At our local Hacker Space in Ottawa, ON, Canada we have started to organize a bit of a Quadcopter (Rotorcross/Quads) meetup. We started meeting monthly and soon grew to bi-weekly. Some of the members (myself included) are flying FPV 250 Racing Quads similar to the ZMR250. We have been flying in open fields near Maker Space North and quickly decided that we really needed to setup a course instead of just cruising around.
I decided to take on the challange and did some searches and came up with various solutions from purchased flags to arrows on the ground which will be our next item to tackle. But for now we wanted something cheap that would be simple to build and would be versatile. Another requirement was that they couldn’t be hard when we crashed into them and they needed to be easily visible when flying.
The end result is a nice set of gates which can be used to mark a corner post and stand ten feet tall can be used for either beginer (7′ tall) or advanced (3.5′ tall) duck under gates. We will be building some more and will begin using them later this week.
How about we get down to business and see how we put them together?
How to build Cheap DIY Quadcopter FPV Racing Gates
10′ long Schedule 40 1/2″ PVC Conduit from the Electrical Section at HomeDepot
3′ long Expoy coated Rebar from the Building Materials section at HomeDepot
Pool Noodles of various colours from the local Dollar Store (We used Dollarama noodles)
Making the Gates
Carfully cut the pool noodles into smaller pieces roughly 8″ long using a box cutter or kitchen knife
Slide the pool noodles onto the 1/2″ PVC conduit alternating colours as you go along. This may be a tight fit and may require two people but cutting them into 8″ pieces definately helps make this much easier.
Leave approximately 2-or-3″ of pipe uncovered at the end to allow them to be connected together for the beginer gates.
Depending on your pool noodle colour choices you may be able to develop some kind of colour scheem for passing to the right vs left side of the post or maybe a different colour set to signify the Start / Finish Line.
Making the Rebar Stands
The gates need a way to stand up so grab some of those 3 foot long rebar pieces and but them in half using a circular grinder. When making the cuts, cut them at a 45 degree angle to make it a bit easier to get the posts into the ground. Make sure to wear eye protection.
Don’t forget to bring a hammer to the field to help drive the Rebar into the ground and whatever you do, try to have fun and keep your quad in the air.