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Using the transmitter's sticks and switches to operate your AeroQuad

This page is a chapter in 'AeroQuad Manual'

The following section will provide you information about the available radio commands which allows you to interact with your AeroQuad and the functions of the extra channels.

Stick commands

There are four different "modes" used in today's transmitters. Some transmitters have the ability to switch modes, some are hardwired into one mode and cannot be changed without breaking open the transmitter and moving wires (not recommended). In general, most transmitters come in either mode 1 or mode 2 - these two modes simply swap the throttle and pitch/elevator channels. Here you can get an overview of all available radio commands. The following depicts the stick positions and their corresponding functions depending on the Transmitter Mode you are using:

Note:
Gyro and acc calibration: All motors will pulse three times at a low rate to confirm the calibration!
Armed motors: Motors are spinning at a low rate! Disarmed motors: Motors off!

Mode 1



Stick Mode 1
FunctionArming motors
Stick positionsPitch / Yaw right, Throttle / Roll down

FunctionDisarming motors
Stick positionsPitch / Yaw left, Throttle / Roll down

FunctionGyroscope and accelerometer calibration

(Make sure that your copter is level!)
Stick positionsPitch / Yaw bottom left, Throttle / Roll bottom right

FunctionInitialize GPS home position
Stick positionsPitch / Yaw top left, Throttle / Roll bottom right

Mode 2



Stick Mode 2
FunctionArming motors
Stick positionsThrottle / Yaw bottom right, Pitch / Roll centered

FunctionDisarming motors
Stick positionsThrottle / Yaw bottom left, Pitch / Roll centered

FunctionGyroscope and accelerometer calibration

(Make sure that your copter is level!)
Stick positionsThrottle / Yaw bottom left, Pitch / Roll bottom right

FunctionInitialize GPS home position
Stick positionsThrottle / Yaw bottom left, Pitch / Roll top right

Mode 3



Stick Mode 3
FunctionArming motors
Stick positionsPitch / Roll centered, Throttle / Yaw bottom right

FunctionDisarming motors
Stick positionsPitch / Roll centered, Throttle / Yaw bottom left

FunctionGyroscope and accelerometer calibration

(Make sure that your copter is level!)
Stick positionsPitch / Roll bottom right, Throttle / Yaw bottom left

FunctionInitialize GPS home position
Stick positionsPitch / Roll top right, Throttle / Yaw bottom left

Mode 4



Stick Mode 4
FunctionArming motors
Stick positionsThrottle / Roll down, Pitch / Yaw right

FunctionDisarming motors
Stick positionsThrottle / Roll down, Pitch / Yaw left

FunctionGyroscope and accelerometer calibration

(Make sure that your copter is level!)
Stick positionsThrottle / Roll bottom right, Pitch / Yaw bottom left


FunctionInitialize GPS home position
Stick positionsThrottle / Roll bottom right, Pitch / Yaw top left

Channel assignments

This part will describe what functions each of the extra channels represent.

5th channel ("Mode" channel)

Note:
You'll need an accelerometer to make use of this channel!

This channel allows the user to switch between the two main flight modes: Rate Mode and Attitude Mode. A "Mode" value under 1500 activates Rate Mode, a value above 1500 activates Attitude Mode.
As this channels only differs between two states, it's recommended to assign this channel to a 2-way switch on your transmitter.

"Mode" switch
"Mode" value1000 - 15001501 - 2000
FunctionRate ModeAttitude Mode


"Mode" switch (click on images for higher resolution)

6th channel ("AUX1" channel)

Note:
You'll need a barometer and/or an ultra sonic range finder and/or a GPS to make use of this channel!
At the moment the GPS Position Hold feature is disabled as it is still under development!

Barometer and/or an ultra sonic range finder connected:

This channel controls the state of the "Altitude Hold" flight mode.
Using only a barometer and/or an ultra sonic range finder, it's recommended to assign this channel to a 2-way switch on your transmitter.

Barometer (and optionally an ultra sonic range finder) connected together with a GPS:

This channel controls the state of the "Altitude Hold" and the "GPS Position Hold" flight mode.
Using a barometer (and optionally an ultra sonic range finder) together with a GPS, it's recommended to assign this channel to a 3-way switch on your transmitter.

"AUX1" switch (AH = Altitude Hold, PH = Position Hold)
Barometer + GPS (+ optionally ultra sonic)ORBarometer/ultra sonic only
"AUX1" value1000 - 15991600 - 17491750 - 20001000 - 17491750 - 2000
FunctionAH and PH ONAH ON and PH OFFAH and PH OFFAH ONAH OFF


Altitude Hold switch (click on images for higher resolution)

7th channel ("AUX2" channel)

Note:
At the moment this feature is disabled as it is still under development!
You'll need a GPS to make use of this channel!

This channel controls the state of the "GPS Waypoint" flight mode. Waypoints can be uploaded through the Configurator at the "Mission Planner" tab located in the "Information Display" drop-down menu. If there are no waypoints found, your AeroQuad will return to it's home position which is first set when the GPS fix has been acquired.
Note that this mode will, once activated, will force the "GPS Position Hold" mode to be disabled and the "Altitude Hold" mode to be enabled. If you leave the Waypoint mode again, PH and AH mode will return to their previous state.

It's recommended to assign this channel to a 2-way switch on your transmitter.

"AUX2" switch (AH = Altitude Hold, PH = Position Hold, WP = Waypoint)
"AUX2" value1000 - 17491750 - 2000
FunctionWP ON, AH ON and PH OFFWP OFF

8th channel ("AUX3" channel)

Note:
You'll need a barometer and an ultra sonic range finder to make use of this channel!
Also note that this is considered as experimental, so use with caution!

This channel controls the state of the "Auto Landing" mode which will cause your AeroQuad to perform an autonomous landing. An "AUX3" value under 1750 means Auto Landing ON, a value above 1750 means Auto Landing OFF.
As above, it's recommended to assign this channel to a 2-way switch on your transmitter.

"AUX3" switch
"AUX3" value1000 - 17491750 - 2000
FunctionAuto Landing ONAuto Landing OFF

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