeing where my antenna is broken. Hard to get a good clear pic but I’m getting close!

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  10. N2RJ

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    I did a similar video on my channel for a friend.

    I'm also part 107 certified here in the USA and do a fair amount of commercial drone work.
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  11. W4THC

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    Ham radios and flying quadcopters seem to go hand in hand for tower/antenna inspections/wire antenna installs. Congrats on your 107 cert.
  12. CA3FJK

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    tower inspection and antennas are an useful application of drones. There are quieter propellers in the market that are way more stealth than the stock ones in case the noise its a concern. Over 30ft in the air there is almost no noticeable noise.

    time ago I put a endfed antenna up and make some QSOs in 40m, It was a interesting test.

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  13. F4HPX

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    Yes I had the same idea and will have to try with mine.
  14. W2GIW

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    It's a crank down tower. Why not just drop it and have a first hand look?
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  15. K4VL

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    Tried that but two no fly zones converge over my house. The drone would not take off.

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