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Posted by SkippyTBK | May 17, 2015 @ 09:14 PM | 3,435 Views
This is an example of DJI iOSD mini strip down to reduce weight and reduce clutter in your Phantom 2 or other DJI builds.

On many of our Phantom's we are using for stills work we are using a SonyRX100 which although is light, is quite heavy for the Ph2. So our aim is to strip down any unnecessary weight as much as possible.

We also mount the iOSD mini's internally together with cam plug connector. This means we don't need the casing and original cabling and plug and sockets.

Here are some photos of the DJI iOSD mini striped down and rewired up.

This reduce it weight by around 12gr
Posted by SkippyTBK | Apr 04, 2015 @ 03:02 AM | 4,672 Views
This is an easy way to add the much sort after extra 8th and 9th Channel or more that people are looking to add to their Phantom 2 and with still using the Phantom 2's original RX-RF-v4 receiver.

I wanted to add the 8th and 9th channel so I can add a camera trigger servo and have gimbal tilt servo. (I'm using a light Home Built Gimbal for Photos work so 2 and 3 axis stabilizers not required)

I am using a Futaba T10CAG which has 10 Channels so I have managed to add 3 more channels to my Ph2 using this method. I now have 1-10 channels of which the first 7 are the Ph2's normal operating channels.

You will need at least an 8 channel Radio to add an 8th Channel.

No need to remove the original RX-FR-v4 Receiver and replace it with another, but instead we are using ASSAN SBD-4 S.BUS Decoder to add the other channels .

This instruction is done using the DJI Phantom 2's, Receiver RX-FR-v4 but probably works on earlier receivers as well.

First Program the ASSAN SBD-4 as follows using this guide.
OUT1 = CH8 Gimbal Tilt
OUT2 = CH9 Camera Servo Trigger
OUT3 = CH10 Spare
OUT4 = CH11 (DG1 or DG2) or if you have more than a 10 Channels Tx

For my application I only need 2 extra Channels. So I have programed the SBD-4 so Tx CH8 goes to OUT1 which is the Gimbal Tilt and the Tx CH9 goes to OUT2 and is the Camera Trigger Servo.

Next is to create the Y connection on the SBD-4, so carefully cut open the SBD-4’s circuit board protective wrap and shrink wrap.

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Posted by SkippyTBK | Nov 10, 2014 @ 10:51 PM | 2,552 Views
This is a simple to make power distribution bus to power 8 ESC/Motors I made for my X8 coaxial Quad copter.

The bus frame is 3 strands of 1.2mm copper wire twisted together and soldered. The tape used for insulation is called Isobond Elastic Self Amalgamating Tap. The two connector terminals are facing down through the bottom of the base plate to connect to the battery below.

Power Distribution Bus fro 8 outputs. Home Made by Jcampen.wmv (1 min 57 sec)
Posted by SkippyTBK | Nov 01, 2014 @ 09:13 PM | 3,523 Views
DJI have now removed the recommendation from their NAZA M web pages and wiki that the NAZA M V2 is recommended and suitable for a Spreading Wing 800

Apparently in spite that its been a recommendation on their web pages for a few years now, DJI advises me they do not support the NAZA M as suitable for a Spreading Wing 800 or any other 800 size frames or frames over 600 size.

You can read more bout this discussion here on RCgroups
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Seeing we have already purchased this equipment combination as was a suggested recommendation by DJI on their web site, and now they are advising us otherwise, we are requesting that DJI to credit or refund us the cost of the NAZA M so that we can purchase a suitable flight controller for our 800 size airframe. You can follow our discussion with DJI here
Posted by SkippyTBK | Apr 18, 2014 @ 09:02 PM | 12,136 Views
I am setting up this thread as free open space page to share our ideas freely on Openpilot topics and particularly for many who I see, including myself, that have been unfairly banned from the Openpilot forums because certain administrators there simply disagree on a point of view, or who do not want to have any negative truths disseminated about the Openpilot system.

This will not only give those who have been banned from the OP forums and who have invested time an money into the Openpilot systems a place to continue to share ideas and to help one an other for support without fear of the tyranny of being banned again, but also a forum space that is transparent and open and to sharing both the good and the bad about Openpilot systems so that any new comers to this system are also full aware what they are getting into.

This being said I personally believe the Openpilot system is one of the best platforms in both hardware and software development currently available and credited to be given to all those developers who have spend enormous amount of time and funds into its development. Well done to the Openpilot development team.

lastly for those who have been burnt by the Openpilot administration, please try not to use this thread as a place to simply vent out your anger and frustrations. Keep it civil and constructive and factual as possible.

This thread is to include any discussions on Openpilot firmware and software, Revo, CC3D and any other Openpilot hardware and also including the new ArduPilot32 on OpenPilot Revo firmware that now give OP Revo full GPS autopilot flight capabilities.

Welcome all to the Openpilot Outcasts and Renegades thread.

( Banned IDs on Openpilot Forum H11 and SkippyTBK )