Here is a list of all the postings Mike Blandford has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Motorcycles and model flying|
See my post above, I disagree. I regularly used my motorbike for transport, when I was at university, and in the end I took the 'plane in the box home, which was a trip of 104 miles. The 'plane was perfectly OK.
It does need a 'plane designed to fit in the box.
I had a Honda 175 with a (sloping) luggage rack behind the pillion seat. I made a wooden "wedge" that clamped to the rack, and provided a flat surface that extended the flat top of the pillion seat rearwards.
Definitely surprised people when I arrived and assembled such a large 'plane and flew it!
If you have a much smaller model, you should be able to do something similar, but would only need a small box for it, say 9 inches square and only 2 feet long.
|Thread: X9D+ Double Trouble|
1. You can't access the bootloader, but does the radio start normally?
2. When you plug in the USB with the power off, do you see a device in the "Devices and Printers" caled "STM Bootloader"?
|Thread: Who wants a Warbird Replics Hurricane?|
I have been "plodding" along with my build. It doesn't look much different, but I have the wing fully covered (transparent, iron on film) and just need to add the linkage to one of the outer flaps. The radiator is also on the wing, so that is all ready for painting.
I have the (electric) motor mounting in place (ply box), a flight battery bay behind the motor with a hatch in the top of the cowl for access. The wing fairings are all in place and the exhausts on the cowl. Under the battery bay I hae a space for a NiMh radio battery (well if I need some nose weight it may as well be useful!). My current plan is to use the BEC from the ESC for main flight controls, and power the flap servo and the retracts from the separate NiMh battery. I may include a (schottky) diode from the battery to the BEC output as a backup supply.
All servos are fitted and operating OK, I put an 8-channel Rx in to test everything. As I have 5 connections to the wing (two aileron servos, two retracts and the flap servo, I shall put a SBUS to PPM converter on the wing to reduce the wiring needed, plugging up 5 cables sounds bad!
Just to see what it looks like, I put a 70mm spinner with a prop on the motor. It seems like I'll need a slightly larger spinner, 80mm looks about right, but as I have the 70mm one I may just use that to start with.
Any one else actually building theirs?
|Thread: Gatwick drone incident|
Sorry, slightly off topic.
From the ANO (2016):
(2) A relevant aircraft which is launched, moored, tethered or towed must not be operated—
So you already have restrictions on control line as they are "tethered".
David Mellor: I think you will find the 900MHz band is becoming more used as, in some countries, more output power is allowed (up to 1watt), and modules and receivers are readily available. I have the FrSky R9M module and receiver, and could easily update the firmware to use 1 watt power. I tested on 10mW and got similar (or better) RSSI results to the standard 2.4GHz units.
I would suggest as many as possible write (or e-mail) to their MP explaining clearly the difference between actively controlling a model in LOS and having a multi-rotor operating in completely autonomous mode.
Our MPs are there to represent US (the people). Please provide them with the understanding they need.
During the last consultation I e-mailed my MP, clearly explaining why a 400 feet limit was not good for my (electric) thermal glider, complete with graphs of telemetry showing most thermal lift only occurred above 400 feet.. I received a reply from my MP, indicating he had (given my expertise!) passed my communication on to Baroness Sugg, the Minister. I subsequently received another reply that included a response from the Minister. This was positive in that it indicated the Minister was listening to the model associations, and expected the exemption we currently have to be provided.
Where I fly, we also have a NOTAM in force telling full size pilots we may be flying model up to 1800 feet above sea level (around 1500 feet above ground level). So this is using regulation in the "other" direction.
|Thread: Turnigy 9X range issues?|
I suggest editing your last post, or getting a Mod to do it to remove your e-mail from it for security. I have your e-mail from your kind donation, thank you.
You may power both modules at once. With the 9Xtreme, if a module is not active, then it is not powered, so no need to remove an unused module.
I've managed to sort out quite a few problems remotely.
The only differences between the version you have flashed and the latest test version are the extra numbers being displayed, so you don't need to update unless you want to get rid of those numbers.
Go to the protocol menu, select the internal module, then just tick the box to enable it. Power should be switched on to the module and a PPM signal sent to it.
The Orange modules did have a problem, and mat still have it, where some BNF models would not respond to the throttle.
There is a 10-way cable going from the back board to the 9Xtreme board. It plugs in to the right sided of the 9Xtreme. Pin 1 is to the top of the board. The switched trainer power is on pin 5 (a yellow wire on my radio).
If you have a 3.5mm jack plug, you could try plugging this into the trainer socket a few times to see if that clears the problem.
To disconnect this, unplug the connector, then using a pin or a needle, gently lift the small "tongue" that holds the crimp terminal in the housing and pull the 5th wire out. Wrap the exposed terminal in insulating tape.Now plug the 10-way cable back in and test again.
I've posted a new test version for you to try. This adds a couple of numbers to the "Shutting Down" screen. I'll need to know what these numbers are.
You may flash this test version the same way you did the previous version.
At some point, you could update the bootloader. This is done by powering the radio on holding the two horizontal trims APART, which enters "Maintenance Mode" where you have an option to update the bootloader from the file on the SD card.
It is looking as though you have power coming in from the trainer port, or a short to the trainer port power signal. This is on the "Back Board", the board in the back shell of the case. At the bottom is a 10-way connection. The "Trainer Power" signal is the 5th from the right. Please check there is no obvious short (e.g. solder splash) on that connection.
Odd! We'll try a different way. Start the radio in bootloader mode, then plug in the USB cable. You should see two hard drives, one is the SD card. Check there is a directory on the SD card called "Firmware", if not create one.
Now copy the .bin file into the Firmware directory. Next, unplug the USB and use the "Flash Firmware option in the bootloader to update the firmware. You need to use a LONG press of the menu button to select and confirm the operations.
After flashing, power off the radio then restart it.
Edited By Mike Blandford on 09/12/2018 17:16:37
With eepskye running, click on the "Flash Firmware to Tx" button on the toolbar (a Tx with an orange flame).
Then select the file to flash and click OK, then confirm the flashing.
There should be 14 screens, so the first (BATTERY) screen should have 1/14 in the top corner.
Please check the version reported by the firmware: go LEFT LONG (to the radio setup), then find the version display. It should show today's date. I wonder if the file did write correctly.
Make sure you are running eepskye, not eepe. It is installed in the same directory as eepe.
Also, in the Burn menu, Configure options, make sure "Use SAM-BA" is NOT ticked.
RIGHT is the right button and LEFT is the left button, regardless of what is on the buttons.
Extract the .bin file, then "Burn" it to the radio.
Then, start the radio. "UP LONG" is press and hold the "UP" navigation button on the left side of the radio. Then press the RIGHT navigation button around 8 times to get to the DEBUG display.
I've posted a specific test version of ersky9x (in "ersky9x9XT_rom_AM_test.zip" here: **LINK**
Please install this, then with it running go UP LONG, then RIGHT several times to the "DEBUG" display. On the 4th line from the bottom there are 4 numbers. What are the last 2 numbers with the power switch ON and OFF?
Do you have eepskye installed on your computer? This makes it easy to backup your existing settings and firmware and flash new firmware.
I have a test version of ersky9x ready for you to flash.
Please try plugging J4 back in, then connect the battery. What battery voltage is reported on the main display (and what battery are you using)?
Then switch the power switch on, then off. In theory, the firmware should detect the power switch going off and try to shut down, displaying "SHUTTING DOWN", even if it doesn't actually power off.
If you can get into the bootloader (trims inwards at power on), then I can build a special test version of the firmware that can display some information that might help locate this problem.
OK, we will check the power switch. Check the continuity between pins 2 and 3 of the connector that plugs in to J4. With the power switch off (down) there should be no connection, with the power switch up, you should get a short circuit.
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