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

Started this discussion. Last reply by Daniel Leete Aug 24. 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 commented on bc6's group Emax 250 Owners
"Hi BC6, I own an Emax 250 with the 1806 motors running on an CC3D board. Are you running CC3D or have you found a mini APM/Pixhawk you like? Regards, Nathaniel ~KD2DEY"
Nov 14

Nathaniel Caner replied to Randy's discussion Copter-3.3 beta testing
"@maxgr ca? What is that? Regards, Nathaniel ~KD2DEY"
Nov 1

Nathaniel Caner commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Announces Unmanned Aircraft Registration Requirement
"Isn't that in oxymoron, "sensible logic"? Well at least as far as a US bureaucracy is concerned. :) Regards, Nathaniel ~KD2DEY"
Oct 20

Nathaniel Caner commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Announces Unmanned Aircraft Registration Requirement
"So basically Pilots in category #1 foot the bill to pay for educating everyone in categories #2 and #3. Nice....not. I don't think registration is a bad idea, I just don't think it's right to require me to register each and every…"
Oct 20

Nathaniel Caner commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Announces Unmanned Aircraft Registration Requirement
"@Tony Not sure where you were going with that...but my point was simply that the vehicles aren't the problem. By themselves they don't pose a threat to anyone. It's the operator that puts the aircraft in harms way (fly aways…"
Oct 20

Nathaniel Caner commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Announces Unmanned Aircraft Registration Requirement
"As long as I don't need to register each individual aircraft accompanied by a fee, I'm ok with it. If I had to pay a registration fee for each aircraft I own, I'd go broke! I've been in this hobby for over 25 years, and as…"
Oct 20

Nathaniel Caner replied to Christopher Jones's discussion Battery Low Voltage Alarm.
"While I agree that everyone should configure their fail safes to work as designed, personally I would hope never to use them unintentionally. For me the purpose of the audible alarms these and other battery alarms provide, is to give the operator a…"
Oct 20

Nathaniel Caner replied to Christopher Jones's discussion Battery Low Voltage Alarm.
"It's really simple to adjust, simply plug in a battery then press the button repeatedly to cycle through the settings: OFF - 2.7v/cell through 3.8v/cell in 0.1v/cell increments. This had me stumped at first too, the instructions were typical…"
Oct 14

Nathaniel Caner commented on Pedals2Paddles's blog post UAS Response to Amtrak Vermonter Derailment
"Great story P2P thanks for posting this. I live about 90 miles due West from where this took place across the lake in NY state. As a matter of fact as I'm writing this there is a story about the derailment on TV right now! Let's hope we…"
Oct 13

Nathaniel Caner replied to Randy's discussion Copter-3.3 beta testing
"Kurt, I can't take credit for the idea, someone here led me to the same information, paying it forward as they say! If you can't feel any additional end play, then it probably isn't a major contributor. Still worth looking at, but not…"
Oct 13

Nathaniel Caner replied to Randy's discussion Copter-3.3 beta testing
"Kurt, Quite often you can reduce the Z axis vibration level by reducing the amount of bell play in your motor housing. As your props load and unload in flight the changing load on your motor causes the housing to jump up and down within the…"
Oct 13

Nathaniel Caner replied to Randy's discussion Copter-3.3 beta testing
"Patrick, ++1 That would be a fantastic idea! A simple utility that could loaded and run on the APM/Pixhawk, connected to Mission Planner etc. allowing the user an interface where they could enable and run individual motors at a specific user…"
Oct 13

Nathaniel Caner replied to Randy's discussion Copter-3.3 beta testing
"Andy, What youtube clip? I went back through the past 10 oages or so and I didn't see a link to a youtube clip. Regards, Nathaniel ~KD2DEY"
Oct 12

Nathaniel Caner commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post FAA Proposes $1.9 Million Civil Penalty Against SkyPan International for Allegedly Unauthorized Unmanned Aircraft Operations
"Interesting that they now hold a Section 333 Exemption. Why would the FAA grant an 333 Exemption to a company they were going to levy a penalty against? So much for a 333 Exemption meaning anything. Regards, Nathaniel ~KD2DEY"
Oct 6
saeed alamri replied to Nathaniel Caner's discussion Maestro or Ardutracker for Antenna Tracker Servo Controller: PROS and CONS?
"did you think about this: Maestro 6-channel USB servo controller bottom view shows tx and rx and vin and gnd so i think we can use that to get the telemetry radio to convert it to wireless . i have everything like your setup and i will start working…"
Oct 6

Nathaniel Caner replied to Ante's discussion What's the best quad to learn how to fly?
"Hi Ante, Welcome! First you don't mention what kind of RC experience you have. That IMHO makes a big difference on what recommendation I would make. If you have a bit of experience flying fixed wing, but no experience flying rotary of any kind…"
Oct 1

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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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