Forgive the newbie question but I'm a bit confused on how to hook up this receiver to my apm2. I have the Hitec Aurora 9 Tx and purchased it with the Optima 7 Rx. The Optima appears to have male pins, but I think that where it wants to plug into the apm2 to get power is also male pins. Can anybody help me out? Thanks so much! (I can provide pics if necessary!)
Are you following the guide here: http://code.google.com/p/arducopter/wiki/APM2RC
I'm new aswell but from all I've read you should be using female-female to connect your APM2 to your receiver.
Is it the same female-female that goes to the "output" pins? So, am I crazy or were none of the female-female cables included with APM2? They were with my APM1, so I scrounged them from it for the motors, but I guess they're no longer being included with APM? Thanks!
Really, none come with the APM2?
That doesn't seem good.
They are in the store if you look. When you order the APM it shows a list of whats included and f-f cables are not there.
They are here.
Well, I put through an order for an APM2 several hours ago as it described it as a "APM 2.0 Purple Full Kit Assembled" (that's "Full Kit" there, which to me indicates 'everything needed') and in all my reading I can't see anywhere at all that it states with or without these cables.
I guess I'll have to find somewhere local to get these if I end up needing them, wish it was more clear because it's not the cheapest to get stuff sent half way around the world. :/
Normally, you would receive 4-5 of these with your RX and TX purchase, as they are needed to connect servos and motors to the RX in a plane/copter without APM.
Basically: to fly without APM you need these cables, they come with your radio controller and receiver and that is why they do not ship.
Not justifying or excusing the decision not to include these cables: I was a bit surprised myself and had to scrounge, but in retrospect I now understand the logic of this.
What I have come to understand is that the VAST majority of people in this space have transitioned from more traditional forms of RC vehicles and have plenty of experience. This marriage of computers and RC vehicles has brought a lot of computer geeks and gadgets geeks into this hobby who have *no prior* RC experience. That causes all kinds of problems, as we lack the most basic experience, skills, tools and assumptions.
Over time, we will probably need to change the documentation with fewer assumptions about the level of RC skill people have. Right?
Right. Except I've bought three different Tx/Rx sets in the past and none have come with female-female type servo leads. One did have several servo extensions though. Nevermind though, I'm pretty sure I have some dead servos around, I should have enough spare bits and skill to knock something up.
Had I known earlier I would've included them in my order, just to make it easier.
Ha! I just double checked after reading Andreas' post and my Tx/Rx did come with a couple of the 3 wire f-f cables... Guess the ones I just ordered from diydrones will sit on my desk.... Thanks!