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Old Apr 07, 2013, 06:03 AM
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Field Link and Talon 90

I bought a Field Link at special discount with the coupon from my Talon 90, but now that I've got it, I find that it's not compatible with the Talon 90 It gives the "incompatible ESC" error LED sequence when connected, and the CC web site doesn't show Talon 90 in the list of compatible ESCs.

Can its firmware be updated now (or is an update in the pipeline) to make it compatible with the Talon 90?
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Old Apr 08, 2013, 04:14 PM
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I'm becoming a bit disenchanted with CC

I emailed them with this question, and got an autoreply three days ago. But still no answer to the question.

I've now tried to update the firmware on the Field Link card, hoping that it might include details for the Talon 90 ESC, but the Castle Link PC software says it doesn't recognise what's connected (the Field Link card) and, sure enough, the Field Link isn't listed in the drop-down list that comes up.

So, it seems the Field LInk that was sold with the Talon 90 isn't compatible with it, nor is it compatible with the latest version of the CastleLink PC sofware.

Or, what am I doing wrong
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Old Apr 08, 2013, 04:16 PM
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You do know that many of their customer support people were at the Toledo show? Give them a little break.....

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Old Apr 08, 2013, 04:28 PM
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That was quick Steve

But no, I didn't know they were at the Toledo show ... didn't even know there was a Toledo show! But surely there's someone left running the shop
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Old Apr 10, 2013, 03:48 PM
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The Toledo show must be over ... CC have replied to my email

Trouble is, I'm not sure what they're saying. I think they're saying the Field Card is not compatible with the Talon 90 yet, but their engineers are working on it, and it'll be upgradeable using the CastleLink PC software when they've sorted it.

Edit: They've replied to my follow-up email to say the Field Card is not compatible with the Talon 90 yet, and they don't have a date for it, but they are working on it.
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Old Apr 11, 2013, 05:57 AM
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The Toledo show must be over ... CC have replied to my email

Trouble is, I'm not sure what they're saying. I think they're saying the Field Card is not compatible with the Talon 90 yet, but their engineers are working on it, and it'll be upgradeable using the CastleLink PC software when they've sorted it.

Edit: They've replied to my follow-up email to say the Field Card is not compatible with the Talon 90 yet, and they don't have a date for it, but they are working on it.

I wonder if the new EDGE will have the same problem?

Since the Field Link is not compatible with helicopters I almost never use mine anyway.


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Old Apr 11, 2013, 06:10 AM
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I wonder if the new EDGE will have the same problem?

Since the Field Link is not compatible with helicopters I almost never use mine anyway.


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The EDGE is not in their list of compatible ESCs

Both my Talon 90s are in helis. I got the field link because I thought it might be useful; why do you say it's not compatible with helis? It has reference to helis on its display (throttle type), and the other parameters are just as relevant to helis as to fixed-wing, aren't they?
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Old Apr 11, 2013, 03:49 PM
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abenn,

The Talon 90 should actually work on the Field programming card; it sounds like there was some confusion by the tech. Try connecting the Field programming card to the Castle Link program by itself. Go to Device Commands > Reset Castle Link device. This should updated the firmware on the Field programming card. Then disconnect the card from the link and try connecting the Talon 90 to the card. It should work just fine, I just tested it at my desk and it works correctly.

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Old Apr 12, 2013, 03:18 AM
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Sorry, I shouldn't have posted in two places. I've just replied in my other thread http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1865974
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Old Apr 12, 2013, 05:57 AM
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It's working now, thanks.
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Old May 29, 2013, 08:07 AM
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Just a quick note that CC has an update. I was not able to use my field card at the field. I could use it as a USB to my ESC and computer. Update is:
CURRENT CASTLE LINK VERSION: 3.55.00
RELEASE DATE: 05-28-13
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Old Jun 22, 2013, 09:57 PM
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Is there any non-warranty support fees yet for the talon 90 yet? I crashed my brand new tower hobbies razor today due to a loss of radio signal and one of the bullets popped off. There was no damage to the controller, but I tried to solder a wire directly to the board and that didnt go to well. I tried a motor by touching the bullet directly to the tab and I get nothing. If the crash didnt break it, I'm sure my attempt to solder it did it in. Thanks.

On a side note, The BEC is still working great, though. Worst case I have a really great BEC for my next plane. Thanks again.
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Old Jun 23, 2013, 05:43 AM
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Is there any non-warranty support fees yet for the talon 90 yet? I crashed my brand new tower hobbies razor today due to a loss of radio signal and one of the bullets popped off. There was no damage to the controller, but I tried to solder a wire directly to the board and that didnt go to well. I tried a motor by touching the bullet directly to the tab and I get nothing. If the crash didnt break it, I'm sure my attempt to solder it did it in. Thanks.

On a side note, The BEC is still working great, though. Worst case I have a really great BEC for my next plane. Thanks again.
For repairs like yours they usually charge half of list price. Itís probably best just to get an ESC with wires instead of connectors. I have seen lots of reports of problems with those Talon connectors. An Edge 75 or 100 would be a much more reliable choice.


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