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Nov 09, 2011, 11:13 PM
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Help!

AR8000 won't work without satellite


I just picked up a DX8 with Ar8000/TM1000.

I connected everything and all seems to work fine. I had the satellite disconnected and the receiver would not receive. I disconnected everything thinking there was some interference from the TM1000 that I taped to the side but still nothing.

I setup the AR8000 with a battery connected directly and 1 servo but still nothing. I can bind in this configuration but I do not get any servo movement until I have the satellite receiver attached. The battery is a LiFePo4 at 6.6v. That should not be an issue since the Spektrum site has the AR8000 rated 3.5-9.6v. The servos I use are Turnigy metal gear servos rated for 6v.

Any ideas? I'll call HH tomorrow but wanted to see if there is anything I am missing.
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Nov 09, 2011, 11:25 PM
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I think this is normal. I have the 7 channel receiver and the 9-channel receiver, but not your exact model. But I think the satellite receiver is REQUIRED in order for the 7 and 8 channel receiver to work at all. On the 9-channel receiver the manual says that at least two remote receivers are required and that is must be plugged in to port "A".
Nov 09, 2011, 11:30 PM
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I was going to look in the manual but got side tracked. (RTFM, right?) I'll take a look before calling HH. If I don't find the info I know HH will either set me straight or fix the problem.

Thanks for your feedback.
Nov 10, 2011, 01:15 AM
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My AR8000 requires the satellite to function.
Nov 10, 2011, 06:46 AM
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Have you tried rebinding it without the sat? I know on some you can bind them without the sat and if you add one you have to rebind to get it to work.
Nov 10, 2011, 07:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Evan D
Have you tried rebinding it without the sat? I know on some you can bind them without the sat and if you add one you have to rebind to get it to work.
Yes, I tried binding w/o sat. It wouldn't work until I plugged the sat in.

I just looked at the manual and it talks about plugging the sat in and where to mount it but is does not say it is required.

I'll call HH and see what they say.

Thanks for the comments. I'll update with the official word when I get it.
Nov 10, 2011, 08:06 AM
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Save yourself some time. It's required. The only rx that supports a remote rx that doesn't require it is the AR7600/7610.

Andy
Nov 10, 2011, 08:51 AM
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Andy correct me if I am wrong, but the AR8000 among others will continue to function properly once linked and should the sat or cable FAIL?

Not wanting to link on start up without sat is a safety feature letting you know something is up right?
Nov 10, 2011, 09:13 AM
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Like I mentioned earlier... HH would set me straight. Thank you Andy.

It is probably unlikely but it seems like the system would completely fail if the sat wire were to break or become detached while in flight. This seems like a deficiency considering I could have a perfectly functioning battery and internal receiver that is prone to failure from losing the external receiver.

Edit: This is the same question/comment that Chip asked... I didn't read close enough.
Last edited by justindh; Nov 10, 2011 at 09:20 AM.
Nov 10, 2011, 09:36 AM
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You need the remote to get things started, yes. Somewhere I posted about a "touch-and-go" my son did that disconnected the remote in the Habu. It continued to work just fine and he was able to land.

This is a safety feature - it will keep you from taking off with a degraded system, but once it connects it will continue to operate even if the system is degraded due to a disconnected remote receiver.

Ever wonder why we tell you to power cycle when you land?

Andy
Nov 10, 2011, 10:12 AM
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Originally Posted by AndyKunz
You need the remote to get things started, yes. Somewhere I posted about a "touch-and-go" my son did that disconnected the remote in the Habu. It continued to work just fine and he was able to land.

This is a safety feature - it will keep you from taking off with a degraded system, but once it connects it will continue to operate even if the system is degraded due to a disconnected remote receiver.

Ever wonder why we tell you to power cycle when you land?

Andy
Awesome. Thanks for the feedback.


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