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Old Oct 05, 2012, 02:56 PM
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DEVO 7 or DX6i

ok hear me out. Recieved my V400D02 RTF the other day and the manual for the devo 7 was not the best.......
I have had a spectrum DX6i for a couple years and have flown a cub, glider and an EDF F-16.
Started with coaxials and then to a 9116 and now the Walkera.
For some reason the DEVO7 seems difficult and not user friendly to figure out. And I am new to all the pitch and throttle curves deal,but i have been reading alot and I want to maybe change some settings.
1. should I drop the devo and bind with the DX6i
2.can someone help me by sending me some links on programming the devo and what some of the toggles do as in Helis.
3.If I should switch to the DX6i,what all will be involved.
Help a confused fella if you can.
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Old Oct 06, 2012, 08:31 PM
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I got myself a Devo7 with my ladybird 2 weeks ago, and it was a real pain to navigate the menus.. Surely not as friendly as a DX6i or a DX8.
Watching Tom Z's videos and reading his setup guide helped me out a lot.
see here http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1325037

I just finished programming my mini CP last night. started out with Tom's recommended settings and then adjusted the pitch curves for each flight mode to my preference.

Unlike you, I don't have the option of using my DX8 as my 2 walkera birds have the Rx built in to the board. Even if I did, I won't.
I actually like the feel of the sticks/gimbals better on the Devo7 than my DX8, and I ran out of memory models on my DX8.
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Old Oct 06, 2012, 09:04 PM
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Thank You Miketre for the URL
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Old Oct 06, 2012, 09:06 PM
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Any setup guides for the V400D02? anybody?
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Old Oct 06, 2012, 10:13 PM
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I don't have experience with other models but once i learned how to use the Devo7 (Prior to this, i thought elevators only applied to buildings), it has all the basic controls for flying a heli even if the interface is crap. Once you know where everything is it should be usable.

One example is setting flight mode (The switch on the top right), to set it you'll need to go to different parts of the TX. First to note is that NORM, ST1, and ST2 throughout the TX will always refer to the FMD switch. Any time you see any of those three, it means you're at a menu that can alternate between them and anything below it is assigned to them.

The three labels are a misnomer, you can set all three for normal mode or 3D mode.

To set up the Throttle for Normal Mode:
THCRV
(ENT)
SRVHD:YES
(ENT)
MODE:NORM
(DN)
EXP:OFF
(DN)
Point:P-L
(DN)
OUTPU:0.0%
(UP)
POINT:P-M
(DN)
STATE:ACT
(DN)
OUTPU:50.0%
(UP)
(UP)
POINT:P-H
(DN)
OUTPU:100.0%

To set up throttle for ST1:
THCRV
(ENT)
SRVHD:YES
(ENT)
MODE:ST1
(DN)
EXP:OFF
(DN)
Point:P-L
(DN)
OUTPU:100.0%
(UP)
POINT:P-M
(DN)
STATE:ACT
(DN)
OUTPU:80.0%
(UP)
(UP)
POINT:P-H
(DN)
OUTPU:100.0%

You'll be doing the same for pitch curve, dual rates, etc.

Is it like that on a DX6?
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Old Oct 07, 2012, 12:24 AM
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I don't really trust Walkera TX or electronics on anything that exceeds about $100.
The dx6i is a good, cheap, and trustworthy accessory IMO.
I fly my X5 with dx6i, but wouldn't trust my 2801 Pro, long term with it.
In fact I'd be crapping bricks from the bind onwards.
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Old Oct 07, 2012, 02:32 AM
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Any particular reason? Is the range of the Walkera shorter? Does it glitch at random?
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Old Oct 07, 2012, 10:56 AM
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I had a Devo 7, sold it and bought a DX6i. It worked fine, but it's definitely the more difficult path to take. The user interface is odd, the manual is poor, there isn't much help in setting up different heli models and receivers are harder to find. I'm old and want things easier.
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Old Oct 11, 2012, 09:34 PM
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It will be very expensive and involves a lot of work if you want to use your DX6i. It may be possible to use a AR7200BX combined BeastX/Receiver unit ($239.99). It will probably be easier to use a brushless main and brushless tail with an ESC for each. So you are looking at a cost of nearly $300 to do it.
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Old Oct 11, 2012, 11:15 PM
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Use the V400D02 the way it is, don't bother with upgrades. It's not worth it. By the time you upgrade everythin gthat model needs, you could buy a better heli.
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