Survivor : Drone Edition


#1

A few weeks ago I was given an orphaned Syma C5X a coworker found while taking his dog for a walk through the woods near his home.

Being at work there wasn’t much I could do but clean it up a bit and in doing so I found that the camera still had the stock SD card. I popped it into my phone to see if it had any pics or videos. I was amazed that it was still functional and found a few sky pics and also a number of videos. Only one was of any length and the date on it was Oct 1, 2013! Five years of being in the wilds and enduring the elements.

I took it home, discarded the battery, and found the power switch had rusted in the on position. I popped a new battery in and, as I was expecting, got no response. I thought that maybe it was shorted at the switch, so I opened it up and planned to verify the theory. I pulled the plug out of the housing and plugged in the battery and, to my surprise, it powered up and starting blinking!

At the time I had no way to know if it could fly as I did not have a controller, but yesterday I received the multiprotocol module I ordered and after some trial and error I was able to control my CX-30. I then turned my attention to the C5X and I’ll be damned, it synced up to my QX7 and two of the motors fired right up!

Thought I’d share.


#2

Cool find… Thats a fun quad… As long as the battery is dead before the electronics get wet, they can survive the elements pretty well.


#3

Awesome man! I always dream about finding an abandoned quad in the woods or a tree haha!


#4

@Imozeb,
There’s a park very close to my house with at least three…have at it😕


#5

Lol! Get a pole or a slingshot! It may help get your quads down. Unless it’s a pine tree… those are pretty thought to get stuff out of.


#6

I have an extra 15’ exendable golf ball retrieval tool that was intended to get access to a geocache I placed. It is now part of my quad SHTF kit.


#7

Acronym???


#8

Shit Hits The Fan

Or could be Quad Hits The Fan (QHTF)


#9

Last time I got caught in a treetop I used pvc water pipe telescoped one in the other to extend into the oak tree it was in. Was at a remote ranch, gonna give up but saw the pipes laying against an old rusty IH Scout.