Gender

Male

Location

Shreveport, LA

GIS Analyst and GPS Surveyor with background in the Marine Sciences

Interested in use of drones for aerial mapping and surveying

Hometown:

Shreveport

### Activity Feed

Ken Gaines replied to David's discussion 3DR Power Module Limits
"Not a hijack here...
So the APM power module shouldn't be used with voltages over 4S? I originally had this thing wired using a Buck Boost and AttoPilot according to this thread:
http://diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/powering-your-apm-drone-or-how-..."
Jul 16, 2014
Ken Gaines commented on elad orbach's blog post How to DIY a ground station
"This is SLICK!!!! I hate lugging around the laptop and all the other associated junk I need to keep it running. I have a Samsung tablet that works beautifully with DroidPlanner, but this is the ticket for sure. I just purchased the 3DR FPV monitor…"
Jul 15, 2014
Ken Gaines replied to David's discussion 3DR Power Module Limits
"Oops. Looks like I am sending over-voltage to my 3DR PM with 2x 5S batteries."
Jul 15, 2014
Ken Gaines replied to George Raber's discussion Pixhawk hexacopter build, Motors spin slow on full throttle
"Glad I could help. That problem drove me nuts until I finally figured it out one day while scrolling through the full params list in MP."
Jul 14, 2014
Ken Gaines replied to George Raber's discussion Pixhawk hexacopter build, Motors spin slow on full throttle
"I ran into this problem about 2 weeks ago on my APM 2.6 build. Check your THR_MAX parameter. It is supposed to be in percent * 10. Mine was set at 80 even after a firmware reload...meaning 8% was the max throttle it would attain. I set it to 1000…"
Jul 14, 2014
Ken Gaines replied to Paul Jenness's discussion HDOP values
"This is a great suggestion. Ideal geometry is one SV at zenith (directly overhead) and at least 3 SVs at about 45 degrees of elevation from the horizon spaced 120 degrees apart in the sky. For a 3D fix, you need at least 4 SVs in view of the…"
Jun 22, 2014
Ken Gaines replied to Ken Gaines's discussion Please help!!! Strange motor clicking problem with T-Motor 4014-9 400KV motors
"Hmmmm...interesting find.
I loosened the screws on the bottom of the #5 motor and lo and behold, it WORKED! It seems that the screws that T-Motor supplied with these motors are too long. They are touching the stator and causing a short. Now I know…"
Jun 21, 2014
Ken Gaines posted a discussion
I replaced the Tarot 320KV motors on my hexa with a set of T-Motor 400KV motors. Now, when I power up and arm the hexa, the motors all just make a clicking sound. The sound intensifies when I raise the throttle. This happens on all motors. I have…
Jun 21, 2014
Ken Gaines replied to Philip Price's discussion tips forward on take off rc timer spider with gimbal I can get air born apm 2.6 running v3.1.5
"I see several right off the bat that are different from the default PIDs in AC 3.1. I wonder how they'd work in a hex."
Jun 18, 2014
Ken Gaines replied to Philip Price's discussion tips forward on take off rc timer spider with gimbal I can get air born apm 2.6 running v3.1.5
"I am running 5S 5000mAh batteries (only a single stack now) with 15x5.5 CF props. That's about as big as it will go in terms of props. Which PIDs did you change? What are the Peter K PID settings referred to in Alan's post?"
Jun 17, 2014
Ken Gaines replied to Philip Price's discussion tips forward on take off rc timer spider with gimbal I can get air born apm 2.6 running v3.1.5
"Having EXACTLY the same problem with my new hexa build. At first, I couldn't get enough throttle signal to the ESCs, but changing the THR_MAX parameter from 80 (8%) to 1000(100%) fixed that problem. Now it wants to tip forward and a little to the…"
Jun 16, 2014
Ken Gaines replied to Ken Gaines's discussion APM not giving full throttle signal to ESCs
"UPDATE:
Well, the change in the THR_MAX parameter (from 80 to 1000) definitely helped, but there's still a problem. Either the two front (3 and 5) motors are weak, the 3/5 ESCs are bad, or there is something else going on. It REALLY tries to get off…"
Jun 16, 2014
Ken Gaines posted a discussion
Working on a hexa build and can't seem to get it off the ground...literally. Here are the build specs.ST800 Bumblebee hexa frameHobby Mate 40-amp ESCsAPM 2.6 running most recent AC 3.1 f/w version3DR power dist boardTarot 320 KV motors15x5.5 CF…
Jun 16, 2014
Ken Gaines replied to Ken Gaines's discussion Brushless Gimbal with Alexmos - Is this supposed to vibrate?
"I'll plead the 5th on that one.
I have two or three knobs on my T9X, but I have done some channel mixing for flight mode selection."
May 28, 2014
Ken Gaines replied to Ken Gaines's discussion Brushless Gimbal with Alexmos - Is this supposed to vibrate?
"This is good stuff! I guess using a spare channel on the RC TX would be sufficient to control pitch."
May 28, 2014
Ken Gaines replied to Ken Gaines's discussion Brushless Gimbal with Alexmos - Is this supposed to vibrate?
"Looking forward to seeing yours all up and running. I hope to get some time to mess with mine too.
Where did you connect the BGC to APM? I am running APM 2.6 on this build BTW."
May 28, 2014