Russell B. Sutton's Blog (25)

Garage PID tuning

  Awww yes finally time to do some PID tuning.  After my last field test it was clear I needed to replace my motors with better quality ones and do some more PID tuning.  After making a few mods to the airframe for added support and installing the new Jdrones Purple 2830 /12, 850kv motors with 10x4.7 props it was time to start testing again.  In the first part of…

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Added by Russell B. Sutton on June 25, 2011 at 2:30am — 4 Comments

Compacted ESC's

All in one (4)ESC's and PDB,  $89

Get all that messy wiring out of the way.

http://www.infmetry.com/xaircraft-x650-quadcopter-parts…

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Added by Russell B. Sutton on June 14, 2011 at 4:30pm — 15 Comments

Great new stuff every Friday w/ SparksFun

 

 This week SparksFun has a new Imax6 charger for RC batteries.

They will also start stocking the shelves with LiPo batteries next week.  SWEET!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every Friday SparksFun…

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Added by Russell B. Sutton on June 11, 2011 at 6:30pm — 7 Comments

RC Rx Serial output display with Arduino for Tx setup ease.

  This little sketch lets you use an Arduino to read the output signals from your RC Rx and displays them to the terminal window.…

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Added by Russell B. Sutton on June 11, 2011 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

AC2 First Real Test Flight & Crash

 

After being stuck dead in the water for 6 wks waiting for a new Tx.... Today was the day to do some real testing.  The weather was almost perfect, little gusty but not to bad.  I did some rough PID tuning in the garage late last night, and soldered the 3 Gyro pads.  It still…

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Added by Russell B. Sutton on June 7, 2011 at 2:07pm — 8 Comments

How to Chat on DIY_Drones

How to Chat on DIY-Drones.

1.)  Click on " My Page"

2.)  look @ Bottom right corner of the screen.  Kinda works like FaceBook Chat.

 

Every day I find fellow DIY-Droners that have no clue that there is live " Chat "  they can use to help others or get help from others.

 

Happy Chatting…

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Added by Russell B. Sutton on June 5, 2011 at 10:05pm — 8 Comments

Exciting XBees Series 1 class - July 23rd, 2011

Great way to learn how to better use your Xbee's

http://www.sparkfun.com/products/10728

Added by Russell B. Sutton on June 3, 2011 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

WaveForum Event Aug 3-5, 2011 San Diego, CA

August 3-5, 2011 • San Diego, California

WaveForum Developers Conference 

Join them in  San Diego in August for the sixth annual WaveForum developers conference. The three-day event will feature over 25 different technical sessions covering a variety of technical topics.…

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Added by Russell B. Sutton on May 23, 2011 at 5:00am — No Comments

Force Feedback joystick

 

Kinda cool way but will it work with quadcopters

Added by Russell B. Sutton on May 16, 2011 at 12:55am — 13 Comments

Cheap and easy diversity for video Rx's

http://www.rangevideo.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=46&products_id=216

 

Easy and cheap fix to solve dropped video frames.  Range video should have them back in stock 3rd week of May and I think they will sell…

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Added by Russell B. Sutton on May 15, 2011 at 11:43pm — 4 Comments

Ultra Light QuadCopter

The new Carbon arrow shaft and blue 1 1/2" foam board.

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Added by Russell B. Sutton on May 15, 2011 at 4:12pm — 2 Comments

The difference between heading and bearing in navigational terms.

 

This diagram shows the difference between bearing, relative bearing and heading.......all in degrees magnetic.

 

Heading is not always the direction an aircraft is moving. That is called 'course'. Heading is the direction the aircraft is pointing. The aircraft may be drifting a little or a lot due to a crosswind.



Bearing is the…

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Added by Russell B. Sutton on May 11, 2011 at 8:34pm — No Comments

Computer-controlled insects

Bug Control

Added by Russell B. Sutton on May 1, 2011 at 1:30am — 12 Comments

Arduino wants to eat pizza and get high on quadcopter.

Funny movie i made while waiting.

Added by Russell B. Sutton on April 29, 2011 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Riding wheelies with my Arduino Wheelie controller!

 

This video show that the controller working for the first time.    !!!!!Awesome!!!!!!

I could barely keep a wheelie up and going before I started using my controller.

 

 

 

 

Tuning the code a…

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Added by Russell B. Sutton on April 29, 2011 at 7:30pm — 28 Comments

EagleTree Systems in the Yakk 34'' What went wrong?

 

Although it was a short lived flight it was fun. I always enjoy flying with my Pops, what makes it better is that I have both video from the ground and onboard the aircraft.  This helps identify what mistakes I made and why I had an unsecessful fight.

 

  1. Over wieght .........aircraft not me LOL!!
  2. I was flying to LOW
  3. I was flying to SLOW
  4. I was facing the…
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Added by Russell B. Sutton on April 28, 2011 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Quad Build FastTrack Guide for ArduPiratesNG

 

My Very First Test Flight was a Sucsess!! 

 

 

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Added by Russell B. Sutton on April 28, 2011 at 6:30am — 7 Comments

Turnigy 9c Transmitter Burned Up!!!

   As we all know the Turnigy 9c is a great radio for the $54 price @ Hobby King and is very user friendly. I want to warn everyone about acidently connecting the battery backwards, BE VERY CAREFUL if you connect the battery backward and turn on the Tx you will destroy it immediately. This Radio Tx does not have a fuse that can be replaced.

I had my radio 4 days.  I wanted to use a LiPo battery pack instead of the "AA" holder that came with it.  I some…

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Added by Russell B. Sutton on April 26, 2011 at 10:06pm — 9 Comments

A Quads First Flight

 

  4-23-10 My QuadCopter makes it first flight.   Success!

Added by Russell B. Sutton on April 23, 2011 at 3:51pm — 1 Comment

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