Hello, I have built a pretty big copter with APM 2.8 and firmware 3.2.1, pretty old I know, but I didn’t know what to get back then when I was buying it, so I got a kit with that. It worked pretty well, but after I mounted the fpv transmitter, I had crashes, I sorted that out, the transmitter was overheating the board, I mounted it in another place, all worked fine, but in the last crash before I did that, it crash-landed on the GPS, also people recommended to enable pre-arm check, so I did that, and now I get a high hdop error almost all the time, while the satellites are above 8 almost always!
Here are my questions:
How is HDOP measured? I heard that there is a bug in the firmware that treats PDOP as HDOP!
Is it okay if I just disable the pre-arm check and take off with 2.3 HDOP for example?
Can the FPV transmitter cause frequency interference (5.8Ghz) with the GPS, or maybe electrical interference?
Sometimes after restarting the board a few times, moving the copter around to another location or just calibrating the compass helps, but why?
NOTE: The HDOP values were higher when I removed the jumper JP1 to get rid of the bridge between the two electrical parts as I understand of the APM, but the current wasn’t enough, so I put it back and it seems to work sometimes.