Thursday, October 6, 2022


In case anyone who reads my blog is interested... 
I am about to list my remote property for sale.
20 acres @ $1500/acre
Make an offer...
Here are the coodinates for the corners:
NW  29 27 56.04 N
      103 38 22.68 W
NE  29 27 56.07 N
     103 38 15.33 W
SW  29 27 42.90 N
      103 38 22.38 W
SE   29 27 42.97 N
      103 38 15.13 W

Wednesday, October 5, 2022


Having a lot of trouble getting a new RC transmitter to work with the long-range telemetry radios.  I think I found a good workaround.  Went through a bunch of boxes in storage until I found an old USB joystick I bought about 4 years ago.  Was able to get it to work in the ground station software and control the rover manually.  Since the control inputs are sent through the new long range telemetry system, there really is no need for an extra transmitter.   Since I'm not getting much cooperation out of the one I recently bought, I am going to return it for a refund ($140).  The Amazon return window closes on the 16th. 72,85,56,0,B 

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

In the canyon...

Had a little trouble driving the rover manually the length of the canyon. There were more than a couple of spots it just couldn't get through. 83,87,57,0,B

Monday, October 3, 2022

The Canyon

Decided to try another canyon flight - this time a bit lower.
Last trip was back in 2017.

Sunday, October 2, 2022

More about fools...

Psalms 14:1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. 2 The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. 3 They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one. 4 Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the Lord. 5 There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous. 6 Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor, because the Lord is his refuge. 7 Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! when the Lord bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad. 

Saturday, October 1, 2022


One of the problems with the rover project has been the ability to easily get all the parts I need.  Seems Pixhawk accessories can be a little hard to track down.  Ended up having to cannibalize a couple of cables to get from point A to point B.  (After triple checking my work - I'm pretty sure the Pixhawk pinouts in the above diagram are opposite of the ones on my Pixhawk so I redid the connections - fingers crossed.) This is the rover part of the setup.  Tomorrow, I hope to get the ground station side operational so I can test out the new long range (40 kilometer) system.  81,88,59,0,B

skipped a day...

Unless we get some really good rain - most of the year (and sometimes years at a time), the seeds of these flowers lay dormant in the soil and nothing sprouts. Last month there was over 2" of rain in six days so this plant has sprung back to life. I am pretty sure it is Damianita (Chrysactinia mexicana). It gives off a pungent - bittersweet aroma when crushed. Here is a drone video of the flowers from 2018. 80,88,55,0,B