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KennyS

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I was reading in the manual on 18SZ and was surprised that the only way the timer is active was based on a switch or stick position.

I have already searched previous posts but did not see it. If it is there sorry for any duplications.

So my question is, would it be possible for the timer to be active when the throttle output is active, so power going to the throttle servo know matter the position of the stick or a switch.

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Kenny

09-04-2016 02:33 PM
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Four Stroker

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Don't post when you are stoned.

09-04-2016 05:23 PM
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KennyS

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What I'm asking is this: is there a way to start/stop the timer using the value of the actual throttle signal going to the ESC? If you use the throttle stick position or a flight mode switch to contol the timer, it will not exactly account for battery usage.

The thottle hold swich is a begining, but adding the throttle stick position will not be fully correct - the timer will run when throttle hold is off and throttle stick is raised, but then full stick inverted will stop the timer.

You add idle up mode to enable the timer, but that becomes combersome and some radios do not have the ability to combine so many inputs (TH, THR stick, Idle 1 & Idle 2) into the timer logic.

I just want the timer operation to match what the motor on the helicopter does (ie. be driven by throttle signal.)

I know there are other ways to track flight time but they are not germane to the question I'm asking.

09-04-2016 08:20 PM
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don s

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Don't think so because the radio doesn't know when/if your bird is powered up or not.

It does support telemetry so you can monitor the batteries directly.

E820, Raptor G4N, X50F/E, E620, Forza 450, and some planks.

09-06-2016 02:59 PM
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Four Stroker

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To clarify, what you want to do is start, stop, reset a timer based on a channel output (throttle) similar to how a stick switch works ?

PM Dr.Ben

I think the answer is no but the question is OK. I once asked for a s/w update to change the fine tuning input to a mixer to include another channel instead of just hardware and was ripped to shreds for asking.

09-06-2016 03:23 PM
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Jabber

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Why do you need such an accurate measure of time? It can only be a rough guide of battery use as this can be very different depending on flying style. One of the many good functions of your radio is the ability to use telemetry, that is more able to tell you what is going on.

09-07-2016 03:05 PM
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nappyroots2182

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get the futaba current telemtree add on. itll tell you mah, amps, being used

09-08-2016 12:27 AM
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Four Stroker

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That's what I would do.

09-08-2016 12:30 AM
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