I’m trying to solve the compass interference issue on my F450 quadcopter (PIXHAWK Arducopter 4.1).
Moving external compass to a height.
Shielding the wires with aluminium tape.
Disable internal compass & use external only.
Still there is large magnetic interfernce with the compass.
I believe the internal compass is still being used by the pixhawk despite being disbaled in the MP. Becuase :::"Whenever i try move the external compass, the YAW does’nt change. But it changes imeediately for PIxhawk movement. (when only external compass is selected):::"
1st, you should be using the latest stable version of firmware and Pixhawk1 not fmuv3 for that Flight Controller. 2nd, the Auto Analysis tool is mostly useless incl that Test Compass=Fail message. 3rd, when you move the Flight Controller it will show a Yaw change from the Z-axis gyro whether you have a compass connected or not. So at this stage it’s not clear that you have any problem.
I would add that those motors and collet prop adapters are ill suited to a multirotor but I suppose you got them and some cheap old school ESC’s in a kit.
Actually the issue is nothing different since i used APM2.8 board on this setup. This toilet bowling and unstable heading issue was also there.
I’ve changed the FC, Battery, external compass, shielded cables etc.
But no changes.
Just can not catch where the problem’s coming from.
There also seems to be an issue with motor #4. This image is only a sample, but on log 25 it was repeatedly reaching maximum. Have a close look for a loose prop. Those prop mounts are intended for fixedwing installations, and have been problematic in the past for quads.
Hi Allister, i think i found your answer very helpful.
The motor 4 is causng the trouble.
But i’ve tried a different orientation previously where current motor 4 was motor 2 & viceversa.
I just opened up my previous logs & found that: the previously set motor 4 was also having this similar behavior (touching maximum limits) in that configuration. (When motor 4 was not this one. But it was motor 2 on this setup).
The board i used on previous configuration was APM 2.8. Now in this configuration is Pixhawk So i guess no issue with the boards.
Can i please get in detail touch about this…
I’m trying fly it stable for ~ 5 months now. Still nothing…
As a very simple test, you can take Pixhawk and GPS out, attach the GPS to the Pixhawk with double sided tape with same orientation and connect it to it, supply them through USB, connect from MP on USB port, check that both compasses are detected, check orientation parameters (learn), and try compass calibration.