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07-09-2008 09:15 PM  9 years agoPost 1
Abellot

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Barcelona,​Catalonia, Spain

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Hello!

I need a radio (preferably at 2.4GHz) that could be connected to a PC with USB and be used as a joystick (like the Interlink for RealFlight) AND that could be setup to cease to emit. In that way I can achieve both:

Scenario #1. Control a standard R/C receiver while it is broadcasting.
Scenario #2. Use the radio controller as a joystick on a PC with a radio-modem at 2.4GHz (with the controller's signal off, to avoid interference) controlling a robot with a radio-modem.

Is any radio out there able to do it?
- With firmware setup?
- Unplugging the 2.4GHz module if possible?
- Installing an internal switch on the circuitry?
- Setting it up as trainer/student?

How can get it to work? What radio would you advice me to buy?

Thanks for your help!

Best regards

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07-09-2008 09:35 PM  9 years agoPost 2
AAKEE

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Hi!

If you use a Spektrum (or I guess any transmitter) it will be in the of position when you use it with the computer connected to the usb or serial input.

I use a Spektrum Dx7 togheter with Aerofly, connected with wire to a serial connector witch is connected to the computer via a serial to usb interface. The transmitter is in off position and there is no transmission of radio signals.

I dont need do change anything other then choosing the right model preset in the Tx before connecting to the computer.

When I want to fly rc models I only change back to the right model memory for that model, and then fly.

Not more difficult then that (if I undestood the question ).

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07-09-2008 09:56 PM  9 years agoPost 3
Abellot

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Thanks Aakee for your answer!

Then, I understand I do not have to setup anything: when the controller is plugged to the USB cable, it disables the radio?

If it is as easy as that, it is great!

Have you tested it with your R/C machine on?
Does windows recognize all the channels and switches?
Did you bought it online?

Thanks for your help!

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07-10-2008 03:34 PM  9 years agoPost 4
pH7

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Sterling Heights, MI​- USA

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Then, I understand I do not have to setup anything: when the controller is plugged to the USB cable, it disables the radio?

If it is as easy as that, it is great!

Have you tested it with your R/C machine on?
With a Spektrum based radio (DX6, DX7, X9393, etc.) it is easy to verify. Turn on the radio and you will see the green light behind the bind button will come on, indicating that the RF section is on. Leave the radio switch off, plug in the cord and the light will not be on. My Futaba 9C also had an indicator light for the RF section.
Does windows recognize all the channels and switches?
Not exactly. The output of the radio is the PPM stream and the USB device converts it to whatever the associated drivers in windows understands. A switch can be programmed (in the radio) to affect output channels, but output of the channels is all it can see. So, for example, there will be 6 output channels from a DX6.
Did you bought it online?
If you need to buy something, I have a DX6. Send me a PM if you are interested.

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07-19-2008 05:38 PM  9 years agoPost 5
Abellot

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Thanks for your help!

You solved my doubts.

Now that I now it can be done, I have to study how many channels I need.

Best regards.

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07-20-2008 01:01 PM  9 years agoPost 6
Pinecone

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Actually all the JR and Spektrum radios work this way. When you plug in the connector to the computer, the radio comes on, without the RF section powered.

If you turn the radio ON, then plug in the adapter, it will radiate, but this is to allow you to use the trainer mode (the trainer mode and adapter to computer use the same connector).

Terry
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07-20-2008 04:10 PM  9 years agoPost 7
Eury

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Dover NH

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Futaba works the same way as well. When you plug in the interface, it turns on the radio but doesn't turn on the RF section. Same as when you use it as a buddy box. Come to think of it, all radios do that.

Nick Crego

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