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When receiver connected to input pins, leds change and apm gets very confused

Started this discussion. Last reply by Blake Dec 9, 2012. 1 Reply

Hi,I bought the 3dr arducopter quad kit a few weeks ago, and I have been putting it together. I have a bit of a problem now with the apm 2.5 and my receiver. Here is the scenario:- USB connected-…Continue

Newbie question about kit vs RTF

Started this discussion. Last reply by Redemptioner Jan 9, 2013. 16 Replies

Hello!I'm interested in getting a quad copter type uav, and have a few basic questions before deciding how to start. I think I'd like to get a kit (like the one here at store.diydrones), and build it…Continue

 

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Blake posted a status
"Well the arducopter was working great until the battery died mid-flight, currently waiting for replacement parts. Doh."
Jan 15, 2013
Redemptioner replied to Blake's discussion Newbie question about kit vs RTF
"The Radio gear conflict is often driven from people with “decent” gear (over $400 in value). As I am sure you can understand once you have had one of the vastly more expensive units the cheaper spectrum radios just aren’t up to…"
Jan 9, 2013
Blake posted a status
"Just need to calibrate the ESCs, attach propellers correctly, and I'll be ready for a test flight for my arducopter kit!"
Dec 9, 2012
Blake replied to Blake's discussion When receiver connected to input pins, leds change and apm gets very confused
"Oops, I think I may have (somewhat) figured this out. I was trying to calibrate my radio for the first time, which was hit and miss because depending on the timing of things, the mission planner wouldn't show any radio input. Once I…"
Dec 9, 2012
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When receiver connected to input pins, leds change and apm gets very confused

Hi,I bought the 3dr arducopter quad kit a few weeks ago, and I have been putting it together. I have a bit of a problem now with the apm 2.5 and my receiver. Here is the scenario:- USB connected- Nothing connected on the output pins, or the other optional pins- J1 connected- Power connected between apm output and receiverIn this setup, things are fine. I can use the mission planner, connect, and the "horizon" information about how level the apm is correctly relayed back. In this case the "A"…See More
Dec 9, 2012
Stephen R Mann replied to Blake's discussion Newbie question about kit vs RTF
"There's not much soldering if you get the already-built APM.  Mostly on the PDB."
Nov 19, 2012

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David Anders replied to Blake's discussion Newbie question about kit vs RTF
"Sounds like you're in good shape there Blake.  With the radios, (as with everything) do your research and go the path you feel comfortable with  that's the joy of going down the kit path.  One word of warning on the radios…"
Nov 17, 2012
Blake replied to Blake's discussion Newbie question about kit vs RTF
"Wow, very helpful replies from everyone, thanks to all. The opinions on the radio seem to be all over the place, so I'll have to think about it for a few days and just pick one. I'm lucky that my office has a few hardware engineers who…"
Nov 17, 2012
Stephen Kelly replied to Blake's discussion Newbie question about kit vs RTF
"Another thing that was very helpful to me when i was learning was to practice in a simulator, as I had no remote control experience when I started, I used http://rcdeskpilot.com/ but they don't do multi rotor compters, but I am sure…"
Nov 16, 2012
Stephen R Mann replied to Blake's discussion Newbie question about kit vs RTF
"Well, Blake, you are where I was about 6-months ago.  I was lucky to have a mentor who preceded me by a few months as well.  I built the 3DR Hexacopter kit (but the APM was already assembled) because I wanted the extra lift…"
Nov 16, 2012
R. D. Starwalt replied to Blake's discussion Newbie question about kit vs RTF
"Blake, I would recommend a 3DR kit to a noob. Why? #1 - This community. #2 - I've read the documents for other projects...(critics of 3DR obiviously have not read other sites). That being said, RC gear opinion/feedback is like discussing…"
Nov 16, 2012
Tony Heaton replied to Blake's discussion Newbie question about kit vs RTF
"I have over 600 flights with my DX7s and not a single problem caused by the radio."
Nov 16, 2012
Rick Stewart replied to Blake's discussion Newbie question about kit vs RTF
"I have heard a lot and read a lot of posts on how bad Spektrum radio gear is.  I personally cant understand why this is.  I fly with 2 other people, almost daily in the summer and on weekends around this time of year.  I can speak for…"
Nov 16, 2012

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David Anders replied to Blake's discussion Newbie question about kit vs RTF
"*looks at his Spektrum DX8 and waves his fist accordingly* Touch wood nothing bad will happen to mine...  I've used it for a little while now and never had any drop outs.  I do wonder though, if you're in an area with many…"
Nov 16, 2012

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AKRCGUY replied to Blake's discussion Newbie question about kit vs RTF
"The kit is more rewarding and you'll know how and why everything goes together.  You do however need to have some basic soldering skills and a good soldering iron.  The instruction manuals have come along way over the last couple…"
Nov 16, 2012

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Rob_Lefebvre replied to Blake's discussion Newbie question about kit vs RTF
"Yes, the Spektrum radios are popular, but I'm not sure why.  Lots of guys at my club have them, and they also have lots of problems.   IMO, you would be much better off going for... well really almost anything else.  Maybe the…"
Nov 16, 2012

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