This site is closing

This site will close soon, probably at the end of this months billing cycle, in around 3 weeks.

The reasons:

  1. Constant hacking attempts, as many as 200 per day. They’re coming from all over the world, so a script kiddie trying to get access by using incorrect usernames. I have a firewall in place that bans them after one failed attempt, this is fast becoming a very large part of the database and .htaccess file.
  2. The site at certain times of the day can take an age to load. This is unnaceptable and throwing money at the problem won’t help.
  3. I’ve contacted several retailers and manufacturers to see if they’ll loan me a bike for a few days so I can expand the reviews to cover other models… none have called me or emailed me back.
  4. I can’t be arsed updating with new posts. There’s also little to cover if I can’t get hold of loan bikes to test and review.
  5. I might one day setup the site on my local network on a raspberry pi, and yes believe it or not, it would be faster than the current host.
  6. I’m also considering selling my bike. I am a carer for my uncle who is mentally handicapped, I get 3 days a week when I have a respite carer come in and look after him for a few hours. So of course riding is dependent on the weather and if I have other errands to run in my spare time. As things are. I don’t want to get soaked, cold and miserable during this time.

DJI Phantom 3 Standard – A NEW TOY!

I recently and finally bought a Phantom 3 standard, now that the price had dropped, originally these cost over £1000 and were well outside my budget.

I got mine from Curry’s UK at a bargain price of £420 (I price matched Jessops for a £30+ discount). Being the standard, it’s basic, but complete and ready to fly, and it can record up to 2.7K at 25FPS. Not only that, as you can see the picture quality IS truly remarkable. The only thing letting it down… the noobie operator.

I did a couple of test flights at home and in Keighley and I kept away from people and buildings. No major incidents and when it’s on basic flight mode, it’s actually easy to fly. It’s limited to just a few feet distance, 30 feet I think, and no more than 120 feet high, turn basic off and you’re left with a mental machine that CAN fly up to 8KM away (with a modded antenna), or with a normal antenna up to ½ a mile, still not too shabby at all. But that’s in perfect conditions, line-of-sight, no interference from radio or cell towers, no wifi and no bluetooth to screw things up. Throw these into the mix and distance is reduced, though I spoke to a guy today who said he’s had his P3 pro at 6,000 feet high!

There are LEGAL limitations though, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will not let you fly within 50 feet of people, no higher than 400ft and no closer than 150ft to buildings. You can learn to pilot a drone at a CAA school and get a pilots commercial licence, and fly within these limits, but only with permission and a flight plan, then you need liability insurance too. The cost of these is prohibitive, the CAA licence is up to £1500 and the insurance is £500+ too. So drop £2000 if you want to earn a living from flying a drone, and that’s before you actually buy the thing, accessories and safety equipment.

That said, I’m only in this for the sheer enjoyment, so enjoy the video… excuse the noobiness and remember I’ve only had it a few days.