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Glenn Dube
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Was listening to your podcast were you were talking about McGivering things and how you like those things best.  Well here's one I've not seen posted anywhere. 

There are lots of places tripods aren't allowed, Museums and such or situations that make them just too inconvenient, Street festivals, concerts,  standing room only venues etc.

 I'll just explain how to make one and you'll see how to use it. For mine I used a thimble for sewing thread that I cut a convenient length.  Tie a sturdy non stretchy string around it tightly (Mine is through a drilled hole) The other end on mine has a key of the sort that you used to open a can of Spam or Sardines..  (They were more common back then, and actually so was slow film). But any discarded key will do.
Through the middle of the thimble I put a 1/4-20 bolt that would hold the thimble with the string attached to the tripod socket in the bottom of the camera. So now you have your camera with a thimble on the bottom and a long string with a key attached. If you make the string the right length for you, Then you can stand on the key, with the camera at your eye and pull some tension on the sting and you would be amazed how stable you can make it. your whole body is the tripod and it's completely unobtrusive. Nobody will notice it. and You could be the only photographer getting sharp shots.  I find it works as well or better than a mono-pod that I see people slouching while using, They aren't very effective like that, the mono-pod is rigid but the body holding everything else isn't.  I showed another photographer this and he improvised by me  loaning him my Manfroto plate and he used the tightening loop on the bottom to attach his string to and simply tied a knot in the other end that he stood on, I suddenly felt like I over spent on mine.. 
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Yup, couple of times at parades ☺
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My wifes dream is to live off grid. As much as possible anyway. I have some knowledge and technical know how but I wanted an idea on how you all would pull it off here. For example this winter we didn't have much snow but we had 6 weeks of below 20°C weather and generally go about 3 weeks  at a time without sun. we do have wind though and during those times I can count on 5-20 KMS wind. The sunlight is rated here at 1KWh per square meter.
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+Glenn Dube, once again I have to second +Pop's Shack, wiring is pretty standard, but I get my fuses, fuse holders, circuit breakers, buss bars etc, from a guy who specialises in supplying to the marine market.

It's an American brand, not cheap, but you can see the quality and it works.

I'm away from home a lot, can't have my family being without power because a cheap Chinese fuse failed.

May I also suggest you check out +Justin Case videos, they're entertaining and have a wealth of wisdom in them.

Even if you started with just the lighting, a 24v DC system is easy to set up, all my lighting is 24v DC, then you can easily add more PV for power applications and more batteries for redundancy.
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In really bright sun how is the best way to shield an LCD so you can see it? There is a small hood that came with mine but i'm thinking some larger panels might be better... or a tent :)
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http://www.flyingwings.co.uk/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=411 ? I might be able to get you a link with a suitable monitor for it to if you don't have one that fits already. I have a 5 inch screen from banggood. Had to cut out a little foam for it to fit, but is still very pleased with result.
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Hi I'm new to quads and RC aircraft. old to flying and photography and am now trying to join the 2.  I have A phantom with gopro and I installed an FPV system and would also like to add a ground station and eventually once I have experience my ultimate goal is to fly with a large sensor camera and better lenses in worse weather....
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Totaly replaces. When/if you decide to build your own it's a great candidate for a flight controller. Most of it is supported by 3DR Technology. The guys who make the Iris quads. 
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I'm brand new to this, Arduino and am interested but a little behind the times. I have a background industrial controls and automation. Where would I go for basic information? 
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Most people are just hobbyists.  I've in the process of creating videos for my "practical" applications.
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Insurance.
I'm in Canada what options are they for commercial insurance.  Is there more than one outfit I can get insurance from ?
 
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Hi Folks I have a boscam transmitter on my Phantom. I wonder how to test the connection between it and the screen on the ground for the best signal other than trial and error.  Batteries are only lasting 15 minutes because it's so cold and  I was wondering if there was a better way. I'd like to be as sure as possible before a flight that I'm not going to have any problems. Already I see intermittent connection loss during flights and it's hard to diagnose this way. 
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Some manufacturers have them with straight and 90° connectors
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