WINDBOX INSTRUCTION MANUAL

WINDBOX INSTRUCTION MANUAL
WINDBOX
USB JOYSTICK RADIO CONTROL SYSTEM
INSTRUCTION MANUAL
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. Introduction ............................................................................................................... 4
2. Overall Layout of Ground Station ...................................................................... 5
2.1 Exterior & Interface ...................................................................................... 5
2.2 Training, Simulation, UHF port................................................................. 6
2.3 Battery and Charger ..................................................................................... 7
2.4 Installation and transportation ................................................................ 8
2.5 Packing list ...................................................................................................... 9
3. Basic Operation ........................................................................................................ 9
3.1 Insert New Joystick ..................................................................................... 10
3.2 Throttle Alarm .............................................................................................. 10
3.3 Default setting of Joystick X52 or X52pro ......................................... 11
4. Instruction of Menu Operation ......................................................................... 12
4.1 WINDBOX Buttons for Menu Operation ............................................ 12
4.2 System Home Screen ................................................................................ 13
4.3 Sub-menu Operations............................................................................... 13
5. Functions .................................................................................................................. 15
5.1 Servo Monitor .............................................................................................. 15
5.2 Trim Setting .................................................................................................. 16
5.3 D/R Setting .................................................................................................... 16
5.4 CH Reverse Setting..................................................................................... 17
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5.5 Linear Curve Setting................................................................................... 18
5.6 Mixing Setting .............................................................................................. 19
5.7 Receiver Link Procedure ........................................................................... 20
5.8 Switch between PPM and PWM Mode of the Receiver ................ 21
5.9 Output 16 Channels of PWM Signals with Using Two Receivers
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5.10 Fail Safe Setting ........................................................................................ 24
5.11 Button Monitor ......................................................................................... 25
5.12 Button Mapping........................................................................................ 26
5.13 Cancel Button Mapping ......................................................................... 29
5.14 Shortcut Setting for Unlocking Action of multi-rotorcraft ........ 30
5.15 Set Six-segment Switch of APM/PIX Fly Controller...................... 32
5.16 Mapping Linear axis of the Joystick to the Channel .................... 33
5.17 Cancel the Mapping of the axis of Joystick .................................... 34
5.18 Trainer Setting ........................................................................................... 35
5.19 Connect with 433/915M Range Extender ........................................ 37
5.20 Connect WINDBOX with PC Flight Simulator................................. 38
5.21 Low Battery Alarm Setting .................................................................... 39
5.22 Configuration Setting ............................................................................. 40
5.23 Throttle Setting ......................................................................................... 41
6. Contact and Technical Support ........................................................................ 42
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1. Introduction
Thank you for purchasing a WINDBOX GCS series digital proportional
R/C system. This system is extremely versatile and may be used by
beginners and pros alike. In order for you to make the best use of your
system and to fly safely, please read this manual carefully. Due to
unforeseen changes in production procedures, the information
contained in this manual is subject to change without notice.
This RC Control system bridges the gap from conventional real
aircraft and RC aircraft allowing for RC pilots to experience a realistic
experience and real aircraft pilots a familiar control interface when
transitioning to hobby models. The Ground control system is also
perfect for robotics and other RC hobby uses .
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2. Overall Layout of Ground Station
2.1 Exterior & Interface
1. GCS power switch
2. Ground control system power switch
3. CH5 / Twist switch
4. CH6 / Twist switch
5. CH3 / Throttle
6. CH8 / 3 Grades switch
7. CH7 / 3 Grades switch
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8. Multi-rotor unlock key
9. Roll / Pitch mintrim switch
10. Yaw mintrim switch
11. System menu key
12. Training / Simulation / UHF port
13. USB extension port
14. firmware upgrade port
15. Battery compartments
16. Power display
17. 12V DC Electrical outlet
18. 2.4GHz transmission module
19. 360° non-direction
20. screen stand
2.2 Training, Simulation, UHF port
This ground station has two CPPM ports that can be used for trainer,
head tracker inputs or simulator output or even a standalone LRS
transmitter system.
Port definition listed as below:
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2.3 Battery and Charger
1. The ground station has a audible low battery warning system.
2. This Product uses a standard 3s lipo battery for power.
3. To charge the battery, simply open the magnetic hatch, disconnect
the balance port connector and charge the battery using
appropriate conventional charging methods. Once complete
reinstall the battery and connect the balance port connector.
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4.This product has a 12V DC electrical outlet on the back. Can be used
to supply power to the screen. If you insert an external power
supply from here, please remove the internal battery.
2.4 Installation and transportation
Remove the ground station from the transport case and use the 4
quick release thumb screws to attach the console to the tripod or
other mounting system.
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2.5 Packing list
1. Ground control system VS2 control panel
2. Screen stand
3. Tripod, fast release & clip-on screws for tripod
4. Hexagon wrench, spare screw
5. Firmware upgrade USB cable
6. Aluminium case
3. Basic Operation
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3.1 Insert New Joystick
When the system detected new USB joystick, it will ask whether to
activate the new joystick. If the answer is yes, the system will clear
current configuration and accept the newly inserted joystick as
primary device.
3.2 Throttle Alarm
During the initiation of the system, if the throttle is not at the lowest
position, the system will alarm, and suspend until the user adjust the
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throttle to the lowest position. If the user clicked “Close RF”, the RF
system will be shut down to protect the user when the system is
initiated.
3.3 Default setting of Joystick X52 or X52pro
1. CH6 / Twist switch
2. CH5 / Twist switch
3. Throttle
4. Aileron
5. Rudder
6. Elevator
7. CH8 / 3 Grades switch
8. Roll / Pitch mintrim switch
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9. Multi-rotor unlock key
10. Yaw mintrim switch
11. CH7 / 3 Grades switch
12. System menu key
4. Instruction of Menu Operation
4.1 WINDBOX Buttons for Menu Operation
Press “Menu Right Button”to enter main menu when under the
system home screen.
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4.2 System Home Screen
A. A timer is on the left of the information bar
B. Inserted USB joystick status is in the middle of the information bar
C. The battery voltage is on the right of the information bar
D. 4-channels data is in the middle of the screen
4.3 Sub-menu Operations
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For entering sub-menu, press “Menu Right Button” when under main
menu.
Sub-menu Operation
A. Back: press “Menu Left Button” to return to upper level menu. Press
“Menu Up” and “Menu Down” buttons to select sub-menu.
B. Menu without options: press “Menu Left Button” to return to upper
level menu. Press “Menu Right Button” to enter sub-menu.
C. Menu with options: press “Menu Left” and “Menu Right” button
to set the parameters.
D. The up arrow at the upright corner of the menu screen indicates
previous page available.
E. The down arrow at the downright corner of the menu screen indicates
next page available.
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5. Functions
5.1 Servo Monitor
This function can be used to monitor the values of all channels. The first
page shows the values of the first eight channels; press “Menu Down
Button” to move to next page for the values of other eight channels.
Press “Menu Left Button” to return to upper level menu.
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5.2 Trim Setting
● Option one: select targeted channel
● Option two: the value of trim
● Option three: Reset trim. sub-trim is reset to the initial value.
5.3 D/R Setting
This function can be used to adjust the output range of the channel.
● Option one: disable or enable all channels dual rate functions.
● Option two: choose targeted channel.
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● Option three: change the rate value of the targeted channel. The
default value is 100%; adjustable range from 50% to 150%.
5.4 CH Reverse Setting
This function reverses the operation direction of the sticks, switches,
trimmer levers, and knobs
● Option one: choose targeted channel
● Option two: "NORM": Normal operation direction
Operation direction is reversed.
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"Reverse" :
5.5 Linear Curve Setting
This function can be used to adjust the linear curve of specific channels.
● Option one: enable or disable the curve functions of all channels
● Option two: choose the targeted channel
● Option three: select the point for forming the curve(A total of 5 points)
● Option four: the value of selected point in x-coordinate
● Option five: the value of selected point in y-coordinate
The revised curve can be previewed.
Note:
1. The x-value of the 1st and 5th point can not be modified
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2. The x-value of current point should be larger than the x-value of
previous point, and smaller than the x-value of next point.
5.6 Mixing Setting
● Option one: enable or disable the mixing functions
● Option two: set the main mixing channel
● Option three: set the secondary mixing channel
● Option four: set mixing rate
● Option five: set mixing mode: Delta wing, car controller, and wing flap
For example: For Delta wing, choose: mixing channels: 1 and 2; ratio: 50%; mixing
mode: Delta wing.
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For mixing of a car controller or a USB steering wheel, throttle and brake pedal
should be mixed to a main channel.
5.7 Receiver Link Procedure
Each transmitter has an individually assigned, unique ID code. In order to
start operation, the receiver must be linked with the ID code of the
transmitter with which it is being paired. Once the link is made,the ID
code is stored in the receiver and no further linking is necessary unless
the receiver is to be used with another transmitter
● When paired, the WINDBOX must connect with the USB joystick. The
setting steps are as below:
1. Take out a new receiver, and don't turn on the receiver;
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2. Open “Output Mode” menu;
3. Option1: select “Built-in 2.4G”;
4. Option 5: select “12CH-FHSS”;
5. Option 6: regenerate the unique ID of controller for avoiding
interference between controllers in action;
6. Option 2: select “Match Code On”;
7. Turn on the receiver
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8. Indicator light of the receiver quickly flashed for 10 times and turned
off.
9. Option 2: select “Mode Code Off”’
10. Re-electrify the receiver. If the receiver is connected, the indicator
light of the receiver will keep on; otherwise, the indicator light will be
turned off. In case of the later situation, repeat above setting steps.
5.8 Switch between PPM and PWM Mode of the
Receiver
●The receiver can work under following two modes:
1.PWM mode: PWM signal output from the No.1 to No. 12 port in the
front of the receiver, and SBUS signal output from the SBUS port.
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2.PPM mode: the SBUS port of the receiver output
the No.1 PPM
channel, and CH12 port output the No.2 PPM channel. Each PPM
channel contains eight signal channels.
●How to switch the mode of receiver:
1. Judge the current mode of the receiver with using following method:
re-electrify the receiver, then the indicator light slowly flashes for
three times, suggesting that the receiver is working on PWM mode; if
the indicator light slowly flashes for four times, it suggests that the
receiver is working on PPM mode.
2. If the current code is PPM, the way to switch to PWM mode is as
following: re-electrify the receiver, then press “Reset” button for
three times quickly. If the indicator light quickly flashes for several
times, that means the switch is successful.
3. Power off the receiver, then re-electrify it. If the indicator light flashes
for three times, that means switching to PWM is successful.
4. The way for switching PWM mode to PPM mode is the same as above
operations.
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5.9 Output 16 Channels of PWM Signals with
Using Two Receivers
● A receiver only has 12 ports. For enabling output 16 channels of PWM
signals, must to use two receivers. The 1-12 ports of the first receiver
can output CH1-CH12 PWM signals ; the 1-8 ports of the second
receiver can output CH1-CH8 PWM signals. the 9-12 ports of the
second receiver can output CH13-CH16 PWM signals.
● The method to set 9-12 ports of the receiver as the output channel for
CH13-CH16 PWM signals is as follows:
1. Option 5: Select “16CH-FHSS”, and paired for the receiver again.
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2. Judge the current mode of the receiver. If the indicator light slowly
flashes for three times after electrified, it means the receiver is
working in PWM mode; If the indicator light slowly flashes for four
times after electrified, it means the receiver is working in PPM mode.
16 channels are only available in PWM mode.
3. Re-electrify the receiver, quickly press “Reset” button for four times
when the indicating light is flashing. If the indicator light fast flashed
for 10 times, that means the switching is successful.
4. Repeating above operation can switch to other mode.
5.10 Fail Safe Setting
The Fail safe function may be used to set up positions that the servos
move to in the case of radio interference.
● When setting fail safe function, the WINDBOX must connect with USB
joystick. The setting steps are as following:
1. Open “Output Mode” menu;
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2. Option 1: Select “Build-in 2.4G”;
3. Electrify the receiver, and the indicator light will be on constantly;
4. Keep all channels of the joystick at the position at which you want to
initiate fail safe protection;
5. Option 3: select “Failsafe ON”, then the indicator light of the receiver
will be turned off, then wait for 2 or 3 seconds;
6. Option 3: select “Failsafe OFF”, then the indicator light of the
receiver will be turned on and be solid, indicating that the setting is
successful. User can release the joystick now;
7. Turn off WINDBOX, and check whether the servos at setting position.
5.11 Button Monitor
On the button monitor screen, when press any button, corresponding
number on the screen will flash. Thus the number related to that
button can be confirmed. Such number will be used in button
mapping which we will explain in next chapter.
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5.12 Button Mapping
WINDBOX can map any button of the joystick to a specific action. For
instance, a 3-segment switch, shortcut for unlock multi-rotorscraft,
trim button, and so on.
● Option 1: select targeted button
● Option 2: select targeted channel (if the following action is selected for
all channels, ignore this)
● Option 3: select action
Optional actions for option 3:
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Close: do not map the current button
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High: Set channel as a three-stage switch and set it to high
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Middle: Set channel as a three-stage switch and set it to middle
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Low: Set channel as a three-stage switch and set it to Low
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Three-stage Switch: Set channel as a three-stage switch, switch the three stage
by order.
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Two-stage Switch: Set channel as a two-stage switch, switch the two stage by
order.
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The channel value+: Press the button, the channel value is increased.
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The channel value-: Press the button, the channel value is decreased.
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Trim+: Press the button, the Trim value is increased.
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Trim-: Press the button, the Trim value is decreased.
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switch
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switch Curve :Open or close the linear curve function
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Map buttons to the menu control: down, up, left, right.
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Clear timer
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Trainer switch on: enable the trainer function
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Trainer switch off: disable the trainer function
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Switch the trainer ON/OFF
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Throt Cut ON: Enable thro cut function
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Thro Cut OFF: Disable thro cut function
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Switch the Thro Cut ON/OFF
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Unlock Shortcut: trigger unlock action of multi-rotorcraft
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APM 1-6: trigger
D/R : Open or close the Proportion(D/R)
function
segment of six-segment APM switch
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Note: If the channel was already mapped to joystick linear axis, it’s a
must to cancel mapping first, otherwise, there will be conflict. The way
of canceling mapping is referred to the chapter “Cancel Mapping to
Joystick linear axis”.
Example 1: If we want to map the button of Saitek X52 Pro Joystick to the
3-segment switch of CH8,
1. Open “Button Monitor” menu, press the first button, then we will
observe button number 30 flash on the screen;
2. Back to “Button Mapping” menu, select button 30 for option 1;
3. Select CH8 for option 2;
4. Select “High” for option 3. Then the button mapping for first button
is finished.
5. Refer to step 1 to find the button number for the second button of the
joystick, i.e., 29. Select CH8 for option 2; select “Middle” for option
3;
6. Refer to step 1 to find the button number for the third button of the
joystick, i.e., 28. Select CH8 for option2; select “Low” for option 3.
Then the three buttons are mapped to the 3-segment switch in CH8.
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Example 2: the way to map the POV hat button of the joystick to the
menu button of the WINDBOX is as follows (based on Saitek X52)
1. Firstly open “Button Monitor”, find the number of the PoV hat;
2. Press the up, down, left and right button of PoV hat of the joystick,
then number 42, 43, 40 and 41 flash on the screen respectively;
3. Return to “Button Mapping” menu. Option 1 Select button No. 40
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Ignore options 2;
4. Select “Menu Left Button” for option 3. Then the left button of PoV
hat is mapped to “Menu Left Button”.
5. Refer to above steps to map the rest buttons of PoV hat to “Menu
Right Button”, “Menu Up Button”“Menu Down Button”.
Note: For common joystick such as X52, X52pro and X55, there are
default mapping button and channels when inserted into the system.
User can revise based on default settings.
5.13 Cancel Button Mapping
Sometimes, we need to release one channel for linear axis of the joystick.
Then, we have to check whether the channel is mapped to certain
button.
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For example: for canceling the mapping between the button of Saitek
X52 and CH8,
1. Open “Button Mapping” menu. Select button 30 for option 1, and
CH8 for option 2;
2. Select “Close” for option 3;
3. Refer to step 1, set the action of Button 28 and 29 as “Close”;
4. Then the mapping between buttons and CH8 is canceled. For mapping
this channel to joystick linear axis again, please operate according to
chapter “Joystick Linear axis Mapping Setting”.
5.14 Shortcut Setting for Unlocking Action of
multi-rotorcraft
This function can be used to record the specific unlocking action of the
fly controller, and assign a specific button to trigger such action, thus to
simplify the unlocking process for multi-rotorcraft for users.
● Option 1: record the specific actions of unlocking;
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● Option 2: set hold time of unlocking action.
The way to record specific unlocking action:
1. Select option 1 and then press right button to record the unlocking
action;
2. Keep the joystick at unlocking position specified by fly controller, and
keep such position;
3. Select option 1 and then press press left button to stop recording.
Note: Please keep the unlocking position until the end of the
recording.
The way to set unlocking shortcut:
1. Open “Button Monitor” menu, press the button of joystick which is
selected as the unlocking shortcut, then confirm the number of that
button (assumed as 2);
2. Open “Button Mapping” menu;
3. Select “Button 2” for option 1.
Ignore options 2.
4. Select “Unlock” for option 3. Then the setting for unlocking shortcut
is completed. Press button 2 can directly unlock the multi-rotorcraft.
Attentions: pressing unlocking shortcut is equal to conduct unlocking
action, the motor will run with idling speed. Please be careful. It’s
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better to select a button with cover as shortcut, for example, the fire
button of X52.
5.15 Set Six-segment Switch of APM/PIX Fly
Controller
For six segment switch of APM/PIX4 fly controller, the six segment can
be mapped to six buttons, thus to switch at any time. This menu can be
used to revise the value of a specific gear.
● Option 1: 1st- 6st
gear, press Left and Right button to select.
● Option 2: Value of APM gear. Press Left and Right button to select.
The way to map buttons to each segment of a six-segment switch:
1. Open “Button Monitor”, press specific button of the joystick, and
confirmed the number of that button (assumed as button 2);
2. Open “Button Mapping” menu;
3. Select “Button 2” for option 1, and select the planned mapping
channel for option 2;
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4. Select “APM1” for option 3;
5. Refer to above steps to set other five segments of the switch.
5.16 Mapping Linear axis of the Joystick to the
Channel
WINDBOX can map all linear axis of the joystick to specific channel.
● Option 1: joystick display menu. Click it to enter sub-menu to view the
axis names of the joystick;
● Option 2: select the name of targeted axis of the USB joystick;
● Option 3: select the channel number to be mapped to the targeted
axis.
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For example: for mapping the left and right direction axis of joystick
to channel 1,
1. Click option 1 to enter joystick display sub-menu. Pull the joystick
leftwards and rightwards, then we can find the indicating rod for RX
axis is also moving leftward and rightwards. Then the name of the axis
of the joystick is RX.
2. Select “RX” for option 2;
3. Select “CH1” for option 3;
4. Then the RX axis of the joystick is successfully mapped to CH1.
5.17 Cancel the Mapping of the axis of Joystick
The system already mapped all the linear axis of the joystick to
channels. But sometimes, we want to use button to control these
channels, for example, mapping a three-segment switch with a
channel. Then, we have to cancel previous mapping for axis.
The way to cancel the mapping for axis of the joystick is as follows:
(assumption: cancel the mapping between RX axis and CH6)
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Select “RX” for option 2
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Select “CH13” for option 3 (i.e., the maximum channel number
+1).
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5.18 Trainer Setting
The Trainer function makes it possible for the instructor to choose which
channels are to be used for instruction, making it possible to match the
training ability to the student's skill level.Two transmitters(eg: another
WINDBOX, or Futab, JR, Frysky, WFLY transmitters) must be connected
by an optional trainer cord, and the instructor's transmitter should be
programmed for trainer operation, as described below.
You can also use the button mapping function,for assigning a button of
the joystick as a switch to determine the control right.
● Option 1: Trainer switch ON/OFF. A button of the joystick can also be
mapped to a switch to enable and disable such function.
● Option 2: select the targeted channel for the Trainer.
● Option 3: select source channel.
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● Option 4: select the data source: Joystick, PPM IN.
For example, for using a WINDBOX as Trainer, the setting is as following:
1. Set the output of trainee’s remote controller to PPM signal, then
use trainer cable to connect trainee’s
Transmitter with the
WINDBOX;
2. Select “ON” for option 1;
3. Select “PPM IN” for option 4;
4. Turn on Trainer function , shake the joystick of the trainee. In the
channel display menu, you can trace the action of the trainee.
For example, how to mapping the channel of the trainee controller to the
specific channel of coach controller ?
In default situation, the CH1 of the trainee controller will be mapped
to the CH1 of the coach Transmitter, and the CH2 of the trainee
Transmitter will be mapped to the CH2 of the coach Transmitter, and
the other channels follow the same rule. If we want to change the
corresponding relationships, for example, set the CH1 of coach
Transmitter to correspond to the CH3 of the trainee Transmitter, we
can select “CH1” for option 2, and select “PPM CH3” for option 3.
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For example, if WINDBOX to be set as trainee Transmitter, the training
function should be disabled. While the output mode should be
changed to PPM signal output.
1. In “Trainer Setting” menu, select “OFF” for option 1;
2. Open “Output Mode” menu;
Set the value of option 1 from “Built-in 2.4G” to “futaba PPM”,
then connect WINDBOX with coach Transmitter via trainer cable.
5.19 Connect with 433/915M Range Extender
WINDBOX can work with 433/915M range extender to increase
remote control distance. The WINDBOX will output PPM signals to a
433M transmitter module, and there will be a 433M receiver on the
aircraft.
Setting with cable:
1. Connecting: One side of the simulator cable should be connected
to the PPM input port of the 433M range extender;
2. The other side of the simulator cable should be connected to the
PPM output port of WINDBOX;
3. Open “Output Mode” menu of the WINDBOX;
4. Select “futaba PPM” for option 2.
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Setting with using 2.4G receiver forward:
1. Set 2.4G receiver to PPM output mode (please operate according
to chapter “4.8 Switch between PPM and PWM Mode of the
Receiver”);
2. Connect the SBUS port of the receiver with the PPM input port 1 of
the 433M range extender;
3. Connect the CH12 port of the receiver with the PPM input port 2
of the 433M range extender (if the range extender only have one
PPM input port, then skip this step);
4. In “Output Mode” of WINDBOX, select “Built-in 2.4G”.
5.20 Connect WINDBOX with PC Flight Simulator
1. Install simulator in the PC;
2. Wiring. Insert the audio plug into the softdog of the simulator;
3. The other side of the simulator cable should connect with the PPM
output port of WINDBOX;
4. Open the “Output Mode” menu of the WINDBOX;
5. Select “futaba PPM” for option 2.
If the simulator cable was made by users themselves, connect the two
wires of the audio plug with the PPM connector of WINDBOX.
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The signal wire in the middle of the audio plug of the simulator cable
<—> PPM pin of the PPM connector of WINDBOX
The grounding wire at the edge of the audio plug of the simulator
cable <—> GND pin of the PPM connector of WINDBOX
5.21 Low Battery Alarm Setting
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Option 1: select alarm voltage. If the voltage is lower than this
value, the buzzer will alarm. If 2S lithium battery is used, please set
this value to 7v. If 3S lithium battery is used, please set the value
to 10.8v;
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Option 2: select the type of battery;
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Option 3: enable or disable low battery alarm function.
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5.22 Configuration Setting
WINDBOX can save five configuration for model aircraft at most.
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Option 1: to switch the configurations. (if apply the new
configuration, please save the configuration, re power on the
windbox)
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Option 2: save current configuration.
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Option 3: reset current configuration, all the configurations will be
cleared. Inserted joystick will be regarded as new device.
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Option 4: display the system version.
In general, if a configuration is revised, the system will automatically save
the configuration when the throttle at the lowest position. Sometimes,
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there is a “beep” tone when the throttle is at the lowest position, that
means the system saved the revised configuration automatically.
5.23 Throttle Setting
When the Throttle Off function is enabled, the throttle output will
always at the lowest, no matter what’s the position of the throttle axis
of the joystick. This function could protect users when using a
gasoline-powered engine. You can also map a button to enable or
disable this function.
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Option 1: Enable or Disable this Function
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Option 2 and Option 3 are for specifying the type of channel:
non-throttle or throttle. According to usual practice, CH3 is
throttle channel, and other channels are all non-throttle channels.
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6. Contact and Technical Support
OPUAV Intelligence Ltd.
http://www.opuav.com
Tel: 86-020-38879389
Email: support@opuav.com
ADD: Jiaye Business Center,No. 215 Zhongshandadao Road ,Tianhe
District,Guangzhou,China
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