Quadrotors and Multirotors

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by biggziff, Feb 8, 2013.

  1. Saget

    Saget Not quite a full house

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    Since the topic of self-levelling came up, I thought I'd run outside and shoot a quick demo with my hexcopter.

    I'm running the KK2 flight controller from Hobby King, with v1.5 of the firmware. Last I heard, the KK2 was still shipping with 1.2 installed, so you'll have to update to 1.5 to get this feature. (It's actually there in earlier versions, but seems to be just a placeholder in the code. It doesn't actually do much, if anything)

    Self-Level can by turned off & on with an AUX channel. I connected mine to my landing gear. I wanted to keep my other AUX channels available for camera control. Besides, I have to be level to land, right? With the gear down, self-level is on. Gear up, it's off.

    As you can see in the video, when my gear is down (self-level ON) the hex snaps back to level whenever I let go of the stick. When the gear is up (self-level OFF), it stays in whatever position I left it until I grab the stick and correct it myself.

    I'm sure many other controllers have the same feature.

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  2. biggziff

    biggziff Funk Soul Bruvah

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    Nice...is that a shooting range across the street from your yard?
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  3. Saget

    Saget Not quite a full house

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    Yes it is. They let me fly over there when they're not using it, which is most of the time. :clap

    Edit: The view from above.

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  4. biggziff

    biggziff Funk Soul Bruvah

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    I thought so. I saw a video where you were flying near it and it looked like people were shooting skeet. I kept hoping you'd fly over and get some close-up action!
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  5. Saget

    Saget Not quite a full house

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    Nope... They have guns. I have a flying target. "PULL"... Boom. :lol3

    They seem like a pretty cool bunch of folks though. Maybe sometime I'll go over there and see if I can get some up-close aerial video of the action. From BEHIND them!!
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  6. Thinc2

    Thinc2 Paciugo

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    thanks, that is really useful. and tempting.
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  7. DakarNick

    DakarNick Swabee

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    Saget, do you know if I can load 1.5 via an FTDI as long as I make up a proper cable?
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  8. ct-ktm

    ct-ktm Long timer

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    Sweeet.. can you guys watch what the camera is filming as it happens..??... Do they have an app for that..:D
    could be like a drone....:evil
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  9. Saget

    Saget Not quite a full house

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  10. biggziff

    biggziff Funk Soul Bruvah

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    That's the FPV part. First Person View. Search Fat Shark FPV
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  11. Ladukebob

    Ladukebob lost in hood river

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    Be really cool to have that H quad design built out of carbon fiber. I've talked to a friend here locally who owns a CF business about other projects and it is very expensive to do one off's. But it would be cool!!

    I can't get this out of my head now :evil
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  12. biggziff

    biggziff Funk Soul Bruvah

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    Cool, but probably not much lighter....certainly more expensive.
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  13. CousinLarry

    CousinLarry Ridin Dirty

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    Just put some lights on mine:

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    Maximum neighbor freak out factor!! hahahaha
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  14. Thinc2

    Thinc2 Paciugo

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    There seem to be multiple versions of the DX6i - see attached pics from both amazon.com and amazon.de.

    The 129 euro implies it is just a"sender" but not a "receiver" (Empfänger SPMR66002)?

    If what I want to do is fly an MCX, MQX and a home built H quadcopter, which version do I need?

    Here is the Google translate version of the euro 99 DX6i - is this all I need?


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  15. biggziff

    biggziff Funk Soul Bruvah

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    The $129 version doesn't include a receiver that will go in/on the model you're flying. The MQX, etc all come with built in receivers so yes..it's all you'll need.
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  16. Thinc2

    Thinc2 Paciugo

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    But wouldn't I need the receiver if I build my own quad - so should I buy a different DX6i now? Or is the receiver usually bought on it's own anyway when you build from scratch?

    Does the $159 unit from .com include a receiver - I can't tell the difference between this and the euro 99 one...
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  17. biggziff

    biggziff Funk Soul Bruvah

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    you can buy a receiver for $6-$20 many places online. The receiver I just bought for my Hex cost $12 I think at Hobby King.

    I'd just buy the cheaper radio and then get a receiver when you need it. You should consider the DX7 as well. A little more money, but the feature set is better. There are online comparisons that should clarify it for you. You may not need the added features of the 7 now, but you might want them later. I bought a used DX7 (not the S) for $100 locally and I'm pleased with it.
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  18. Thinc2

    Thinc2 Paciugo

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    Thanks - really appreciate the advice.
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  19. Barnstormer

    Barnstormer Polar Bear Wrangler

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    I went to an office party for some folks that play with some fun stuff. Now I've got the bug.
    Damn.


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  20. Saget

    Saget Not quite a full house

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    Resistance is futile. You are being assimilated.
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