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      BEGINNERS - How to Power up your Transmitter SAFELY & CORRECTLY
  
I have been setting up helicopters and radios for a long time now, but it has become apparent recently that more and more new pilots are jumping in at the deep end with Computerised radios such as the Spektrum Dx6i and DX7, although many still use the stock Esky Radio system initially.

The problems with all these radios vary, but there are some very important things that you need to understand BEFORE YOU EVER SWITCH A TRANSMITTER ON.

I will cover the 3 most common radios here in this article in order Esky stock radio, Spektrum DX6i and Spektrum DX7.  Other Radios such as JR and Sanwa have similar switches, but they may be in different positions.


BEFORE YOU EVEN TURN THE TRANSMITTER SWITCH ON

ALWAYS check all switches on your transmitter.  

The general rule of thumb is that ALL SWITCHES should be OFF (pointing away from the pilots hands) before you turn the main switch on.


Esky Radios

These do not have many switches, but the MOST important one is on the top left, and is marked as Idle Up. This one MUST ALWAYS BE OFF (away from you).

It is also a good idea if you have any knobs on the top left to centre it before flight. This only adjusts the hovering throttle/pitch slightly


Spektrum DX6i

These have more switches, but in this case the most important one is the F-Mode (another word for Idle up) at the top left front. Again this should be OFF (away from you), and also the switch on the top right rear, labelled Throttle Hold, needs to also be OFF.  However, with this switch, once the transmitter has been turned on, you SHOULD change the THROTTLE HOLD switch back to ON.

If you turn the radio transmitter (Tx) ON, and it beeps at you, check the display which will be flashing and telling you switch is still ON.

It is OK if your DX6i is setup with Dual rates to have the Elevator and Aileron Dual Rate (D/R) switches left in the ON (toward you) position, as these are usually configured t make the helicopter more gentle to fly.


Spektrum DX7

These have a few more switches again than the DX6i, but again the most important one is the F-Mode (another word for Idle up) which on this radio is at the top right front. Again this should be OFF (away from you), and also the switch on the top right rear, labelled Throttle Hold, needs to also be OFF.  However, with this switch, once the transmitter has been turned on, you SHOULD change the THROTTLE HOLD switch back to ON.

If you turn the radio transmitter (Tx) ON, and it beeps at you, check the display which will be flashing and telling you switch is still ON.

It is OK if your DX7 is setup with Dual rates to have the Elevator and Aileron Dual Rate (D/R) switches left in the ON (toward you) position, as these are usually configured t make the helicopter more gentle to fly.


For more detailed information on radios see HERE


I really do hope that this tip helps 
ALL NEW pilots to power their radio up correctly..... 

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