"Glad to hear it! As I mentioned, these things are almost always connection errors. I think we'll start working with retailers who can offer all-in-one kits with all the connectors supplied, to avoid these issues."
"Using just the APM with only two channels connected gives me differing numbers! The shield is now reconnected and two additional channels and I still see the numbers vary.
Sounds like it was the wire I originally used to connect channels…"
"Okay, now take off the IMU shield and run the test again. Does that make any difference?
Also try just plugging in a few channels from your Rx with regular 3-wire female-to-female cables, and see if that makes a difference.
If none of…"
"Please download and run this test program, which will test your RC inputs. Set the Arduino serial monitor to 57k and ensure that your transmitter is on. Please move the sticks and see if the numbers change. Paste some results here so we can analyze."
I'm a software engineer by trade. I got into the electronics hobby about 6.5 years ago. That quickly expanded to include quadrocopters and other R/C vehicles. Lately, I've also been watching the 3d printer space.
I'm the father of two boys under the age of three that keep me really busy.
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
I am interested in aerial photography, quadrocopters, and autonomous vehicles. I'd love to eventually be able to create something that could complete the objectives of the robo magellan contest (whether or not I ever actually enter it).
Who wouldn't want to extend the flight duration of their UAV? That said, cost / weight is a factor. What is the initial investment? How much does it cost to refuel one? Do you have a website that provides more information? I looked at airenergy.de (linked to from your profile), but didn't see anything about it.