Jerald Thompson
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Cannot download APMCopter V3.4.5 via Mission Planner

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jerald Thompson Feb 16. 4 Replies

Whenever I try to download APMCopter V3.4.5 by clicking on the hexacopter image on Mission Planner's "Install Firmware" screen, what I get is APMCopter V3.2.1.  I have need of being able to use two…Continue

Tags: V3.2.1, V3.4.5

Which version of Arducopter to use with an APM 2.8 FC?

Started Feb 1 0 Replies

Copter= 550 mm Hex, FC= Arducopter APM 2.8, TX= Turnigy TGY 9X, RX= Turnigy 9X8C V2, Motors= Turnigy Prop-Drive 28-26 1200 KVa, Props= 9" Slo-Fly (nylon), ESC= Turnigy Plush 30A (BEC 2A/5V ver 3.3),…Continue

Tags: problem, Battery, Monitor, Heading, Compass

APM 2.5 GPS connection sockets vs APM 2.6 and APM 2.8 GPS connection spclets

Started Oct 5, 2016 0 Replies

I have an Arducopter APM 2.5 Flight Controller that is giving me compass trouble and I ordered two APM units to replace it.  Neither of them worked and were sent back to the vendors.  The first…Continue

Tags: 2.8, 2.6, 2.5, APM

Compass error - East is West, West is East, but North and South are North and South

Started Sep 20, 2016 0 Replies

System: 550 Hex, APM2.6 Flight Controller (supposedly with no onboard compass), 3DR GPS, latest Mission Planner, Hexacopter 3.3.1 firmware.Problem: After calibrating the accelerometers, the compass,…Continue

Tags: APM2.6, APM2.5, GPS, Compass

 

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Jerald Thompson replied to William Losch's discussion Pixhawk Flight Controller
"I take it they are genuine OEM parts and not clones?   I assume you have used them, so was wondering if there are any problems I should know about.  Do you know what firmware they have on them?  And do you know if there are any…"
Apr 12
Jerald Thompson replied to William Losch's discussion Pixhawk Flight Controller
"Are these still available?"
Apr 11
Jerald Thompson replied to Jerald Thompson's discussion Cannot download APMCopter V3.4.5 via Mission Planner
"No, I haven't tried that.  I'm using a Turnigy 9X transmitter and a Turnigy 9X BC V2 receiver, and the only choice I can see that might pertain to setting limits is one which sets the end points of the various channels. Currently all…"
Feb 16
Craig replied to Jerald Thompson's discussion Cannot download APMCopter V3.4.5 via Mission Planner
"have you tried setting your limits on the radio itself?"
Feb 16
Jerald Thompson replied to Jerald Thompson's discussion Cannot download APMCopter V3.4.5 via Mission Planner
"Thanks for that (discouraging) information.  (Okay, Jerald, enough with the sarcasm!  The guy is only trying to help!) That really puts me in a bind. - according to the radio calibration the throttle minimum is 1065 pwm and the max is 1999…"
Feb 16
Craig replied to Jerald Thompson's discussion Cannot download APMCopter V3.4.5 via Mission Planner
"3.2.1 is the last version that is supported on APM hardware. Anything higher needs Pixhawks 1/2+ the only way you're going to get what you need is to add the code you need yourself I'm afraid."
Feb 16
Jerald Thompson replied to Glenn Hollowell's discussion Bad Compass Health in the group PIXHAWK
"I'm running APM 2.8 hardware, Mission Planner 1.3.44 build 1.16240.11550, and ArduCopter V3.2.1 (36b405fb). I have looked through the entire parameter list and cannot find COMPASS_DEV_ID listed there.  Are you perhaps running different…"
Feb 13
Jerald Thompson replied to Glenn Hollowell's discussion Bad Compass Health in the group PIXHAWK
"Would it be possible to swap this "uncooperative" Pixhawk with one of your other good Pixhawk controllers that you know works properly?  It might be a bit of a hassle to do this, but this would either confirm or deny your suspicions…"
Feb 13
Jerald Thompson replied to Glenn Hollowell's discussion Bad Compass Health in the group PIXHAWK
"Replacing the GPS/Compass module is a possibility, that is for sure.  I'm still working on the problem.  Thanks for your input.  I'll get back with you later...."
Feb 11
Jerald Thompson replied to Glenn Hollowell's discussion Bad Compass Health in the group PIXHAWK
"Thought I would chime in here with a little tid-bit of an experience I had just today while trying to calibrate an external compass feeding into an APM 2.8 FC.  Over the last three days I have tried probably a dozen times to cal this compass…"
Feb 10
Jerald Thompson replied to David Schack's discussion Arducopter v2.6 Arms then Disarms
"My APM 2.6 does an automatic dis-arm if there is no change of positions of either joystick for about 7 or 8 seconds.  It can be somewhat disconcerting to the pilot, but I think it was purposely designed in as a safety feature, and I have not…"
Feb 6
Jerald Thompson replied to Aryamann Sharma's discussion Something happened to my Ublox Neo 6m Gps Module -APM 2.8
"I'm having a similar problem with my hex, an APM 2.8 FC, and an external Ublox GPS/Compass unit on a 7" pole (clearly far, far away from any electric wires and metal..  My difficulty is that I have never been able to get a compass…"
Feb 5
Jerald Thompson posted a discussion

Which version of Arducopter to use with an APM 2.8 FC?

Copter= 550 mm Hex, FC= Arducopter APM 2.8, TX= Turnigy TGY 9X, RX= Turnigy 9X8C V2, Motors= Turnigy Prop-Drive 28-26 1200 KVa, Props= 9" Slo-Fly (nylon), ESC= Turnigy Plush 30A (BEC 2A/5V ver 3.3), GPS= 3DR GPS with external compass, Li-Po= 5400 MaH 4S.Flights made with this copter: zeroAvailable logs: zeroHow does one decide which version of Arducopter to use with an APM 2.8 Flight Controller?Using Mission Planner 1.3.41, I find that these versions of Arducopter are available for APM 2.8 (if…See More
Feb 1
Jerald Thompson replied to Andy McAllister's discussion New hexacopter yaw, oscillation, and flip on second flight (3.4)
Jan 2
Jerald Thompson posted a discussion

APM 2.5 GPS connection sockets vs APM 2.6 and APM 2.8 GPS connection spclets

I have an Arducopter APM 2.5 Flight Controller that is giving me compass trouble and I ordered two APM units to replace it.  Neither of them worked and were sent back to the vendors.  The first replacement unit that I received (which was advertised as an APM 2.6) had the same GPS connector socket types as did my 2.5 unit (i.e., a 5-pin male socket on the top of the controller and a 6-pin male socket on the side of the controller).  Everything hooked up okay and powered up properly, but even…See More
Oct 5, 2016
Jerald Thompson posted a discussion

Compass error - East is West, West is East, but North and South are North and South

System: 550 Hex, APM2.6 Flight Controller (supposedly with no onboard compass), 3DR GPS, latest Mission Planner, Hexacopter 3.3.1 firmware.Problem: After calibrating the accelerometers, the compass, the radio, arming then dis-arming the motors, I switched Mission Planner to show flight details.  The HUD showed the front  of the 'copter was facing North.  Roll and pitch changes displayed properly, but when I checked yaw the compass moved in the opposite direction of rotation.  I pointed the…See More
Sep 20, 2016

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About Me:
Retired U.S. Air Force member - former radio systems/radar operator, Air Traffic Controller, Command and Control (transport aircraft) Specialist. Twenty+ years spent in Quality Assurance at a major U.S. Aerospace company.
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
Just getting started in RC drones, mostly to expand my 60+-year interest in photography.
Hometown:
Brigham City, Utah

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