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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 ArduCopter-3.2.1 Beta Testing
"HI Robert I see the 3DR one is an outdated and inferior GPS, You got me thinking maybe it is time for a more sensitive GPS. This ad you sent a link for looks like it might work, but leaves me asking?  how long is the cable with connectors. My…"
Feb 9
Richard Evans replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2.1 Beta Testing
"Hi Richard It is the 3DR GPS/Compass I know this isn't as precise as I would like, but it is the one shopped with the 3DR PIXhawk, the combo mag GPS, I don't know the manufacture and model. It comes in a nice plastic case and mounts on a…"
Feb 9
Richard Evans replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2.1 Beta Testing
"Discovered the Cause! Thanks guys for the feedback,, I think I have found the problem. I mentioned in my earlier post that the force of hitting the fence caused my camera to propel through the hole in the fence into my neighbors yard.. Indeed,…"
Feb 9
Richard Evans replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2.1 Beta Testing
"I had crash yesterday, my first flight with 3.2.1rc2.   I don't know if it is related to the version or just a coincidental issue. I live where it is difficult to get good GPS due to high tension power lines running very near my back yard.…"
Feb 9
Richard Evans replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2.1 Beta Testing
"Thanks Randy. I will check in with the MP list.. I have tried uninstalling MP, cleaning it completely, then re-installing it, that failed so I installed in on a windows 7 virgin PC, (never had MP on it) and I get the same results.  in the drop…"
Feb 6
Richard Evans replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2.1 Beta Testing
"Hi Randy. No, I haven't got it figured out at all.. Thats why I am asking for help.  I appreciate any suggestions, I would like to be able to use Mission Planner, and not be stuck with only using APM Planner.  I am using MP…"
Feb 5
Richard Evans replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2.1 Beta Testing
"I'm glad to see I am not the only one with Position/PositionHold problems. I also have seen ERR: Flight MODE 8 errors and this is what I have found out. I couldn't get position hold working using mission Planner, instead used APM…"
Feb 4
Johnex replied to Richard Evans's discussion Problem with executing position hold
"Well glad i could help you :) Another thing to remember is: RTL goes up to a specific height you can set in the parameters, and then flies at that height back home, so i recommend you check the height of trees and buildings in your area in case you…"
Jan 31
Richard Evans replied to Richard Evans's discussion Problem with executing position hold
"Hi John I finally got the Pixhawk to accept the mode change to position hold. I was getting ready to remove mission planner and the associated file paths, but decided to try one more thing as a cross check on whats going on. I had APM planner on my…"
Jan 31
Richard Evans replied to Richard Evans's discussion Problem with executing position hold
"I will do that today, but It doesn't seem to be the answer for no other reason than I have also tried to configure the mode using my Windows 8.1 PC (the error I caught was on my Windows XP system running on MAC parallels)  On my windows…"
Jan 31
Johnex replied to Richard Evans's discussion Problem with executing position hold
"That seems to be like the parser for the Parameters that has an error, exactly why you aren't seeing the correct flight mode. Did you try to delete the entire mission planner folder and installing fresh?"
Jan 31
Richard Evans replied to Richard Evans's discussion Problem with executing position hold
"Hi John A more complete view of the error shows a path that is not on my PC, or my MAC. C:\users\hog\Documents\VisualStudio2010\Projects\ArduPilotMega\Utilities\ParametersMegadataRepository.cs:line 52 That path sounds like it shouldn't be…"
Jan 30
Richard Evans replied to Richard Evans's discussion Problem with executing position hold
"Hi John.. we are getting somewhere thanks to you.. On my MAC running XP in Parallels, It says 1.3.19 build 1.15503.19823 ON my Thinkpad windows 8.1 PC, it says 1.3.18 build 1.1.5503 I did notice something on startup of Mission Planner, I…"
Jan 30
Johnex replied to Richard Evans's discussion Problem with executing position hold
"On the latest Mission Planner it also says the APM version you are on in the title of the window. Make sure it says Arducopter 3.2 and you are not on 3.1.5 still."
Jan 30
Johnex replied to Richard Evans's discussion Problem with executing position hold
"The ESC's are still making some effect on the magnetic field so do compassmot calibration too! Strange that even after updating it doesn't show up. Try updating to the Beta version of Mission Planner by clicking on Help at the top, and…"
Jan 30
Richard Evans replied to Richard Evans's discussion Problem with executing position hold
"I will recalibrate them as well, so far though I updated Mission Planner and skipped 1.3.17 and went to 1.3.19 which is standard issue now.  I don't find a PosHold, in the list in the drop down, only Position.  Does it need to be…"
Jan 29

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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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