How to calibrate your ESC’s for Open Pilot CC3D

If your one of the lucky one’s to own an Open Pilot CC3D but your having a little trouble calibrating your ESC’s then don’t worry as I’ve found a bit of info for you.  I myself have picked up one of these boards as well recently and I have been going through the motions of setting up my own board.  The thing I highly recommend is going through the tutorials on the Open Pilot website thoroughly and signing up for the Open Pilot forums.   The only difference between setting up this board is whether your using a windows computer or a mac computer and what the heck the control is on the mac for the “home” key.   I will keep this post very brief for you here and just to let you know that if your looking for the steps to calibrate your ESC’s you can find it at this LINK HERE.   The confusing part of ESC setup process is that your going to hear two things,  either remove the red wire for your ESCs which is suggested on the Open Pilot website,  or like a friend of mine mentioned ” he hadn’t removed any red wires and his board works fine.   I personally followed the instructions and have removed the red wire on 3 of my ESCs out of 4 for my quad copter.  If your looking for a video on ” How to remove the red wire” for your ESCs then you can find that video HERE.    If you really want to see a straight forward and quick video on how to calibrate the ESCs using the GCS then you can watch this excellent video below from wrcfan21 on You Tube and maybe give him a thumbs up and hit subscribe.

The final thing I just wanted to mention for you mac users like my self is about that “HOME KEY” ,  if you have a look on your keyboard for a button that looks like  ( fn ) for function and the backwards arrow ( < )  ,  then those two buttons combined when pressed simultaneously are your “HOME KEY”  during the ESC calibration on the GCS.  I hope this post was helpful and not too confusing for you and that you have luck setting up your board.   Thanks for taking the time to read the post and if your interested , then I welcome you to stop by RCHelimenace on Facebook and maybe even hit the the “Like” button.



Copter Control CC3D – How to set up

For as long as I can remember when I became interested in multi rotors and finally built my first quad copter I knew I wanted to get my hands on an Open Pilot control board.   I did start out with the FY-90Q  board which seemed alright,  it was plug and play and simple to setup however I never really got it to the point of the way I thought it should perform. I wasn’t looking for a snappy super fast reacting board but I did want crisp response and this one seemed a bit sluggish in my opinion.   Recently this June my birthday had came and I was in the market again to look for a Copter Control board and interestingly enough it seemed a few companies were given the rights to produce some of these boards which had made it even more accessible to the public.   The one company (store) I had come across was on Twitter and they go by the name were actually selling the Copter Control boards and it was the CC3D model.  So without any hesitation of course ,  I went online and made the purchase and sure enough it had arrived within a couple weeks.  The board looked really nicely made with good solder joints and the mini usb plugin on the board did not seem to give any indication it would break off ( like the megapirate) that seem to have quite a few complaints about it.

Now if your interested in this board I do have to warn you that you need to be aware that you will have to connect this board to a computer,   you will have to download the appropriate GCS  (Ground Control Station)  for this board and the appropriate boot loader for the board.   Do be aware that the version 13 does seem to have a bit of trouble at the moment therefore you do need to just upload version 12 ( Mayan Apocalypse ) with the version 3 boot loader.  If you want to know why you can only use version 12  you can find out in the link here.   The other thing I also recommend is joining the Open Pilot Forums,  this way should you have any trouble with your board in the manner of downloads or settings in the GCS this community is sure to help any newbie ( even me ) when it comes to this board.   I have to be honest and let you know that I am not an authority on this Copter Control board what so ever but I thought I would just share a bit of info to help you get going.  The one thing I can say is that even if you just download the GCS and review it before your board arrives to your door then you are going to be a little bit more comfortable when it comes to using it.

When setting up the board you do need to install it on the multi rotor of choice,  I’m currently setting it up on a quad.   Make sure the board is facing the right direction on the quad ( the forward direction ) and that you have the quad copter sitting on a nice level surface since the board mainly controls the attitude of the frame.  The next thing you do is hook up a micro USB plug to the board and at the other end of the wire plug the regular sized USB to your computer and then start up the GCS program.   The program automatically detects the board and connects it to the program and from there you just go step by step to what the program is telling you to do,  it really is a no-brainer.   If you are wondering what the flashing LED lights on the board mean you can find it in this link here in the bootloader update page ( if you need a visual idea ) as well if you need to update your board with the latest stuff you can do it there as well if you needed to and it will explain how to do it.

Finally ,  getting to the point of setting up your board will take a bit of time so just give yourself a chance and go through everything carefully and thoroughly before you start loading things on the board.  You do have to make sure the stuff is compatible and if you do have any questions I do encourage you to sign up on the forums because there is a good chance you will get your questions answered faster than I could ever do for you.   If you are looking for the download page for the GCS setup wizard then you are going to find it on this link here .  Further more,  if you just want to see what to expect from the GCS and only read the content without downloading the program yet then you can find all that info here.  The other great thing about this program is that you can program the board to understand the inputs from your own radio.  I do have to admit this sequence threw me off a bit.  You can find everything you need to know about how to setup your radio here as well without downloading the program just yet-  here in this link.   In the part of the radio setup page,  if you go straight to the part where it says calibration , you do have the option of either using the program to do it automatically or your can input your settings manually.  I chose to use to use the program to do it personally so I could get used to everything before I got too carried away.

This is the part that confused me a little ,

I understood what it was asking and so I did it,  what confused me was why my stick inputs were opposite from what I was seeing on the screen,  however don’t worry about that because when you get to the next step here,

all I needed to do was move my cursor to the little check marks in the box and click it to remove the check mark only and then I moved my sticks on my radio and  screen corresponded with what my radio was doing then everything functioned like it was supposed to.  The last thing I do want to mention is that I did run my CC3D board at least 3 times trying to figure out why I couldn’t get it to “Arm” but all it was was that I never got things calibrated right until I slowed down and was a lot more thorough in my understanding of the GCS.   I hope this brief blog post gave you a bit of help and insight as well as some sort of direction in sorting out any issues you may have with it.  Keep in mind I’ve only been playing with this board for 3 days and a few things finally clicked,  I have not had a flight yet with it but as soon as I do I will post a video on the progress.   Lastly I just wanted to show you a quick video of how I would like to see my progress turn out , here is that video and wish me luck !

Neither this video or the pictures posted in this blog are mine ,  nor do I profit or benefit in any way but I thought I would share it in order to help you out.   If this post did indeed help you out don’t be afraid to leave a comment here on the blog and you can also head over to Facebook and “LIKE  RCHelimenace “.  Thanks for stopping by !

2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 11,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 18 years to get that many views.

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