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02-20-2013 03:47 AM  5 years agoPost 1
pjones

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Hello,
I was wondering if anyone else has had the issue of having the neck strap block the view of the screen. It wouldn't be such an issue except that the telemetry data is displayed there and it's really no good to have telemetry if it can't be read.

I was originally looking for a Wye adapter to allow for a neck strap with two clasps to be used so the screen doesn't get covered with the merging straps in the centre however, I have been unable to locate anything of its type. It would place the straps in a similar manor as what is seen in this photo:

https://rc.runryder.com/fastphoto/70519/image-2.jpg

Have any of you figured out a solution to this issue or have any ideas?

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02-20-2013 10:25 AM  5 years agoPost 2
wrongler

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I have found that I don't have enough time to look at the screen when I'm flying.

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02-20-2013 03:13 PM  5 years agoPost 3
dfrazier

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Actually you shouldn't be looking at the screen while flying. Having said that, I have looked at mine while flying and ocassionly still do but I have lost sight of my model and almost didn't find it.
You could also get a tray. That would get the straps out of sight but personally don't like them.
I wish that they would have put the screen on the upper part of the radio.

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02-20-2013 07:20 PM  5 years agoPost 4
aerocal

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Agreed that Ive found trying to look at data on the screen while flying a tray or handheld is a very bad idea.Telemetry is not useless if you cant read it while flying.Thats what the alarms and logging are for.I really dont need to know a specific value.Only that it has not wandered out of an acceptable range.If you absolutely need to read a value from the screen you need to have a spotter do it to be safe.

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02-20-2013 07:29 PM  5 years agoPost 5
oysifly

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They should have a dual screen with the telemetry screen located at top of the radio. But I'm no engineer- just seems like common sense to me.

Quick...here comes my wife....hide that new Heli !!!!

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02-20-2013 11:23 PM  5 years agoPost 6
aerocal

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There are a few radios with the screen at the top.I havent really used one but I held one and it just doesnt feel right.Its kind of the same principle as trying to read text messages while your driving.Even if you hold it directly in front of your face you have to divert focus and when your doing something that may require instantaneous reaction eventually the outcome is not going to be good.I use an iPod with telemetry and even holding the screen in the best possible position its kind of sketchy to divert focus for a second or 2 to read the screen.Ive spooked myself more than once so I dont do it anymore.

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02-21-2013 07:01 AM  5 years agoPost 7
pjones

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I'm still learning and playing with the mCPx right now as I set up my 450 and wait for the rest of my radio to return from spectrum. I find it is difficult to see the screen when flying and just setting up the transmitter in general when the neck strap is on. I figured this would be more of an issue with the 450 since it has telemetry installed and I wanted to try and make it convenient to see the data screen and have it set up nicely while I wait for the parts to return.

Sounds like I may be leading into a bad habit though trying to do this with collective pitch... I'm curious what people think now, is a telemetry display just a gimmick with collective pitch flying or do you find there is still value in it? Do you just set the alarms and let them do their thing while you fly ignoring the display all together?

I've found it to be useful to see the screen when used on a friends octo with FPV and various cameras attached since a voltage alarm may not necessarily give enough time to land if far away and flight times change depending on payload. Watching the voltage is the best way in that case to determine remaining flight time and being such a stable style heli looking at telemetry really isn't a problem.

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02-22-2013 12:09 AM  5 years agoPost 8
aerocal

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For the Tx itself I setup my important info on an alarm and let it do its thing.Like I said I dont try to look at a screen while Im flying.Its like driving is supposed to be."Never take your eyes off the task at hand".
The only things I need to know while I fly are FL data.Specifically if I get a Hold.My alarm is set for 1 Hold.If you have a developing signal issue you will get a registered Hold long before it is an extended Hold that causes a noticable loss of control.I need to know my Rx voltage is no sagging for one reason of another.I run LiFe Rx packs so this is kind of important.I also learned that a BEC doesnt simply fail without warning.It gets weaker and weaker until it finally cant keep up anymore.
On electrics I need to know my Flightpack voltage under load.The key here is "under load" in realtime.Huge advantage for me.No more timer.if I fly easy I can go 8-10 mins with most of my helis easily.
Hard flying maybe 4-5.A combination of the 2(like many of us do)and the flight time has a huge range.Its even more true with planks.I have a couple that will go maybe 10mins hard or over 30 just cruisin.I know when Im done based on the battery level and not time.

I also use the STi dongle with an iDevice(either my pod or phone)and if there is a parameter I want to track a current value on I select it and turn the speech announcement On.Most valuable to me when flying gliders and getting altitude.

Ive been using telemetry for over 2 years now.IMO its more than a gimmick.Now that all of our Airware DX radios have the logging function even if you dont want/need info in realtime you can log it and look back over it at a later time to see if there may be a problem developing.
This can be done by sending the file and reading it with the Apple app on an iDevice or by running it in the PC based reader now under development.

IMO the only ones that cant see the value of this technology are Luddites and fools.Not taking advantage of it is a huge mistake.
Its not a magic bullet you plug in and it just makes everything perfect.There is a distinct learning curve to using it properly.

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