|Feb 07, 2010, 01:06 AM|
Hitec Aurora 9 Guide for DLG
Last but not least into the 2.4Ghz realm, Hitec released the Aurora 9 and Spectra/Optima 2.4 gear a few months ago. They've certainly done their homework and put together a very solid system at a great price point.
For me, the receiver battery telemetry has already paid for the radio in just one day of flying. I went out this morning to test fly/adjust my new Taboo GT and set my cell phone to sound an alarm after an hour so that I would have plenty of cushion with the receiver battery. Well, about 45 minutes in, the transmitter started giving me the low battery warning. Luckily, I was just about to throw ... within a minute the battery couldn't maintain servo movement without dipping well below 4V and causing a brownout. If I had been using my trusty old Futaba 9C, that would have been a dead Taboo.
The purpose of this thread is to discuss the setup of the Aurora 9 Transmitter for use with a DLG.
I. The Plan
1. Normal (Speed/landing)
4. Launch (you can get by without a separate flight mode but this is easiest in the end)
1-3 will be on a 3 position switch with Launch on the momentary switch. The momentary switch is on the right side by default but only takes 20 minutes to move and resolder for the righthanded throwers. This is supported by Hitec and does not void the warranty according to the Hitec reps.
Aileron -> Rudder
Camber -- built into the flight modes
Camber -> Elevator
Flaps -- controlled by throttle stick only in Normal mode
Flaps -> Elevator
Flight mode based control rates/exponential
In flight mix adjustments
II. Programming Tips
III. Getting Started
Note that some of this stuff is intuitive and I won't hand-hold too much by going step by step. I'll try to give some tips and generally show what's going on.
Here's basically what I did for the Taboo GT:
|Feb 07, 2010, 01:07 AM|
For the most part, the mixes needed are built in and added when you setup a glider.
These mixes allow you to do in-flight adjustments as well. Unfortunately, sometimes you have to scratch your head about what the adjustment actually changes...I would certainly prefer more control over specific variable adjustments like EVO radios. For some odd reason, the adjustments aren't independent per flight modes...hopefully another fixable oversight.
Mixes and Flight Modes
When you want a mix to change based on the flight mode, go to the desired mix then use the switches or click on the flight mode name to get to the right flight mode. You'll see a highlighted "C" somewhere on the screen - press this to change it to "S" for separate setting. Now you can adjust the variables just for that flight mode.
Each mix can be activated/deactivated with a switch. The default for a mix is NULL (switch) and is always active. Just click on the switch button to set the new switch.
Some mixes are ON/OFF while others have up to three possible states indicated by , , or  depending on the switch position.
Anyways, I realize this doesn't cover absolutely every detail step-by-step but that would take up a lot of space and time. Everything is easy once you figure out how to do your first set of mix settings for each flight mode.
Feel free to ask any questions and I'll see what I can come up with.
|Feb 07, 2010, 01:07 AM|
This radio is great but certainly isn't perfect. There is a lot of stiff competition from Futaba and Airtronics' new models near this price range. However, the reps are listening and passing on feedback to the Hitec engineers. Reasonable and valid suggestions might be listened to if enough owners submit to the wishlist thread. The firmware is user upgradable with an extra cable which does the telemetry download as well. After all, this is their top of the line radio for the foreseeable future and they don't have to hold back on features like other manufacturers (assuming it has enough computational/RAM overhead).
|Feb 07, 2010, 02:07 PM|
Joined Sep 2001
Was that battery fully charged? There has been some speculation about battery life on the 9 channel receiver, no one seems to have an idea how much amps the rcvr draws to do the telemetry.
|Feb 08, 2010, 01:18 AM|
As far as my battery woes go, I thought the battery was mostly charged but I may have damaged it trying to use my charger which has a minimum 50mah charge rate. That's like c/5 which is practically fast charging ... so accidentally leaving it on for 8 hours is not good. I'm going to switch to lipos so I can actually charge it "quickly" in one hour or far less if I get some hyperions.
|Feb 08, 2010, 11:52 AM|
Hey guys, for those of you in Southern California that are following this thread. The Torrey Pines Gulls are very proud to have Mike Mayberry of Hitec as this Tuesdays guest speaker. The club meeting is Tuesday night at 7:00pm at the San Diego Air and Space Museum in Balboa Park. Make sure to park behind the building. We go up the stairs at the back door. Just follow in the fellow club members.
Here is a map.
|Feb 08, 2010, 01:04 PM|
Joined Nov 2003
Do the 6 and 7 Ch Rxs fit in DLGs? They seem rather long for most fuses. Also how does this system work in a contest environment? Any issues with lockouts?
|Feb 08, 2010, 01:20 PM|
Joined Nov 2004
|Feb 08, 2010, 03:28 PM|
United States, CA, Lake Elsinore
Joined Feb 2004
I have flown the optima 7 with case removed in contest environment for the past year with no issues. It is rather long but I have had no problems getting it to fit in anything I have. A bit of carbon in the fuse has not given me any problems. There are quit a few carbon stringers in my Vandals pod and the system has been rock solid. We have not had any issues in full carbon fuses either as long as the 1" tip of the antenna is out the fuse.
|Feb 09, 2010, 04:27 AM|
Joined Dec 2008
|Feb 09, 2010, 08:57 AM|
I guess I don't see the big deal about slowly migrating your models over to 2.4Ghz ... it's not that hard to carry two transmitters with you. I take my Futaba 9C with Spektrum module and my Aurora 9 whenever I bring most of my fleet out to fly. Otherwise, I have my 5 favorite planes/helis with Hitec stuff already installed and just bring the Aurora.
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