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Dianne Thomas 1962-2024

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Servo Reversers and Spektrum

     We continue to be contacted by customers regarding the compatibility of our Servo Reversers with Spektrum receivers. After talking with these customers individually, I decided that it might be good to address the issue here, to answer some who may be wondering, but who have not yet reached out to us.

    It appears that some modelers have experienced problems when using certain reversers (not ours) with Spektrum radios, and I understand that a spokesperson from Horizon has suggested in various RC forums that reversers of any kind should not be used with Spektrum receivers, as they create some type of interference that can disrupt the receiver's operations, even though they are operating on the 2.4GHz band, which is supposed to be much less susceptible to EMI or RFI interference.

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     I'm not sure which reversers have actually been causing problems, but I do know that we have been providing servo reversers for several years now to users of every brand and type of radio system out there, and we have received absolutely ZERO reports of problems or incompatibility with any brand of radio, including Spektrum.

     Electronically, there are several ways that the PWM signal used to control a servo can be produced, and it is very possible that some reversers being made overseas use a design that is faulty, and that indeed creates interference.  Our reversers, as well as most of the other circuits we make, like Navigation Lights, Servo Speed Reducers, Servo Testers, etc., all use a microcontroller to create the PWM  signal, and they do not produce any interference of any kind.  There are thousands of our devices in use in models around the world, including reversers, and we've never received a complaint about a single one being non-compatible.

     Our reversers "read" the signal from the receiver, do some math on it to switch it from one side of the channel's center to the other, and then send it back out to the servo, all done in a few microseconds!  They can be safely used in Spektrum systems.  -David

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News from the Bench

   Well, this isn't really news "from the bench, maybe it would be better to say "news from the office".  We have just implemented a new shipping program on our website that uses Shippo, a company that provides shipping services to lots of companies big and small.  It integrates with the website, pulling all of the information about an order directly from the site, and creating all the documents required to ship a package, like the mailing label, the return address label, the tracking number, even the customs forms required for international orders.  One advantage for us is the time we save in printing labels, but the real advantage is for our customers, Shippo provides us better rates than those provided by the carriers themselves!  We can now ship a package for less, using the same US Postal Service package options (or UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc.) for less than what those same carriers charge us in their stores!

     The differences aren't huge, about 50 cents to $2 per package, depending on the destination address, but these savings will be passed directly to our customers.  You should begin noticing the reduced rates immediately on your orders.  This is just one way we are trying to remain competitive, and offer you the most bang for your RC bucks.  Thanks to all our wonderful customers, we really appreciate your loyalty and your business.   -David

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   Everyone knows how important social media has become in today's world, and that it is now one of the best ways for vendors to connect with customers and potential customers. We don't buy ads on social media, and for that reason subscribing to our Facebook page will not subject you to the annoying ads that constantly pop-up when you're browsing the internet for other reasons. We only use our Facebook page to inform customers of new products, products that are "in the works", and other information that we think might be of some help to them, and we then direct them to our website for more information.  You won't receive any bulk emails, or other unwanted messages, just an alert whenever we post something new on the page.

   So please consider subscribing now.  Just click on the blue Facebook link at the bottom of this page, it's that simple.  Thanks!  -David

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Announcing Two "New" Products-
Pressure Guard &
Retract Test Switch

     As most of you know by now, Robart Manufacturing recently decided to stop selling/manufacturing RC aircraft retract systems.  For a couple of years prior we had been manufacturing two products for them that they were selling under their own name that we will be selling here on our own site from now on. 

     The first is a device called Pressure Guard, it is designed to install in any pneumatic retract system to monitor the system's pressure and lower the gear automatically in the event that the system pressure falls below a point selected by the modeler.

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     The second product is a device we call a Retract Test Switch.  This device is used in the shop or in the field to provide the signal (PWM) needed to cycle a set of electric retracts up/down, without the need for a working transmitter and receiver.  All you need is a battery of the correct size (voltage) to power your retracts, and the Retract test switch will do the rest.  You can easily cycle your gear up/down, and depending on the brand of retract controller you have, you may be able to start and stop the gear's movement anywhere in the gear's normal range of movement.

     Both of these great new products are available for shipping right now on our website, get ours today!  As always, if you have any questions, use our Contact Form, send us an email, or just give us a call at the number shown below.  -David

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