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Posted by ryancsmith | Oct 10, 2011 @ 11:35 PM | 2,302 Views
This is a port of Flytrons USB2PPM Project Compufly with some new features
You can use multiple usb sources and map any axis and button a channel of your choice.
You can also map multiple buttons to the same channel and adjust the ppm value to them
for a 3 way switch with 3 buttons type set up
Current feature list
Servo/PPM output
  • Ability to output no less then 10 ppm Channels
  • Channels need to be able to be inverted
  • Channels need to be able to have Trims rate settings
  • Channels need to be able to have Exponential rate settings
  • Channels need to have multiple input to output mappings
  • Channel Resolution 2048 (11Bit)
Joystick/Gamepad Control
  • Accept 3 or more USB device inputs
  • USB button detection on joystick interface
  • Support for POV HAT Buttons
  • Support for HAT Switches
  • Tabs or Pages for all detected USB interfaces
  • Mapped Values for all axis for specific device per Tab/Page
  • Output Device Configuration
  • Selection of number of channels
  • Mode selection Positive/Negative PPM
GUI
  • Resizable for use on note/netbooks
  • Ability to save/load settings
  • Show values for ppm output and joystick/mini joy axis with Progress Bar type scroll
Everything is kind of setup for my CH Products set up with joystick throttle and rudder at the moment.

Check out the google code page and try it out for yourself.
Make sure to read the wiki pages fore more info. Google Code: Joystick to PPM

I am looking for Java programmers and testers to help work out bugs.
If you think you fit the build PM me here and I'll add you to the list.




Cheers,
Ryan
Posted by ryancsmith | Aug 07, 2011 @ 10:06 PM | 4,313 Views
I just got done with a test flight on Real Flight 5.5 with my USB2PPM cable and a CH Pro Joystick. This had been an idea I brewed one day while at work to test fly using the joystick before I used it in the real world. I have a USB Sim Dongles and thought it might work if I connect the cables to each other. It worked better than I had expected and is easy to set up.

Requirements:
1. Flytron USB2PPM Cable and Software from site...The one with 3.5mm JR End
http://flytron.com/programmers/56-co...converter.html
2. USB Joystick
3. USB Sim Dongle.. Can be found at dealextreme.com, Hobbyking.com ect...
4. Copy of Real Flight 5.5....untested but may work on others
5. Stereo Coupler or Stereo Splitter Cable.. Radio Shack #2741555

Steps:
1. Plug in the Flytron USB2PPM cable w/JR End.
Wait a sec for windows to do it's thing

2.Plug in your Joystick.
Wait a sec for windows to do it's thing

3. Configure your Joystick in the Compufly software.
Reverse the throttle if needed ect....

4. Connect USB Sim Dongle and plug in stereo/mono cable
Wait a sec for windows to do it's thing

5. Connect the cable from the USB2PPM and from the USB Sim Dongle into a coupler. You can use a Y splitter cable if you have one. Just let the other end hang. Or a Stereo Coupler form Radio Shack #2741555

6. Start Real Flight and configure your controller.
I had problems going through the whole Calibration thing but when you do your Max and Min a few times and just exit it works....Continue Reading