Rod Cole
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Rod Cole replied to Marque Cornblatt's discussion Motors won't spin at all - Everything else seems OK. in the group ArduCopter User Group
"I had nothing but problems with my APM 2.0 due to the GPS noise. Their solution was APM 2.5, and, BTW, I was told I could not exchange my APM 2.0 for APM 2.5. I solved the problem by purchasing a Wookong M. DJI did have a problem with defective…"
Nov 2, 2012
Rod Cole replied to Ellison Chan's discussion DIYDrones Rants and Raves
"My colleague has a supply of 4mm carbon fiber rod in case I break the GPS mount. Hopefully the 3M sticky paper will release the disk before it gets skewered should I crash. Perhaps that is why DJI sent four of the sticky paper mounts ;-) DJIUSA is…"
Jul 6, 2012
Rod Cole replied to Ellison Chan's discussion DIYDrones Rants and Raves
"I am glad to hear that Bruce. Sorry that you have to wait so long. DJI really needs a presence in the US to handle such problems. Perhaps someone is listening. Please keep me updated when you get NAZA flying. Would love to hear your experience when…"
Jul 6, 2012
Rod Cole replied to Ellison Chan's discussion DIYDrones Rants and Raves
"You certainly have cause to be upset. No excuse for that. I purchased my GPS from RC-Dude and got free two day shipping. Fortunately, I did not need any support, but my guess is that I would have had a fast response from them for a defective…"
Jul 6, 2012
Rod Cole replied to Ellison Chan's discussion DIYDrones Rants and Raves
"Bruce: I did not intend to insinuate DJI is perfect.  I can only speak to my personal experiences and that of three of my colleagues, all of which have been very good. I bought NAZA based upon their recommendation and had a great experience.…"
Jul 6, 2012
Rod Cole replied to Ellison Chan's discussion DIYDrones Rants and Raves
"Jeff: I can agree with many of the points you cited. I have spent literally hundreds of hours following the threads to make my APM2 work. Each firmware release purports to resolve the stability problems, but it seems that only a few can get it…"
Jul 6, 2012
Rod Cole replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter 2.6 released!
"Glenn: I feel the same way; to that end, I have purchased a DJI NAZA and am awaiting the GPS module. I believe that some future incarnation of APM2 could even outperform the Wookong M or even their Ace One, but this is a long way off. I was really…"
Jun 20, 2012
Rod Cole replied to James Dinh's discussion In Theory, some say my Hexacopter can't get it up!
"Fascinating read Brad. Thanks for starting this thread."
May 11, 2012
Rod Cole replied to James Dinh's discussion In Theory, some say my Hexacopter can't get it up!
"Thanks I will try your suggestions. It will probably be a couple of months before I attempt to fly the Hexa. Currently trying to learn to fly and tune my Quad before crashing an expensive package. Will put my GoProHD on it when it is tuned and I can…"
May 11, 2012
Rod Cole left a comment for Rod Cole
"Thanks for the suggestions. I will definitely look into isolating the booms. Do you have close up photos of your grommets and APM mount isolator? Was going to do that but some of the reports using the mount suspended with prop savers was getting a…"
May 10, 2012
James Dinh left a comment for Rod Cole
"Sounds great!  I suggest isolating the boom from the main frame with some sort of anti-vibe bushing or grommet, especially if you are going to be doing any kind of aerial photography. I have isolation rubber grommets on mine, and have noticed…"
May 10, 2012
Rod Cole replied to James Dinh's discussion In Theory, some say my Hexacopter can't get it up!
"Thanks, that helps a lot. The Hexa I am building was designed to use 910Kv motors, 30A ESC, 11x4.5 GemFan props, 2 3S 6000 mA LiPos, APM2 likely with 2.6 by the time I get it built. Since it is almost identical to my partner's Hexa (he is…"
May 10, 2012
Rod Cole left a comment for James Dinh
"Thanks for the update on your Hexa. I bought three 24 inch towel bars from Home Depot and cut them in half for the Hexa that I am building. I cut four 8 inch booms from the same material for my quad, on which I want to learn to fly before building…"
May 10, 2012
Rod Cole replied to James Dinh's discussion In Theory, some say my Hexacopter can't get it up!
"It looks very stable James. Congratulations! What did you use for your booms? Looks a little like mine. I am also a newbie and have two flights on my Quad. Trying to learn more about tuning as roll, pitch, and altitude are way too sensitive. Would…"
May 10, 2012
Rod Cole replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter 2.5 released!
"Wow, that looks every bit as good as my buddy's Wookong M! Can hardly wait!"
May 9, 2012
Rod Cole replied to The Old Flyer's discussion We need a TRIGGER command!
"I too would like to see this implemented. I just purchased a GentLED to trigger the shutter on a Canon DSLR. While it works, it is hardly cost effective when all we need is a contact closure. As nearly as I can determine, the GentLED has a very…"
May 3, 2012

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About Me:
Cinematographer, beginning RC pilot
Please tell us a bit about your UAS interest
Filming video from Octacopter
Hometown:
Austin, Tx

Comment Wall (3 comments)

At 11:11pm on January 23, 2012, Duran - SteadiDrone said…

Hi Cole, thanks for the contact. As you might have seen, we are developing and in the final stages of building affordable hex/octo filming/stills/production kopters using APM. Our current system has flown over 1500 flights, including jobs, tv and film shoots and more without a single issue.


Keep and eye on Steadidrone.com, and visit motionpixel.co.za for more info, pics and vids. Pop me an email for more specs and pricing info as well, info@motionpixel.co.za

Thanks again and chat soon.

Duran

At 9:37pm on May 10, 2012, James Dinh said…

Sounds great!  I suggest isolating the boom from the main frame with some sort of anti-vibe bushing or grommet, especially if you are going to be doing any kind of aerial photography. I have isolation rubber grommets on mine, and have noticed virtually zero vibration at the center of my frame.  I did a video test with my Gopro on board camera and saw no anomalies in the video.  I only mounted the camera on a very simple camera mount sold by FPVPilot (no gimbals or gyros) and it worked great, so I emphasize ISOLATE THE BOOMS.  Also, isolate the flight controller board as much as possible as this will facilitate better function and life time of the components. 

Can you share some pictures of your build as it comes available?

regards,

James

At 9:46pm on May 10, 2012, Rod Cole said…

Thanks for the suggestions. I will definitely look into isolating the booms. Do you have close up photos of your grommets and APM mount isolator? Was going to do that but some of the reports using the mount suspended with prop savers was getting a bad rap so I just used some industrial strength Velcro.

I will post a photo of the quad tomorrow.

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