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battery plug
if I use this in an electric FT spitfire then I would plug the battery in the esc or in the reciver.
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There is a port on the receiver that is reserved for connection of the esc to that receiver. The battery would then be connected to the esc. So in essence, your battery is connected to the receiver via the esc. This is needed so that the esc can control the amount of power flowing from your battery to your motor and to the control surfaces of your plane.
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I am not familiar with this plane, receiver or esc. When I use an esc in my mystique RES 2.9m the battery plugs into the esc and the esc plugs into the receiver.
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Is AR400 4-channel DSMX Aircraft Receiver compatible with DX6 6-Channel DSMX Transmitter?
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yes
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difference between the AR400 & AR500
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Does the receiver work with dx6i
i just bought a glow plane and want to get it flying (first gas plane) will it work with this receiver both the plane and remote?
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The receiver does utilize DSMX protocol, so there is no reason for it not to work with your dx6i transmitter.
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What size of nitro/gas model can I fly with this AR400
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The AR400 should be considered a "full range" receiver and can be used in virtually any model having up to 4 channels. Unless you have high power giant scale applications with multiple large digital servos (ie 150 oz*in torque or more) per channel, or large metal or carbon fiber components which may tend to block signal reception the AR400 will be fine.

Always perform a range check on any new model to verify reception. It is good to run gasoline ignition engines when performing this check to demonstrate a worse case scenario. If you get at least 30 paces from this range check, don't worry and go fly.
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Will this receiver work in a carbon fuselage plane? Thanks in advance
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I checked with H.H.Technical Support and they said it will not work with carbon fuselage planes. I hope you find this answer helpful :-)
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what batterie should I use and what ESC for a small park flyer
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Can I use this Rec. with my JR 9503 TX in Sailplane mode and use Flaperons?
I want to put it in my Libelle DLG and use Flaperons + RD + EL with three flight modes. Can I do all this with this 4 CH Rec. ?
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Yes, in glider model mode channels 1 and 2 become ailerons, with channels 3 and 4 elevator and rudder so you will have enough capability for flapperon control.
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Minimize size receiver for KUNAI instalation
I have an application that is very space limited. I would like to use a AR6100e or AR400 receiver in a Great Plains KUNAI. Installing either receiver in the hull of the plane provides interference with the control rods. Is there a smaller receiver or would removing the case to minimize the size help?
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Is the AR400 compatible with the new DX6?
In the comments it states that it isn't. Why not?
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Apparently it actually is compatible with the newer DX6, and they were talking about an old Spektrum product whose production ceased a long time ago.
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ar400 wont bind, can it be repaired?
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RECEIVER FAILURE IS RARE. INSPECT YOUR BINDING PLUG FOR DAMAGE. INSERT BINDING PLUG INTO FIRST PORT ON THE REC MARKED BATT/BIND . CONNECT A 5 TO 6 VOLT BATTERY INTO ANY OTHER PORT. GROUND END OF BATTERY IS AT THE EDGE OF RECEIVER CASE. THE LIGHT SHOULD FLASH FAST. PLACE TRANSMITTER ABOUT 20 INCHES FROM THE RECEIVER AND PUT TRANSMITTER INTO BINDING MODE. FLASHING SHOULD CHANGE RATE AND SHORTLY AFTER LIGHT WILL GO STEADY REMOVE BINDING PLUG. RECEIVER IS NOW BOUND. IF THIS FAILS THEN REPEAT FROM THE BEGINNING INCREASING THE DISTANCE BETWEEN THE TX AND THE RECEIVER. ALSO LARGE METAL ITEMS NEARBY WILL INTERFERE WITH THE BINDING PROCESS SO MOVE TO A NEW LOCATION. IF YOU CANNOT ACHIEVE BINDING THEN THE RECEIVER IS DEFECTIVE AND CAN BE REPLACED UNDER WARRANTY. YOU MAY ALSO TRY TO FIND SOMEONE WITH MORE EXPERIENCE AT BINDING TO HELP YOU.
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G'day Mate,
Make sure the bind plug is in the BIND port, power it up, through any servo slot, & move your TX at least 10 feet away, then try & bind. Steel walls & fences can cause bind failures, but if you are far enough away from the RX, it should bind ok.

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AR-400 compatible with DX4e transmitter
Is the AR-400 compatible with DX4e transmitter?

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Adaptable,

In short, yes, it is compatible with DX4e. I searched out the manual for both the AR400 and the DX4e. Neither manual calls out the other component as compatible, but both use Spektrum's DSMX technology. You shouldn't have any problems with the AR400 and your DX4e. Rock solid from what I can find, but no personal experience.

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yes it should bind an function correctly
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yes! but it will be worth up grading your transmitter (DX6i or higher) in near future if you are going to get into RC flying properly, just a suggestion, hope this helps
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Yes, I just hooked one up with the DX4e, and it worked very well.
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I plan to use this receiver in a 20cc (Evolution 20GX) gas aircraft, is that OK?
I plan to use this receiver with some Y harnesses for few servos (ailerons and elevators) in a Seagull Decathlon 120 that I will install an Evolution 20GX engine. Is there any problem or shall I use another receiver? The radio transmitter is the DX 7s
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It would be safer to use another receiver that has the option of plugging in a satellite receiver to it, like the AR6210.
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No problem. I use this receiver in several gas powered giant scale airplanes with 26 to 45CC displancement. I have never had a problem or failure.
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Will this reciever work with the DX5e?
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Yes any dsmx/dsm2 radio will work
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yes it will
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Glider setup
I am scratch building a 2 channel glider and I want to use my 150mAh 1s e-flite battery. How would I connect it?
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Not sure what you mean by "connect it". Are you talking about connecting the battery or connecting everything?
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What size glider, type of servos and does it have an electric motor? It is very possible you will not have enough current available from the 150mAh battery. If you are building a micro-sized glider, you may be OK.
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Postage to Australia, Please (Area code:7307)
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Seeing it's not U.S. the only way to tell is call them or E-mail them. I don't think they can send it Free, But I bet they will take off the 10.00 buck's it cost here. They will be fare to you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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will this recevier work with 527 jr severos
I'm installing os 46la in a new plane and want to use a new recevier so i can go to 2.4 mg instead of the old 72 will these servos plug in and work I want to use the dx7s with dual rates instead of the old quatro tx
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Yes spemktrum is Jr.
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they shoud plug in and work
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Using my AR400 receiver with only four channels, is it possible to set up flaperons on my DS8 transmitter?
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flaperon programing requires each aileron servo to be plugged into a separate channel. a y harness will let you use dual aileron servos but you will not have the ability for flapperons
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No,you must have two separate channels on RX along w dual ail servos,your tx is capable but not RX.
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Does this receiver work with DSM2 transmitters?
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it will work with any jr or spectrum transmitter
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Yes as far I know it should, mine does
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is the SPMAR400 compatible with the LP5DSM Tx?
I do not know if the LP5DSM is a DSM2 type.
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it will not work. only spectrum and jr transmitters will work with the ar400 or any spectrum receiver.
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yes it should bind to the spmar400
just rember thay the LP on the LP5DSM means low power transmitter. the range you can fly your aircraft will be limited
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Thanks to you, Dougster.
I went ahead and bought the AR400 and it does bind and work with the LP5DSM.

Parkman, you should do your homework before you give out erroneous answers. how many times have you given people the bum steer?
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