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HelicopterMain Discussion › Why Some Transmitters Are Junk
06-01-2013 01:27 PM  4 years agoPost 1
icanfly

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Now that your attention is focused here, it gives me great pleasure to demonstrate the ability to IMPROVE what you have all been living with, SUBSTANDARD GEAR.

OK, so it sounds a little harsh but the area of improvement I want to direct your attention to is a tiny detail on the Spectrum Transmitter. Who hasn't glanced at their tx at a distance to check if it was turned off, or forgot to turn it off out of haste to pack up or whatever? Everyone?

I'll use the dx7 as an example. You see the on/off sliding switch? It has a triangle in orange/red. Now go turn it on then turn it off. Set it on a table at a distance and glance at it briefly in either position, what can you make out? On, or off?

I have drained my tx battery out a few times due to a small little oversight, you can't tell if the tx is off or on.

To improve my odds of grab and go flying with lots of battery in my tx I have made an IMPROVEMENT, take a look at the pics, NOW,

OFF = arrow means no contact

ON = no arrow CONTACT, you may play now

I placed a small square of black tape to fit into the recess on the dx7 switch well. It obscures the orange triangle on the on/off button when the tx is in the ON position. Now I take a quick look at it and know for CERTAIN what it's status is, WITHOUT A DOUBT. I glance at it when packing up from the field, bkyrd, testing, bench, and know absolutely what condition the switch is set to.

So there, get creative, you can silver out the arrow on most other tx switches and dab some red paint down where it is sliding back and forth or do something similar to my solution, or do nothing at all because you don't care. I fixed my possibility of being distracted by my heli enough to overlook whether the tx is on or off more than once and this is HOW.

Have fun, after all it's only a toy, lol.

This could have been re-titled "A LITTLE SWITCH Could Kill" (a battery, a nice bran--new lipo, lada lafs)

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06-01-2013 01:50 PM  4 years agoPost 2
Rotormaster

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Good tip. Though, you could simply just connect the TX to the charger as soon as you get home from the field.

I actually left my DX8 on for the first time the other week.... it started beeping after about 5 minutes or something.

A little speaker from China would cost cents if bought in bulk. And considering that most radios already have an alarm for the timer, writing a code that makes it go off after a set period of inactivity would cost less than ten lines in any programming language.

I would be surprised if any new radio didn't come with such a basic feature.

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06-01-2013 01:54 PM  4 years agoPost 3
wrongler

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Good Idea. I usually just look at the screen.

Bill Whittaker

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06-01-2013 01:57 PM  4 years agoPost 4
icanfly

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The screens are dark and can be overlooked at a distance and in the dark, and you can sometimes walk away to answer a phone or door or cooking or a trip to the supermarket, or work, or be so immersed in a heli to simply forget it was on before good night.

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06-01-2013 02:34 PM  4 years agoPost 5
Josh Kussman

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How hard would it be to wire in a little led light on the transmitter somewhere?

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06-01-2013 02:39 PM  4 years agoPost 6
Twrecks600

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Round Rock, Texas

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A DX8 solved all my problems as I've left my DX7 on in my transmitter box a few times and when I got to the field, it was dead. Luckily I flew a LiPo so I was back in the air in 15 minutes!! I love the inactivity timer of the DX8!!

Team me

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06-01-2013 03:11 PM  4 years agoPost 7
Tyler

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My transmitter has an idle alarm. If left on too long it will beep as a reminder. Also, it has a low voltage alarm, causing it to beep if left on.

Glad i dont own a " junk" radio.

Enjoy things that money can buy IF you don't lose the things money can't buy.

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06-01-2013 03:35 PM  4 years agoPost 8
Ronald Thomas

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Same here.

Team MikadoUSA 480XXTreme, 550SX, 600SX, 700XXTreme, 800XXTreme!!

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06-01-2013 03:43 PM  4 years agoPost 9
povern

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Or you can add an LED to tell you when it is on:

Since I cant post a link to the other site: Google this: "DX7 Add a LED light & Relocate Neck Strap Mod"

Screw It, I'm gonna fly
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06-01-2013 04:34 PM  4 years agoPost 10
GyroFreak

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You can buy blinking LED from electronic distributors, although that might be a little too distracting.

RED:
http://www.superbrightleds.com/more...e-2000-mcd/351/
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White:
http://www.superbrightleds.com/more...e-1500-mcd/349/

I think about the hereafter. I go somewhere to get something, then wonder what I'm here after ?

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06-01-2013 05:35 PM  4 years agoPost 11
icanfly

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that's cool, but say I'm a regular dude who doesn't want to tear into my tx to add the led?

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06-01-2013 06:14 PM  4 years agoPost 12
uncleTy

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junk ?????
Hey fly sounds to me that you might have too many distractions in your life. Some of the suggestions are very good.

Uprite and able to take solid food

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06-01-2013 06:41 PM  4 years agoPost 13
SSN Pru

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Why not just use the screen add an indicator as well as a bit of common sense?

Stupidity can be cured. Ignorance is for life!

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06-01-2013 06:55 PM  4 years agoPost 14
GyroFreak

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as well as a bit of common sense?
After a crash, common sense doesn't always happen.

I think about the hereafter. I go somewhere to get something, then wonder what I'm here after ?

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06-01-2013 08:15 PM  4 years agoPost 15
icanfly

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you nailed it, DISTRACTIONS a plenty, enough to loose full awareness in a moment of quick decision, lighting, shadows, inability to act as fast as thinking, lots of fun.

Confidence is high, a friend who tried cp helis and quit dropped by to see a masterful demo in the bkyrd, no probs.

Sometimes when you are handling the actual heli so much you forget about the tx long enough to check it and the slider switch arrow wont help to tell in its present stock configuration, on a lot of txs for that matter.

Good luck

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06-01-2013 08:26 PM  4 years agoPost 16
GREYEAGLE

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I got to ask because it look's like fun !
Sorry in advance - but I got to ask

Can you really fly?? with the collective and rudder using a Phillips screw driver ??

What's it like with the extra long handle ???

devil made me do it

Got too see this

greyeagle

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06-01-2013 08:36 PM  4 years agoPost 17
Zaneman007

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No

Old Guys Rule!

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06-01-2013 11:32 PM  4 years agoPost 18
Havoc

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My DX18 goes nuts if inactive too long. Vibrates and buzzes.

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06-02-2013 02:41 AM  4 years agoPost 19
GetToDaChopper

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Can you really fly?? with the collective and rudder using a Phillips screw driver ??
What's it like with the extra long handle ???
What does that have to do with anything ???

Have you ever seen the legendary curtis youngbloods TX ? it makes icanflys TX look bone stock !!! are you going to start to question if curtis youngblood can fly as well ?!?

so give me a break already, enough with the personal attacks and back to the topic at hand "Why Some Transmitters Are Junk"......

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06-02-2013 03:05 AM  4 years agoPost 20
1heliman

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I own the dx 7S it has a vibe and alarm for inactivity. Ronny mishap couldn't run the battery dead.

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