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Old 10-03-2015, 01:18 AM
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So I know Velcro works great unless you have a gyro receiver. Talking small Park Size RX AR-636 if that matters. But I have a situation where I would like to use the Rx in 3 planes. I am cheap that way.

Anyone got any ideas how to do that with a Gyro Rx? It needs to be secure, oriented properly, and square to the 3 axis.
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Old 10-03-2015, 01:40 AM
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Quite frankly dereck, IMO your'e asking for future headaches..........

Now this is just MY opinion, based on experience with gyro's related to CCP heli's.....since I have not attempted to swap RX's with quote-unquote "gyro's" like the AX3S......but consider this....:

Each craft has it's own flying characteristics that must be "dialed-in" in order to function and perform as intended.

Back when CCP heli's started coming out with decent electronics, the gyro's still lagged behind the tech of the servos and receivers. Many of us, who built these things on shoe string budgets (since gyro's were very expensive related to other aspects of the build), tried "swapping out" to save money.

I realize the complexity of a CCP is much more complicated than a fixed wing craft. That said, the principal and goals were the same:
To save money and find a simple way to "kill two birds with one stone".....which many of us did......lol

In short, the amount of time we spent swapping, dialing-in, adjusting, replacing damaged parts......overwhelming out lived the time spent enjoying flight time and reliability.........that goes without saying the time spent reprogramming our TX/RX's after each swap and flight......even after programmable TX's became available.

The choice is obviously your's.........but for me, I'd dedicate separate RX's to each craft.........especially if those craft have any emotional and monetary value to you......and you can remember (on the fly) which programmed settings you have stored in the TX for each craft, as well as the physical set-ups you have dictated "good" for each plank..........JMHO........
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Old 10-03-2015, 02:25 AM
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Velcro STRAP the RX to a firm surface. with a thin foam pad under the
RX.

That solves the quick removal issue.

But it doesn't solve the issue of constantly plugging and unplugging stuff which gets annoying very fast and can have you accidentally plugging ailerons into the elevator channel and other similar disasters in waiting.
It also doesn't solve the need to mechanically adjust the trims on every model and ensure all the servo reverses are the same.

If you are dependent on the Gyro equipped RX... stick to the number of planes you can afford the AS3X enabled RXs for.

Learn to fly without the gyros and then get some less expensive RXs so you have one per plane.

I date back to when a cheap 72 mhz AM RX was $120 (and you could get a good 3 to 4 yr old used
VW for $500)... and even then I had one RX per plane.
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Old 10-03-2015, 03:01 AM
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Originally Posted by fhhuber View Post
Learn to fly without the gyros and then get some less expensive RXs so you have one per plane.
I do operate without gyros. It is also nice to operate with them when dragging tails in the grass.

As for setting up for each model is not near as hard as you think. That takes less time than plugging in the servo cables. The AR-636 is fully field programmable via Android, Apple, Laptop, or Tablet through the BIND PORT. You store the model setups in your phone or tablet. All transmitter channels that control Ailerons Rudder and Elevators are set to DEFAULT PLANE. No Expo, Rates, or mixing via the transmitter that is all set with the 3 Flight Modes you set up for each plane in the Rx. Wing Type and Tail type are all in the RX. Just hook up you rtoy to your other toy and load whatever model setup you need. Only a Single memory on your transmitter for as many planes as want

Flight Mode 1 is Gyro OFF or whatever you want.
FM-2 and FM-3 which I put on Aux 1 the 3-position Flap Switch I set mine:

1. Gyro Off, normal Safe Zone Flight or straight Rx.
2. Sport Mode, low Directional Gain, No Heading Gain.
3 3D Mode moderate Directional and Heading Gain.
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Old 10-03-2015, 09:50 AM
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Personally I'd not even think about it, far too much hassle and too much potential to screw up. It also means that you cant program each model separately in the Tx (so no model specific rates, expo or mixes) unless you re-bind the Rx on each model.

You can pick up very cheap (but excellent quality) gyro receivers, so it's really not worth the hassle IMHO.
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Old 10-03-2015, 12:05 PM
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My own personal observation is that it is an issue of 'reliability'.
Repeated plugging and unplugging an rx (or anything else come to that) is asking for trouble. Sooner or later you will end up with a 'connection' issue.
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Old 10-03-2015, 02:10 PM
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I don't see point of swapping Rx from model to model except when one model is totalled !

Gone are the days of expensive Rx's and non-programmable radios. Even then I preferred to have dedicated Rx's in models .... mechanically adjusting out trims so that I could fly all models on neutral trims etc.

Today with clone / 3rd party Rx's and even with inbuilt Gyro ... so cheap - I don't see reason to swap Rx's around.

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Old 10-03-2015, 02:35 PM
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Expanding on a point I touched on earlier..
If one of your models is something quite specialised like the Addiction X then to get the most out of that plane you will need different rates and LOTS of exponential. Plus 3D/aerobatic models almost always benefit from knife edge mixes to dial out rudder coupling. These settings are very specific to the individual model so not something you can benefit from if you use one model memory to fly multiple planes.
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Old 07-03-2016, 08:15 PM
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The servo plugs are not designed to plug in and out many times. I think you are asking for a failure - either a broken wire or damaged connector if you do this often. Do yourself a favor and buy a few more receivers.
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Old 07-03-2016, 11:13 PM
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I am sure by now he has. This thread is as old as.
You need to read the last posting dates.

Besides, I totally disagree with your comment. They ARE designed to be plugged/unplugged multiple times.
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Old 07-03-2016, 11:43 PM
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Dude, if I can use that term,
I'm cheap too. So cheap I buy a plain hamburger at McDonalds and bring my own cheese ! lol

Seriously, if you have a DSM2 or DSMX tx go out and buy Lemon combo rx stabs for about
18.00 each. They work great !

Have a nice day !

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I second dahawks post. I used to play the swap rx game. The last 5 or 6 rx I have bought have been LemonRX. Before that is was Oranges.

I don't care about threads "ages". I look as this as on online knowledge base and this topic has not been obsoleted.
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Originally Posted by Panther View Post
I am sure by now he has. This thread is as old as.
You need to read the last posting dates.

Besides, I totally disagree with your comment. They ARE designed to be plugged/unplugged multiple times.
Not so long ago when radios were less computerized - it was common practice to swap Rx's around models. I read some surprising figures for Rx pricing then - I never paid that much and I was flying top model JR and Futaba gear. But to do it and have minimum disruption to flights, we also mechanically trimmed / centered our models. A habit that appears to have died out for many.

Today is too easy with programmable radios - you can set the Tx with its digital trims etc. and swap about. Its better now that Futaba has got rid of the old male pin plugs - they were terrible for getting bent. The JR style is far more tolerant of repeated unplug / plugin.

I'm not convinced that programmable Rx's are best answer - that smells of brand trying to force Rx's to be one model use .... to get you to buy more ...
With Tx programmable - no such restriction.

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