Originally Posted by mclarkson
Somehow, my FLAP switch has broken on my DX7. No drops or bangs that I recall; I went to fly one day and it was just missing.
I contacted Horizon and talked to my LHS - they both say I need to send the Tx in to Horizon for repair. The thought of being grounded for weeks while I wait for my Tx is nigh on intolerable.
I know I can find a replacement switch somewhere, surely. How risky/dangerous/difficult/tricky is it to pull this Tx apart and replace a switch? I am not at all an engineer, but I've soldered a little bit (battery and ESC connectors, etc.)
I certainly don't want to make things worse, but I also don't want to be without my radio for weeks if I can help it (I fly every day.)
If your abilities for soldering are fairly decent, fixing this switch is not a difficult job.
First, open the battery compartment and remove the transmitter battery from the unit. Find an old deep dish metal baking pan, and line it with a old towel or similar. (So nothing can roll off and disappear!) Then with a good quality phillips screwdriver, locate the six screws in the back of the transmitter, and remove them. Place those six screws in a secure place.
The back of the transmitter can now be removed. Note that the battery wires will be holding the transmitter and its back cover together, don't strain these wires. Don't worry, nothing inside the transmitter will fall out. (I've got two DX7 transmitters, and have had both of them open at one time or another for switch modifications.)
Now, for removing the busted switch, pick up a cheap pair of needle nose pliars, and grind down the points so they will fit into the slots for the switch's nut. Then spin the nut off, and remove the switch and its attached wires. Use a small 10-20 watt soldering iron, and remove the wires from the switch. No this is not the time to use your 100 watt soldering iron designed for making glass window designs!
Pick up a dual pole dual throw switch from a reputable dealer that will fit into your transmitter. Solder the three wires of the transmitter switch to the corresponding three terminals of the DPDT switch. And parallel connect the two poles of that switch. Note that this flap switch is a three position switch, with a center off position. Radio Shack may not stock it.
Digikey does have a switch whose switch body measures 0.32 by 0.36 inches. Make certain this switch will fit inside your transmitter.
Digikey sells to anyone with a credit card. They do have next day air for $$$$.
It's a common trick to use parallel connections on these switches for extra reliability. The problem with this stuff is these switches are operating at very low currents and very low voltages. Even a speck of dust on the switch contacts could result in no connection.
And, NO, don't leave the switch as is. These switches use spring pressure on their contacts. And that spring is located inside the switch handle, the part that is busted off. That would leave that switch with little or no pressure on the internal contacts. Just moving the transmitter back and forth could result in changing the status of that switch.
Hope that helps.