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

Started this discussion. Last reply by Daniel Leete on Monday. 3 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
"Mark and Wes are correct. It is best practice to leave a reserve. The reason for leaning forward is likely due to the fact that your vehicle is a bit nose heavy. The motors are rated in kv/volt, so as the batteries near depletion you may be able to…"
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Daniel Leete replied to Nathaniel Caner's discussion Looking for a good Android App to measuring Vibrations during motor Balancing
"Hi Nathaniel, this reply might be a little late but there is an android app called "smart tools" which has a lot of handy tools for rc including a very sensitive vibration reader. Regards Daniel"
Monday

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Nathaniel Caner replied to Felipe Rabat's discussion Sudden loss of power in the group Arducopter Y6 Owners
"Hey Felipe, What did you find out? Regards, Nathaniel ~KD2DEY"
Aug 3

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Nathaniel Caner replied to Joe's discussion Power Distribution Board Question in the group Arducopter Y6 Owners
"Check out pages 9 and 18 in the build manual for an explanation. Regards, Nathaniel ~KD2DEY"
Aug 3

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Nathaniel Caner replied to Joe's discussion Power Distribution Board Question in the group Arducopter Y6 Owners
"Check out pages 9 and 18 in the build manual for an explanation. Regards, Nathaniel ~KD2DEY"
Aug 3

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Nathaniel Caner replied to Joe's discussion Power Distribution Board Question in the group Arducopter Y6 Owners
"Joe, If I'm understanding what your asking; the double row of six pins are where each of your ESC's plug into the PDB. The loose two pin connector that is soldered to the board behind the double row of six pins can be plugged into the…"
Aug 3

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Nathaniel Caner replied to Randy's discussion Copter-3.3 beta testing
"Randy, Thanks for the explanation. I understood about Note #1, I wasn't concerned with the number per say, it was really the fact that I got it almost immediately upon powering up while I was indoors! That seems very unlikely. Any clarification…"
Aug 2

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Nathaniel Caner replied to Felipe Rabat's discussion Sudden loss of power in the group Arducopter Y6 Owners
"Hi Felipe, The battery was not fully charged when you took off. Based on the starting voltage of 14.74v I would say it was about 80% discharged. A fully charged 4S Lipo would have a charge of 4.2v/cell or 16.8v/pack. Mission Planner doesn't…"
Aug 2

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Nathaniel Caner replied to Randy's discussion Copter-3.3 beta testing
"OK so I think I understand the answer to my primary question about the early "Fence" trigger, and it appears to have been addressed in RC8. According to the release notes for RC8 5b "fence distance calculated from home (was…"
Aug 2

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Nathaniel Caner replied to Randy's discussion Copter-3.3 beta testing
"Greetings, I am running AC 3.3 rc7 still and I was testing a new FPV setup yesterday during which I triggered a "Fench Breach" and subsequent RTL during two flights. Everything worked perfectly, except that the "Fence Breach" was…"
Aug 1

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Nathaniel Caner commented on Bill Bonney's blog post APM Planner 2.0.18 Released
"Bill, I hope I wasn't coming across somehow as anti APM Planner, because I'm not. I was really interested in why I might choose it as an alternative over Mission Planner. As far as the Microsoft OS vs OSX etc., point taken. It was more of…"
Jul 26

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Nathaniel Caner commented on Bill Bonney's blog post APM Planner 2.0.18 Released
"Hey Chris, Thanks for the clarification! Mission Planner does handle multiple UAV's though.....Randy had a video back in May demonstrating that capability with Mission Planner and a PC laptop. Regards, Nathaniel ~KD2DEY"
Jul 26

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Nathaniel Caner commented on Bill Bonney's blog post APM Planner 2.0.18 Released
"@FnoopDog- What?? Users over-whemingly are using Windows based OS on DIYdrones! Take a look at the most recent site statistics and you will see that Windows has more users than all other OS' combined. Unless you are suggesting that every…"
Jul 26

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Nathaniel Caner replied to Garrick Merrill's discussion Lack of replacement parts for 3DR vehicles
"Vu, I just took a moment and re-read some of my comments, and let me apologize if they came off as somewhat snarky. You do a great job and I always see you responding to these posts with a professional and respectful approach quickly and…"
Jul 26

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Nathaniel Caner replied to Garrick Merrill's discussion Lack of replacement parts for 3DR vehicles
"Hi Vu, As I said I haven't personally had a bad experience, however the number of times I see the same complaints appearing in the forums over and over again over the years is disconcerting. I don't doubt that you are abiding by all the…"
Jul 26

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Nathaniel Caner replied to Garrick Merrill's discussion Lack of replacement parts for 3DR vehicles
"From what I read I thought the State of California required manufacturer's/retailers to provide spare parts for a period of 7 years from the date of discontinuance of a product over $100, regardless of the length of the warranty. Ca Civil Codes…"
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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.
Hometown:
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 6mmflyrc.com. 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 ReadyMadeRC.com 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!

Regards,

Nathaniel ~KD2DEY

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National Model Aviation Day August 17, 2013

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

http://amablog.modelaircraft.org/amaclubs/files/2013/06/state-proclamation.jpg

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…

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"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!…

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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,
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Sgt Ric
said…
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 ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lE7slObvq_Q
) 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 http://tecsol.com.au/cms123/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&category_id=7&product_id=39&Itemid=53&vmcchk=1&Itemid=53 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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