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

Started this discussion. Last reply by Janis Putrams Jun 12. 2 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 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…"
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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"
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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…"
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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…"
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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…"
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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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Nathaniel Caner replied to Randy's discussion Copter-3.3 beta testing
"Randy said Monday on pg 193 that he thought it would be out "Later this week". Regards, Nathaniel ~KD2DEY"
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Nathaniel Caner replied to Dean Hitrec's discussion Attopilot 180 A, non linear voltage&current reading
"I also think BATT_AMP_OFFSET plays a role as well. I've never been sure how to implement it though :) Like Peddals2Paddles, I too calibrate the sensor at 50-60% throttle (the practical range where I spend most of the flight). As in this video…"
Jul 21

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Nathaniel Caner replied to Randy's discussion Copter-3.3 beta testing
"Paul, I had the same issue yesterday in the field, ruined a perfect day to fly! Anyway the only way I found was to uninstall MP and reinstall MP via the permanent link to the "latest" in the wiki. I had made the mistake of attempting to…"
Jul 7

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Nathaniel Caner replied to Randy's discussion Copter-3.3 beta testing
"I had to increase the amp/volt to 20.488 for my 3DR PM to get accurate current measurements, so it's not limited to Chinese versions. Regards, Nathaniel ~KD2DEY"
Jun 18

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Nathaniel Caner replied to Randy's discussion Copter-3.3 beta testing
"Thanks Leonard, good to know. I will try again tomorrow. How long after you discontinue an altitude change should it resume Autotune? Regards, Nathaniel ~KD2DEY"
Jun 13

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Nathaniel Caner replied to Randy's discussion Copter-3.3 beta testing
"Leonard, Thank you for the explanation! There are so many little things like this that aren't well documented. It's nice when I can pick up a new piece to the puzzle so to say. I completed the Pitch Autotune today with good results, but…"
Jun 13

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Nathaniel Caner replied to Randy's discussion Copter-3.3 beta testing
"Here's the log (BIN) the log file was over 7MB!"
Jun 13

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Nathaniel Caner replied to Randy's discussion Copter-3.3 beta testing
"I attempted to performed a Yaw Autotune this evening on AC 3.3 RC5. I abandoned it after it appeared to have stopped. Now however I am wondering if it was still running and I couldn't recognize the movements (too small). I have attached the log…"
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Nathaniel Caner replied to Randy's discussion Copter-3.3 beta testing
"Tried an Autotune today on AC 3.3 RC5. At first I tried Roll and Pitch, but ran out of battery really close to completing the pitch portion. Loaded another battery and performed another Autotune, this time on the Roll axis only. It was able to…"
Jun 12
Janis Putrams replied to Nathaniel Caner's discussion Looking for a good Android App to measuring Vibrations during motor Balancing
"I also failed to find a good Android app so I installed Python for Android and wrote a small script that does it. Though I did not have much success with balancing as I suspect the sensor is not that good for my phone. Let me know if you use it and…"
Jun 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.
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

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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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