Richard Evans
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Postion Hold not engaging..

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Evans Jan 27. 1 Reply

I have been trying to reach someone who might know my problem by posting on my own discussion thread in "miscellaneous"   on my profile page. I haven't gotten very many suggestions or ideas, so maybe…Continue

Problem with executing position hold

Started this discussion. Last reply by Johnex Jan 31. 16 Replies

I cannot get the PIxhawk to execute position hold in 3.2 or in 3.2rc1I have this same problem on two copters, each using a different radio (TARANIS)and each has a Pixhawk, one on 3.2 stable version…Continue

Why the motors cut off?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Evans Jan 21. 11 Replies

If someone recognizes the Pixhawk tone signal that you can hear 27 seconds into the flight, please tell me what the tones mean. The motors cut off right after the tone, and although the motors…Continue

DCM Bad heading

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Evans Jan 7. 1 Reply

I had a crash today.I loaded 3.2 a few weeks ago and haven't had any trouble with it, in fact, It has been excellent!Today something happened that caused a crash, the damage isn't too bad.However, I…Continue

 

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Richard Evans replied to Randy's discussion Copter-3.3 beta testing
"Hi Leonard I seem to have a problem initiating the auto tune mode. ON a great calm morning yesterday, I tried to do the auto-tune.  I have a switch assigned in the setup to use RC 7 and confirm in the radio setup that for channel 7, that it is…"
Jun 10
Richard Evans replied to Randy's discussion Copter-3.3 beta testing
"Thanks a much Leonardthall After reading all that, I am reconsidering, using the auto-tune might be the way to go. I have set the switch before to do an auto-tune and it seemed to be right, but when I went into the air and used the switch, it…"
Jun 4
Richard Evans replied to Randy's discussion Copter-3.3 beta testing
"I am running 12-5 props.. I haven't done auto-tune, it is always windy it seems when I have the time and chance. I like manual, because If I can learn that, It would be valuable knowledge. Thanks Richard "
Jun 4
Richard Evans replied to Randy's discussion Copter-3.3 beta testing
"PID Help..? I updated the firmware on my QAV 540 to 3.3rc5 and did my first test flight yesterday.   I like the audio tones for feedback that have been added and the flight was ok, the PosHold was very steady on 11 SATS with  a HDOP…"
Jun 4
Richard Evans replied to Richard Evans's discussion Runaway
"It is the same aircraft.  What happened in that incident is that I was going to go up and hover out away from a cell tower while my associate was going to fly in a circle around the tower with the point of interest trained in the tower. His job…"
Jun 2
Richard Evans replied to Randy's discussion Copter-3.3 beta testing
"Hi Nathaniel I was going through the radio setup, after isolating the AP and making all the suggested changes other than doing the motor balance (I may just replace them for dynamically balanced motors). and found something very…"
Jun 1
Richard Evans replied to Randy's discussion Copter-3.3 beta testing
"Thanks Leonardthall, for that insight.. I checked the shafts for play and I don't feel any, I can't see any wobble either, but it is possible there is runout in the shaft i guess, this forum is a great place to get help Thanks Guys Richard…"
May 31

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Nathaniel Caner replied to Richard Evans's discussion Runaway
"Richard, I know this is old news by now but after leaving comments for you in the AC 3.3 Beta thread I decided to look at your personal page. When I did I discovered this page. I know the incident in the video doesn't correspond to this log,…"
May 31
Richard Evans replied to Randy's discussion Copter-3.3 beta testing
"Thanks Nathaniel, I will watch the video BTW, The compassmot ran and it looks like my vibs are acceptable, which surprises me, when I hod the arm while running it up, It feels pretty extreme.  Maybe the AP is happy now, but I still want to get…"
May 31
Richard Evans replied to Randy's discussion Copter-3.3 beta testing
"Hi Nathaniel I do have a switch for RTL, I have several copters set up different ways and under the duress is was in, I forgot which switch position I needed.  The reason it did go to RTL when I turned off the radio is that I am using a EX-UHF…"
May 31
Richard Evans replied to Randy's discussion Copter-3.3 beta testing
"Thanks Nathaniel   That gives me a good list of things to work on.. RE KD5ZZL"
May 31
Richard Evans replied to Randy's discussion Copter-3.3 beta testing
"Today, I had a close call, but was saved by RTL.   I have been trying to get my copter to be stabile and work as a video and still photo platform.   In tests leading up to todays FPV flight, things seem to be working pretty well.  I…"
May 30
Paul Victor replied to Richard Evans's discussion Runaway
"Richard, Thanks for sharing more detail regarding your experienced with shared frequency fly=away and them lost aircraft recovery using GPS tracking service. I learned important lessons and appreciate you taking the time to document this further.I…"
May 5
Richard Evans replied to Richard Evans's discussion Runaway
"No, I don't have the plus, I was just referring to the newest one of the three Taranis Xmeters that I have. RE"
May 5
Richard Evans replied to Richard Evans's discussion Runaway
"I found out  that the problem I had with the runaway, was my friend also on 433 MHZ using a dragon link had his radio on. I probably could have overridden my switching my high power switch on.  Hind sight! You have to take care to sniff…"
May 5
Richard Evans replied to Richard Evans's discussion Runaway
"Hi Paul I was using a "Pocket Finder" GPS locator,  It  is only about %12.00 per month for the cellular bill and paid for itself just on this incident itself.. There in't much setup, you get an app for your smartphone, (I…"
May 5

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About Me:
Long time RC'r and FPV'r
Live in Texas, grew up in Florida, I'm also an EDF enthusiast with lots of EDF aircraft and many years of radio control experience.
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
I like the feeling of flying like a bird that you get when doing FPV. I guess it is a lot like flying a full scale aircraft. I also love how technical and complex our "birds' are Not for everybody for sure!
Hometown:
smalltown, Texas

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Working on endurance options

Posted on January 18, 2014 at 6:30pm 21 Comments

I've been working on getting a better range and endurance. This QAV-540 weighs 5.5 lb's and I just flew it for 18 minutes today. Previously 16 minutes was my record, the change is that I went up one inch in prop size. This is not stripped down for endurance, I want something that will fly a long time…

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Some FPV (Cockpit View)

Posted on December 13, 2013 at 3:00pm 4 Comments

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This is just run of the mill FPV flying, but I enjoy reviewing the fight for more than the visual perspective. Re-living the altitude, the roll and pitch, the rate of ascent and decent, the airspeed during the flight and the battery condition gives me a much fuller context than just viewing the HD video I was recording using my GoPro H3 Black.  Here is simple flyover of ready to be developed…

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Drones used in the Construction Industry

Posted on August 21, 2013 at 7:00pm 1 Comment

From the University of Texas in Austin, Texas, USA    

# note that there is a glimpse of architectural art piece in this video by James Turrell, Skyspace, 2013,  courtesy of Landmarks

I originally solicited other construction company users as to their ideas about using drones in the industry and to heat there experiences. This might not be the right venue for that, instead I got…

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Near miss at the beach

Posted on July 23, 2013 at 3:00pm 9 Comments

This weekend I took a couple of boys to the beach (family members) and wanted to get some video of them trying to surf and using a boogie board, (in some very poor surf conditions). Something unexpected happened, through the  low resolution of the goggles, I mistook some other kid and hovered up close.  As he turned to face me, I realized he wasn't the kid I was expecting and instead of a surfboard, he had a surf casting reel. He cast his lure at my…

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