Continuing from part 1... here's the power cable attached to the bottom of the board.
Check the voltage on the power pads, you should see full battery voltage. You'll also notice that the positive pad is on the right looking down with the arm pointed at you.
This worked well and is what I recommend you do. (update: brosius85 points out that the motor windings are coated with varnish that's heat-resistant in order to handle the high temperatures of the motor. That's why I couldn't just burn off the coating with the soldering iron. Thanks Brosius85!)
Continued in part 3...
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Friday, March 30, 2012
It arrived very nicely packaged.
- Turnigy Integrated PCB Micro-Quad (KIT)
- 5030 Propellers (Red) - 3xCW and 3xCCW
- 5030 Propellers (Black) - 3xCW and 3xCCW
- TURNIGY Plush 6A Speed Controller (buy 4)
- Turnigy 1811 brushless Outrunner 2900kv (buy 4)
- USBasp AVR Programming Device
- HobbyKing Multi-Rotor Control Board V3.0
- Turnigy 800mAh 2S 20C Lipo Pack (USA Warehouse)
I had planned on using the nice-looking spinners that came with the motors, but the props didn't fit. I didn't want to spend time hollowing out the props so I'll use the included prop savers instead. You won't need the included bullet connectors or shrink tubes.
(UPDATE: ignore prop information below. see part 2 where I recommend using a hammer to pound the props on.)
To be continued...
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Thanks to all those who have helped me out from those days when I was trying to figure out which end of the plane to throw in the air first. I really appreciate it, and am happy to have heard from so many people who have told me that they've benefitted from something I've written. Remember, it's just an ongoing journal of my own ignorance!
This blog's first post was on July 1, 2010 and had some links to those crazy Utah electric combat fliers. I still want to travel there and fly with those guys!
Friday, March 23, 2012
FrSky 1-6 cell voltage monitor
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
Sunny day today, so I could do a quick test of the sunny screen cutout. Here it is with sun shining on the right part of the screen, and the left part of the screen shaded. So far, it looks like it may work! I'll try modding the second laptop that runs the APM ground station software.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
If you use this configuration and want a sticker drop me a line and I'll send you one!
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I'll try all the various combinations of hooking things up, including direct connections from the cameras to the screen. I imagine there will be much connectoring involved.
The diagram has all 8 possible connections among all the components. I'll update as I get each one going.
Here's an alternate method for removing the antenna that doesn't involve unsoldering and resoldering the connection.
It turned out to be a lot easier than I thought it would be. I didn't have to add any more solder or flux. Hot glue the board into place as it was.