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PreArm: ACRO_BAL_ROLL/PITCH

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sasho Feb 28. 4 Replies

Cannot arm my APM 2.6PreArm: ACRO_BAL_ROLL/PITCHAny ideas? Im at the club trying to fly.ThanksContinue

APM Dedicated BEC

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dean Feb 1. 2 Replies

Hey guys,Question regarding power and brownouts.I am using a regulated dedicated BEC to power my APM. My question is is this enough to STOP brownouts ? I am not powering any servo, just APM 2.6 and…Continue

best way to power apm

Started this discussion. Last reply by sixtimesseven Jan 4. 1 Reply

Hey guys, whats the best way to power the APM/Pixhawk.Ive been running all my APMs off the ESC BEC but have read and heard alotof bad storys regarding brownouts.My question is, is it best to use a…Continue

Store credit missing?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dean on Saturday. 6 Replies

I purchase a item some time ago which turned out to be faulty. I returned it and DIYdrones offered a full refund which i thought was great.However, during the changeover between the old store and new…Continue

 

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Dean replied to Richard Bickell's discussion After ARM reset strange throttle behavior
"No problem. Glad I could help. Have fun!"
Sunday
Dean replied to Dean's discussion Store credit missing?
"Thanks to whoever sorted this for me"
Saturday
Dean replied to Richard Bickell's discussion After ARM reset strange throttle behavior
"I had this on and a re-bind of the receiver to transmitter fixed it for me"
Saturday
Dean commented on Pedals2Paddles's blog post Woman who assaulted CT UAV operator given probabation that concludes with no criminal record or pusnishment
"God look at her. Shed be the last thing id ever try take perverted photos of..... I rather photograph guys!"
Friday
Paul Hammond replied to Dean's discussion Only 1m range with 433Mhz telemetry set REOPENED!
"Ive just been looking at mine again. it seems that a resistor has come off from the transmitter, just below the ant solder joint. See picture -"
Apr 25
Dom replied to Dean's discussion Only 1m range with 433Mhz telemetry set REOPENED!
"Hi, i've got the same issue, as have others:  http://ardupilot.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=5939&p=16127#p16127 (not solved despite marked as so!)"
Apr 25
Paul Hammond replied to Dean's discussion Only 1m range with 433Mhz telemetry set REOPENED!
"Ive been having problems with these since yesterday (but before i have them for basic tuning in a room and not lost any signal) Currently the green light is blinking indicating it is looking for another radio. I can get it to stay solid, but thats…"
Apr 16
Dean replied to Randy's discussion AC3.1 & blown 3.3V regulator (was AC3.1-rc5 SPI speed problem)
"As I understand it You can connect USB with battery connected when JP1 is installed. You can connect USB with battery connected when using power module, JP1 MUST be removed Connecting JP1 and power module will fry your board Thats what I think i…"
Feb 28
Sasho replied to Dean's discussion PreArm: ACRO_BAL_ROLL/PITCH
"Yes I just did that last night and worked. From firmware version AC 3.0.1 they change this parameters from 0 to 1 but also there is some problem with the voltage sensing after AC 3.0.1 see my discussion on…"
Feb 28
Dean replied to Dean's discussion PreArm: ACRO_BAL_ROLL/PITCH
"Go to full parameter list, the first 2 parameters are ACRO_RATE_ROLL and ACRO_RATE_PITCH set these values to 0. This is the rate at which pitch and roll will stabalize in acro mode. Set to 0 to disable or set as desired. Once disabled you will be…"
Feb 28
Dean replied to Dean's discussion PreArm: ACRO_BAL_ROLL/PITCH
"Yes it roll/pitch parameters are incorrect somehow. Unfortunately, this community is dead. Your better off posting elsewhere like rcgroups or somwthing. Im going to play around with the apm2.6 this weekend, if I find anything ill post back"
Feb 27
Sasho replied to Dean's discussion PreArm: ACRO_BAL_ROLL/PITCH
"Hi I have the same problem ACRO_BAL_ROLL/PITCH did you fond solution for this issue ? I was tuning the PID parameters and just to start on fine tuning this message appears !  Arming is only possible if Prearm check is disabled !"
Feb 27
Dean replied to Robert Conway's discussion AC 3.1 on APM2.6 goes full throttle at random while in Stabilize Mode
"Honestly mate, get a Naza. I know its not really an answer but ive had 2 APM 2.5s and now a APM2.6 and have nothing but problems. I was really reluctant to give up on the apm, something i really like about it, but if you plan to fly the APM, you…"
Feb 2
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Feb 1
Dean replied to Dean's discussion APM Dedicated BEC
"Thanks. I have a 4amp dedicated BEC connected on the imputs rail, removed BEC signal wire and have J1 installed."
Feb 1
Euan Ramsay replied to Dean's discussion APM Dedicated BEC
"Yes. As long as the normal "only use 80% of battery amps" rule is adhered to."
Feb 1

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At 6:14am on December 17, 2012, R. D. Starwalt said…

Welcome to the hobby Dean!

I would try to build as light as possible but do not obsess on it. There are far more important things to consider than weight.

Although I have not posted a build of my 2nd quad, it uses the same materials as the first - plywood and AL square tubing. The outside dimensions are the same (motor to motor distance) but the arms are shorter. Two battery boxes, 3DR 'C' style access to the PDB, and the ESCs will be on the central body plate rather than the arms.

My motto is 'I don't complain about her weight if she does not complain about my flying.'

Flight time with a 3S 3200mAH is around 9 minutes. That is plenty of time to mess up and long enough to gain experience.

-=Doug

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