I have a 6 channel Corona receiver and will be using a Futaba transmitter. I assume I plug the BEC into channel 6 of the receiver? Which channels do I use for Aleirons, Rudder, Elevator, etc?
The BEC goes into channel 3 on the receiver when using a Futaba transmitter, rudder is on channel 4. You may have to reverse the channel 3 on the transmitter to get low throttle when the throttle stick is pulled full aft.
The channels used are controlled by the transmitter. The standard Futaba channels are:
1 - Aileron
2 - Elevator
3 - Throttle
4 - Rudder
BTW the thing that drives the motor is called an ESC (Electronic Speed Control). BEC (Battery Elimination Circuit) is just one of its features, as is LVC (Low Voltage Cutoff). The ESC does indeed plug into the throttle channel.
Does the ESC always have a connector that plugs into the receiver?
If my ESC doesn't have BEC, then I'll have to use a stand alone battery to power the receiver/servos?
If that is the case, does the ESC have a plug to the receiver? If so, does it also go to the throttle channel?
Where would the stand alone battery plug into the receiver?
Sorry for these "dumb" questions - I am just trying to learn.
Hello Nick, Welcome to Wattflyer! Your questions aren't dumb, what would be foolish is if you didn't ask any and messed up your plane!
Yes, all ESC's plug into the receiver, they go into the port marked "Throttle".
Yes, if you find one of the very few ESCs that don't have the BEC function, you would need a separate RX battery. If this were the case (or, you chose to disable the BEC, another whole subject!) the separate RX battery would plug into the RX port marked "Batt". You will also notice that the battery lead only has 2 wires, all other connections have 3. Here's a link to help with the wiring and terms like BEC, LVC, and so on; http://www.wattsup.co.nz/jun2002.htm
Finally realized to look at the transmitter manual and you are right on the money - Channel 3 is the throttle.
Ron, the reference primer you pointed me to cleared up a lot on the receiver hook up.
Again, this forum is filled with a bunch of nice people who will take the time to share their knowlege and experience. This really adds a lot to the fun of flying.