If you want 6 flights mode with Gear and Flightmode 1,2 switch with only using one channel (CH5) the following can be done with dx8 and maybe DX7:
Go to servo set up, set Gear to 85% and 65% in travel
Go to mixing:
Select Mix 1
Select GER >GER Set rate: to -31% and -23% ( these are the rates for gear sw pos '0' and Flight mode 1 and gear sw pos '1' and Flight mode 1)
Leave Offset at 0 %
leave Trim: set to Inh.
Set Sw to FM 1
Go to Mix 2
Select GER >GER Set rate: to -100% and -76% ( these are the rates for gear sw pos '0' and Flight mode 2 and gear sw pos '1' and Flight mode 2)
Leave Offset at 0 %
leave Trim: set to Inh.
Set Sw to FM 2
Then to check go into mission planner(APM setup), connect the arducopter and the radio then choose modes in the apm setup
I've found that each radio is different. The above percentages (-31% and -23% and -100% and -76%) will have to be tweaked for your radio. The easiest way to do this is to go to one of your endpoints such as the 1238 that you see that is not quite close enough to make it to flight mode 1. While you have the mission planner up showing you the 1238, go through the mix percentages until you find the one that affects the number in Mission Planner (it will happen realtime). Do this for your lowest and highest endpoints first. Then, see if you have 6 modes. If not, try tweaking the other percentages.
Thanks Dustin. The mode switching works as suggested even if some of the pwm switch over points are a bit close. Will experiment more however. Cheers.
This setup was very helpful. I intially followed the instructions and was able to setup my system, However ran in to some issues locating the 65% travel setting and did not do that.
However I was able to change the Mix 1 settings to -51% and -76% and got the attached results.
Just a "thanks" and a "me too got it working". I would advise anybody using this combo to think of some mnemonics to aid memory while flying .. for example, here is the mnemonic I made up:
I use the GEAR switch as a "I'm flying, or APM's flying" selector and the FM mode to subset that.
both switches away - "full manual" - ie manual mode
gear away, FM centre - "stabilize" ie part auto
gear away, FM towards, "FBW-A" - ie even more auto
gear towards me, FM away, - "think manual -> auto" - AUTO (added benefit that you can go from MANUAL -> AUTOPILOT with just one switch - great for auto take off especially if the plane gets into a bit of trouble as you can switch back again easily).
gear towards, FM centre - Loiter (also known as 3 year old daughter wants my attention).
both switches towards "panic ! come back !" ie RTL
Hi guys, Im try to set my dx8 up with 6 flight modes , if done the setup to the the instructions.
Ive checked and checked my servo wires,settings and can only get 3 flight modes working.
Any good tips or hints?
Locko, You should check the PWM values for each switch position and make sure that they are within the range. The ranges are shown on the Flight Modes setting section. Also the current PWM value is shown on the top. If the values are not in the correct range you should adjust the mixing value to get the PWM values in the correct range.
I used the Gear and FM1 switches, and Gear was Channel 5 on the receiver connected to Channel 8 on APM2.0
After too long playing with it and getting pis*sed off with it. I gave it a break and BANG , it all seem to work.
The manual says ch8 on the board is the 3 way switch, but as " Anthony " says its the gear swicth position and that pretty much fixed it.
Thanks Anthony for you help
A big thanks from me also. This helped a lot
Is there anyway you can explain the steps in more detail. You are assuming the readers know how to configure these options on the DX8. For new users such as myself I am immediately stuck when I get to step one Go to Servo Setup, Set Gear to 85% and 65% in Travel? I think I understand how to set the 85% for Gear but I am totally stuck on how to set Travel to 65%?
Please be so kind as to add the each step assuming the user has never configured these options before? I have to be honest setting the DX8 is very confusing so a step by step guide would be most helpful..
Does anyone know of a YouTube videos showing how to set these options?
Thanks for sharing!
I know that one should use his / her own brain, but I was just too lazy today and your description is just 100% correct.