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Spektrum DX5e bound to AR400 receiver but will not control Atom V3

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I just bought an Atom V3 kit build. I thought my hobby flying days were over because it was getting too expensive, but then I saw that the Atom V3 which I had been watching about 2-3 years ago when it first came out on FT's store, had a major price cut. So I bought it.

Now I have assembled the copter, and now I'm trying to figure out how to get things programmed in beta flight. TJ's instructional video is only helpful if you have the exact same controller and receiver. In order to make the case of the copter fit, I broke off the extra pins that I didn't need on the AR400 receiver and directly soldered the correct lines to each other. My questions are, what settings do I need to have in beta flight to allow the quad to function and how do I program the individual channels (throttle, pitch, yaw, etc) into the controller. I do not have any response from the controller to the quad but the bind light on the controller is properly lit.

I would like to avoid having to buy a new transmitter and receiver as a new transmitter would be more than the price of the quad.
 

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ElectriSean

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#2
That receiver is PWM only, if your FC has PWM inputs you connect the signal pin of each channel of the Rx to them. A better option is a serial receiver, Spektrum makes good ones, there are off brands like lemon and orange that work okay and are really cheap.
 
#3
What does PWM stand for. I am not very well versed in the abbreviations regarding RC. It is a TBS flight controller. Here is the link to there website with the specs below it.

https://www.team-blacksheep.com/products/prod:tbs_pcv2_2in1

If I need to get a new receiver or off brand receiver, will I need to get a new transmitter as the DX 5e is now a discontinued product and the main interface on it is servo reversing and servo mixing for airplanes... I am wondering about the compatibility...

Thanks for responding so fast too!!
 
#4
I just looked through the spec sheet again and just realized that it says it has: "6 PWM ESC output channels (autoconnect, internal BUS)." So I guess my receiver would work with this flight controller? My next question would be how do I set the receiver up. What markings do I need to be looking for on the flight controller for connecting my receiver to it, etc.
 

ElectriSean

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I just looked through the spec sheet again and just realized that it says it has: "6 PWM ESC output channels (autoconnect, internal BUS)." So I guess my receiver would work with this flight controller? My next question would be how do I set the receiver up. What markings do I need to be looking for on the flight controller for connecting my receiver to it, etc.
PWM outputs are what control the motors. From the link you posted I saw - PPM, SBUS, DSM, DSMX input, no PWM unfortunately.

Your radio uses DSM2 (not the newer DSMX) and will be able to bind with any DSM2 receiver.

This thread should answer a bunch of questions for you.
 

ElectriSean

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In looking through your article @ElectriSean, it seems that I probably will be needing to get a Satellite Receiver for this project. Is this one of a type that you would be having in mind?
https://www.lemon-rx.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=59&product_id=98
Thanks so much for your help so far!
That looks like your best option for DSM2. They make better options for DSMX (notable longer antennas that are more easily positioned properly) but you won't be going too far with an Atom :)
 
#12
Hey Guys, I'm back now owning a Lemon DSM2 Satellite receiver... And now my big question is, how do I connect that to my quad. After slogging through the RC groups forum where the user manual was located, I saw that it seemed that in order for me to make this system work, I would be needing to connect my existing AR400 Rx to the satellite receiver to connect to my quad. Is that truly the case? On the atom, there is very limited space and I would prefer to not have two receivers under the canopy as that would mean pulling out the Dremel to make room.

Thanks so much for your help so far.
 

ElectriSean

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#13
No need for the AR400. The red or orange wire goes to +3.3v, the black to ground and the yellow or white to the DSM pad. Getting these into bind mode can be tricky, there are instructions posted here, and bunch of videos on youtube like
I haven't done it for a couple of years, the details are hazy ;)
 

Bricks

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You should be able to use the AR400 plug in the satellite receiver bind as you would normally and the satellite should be bound then mount in quad as ES mentioned.....if I remember correctly