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05-27-2013 04:55 PM  5 years agoPost 1
Eco8gator

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Hello All

I finally got my own multirotor. I have tried others but this one takes the cake!! It just seems to work and it works very well.

I love the variable altitude hold functions and the GPS station keep are amazingly good...I guess I just like the fact that with little effort it seems to work for me. Its not as integrated as some but that's ok because its easy to fix...well for me it is I am very impressed with the GPS on this guy as well...it locks in super fast and it always seems to get over 6 satellites.

I can't wait to get my brushless gimbal for it

After my positive experience with my Mikrokopter I highly recommend it to anyone. Just working goes a long way

Carlo

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05-27-2013 07:42 PM  5 years agoPost 2
Justin Stuart (RIP)

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Pictures?

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05-28-2013 12:00 AM  5 years agoPost 3
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The camera bobs around because I was resetting the station keep point and altitude to one I was more comfortable with...

Watch at YouTube

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05-28-2013 04:09 AM  5 years agoPost 4
JJGONZO

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come home feature
can you make it come home?

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05-28-2013 04:19 AM  5 years agoPost 5
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Yes.

This is my setup:

On a single 3 position switch:

Up: Free Flight/Stabalized

Middle: GPS Lock And Altitude Lock; set points for both can be adjusts on the fly using the Tx.

Down: Fly To Home And Altitude Lock; altitude set point is adjustable on the fly using Tx.

Carlo

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07-08-2013 10:31 PM  5 years agoPost 6
cmsilvoy

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Carlo,
Are you using the MikroCopter control boards as well?
There are a few things that keep them from being major player in the multi rotor game:

Price: I think it is very high compared to others
Form: exposed PCBs, lots of soldering to do, less professional looking than other
Functions: many competitors are including waypoint navigation and basic autonomous features

Let us know how things go for you over the long haul.

Chris

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07-08-2013 11:20 PM  5 years agoPost 7
steph280

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I have been running Mikrkopter boards since 2007. Yes they were the top dog, the one that sets the bar. But that bar has since been reached and exceeded by many companies with products costing less and much user friendly.

Now a day DJI is the new standard.

I still have two Mikrokopters in flying condition, but all my new additions are DJI products. Their stuff is more professional grade compared to the Mikrokopters. Having to work with IC boards just reminds me too much of the old Heath hobby kits.

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07-11-2013 01:56 AM  5 years agoPost 8
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When it comes down to it looking professional means that your stuff works...granted the equipment needs to look legit.

When I turn my MC on I know its going to work and so far so good.

No one is going to look under the hood...not to mention if you are are skilled in assembly you can make the MC wiring look very nice (mine does)...though I do agree the DJI stuff is very nice in terms of construction look.

You have to pay serious $$$ to get anything close to what MC offers in terms of waypoint nav...its almost unfair that DJI charges so much to get a full blown version of the feature.

As of now, my MC has been flawless...the GPS locks in fast and is solid all cloud conditions, the way point nav is easy to use and works and the PCBs are fairly easy to service. I also get a lot more data back on each ESC since I have bidirectional comms to them.

DJI did a good job packaging they electronics but I wont concede that they out did the MC guys in terms of tech. MC uses very good equipment IMHO and the bottom line is it works

Right now I set up a waypoint list around my target of interest and let the HC do its thing. I can sit back and just watch it do its thing and play with the camera angles if necessary. I guess my only job is to hit the home switch if I forget to set my last waypoint near me

Carlo

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08-09-2013 11:59 PM  5 years agoPost 9
steph280

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I fly both system so I can tell you from experience that DJI systems (including the entry level Naza's and Phantom's) holds much better in all conditions, except maybe when it's extremely windy. But to get Mikrokopter to hold well in that wind will probably require hours of playing with all the parameters.

Setting the waypoint on MK is a pain. You literally have to haul out your laptop and play with mapping programs to plot your way points. DJI made everything possible on a simple iOS device where you just point and it goes.

Holger shot themselves in the foot by restricting the MK waypoint and return home feature to within 250m. So now seeing their shrinking market share, all of a sudden they start selling a commercial license to go past that limit. Take that into consideration when you are comparing costs.

They also realized they are still using antiquated sensors for altitude control, so they came up with a vertical ACCL sensor upgrade which requires SMD precision soldering to install. And they call it version 2.2.

With that said, I still fly mine on regular basis. Pictured is one of my last Hexas, and if I find the right buyer I'd get rid of it ASAP. They really need to up the game if they want to stay in the competition...

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08-26-2013 01:42 AM  4 years agoPost 10
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I found the mapping program to be intuitive and easy to use...oh and it works too which is important

I just completed a way point flight at my local field with no issues...the heli tracked well in wind and held altitude very well.

I fly with goggles but I also use a separate monitor especially for way point flights. I have a my map, telemetry, position on map and my main video feed all in front of me...where it should be.

I'm not saying its the best, but it works for me.

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