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03-05-2008 02:02 AM  10 years agoPost 1
brcg123

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Has anyone tried to test your receivers to see if they are the new quick-connect ones. the spectrum web sight says to toggle your heli off and on and the receivers will both reconnect instantly and remain blinking until you land, and reset the system. really cool, tells you if you went below 4v or lost power at anytime during flight.








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03-05-2008 02:05 AM  10 years agoPost 2
TankDirt

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mine has it but the lights dont blink after it happens.

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03-05-2008 02:06 AM  10 years agoPost 3
brcg123

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the fact that the lights are blinking is supposed to be the way to tell if its working or not.








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03-05-2008 03:37 AM  10 years agoPost 4
Furious Predator

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can you give more details on this?

how does it tell you if the power went below 4v? and does this connect faster in the event of a failsafe?

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03-05-2008 03:54 AM  10 years agoPost 5
brcg123

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if your receiver goes below 4v and shuts off, the old one will reconnect in 4-5 seconds, just like you are booting it up at start up, the new ones reconnect instantly, before you can tell, but remain blinking until you land and re boot system. difference is, you don't crash. theres a side bar on Spectrum.com about it.








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03-05-2008 04:55 AM  10 years agoPost 6
Furious Predator

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nice, thats a great improvment. thanks for sharing.
that 4-5 second delay has always had me concerned.

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03-05-2008 06:41 AM  10 years agoPost 7
ez2bgman

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if your receiver goes below 4v and shuts off
Actually the cut off voltage is 3.5 v. Here is a copy of the product bulletin they posted on 2/14/08
QuickConnect Voltage Recovery System for DSM2 Air receivers

Performance modelers have known for some time that care must be taken to assure adequate power supplies for their airborne system. It’s true for all radio systems, but it’s doubly important when using high-performance servos, flying harder maneuvers, and trying to save weight with inadequate batteries and/or regulators.

Spektrum systems are designed with an operating threshold of 3.5 volts, and lower voltages cause the system to shut down. When adequate power is regained (usually the drop is momentary), earlier Spektrum systems re-boot and rescan for two previous channels before control is restored – a process usually requiring two to five seconds.

The new QuickConnect feature, however, eliminates the scanning delay and restores control almost instantly. We have been integrating this upgrade into receivers in a running change. Here’s how to identify if your receiver has QuickConnect:

With the system operating normally, simply switch the airborne power off, then on. If your system shows virtually no delay in regaining control, your receiver includes the QuickConnect feature.

Flashing LEDs indicate low voltage alert

QuickConnect allows most flyers to fly through common low-voltage situations caused by insufficient battery "headroom" – in many cases, without knowing a problem ever occurred. As a result, Spektrum engineers decided to program the system so that the receiver LEDs would flash, should the QuickConnect feature be triggered in flight. This can also be demonstrated on the bench, by toggling the airborne power.

If your receiver is missing one or both of these features, first off, it's important to recognize that the vast majority of flyers using "normal" servos with "normal" properly charged batteries will be unaffected by low-voltage issues. The best fix, however, remains assuring adequate power supply to the airborne system with sufficient voltage headroom.

Your flying success is of paramount importance to Spektrum as the leaders in spread spectrum technology, we're constantly moving the bar upward. Also, whenever you have questions regarding your Spektrum equipment, please feel free to contact our Product Support Team at 877 504-0233.

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03-05-2008 01:35 PM  10 years agoPost 8
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Just tried that test. I have AR7000 but mine reboot instantly but LED does not flash, it justs stays on

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03-05-2008 02:11 PM  10 years agoPost 9
cbflys

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I guess I'm somewhere in the middle ...

I've tested my AR7000 a few times because this is what I see. Solid lights everything working. Cycle the receiver switch quickly - the servos immediately begin working again (this is good - exactly what you want), but the lights went back on solid. Did the test again and the lights were blinking.

Sometimes they will blink on the first test, sometimes not. Always on the second test.

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03-05-2008 02:27 PM  10 years agoPost 10
Furious Predator

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is there a way to tell without running the RX to see if it is one of the new ones?
IMO, this seems like a great advance for the spektrum RX's, and it would be nice to know what im getting when i buy one.

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03-05-2008 02:28 PM  10 years agoPost 11
Rick

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My updated receivers will now'quck connect' and the leds do blink to indicate same.

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03-05-2008 02:32 PM  10 years agoPost 12
cbflys

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The firmware upgrade that gives you 'Quick Connect' on the AR7000 also gives you FlightLog support. They replaced the label on mine to indicate that the battery port is now also a data port.

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03-05-2008 02:34 PM  10 years agoPost 13
Furious Predator

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sorry for my ignorance...but how do you upgrade the firmware? or do you mean that the RX comes with the updated firmware? or do you need to send it in?

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03-05-2008 03:16 PM  10 years agoPost 14
creightoncarr

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You can send your "old" receivers in to be updated with the latest firmware. AFAIK there is no way for end-users to upgrade the firmware themselves.

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03-05-2008 03:18 PM  10 years agoPost 15
Furious Predator

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is this a free service?

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03-05-2008 04:37 PM  10 years agoPost 16
cbflys

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Yes, the firmware upgrades are free. Call Horizon Hobby and get a Return Merchandise Authorization.

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03-05-2008 04:46 PM  10 years agoPost 17
Furious Predator

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Thanks

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03-05-2008 09:21 PM  10 years agoPost 18
brcg123

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i bought mine on feb 15 from a LHS and i couldnt get the module to work at all, so i sent it to Horrizon and they sent one back to me that was the new quickconnect. If you have purchaced your receiver from your LHS before Feb. 15, they aren't they new ones. I wish there was a better way to tell, this is going to affect the sale and re-sale of "used" receivers out there. i myself appreciate the fact they sent a new quickconnect receiver back to me, but, i didnt like the fact of no fly for 10 days. But if you want to enjoy a higher level of protection while flying your 2000.00 plus "investment" send em in.








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03-05-2008 11:04 PM  10 years agoPost 19
Furious Predator

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i fully intend to do that. for something so simple that has the potential to save me a lot of money in a crash is too hard to pass up.

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