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I've been a short hiatus from R/C for a stint, but crawling back after a new baby. I was trying to make it to the New Years Fun Fly, but things are looking grim as the wife is sick with the baby.

Here is what I wanted to come out to try out, but was short time to get figured out to get setup in time.

I'm not sure if anyone else has heard FrSky before, or has tried it. I thought I would dive into it for basically the telemetry...

Audibly, the transmitter will call out any alarms that are set. The sensors that I got was a temp sensor, rpm sensor, voltage sensor, current sensor, and a gps sensor. I don't have enough sensors for all models, but a good start. On my Mikado 550 I wanted to install a gps, and a voltage sensor. With this I could monitor  voltage of the lipo, and gps. With the gps it will output speed, altitude, and distance from the transmitter (transmitter has gps as well). Then the data logging can display where it has traveled on google earth (also distance traveled).  I've had limited time to investigate all of the programming, and how to do it all with everything being so crazy. 

With the next model I will be installing the current sensor. With this it will monitor the current (amps), but with a few extra calculations. It will also calculate the mah used in flight, and show peaks/avg draws during flight. Also, I have a heat problem with a model, so I will also be able to monitor the temps with a rpm/temp sensor.

Hope all had fun at the fun fly today. I will try to come when life allows.

Anthony
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It will be interesting to see the information you are able to collect with your new equipment. I personally have not used or heard of it. Good luck! Let us know how it goes. 
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So far it has been interesting, and honestly astonishing especially at the price. I haven't ran everything on the transmitter, or the sensors. Although, the transmitter has picked up its own GPS coordinates, read the voltage on RX, and voltage on the main lipo pack.  I haven't taken a connected GPS unit outside yet to get a signal, but from what I've read its works like a charm. From the specs it is accurate within .22 mph for ground speed.

I see why this is exploding in the quad market. Its low price, and ability to be open source. Open source makes these cheap, but with the reliability of the big names. Frsky's entry TX starts at $110.00 Taranis Q X7 with telemetry, and moves up to this X12S at 500. The receivers are around $20.00, sensors from $10 to $30 with the Gps unit. The only issue that I've read about is securing the internal wiring on the gimbals due to fatiguing wire/solder joints.

The X12s has no potentiometers on the gimbals, but Hall sensors that eliminates moving parts/precision.  It has accelerometers to have gesture movements for commands that can be assigned to anything you want. A tilt of the TX and it can read out all of your telemetry, or anything else that you would like to assign to that gesture. The antenna's of the TX can be internal, a detachable external antenna, or both for full range on either configuration. Wireless buddy box to any other newer Frsky TX, or wired with futaba, or Spektrum connections. The receivers can be setup like a Futaba Sbus, or conventional setup. Companion software will allow models/setup to be done on a computer rather than on the transmitter. Micro SD card can record data logging for all telemetry info, and log gps info to be mapped out on google earth. Stereo speakers to play music from the micro SD card, and sound the voice of the transmitter. Control up to 32 channels with physical, or imaginary channels.  Addressed receivers, and sensors for accidental binding to the wrong model. Load pictures of models for easier selection of models… Actually, the list of things is goes on.

Tonight, I update the firmware of the Horus to OpenTX. I haven't done all of the research on the expanded abilities, but have read it makes the TX easier to use/more support. To be honest, this TX opens so many doors that it makes it difficult to wrap your head around, but you only have to make it as complicated as you want it to be.

What I'm hoping to benefit from this is only a few things. 1. Telemetry, read out of lipo voltage, RX voltage, temps, RPMs, amp draw, mah used/remaining,  and fuel level on nitro fuel. 2. GPS. Novelty really. Altitude, ground speed, distance traveled, distance from TX, and mapping.  Well, I guess that is a lot, but at a non-proprietary price.  Jeti makes similar products at 3 times or more the price.

I will report back how it all works as I figure it all out if anyone is interested.

A

Forgot a few cool features. It will data log & alarm TX/RX signal strength, and telemetry strength. All telemetry is data logged onto the micro sd card and then read easily through on computer program Companion on a PC.

https://www.frsky-rc.com/ if anyone is interested in learning more.

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Data telemetry, neat stuff. I believe one of our other members has a FrSky transmitter as well. Paul A., the originator of this website, flies his slope gliders and speed ships with his.  It is amazing with all the technology available. Thanks for sharing.

Onward and Upward.
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The equipment seems pretty amazing for the price.  Makes me wish I didn't have so much money tied up in Spektrum equipment.

How are your baby and wife doing Anthony? Well I hope.

Thermals---I need thermals!
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I have been flying a FrSky Tarranis Plus for quite a while, it is what was out there before the Horus was released.  They are impressive radios.

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The guy at the hobby shop here in ABQ told me yesterday that Hobbico had just applied for Chapter 13 bankruptcy. That could make Frsky and similar radio's exponentially more popular if Hitec, Tactic, Futaba, Airtronics and JR cease to be imported. In the last year alone we lost J-Znger props, Model Master enamel, JR, Airtronics, Supertiger engines, Thunder Tiger engines Williams Brothers etc. No more Hobbico means no more Great Planes, Tower Hobbies, Topflite and countless other products. Too bad.
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Well, sorry about the long delay on a response, but the baby/wife were sick. All are finally healthy again! Thank you, for asking.

Hobbico I heard is filing, but I understand that they may still stay in operation similar to Jr's bankruptcy? We will have to see how it all unfolds.

I haven't had a lot of time yet to start programming the OpenTx software, but I do have it flashed on to the Tx. I've downloaded a program called Github that uses Google, and Amazon voices to use in the TX. I've  made a few voice files for like throttle hold, flight modes, rate modes, and numbers. I still need to convert them into a file to use in the Tx, and need to make more voice files for the telemetry. Things have gotten a little complicated using the OpenTx operating software because you can do just about anything you can think of.

These are impressive, and have a ton of room to grow. Interesting to see how things change.

A
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Hi…as per my knowledge It has accelerometers to have gesture movements for commands that can be assigned to anything you want. A tilt of the TX and it can read out all of your telemetry, or anything else that you would like to assign to that gesture. The antenna's of the TX can be internal, a detachable external antenna, or both for full range on either configuration.
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CoraDias said

Hi…as per my knowledge It has accelerometers to have gesture movements for commands that can be assigned to anything you want. A tilt of the TX and it can read out all of your telemetry, or anything else that you would like to assign to that gesture. The antenna's of the TX can be internal, a detachable external antenna, or both for full range on either configuration.

Correct, sir.
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