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Part 3: Mode Switch Setup and Operating Modes

MODE SWITCH SETUP

In this section, we will establish a mode switch, as well as describe the three modes in which the HoverflyGIMBAL can be operated.

1. Ensure that your receiver channels are connected correctly according to the diagram here. Receiver Channel 1 should be connected to a channel associated with a three-position switch on your radio. A two-position switch can be used, but you will lose Position Mode. (See "OPERATING MODES," below.)

Note that, because this channel is used for the Mode Switch, you will not have direct stick control of the Roll servo. This servo will be controlled by Auto-Compensation only. This is acceptable for the majority of applications, but if you need direct control of the Roll servo, please see this link: [coming soon]

2. Connect to the HoverflyGIMBAL Setup Client and go to Configuration & Calibration > Receiver Configuration.

3. For Channel 1, set Channel Type to "Mode Switch." For Channels 2 and 3, set Channel Type to "Stick."

4. "Close" this window and return to the Configuration & Calibration screen to "Save Settings."

5. Open the Receiver Configuration window again. When you throw the three-position switch, you should see the "Switch Pos" field cycle between 0, 1, and 2. These numbers correspond to the three operating modes, as described below. Take note of which position corresponds to which mode.

If desired, you can use the "Reverse Direction" option to swap the 0 and 2 positions.

OPERATING MODES

The three operating modes are as follows:

Position 0: Landing Mode
This is the mode that you should use whenever your aircraft is on the ground. In this mode:
+ Roll Auto-Compensation is ON.
+ Pitch Auto-Compensation is ON. Pitch stick control is OFF.
+ Yaw Auto-Compensation is OFF. Yaw stick control is ON.
These settings help to protect your equipment from accidental movements that could damage it.

Position 1: Position Mode
This mode matches the angle of the servo to the position of the stick. In this mode:
+ Roll Auto-Compensation is ON.
+ Pitch Auto-Compensation is ON. Pitch stick position determines the angle of the servo.
+ Yaw Auto-Compensation is ON. Yaw stick position determines the velocity of the servo.

Note: If you are using a two-position switch, this mode will be lost, as it corresponds to the middle position of the three-position switch.

Position 2: Velocity Mode
This mode matches the velocity of the servo to the position of the stick. In this mode:
+ Roll Auto-Compensation is ON.
+ Pitch Auto-Compensation is ON. Pitch stick position determines the velocity of the servo.
+ Yaw Auto-Compensation is ON. Yaw stick position determines the velocity of the servo.

If your Roll and Pitch servos are position servos, please continue to Part 4A: Tuning for Position Servos

If your Roll and Pitch servos are continuous rotation servos, please continue to: Part 4B: Tuning for Continuous Rotation Servos

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