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  • Yeah, USB works fine, and I am using MAVLink 1.0 version of APM Planner and Arducopter 2.6 which corresponds Ithink.

  • I had a similar problem with my 3DR and it turned out to be the version of MAVLink the Mission Planner was using.  The installer installs 2 versions of the planner.  One using MAVLink 0.9 and one using 1.0.  It runs 0.9 by default but there is a second launcher in the installation directory for 1.0. You need to choose the version that matches what your APM is using.

    Can you connect successfully via USB?

  • I've not familiar with the 3dr radios but on all transeivers you you should have a Tx and RX. One the air unit link these connections and power it up. Now with the ground unit connected to a laptop connect a terminal program to the port the ground unit is on. If they are paired correctly anything sent to the air radio should be echoed back to the terminal program. That will check basic send/receive functionality.

    The blinking LED at 1hz should be the heartbeat.

  • My 433 Mhz 3dr telemetry units are not working as expected (details here: http://diydrones.com/forum/topics/433-mhz-radios-will-bind-and-conf...) essentially they bind and config utility works, but I am getting a heartbeat error with missionplanner. Anyone encountered this one before?

  • Hi Dean hopefully tomorrow, just picked up shiny new GPS, care of Martin, very happy!! I think Martin is going to try and make it down to my club field. Give him a shout. I'll guest him, I can get one of the other guys to guest you if your up for it.
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    Hey Malcolm, when and where you flying? PM me if you prefer?

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    Malcolm, the 3DR GPS LEA-6 units have landed! :) 





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    Hope we get some decent weather to be able to fly this weekend!

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    I will see what the boss has lined up for me! I have a few things I need to get done too.... I should have the new GPS here today I hope the FedEx man delivers, so I might be able to let you have one on the wekeend!



  • flying this weekend if anyone is up for it :)

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