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Getting Started With Tiny Whoop

by on Jan.02, 2017, under Electronics, Projects, Tiny Whoop

Tiny Whoop is a tiny FPV (First Person Video/View) quadcopter. If you have been to one of our open house events over the past few months you more than likely have been buzzed by one of these tiny helicopters (Sorry!). Wondered what all the fuss was about? Curious about getting your own Tiny Whoop? Here is our getting started guide to get you in the air with the rest of the makers!

How to get started:

Well, since we are Makers and while you can buy a ready to fly Tiny Whoop (~$275) what’s the fun in that? We’re handy do-it-yourself Makers of course we’ll build our own!

Eachine 010

Eachine 010

You can start like many of us did with the cheaper Tiny Whoop Clone: Eachine 010, Eachine TX01 Camera, and a budget FPV Goggles. For around $84 (before tax, shipping) you can be in the air without breaking the bank! You’ll probably want some extra batteries so you can keep flying while recharging dead batteries. Keep in mind that while going this route is cheaper, you will have to wait for the items to ship from the Chinese warehouse (not everything is in stock in the US warehouse).

You can also part out your own flight controller (FC, we recommend the beecore). With an upgraded FC you can use your existing controller/transmitter. You can also upgrade the motors easily and some of our members are experimenting with 3D printing ultra light frames to get even more performance out of their racers.

This is enough to get you in the air and competing with other Tiny Whoop racers at the space. Happy flying, hope to see you at our next Open House Meeting!

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MidsouthMakers 2017 Board

by on Dec.16, 2016, under Business, News

At the December 2016 board meeting, the 2017 Board Member Election results were ratified:

President – Claudio Donndelinger
Treasurer – Cliff Gurlen
Secretary – Chamberlin
Social Media Director – Ernest McCracken

After ratification of the results, Ernest McCracken informed the board he needed to step down from his position. We thank him for his service to the group.

This left two vacancies in the board. Per the bylaws the following members were nominated and voted in to fill the vacancies:

Vice President – Joe Ferguson
Social Media Director – Todd Wright

Congratulations to our 2017 Board!

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Learn To Solder I April 5th

by on Mar.11, 2014, under Events, Workshops

Image Credit: Jeff Donaldson

Image Credit: Jeff Donaldson

Want to learn how to solder? Midsouth Makers will be hosting a soldering workshop on April 5th @ 2PM. The class will be $25 and you will be walking with a TV-B-GONE. Class size is limited to 15, so sign up today! RSVP on Meetup.com

Q/A: 
What do I need to bring? 
You should bring Soldering Iron, Solder, Multimeter, Flush Cutters, Solder Sucker/Solder Wick, and helping hands. If you don’t have these Items, no biggie, the makers have a few sets to borrow for the class.

So what is this TV-B-GONE thing? 
Its an over powered remote capable of turning off many different TV’s from over 150ft away with one push of a button. It is a great kit for beginners, large parts, and low part count. Curriculum can be found here. (http://learn.adafruit.com/tv-b-gone-kit/overview)

When will registration be closed? 
Registration will close march 26th. This will allow ample time for kits to ship. Sign up now before seats run out!

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Cookout Friday 2/28

by on Feb.25, 2014, under Events, Meetings

Free Food Friday!

We will be firing up the grill around 6:30 or so. Come check out our space and meet up with local makers.

Where: MidsouthMakers
When: Friday Feb 28th 7pm-???
What: Food! Hamburgers & Hotdogs, BYOB
How Much: FREE (Donations accepted)

RSVP On Meetup.com

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Happy Birthday Cookout at MidsouthMakers

by on Jan.10, 2014, under Events, Meetings

This Wednesday is MidsouthMaker’s birthday. We’ve come a long way since 2010 and we’re going to celebrate this FRIDAY by cooking out hamburgers & hot dogs at the space. We’ll fire up the grill around 6:30ish. BYOB/Sides/Desserts.
Where: The Space

When: Friday Jan 10th 7ish

Who: YOU!

How Much: FREE! (Donations always welcome)

Why: Why not!?

Please RSVP here so we know how much food to prepare

We will be meeting at our space in Bartlett (2804 Bartlett Rd, Suite 2 Memphis, TN 38134 Our Building is behind the building facing the street).

Our open house meetings are quite laid back and for members and non-members to come check out what we have going on at the space or to just come tour our space

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