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Posted by starcad | Mar 20, 2019 @ 09:58 PM | 1,935 Views
With all of the setup and calibration complete it’s time to do the receiver Self Check. Before doing the receiver Self Check a model needs to be set up on the Taranis. I use the Taranis OpenTx Companion 2.1.1 as I prefer to have a hard-wired connection to transfer information to the memory of the transmitter. Others may prefer using the wireless Lua script. I’ll be using OpenTx Companion 2.1.9. The Pictures are in order, read the material below and then just follow the pictures.

Open Companion 2.1.9 and create a new model. Click on ‘File” then ‘New’, and a new document.eepe window will pop up. If this is the first time, double click on ‘General Settings’ (Picture 1). There are just a few items that need to be set here. (Picture 2) Skip down to ‘Battery Warning’. I use a lipo and needed to change the amount here to 10.5v so not to over drain the transmitter battery. I changed the ‘Battery Meter Range’ to 10.0v and 12.6. I fly mode 2 where other parts of the world fly mode 1. This can be selected in the ‘Stick Mode’ selection. All my planes are set up with AERT or Aileron, Elevator, Rudder, Throttle. Just select your preference. ‘Measurement Units’ refers to either ’Imperial’ or ‘Metric, I use Imperial. Skip to the right side and set the ‘Country Code’, ‘Timeshift from UTC’, and the ‘Voice Language’. That’s it for this screen.

Below the General Settings are the model storage areas numbered 01 through 60. Double click on the first free Model....Continue Reading
Posted by starcad | Feb 19, 2019 @ 04:14 PM | 15,082 Views
Accelerometer Calibration

Now that we have progressed through the first four pages, it’s time to look at the last Tab, the Accelerometer Calibration Page (Picture 1). Before starting, assemble a few tools to make it easier to calibrate the receiver. Secure a servo extension; I use a 24” extension making it easier to position the receiver as my computer is under my desk. I do the same with my Surface laptop. Also needed is a small block of wood ¼” by about ½”. When calibrating use the block of wood to level the antenna side and the servo side of the receiver.

Pick up the receiver and slowly rotate it to ensure the computer is reading the Accelerometer. The numbers in the X, Y, Z and Mod blocks should change. If not the receiver is not connected properly or the wrong ‘Com Port’ may be selected.

Before going through the Calibrations of the receiver I would suggest viewing this YouTube Video as a review of what I have presented in my previous blog entries. Pay particular attention to the last part starting at 22:10. FrSky S6R - Receiver with stabilization

After reviewing it’s time to do a Calibration. Take your time as several steps may take longer than others. When the receiver is in the inverted position the yellow light will not be visible. When selecting the Calibration Button on this step, press Calibration and then slowly count to 10. By that time the yellow light should be out and you can proceed to the next orientation to complete the...Continue Reading
Posted by starcad | Feb 14, 2019 @ 06:17 PM | 21,663 Views
Let’s take a look at the ‘Mounting Type’ Tab, (Picture 1). Maybe this page should be referred to as the Mounting Orientation page. There are four possible ways to position the Receiver, Level, Bottom, Right Up, and Left Up. So far I’ve been lucky and all my planes have the Receiver mounted in the Level position. Pay attention to the receiver image. Note the Heading Direction and the UP and Right Arrows. One disadvantage is the servo headers will face toward the rear of the aircraft which may or may not present an issue in small aircraft. Select the orientation that best fits the need and ease of installation in your aircraft.

The next Tab is the ‘Gain Setting’( Picture 2), for the Gyro and the Accelerometer. This is probably the second most important page in the setup process. There are five sections to this page. Compensation Direction, Gyro Gain: Stabilize Mode, Angle Gain: Auto Level Mode, Angle Gain: Hover Mode and Angle Gain: Knife Edge Mode. Both Hove and Knife Edge are not applicable as this discussion only covers a simple 4-Channel model with Ailerons, Elevator, Throttle, Rudder configuration. Note the Red enclosed area on Picture 2 This will become very important after the Self Check is completed. More will be covered later after the receiver Calibration is completed.

Referring to Picture 3, note the Red enclosed area. This is where the Gyro Gain: Stabilizer Mode and the Angle Gain: Auto Level Mode are adjusted. Reading through all 543...Continue Reading
Posted by starcad | Feb 04, 2019 @ 10:35 PM | 31,088 Views
First, let me start off by apologizing. There are actually three flight modes that can be set up with the SxR receivers. These are Quick Mode, Normal with Hover and Knife-Edge, and Delta-Wing V-Tail. For the purpose of this discussion, I’m only going to present my setup for Quick Mode as Normal and Delta V-Tail are a different discussion altogether.

OK, now with the STK Tool showing in Device Manager and showing a Com Port. Go ahead and open up the SXR Config interface software, Picture 1. The Com Port will be listed on the bottom. If that is not the right Com Port, select it from the drop-down. Click on ‘Open’ and the software will read in the current settings of the SxR. Click on the Accelerometer Calibration Tab, Picture 2. There will be four sets of numbers in the X, Y, Z, and the ‘Mod’ boxes. The X,Y,Z are self-explanatory.

At this moment the consensus has indicated the ‘Mod’ value represents, where Mike Blandford writes in the RCG forum, “I’m virtually certain it is the "Modulus" of the X, Y and Z values. These are the accelerations in the three, perpendicular directions. The modulus is the magnitude of the resultant vector when they are combined together, calculated using Pythagoras (square root of X squared +Y squared +Z squared)”. In other words, there is no mention of what “Mod” represents in the manual and no need to focus on that particular value.
Now with ‘Mod’ explained back to focus.

Pick up the S6R and slowly rotate it in...Continue Reading
Posted by starcad | Feb 01, 2019 @ 06:45 PM | 33,838 Views
Before getting started I’ll assume you have the STK Tool along with the latest firmware and the Configuration driver. Both the firmware and the driver can be found here. Take a look at the first image. This part will tell you how to plug a servo extension into one of the two S.Ports on the tool and into the receiver. I use a 24” servo extension. It also will give you information on what port to use for configuring the S6R and what port to use to upgrade the tool. Note: The tool already has the latest firmware so you may not have to update.

S.Port 1 is the configure receiver port and S.Port 2 is the update port for the STK Tool. Before hooking it up to your computer and the receiver check the polarity of the pins. Referring to picture 2, in the middle of the tool is a small slider switch. The top position is marked Config and the bottom marked Upgrade. Check to make sure it is in the top or Config position.

With the receiver connected to the s Port and to the STK Tool, plug the STK tool into one of the computers USB ports. You should hear a sound letting you know the USB port is active. Before opening the STK Tool, go to the computer's settings and in the search box type in ‘Device Manager’. Click on the Device manager link or icon to open. Look for Ports (Com & LPT) in the list. Click on the little arrow on the left side to expand the Ports list. You should see something like Silicon Labs CP210x USB to UART Bridge (Comxxx) where xxx is the com...Continue Reading
Posted by starcad | Jan 28, 2019 @ 08:04 PM | 34,839 Views
OK, let’s get started. Hopefully, you have either have a hard copy or a downloaded PDF of the manual. You can download the PDF, Here . Again, hopefully, you have read, re-read and read the manual again. Almost all of what you have read you can file it away in your memory banks. Please make sure you keep both the hard copy and the PDF copy.

There are basically two modes that can be set up for the S6R, Quick Mode and Normal Mode. Pay particular attention to pages two and three and note the areas I’ve highlighted in yellow with a red border. Page three states the S6R is by default, set up in quick mode.
In Normal mode, the S6R provides five functions. Auto-Level, Stabilize, Off, Knife-Edge, and Hover. These can be initialized by two switches on the Taranis. It does require remembering the five different positions of those two switches.

On the other hand, in Quick Mode there are just three functions, Auto-Level, Stabilize, and Off. You can think of these as Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. It also provides for quick recovery via a momentary switch on the Taranis. I’ve found no need for that and haven’t used it in my programming as activating Auto-Level provides the same function.

The attached screenshots are of page 2 and page 3. These two pages are important as page 2 establishes the channel order and page 3 defines Quick mode.
Posted by starcad | Jan 26, 2019 @ 10:15 PM | 35,101 Views
So, you purchased a Taranis transmitter along with an S6R receiver. If you’re like me and flew Futaba since the turn of the century you’re looking at this probably thinking what the heck did I just do. I purchased my Taranis and an X8R receiver a little over three years ago for a QuadCopter project along with a Pixhawk. At that time my son provided all the setup and programming for me and all I had to do was fly the Quad. Just over a year ago I purchased an S6R receiver as I wanted to get back into Fixed Wing flying. That being said, if you’re like me you’re not finding a lot of “how-to” information to set up the receiver and program the Taranis. Yes, there are a ton of videos on YouTube along with 500+ pages that can be found on RC Groups, but, wading through 500+ pages and a ton of video will leave your head spinning with little information of the actual setup and programming of the Taranis.
With all that said, I’ll try and present here, screenshots along with some simple dialog on how to set up a simple 4-channel model with 2 aileron servos, rudder, and elevator. Once you get the hang of setting up the Taranis the first time you should be able to search YouTube and RCG to find answers to more complicated models.

The first thing you need to do before we get into everything else is to read the S6R manual. Then re-read it and then read it again. It probably won’t make much sense even if you have programming experience in multiple computing languages. No worries, as I will point out what you need to look at and change. I’m going to assume you are using the STK to access the S6R.

Screenshots Soon
Posted by starcad | Jan 25, 2019 @ 11:55 AM | 34,799 Views
The Easy Glider Pro is ready to fly. The pilot needs to finish his cup of coffee. Frsky S6R installed and all checked out. This will be the 3rd flight and maybe the forth, we'll just have to see what it does.
Posted by starcad | Jan 24, 2019 @ 09:00 PM | 34,744 Views
So, last year I purchased a Frsky S6R receiver. I've been wanting to get back into fixed wing models since I sank into the dark side ( drones ) about five years ago. My Taranis has had very little use and I've only updated it one time since it was purchased. I was hoping it was just a matter of plug and play, however, I couldn't get it to work.

I failed to read the directions fully and thus it took me over a year to finally figure out what I was doing wrong. Finally, I found the S6R thread in the Radios section of RCG. After viewing a ton of videos on YouTube and reading through 500 pages one response made every thing click. I was trying to set the receiver up in normal mode when in fact the receiver was already set up in Quick mode. Last week I was able to get out to my Area 51 site and see if my corrections worked or not. I'm very happy to report the Simple Glider Pro with the S6R onboard, flew with only minor trim changes. Two flights and I'm a happy camper.

So, I thought about how long it took me to set up this receiver with so much information but so little on how to set it up on the Taranis. What I think I will do is use my Blog and post a simple, "How To" with images of my Taranis setup. Stay posted as the screenshots will be coming soon.
Posted by starcad | Jan 22, 2019 @ 02:21 PM | 35,197 Views
Wow, it's been a while since I've posted here. Let's bring things up to date. As many may know, I operated 3D-Styx for the last several years. Its been a fun ride and I've met a lot of fantastic people along the way. Unfortunately, it seems the Drone Racing market has come to an almost complete end for the manufacture of 3D printed parts and add-ons. So, back in July my wife and I did an analysis of the business and came to the conclusion to close the retail side along with consulting and principle sides of the business. On January 1st we closed the retail side and now on January 31st, we will close the contract side of the business. This frees up both my time and my wife's time. She did all the packing and mailing keeping our eBay rating 100%. Now I have time to spend in different areas along with my wife. I'd like to thank all my customers for all your support. Again, it's been one heck of a fun, wild ride.
Posted by starcad | Apr 18, 2017 @ 06:16 PM | 37,037 Views
This is really neat as it holds my Samsung tablet using my Inspire phone/tablet mount. Now i can switch between the Mavic and the inspire with ease and still have my tablet. At this age, my eyes and not what they used to be 20 years ago. It has been tested and works just as we wanted it to. You can get it on eBay for $9.99 plus $2.95 shipping. Just search eBay for 3D Styx and you can view and order all our 3D printed products.
Posted by starcad | Nov 14, 2015 @ 07:59 AM | 39,027 Views
Spent yesterday in what I thought was going to be an easy drawing in Inventor . I'd been putting this one off for a while but the requests have been more than I expected so the Deans Terminal Cap is born. The problem with the Deans plug is there are knock off versions and I really didn't want to mess with that issue. But, ... Here it is the first version. It fits but is very tight and I may have to make some adjustments.

This is an image of the 'Full' Cap.
Posted by starcad | Nov 09, 2015 @ 09:16 PM | 38,751 Views
Something new in the works. A low profile racing Quad in the 250 size range. Still in the beta stage at this point but should be out by Christmas. It will be a mod kit and prices at around $12.95. I'll keep this one up to date.

Also, version 2 of the ZMR 250 YAS ( Yet Another Shell ) is nearing final beta and will be in production by November 27th. Same low price as version 1 but will be more robust adding a few more overall grams.
Posted by starcad | Oct 22, 2015 @ 09:11 PM | 38,718 Views
Thank you Amazon Prime. After a mix-up earlier this week Amazon finally got it right. We now have Green, Purple and Red filament back in stock and can again print . First up will be Terminal Caps for the XT-60's. A little hint, up coming will be Caps for the XT-30's as soon as we can get reports back from those doing beta with them. There will probably be a couple changes before we release.

Next coming up is the V2 version of the YAS ZMR250 shell. A more robust shell capable of withstanding harder crashes.

If you follow me keep abreast of thing to come.
Posted by starcad | Oct 05, 2015 @ 01:07 AM | 40,062 Views
Wow, version 1 of the ZMR250 YAS ( Yet Another Shell ) seems to be a big winner. Now we will be introducing version 2 in the next week or two. Version 2 is a little heavier as it is a more robust shell able to withstand more abuse while keeping the insides of your ZMR 250 safe and secure.

We're printing the new beta version now and will get flight reports in the next several days.
Posted by starcad | Sep 30, 2015 @ 11:52 AM | 38,922 Views
New design Shell for the ZMR250. This is fits really nice, securely over the posts. Very light weight so you can hide all those wires inside and not worry about anything getting grabbed while flying past branches and such.
Posted by starcad | Jul 23, 2015 @ 05:07 PM | 38,688 Views
Out having some fun between the showers today. Two flights 20 minutes total.
Posted by starcad | Nov 08, 2012 @ 03:36 PM | 43,338 Views
Another great day at Naranja - SDF. Looks like Thursday is getting busy at the field. I moved the C/G back about 1/8" on the Shock 3-D today and the knife edge improved considerably. It's getting to be one of the funnest planes I've ever flown next to the 4*40. I've finally dialed in my landings with this model and grease landings are now normal.
Posted by starcad | Nov 03, 2012 @ 11:11 PM | 41,729 Views
Great day at the field today. Only trouble was with a member that just wanted to fly maneuvers right over the pits. I personally consider this very dangerous as you can't really judge depth perception directly overhead and a loop that comes within 10 feet of my head upset me. I mentioned this to our Safety Officer who really didn't seem to mind so to the club VP. He agreed and let the offending pilot know this was not a welcome activity and if he wanted to fly maneuvers to fly them across the field. After the pilot landed I heard some grumbling with our Safety officer. They both left for the day shortly there after.

Just a couple of images from today.
Posted by starcad | Mar 19, 2011 @ 01:48 AM | 43,032 Views
Its been awhile since I've posted anything here as I had some severe medical issues over the last 2 years. Not much modeling done over that period of time. Now that I have my Lymphoma somewhat under control and I feel a ton better, I've been able to return to the Man Cave and under take several projects. My PoleCat was the last completed model and I was only able to fly it 3 times. I plan on getting it flight ready in the very near future. Lately I've been getting into FPV and taking aerial videos with a 68" Sky Walker. A really great platform for all kinds of radio, video and telemetry. Getting ready no to start an new project, a blast from the past. Stu Babcock's DQA 704. This is going to be a really fun project and should allow me to use it as a beater plane around the park.