I'm thrilled to report that my radio kit arrived and it works well. Andreas is likewise happy with his kit.
Fixing the air unit network id:
Thanks 3DR, Tridge, and everybody else that worked in producing this unit!
The only way to tell is to look at the EEPROM settings for the frequency. You can do that in mission planner, or using a terminal program with ATI5.
The log actually shows 5% packet loss. The problem is that the mission planner is mis-reporting the packet loss when using the 3DR radios. That happens because the radios inject MAVLink packets into the stream with a different component ID then the aircraft. The planner doesn't know that, and thinks the packets are from the plane, so when it looks at the sequence numbers it thinks there has been lots of packet loss.
I'll talk to Michael about fixing this.
My 433mhz arrived a midweek. Works like a charm - minimal configuration, well implemented into mission controller and solid range. I tested it between a friends and my own house, connecting it well over 1km away with very rough terrain, several heavy tree lines and a forest between. Certainly no Line of sight here. Gave just over 20% reception with stock antenna at 20db. Great work 3DR!
*That was with dual 433mhz "air modules"
Thanks for looking at the logs. I never lost telemetry but I was a little worried about the link %'s. I used the Excel method Michael mentioned and charted the signal and noise and I consistently has more noise on the ground than in the air so Ill try adjusting that setup first.
@ Andrew Tridgell, Thanks for the clarification. I was trying to avoid getting the wrong antenna on the module then powering it up.
Alls ok though, I got the frequencies sorted and should maiden tomorrow.
All 4 radio's work as described, on the ground, and it looks like other than the three digit ID#, the default settings are spot on.
Thanks to all involved in this very usefull, and FUN project.
I checked with Michael, and he does take into account the sequence numbers of the RADIO packets, so that wasn't the explanation. The 5% loss is from the whole flight, and at times the loss is much higher which is a bit unexpected.
One thing I noticed is the HWSTATUS.Vcc voltage drops quite low at some points in the flight. How are your powering your APM?
Im powering from a 3S LiPo through the ESC
I wonder if your ESC isn't quite handling the load? This is a graph of the 2560 CPU voltage for your flight:
as you can see, it drops below 4V for a while. That could cause quite a few problems. It really should be close to 5V the whole time.
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