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The Reed Emulator is shipped to you with a JR trainer cord and 4 AA batteries.
Note; The throttle on the Reed Emulator is very unique. If flying electric, remove propeller until
you understand the system!
Inside The Reed Emulator
"A" - 4 screws that hold the transmitter case together.
"B" - Battery box that requires four alkaline AA batteries.
There is an LED bar graph on the front face that indicates
"C" - Trainer cable port. JR/Spektrum trainer cord needs
to be connected from the Reed Emulator to the master
transmitter. Or the Phoenix Pro Flight Simulator may plug
into this port. The Reed Emulator is powered up when a
cable is plugged into port "C"
"D" - Four servo reverse switches. Top switch is throttle,
then aileron, elevator and the bottom switch is for rudder.
Switches to the left is "Normal"
"E" - Toggle Switch for dual rates, up is high and down
is low rate for rudder, aileron and elevator.
To use the Reed Emulator with your Horizon Hobbies Phoenix Pro Flight Simulator.
*Follow the instructions that came with the flight simulator. The Reed Emulator will look like a Spektrum DX5e transmitter to the flight simulator.
*You will need to use the cable supplied with the flight simulator to plug in between the Reed Emulators port "C" and your computers USB port.
*If the Reed Emulator has a power switch, this switch needs to be in the off/down position. When the cable is plugged into port "C" the Reed Emulator is powered up and the LED bar graph on the front face will light up indicating battery level.
*You may need to adjust the servo reversing switches "D" and dual rate switch "E" inside the Reed Emulator.
*After use, be sure you unplug the connector from port "C" to turn off the Reed Emulator.
To use the Reed Emulator with a JR/Spektrum transmitter and fly an airplane.
*Select an airplane that is a slow flyer, maybe high wing and 3 channel. If using 3 channels, the rudder servo should be plugged into the receivers aileron port.
*This airplane needs to be flown with a JR/Spektrum transmitter. The servo linkages need to be setup so the throws are close to 100%. If using dual rates, normal flying should be done at high rates also close to 100%. Sub trims need to be "0".
*Test fly the airplane WITHOUT the Reed Emulator, be sure to check servo reversing and trims - trim it out!
*If this is an electric airplane - remove the propeller!
*Take a look at the instructions for the master transmitter you are using. Many transmitters require you to turn on the
trainer system in the setup menu.
*If the Reed Emulator has a power switch, this switch needs to be in the off/down position. When the training cable is plugged into port "C" the Reed Emulator is powered up and the LED bar graph on the front face will light up indicating battery level.
*Plug the master transmitter into the Reed Emulator. The master transmitter will operate the model, until the trainer switch (on the master transmitter) is pushed and held in the student position.
*When the Reed Emulator has control, you will notice how slow the servos operate. The flight controls (rudder, elevator etc.) will slowly center when the toggle switch is released. The throttle will also operate slow and stays where you left it when you release the throttle toggle switch. This allows you to walk the throttle low to high and back.
Match the Reed Emulator to the Master Transmitter.
*There are 4 servo reversing switches in the Reed Emulator labeled "D" above. These 4 switches are top to bottom, throttle, aileron (or rudder if 3 channel), elevator and rudder (if used). The switches to the left is "Normal". Note if flying electric, most ESC's will want the throttle "Normal".
Adjust the Reed Emulator's servo reversing switches to match the master transmitter. Right (for example) from the master transmitter needs to also be right when operated by the Reed Emulator. Check throttle too.
*Trims for flight controls also need to be matched between the Reed Emulator and master transmitter.
When switching the master transmitter from master to student, the flight controls should have the same neutrals. If you find when student (Reed Emulator) is selected, the rudder (for example) moves a little right - we need some left trim.
The trim toggle switch on the Reed Emulator, when pushed and held (either up or down) makes the other toggle switches trim levers. So in this example, push and hold the trim toggle switch while pushing the rudder toggle switch to the left. This action will cause the rudder to move left but at the same time will add left trim. The longer you hold the rudder toggle switch left, the more left trim you will get.
Adjust all the flight control trims so you have the same trim (or neutral) whether the master transmitter or the Reed Emulator is selected.
Since the airplane was trimmed out in a test flight, matching the trims of the Reed Emulator to that of the master transmitter should be all that is required. If you want to add trim in the Reed Emulator during flight, it is better to add a couple blips of trim while the master transmitter has control. Then switch back to Reed Emulator (student) to recheck trim.
*Switch "E" in the Reed Emulator is dual rates for all flight controls. This switch should be left in the up (high) position. If after flight, you find the Reed Emulator is too sensitive then move switch "E" down.
A Note About Throttle;
The Reed Emulator is designed so on power up (trainer cable plugged into port "C") its throttle position is low and you can walk up to high throttle from there.
But.... you don't really know where the throttle is! When the master transmitter selects student (Reed Emulator) the throttle could jump to high - right now!
*When on the ground, always stand away from the propeller and tie down or hold on to the airplane.
*When on the ground, hold the Reed Emulator's throttle toggle switch in the low position for 2 seconds right before the master transmitter selects student (Reed Emulator).
*When in the air, both pilots need to be aware of the position of his throttle before switching back and forth.
Escapement - Single Channel
Some Reed Emulators have a push button switch labeled "Key". This is to emulate flying of a single channel radio using an escapement - rubber band powered servo.
There is a switch in the middle of the Reed Emulator that is labeled "Power". This switch is used to select between Reed and Escapement.
Power switch down is for Reed Emulation
Power switch up is for Escapement Emulation.
The "Power" switch does not turn the Emulator on/off, the Reed Emulator is powered up when the trainer cable is plugged into port "C" at the bottom.
The model selected for this feature should be a slow filer, high wing and 3 channel (rudder, elevator and throttle). Keep in mind, in the day, RC models were guided free flight airplanes.
Do not use a 4 channel airplane and connect the ailerons to the escapement channel.
The push button will only operate the rudder, the first push is right, the 2nd push is left, the 3rd push is right etc.
Push and hold for right......Release for neutral.
Push and hold for left.......Release for neutral. etc.
Flying is a series of button taps, sometimes called "once for right and two for left". If you made a right turn and then wanted to make another right turn. The pilot would push and hold for the first right turn - release, push and release for a very fast left followed by push and hold for the 2nd right turn.
And... at any time the master transmitter can take over with normal proportional control of the model.
Note: Single channel radios of the day only operated the rudder, you had no remote control of the elevator or throttle. The Reed Emulator will allow you to still use the elevator and throttle and their trims while using the Key or escapement feature.
*Make sure you understand the operation of the Reed Emulator.
*Make sure you understand the operation of the throttle control on the Reed Emulator.
*Check servo reversing, both the master transmitter and the Reed Emulator need to be the same.
*Check trims, since you already trimmed out the airplane, the Reed Emulator needs to have the same servo neutrals as the master transmitter.
*Any questions - please ask! Time spent asking questions and understanding the answers, doesn't count toward rental time.
*Once you are happy with all checks - Now you may install the propeller.
The use of an arming plug should be used for electric flight.
Unplug trainer cable from the Reed Emulator's port "C" after use to turn it off.
Any Questions - Please ask.