Building a quad copter or any multi rotor RC craft is a lot more work and learning than you might think, and I thought it would take a lot. I had to enter into a lot of unfamiliar territory in the world of electrical engineering. I had to learn about frequencies, circuit boards, how to solder electrical connections, how to custom make vibration reduction systems, how to measure vibration frequencies, how to balance motors, how to program electronics…etc. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, anyone getting started into this I recommend they just buy a ready built quad instead. This one just takes so much to learn that it’s not worth most peoples time to dive into it. But now that I have, I love this thing. It’s actually a lot more fun than I thought it would be to fly and flying it in first person view mode with a video transmission system is another whole realm I’m just starting to understand now.

Go Pro 3 Black on quad

Go Pro Hero 3 Black on quadcopter carbon fiber custom mount

KK 2.0 board on quad

KK 2.0 board on quad

The flight control board, this is the brains of the operation.

Video transmission with cloverleaf antenna from Old man mike

Video transmission with cloverleaf antenna from Old man mike

The clover leaf antenna, purchased from Ready Made RC. This thing drastically improves video transmission from the quad to the ground station and monitor. I get less interferance and overall a much cleaner video signal. It looks great, and when paired with a powerful helical antenna on the ground station, I can get about a mile of video transmission before it dies out with this rig. Pretty amazing stuff!!

Quadcopter I built from above.

Quadcopter I built from above.

I’ll be posting my KK 2.0 board settings for other users of this board. I finally found a set of settings that really tame this beast down for smooth video shots.

Quad I built from hobby king

Quad I built from hobby king