Elektrikery

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Post by Simon Peck » Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:58 am

Not really what I’m good at! I have the older set up from 2010/11, but one of the newer motion control modules. Can I use that with the one/some of the (amplifier) older modules? What radio transmitter would you recommend? Thanks in advance!
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Post by Stephen White » Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:06 pm

Simon, I believe the modules are backwards compatible but check with Armortek. Re radio systems, see the Knowledge Base here:

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Post by Simon Peck » Thu Sep 12, 2019 4:58 am

Hi Stephen,
Thanks for the link. I had checked the knowledge base but saw it was more than three years old, I didn’t know if things had moved on significantly since then?
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Post by Stephen White » Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:29 am

Simon, you're right, it does need updating. I don't think much has changed to alter the advice but I suppose it should be updated to take account of any changes which are relevant to the new motion system which Kian announced recently. I added one very minor change to the other topic on setting up Spektrum systems, to reflect on the update to the methods of binding Tx to Rx.

The most significant development on the radio system side is the advent of software defined radios, particularly those using OpenTX. Systems such as the Taranis X9D + offer a huge increase in capability. Liam Mahoney has, for example, used the system to simulate gear changes on his Tiger and the ability to use software defined virtual switches opens up more options for controlling the sound cards. I've got a Taranis and I'm relying heavily on YouTube Channels such as Painless360 and Joshua Bardwell to guide me through the software, which is pretty complex. Therein lies the issue. Software defined radios aren't for anyone not prepared to invest a lot of time and effort to master the programming. It's like learning any new software, or learning a language. It seems impossibly complex, confusing and impenetrable at first but once you get stuck in, there is a tipping point after which it all becomes much easier.

I'd say at the moment that the most popular radio system for Armortek models is the Spectrum DX range. Futaba were the default choice but their quality has fallen off significantly and development lags behind the other manufacturers. There are also known compatibility issues with the Futaba T-FHSS systems ie those capable of telemetry.

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Post by Simon Peck » Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:50 pm

Thanks again Stephen,

Good advice/info. I’m not really interested enough at this stage to go the programming route. Reading again through different threads, it seems the Spectrum DX8 is pretty popular, so I’ll probably go with that, even though it seems to have been around for ten years or so!

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Post by Adrian Harris » Fri Sep 13, 2019 6:52 pm

Spektrum seem to upgrade their radios without changing the name, but look for a Gen2 or G2 transmitter (currently).

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Post by Simon Peck » Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:27 pm

Ah, ok. Good to know, thanks Adrian!

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