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Old Oct 19, 2012, 09:41 AM
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Problems with calibration

I am using a combination of A Patch antenna and A dipole using the diversity setting so that when the antenna turns away from the plane, I still have picture. The system always set up at 139" with the plane setting in front of me on the runway. The system will set up the first two or three calibrations, but when I go to set it for Max
Clock wise or Max Counter Clock wise...it goes Nuts. The antenna starts turning and keeps on turning until I cut the power and unplug the servos. (It will not reset unless I Unplug the servos) Sometimes when trying to calibrate another angle....it will just sit there...then it goes nuts. Surely this has happened to someone out there. I would greatly appreciate some ideas.
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Old Oct 23, 2012, 12:24 PM
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Hi, and sorry to hear you're having an issue.

Here are a few questions:

1) Are you calibrating the tracker with the RC stick menus, or with the PC software? Some people find the PC software easier to use. If you want to give that a try, I'd recommend installing our "beta" software version 10.43 from our website here, and using the PC calibration (under the OSD Pro setup screen).

2) What type of servos are you using? Are they "continuous rotation" servos, or just standard servos?
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Old Oct 24, 2012, 10:28 PM
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Asael

I am using continous rotation/ I'll take up your suggestion. At the moment, I am
redesigning my patch antenna assemble. I am moving the Pan Servo to the
moving portion of that assemble to eliminate a servo wire coming from a stationary location to a moving antenna. Also installed a 900 mhz video transmitter to transmit the video to my truck, to eliminate all wires. That antenna is NOW wireless.
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Old Oct 27, 2012, 04:13 PM
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I took the time to use my PC to calibrate this system. Everything was going great
calibrating the Pan..it was so easy. Then I go to do the tilt. The antenna did not move. I substituted another similar Servo, but it would not move either. I can tell there is voltage to it. Then the antenna decides to start turning and keep on turning
til I cut the power. When I pulled the usb from the recorder on the plane..then I could restore power to the antenna without it turning crazy. I wish someone would help me. Surely... I'm not the only one this has happened too.

I AM GETTING VERY WEARY OF TRYING TO WORK WITH THIS EAGLE TREE EQUIPMENT
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Old Oct 27, 2012, 04:42 PM
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I had similar problems with a GWS servo that gives more than 360 deg. In the pan. I conclude that when you pass from a certain angle it continues turning without stop. I solved just using +- 180 deg from the central point.

For the tilt I am also having problems as I wrote in other thread: I am able to calibrate it but it doesn't move neither with the flight simulation nor the real flight. The servo has voltage and you can not move it so it ceives a bad signal from the eagletree. The beta version didn't solve my problem
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Old Oct 29, 2012, 06:30 PM
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aseal/jcabetas, could you post your OSD Pro configuration file (.TXT) here? Then, I can check your tilt calibration. The config file is collected by clicking "save configuration" on the OSD Pro setup screen in the PC software.
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Old Nov 18, 2012, 11:31 PM
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Asael,

I could not get a continuous rotation servo to work for me either.

I ended up using a 180deg. servo. That is all you need for both pan and tilt.

I put together a Eagle Eyes calibration tutorial here.

Eagle Tree Eagle Eyes Tracking Antenna Tutorial (30 min 1 sec)



If you need more tutorials for Eagle Tree products you can find them

in my blog.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1717573


Hope it helps

-Mike
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