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Re: [Paparazzi-devel] interference problem

From: Markus Bina
Subject: Re: [Paparazzi-devel] interference problem
Date: Fri, 27 Sep 2013 21:07:23 +0200
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I try to help by asking you a few questions  ... hopefully it helps you to narrow the problem down:
  Did your aircraft crash or execute the failsafe (it was in auto2, right?)?
  What failsafes did you program?
  Are you using XBee (the 2.4 GHz ones)?
  Do you experience the same problem in manual mode?
  What do you mean by "GSM base station" exactly?
  Note that some of the stations might have additional active antennas, ie. not for the GSM service itself, mounted on them.
  How far away from the base station is "near the base station"? (10 m :o ? 20 m?)
  What else is mounted on that base station?

In case it is really interference from the GSM signal (that does not trigger any failsafe) I'd first try:
1) not flying near that base station ;) ... do your flight tests somewhere else entirely (no other transmitters), if the problem reappears it was not due to the GSM base station...
2) Fly in manual mode near the base station; does "it" happen again? Can you reliably reproduce the "effect" of loosing the telemetry?
3) using ferrite cores ... How long are your cables (to/from servos, xbee, etc, ...) in the aircraft? Are you using selfmade antennas?
4) in desperation: "shielding" board and wires

Hope this helps you to find the problem.


Am 26.09.2013 23:17, schrieb Eduardo lavratti:
The SPEKTRUM radio ever stop near GSM base

From: address@hidden
To: address@hidden
Date: Thu, 26 Sep 2013 22:50:22 +0300
Subject: [Paparazzi-devel] interference problem

Dear all,


We are performing flight tests in front of a GSM base station. Yesterday, our autopilot (Lisa-M) stopped working just near the base station. It stopped sending telemetry, and I couldn't switch to auto1 and manuel modes. 2 months ago, we were using umarim_lite, and at the same position it also stopped working. At that time, we thought that GPS signal was lost and it went to failsafe.  But now, we think that autopilot stopped working due to interference from base station.


Did anyone encounter with interference problems? Or, did anyone test the EMI-EMC compatibility of Lisa-M in a laboratory? Do you suggest to shield the autopilot with metal foil?


We have an unreflecting test room in our department. I will try to test the autopilot for EMC.




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