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  1. #111
    I got the electronics placed and velcro installed and then the weight and balance refigured. I'm sure it'll take a few tweaks and corrections as I do the glide tests but it's good for now.

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    My next step was to program the radio and this part stumped me. Maybe you guys can help. Here's a picture of how I plan to plug in the different parts. I have a DX9 radio.

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    AUX1 has the ESC (not connected in this image)
    GEAR has the left wing spoiler
    RUDD has the right wing spoiler
    ELEV has the elevator
    AILE has the rudder

    What I want:

    The AUX1 to be programmed to a switch so that the motor is on or off.
    The GEAR and the RUDD to be programmed to the throttle stick so that I can control them with a high degree of precision and trim them separately.
    The ELEV and AILE are easy and I've got those figured out.

    Help?

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    Um... you could probably mix things to make that happen, but, why?
    The easy way, to my mind, would be to put the spoilers on AUX and GEAR and the ESC into throttle. You could program the spoilers on the rear sliders if you wanted to control them separately. I don't know enough about the DX9 to tell you how though.
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  3. #113
    I could but the rear sliders aren't comfortable to control at the same time while also trying to land with rudder and elevator. Also, I want fine control of the spoilers and I won't need fine control on the throttle. I could feasibly move the servos to different ports on the RX but that's beside the point. I don't know how to program the radio to different ports on the RX. I'm pretty sure I want to do it the way I described and just need help with letting the radio know.

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    Thanks for the pics! It looks great. I'm going to make a balancer like yours too. I'm getting pretty good with programing the DX8G2, but I will need to think about what your trying to do when I am more awake. I do know that you can do just about anything with the DX8-20 radios, they are good for that.
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  5. #115
    I didn't realize this until last night: I'm basically done except programming the radio and the maiden.

    I can't seem to figure out how to program the freaking transmitter. Apparently, plugging the ESC into any port except the throttle on the RX is a no-no in order to ensure the failsafe works. I realized I don't even know what failsafe is or does. I'm so at a loss right now it feels alien to me. I've never been this slow on the uptake of new technology (new to me!) and it really feels weird. I won't have time to mess with it until Sunday or Monday but we'll see where the next attempt takes me.

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    Goodness what an elegant bird. Thanks for the photo!
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    I believe your correct, the esc has to be in port #1, throttle. But, you can create mixes and also different flight modes so can can assign switches on the tx to do almost anything you can imagine. The problem I have been running into is that there are not very detailed instructions on how to do this written by Spektrum. Someone out there probably has a detailed guide, but we just need to find it. I have experimented with some stuff and I just havnt had time to get into it any further lately as I got what I needed to work and stopped there. I have read that guys can create mixes and flight modes for knife edge, hovering, glider modes, ect, so its just a matter of finding a better instruction for the tx.
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  8. #118
    Yep. I read all over the place things like "just bind the throttle stick to one spoiler and mix the other" but I have no idea HOW to do that lol. I don't really need theory just yet, I need practical steps to follow and then I can try to understand the theory. I can't find steps anywhere.

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