Nathaniel Caner
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Looking for a good Android App to measuring Vibrations during motor Balancing

Started Feb 4 0 Replies

I'm looking for a good Andoid App to measuring vibration levels while balancing Brushless Motors in a Multicopter. I like the versatility of the iPhone/iPad App shown in this video on …Continue

Tags: App, Android, Balancing, Motor, Vibration

Can a Low Impact Crash cause Corruption of APM Firmware?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Søren Kuula Oct 16, 2013. 2 Replies

I had an unplanned landing tonight (otherwise know as a crash). No real damage to speak of, Broke my Pan mount for my FPV camera. The video pretty much says it all thanks to the MinimOSD.I was…Continue

Tags: Arduplane, 2.74b, MinimOSD, Surfer, Sky

Setting Up a Mission with a Takeoff and a Landing sequence for use in a Plane

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nathaniel Caner Sep 28, 2013. 5 Replies

Greetings,I am at the stage where my plane is well tuned and I want to begin experimenting with Takeoff and Landing sequences. I can't find any good descriptions of how these commands should be setup…Continue

Tags: Arduplane, Land, Takeoff, Planner, Mission

Trouble with KML/KMZ files generated in Mission Planner 1.2.62 or newer

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nathaniel Caner Aug 5, 2013. 5 Replies

I'm having trouble generating KML/KMZ files I can use in Google Earth since MP version 1.2.62. Whenever I generate a KML/KMZ file and view it in GE all I get is a flat projection of points on the…Continue

Tags: KMZ, Droneshare, KML, Earth, Planner


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Nathaniel Caner replied to Randy's discussion Copter-3.3 beta testing
"I should think if it were only weight related, 3-4 Amp increase sounds quite excessive for such a small increase in weight. I would think 8-9A/1000g would be typical. This translates to more like 50-65A/1000g! Regards, Nathaniel ~KD2DEY"

Nathaniel Caner replied to Randy's discussion Copter-3.3 beta testing
"FYI: You need to be using the Beta version of Mission Planner in order to see V3.3-rc1, otherwise it shows up as V3.2. Regards, Nathaniel ~KD2DEY"

Nathaniel Caner commented on Dan Wilson's blog post Autonomous Airborne Docking for Refueling or Recharging
"Impressive! Great work!! Regards, Nathaniel ~KD2DEY"

Nathaniel Caner commented on Dave Giles's blog post Watch Homeowner Shoot Down a Drone Flying over His Property
"Interesting....a bit of investigation reveals that his son Landon attends Arizona State University and produced the kickstarter promo video. In his own project description he talks about incorporating aerial drone shots in the video. He also…"

Nathaniel Caner commented on UAS_Pilot's blog post Another APM Powered Quad from Aerosky
"Interestingly under the "Parts and Accesories" category you see a listing for an "APM Power Module with XT60" The product description The APM Power Module is a simple way of providing your APM with clean power from a LiPo battery…"

Nathaniel Caner commented on Klaus Heinrich's group PIXHAWK
"Hi Richard, I think this might be the discussion you were looking for: GPS Issues - Do I need a GPS ground plane & EMI ring? started by Doug Walmsley. Regards, Nathaniel ~KD2DEY"
Apr 15

Nathaniel Caner commented on Dave Giles's blog post Why drone fliers aren't spies or pervs
"Fantastic! I watched it twice. I only wish I had a copy I could pull out and play for all the nay-sayers and privacy nuts I run into! Regards, Nathaniel ~KD2DEY"
Mar 10
AKcopter replied to Nathaniel Caner's discussion Pixhawk Arducopter SBUS proportional PWM passthrough channels 9-14: Possible?? in the group ArduCopter User Group
"Hi Did you get a solution to this ...your post is quite old and I am using an SBUS Rx with 16 channels and I would like to pass channels 9-12 from the SBUS to the AUX out of the Pixhawk...but the out put has to be the proportional PWM output"
Mar 8

Nathaniel Caner replied to 2120's discussion Charging LiPo in a car?
"My opinion hasn't changed much, except that I might tone down my opinion that you "won't likely outgrow their capabilities". The longer I'm in this hobby the more I realize you can't keep ahead of the…"
Mar 5

Nathaniel Caner replied to ausdroid's discussion Multistar 10000 blowing chargers
"I've seen this same thing happen to three different chargers all sold by HK charging at or near the "rated" capacity of the charger. In each case the charger started a high pitched whistle followed by a very loud *POP* and then some…"
Mar 4

Nathaniel Caner replied to ausdroid's discussion Multistar 10000 blowing chargers
"Ausdroid, Let me guess, it's blowing a capacitor on the DC input right?"
Mar 3

Nathaniel Caner replied to Nicolas-Michael El Jamal's discussion Motor Vibration + Unable to launch copter
"What material are your booms made out of? In the video it looks like the booms are oscillating. This could just be  a distortion in the video, but it may also be that they aren't stiff enough. Also what ESC are you…"
Feb 15

Nathaniel Caner commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post FAA to announce new rules for sUAS, today Sunday (yes sunday)
"Bet the number of call ins brought the phone system down...LOL. Probably had to delay due to technical difficulties."
Feb 15

Nathaniel Caner commented on Katrina Rosen's blog post "Drone Shoot-Down" Bill makes it out of state senate committee in Oklahoma
"@Pbreed, Relax my friend, I wasn't trying to imply anything. I don't have any answers either. My point was simply that reaching for a gun should never been the answer unless your life depended on it. I didn't chime in here to answer…"
Feb 13

Nathaniel Caner commented on Klaus Heinrich's group PIXHAWK
"@mark sahf It's best not to use the group message to ask questions. Instead use the "Add a Discussion" link above. To help you get started, first start by Downloading your Data-Flash logs as described here. Once you have done that…"
Feb 12

Nathaniel Caner commented on Katrina Rosen's blog post "Drone Shoot-Down" Bill makes it out of state senate committee in Oklahoma
"@Pbreed, How about taking your camera equipped phone out of your pocket take some pictures or video of the offending vehicle invading your privacy, then using the same device call the Police if you feel so inclined. @Ronny Not all Americans are…"
Feb 12

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About Me:
R/C Aviator 20+ Years Fixed wing, 2 Years Rotary.....Looking to expand my horizons. Started my interest in robotics with the Basic Stamp 2 Years ago...then moved to Arduino and learing C C++ 1 Year ago, now I am jumping feet first into UAV tech combining my interests. It's all about the challenge and learning!
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
My primary reason for getting involved with UAV's at DIY Drones is for the technical challenge. However I plan on using my UAV for aerial photography and videography with perhaps eventually a FPV platform.
Keene Valley, NY (near Lake Placid in the Adirondack Mtns.)

Acitvity Update

My Senior Telemaster equipped with an Ardupilot Legacy board had an unfortunate incident last year when I got too low in FBW-A Mode and couldn't pull up fast enough to avoid the tree line! Pilot error, I realized too late that all I had to do was switch to Manual. Alas instinct took over and I had a tremendous crash into the trees. Despite the sickening sound if the impact (snap, crash, bang) the Telemaster will fly again someday. (I'm not very ambitious when it comes to rebuilding!)

That derailed my UAV interest for a while and my interest shifted to light weight easy to build profile scratch build foamies! Had a great time building and flying some incredible aircraft from It was a nice distraction for the summer, but now I'm back to the UAV community her at DiyDrones and have reequipped myself with a new APM 2.5, uBlox LEA-6, Airspeed sensor, Attopilot 90Amp voltage and current sensor, 3DR 900MHz telemetry, MinimOSD Extra, Maestro contoller for use with an Antenna Tracker. I have also ventured into FPV with the help of who supplied all my FPV gear, Fatshark Dominator goggles, Immersion RC 5.8GHz vTX vRx.

I am enjoying all the new challenges and hope to bring a contribution or two to the community. Though I can read and understand the code for the most part, I am definitely not a programmer. What I am good at is devouring the concepts and providing assistance to those who have trouble knowing where to start and or need help clarifying concepts that haven't yet found their way into the wiki.

This year also saw me compete my HAM radio license exam and pass with a General Class license! KD2DEY, doesn't exactly roll off the tongue but hey maybe I'll get a vanity call sign someday! Anyway this will now allow me to operate legally here in the USA on additional frequencies for FPV and RC control. I hope sometime this year to equip my Futaba T8FG radio with a DragonLink UHF 433MHz long range transmitter and move to 1.3GHz band for my FPV system. All in all I'm just having a great time learning and immersing myself in all the new possibilities!

Keep up the great work 3D Robotics and the DiyDrones Community!


Nathaniel ~KD2DEY

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National Model Aviation Day August 17, 2013

Posted on July 2, 2013 at 12:01pm 0 Comments

The Governor of the Great State of Indiana Michael R Pence becomes the first to sign the proclamation declaring August 17, 2013 to be National Model Aviation Day! What about your state? Read the full details here on the AMA…


"From The Ground Up" : One persons experience with DIY drones and ArduPilot - Part One

Posted on August 15, 2010 at 7:01pm 32 Comments

This is a Blog I decided to start chronicling my experience in the hopes that I might make it easier for newcomers to get involved with these amazing machines we call UAVs!…


Comment Wall (7 comments)

At 4:06pm on April 28, 2010, Bill G said…
Hey Nat
I teach Robotics ( VEX and First Robotics) so we use Robotc and labview for programming. I am located in long beach (south of long island). Wind is always a factor down at the beach. I am brand new to flying but building a robot plane was just to freakin cool to pass up. I got my school to pay for some parts because we do use it in school. The kids beg me to go outside every sunny day since we have been ready to fly (2 weeks) but wind and rain have kept us inside. Winds hitting 35mph today.
At 2:55pm on June 9, 2010, phillip padley said…
Hi yeh it is all scratch built no plans will be a smaller version lazer cut cooming soon and a few more designs, specs are wing span 14 ' length 8' , 10 channle 30 lbs in weight.
45cc powered
At 6:50am on August 8, 2010, Mark Whitehorn said…
Enjoy the Senior Telemaster ARF build. I'd be interested to see photos of your autopilot installation. I'd also like to know how you go about trimming and adjusting CG when you start flight testing. I think I had my CG too far aft on the last few flights; plane was stable but needed down elevator trim for level cruise at half throttle, and climbed too steep at full throttle.
At 6:55pm on August 28, 2010,
Sgt Ric
Yes, you're right about that!

I do have to remember to be a little more understanding sometimes instead of coming across frustrated.

Rereading a comment is helpful as you say.

I often catch myself often sounding more dry and sarcastic than I mean to.
At 4:32pm on March 1, 2013, James Dean said…

Hi Nathan,

Thanks for the youtube link (
) It certainly looks like that is the technique we need to give my quadriplegic client access to the control system. We did some tests yesterday using an analogue air pressure sensor. He has good control, and wants to use that as a throttle control for his RC race car. (He competes against able-bodied racers at club level.)

The "Balloon Switch" we make has a Pic microprocessor which has lots of spare capacity. I'l like to re-write the software in this to provide the PPM data to the RC transmitter training port.

The key thing I need is electrical and timing specifications for the signal to feed into the port. Whoever made the system in the video clip certainly must know all this!

Cheers, James

At 12:05pm on July 3, 2013, Keshan Dass said…

Hi Nat, I´ve add you as my friend. This is the issue:

Guys I need your help, APM 2.5 is new for me it´s the first time.  When I connect my usb cable to my bixler on the field, the red plane on the mission planner is opposite (almost everytime) to the true north.

What I did to solve the problem:

1- Check on “enable” magnetometer in MP/Configuration/hardware

2- Correct the declination and confirm in MP/configuration/adv parameter

That solution didn’t work completely, what I mean with that is that it corrects the orientation a little bit.

I don´t have an external magnetometer.

The question is:

What I have to do so that when I power up my APM 2.5 in the field and my bixler is pointing to N,E,W or S, in the mission planner that little red plane point to the same direction? 

I flew my bixler alredy, several time in manual, stabilize, auto and RTL. The funny thing is that all these flight when I power up my board inoccently I did it towards the true north.

At 4:43am on August 6, 2013, Pedro Capredoni said…

Hi Nathaniel, Ive made the small circuit to convert the RSSI PWM-AM signal of the 6208SB, but Ive measure 1,6v at full signal, not 2,2 as you wrote in the sketch. Also with power out TX, i measure 0,10-0,12v not 0... its that ok?

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