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For any members wanting Tiger Motors

Started Nov 23, 2012 0 Replies

I have had several members ask me about some of the Tiger Motors I had for sell.  They have all been sold.  However, I will place another bulk order with Tiger Motor if there is enough demand.  If…Continue

New Multicopter "Navigator Series" Motors

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cyrus M Nov 8, 2012. 2 Replies

   As some may know on this site I am a staunch user of Tiger Motors.  Out of all the motors I have used on my copters these have offered the best quality and performance for the money.  They have…Continue

Dorji DRF4431F27

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jake Stew Jul 7, 2012. 3 Replies

Just purchased a set of these modules off of ebay for cheap.  Starting to delve into setting up my own means of communication.  Been using xbees', but I want to learn how to configure other low  cost…Continue

Latest Y6 Build

Started May 29, 2012 0 Replies

Just about to finish up on our latest build.  It is an  all carbon Y6.  We custom molded the motor mounts out of baked light weight plastic resin and graphite.  And yes, there is an APM2 inside the…Continue

 

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Todd Hill replied to Thomas's discussion Why NAZA work without PIDS tuning and APM not? in the group ArduCopter User Group
"Thomas, if you could provide some additional specs such as props used, motors, ESCs', pictures of your setup even that would be a good start.  Let someone here look over how you have everything set up, then go from there.  Take some…"
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Apr 12
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Apr 12
Frenchguy commented on Todd Hill's blog post Futaba T8J Transmitter Mode Selection
"Jesse, did your screen look exactly like this? Is your T8J recent? Mine look very different: http://diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/pixhawk-futaba-t8j-6-modes-configuration-with-2-switches-c-d?xg_source=activity In any case, the order…"
Mar 6
Jesse Krembs commented on Todd Hill's blog post Futaba T8J Transmitter Mode Selection
"So I got this to work, but I do have a question. Right now the flight modes go in order of 1,3,5,6,4,2. Which is fine I guess but is there a way to have simply increment up through the modes...I'm basically trying to think of the clearest way…"
Mar 5
Todd Hill commented on Nick Arsov's blog post AUAV-X1 , a new vision of the PX4 autopilot
"@Nick, SWEET!  I like dealing with you guys already.  Quick on the responses.  Regards"
Feb 27
Todd Hill commented on Nick Arsov's blog post AUAV-X1 , a new vision of the PX4 autopilot
"That's great Phillip.  No rush at all, just a little excited.  Really looking forward to seeing what you guys put out.  If all works well I am ready to order more.  Got a lot of projects lined up that would benefit from a…"
Feb 27
Todd Hill commented on Nick Arsov's blog post AUAV-X1 , a new vision of the PX4 autopilot
"Hello Nick,  wanted to see if there were any updates on the AUAV-X1.  How is development going?"
Feb 27
Frenchguy commented on Todd Hill's blog post Futaba T8J Transmitter Mode Selection
"It seems most of the recipes here use an old version of the Futaba T8J firmware? Most of the screens I have don't work like this. Can someone with a recent T8J set up with APM with modes show screenshots? As I understand it AUX Channels,…"
Feb 22
Gai replied to Todd Hill's discussion New Delta Wing X5 and Nano Cam, Need tips
"Hello All, We have built X5 with APM2.6. We hope to use it for aerial photography (orthomosaic and DSM). Unfortunately, it crashed really badly yesterday. After ‘auto-takeoff’, it suddenly went into a straight vertical dive. The…"
Feb 22
Todd Hill replied to Antonie Kruger's discussion H-Quad flies like a dream and them... in the group ArduCopter User Group
"After looking at your logs you do have an excessive amount of vibration.  "
Feb 18
Todd Hill replied to Antonie Kruger's discussion H-Quad flies like a dream and them... in the group ArduCopter User Group
"Didn't see Forrests reply, but he is right.  Using foam and other "anti-vibration" materials often times exacerbates problems with stabilization.  In my experience I have found nothing that works better than a rigid frame…"
Feb 18
Todd Hill replied to Antonie Kruger's discussion H-Quad flies like a dream and them... in the group ArduCopter User Group
"Antonie, nice builds!  Have you balanced your motor and props? Have you tried reflashing? Have you tried flashing an earlier firmware?  It sounds as if you are having a build up of errors, thus causing the undesired flight attitude after a…"
Feb 18
Todd Hill commented on Nick Arsov's blog post AUAV-X1 , a new vision of the PX4 autopilot
"I want to place a pre-order for the AUAV-X1, but have a couple of newbie questions.  Tell me if I am wrong, but if I opt for the L3GD20H and the LSM303D they will come populated on the board?  If I want to maintain compatibility with…"
Feb 14
David Erling Howard left a comment for Todd Hill
"HiTodd, thanks for the prompt response. I saw you pictures with the futaba settings and I I was hoping for more of the same. Such as any reversed switches or auxiliary channel settings etc... I am setting up my pix hawk and am having some difficulty…"
Feb 13
Todd Hill left a comment for David Erling Howard
"how can i help you?"
Feb 11

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Been building and flying just about anything you can put a controller on. Started when I was twelve and haven't put it down since. If I have the tools I can build it. If I don't have the tools I will make them too. I am also a proud combat veteran.
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I currently work on developing and building small UAS.
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Florence, AL

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Mans best friend...A Drone!

Posted on December 19, 2012 at 12:30pm 14 Comments

If there is anything I look forward to more than updates from Darpa, its updates from Boston Dynamics.  They are really doing some pretty innovative things in the way of robotics there, and yet here is another example.  My arducopter is jealous.  

Futaba T8J Transmitter Mode Selection

Posted on November 21, 2012 at 10:30am 7 Comments

Just thought I would share my Arducopter mode setup on my new Futaba T8J, as this can be a bit of a headache for newcomers.  The new T8J radio is my new favorite transmitter.  It offers a lot of features that was only offered on the 8FG, but at a fraction of the price.  It doesn't utilize FASST, rather S-FHSS.  With the…

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Talk about creepy cool!

Posted on October 24, 2012 at 10:00am 8 Comments

Atlas is getting a lot smarter.  He doesn't fly, yet this is still impressive.  

 

A Work in Progress

Posted on October 8, 2012 at 9:30am 9 Comments

 

 

It has been some time since my last blog post.  I have kept myself busy with work and projects.  For the last couple of years I have been working on trying to develop an airframe that combines aesthetics with functionality.  Some may remember some of my previous blog posts where I presented my attempts this.  

I have never been satisfied with most of the kits offered through other retailers.  They all seem to incorporate the same parts and means of…

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Comment Wall (6 comments)

At 7:32am on October 29, 2010,
Developer
Mark Colwell
said…
Please re-post your web site as it was removed by Ning when I approved your membership request, Are you in Florence CO or Italy?
At 10:24pm on August 20, 2011, Daniel Hibben said…

sorry i just got your message,

yes please mold me a body also let me know cost and preferred way of paying and i will get that out to you as soon as i can thanks as far as size the standard dimensions you gave of 300mm x 180mm if i remember correctly sounds great, this will have more then enough room in it

thanks

At 7:11pm on September 26, 2011,
Moderator
Michael Pursifull
said…

Is this the ublox? And ublox adaptor? If so, I encourage you to give the battery-backed ublox adaptor a try, if you don't mind giving store.diydrones a second chance. The battery-backed unit allows faster fixes for the ublox. I have two of them. 

 

I cut a tiny bit of foam, about 1mm thick, and push it between the adaptor and GPS unit, makes for better fitting for me. Some people use hot glue to get a level mating. The boards only connect at one point, so they can "leaver" a bit with the connector as the axis. 

At 5:18pm on May 21, 2013, WileyESurveyor said…

Todd If U would be So Kind as to Share some of  UR Knowledge, Relative Constructing  an EBEE DIY Unit, I would be most appreciative. Life Long Photo Analysts and Mapper. University of Colorado. Surveying Since the Age of 10. Was Scheduled to head to Taiwan in the Next few Weeks to Seek Components for My Build from some Old Friends.

Thanx in Advance

Wiley :-)

At 10:07am on May 25, 2013, WileyESurveyor said…
Todd: Thanx for the Response !!!! What I am attempting to do is Create a Skywalker X8 Based Aerial Mapping Drone that will be on a Par with or Exceed the Capabilities of the
EBEE System. As you had Noted, and I agree, the EBEE at the $12,500.00 Price Level is WAY Out of Line. The Cost could be Lowered to the $2,500.00 to $3,500.00
Price Range based on off the shelf components. I have been associated with Aerial Mapping for Our Government from the Ground Control to the Satellites, and
have served as the Tech. Assistant the Chief of the Defense Mapping Agency, now known as NRO. Wish I still had Access to the Unlimited Budget.
 
So my Goal is to Create a Drone Aerial Mapping Platform Based on the Skywalker X8, as the Base Frame, that will be Equal or Outperform the EBEE System.
Any Links, Info.Sources, Blogs, etc. that you may have already discovered would be of Great Assistance.
 
I am currently working on a 600+ Acre Project for a Group from Taiwan and will be heading to their HQ in a Few weeks. While there, my plan was
to seek out some of the Manufacturing Contacts, that may have ties to Main Land China, as a Components Resource Supplier.
 
But with your Help and Knowledge, I will be better versed on what components to seek and which will be worth concentrating on.
 
In my opinion the X8, due to it's capacity, would serve as the Most suitable Platform for the Aerial Mapping Task. But if you know of any other Platform that would be more
stable and have the capacity to carry the variety of sensor's Etc. that are going to be needed please let me know.
 
At the End of the Day my Goal is to Create and "Affordable" Drone Aerial Mapping Solution for the Poverty Stricken Surveyors who are Always the "Tail of the Dog".
 
Thanx in Advance for Your Advice & Assistance
At 10:18pm on February 13, 2014, David Erling Howard said…
HiTodd, thanks for the prompt response. I saw you pictures with the futaba settings and I I was hoping for more of the same. Such as any reversed switches or auxiliary channel settings etc... I am setting up my pix hawk and am having some difficulty with 3 motors not starting and I am no expert at programing the t8j. I thought I was when I went through similar problems with my wookong m. Also, what function does that mix do? I'm not familiar with the mix settings but I want to learn about it all but I need practical examples not just a procedure. The other photo showed the settings for the "ger" to be set at 45 and 50, or something like that. What do those settings do? I've also learned that I need to set my throttle input to 1000 max, and I need to figure out how to do that too.
thanks for your time.
erling

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