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Re: [Paparazzi-devel] Spektrum Receiver

From: Eric Parsonage
Subject: Re: [Paparazzi-devel] Spektrum Receiver
Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2012 08:14:28 +0930

Hi Tilman

The DX5e does work. I have tested with it in the past. Are you sure you have 
bound the receiver properly? The lights on the receiver should stop flashing 
when it is done. Also the led on the autopilot for signal does work with 


On 28/04/2012, at 7:16 AM, Tilman Baumann wrote:

> Hi,
> I'm currently playing around a lot with my new Lisa/m board. There is still 
> lots to figure out, but there is one thing that has baffled me quite a while 
> now.
> That is the Spektrum RC receiver.
> I have a DX5e (Is that one even supported? I only ever read about DX7) plus 
> two orangebox receivers from hobbykind.
> If I boot with the bind plug the receivers start blinking nicely. But it 
> seems to make no difference as to if the sender is on or off.
> Airframe XML
> <subsystem name="radio_control" type="spektrum">
> <configure name="RADIO_CONTROL_LED" value="3"/>
> </subsystem>
> RADIO_CONTROL_LED seems ineffective. Probably not provided by the spektrum 
> module?
> I added the following mode to conf/telemetry/default_fixedwing_imu.xml 
> inspired by flixr's hint on the irc. (The Fixedwing config did not have those 
> messages, I copied them from the rotocraft version)
> <mode name="ppm">
> <message name="PPM"                      period="0.5"/>
> <message name="RC"                       period="0.5"/>
> <message name="COMMANDS"            period="0.5"/>
> <message name="FBW_STATUS"          period="1"/>
> <message name="ACTUATORS"           period="5"/>
> </mode>
> I do get one new message that way. RC. But the values is always 
> 0,0,0,0,0,0,.....
> So, how can I tell that my radio is working? And is my DX5e even supported?
> I mean, it's a pretty primitive radio and the lack of a three way switch for 
> mode is certainly not ideal. But it is what I have here right now and a 
> bigger one is not in the budget for some time.
> (Might as well upgrade to os-rc when I have that cash laying around... There 
> was not much talk about that one here yet. And I can't actually find any info 
> on how that could be hooked up to a UAV. But could be a solution that might 
> even transport telemetry in one link...)
> PS: Do I have to close the bind plug every time I boot or will it learn? The 
> Satellite receivers only blink when I boot with bind plug.
> Thanks
> Tilman
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