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Male


Location

Montesano, WA


About Me:

High School electronics teacher starting to incorporate UGVs and UAVs into the curriculum


Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest

Automotive electronics tech turned High School electronics instructor. Former Air Force trained avionics tech (automatic flight control systems).


Hometown:

Montesano, Washington


Activity Feed

Randy Bachtell replied to Randy's discussion PixRacer with Ardupilot
"Just thought I would share one of my High School teams final project with the racer group.  We have been upgrading firmware when it looked like major stability changes were made and I just uploaded todays latest build.  This quad is a bit larger tha…"
May 13, 2016
Randy Bachtell replied to Randy's discussion PixRacer with Ardupilot
"Andrew, here is the result

nsh>
UAVCAN status
UAVCAN: application not running"
Apr 26, 2016
Randy Bachtell replied to Randy's discussion PixRacer with Ardupilot
"The cable checks out OK. I can't get the terminal to work in APM Planner so will have to wait until tomorrow until I can get on a Windows machine with MP. I will let you know, thanks again"
Apr 25, 2016
Randy Bachtell replied to Randy's discussion PixRacer with Ardupilot
"Thanks for the quick response. I have done some testing between my hex/pixhawk and the pixracer using the same GNSS2 unit. I uploaded the latest 3.4 Dev to the pixhawk and uavcan communication is good, the system works just as it did with the firmwa…"
Apr 23, 2016
Randy Bachtell replied to Randy's discussion PixRacer with Ardupilot
"Any chance that we could get UAVCAN to work with Zubax GNSS2. Pavel sent me a patched APMv2 for pixhawk to get me working on that platform and I would really like to try the Zubax with the racer. It is really a sweet GPS unit, would be great to have…"
Apr 22, 2016
Randy Bachtell commented on Bill Bonney's blog post APM Planner 2.0.20 is released
"Thanks for your help Bill, I finally was successful in saving a workable file. Thanks for all the work on APM Planner, it's the best GCS I have used."
Apr 16, 2016
Randy Bachtell commented on Bill Bonney's blog post APM Planner 2.0.20 is released
"http://firmware.ardupilot.org/Copter/latest/PX4-quad/  
Here is the link, I have pulled firmware from here several times but for the last month or so--no love.  The first time this happened Pavel from Zubax sent me a fix for UAVCAN and the new GNSS2…"
Apr 15, 2016
Randy Bachtell commented on Bill Bonney's blog post APM Planner 2.0.20 is released
"Thanks for the quick response Bill, this may not be the right group for my situation and I don't think I explained it very well. AP2 works just fine but if I try to download a firmware file from the DIY Drones site in order to use a particular custo…"
Apr 15, 2016
Randy Bachtell commented on Bill Bonney's blog post APM Planner 2.0.20 is released
"Firmware download issues.  I am unable to download firmware from the DIY Drones download site.  APM Planner downloads but all firmware comes as what think is an HTML file, an unbroken long page of text.  This opens directly as a web page and not a d…"
Apr 14, 2016
Randy Bachtell replied to Randy's discussion PixRacer with Ardupilot
"+1  Same set up, worked with no problems.  Wifi looks to be a ways off on the APM stack.
cheers ,  
 off topic but i'm ready to pay my share for development when the button is enabled."
Mar 21, 2016
Randy Bachtell replied to Randy's discussion PixRacer with Ardupilot
"Randy, do you have any information as to the UAVCAN issue with Zubax GNSS2?  According to Pavel it is a break in the UAVCAN code in APM.  My racer works with PX4 stack/Zubax but still no communication on the APM side.
Thanks, R"
Feb 20, 2016
Randy Bachtell replied to Randy's discussion Copter-3.3 beta testing
"It's APM side firmware and I didn't have any luck loading APM with QGC. If you want to fly just use PX4 and QGC, a little bit of a learning curve from MP but works great. The racer is a very well built and designed little controller, I think you'll…"
Feb 8, 2016
Randy Bachtell replied to Randy's discussion Copter-3.3 beta testing
"According to Nikolay Arsov the communication problem is with the APM/Mission planner code. As Craig mentioned the racer was developed with the PX4 stack and works great. I don't think that any solution exists at this point and I don't think APM and…"
Feb 8, 2016
Randy Bachtell replied to Randy's discussion Copter-3.3 beta testing
"That is exactly what I have determined and Nikolay sounded as if the APM guys are working on a solution. Perhaps this chatter will get a response from the development team and we can get a better idea as to when the racer will work on the APM stack.…"
Feb 8, 2016
Randy Bachtell replied to Randy's discussion Copter-3.3 beta testing
"I have been in contact with Nikolay at AUAV. The APM stack does not communicate with the pixracer at this time. He assured me that the developers are working on it and should have a fix in the next couple of weeks. With multiple voices it might rais…"
Feb 8, 2016
Randy Bachtell replied to Randy Bachtell's discussion Zubax gnss
"Pavel, I received a GNSSv2 for evaluation from Titan Elite and it does not play well with APM.  Is there any chance this will become more user friendly?  I can't see trying to sell any quantities of these if they require hacking just to get them to…"
Jan 15, 2016
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