My new DX-7 was awaiting me when I arrived home last night from work. Once I took it out of the box, I powered it up and started browsing the menus. Once I get to the servo monitoring screen, I noticed that the rudder bar was all the way to the far left and not responding to any stick input. While this wasn't normal, I thought that I would go ahead with setting my heli up. I stayed up 'til around 4 am getting everything set up.
I installed the gyro (6100T) today. I noticed that the rudder servo was not responding. Once again I check the servo monitoring and the rudder bar still won't move with stick input. I open the back cover and wiggle a few wires around and finally the rudder works, but only for about 30 seconds and then stops working again. I checked the rudder servo and a couple other servos directly in the rudder channel of the rx (AR 7000) with no luck.
I called Horizon and explained the issue. Now I have to send the radio back and then wait for them to send me another DX-7. What's so aggravating about the whole situation is that this is my 1st weekend off in 12 weeks and I haven't flown in over 2 months. I sold my 9303 in anticipation of the X9303. When I got tired of the delays for the X9303 I decide to get the DX-7. While I am not upset at Spektrum or Horizon, it is just a huge disappointment when new equipment doesn't work. I am sure that this is not a wide spread issue and I am thankful that Horizon offered to replace it once they receive the defective radio. I was just looking forward to finally getting out to the field to fly after too long of a break.
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