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Should we put an end to requiring a traditional Tx for Multicopters?

Started by Edgar Scott. Last reply by Michael Comissiong 4 hours ago. 40 Replies

Unless I'm mistaken I feel that diydrones would rather all flights use a Tx, but are we not very close to a point where we can to put an end of the Tx for drone multirotors as the primary flying…Continue

Building Copters with Round Tubes - Stronger, Lighter, Easier to Mount Motors than Square Tubes

Started by Forrest Frantz. Last reply by cj 9 hours ago. 215 Replies

Round tubes offer the following pros:handle twist better than square tubes.  Thus for the strength, are far lighter.are more readily available (pipes, tubes, arrows, kite frames, golf clubs and…Continue

Build APM 2.6 for data logger

Started by Vitalii S.. Last reply by Vitalii S. yesterday. 8 Replies

Hi!I want to build small data logger for our plans. We want to use it on light gliders so every additional gram and mm has great importance. It should be really small, like 50*40*5 mm  or less ( I…Continue

How to load a param file into Mission Planner

Started by Bud Zirkle. Last reply by Phillip Toone on Tuesday. 5 Replies

I'm a newbie here and not quite sure how to go about loading a param file into Mission Planner.  Don't see any options under the Configuration tab to do that.  I'm sure I'm missing something…Continue

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Comment by Tom Gates on December 10, 2013 at 10:49am

Yeah, I understand that, would like to have some idea of range. 1 mile, 2, any idea, even on just line of site.

Comment by John McGrath on December 10, 2013 at 8:43am

@tomgates They are correct your mileage will vary depending on terrain.

Comment by Tom Gates on December 10, 2013 at 7:45am


Anybody know what approximate range of the FlySky transmitter and receiver is with 3d robotics quad?

3d Robotics tells me the telemetry on board is good approximately a mile, more or less, given the terrain etc.

Tom Gates

Comment by mark on December 9, 2013 at 10:44am

Awesome new feature in ArduCopter 3.1. Thanks for the tutorial Randy!

Comment by William on December 5, 2013 at 5:28pm

Hey everyone.  Just got in a second quad power distribution board in today and want to turn my quad into quad-8 or Octoquad.

I purchsed a second pdb thinking I can use it to power the additional motors.  As I look at the quad and octoquad motors setup I see that the quad motors 1,2 are diagnal for the quad but are clockwise on the Octoquad top motors and 5 trhu 8 for the bottom motors clockwise.

Long story short does anybody have advice on using 2 quad PDB's to make an Octoquad?

Comment by Neuro on December 4, 2013 at 4:10pm

Finished my GoPro anti-vibration mount last night , waiting for weather to behave so I can test it out. I left the big plastic thumb screw in place until I decide what angle I like , my fat shark Predator V2 set will be here friday!!!! 

Heres the Circular polarized antennas I built today based on IBCRAZY's design!

Comment by Yap on December 3, 2013 at 8:09pm

Hi, I'm a new here. Any recommendation for laser scanning sensor? or IR Sonar and IR sonar distance sensor are sufficient to support?


Comment by Bob Kirkpatrick on December 3, 2013 at 4:52am

What advantage is there to installing sonar to the APM Copter. Is it a worthwhile option?

Comment by Mike Wilson on December 2, 2013 at 10:01am

@Tom Gates,

You can check out Pelican Cases.  I'm sure they have one that will fit the bill for you.

Comment by Tom Gates on December 2, 2013 at 9:37am

3d Robotics Quadcopter-Ground Control Case

Ok, I now have my 3d Robotics quad, telemetry, OSD/FPV, etc.

I would like to have a hard case to carry my quad in and another to put laptop in with all the pripherals, so when I get onsite I will have limited assembly to make ready for flight.

I am not seeing cases big enough or deep enough for the quad with the camera mount extend legs, I could make one, but thought surely others have been there and have good suggestions.

Thanks in advance.

Tom Gates


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