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Forum: Multi-Rotors 12-17-2014, 01:03 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 7,120
Posted By Birdmanpete
Hmmm, A tough one.

I have not opened up my QRX to remind myself but my pictures show a system which, like any off the shelf ESC has two colour coded wires delivering 12v DC to the circuit and three AC power wires to...
Forum: Multi-Rotors 12-16-2014, 07:43 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 7,120
Posted By Birdmanpete
It's hard to keep smiling.

The description of replacing an ESC would be great if not for my memory. What I described is totally correct if you also have a Quanum Nova. Apologies.

After looking at my Walkera Youtubes I am...
Forum: Multi-Rotors 12-16-2014, 04:30 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 7,120
Posted By Birdmanpete
I would like to help but .....

I have to smile. When I replaced the esc on my Walkera (not the Pro Version) I never thought for a second about calibrating it. (Absurd I know but I am very old.) :D It worked and has never missed a...
Forum: Multi-Rotors 11-28-2014, 12:50 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 7,120
Posted By Birdmanpete
At Long Last.

I'm not really sure why, though my age counts against me, but I have found mastering FPV extremely hard. Along the way I thought that a Buddy Box would see me right. Next I was sure that OSD would...
Forum: Multi-Rotors 11-15-2014, 01:54 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 7,120
Posted By Birdmanpete
Inspirational. Congratulations. Great flying,...

Inspirational. Congratulations. Great flying, great advocacy for the sport and the product.
Birdmanpete.
Forum: Multi-Rotors 11-15-2014, 12:59 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 7,120
Posted By Birdmanpete
The inevitable crunch.

Ouch. Eleven months after the first flight, (I hope I have that right Pizzano) I need to order a spare part for my QRX.

Last night after a series of FPV bad landings I lost the right hand (GPS...
Forum: UAV / FPV 11-14-2014, 12:49 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,150
Posted By Birdmanpete
Little mysteries.

I am not sure that this ESC was faulty but it grounded my Nova for two weeks. The curious three wire arrangement from the board makes it difficult to test without disassembling the frame again (The...
Forum: UAV / FPV 11-13-2014, 09:24 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,150
Posted By Birdmanpete
On mission again.

My adventures with changing the ESC led me into a dark alley. In a moment of madness I pressed the Mission Planner button which suggested I upgrade the firmware. Very early in the piece I had been...
Forum: Multi-Rotors 11-13-2014, 01:53 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 7,120
Posted By Birdmanpete
More trainer wheels.

For those brave enough to tinker with the settings on their transmitters, :D I have three suggestions.

The problem of height control can be eased (not cured) by setting up a throttle curve. The...
Forum: Multi-Rotors 11-10-2014, 06:46 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 7,120
Posted By Birdmanpete
QRX 350 and FPV

There is no real doubt in my mind that the QRX in its non waypoints version is a great way to develop the skills for FPV. The Pro version (with waypoints) would work just as well but is significantly...
Forum: UAV / FPV 11-08-2014, 07:44 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,150
Posted By Birdmanpete
It has to be admitted.

Pizzano: you are probably right !!!:D

But, and wouldn't you know it, there is always a but; what you see described in this forum by me, is only the tip of the iceberg. I have a mountain of scratch...
Forum: UAV / FPV 11-08-2014, 04:14 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,150
Posted By Birdmanpete
An important variation.

The motor layout described above, did not last long. Frustrated by problems with the indicated compass heading I decided to reload the firmware. More Frustration. I wound up loading the 3.1.5 which...
Forum: UAV / FPV 11-07-2014, 04:48 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,150
Posted By Birdmanpete
Getting Better.

I went back to the Beast and decided to test all four ESC's. This involved removing the DC positive connection to each, as I did not want to have the Flight controller or receiver in circuit. They...
Forum: UAV / FPV 11-06-2014, 04:33 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,150
Posted By Birdmanpete
A very bad day.

The new ESC arrived today. 16 days after ordering. Not bad. I also ordered a micro soldering iron (12v DC) which is really vital on this board. It works really well off a three cell Lipo. The new ESC...
Forum: UAV / FPV 10-31-2014, 01:12 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,150
Posted By Birdmanpete
Not so Urgent.

I have tried to duplicate the circumstances where; ESC's on a quad; attached via a USB plug to a computer, became very hot. The experiment failed. I have to assume that there was something wrong in...
Forum: UAV / FPV 10-28-2014, 12:56 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,150
Posted By Birdmanpete
Red Alert !!!

This month has been the worst ever for me in terms of failing ESC's. A recent example was the demise of the front right on my Nova. At the time I saw it as pure bad luck. Today I am suspecting that...
Forum: Multi-Rotors 10-24-2014, 09:30 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 7,120
Posted By Birdmanpete
Back with the Walkera QRX.

My other GPS quad has dropped an ESC so until the repalcement arrives I am keeping my hand in with an old friend. And I got a quick wake up call.

For the first time in at least six months, after a...
Forum: UAV / FPV 10-22-2014, 05:09 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,150
Posted By Birdmanpete
A degree in accountancy.....

...... I wish I had done that. :D Pizzano is right on the money with his counting. But my logbook only shows ten days as flyable. And my experience shows that the next 21 will be unflyable, for the...
Forum: UAV / FPV 10-22-2014, 03:00 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,150
Posted By Birdmanpete
Down but not Out

Pizzano sure knows how to hurt a guy. I have had the Nova for ten days. It took months to sort out the Walkera. For thrills I fly Paragliders, Gyros and Ultralights. For relaxation I try to get my...
Forum: UAV / FPV 10-21-2014, 02:32 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,150
Posted By Birdmanpete
Just when I was starting to enjoy myself .......

...... I lost a speedie !!! This has been a bad month for speed controllers in my hangar. In general I have very little trouble with them and I have never had one fail in flight. But I still feel...
Forum: Special Interest Aircraft 10-18-2014, 04:52 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,846
Posted By Birdmanpete
Super good news !!!

This subject has attracted so little new blood. I too fly the full size version. I have two full size gyros. One Subaru type (two seat) and one Rotax (single seat) Both fly beautifully but due to...
Forum: UAV / FPV 10-14-2014, 12:44 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,150
Posted By Birdmanpete
There is a Magic in this !

I have now flown four different missions and feel very much in charge of the process. I have always enjoyed my flying with Multi Rotors but there is something strangely different and pleasurable...
Forum: UAV / FPV 10-14-2014, 04:55 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,150
Posted By Birdmanpete
Mission Accomplished on Second Attempt

It was well worth waiting for the weather. It usually is.:D

I went to the launch area with multiple cameras and recorders and a true level launch pad. All the pre-flight checks were good and the...
Forum: UAV / FPV 10-13-2014, 12:30 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,150
Posted By Birdmanpete
The Night Before the Mission.

The weather has been awful. And that was good. I did some more research and for the first time found a seriously useful video (French origin but English captions.) It shows what appears to be the...
Forum: Multi-Rotors 10-12-2014, 04:29 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 7,120
Posted By Birdmanpete
A special feature I love.

Until I started flying "other breeds" :D I did not realise one of the great features of the QRX 350. It is programmed to turn on the yaw axis during its GPS function return to land. That not only...
Forum: UAV / FPV 10-12-2014, 03:16 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,150
Posted By Birdmanpete
Old Dogs and Wise Words

Many Thanks. You are so right. Until now I have avoided revealing modifications. They are very personal and many people hate them in principle. The pictures tell it all (almost).

The safety skids...
Forum: UAV / FPV 10-11-2014, 08:02 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,150
Posted By Birdmanpete
The Real Test is Mission Planning.

Nine days of flying have seen 18 battery changes in my Nova and I have explored the functions, Stabil, Loiter, Alt hold, Acro and Return to Launch. (There are at least ten more) So far there has only...
Forum: Multi-Rotors 10-10-2014, 09:48 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 7,120
Posted By Birdmanpete
Droneman; that is a great...

Droneman; that is a great "trip-to-the-seaside-tale. Mine along similar lines have a much less happy ending. But you have become friends with trees. We have a saying in Australia. "There are two...
Forum: Multi-Rotors 10-10-2014, 02:20 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 7,120
Posted By Birdmanpete
Hi Droneman. You are at a level far beyond mine....

Hi Droneman. You are at a level far beyond mine. I can see that you are frustrated by websites in the same way as I have been, but I am unable to provide any serious help. I wish that I could but I...
Forum: Multi-Rotors 10-09-2014, 01:16 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 7,120
Posted By Birdmanpete
Hi Droneman. If you go to the UAV/FPV...

Hi Droneman.
If you go to the UAV/FPV Department you will find the start of my new exploration, "A Nova start in UAV".

Primarily, the thread hopes to resolve uncertainties in the operation of...
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