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Old Jul 13, 2003, 10:20 PM
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Lost Model Alarm

In another post I mentioned the Digialarm Lost Model Alarm.

I thought it might be fun to place a link to the sound of this thing. It fires off when you turn you transmitter OFF and the plane is still ON ( like when it is lost in the brush)

It causes my neighbors dogs to howl, now you too can be as popular....



Lost Model Alarm SOUND

It's nice and lound!!!

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Old Jul 13, 2003, 10:25 PM
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That thing looks much smaller than Air Alert by Hobbico. Where can I get one? how much are they?
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Old Jul 13, 2003, 10:31 PM
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LMA

They are on my website

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and are $20. Check on the "Extras" page.

In addition, they beep as your battery becomes critical so you can land, more info is on the site.

Thanks

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Old Jul 13, 2003, 10:56 PM
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Can it support 5 cells battery (3AAA x 5, 6V)?

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Old Jul 13, 2003, 11:00 PM
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From Steve's website:

TECHNICAL INFORMATION
Operating Voltage 2.7 V to 6.0 V

Operating Temperature -20C to 80C

Average Current Consumption - alarm inactive 4.5 mA

Average Current Consumption - alarm active 10.6 mA

Weight 6 g

Size 23 x 12 mm

Low Battery Alarm Threshold 4.0 V


NOTE: Supplying more than 6 volts to the product could cause permanent damage. Please only use 4 cell battery packs.


Pretty neat, Steve!

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Old Jul 13, 2003, 11:05 PM
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So... are there any LMA that can input over 6V with battery checker?

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Old Jul 13, 2003, 11:11 PM
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Another nice feature of the LMA is that when you plug it in, it beeps to let you know how many volts the battery has in it. Probably not good to rely on alone, but definitely a nice feature all the same.
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Old Jul 13, 2003, 11:14 PM
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LMA..

Thanks Mark! It sure beats extra walking in a rattlesnake area like Cajon Pass!!

Sorry, no over 6v LMAs of which I am aware. If there is enough demand, we can look into having them built.

To address size, here is my P-39 for the warbird combat contest at Cajon Pass next weekend(48" span)




and here is a close-up with the LMA installed (about.5" diameter)




Hope that gives you the proper perspective ( Note: my model got dirty at the slope today... oh well, it's for combat anyway)

Is the sound coming out nice and loud from your computers?

Thanks

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Old Jul 15, 2003, 08:17 PM
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I've seen that charge jack somewhere. How does it work and where can I find one?

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Old Jul 15, 2003, 08:42 PM
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charge jack

Jeff, that charge jack is also on my site under the "tips" section. They are easy to build and reliable if you build them correctly and use the right components.

To all others, I've made it easier to hear the lost model alarm now, check it out under "extras"

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Old Jul 15, 2003, 11:34 PM
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Thanks for the tips Steve.

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Old Jul 24, 2003, 11:06 AM
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Since I put in a LMA in my Mini Blade, I fly with more confidence since I always know the status of my battery, but it can help me pin point my plane where I go down, if I can't see it. It is lot more compact than the Hobbico Flight Alert, and theirs has a separate throttle wire and connector. And the LMA only has a connector, to hook it up to the servo. Not only is it smaller, but it can take upto 6V. I like hearing the friendly beeps, and if I don't hear the right number the Mini Blade stays on the ground.

I am know going to put it in all my planes, thanks Steve for a great product.

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Old Jul 24, 2003, 03:37 PM
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I have a very similar one from (I don't remember the manufacturer) Tower. This kind of device has 3 functions:

a.- To find a lost plane
b.- To remember to turn off your receiver when your fly has finished.
c.- To make a frequency check: If you turn on your plane and don't hear any sound from it, somebody is using your frequency.

This last feature is maybe the most important of the 3.

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Old Jul 25, 2003, 01:43 AM
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LMA

I think the best feature is the actual intended purpose( to find your lost model), but 2nd best feature is the low battery warning sound that tells you when to stop flying and land. Great safety feature and saves you $$$.

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Old Jul 25, 2003, 10:43 AM
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And the third feature cames free with the other you mentioned.

Those things are great!!!

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