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No radio check calibration bars-answers?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Cowan Oct 1, 2012. 3 Replies

On new APM1 system, the instructions went smooth up to setup -radio check. No variable bars. on exit all 6CH read 0=min  3000= max.  Latest AMP, new hardware, arduplane software. functional Tx. …Continue

Tags: Setup, check, stick, RC, APM1

Confgiuration Parameter Personalization Error Message

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Cowan Jul 11, 2012. 1 Reply

In using the Mission Planner (Ver 10) to upload the A/C specific configuration (easystar.param).via the AMP a dialogue window opens with the title "SAVED NOTE" with the message "4:22:48 PM Easy Star…Continue

Will Canopy Magnets degrade/mask Magnetometer Outputs?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Walker Jul 30, 2012. 1 Reply

The form fitting cockpit electronics rack kit includes 8 Nd-60 magnets to secure the rack to the Easystar foam cockpit cavity.  Slick.  About to install the magnetometer option to improve heading…Continue

ArdupilotMegaPlanner.exe. Unable to find this specific file after download

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Cowan Dec 11, 2011. 4 Replies

HiWhile waiting for an assembled A/P Mega to arrive, I downloaded and extracted the APM software - opened it and searched on but could not find the directed  ArdupilotMegaPlanner.exe file.  I did…Continue

 

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Mike Cowan replied to Mike Cowan's discussion No radio check calibration bars-answers?
"Michael!  I can't thank you enough for the tip about the PPM light. Last spring I had been flying the EZ* with a 3 cell battery which I then installed on my foamboard system test bed.  I just substituted the flight 3cell rated ESC and…"
Oct 1, 2012
Mike Cowan replied to Mike Cowan's discussion No radio check calibration bars-answers?
"Good call. The PPM LED is on solid - the Appendix says it should be flashing if I understand the text properly. It's a puzzelment - The stick response says the MUX is working, The Auto mode stick response also works- but then the mode signal…"
Oct 1, 2012

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Michael Oborne replied to Mike Cowan's discussion No radio check calibration bars-answers?
"sounds like the board is not seeing your radio inputs. on the base board is the blue ppm led flashing?"
Oct 1, 2012
Mike Cowan posted a discussion

No radio check calibration bars-answers?

On new APM1 system, the instructions went smooth up to setup -radio check. No variable bars. on exit all 6CH read 0=min  3000= max.  Latest AMP, new hardware, arduplane software. functional Tx.  Servos follow the stick OK!. Modes switch OK, params load OK.Conditions. Platform levels, GPS locks. Stick to surface OK, Tx and Rx LEDs functioning. Mavlink connected and working,  CLI switch in 1 position (away from connecter pins). All new system and my first experience with it.Any advice would be…See More
Oct 1, 2012
Michael Walker replied to Mike Cowan's discussion Will Canopy Magnets degrade/mask Magnetometer Outputs?
"I know that no one replied to this, but it is easy to test. Hook up your APM2 and without it installed, see if the compass readings are ok.  Then, insert it into the plane and try again.  You'll have to rotate the plane through 360…"
Jul 30, 2012
Mike Cowan replied to Mike Cowan's discussion Confgiuration Parameter Personalization Error Message
"OK jokes on me - I printed  out the new easystar.param file and there at the top was the title- "4:22:48 PM Easy Star Post Crash". Deduction - this IS the new easystar file and it IS loaded into the onboard A/P OFP…"
Jul 11, 2012
Mike Cowan posted a discussion

Confgiuration Parameter Personalization Error Message

In using the Mission Planner (Ver 10) to upload the A/C specific configuration (easystar.param).via the AMP a dialogue window opens with the title "SAVED NOTE" with the message "4:22:48 PM Easy Star Post Crash"The OFP (firmware) loads ok with the generic param-list.  What's the work around?I printed out the easrstar.param file before everything turned upside down in the infinite loop exercise.  Any way I can manually stuff the original one into the APM?What happens if I manually modify the…See More
Jul 11, 2012
Mike Cowan replied to Dror Caspi's discussion Update forever... and files not getting unzipped
"Michael - being possibly the oldest APM1 pilot in the world (76), I have to admit that getting Ver. .9x to work with my flight tested APM1 is above my pay grade. If possible would you please restore Versions .80 and especially .84 to the downloads…"
Jul 3, 2012
Mike Cowan replied to Dror Caspi's discussion Update forever... and files not getting unzipped
"Another anomaly.  Have run on MP .90 and APM1 very successfully, - loved it - responded to update - downloaded .92, and now on connect get error message - "this (ver) is for APM1 - you must upgrade your AP"    Sure got…"
Jun 28, 2012
Mike Cowan replied to Itzik Ronen's discussion Activating a servo above WP
"Right - HIL can't be beat for versatility.  I am not familiar with HiL. Is this the National Systems product or do you have a link to HiL handy?  Thanks   Mike Cowan"
Jun 24, 2012
Mike Cowan replied to Itzik Ronen's discussion Activating a servo above WP
"Hi Itzik Somehow ended up with a freind request from you.  I noticed your intent to acquire X-Plane.  Be advised from my own experience that this Ver 10 requires great processing power - at least - a 2-core 3 gigaherz computer, gobs of…"
Jun 24, 2012
Mike Cowan posted a discussion

Will Canopy Magnets degrade/mask Magnetometer Outputs?

The form fitting cockpit electronics rack kit includes 8 Nd-60 magnets to secure the rack to the Easystar foam cockpit cavity.  Slick.  About to install the magnetometer option to improve heading information.This puts the magnetometer sensor 3cm from one Nd pair and 4cm from the partner pair (holding the front "dashboard").Can anyone give me heads up on outcome - or should I take the magnets out and use good ol tape.The performance so far has been picture perfect - enough to make excellent fine…See More
Jun 13, 2012
Mike Cowan replied to andrew b's discussion none of the autopilot modes work for me
"Michael -  See your name a lot.  Simple question. APM1 and Mission Planner all works as advertised including write to A/P except I would like to see a mission path /WP flags overlay on top of the satellite photo of my home field…"
Mar 12, 2012
Mike Cowan replied to Mike Cowan's discussion ArdupilotMegaPlanner.exe. Unable to find this specific file after download
"Thanks Chris. I connected my ArduPilot and FTDI to the USB in lieu of an A/P mega not yet here - 2min download - clicked on your icon and instant up and connect to COM 3 at 11k baud.  Very slick and professional GUI. The A/C setup page was…"
Dec 11, 2011
Mike Cowan replied to Mike Cowan's discussion ArdupilotMegaPlanner.exe. Unable to find this specific file after download
"Thanks Michael - that tip was helpful   Mike Cowan"
Dec 11, 2011

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Chris Anderson replied to Mike Cowan's discussion ArdupilotMegaPlanner.exe. Unable to find this specific file after download
Dec 10, 2011

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About Me:
Novice RC constructor - Retired aerospace avionics engineer - embedded computers and digital flight control. Intern transistorizing the B-58 Nav Bomb computer - then the Gemini IBM onboard computer. Project design/development engineer for the HARPOON/SLAM digital strapdown guidance/control subsystem.(hats off to Permerlani & Mahony). Design and mechanization of the F/A-18 HORNET quad redundant digital FCS. and many other fun things.
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
Aerial photography. My nephew is a forensic fire scene investigator and consultant. Want to end his chronic gripe that large scale fire scenes are disturbed - sometimes demolition has begun by the time the investigators are turned loose. Learning to construct/fly/flight test Magpie AP aircraft. Much underrated A/C for slow flight - low altitude - high res photos. Understand the theory - amazed by the tiny hardware (Harpoon S/D = 25lbs.) Blank mind about the I/F conventions and alphabet soup) Looking for young bright mentors in exchange for math and tribal lore questions.
Hometown:
KIRKWOOD MISSOURI

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