Hey everybody… First time poster and obviously new to the forum. I’ll cut to the chase for your benefit and mine cuz this topic has been drug through the mud since the conception of the Phantom. First, used Phantom3 Standard purchased on Ebay for $98… drone only. No remote, charger, battery, nuthin… just the drone. Since that purchase I acquired all of the essentials to make it fly however, even though it wants to it won’t. I know that I wont have wifi with the camera and gimble (sp?) missing but I don’t care. All I wanna do is fly the sucker. No fancy video or pics. Just want to fly it.
Here’s a list that will hopefully give you enough information to maybe help me figure out what is probably operator error:
Start Controller… wait for a few seconds
Start the groan (literally)
Controller (purchased “new” on Ebay for 80 bucks) shows solid red power button that has never
turned green unless fully charged.
Groan goes through start up sequence… red, yellow, green and then will either blink green or yellow
depending on the presence of a gps signal or not (I think).
I then flip the bird (literally) and depress the link button which starts out as solid red but starts to blink
red after releasing the button after anywhere between 1 and 1,232,676 seconds.
From that point on its the same thing only different. The controller and the boid aren’t talking and I
think it has something to do with the frequency that they are NOT sharing but without wifi I can’t
access the menu screen in DJgo where I could manually change the frequency.
The status in the app doesn’t say that I’m disconnected all the time. The majority of the time
(especially when going through start up process B (explained below)) it will just say, “controller
frequency is weak”. Obviously I’m missing something but here’s something a little different…
If I depress the link button before starting the battery and hold it until the battery starts up the link
light will blink a slow green and remain that way but will not link to the controller using either the “S2
button and wheel method” or the “linking RC” button in the controller portion of the app.
Controller method will result in a 60 second time out if unsuccessful in linking and the S2/Dial
method will produce a relentless beeping from the controller until the battery dies.
Indicator LED’s will occasionally say that it’s ready to fly in gps mode so S1 switch is placed in the up
position when flashing a slow green or in the middle position when flashing a slow yellow.
App shows that it’s ready to fly and allows me to use the auto take off but then says that the take off
failed but that’s probably due to the fact that I cant get the motors to start. Controller will not respond
to my stick instruction to start the motors. No linkey linkey…
I have watched just about every freaking Youtube video on this subject and frankly, I’m getting really
sick of hearing so many people say the same thing just in a different video. Gets really old getting
the same information from 5,261 people who want me to subscribe to the same thing that 5,260
other people also want me to subscribe to for some unknown reason…
In closing… I have found information and am becoming familiar with the LED status lights and what
their various color patterns mean but there is very little information about the birds belly button and
why it blinks green rather than remain solid as it should when linked to the aircraft.
I have no clue if the firmware matches between the two because for all I know the drone, which is in
excellent condition, may have sat on a shelf to the last 5 years or so and the controller may have the
latest and greatest but who knows. Also on that note, firmware upgrades are more difficult when ya
don’t have a micro-sd slot on the drone. In fact, if it needs some kind of firmware upgrade or
something I’m just ditching the sucker… Sucks cuz you can pick up a nice used Phantom3
Standard (with a camera, battery, remote, and charger) for about $300 but these yahoos want $200
or more to purchase just the camera.
Any thoughts or ideas? I really want to get this in the air but I’m not putting another dime into it cuz so far, I fell like I may be trying to resurrect something that is too far gone to breathe again. My main drone is a spark but I was hoping to make up some of the cost of the spark by selling what I have purchased off the Phantom but I refuse to sell it unless I see it fly. Unless of course I get it in the air and love it so much that I can’t sell it. to be honest, that would be the happiest ending! Thanks in advance to any of you that can shed a little light on this for me (without posting the DJI “how to link your controller” vid. : )