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Drone Hacking Instruction Sheet

For the winners of our Shmoocon Contest, we put together a instruction sheet to hack the drones we gave away.

Quadcopter FPV Mod

So you won a $22 toy quadcopter, now what? Yes, you can fly it around in three minute increments and get bored pretty quickly, or you can try your hand at this FPV (first-person-view) mod to get you into the pilot seat.

What you will need (links below)

  • Soldering iron.
  • Small elastic bands.
  • Electrical tape.
  • FPV Camera with Video Transmitter (VTX).
  • Something that can receive the 5.8Ghz signal, preferably goggles to make the experience immersive.

Instructions

  1. Remove quadcopter plastic cover to expose electronics.

  2. At the back of the quadcopter, determine positive and negative leads coming from the battery connector. If you look at the bottom of the board, it may be labeled. You can also usually tell positive by looking for where the red wire from the battery connects.
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  3. Cut off the connector coming from the FPV Camera/VTX while leaving the wire long enough to reach the connection identified in step two.

  4. Solder the red wire coming from the camera to the V+ (positive) connection identified in step two.
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  5. Solder the black wire coming from the camera to the V- (negative) connection identified in step two.

  6. Place a small piece of electrical tape on the top of the board to prevent the camera from shorting out the board when it sits on top.
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  7. Use small rubber bands to secure the camera in place.
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  8. Plug battery into quadcopter to power the quad as well as the camera/VTX.

  9. Configure VTX and video receiver/goggles to be on the same 5.8Ghz channel. If there is interference, try switching to an unused channel.

Where can I buy this stuff?

Soldering Iron and Misc Tools ($18.99)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074W3W55T/

Camera/VTX Options ($15.99-$29.99)
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MY814O4/
https://www.getfpv.com/lumenier-aio-adjustable-mini-fpv-camera-0-25-50-200mw-vtx-w-dipole-antenna.html
https://www.getfpv.com/lumenier-aio-adjustable-mini-fpv-camera-0-25-50-200mw-vtx-w-clover-antenna.html

Video Receiver/Goggle Options ($17.99-$299.99)
https://www.amazon.com/EACHINE-Goggles-Headset-Glasses-1600mAh/dp/B06XWWPTGR/
https://www.banggood.com/Eachine-VR-007-Pro-VR007-5_8G-40CH-HD-FPV-Goggles-4_3-Inch-Video-Headset-With-3_7V-1600mAh-Battery-p-1134154.html?cur_warehouse=CN
https://www.amazon.com/EACHINE-Channel-Receiver-Android-Smartphone/dp/B071VZYLYH/
https://www.banggood.com/Eachine-ROTG01-UVC-OTG-5_8G-150CH-Full-Channel-FPV-Receiver-For-Android-Mobile-Phone-Smartphone-p-1147692.html
https://www.getfpv.com/eachine-ev800d-5-8g-40ch-diversity-fpv-goggles-with-dvr.html
https://www.gearbest.com/fpv-system/pp_602969.html

Spare Batteries That Will Also Improve Performance ($10.60)
https://www.banggood.com/5PCS-Eachine-E010-0006-RC-Quadcopter-Spares-Parts-3_7V-150MAH-45C-Upgrade-Battery-Charger-Set-p-1103758.html?rmmds=search&cur_warehouse=USA

If you are feeling ambitious, upgraded flight controller ($23.59-$27.99)
https://www.banggood.com/search/beecore.html

Racing Drone We Gave Away ($159.99 – Requires 2.4G Transmitter but well worth it)
https://www.gearbest.com/brushless-fpv-racer/pp_708379.html?wid=21