My name is Mark Berube, I am an Graduate student at UMass Boston and I am building an Octocopter using the parts list listed under v3.1 Hybrid Mikrokopter-Arducopter Octocopter. I was curious if anyone has or knows how to get the wiring schematic of how everything is wired, or knows where i could find it. Ive got the frame built and have the parts but I am stuck on how to wire everything up.

Any help will be greatly appreciated

Semper Fi

Mark Berube 

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Comment by Stephen Gienow on March 12, 2014 at 12:22pm

Dear Mark,

Check out the assembly instructions page on the Arducopter wiki.  Except for the frame and motors, this setup is all Arducopter.

I will also take some close up photos of our octos for you the next time I'm in the lab.  Please feel free to ask any questions about how the wiring goes together on here, I should be able to help.

Comment by Mark Berube on March 13, 2014 at 9:07pm

Thank You for your link, I am still a bit confused on how to wire the Hexa power dist. board. Would you have any info on that part.

Again Thank You


Comment by Mark Berube on March 17, 2014 at 7:42pm

My power dist board has 6 terminals for the motors ( numbered 1-6) so I am confused on how to properly connect all 8 motors to it. Do I put motors 1&5, 2&6,3&7,4&8 to 4 motor terminal?

Any help will be greatly Appreciated

Comment by Stephen Gienow on March 17, 2014 at 8:54pm

Hi Mark, sorry I have neglected to get you pictures of our setup.  

Did you order this board:


That is the kind we use, it has 8 spaces for terminals.  It is linked from our parts list, is that the one you ordered?

Comment by Mark Berube on March 17, 2014 at 9:02pm

I used the parts list from the wiki page, I checked, It is the same part number on my package but a looking different board. You can see the part number on my board in my picture above matches the part number on the list , HEXAPDPCB1

This is the link you sent me part number 

Our Price: $16.00

Stock Status:In Stock 
Availability:: Usually Ships in 2 to 3 Business Days 
Product Code: HEXAPDPCB1

I wonder if they changed it, or if I got one that was packaged incorrectly. 

Comment by Stephen Gienow on March 17, 2014 at 10:46pm

I'm guessing they changed it.  I wrote that parts list about a year ago, and RC parts are a very volatile business.  Plus, I found this note on the jDrones page for that board:

"Picture is from sample PCB's we received before full production run, not actual packet contents picture!"

I hope you are able to return that board, because it is only capable of supporting six motors without some creative soldering.

I looked around for you, but there don't appear to be any octo boards that aren't in the $80 range.  But the good news is, a power distribution board is really just for convenience.  All you need is to split power from the battery into 8 connectors for the ESCs.  A hack such as this one would do just fine, if you are good at soldering.


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