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01-29-2012 01:06 AM  7 years ago
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OldNewbie

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Dead Radio?
I dropped my Futaba 7C tonight from about two feet high and it landed on a hardwood floor. Now it will not even turn on. There is absolutely no physical sign of damage. Are these things really this fragile? It is about five months old is it worth sending in to have it fixed or is there an 8FGH Super in my future?
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01-29-2012 01:16 AM  7 years ago
gologo

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Might check to see if the fuse got knocked out of place, or fell out?
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01-29-2012 03:41 AM  7 years ago
tasmanian devil

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Yeah,check the fuse first.I do'nt crash,I just rearrange parts.
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01-29-2012 03:50 AM  7 years ago
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also try to unplug the battery and plug it again. good luck.team solo
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01-29-2012 12:50 PM  7 years ago
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I ca't find the fuse. I opened it up and I don't see a fuse in there anywhere. Anyone have any idea where it is?
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01-29-2012 01:12 PM  7 years ago
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It's dead. I took the back off again to look for a fuse and upon futher inspection I found that one of the pins that the battery plugs into is seperated from the circiut board. I thought about trying to solder it but it looks like it may have cracked the area near it right where one of the printed circuits goes into it. I guess I will send it to Futaba and what it costs to fix. I knew heli crashes were expensive but I have a feeling this radio crash is going to expensive as well.
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01-29-2012 01:56 PM  7 years ago
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Should look for a used one. maybe cheaper
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01-29-2012 02:35 PM  7 years ago
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Futaba might fix it for free. I'd call them.

I've fixed many cracked pcb boards in a range of electronics. It's not that hard, probably take 15-20 minutes. You might give it a go yourself. You could take a close up of the area, to show the damage. If futaba want fix it free or cheap. We might be able to help you fix yours, all you need is a cheap solder iron and a small tip, and some patience.

And if it's cracked under the traces, the green lines, just scrape the coating off the trace, and bridge the break with the tinyest ammout of solder. being carful not to get any on another trace, ie don't brige two together, or to any other circuits.
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01-29-2012 02:56 PM  7 years ago
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Yeah, that all sounds real easy RCHSF....LOL.

Send it in, and see what they can do for you.
"I just don't Listen" "
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01-29-2012 06:44 PM  7 years ago
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Thanks for all the replys. I'm going to call Futaba and see what they have to say. If it's not too expensive then I will just send it them to fix. If they would just sell me the broken board I could easily change it out myself. I let you all know what I find out.
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01-31-2012 09:40 PM  7 years ago
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Life is good, I fixed my radio myself. I found that the negative pin where the battery connects to the circuit board had the solder connection break. It pulled the foil all the way off the board so resoldering the joint would not work. I ended up soldering a small wire to the bottom of the pin and connecting it to another device that was on the same leg of the negative run. She works as good as new again.

Thanks for all your suggestions.
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01-31-2012 09:42 PM  7 years ago
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All's well that ends well......Good job.
Mike
"When Inverted down is up and up is expensive"
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01-31-2012 11:35 PM  7 years ago
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I knew you could do it.

Heli pilots use their head for things other than a hat rack.
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01-31-2012 11:37 PM  7 years ago
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that would've been a min of $75 if you sent it to futaba.
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02-01-2012 12:16 AM  7 years ago
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thanks all. It is good feeling to blaze new territory. Never did much soldering before this other than Deans connectors. I was having so much fun I went ahead and did the Align 2in1 switch mod that I was putting off as well.
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02-01-2012 12:32 AM  7 years ago
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Very nice! Great job!Friends don't encourage friends to fly helis! It can cause part shortages.
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02-01-2012 12:35 AM  7 years ago
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There you go Jay, Now you have learn things you never thought about before you picked up that first heli!!Bald Pilots usually wear hats!
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02-01-2012 12:43 AM  7 years ago
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Sweet. Flying season is right around the corner. Did you join the club yet Jay?Carpe Diem!!!
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02-01-2012 12:45 AM  7 years ago
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Glad ya got it going agan..........and by your own hand!
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02-01-2012 12:48 PM  7 years ago
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Sweet. Flying season is right around the corner. Did you join the club yet Jay?
No I havent joined yet but I would love to, how do I go about it?
There you go Jay, Now you have learn things you never thought about before you picked up that first heli!!
That's for sure Sonny. The main thing I've learned is money disappears fast.
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