Antenna Tracking in HappyKillmore's GCS

FPV antenna tracking is now working in HappyKillmore's GCS v1.1.32 and newer.

Are you looking for something to do with your original ArduPilot now that you've got the new ArduPilot Mega? Why not put it to good use! Diego Colonnello and I have come up with an antenna tracker for my GCS. It uses the original ArduPilot, a couple servos and a FTDI cable. Building the actual mechanism to move your patch antenna is up to you...but the code is in there to make it work. You can also use your ArduStation! Simply select the ArduStation output type and the data will flow out in the right format regardless of GPS or Auto-pilot brand.


Here's a Wiki page trying to explain how it works: http://code.google.com/p/happykillmore-gcs/wiki/Tracking

To download the ArduTracker 1.0 source and 1.1.32 of my GCS: http://code.google.com/p/happykillmore-gcs/downloads/list

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Comment by Darren on January 10, 2011 at 2:00pm

Happens that I have a spare APM, can I use it?

Comment by Paul Mather on January 10, 2011 at 2:04pm
Not sure how different the servo outputs are. Take a look at the ArduTracker code. There's not much to it. You'd just need to figure out how to pulse_servo_1 and 2 on the APM.
Comment by Johann Van Niekerk on January 10, 2011 at 2:23pm

Hi

Great work Happy !

Im waiting for the day HK*GCS, APM planner, photo mapping software,and the other neat programs they working on all melts into one!

Comment by Paul Mather on January 10, 2011 at 2:27pm
It's not far off. Joystick control is almost done. Mission planning coming very soon along with tuning parameters and other variables for APM, AttoPilot and Gluonpilot.
Comment by Johann Van Niekerk on January 10, 2011 at 2:32pm
:-) what is needed Exactly ? just the AP board ? Im buying one as we speak.
Comment by diego colonnello on January 10, 2011 at 2:46pm
hey people, the ardutracker idea is ment to work with anything using arduino....... only have to check the pin asigment!!!!!!
Comment by Paul Mather on January 10, 2011 at 2:49pm

Yes, just the AP board...and I use an FTDI cable to connect it, but I think you can use something cheaper like a USB to serial cable....

 

I don't have any "plans" for building the tracking base. I'm hoping Diego can chime in and post some of his pictures....he's got one built.

Comment by Johann Van Niekerk on January 10, 2011 at 2:59pm
I hope so to as the DIY part of bilding it is easy just need to know the requirments . Full 360 turn needed? tilt degree required?
Comment by Paul Mather on January 10, 2011 at 3:42pm
180 is suggested as a minimum for pan. 360 is ideal, but not required. 90 degrees on tilt.
Comment by Johann Van Niekerk on January 10, 2011 at 3:44pm

Cool thanx Happy .

Im still building that Ground station with everthing in it and this will be the final touch. 

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