Leaders in Spread Spectrum Technology
5-Channel Full Range
DSM2™ 2.4GHz Radio System
Table of Contents
Spektrum’s DX5e 5-channel DSM2
Full Range System...................................... 2
DSM2 DuaLink® Technology............................. 4
Receiver Compatibility...................................... 4
Installing the Transmitter Batteries................... 5
Charging Batteries............................................. 5
Digital Trims...................................................... 6
Low Battery Alarm............................................ 6
Trainer............................................................... 7
Receiver Installation.......................................... 7
Binding.............................................................. 8
How to Range Test the DX5e............................. 9
AR500 Failsafe................................................ 10
HOW AR500 FAILSAFE WORKS...................... 10
Servo Reversing.............................................. 10
Hi/Lo Rate....................................................... 10
Elevon/ Delta mixing....................................... 11
Receiver Power System Requirements........... 11
Tips on Using 2.4GHz Systems....................... 12
General Information........................................ 13
Warranty Information...................................... 15
Instructions for Disposal of WEEE by
Users in the European Union..................... 17
Optional Accessories....................................... 18
Spektrum’s DX5e 5-channel
DSM2 Full Range System
Spektrum’s DX5e 5-channel system incorporates 2.4GHz
DSM2 technology offering full beyond-the-limits-of-sight
range and is ideal for sport-sized electric, gas and glowpowered 5-channel or fewer airplanes. No longer will
you have to wait for a frequency pin or be concerned that
someone may inadvertently turn on to your same frequency.
With Spektrum DSM2 technology, when you’re ready to fly
simply turn on, and go flying!
Transmitter Control Identification
Antenna
Trainer Switch
HI/LO Rate Switch
Channel 5 Switch
Rudder and
Elevator Stick
Throttle and
Aileron Stick
Throttle Trim
Elevator Trim
Aileron Trim
RudderTrim
On/Off Switch
Trainer Port
Reversing Switches
Mix Switch
Charge Jack
Mode 1
Antenna
Trainer Switch
HI/LO Rate Switch
Channel 5 Switch
Throttle and
Rudder Stick
Aileron and
Elevator Stick
Throttle Trim
Elevator Trim
Rudder Trim
Aileron Trim
On/Off Switch
Trainer Port
Charge Jack
Reversing Switches
Mix Switch
Mode 2
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DSM2 DuaLink® Technology
Receiver Compatibility
Your DX5e transmits on the 2.4GHz band and utilizes
DSM2™ second-generation Digital Spread Spectrum
Modulation, giving beyond-visual range in all types and
sizes of aircraft. Unlike conventional narrow band systems,
Spektrum’s 2.4GHz digital DuaLink technology is virtually
immune to internal and external radio interference.
The DX5e is compatible with all current Spektrum™ and JR®
brands of DSM® aircraft receivers. However, when using the
DX5e with one of the Spektrum park flyer receivers, like the
AR6000, AR6100, AR6100E, etc., it is imperative that these
receivers be limited to flying Parkflyer-type aircraft.
Installing the Transmitter
Batteries
The DX5e requires 4 heavy duty or alkaline AA batteries.
Battery Installation
Park flyer Receivers
Included with your DX5e is an AR500 5-channel fullrange sport receiver. The DX5e transmitter simultaneously
transmits on two frequencies and the AR500 receives
both frequencies, creating dual RF paths. This dual path
redundancy creates a bulletproof RF link. The AR500
features two aileron outputs making it convenient when
using airplanes with two aileron servos.
Charging Batteries
If using rechargeable batteries (optional), it is imperative that
you fully charge the transmitter prior to each flying session.
To do so, using the optional wall charger, leave the charger
and batteries connected overnight (16 hours).
The optional charger (SPM9526) is designed to recharge
your batteries at a rate of 150mA for the transmitter and
150mA for the receiver battery pack. Do not use this charger
for equipment other than Spektrum transmitters that use
4-cell battery packs. The charging plug polarity may not
be the same and equipment damage can result. During the
charging operation, the charger’s temperature is slightly
elevated. This is normal.
Charger Pigtail for Transmitter
• AR6000
• AR6100
• AR6100E
• AR6300
Note: Optional NiCd or NiMH 1.2-volt AA rechargeable
batteries can also be used. A charge jack is located
on the right side of the transmitter for convenient
recharging. Spektrum offers optional replacement NiMH
rechargeable batteries, part number SPM9525.
Full Range DSM2
Aircraft Receivers
BLACK TO POSITIVE
Remove the battery door and install 4 AA batteries. Make
sure the polarity of each corresponds with the diagram in the
battery holder. Replace the battery door.
BLACK W/WHITE STRIPE TO NEGATIVE
Spektrum Transmitter Charge Jack Polarity
-
• AR6200
• AR7000
+
• AR9000
A charging jack is located on the right side of the transmitter.
If rechargeable batteries are used they can be conveniently
charged without removing them from the transmitter using
the charge jack.
• AR7100
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• AR7100R
• AR9100
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IMPORTANT: All Spektrum charge jacks are center-pin
negative. This is the opposite of many chargers. Before
using a charger make sure the connector is center-pin
negative. This can be done using a voltmeter. Also
unlike conventional radio systems that use 8 cells to
power the transmitter, the DX5e uses 4 cells. This is due
to the electronics being more efficient. When charging,
be sure to use a charger designed for a 4-cell 4.8-volt
battery pack when charging the transmitter.
Digital Trims
Trainer
The DX5e features digital trims. Each time a trimmer is
moved the servo output will change one step. If the trimmer
is held, the output will scroll in that direction until the
trimmer is released or the output reaches its end.
The DX5e offers a trainer function that allows the transmitter
to operate as a master or slave. The trainer switch is located
on the back left of the transmitter. When using the trainer
function, plug the trainer cord (SPM6805) into the trainer
port in both the master (controlling) and the slave (training)
transmitters. The master transmitter must have the power
turned on and the slave transmitter must have the power
turned off.
Transmitter Polarity
The center pin on all Spektrum transmitters is negative.
Therefore, the center pin on all Spektrum chargers is
negative, not positive. This is different from many other
manufacturers’ chargers and radio systems. Beware of
improper connections based on “color coded” wire leads,
as they may not apply in this instance. You must make sure
that the center pin of your Spektrum transmitter is always
connected to the negative voltage of your charger for correct
polarity hookup.
Note: The DX5e trainer system is compatible with all
JR and Spektrum transmitters.
Receiver Installation
Install the receiver using the same method you would use
to install a conventional receiver in your aircraft. Typically,
wrap the receiver in protective foam and fasten it in place
using rubber bands or hook and loop straps. Alternately, in
electric models, it’s acceptable to use thick double-sided
foam tape to fasten the main receiver in place.
Mount the antennas such that the tip of the feeder (long)
antenna is perpendicular (90 degrees) to the short antenna
and the antennas are at least 2 inches apart. Essentially, each
antenna sees a different RF environment and this is key to
maintaining a solid RF link.
Master
Throttle Trim
Elevator Trim
Rudder Trim
The DX5e transmitter can be used as a master but the slave
transmitter must have the same programming (i.e. reverse
switch positions) as the master.
Aileron Trim
Mode 2
Slave
When using the DX5e transmitter as a slave with another
DX5e, it’s necessary to match all the reverse switch
positions.
Receiver Installation
Elevator Trim
Throttle Trim
Rudder Trim
Aileron Trim
The AR500 incorporates dual receiver antennas, offering
the security of dual path RF redundancy. By locating these
antennas in slightly different locations in the aircraft, each
antenna is exposed to its own RF environment, greatly
improving path diversity (the ability for the receiver to
see the signal in all conditions). The receiver features two
aileron outputs making it convenient when installing the
receiver in airplanes that have two aileron servos.
Mode 1
Low Battery Alarm
When the battery voltage drops below 4.7 volts, an alarm
will sound and the voltage LEDs will flash.
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Binding
The AR500 receiver must be bound to the transmitter
before it will operate. Binding is the process of teaching the
receiver the specific code of the transmitter so it will only
connect to that specific transmitter.
2. Power the receiver by plugging in a receiver battery
in any port on the receiver. Note that the LED on
the receiver should be flashing, indicating that the
receiver is in bind mode and ready to be bound to the
transmitter.
Note: RTF and Radio Systems are pre-bound at the
factory. Rebinding is necessary if any settings are
changed to ensure proper failsafe settings are achieved.
4. Pull and hold the trainer switch on the top of the
transmitter while turning on the power switch. Release
the trainer switch once the LEDs on the front of the
transmitter flash, and a series of tones are heard.
Within a few seconds the system should connect.
Once connected the LED on the receiver will go solid
indicating the system is connected.
1. To bind an AR500 to a DSM2 transmitter, insert the
BATT/BIND port in the charge plug receptacle.
Note: Continuing to hold the trainer switch during the
binding process will prevent preset failsafe positions
from being learned by the receiver.
How to Range Test the DX5e
Before each flying session, and especially with a new
model, it is important to perform a range check. The DX5e
incorporates a range testing system which, when placed in
the RANGE CHECK mode with the trainer switch activated
and held, reduces the output power, allowing a range check.
Range Testing the DX5e
1. With the model restrained on the ground, stand 30
paces (approx. 90 feet/28 meters) away from the model.
Note: Prior to performing the range check ensure the
correct failsafe stick positions are established.
2. Face the model with the transmitter in your normal
flying position. Pull and hold the trainer switch while
toggling the HI/LO Rate Switch four times. The LEDs
will flash and the alarm will sound indicating the system
is in range check mode.
Shown above using a separate receiver pack
Note: When binding using a switch harness and
separate receiver pack, a three-wire switch harness
must be used such as SPM9530. (Not shown) You may
need to purchase the Male/Female bind plug SPM6803
in addition to the switch harness.
Note: The trainer switch must be held the entire time
during the range check process; releasing the trainer
switch will exit the range check mode.
Trainer Switch
5. Remove the bind plug from the BATT/BIND port on the
receiver before you power off the receiver and store it in
a convenient place.
6. After you’ve set up your model, it’s important to rebind
the system so the true low throttle and neutral control
surface positions are programmed.
Note: To bind an aircraft with an electronic speed
controller that powers the receiver through the throttle
channel (ESC/BEC), insert the bind plug into the BATT/
BIND port in the receiver and the throttle lead into the
throttle port. Proceed to Step #2.
Shown above using an ESC/BEC and a flight pack
HI/LO Rate Switch
3. You should have total control of the model with the
trainer switch pulled at 30 paces (90 feet/28 meters).
4. If control issues exist, call the Horizon Product
Support Team at 1 877 504 0233 or go to
horizonhobby.com to find a local Spektrum
distributor for service in your country.
3. Move the sticks and switches on the transmitter to
the desired AR500 failsafe positions (low throttle and
neutral control positions).
30 paces (90 feet/28 meters)
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AR500 Failsafe
Servo Reversing
Elevon/ Delta mixing
• Prevents unintentional electric motor response on
start-up.
• Eliminates the possibility of over-driving servos on
start-up.
• Establishes low-throttle failsafe if the RF signal is lost.
• The AR500 removes servo output pulses to all channels
except the throttle channel during failsafe.
• The AR500 throttle failsafe position is stored via the
throttle stick position on the transmitter.
The DX5e features servo reversing on channels 1-4. The
switches are located at the lower front of the transmitter
and are used to select the direction of each channel. Use
a small screwdriver to change the switch position to
normal or reverse.
The DX5e offers an Elevon mix. Elevon (also called delta
wing) mixing combines the function of ailerons with the
function of the elevator to allow precise control of both roll
and pitch for delta wing aircraft. To activate the Elevon mix,
move the mix switch to the on (up) position.
Elevon Wing Type Connection
AILE Servo Port
(Left Elevon)
How AR500 Failsafe Works
ELEV Servo Port
(Right Elevon)
Receiver Power Only
• In electric aircraft, when the receiver only is turned on
(no transmitter signal is present), the throttle channel
has no output, to avoid operating or arming the
electronic speed control.
• In glow-powered models, the throttle servo receives no
input so it remains in its current position.
Note: Some analog servos will coast slightly even
though there is no signal present. This is normal.
• All other channels will move to the positions set
during binding
After Connection
• When the transmitter is turned on, and after the receiver
connects to the transmitter, normal control of all
channels occurs.
• After the system makes a connection, if loss of signal
occurs, the AR500 failsafe drives the throttle servo only
to its preset failsafe position (low throttle) that was set
during binding.
• All other channels receive no output pulses/ commands,
and are not active during failsafe.
• ELEV servo port (right aileron)
• AILE servo port (left aileron)
Hi/Lo Rate
The DX5e offers a high/low rate function on aileron,
elevator and rudder. When the HI/LO rate switch is in the
upper position or “HI” position, 100% travel is achieved
on the aileron, elevator and rudder channels. When the
switch is in the lower position a reduced travel of 70% is
achieved on the aileron, elevator and rudder channels. This
is useful allowing the aircraft to have a high control rate
(switch in the “HI” position) for aggressive maneuvers and
a low control rate (switch in “LO” position) for smooth,
precise maneuvers.
Note: If proper servo direction cannot be achieved
with the servo reversing switches, swap the servo input
leads from AILE to ELEV or vice versa.
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With all radio installations, it is vital the onboard power
system provides adequate power without interruption to the
receiver even when the system is fully loaded (servos at
maximum flight loads). This becomes especially critical with
giant-scale models that utilize multiple high-torque/ highcurrent servos. Inadequate power systems that are unable
to provide the necessary minimum voltage to the receiver
during flight loads have become the number-one cause of
in-flight failures. Some of the power system components
that affect the ability to properly deliver adequate power
include: the selected receiver battery pack (number of cells,
capacity, cell type, state of charge), switch harness, battery
leads, regulator (if used) and, unless it’s a regulator, power
bus (if used).
While a Spektrum receiver’s minimum operational voltage is
3.5 volts, it is highly recommended the system
be tested per the guidelines below to a minimum acceptable
voltage of 4.8 volts during ground testing. This
will provide head room to compensate for battery
discharging or if the actual flight loads are greater than the
ground test loads.
Recommended Power System
Guidelines
1. When setting up large or complex aircraft with multiple
high-torque servos, it’s highly recommended that a
current and voltmeter (Hangar 9 HAN172) be used. Plug
the voltmeter in an open channel port in the receiver
and, with the system on, load the control surfaces
(apply pressure with your hand) while monitoring the
voltage at the receiver. The voltage should remain above
4.8 volts even when all servos are heavily loaded.
2. With the current meter in line with the receiver battery
lead, load the control surfaces (apply pressure
with your hand) while monitoring the current. The
maximum continuous recommended current for a
single heavy-duty servo/battery lead is three amps
while short-duration current spikes of up to five amps
are acceptable. Consequently, if your system draws
more than three amps continuous or five amps for short
durations, a single battery pack with a single switch
harness plugged into the receiver for power will be
inadequate. It will be necessary to use multiple packs
with multiple switches and multiple leads plugged into
the receiver.
• High 100% rate on aileron, elevator and rudder
• Low 70% rate on aileron, elevator and rudder
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Receiver Power System
Requirements
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3. If using a regulator, it’s important the above tests are
done for an extended period of 5 minutes. When current
passes through a regulator, heat is generated. This
heat causes the regulator to increase resistance, which
in turn causes even more heat to build up (thermal
runaway). While a regulator may provide adequate
power for a short duration, it’s important to test its
ability over time as the regulator may not be able to
maintain voltage at significant power levels.
4. For really large aircraft or complex models (for example
35% and larger or jets), multiple battery packs with
multiple switch harnesses are necessary or in many
cases one of the commercially available power boxes/
busses is recommended. No matter what power systems
you choose, always carry out test #1 above making sure
that the receiver is constantly provided with 4.8 volts or
more under all conditions.
5. The latest generation of Nickel-Metal Hydride batteries
incorporates a new chemistry mandated to be more
environmentally friendly. These batteries, when charged
with peak detection fast chargers, have a tendency to
false peak (not fully charge) repeatedly. These include
all brands of NiMH batteries. If using NiMH packs be
especially cautious when charging making absolutely
sure that the battery is fully charged. It is recommended
to use a charger that can display total charge capacity.
Note the number of mAh put into a discharged pack to
verify it has been charged to full capacity.
Tips on Using 2.4GHz Systems
Your DSM2 equipped 2.4GHz system is intuitive to operate,
functioning nearly identically to FM systems. Following are
a few common questions from customers:
1. Q: Which do I turn on first, the transmitter or the
receiver?
A: It doesn’t matter, although it is suggested to turn the
transmitter on first. If the receiver is turned on first,
the throttle channel doesn’t put out a pulse position at
this time, preventing the arming of electronic speed
controllers, or in the case of an engine powered aircraft,
the throttle servo remains in its current position. When
the transmitter is then turned on the transmitter scans
the 2.4GHz band and acquires two open channels. Then
the receiver that was previously bound to the transmitter
scans the band and finds the GUID (Globally Unique
Identifier code) stored during binding. The system then
connects and operates normally. If the transmitter is
turned on first, the transmitter scans the 2.4GHz band
and acquires two open channels. When the receiver
is turned on, the receiver scans the 2.4GHz band
looking for the previously stored GUID. When it locates
the specific GUID code and confirms uncorrupted
repeatable packet information, the system connects and
normal operation takes place. Typically this takes 2 to 6
seconds.
2. Q: Sometimes the system takes longer to connect and
sometimes it doesn’t connect at all. Why?
A In order for the system to connect (after the receiver is
bound), the receiver must receive a large number of
continuous (one after the other) uninterrupted perfect
packets from the transmitter. This process is purposely
critical of the environment ensuring that it’s safe to fly
when the system does connect. If the transmitter is too
close to the receiver (less that 4 feet) or if the transmitter
is located near metal objects (metal transmitter case,
the bed of a truck, the top of a metal work bench, etc.)
connection will take longer. In some cases connection
will not occur as the system is receiving reflected
2.4GHz energy from itself and is interpreting this
as unfriendly noise. Moving the system away from
metal objects or moving the transmitter away from the
receiver and powering the system up again will cause
a connection to occur. This only happens during the
initial connection. Once connected the system is locked,
and should a loss of signal occur (failsafe), the system
connects immediately (4ms) when signal is regained.
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3. Q: I’ve heard that the DSM system is less tolerant of low
voltage. Is this correct?
A: All DSM receivers have an operational voltage range of
3.5 to 9 volts. With most systems this is not a problem
as in fact most servos cease to operate at around 3.8
volts. When using multiple high-current draw servos
with a single or inadequate battery/ power source, heavy
momentary loads can cause the voltage to dip below
this 3.5-volt threshold causing the entire system (servos
and receiver) to brown out. When the voltage drops
below the low voltage threshold (3.5 volts), the DSM
receiver must reboot (go through the start up process of
scanning the band and finding the transmitter) and this
can take several seconds.
4. Q: Sometimes my receiver loses its bind and won’t
connect, requiring rebinding. What happens if the bind
is lost in flight?
A: The receiver will never lose its bind unless it’s instructed
to. It’s important to understand that during the binding
process the receiver not only learns the GUID (code) of
the transmitter but the transmitter learns and stores the
type of receiver that it’s bound to. If the trainer switch is
pulled on the transmitter at any time and the transmitter
is turned on, the transmitter looks for the binding
protocol signal from a receiver. If no signal is present,
the transmitter no longer has the correct information
to connect to a specific receiver and in essence the
transmitter has been “unbound” from the receiver. We’ve
had several customers using transmitter stands or trays
that unknowingly depress the bind button. The system
is then turned on, losing the necessary information
to allow the connection to take place. We’ve also had
customers that didn’t fully understand the range test
process and pull the trainer switch before turning on the
transmitter, also causing the system to “lose its bind.”
If the system fails to connect, one of the following has
occurred:
• The transmitter is near conductive material (transmitter
case, truck bed, etc.) and the reflected 2.4GHz energy is
preventing the system from connecting. (See #2 above)
• The trainer switch was pulled and the radio was
previously turned on knowingly (or unknowingly),
causing the transmitter to no longer recognize the
receiver.
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General Information
FCC Information
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC rules.
Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1)
This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2)
this device must accept any interference received, including
interference that may cause undesired operation.
Caution: Changes or modifications not expressly
approved by the party responsible for compliance could
void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
This product contains a radio transmitter with wireless
technology which has been tested and found to be compliant
with the applicable regulations governing a radio transmitter
in the 2.400GHz to 2.4835GHz frequency range.
Servo Precautions
• Do not lubricate servo gears or motors.
• Do not overload retract servos during retracted or
extended conditions. Make sure they are able to
travel their full deflection. Overloading or stalling a
servo can cause excessive current drain.
• Make sure all servos move freely through their
rotations and no linkages hang up or bind. A binding
control linkage can cause a servo to draw excessive
current. A stalled servo can drain a battery pack in a
matter of minutes.
• Correct any control surface “buzz” or “flutter” as soon
as it is noticed in flight, as this condition can destroy
the feedback potentiometer in the servo. It may be
extremely dangerous to ignore such “buzz” or “flutter.”
• Use the supplied rubber grommets and brass servo
eyelets when mounting your servos. Do not overtighten the servo mounting screws, as this negates the
dampening effect of the rubber grommets.
• Ensure the servo horn is securely fastened to the servo.
Use only the servo arm screws provided; the size is
different from other manufacturers.
• Discontinue to use servo arms when they become
“yellowed” or discolored. Such servo arms may be
brittle and can snap at any time, possibly causing the
aircraft to crash.
• Check all related mounting screws and linkages
frequently. Aircraft often vibrate, causing linkages and
screws to loosen.
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General Notes
Federal Aviation Administration
Radio controlled models are a great source of pleasure.
Unfortunately, they can also pose a potential hazard if not
operated and maintained properly.
Purpose
It is imperative to install your radio control system correctly.
Additionally, your level of piloting competency must be
high enough to ensure that you are able to control your
aircraft under all conditions. If you are a newcomer to radio
controlled flying, please seek help from an experienced pilot
or your local hobby store.
Safety Do’s and Don’ts for Pilots
• Ensure that your batteries have been properly charged
prior to your initial flight.
• Keep track of the time the system is turned on so you
will know how long you can safely operate your system.
• Perform a ground range check prior to the initial flight
of the day. See the “Daily Flight Checks Section” for
information.
• Check all control surfaces prior to each takeoff.
• Do not fly your model near spectators, parking areas or
any other area that could result in injury to people or
damage of property.
• Do not fly during adverse weather conditions. Poor
visibility can cause disorientation and loss of
control of your aircraft. Strong winds can cause similar
problems.
• Do not point the transmitter antenna directly toward the
model. The radiation pattern from the tip of the antenna
is inherently low.
• Do not take chances. If at any time during flight you
observe any erratic or abnormal operation, land
immediately and do not resume flight until the cause of
the problem has been ascertained and corrected. Safety
can never be taken lightly.
This advisory outlines safety standards for operations of
model aircraft. We encourage voluntary compliance
with these standards.
Background
Attention has been drawn to the increase in model aircraft
operation. There is a need for added caution when operating
free flight and radio controlled craft in order to avoid
creating a noise nuisance or a potential hazard to full-scale
aircraft and persons and/or property on the surface.
Operating Standards
Modelers generally are concerned with safety and exercise
good judgment when flying model aircraft. However, in
the interest of safer skies, we encourage operators of
radio controlled and free flight models to comply with the
following standards:
a. Exercise vigilance in locating full-scale aircraft (get help
if possible) so as not to create a collision hazard.
b. Select an operating site at sufficient distance from
populated areas so you do not create a noise problem or
a potential hazard.
c. Do not fly higher than 400 feet above the surface.
d. Always operate more than three miles from the
boundary of an airport unless you are given permission
to be closer by the appropriate air traffic control facility
in the case of an airport for which a control zone has
been designated or by the airport manager in the case of
other airports.
e. Do not hesitate to ask for assistance in complying with
these guidelines at the airport traffic control tower or
air route traffic control center nearest the site of your
proposed operation.
Daily Flight Checks
Warranty Information
1. Check the battery voltage on both the transmitter and
the receiver battery packs. Do not fly below 4.7V on the
transmitter or below 4.7V on the receiver. To do so can
crash your aircraft.
Warranty Period
Note: When you check these batteries, ensure that
you have the polarities correct on your expanded scale
voltmeter.
2. Check all hardware (linkages, screws, nuts, and bolts)
prior to each day’s flight. Be sure that binding does not
occur and that all parts are properly secured.
3. Ensure that all surfaces are moving in the proper
manner.
4. Perform a ground range check before each day’s flying
session.
5. Prior to starting your aircraft, turn off your transmitter,
then turn it back on. Do this each time you start your
aircraft. If any critical switches are on without your
knowledge, the transmitter alarm will warn you at this
time.
6. Check that all trim levers are in the proper location.
7. All servo pigtails and switch harness plugs should
be secured in the receiver. Make sure that the switch
harness moves freely in both directions.
Director, Air Traffic Service Federal Aviation Administration,
Washington, D.C.
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Limited Warranty
(a) This warranty is limited to the original Purchaser
(“Purchaser”) and is not transferable. REPAIR OR
REPLACEMENT AS PROVIDED UNDER THIS WARRANTY
IS THE EXCLUSIVE REMEDY OF THE PURCHASER. This
warranty covers only those Products purchased from an
authorized Horizon dealer. Third party transactions are not
covered by this warranty. Proof of purchase is required
for warranty claims. Further, Horizon reserves the right to
change or modify this warranty without notice and disclaims
all other warranties, express or implied.
(b) Limitations- HORIZON MAKES NO WARRANTY OR
REPRESENTATION, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, ABOUT
NON-INFRINGEMENT, MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS
FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OF THE PRODUCT. THE
PURCHASER ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THEY ALONE HAVE
DETERMINED THAT THE PRODUCT WILL SUITABLY MEET
THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE PURCHASER’S INTENDED
USE.
(c) Purchaser Remedy- Horizon’s sole obligation hereunder
shall be that Horizon will, at its option, (i) repair or (ii)
replace, any Product determined by Horizon to be defective.
In the event of a defect, these are the Purchaser’s exclusive
remedies. Horizon reserves the right to inspect any and
all equipment involved in a warranty claim. Repair or
replacement decisions are at the sole discretion of Horizon.
This warranty does not cover cosmetic damage or damage
due to acts of God, accident, misuse, abuse, negligence,
commercial use, or modification of or to any part of the
Product. This warranty does not cover damage due to
improper installation, operation, maintenance, or attempted
repair by anyone other than Horizon. Return of any goods
by Purchaser must be approved in writing by Horizon before
shipment.
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Horizon Hobby, Inc., (Horizon) warranties that the Products
purchased (the “Product”) will be free from defects in
materials and workmanship at the date of purchase by the
Purchaser.
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Damage Limits
Inspection or Repairs
HORIZON SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR SPECIAL, INDIRECT
OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, LOSS OF PROFITS
OR PRODUCTION OR COMMERCIAL LOSS IN ANY
WAY CONNECTED WITH THE PRODUCT, WHETHER
SUCH CLAIM IS BASED IN CONTRACT, WARRANTY,
NEGLIGENCE, OR STRICT LIABILITY. Further, in no event
shall the liability of Horizon exceed the individual price of
the Product on which liability is asserted. As Horizon has
no control over use, setup, final assembly, modification
or misuse, no liability shall be assumed nor accepted for
any resulting damage or injury. By the act of use, setup or
assembly, the user accepts all resulting liability.
Law: These Terms are governed by Illinois law (without
regard to conflict of law principals).
If this Product needs to be inspected or repaired, please
call for a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA). Pack
the Product securely using a shipping carton. Please note
that original boxes may be included, but are not designed
to withstand the rigors of shipping without additional
protection. Ship via a carrier that provides tracking and
insurance for lost or damaged parcels, as Horizon is not
responsible for merchandise until it arrives and
is accepted at our facility. A Service Repair Request is
available at www.horizonhobby.com on the “Support” tab.
If you do not have internet access, please include a letter
with your complete name, street address, email address and
phone number where you can be reached during business
days, your RMA number, a list of the included items, method
of payment for any non-warranty expenses and a brief
summary of the problem. Your original sales receipt must
also be included for warranty consideration. Be sure your
name, address, and RMA number are clearly written on the
outside of the shipping carton.
Safety Precautions
Warranty Inspection and Repairs
If you as the Purchaser or user are not prepared to accept
the liability associated with the use of this Product, you
are advised to return this Product immediately in new and
unused condition to the place of purchase.
This is a sophisticated hobby Product and not a toy. It
must be operated with caution and common sense and
requires some basic mechanical ability. Failure to operate
this Product in a safe and responsible manner could result
in injury or damage to the Product or other property. This
Product is not intended for use by children without direct
adult supervision. The Product manual contains instructions
for safety, operation and maintenance. It is essential to read
and follow all the instructions and warnings in the manual,
prior to assembly, setup or use, in order to operate correctly
and avoid damage or injury.
Questions, Assistance and Repairs
Your local hobby store and/or place of purchase cannot
provide warranty support or repair. Once assembly, setup
or use of the Product has been started, you must contact
Horizon directly. This will enable Horizon to better answer
your questions and service you in the event that you may
need any assistance. For questions or assistance, please
direct your email to productsupport@horizonhobby.com, or
call 877.504.0233 toll free to speak to a Product Support.
United States
Electronics and engines requiring inspection or repair
should be shipped to the following address:
Horizon Service Center
4105 Fieldstone Road
Champaign, Illinois 61822
All other products requiring warranty inspection or repair
should be shipped to the following address:
Horizon Support Team
4105 Fieldstone Road
Champaign, Illinois 61822
Please call 877.504.0233 or e-mail us at productsupport@
horizonhobby.com with any questions or concerns regarding
this product or warranty.
United Kingdom
Electronics and engines requiring inspection or repair
should be shipped to the following address:
Horizon Hobby UK
Units 1-4 Ployters Rd
Staple Tye
Southern Way
Harlow
Essex CM18 7NS
United Kingdom
To receive warranty service, you must include your
original sales receipt verifying the proof-of-purchase
date. Provided warranty conditions have been met, your
Product will be repaired or replaced free of charge. Repair or
replacement decisions are at the sole discretion of Horizon
Hobby.
Non-Warranty Repairs
Should your repair not be covered by warranty
the repair will be completed and payment will
be required without notification or estimate of
the expense unless the expense exceeds 50% of
the retail purchase cost. By submitting the item for
repair you are agreeing to payment of the repair without
notification. Repair estimates are available upon request.
You must include this request with your repair. Non-warranty
repair estimates will be billed a minimum of ½ hour of
labor. In addition you will be billed for return freight. Please
advise us of your preferred method of payment. Horizon
accepts money orders and cashiers checks, as well as Visa,
MasterCard, American Express, and Discover cards.
USA: Please call 1 877 504 0233 or visit
horizonhobby.com to find our distributor for your
country for support with any questions or concerns
regarding this product or warranty.
UK: Please call +44 1279 641 097 or sales@
horizonhobby.co.uk with any questions or concerns
regarding this product or warranty.
Germany: Please call +49 4121 46199 66 or
service@horizonhobby.de with any questions or
concerns regarding this product or warranty.
Instructions for Disposal
of WEEE by Users in the
European Union
This product must not be disposed of with other waste.
Instead, it is the user’s responsibility to dispose of their
waste equipment by handing it over to a designated
collection point for the recycling of waste electrical and
electronic equipment. The separate collection and recycling
of your waste equipment at the time of disposal will help to
conserve natural resources and ensure that it is recycled in
a manner that protects human health and the environment.
For more information about where you can drop off your
waste equipment for recycling, please contact your local city
office, your household waste disposal service or where you
purchased the product.
Please call +44 1279 641 097 or sales@horizonhobby.co.uk
with any questions or concerns regarding this product or
warranty.
Germany
Electronics and engines requiring inspection or repair
should be shipped to the following address:
Horizon Technischer Service
Otto Hahn Str. 9a
25337 Elmshorn
Germany
Please call +49 4121 46199 66 or service@horizonhobby.
de with any questions or concerns regarding this product or
warranty.
If you choose to pay by credit card, please include your
credit card number and expiration date. Any repair left
unpaid or unclaimed after 90 days will be considered
abandoned and will be disposed of accordingly. Please
note: non-warranty repair is only available on
electronics and model engines.
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Optional Accessories
Servos & Servo Accessories
Batteries
SPMDSP60..............6.0G Super Sub-Micro Digital
Programmable Servo
SPM9520.................1100MAH 4.8V NICD RECEIVER PACK
SPM9525.................1500mAh Ni-MH AA 4Pk
SPMB1500NM.........1500MAH 4.8V NIMH RECEIVER PACK
SPMB1650NM.........1650MAH 6.0V NIMH RECEIVER PACK
SPMB2150NM.........2150MAH 6.0V NIMH RECEIVER PACK
SPMB2700NM.........2700MAH 6.0V NIMH RECEIVER PACK
SPMB4500NM.........4500MAH 6.0V NIMH RECEIVER PACK
Chargers
SPM9526.................150mA Wall Charger
w/TX Adapter
Remote Receiver Extensions
SPM9010.................REMOTE RECEIVER
EXTENSION 6-inch
SPM9011.................REMOTE RECEIVER
EXTENSION 9-inch
SPM9012.................REMOTE RECEIVER
EXTENSION 12-inch
SPM9013.................REMOTE RECEIVER
EXTENSION 24-inch
SPM9014.................REMOTE RECEIVER
EXTENSION 36-inch
SPMDSP..................DIGITAL SERVO PROGRAMMER
SPMDSP60J............6.0G Super Sub-Micro Digital
Programmable Servo JST
SPMDSP601............GEAR SET DSP60
SPMDSP602............CASE SET DSP60
SPMDSP603............STD ARM SET W/SCREWS,
FINE SPLINE DSP60
SPMDSP604............3D ARM SET W/SCREWS,
FINE SPLINE DSP60
SPMDSP75..............7.5GM Super Sub-Micro Digital Programmable Servo
SPMDSP751............GEAR SET DSP75
SPMDSP752............CASE SET DSP75
SPMDSP753............STD ARM SET W/SCRWS FINE
SPLINE DSP75
SPMDSP754............3D ARM SET W/SCREW FINE
SPLINE DSP75
Voltage Regulators & Accessories
SPMVR5203............VR5203 DUAL OUTPUT REGULATOR
SPMVR6010............VR6010 VOLTAGE
REGULATOR 10A, 6V
SPM6820.................SOFT SWITCH: AR9100, VR6010
SPM6821.................CHARGEADAPT: VR6010, AR7100/R
SPM6822.................COOLING FAN: VR6010
Switch Harnesses
SPM9530.................3 WIRE SWITCH HARNESS
SPM9531.................DUAL I/O 3 WIRE SWITCH HARNESS
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Leaders in Spread Spectrum Technology
US Address:
4105 Fieldstone Road
Champaign, Illinois 61822
(877) 504-0233
UK Address:
Horizon Hobby UK
Units 1–4 Ployters Rd
Staple Tye
Southern Way
Harlow
Essex CM18 7NS
United Kingdom+44 1279 641 097
www.horizonhobby.co.uk
German Address:
Horizon Deutschland GmbH
Otto Hahn Strasse 9A
Elmshorn, Germany
+49 4121 46199 60
www.horizonhobby.de
© 2008 Horizon Hobby, Inc.
www.horizonhobby.com
www.spektrumrc.com
© 2008 DSM and DSM2 are trademarks or registered trademarks of Horizon Hobby, Inc.
The Spektrum™ trademark is used with permission of Bachmann Industries, Inc.
Spektrum radios and accessories are exclusively available from Horizon Hobby, Inc.
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