Todd Hill
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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

APM 2 board shematic?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Monroe King May 28, 2012. 4 Replies

Does anyone have an eagle file or such of the APM 2 layout? Has one been released yet? Would like to know more about how the board is mapped without having to break my scope and board out every time…Continue

Linear Acuators for Camera Gimbals

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jordan Weier May 29, 2012. 1 Reply

I am looking to lighten my overall flight load and increase efficiency on my plane.  I looking into various low current and low voltage actuators.  I spotted…Continue

Tags: Acutator, Linear, Triggering, Gimbals, Camera


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Todd Hill replied to Gabor H's discussion ublox M8N GPS - doesn't store settings
"I am beginning to think we are just victims of cheap Chinese M8N knock-offs.  According to Ublox they are all supposed to be "future proof", with built in internal flash like G+J Noci have already stipulated.  However,  when…"
Nov 8
Todd Hill commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Announces Unmanned Aircraft Registration Requirement
"@ Philip, well said! "
Oct 20
Todd Hill commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pixhawk-powered solar plane sets new endurance record: 81 hours!
"Simply beautiful! "
Jul 28
Todd Hill commented on Víctor Mayoral's blog post Erle-brain, an open hardware Linux autopilot
"@Victor, just got an erle.  while setting up I noticed I must have an external mag for calibration.  Is this typical, or have I missed something?  I haven't been able to keep up with software dev for some time, so playing catch…"
Jun 18
Todd Hill replied to Matt Johnson's discussion DJI S900 alternative??? in the group ArduCopter User Group
"@Jaan,  for the gimbal a roll of carbon abs costs me $55, Storm32 $30, 3 good bgm $130.  I too have been flying since the oil pan days.  Maybe 100 builds on my own.  DJI is not the only solution.  I do have a youtube channel."
Jun 18
Todd Hill replied to Matt Johnson's discussion DJI S900 alternative??? in the group ArduCopter User Group
"Sorry for not replying back sooner Matt.  Work takes up most all of my time.  I have tried a number of off the shelf gimbals with varied levels of success.  Some worked great, others not so.  I eventually got frustrated and…"
Jun 18
Todd Hill replied to Matt Johnson's discussion DJI S900 alternative??? in the group ArduCopter User Group
"I have built quite a few of these for a GH4 and comparable sized cameras.  With these motors and the HV40A ESC turning 16" props you will have no problem carrying that GH4.  Much better setup than the S900, and much…"
Jun 16
Todd Hill commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Latest pictures from the 3D Robotics Tijuana factory
"Awesome to see what you and Jordi have built Chris.  A true success story.  Forget the monetary gains, I am envious of your tooling and manufacturing capabilities.  The things I would make if I had access to your equipment for a…"
Jan 26
Todd Hill commented on Víctor Mayoral's blog post Erle-brain, an open hardware Linux autopilot
"Nice board!  I'm looking forward to seeing where this project goes.  Let the horses nay.  "
Dec 26, 2014
Todd Hill commented on Rob Dunbar's blog post 1st Drone in Nevada Test Program Crashes in Demo
"Should have, could have, would have.  Success is rarely achieved without a measure of failure.  This is a hard lesson learned for this group. I'm sure there was a bit of change riding on that.  "
Dec 26, 2014
yariv hellden left a comment for Todd Hill
"Hey todd! I'm impressed over the Y 6 that I assume you have built. Does your business have a website I can check? Thanks"
Dec 3, 2014
Todd Hill posted photos
Nov 27, 2014
Todd Hill replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing
"I would appreciate a second opinion from another experienced forum member.  Running 3.2RC14 on a large quad controlled by an X2.  Motors stopped mid flight while flying aggressively.  Nick spotted some Gyro saturation in the EKF data,…"
Nov 27, 2014
Todd Hill commented on Jack Crossfire's blog post Analysis of the follow cam problem
"Wouldn't a plenoptic camera be better suited for this?"
Sep 27, 2014
Todd Hill commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pocketcopter project on Indiegogo
"Very ambitious, but I like it!  Regardless of whether it yields anything or not at least they are willing put their idea out there.  They've got a number of challenges to overcome on this project, but I wish them success with it…"
Sep 15, 2014
Franc commented on Todd Hill's blog post Futaba T8J Transmitter Mode Selection
"not really perfect.... the sequence is not correct.  "
Sep 10, 2014

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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 run a small business that works on designing, building, and operating various types of small UAS.
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 8 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…


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…


Comment Wall (9 comments)

At 7:32am on October 29, 2010,
Mark Colwell
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


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

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.
At 8:16am on July 28, 2014, pma_ said…


I got information that you installed arducopter on AUAV-X1, I tried myself and doesn't work.

After successfull installation via MP, MP cannot connect MAVlink to AUAV-X1.

Any idea?



At 9:33am on July 28, 2014, Todd Hill said…

Install the PX4 middleware for quad first via Qground.  Once you do this you can then use the mission planner to install Arducopter.  This is the easiest method without compiling it manually.  

At 7:31am on December 3, 2014, yariv hellden said…
Hey todd! I'm impressed over the Y 6 that I assume you have built. Does your business have a website I can check? Thanks

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