I had to learn much more tecnhical stuff than anticipated when I started in this hobby. My manual skill have improved a lot as well, I improved my soldering skills, I discovered the existence of heatschrink, I had to edit multiwii code to modify the behaviour of my multicopters. This hobby requires a wide open mind and to develop many skills.
In these technical pages I describe some of the steps I had to go through and the technical solution I have selected or developped.
Be aware that not all these configurations are legal in your country. It is your responsability to comply to the rules applicable to the place where you fly. In most of the countries, radio transmissions are regulated. To be compliant in most of the places, I advice strongly to stick to 2.4 and 5.8 Ghz bands and remain within the locally admitted power limits.