A friend gave me an older(?) 3DR radio?
Anyway, it has 4 leads/wires coming off the "flying" portion.
Can someone take a look at the pic and tell me which of the 6 board connections need wires soldered to them, and to which pins on the APM 2.5 they should go?
And...maybe this isn't worth the trouble? Maybe I should just get a new 3DR telemetry setup?
Are you sure it is a 3DR radio and not a clone? I have the 3DR 900MHz telemetry radios and they do not have the type of connector (Hirose) that is visible in your picture. The 3DR radios use the 0.1 spaced berg style pins and connectors.
I would buzz the pads on the back side of the radio to the wires in the connector, so you know what signals are on the cable, and then see if the other end of the cable matches the input on the APM2.5 connector.
Here is an explanation of the connections
im having the same problem.
i bought an 3dr radio online from ebay. it came with 5 seperate female-to-female headers, unlike the apm 2.5 3dr radio socket.
This should help you Ahmet if it doesn't give you the information you need let me know http://code.google.com/p/ardupilot-mega/wiki/3DRadio and I'll try to help you some more. The pin out are there for both 2.0 and 2.5
I hope that helps
Thank you so much, I just realised that the Socket i had for my LEA-6H gps matches exactly the telemetry socket.
I'm thinking about using that 5 pin socket for telemetry after some soldering.
I'm going to use old style gps socket for gps which i had a cable in spare. Do I have to make any changes to use old style gps socket? or does it work as you plug?
Your going to have to look at the pinout and make sure :) your probably going to have to change it. Maybe not but the best way is to make sure :) that way you know.
OK...I took some good pictures...this is how the the wires are connected, assuming a person has the 3DR "telemetry adapter cable" plugged into the APM:
This cable comes included with the purchase of an APM 2.5+, and is also available on it's own for $2.00.
APM wires --> older 3DR radio wires
Red (furthest toward the "inside" of the APM) ---> 5V (red)
Black, 2nd from inside --> RX (white)
Black, middle --> TX (blue)
Black, 2nd from outside --> CO (no color, see pic)
Black, "outside" -- GND (black)
The "older" 3DR radio has a FOUR wire harness coming out of it...they are marked RX/TX/5V/GND...but FIVE wires need connected to the APM...that 5th wire connects to the "CO" pad on the radio...I soldered mine (see pic).
That said, at first I hooked up just the 4 wires from the harness, and as a test, was seemingly able to connect and have the radios send/receive data to each other...I don't know what the "CO" does, but I connected it anyway.
I had originally soldered all the wires from the APM to the back of the radio, that's why there is all that solder mess, then decided to use the wire harness with the white/blue/red/black wires.
Hope this helps.