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Need help with gimbal servos

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Wilkeson Jun 16, 2014. 8 Replies

I recently purchased a jDrones GoPro gimbal.  For simplicity sake, I bought their 9g analog servos and their 5V BEC as well.  I hooked the signal lines up per the wiki to RC10 and RC11 on my APM2.5,…Continue

Consensus: Futaba 8FG or Aurora 9?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Alex May 19, 2013. 7 Replies

Help! I can't decide which one. I have always used Futaba's in the FM days and never had a complaint. I was given a cheap 6 channel Spektrum radio (actually 5 channels because chan 6 mimics…Continue

 

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Dave Wilkeson replied to Dave Wilkeson's discussion Need help with gimbal servos
"I am running servos directly. You are using brushless gimbal motors. Are you using a gimbal controller as well?"
Jun 16, 2014
Duncan J replied to Dave Wilkeson's discussion Need help with gimbal servos
"HI there, I am having exactly the same issue with the binding (locking). I have it wired exactly as you do, w the balance port red/black powering a ESC/ BEC out to the brushless gimbal motors. can't seem to get it to initialize and stabilize.…"
Jun 16, 2014
Dave Wilkeson commented on Jani Hirvinen's blog post jDrones News: jD-IOBoard v1.0
"So that would be the green FTDI wire to the RST contact just above the right (grn) contact on the IOBOard?"
May 10, 2014
Dave Wilkeson commented on Jani Hirvinen's blog post jDrones News: jD-IOBoard v1.0
"I have an IOboard that I bought in early 2013. I programmed it with the old software and it's working. I'd like to change the way it's functioning, but when I try to connect with the new configuration software, I can't connect to…"
May 9, 2014
Dave Wilkeson replied to veetek witkowski's discussion Is anyone running mission planner on a windows 7 or 8 Tablet ?
"I've use a Surface Pro, an HP Elitepad, and an HP Revolve, all with Windows 8. Works great."
Jun 4, 2013
Dave Wilkeson replied to Riley Huddleston's discussion Props aren't all equally spaced (3DR Frame)
"I found this same thing on mine when I noticed that the tips of my props were getting nicked up. A couple of the props were overlapping but in slightly different planes when spinning flat (not flexing) and two were in the same plane. I played with…"
May 30, 2013
Alex replied to Dave Wilkeson's discussion Consensus: Futaba 8FG or Aurora 9?
"I use these with my 8fg. Tiny and has CPPM (one cable without need for adapter) and RSSI (PWM) output http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__331__190__Radios_Receivers-2_4Ghz_Futaba.html NOTE: I had to build a little digital to…"
May 19, 2013
Hafidz M. replied to Dave Wilkeson's discussion Consensus: Futaba 8FG or Aurora 9?
"Hello. I am glad know that you are using Hitec Aurora 9. My problem is that I cannot get six modes from the two position switch even after referring previous forum posts about it. I just bought the Aurora 9 about a month ago, so maybe it's…"
May 19, 2013
Dave Wilkeson replied to Dave Wilkeson's discussion Need help with gimbal servos
"Sorry for the delay.  I've attached a simplified drawing of what I ended up doing.  This may be overkill, but I read so many posts about APM brown-outs and blown components due to power draw, I felt more comfortable bypassing the APM…"
May 13, 2013
dansche replied to Dave Wilkeson's discussion Need help with gimbal servos
"Hi Dave Is it possible to get a picture how you did it ?  As the APM is not powering the Servos i'm a bit lost how to connect the 2 Servos i have to the APM 2.5+ is there a Diagram i can take a look or something like this, i have 2…"
May 10, 2013
Dave Wilkeson replied to Dave Wilkeson's discussion Need help with gimbal servos
"Finally got some free time to play around some more. @Emil - that was exactly the problem. Pulling the power without a common ground. I was trying to make things easier for testing and instead made it harder. @oliver - thanks for your help. I…"
May 2, 2013
Emil Kårlin replied to Dave Wilkeson's discussion Need help with gimbal servos
"I did not read the whole post but powering servos on own battery and not grounding that power source to the boards powersource is a no go. The signal wire won't work if there is no common ground."
May 1, 2013
Dave Wilkeson replied to Dave Wilkeson's discussion Need help with gimbal servos
"I noticed that the GUI doesn't change the midpoint setting.  You have to go to the advanced hardware settings list to change that.  I thought that might be the problem, but playing around with it didn't seem to make an impact."
Apr 30, 2013
Oliver replied to Dave Wilkeson's discussion Need help with gimbal servos
"I had a similar problem a while back which was resolved via some settings in the advanced parameter list. There was a sort of disconnect between the MP gimbal page settings and the actual parameters. I'm no longer totally clear on the details…"
Apr 29, 2013
Dave Wilkeson posted a discussion

Need help with gimbal servos

I recently purchased a jDrones GoPro gimbal.  For simplicity sake, I bought their 9g analog servos and their 5V BEC as well.  I hooked the signal lines up per the wiki to RC10 and RC11 on my APM2.5, and I built a Y cable to split the BEC output to the vdc inputs for the servos.  For testing, I have a small 3S lipo hooked up to the BEC, and am powering the APM from USB.  There's no power for the servos coming from the APM at all, only the signal line.  Basically, no matter what I do, the servos…See More
Apr 29, 2013
Dave Wilkeson replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter 2.9 / 2.9.1 released
"I get a minimum of 9 all the time, even indoors.  When reviewing my post-flight logs, I see it climb to 12 along the way.  It seems to go up and down during the flight, perhaps due to altitude, although I haven't gone higher than 30m…"
Mar 21, 2013

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Former RC plane enthusiast, full size airplane pilot, computer engineer, and programmer.
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I fantasized about autopilots in RC in the early 90's, actually experimenting with a few computer platforms, but nothing was fast and light enough to do the job. Now, it's a whole new world.
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