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Old Apr 16, 2011, 08:39 PM
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ok guys I am considering the aurora... tell me is tele included? or is that an extra receiver needed? what packages are available for tele and what sensors are included?
The Out of Box telemetry is included, but it's Voltage only. It's very useful, but that's the only one. If you want more sensors, AFAIK you have to add a sensor box and individual sensors. (You can see the list on Hitec web site, but be warned that not everything listed is actually available yet.) People on this site are gradually reverse-engineering, and 3rd party sensors will eventually be available also, but the prices are "normal" for first-quality, brand-name sensors. (E.g. $110 for GPS is the most expensive.) Check http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXYPW8 for other sensors and prices, but it's not a complete list.
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Old Apr 16, 2011, 08:48 PM
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ok guys I am considering the aurora... tell me is tele included? or is that an extra receiver needed? what packages are available for tele and what sensors are included?
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Some, but not all, telemetry is included in the Optima 7 and 9 receivers, and the transmitter is fully ready for those and the other modules.

Go to Hitec's home page and look under "products."
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yes telemetry in 7 and 9
The Optima 6 also has Rx/flight pack voltage telemetry, as standard, however it cannot be extended to do other telemetry, like the 7 & 9.
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Old Apr 16, 2011, 08:51 PM
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ok guys I am considering the aurora... tell me is tele included? or is that an extra receiver needed? what packages are available for tele and what sensors are included?
Optima Transceiver (RX) - Basic Telemetry Includes Battery Voltage Level but not "Range Out warning".

As this forum does not support simple copy/paste inc url, please check
Hitec USA Support Forum Sticky:
Aurora 9, Spectra Modules & Optima Transceivers - FAQ & Undocumented Features (in need - quick search = Ctrl+F) for
Telemetry - Instruction Sheets & User Guide with pictures plus Enhancements Under Development.
Telemetry - Battery Voltage via SPC and/or HTS-SS Blue for EP Models
Telemetry - Flying Range
Telemetry - HTS-Voice Telemetry Voice Announcing System Due Jun/Jul' 11
Telemetry - HTS-Navi AFHSS 2.4GHz Wireless USB Telemetry Receiver Due Mar' 11
Telemetry - Full installation in Skylink 50cc - Static & Flying Demo - Video( 6 min 29 sec)
Telemetry - Screens & Displays
Telemetry - Screens & Displays - Video
Telemetry - HPP-22 Screen as viewed live on PC/Laptop. - Video
Telemetry - Download Demo 2D Graphic Flight displays of an actual flight. NB: GPS updates every .5 sec and will be fairly accurate for level flight but not dive speed since it is using ground coordinates for the calculation.
Telemetry - Compatibility & Open Source - status
Telemetry System - Spectra 2.4Ghz installed Alternate TX Connections.
Hitec Homepage - Telemetry

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Old Apr 17, 2011, 12:35 AM
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Anyone running an Optima receiver in a Carbon fuse?
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Old Apr 17, 2011, 12:44 AM
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Anyone running an Optima receiver in a Carbon fuse?
No problems, nor problems reported with just wire antenna tip exposed as per:
Carbon Fiber Fuse... Report - from well known Glider Pilot and Fly RC author Mike Lee
Carbon Fibre Fuse...Report - High Speed DS

ex Hitec USA Support Forum Sticky:
Aurora 9, Spectra Modules & Optima Transceivers - FAQ & Undocumented Features
- Mixes, Setups, Tips. {Individual Links often updated}


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Old Apr 17, 2011, 12:54 AM
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I am running the Optic 7 on a Avionik hotliner with only the white part sticking out (BODA inside the fuselage) and have no problems.

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Anyone running an Optima receiver in a Carbon fuse?
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Old Apr 17, 2011, 05:06 AM
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If I understand your first paragraph, that is correct: the "plug" is identical in shape, color and polarity to that on the OEM battery.

Mike, I'm not condemning anyone-despite the best of intentions, things sometimes happen.

I don't know what SEFF is, but I'll take your word for it that this is why I have not gotten a reply.

As I said, my TX is functioning so far, so can we speculate that the "main board" didn't get hosed?

Thanks, and if I owe Radical an apology, I'm sorry cuz other than the little surprise, the battery is quite well made!

Photo attached: the plugs are identical, but the "red" wire on the Radical battery ALSO HAS A BLACK "side," (it is black and red!), so maybe that's the source of the mistake. I removed the shrink from the splices, reversed the wires, and used black and green shrink to recover (all I had).

LOOK BEFORE YOU USE THEM, FOLKS!
I made a new battery pack for an Optic 6 and ordered a plug like the one on the Hitec OEM pack. When I got the plug I checked to see if it fit the TX and it did. I soldered it to the pack and plugged it in and got the magic smoke. I finally noticed that the wires were reversed in the plug I received. Totally my fault for not checking. The polarity on the Optic 6 TX socket is not marked. My A9 has a bright yellow sticker around the socket with polarity plainly marked. So always check polarity when installing a non OEM battery whether you built the pack or bought it. Anywho, I sent my Optic 6 to Hitec and had it back in about a week for about $23. BTW, I have had great service from Dave at RadicalRC over the years.
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Old Apr 17, 2011, 06:26 AM
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Final day of seff was pretty much yesterday.Ive been here since wednesday and flown a good bit.I am happy to say I did not lose a plane to lockout at seff this year!!!WOOOHOOOO!!!!! Thankyou HITEC for making a rock solid system.I didnt hear of any lockouts this time either tho until talking to the guys doin the spectrum updates to their dsmx.they said they had a cple of reported issues.
All in all I think the new tx pit rules were a great idea.
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Old Apr 17, 2011, 07:45 AM
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I made a new battery pack for an Optic 6 and ordered a plug like the one on the Hitec OEM pack. When I got the plug I checked to see if it fit the TX and it did. I soldered it to the pack and plugged it in and got the magic smoke. I finally noticed that the wires were reversed in the plug I received. Totally my fault for not checking. The polarity on the Optic 6 TX socket is not marked. My A9 has a bright yellow sticker around the socket with polarity plainly marked. So always check polarity when installing a non OEM battery whether you built the pack or bought it. Anywho, I sent my Optic 6 to Hitec and had it back in about a week for about $23. BTW, I have had great service from Dave at RadicalRC over the years.
Sorry to hear of the Magic smoke problem.

Why can't the manufactures just build in REVERSE POLARITY PROTECTION???
HUH??? Are you manufactures listening to us???

Let them know folks, this is just plain BS.

Geeze!

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Old Apr 17, 2011, 08:01 AM
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Sorry to hear of the Magic smoke problem.

Why can't the manufactures just build in REVERSE POLARITY PROTECTION??? HUH??? Are you manufactures listening to us???
Let them know folks, this is just plain BS.

Geeze!

MIke R
Hey, I can't blame this one on Hitec. If you use Hitec OEM batteries the plugs are polarity protected. On occasion DIY people like me make mistakes doing upgrades. I used a non Hitec plug that had the pins reversed. Not checking the plug polarity was my mistake, not Hitec's. You can't make everything foolproof. You just try to inform potential fools like me as hope I have done with my posting about what I did.
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Old Apr 17, 2011, 08:48 AM
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A9 baby!no glitches,no bleeps.cple of scars on the bottom of my rudder tho
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Old Apr 17, 2011, 08:54 AM
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Hey, I can't blame this one on Hitec. If you use Hitec OEM batteries the plugs are polarity protected. On occasion DIY people like me make mistakes doing upgrades. I used a non Hitec plug that had the pins reversed. Not checking the plug polarity was my mistake, not Hitec's. You can't make everything foolproof. You just try to inform potential fools like me as hope I have done with my posting about what I did.
Well, I did everything "right," and I don't think I bear any fault for not expecting the unexpected.

However, I certainly will look before I leap in the future!

Mine was not a "reverse" plug problem, but rather the wiring was reversed at the end of the "pigtail," something I had no reason to expect and something I didn't spot on a reasonable inspection I made before use.
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Old Apr 17, 2011, 09:08 AM
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Well, I did everything "right," and I don't think I bear any fault for not expecting the unexpected.

However, I certainly will look before I leap in the future!

Mine was not a "reverse" plug problem, but rather the wiring was reversed at the end of the "pigtail," something I had no reason to expect and something I didn't spot on a reasonable inspection I made before use.
Sorry, I didn't mean to insinuate that you did anything wrong. I was responding to the other post about making the units reverse polarity proof. The plug that fits Hitec units can be purchased in two different polarity configs as I found out. If I had purchased a pack specifically made for the A9 I would have expected it to work without issues. On the Hitec plug looking at the back of the plug as it is plugged into the A9 the red + is on the left and the black - is on the right. If the pins were reversed in the white plug that was a error on the battery builder. If the red and black wires were on the appropriate sides of the plug but connected to the wrong poles at the battery that would also be an error by the builder. I would be having a chat with the battery builder or vendor.
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I sent an e mail, which, owing to SEFF, may not have been read, so I sent the radio in, on Friday.

With this type of thing, I make the inquiry, and if I'm ignored, just take my lumps.

In looking back, I don't think there was anything I failed to do since, as I've said, the plug had red and black in the right places, and the wiring splices looked well-made.

My life is far too short to get upset about whether or if the seller will do anything, and, like you, I just want others to know that even when you think it's safe to go in the water, BE MORE SURE and use a meter to make sure!
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Old Apr 17, 2011, 10:53 AM
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Sorry to hear of the Magic smoke problem.

Why can't the manufactures just build in REVERSE POLARITY PROTECTION???
HUH??? Are you manufactures listening to us???

Let them know folks, this is just plain BS.

Geeze!

MIke R
Sorry but I'm not in agreement with this sentiment. Where are the limits on making everything "idiot proof"? While the additional circuitry necessary for reverse polarity protection is not complicated, it does require additional component(s) and attendant losses just to protect against an easily remedied and rare situation. It would make far more sense for manufacturers to adopt STANDARD CONNECTORS and make this problem go away. Of course that doesn't eliminate the problem of wrong wiring, but it puts the obligation where it belongs - on the manufacturer.
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