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04-26-2013 10:41 PM  7 years ago
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nheather

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Futaba 8FG - Little Bewildered
Hi,

I recently moved into the 2.4GHz club and bought myself an 8FG.

Also it is sometime since I flew and even then I just got to the hovering and basic forward flight stage.

My previous transmitter had some configurability but basically, the switches were pretty much pre-defined.

I'm looking at the 8FG and a bit bewildered because every switch can be configured and assigned. Most of the switches are 3-way rather than mostly 2-way with my previous Tx.

Can anyone recommend a good for starter arrangement for configuring the switches. I don't mean how to configure as I can work that out, but more which switch is best for which function

Rates,
Throttle hold
Throttle cut-off
Gyro
Idle

etc.

Cheers,

Nigel
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04-27-2013 01:17 AM  7 years ago
cwright

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This is the switch arrangement that works for me.
Gyro switch SF
Idle up switch SE
Aileron Dual Rate switch SD
Elevator Dual Rate switch SB
Throttle hold switch SG
I don't use throttle cut as I fly electric, but if I did I would probably use switch SH.
I also have my timer set to start and stop with throttle hol for helis and throttle start and stop for planes. Hope this helps. Chuck
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04-27-2013 04:04 AM  7 years ago
Paul Woodcock

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Hi

If you are used to having switches in a fixed place, assign your new radio to the same place.....

Regards
Paul
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04-27-2013 04:48 AM  7 years ago
Dood

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I made a video that explains how to setup your gyro rate switch.
It's helped a lot of people so far.
This part of the 8FG setup process confuses a lot of people.

I had difficulties keeping my cheap camera in focus, but if you're following along with your 8FG, it won't be hard to figure out.

Watch at YouTube

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04-27-2013 03:04 PM  7 years ago
Paul Woodcock

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Hi guys

Dood: Good video.

If you are lazy, like me, do a basic start setup the way you like it and keep it as your default...... just copy it for every new heli. It makes the basic switch position, Rx type, heli mode, etc, etc, much quicker.

My advice regarding the conditions is: set the basic setup on "norm" and when you are happy with all the settings, copy them to idle1 and idle2.
Then go back and fine tune the pitch and throttle curves and any dual rate and expo you want.

Regards
Paul
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04-27-2013 07:50 PM  7 years ago
nheather

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Many thanks - this is very helpful.

How do you put rates on the switches - I don't mean the actual programming, but how do you configure what is essentially a bi-state function (Rate On - Rate Off) onto a tri-state switch?

Cheers,

Nigel
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04-28-2013 07:22 PM  7 years ago
Paul Woodcock

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Hi

I use : Off, Off, On
If I use a switch.

I prefer to assign everything to the condition switch. Pitch, throttle, dual rate, expo and gyro gain.

This may seem primitive, but once each condition is set to how you like, you can't get confused. Like, hover with high rates and low gyro gain, or something silly like that.

Regarding Doods video, I used to do it his way with gy401 / 601 that needed setup in rate mode. Now I just use the condition switch......

Well now it's bank switching on Vbar!!!!

Regards
Paul
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04-28-2013 07:26 PM  7 years ago
Dood

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Today, the 8FG video I made may be especially helpful to people who use a CGY750. Not many use just standalone tail gyros.

In order to trim the CGY750, the cyclic gyros need to be in rate mode, then the pilot flips the gyro rate switch back and forth 3 times to lock in those trims.
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04-29-2013 07:31 PM  7 years ago
Zaneman007

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IMO - switch position is your opinion

I have my throttle cut switch set up so that you have to be in throttle hold for the switch to work
Old Guys Rule!
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