How to Set Up a New Heli RC Receiver

Written by larry simmons
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Proper set-up of your new remote-controlled (RC) helicopter receiver can save you a great deal of flying frustration, not to mention money from repairing your model after it crashes. Newer six-channel transmitters may seem complicated both in set-up and in use, but they allow for a more realistic flight performance and a smoother, more balanced flight. Most six-channel transmitters come with a digital setting ability, enabling you to set the helicopter receiver from the transmitter and align your transmitter with the receiver's plug settings.

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Things you need

  • RC helicopter
  • RC radio transmitter
  • RC radio receiver
  • RC matched radio crystals

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  1. 1

    Install the radio receiver crystal into the remote-control receiver and the transmitter crystal into the transmitter, and then install the receiver into the helicopter.

  2. 2

    Ensure that the radio transmitter is set to zero elevator trim and subtrims and that the throttle is set at midstick level.

  3. 3

    Place batteries in the transmitter and connect the receiver to the battery pack. Turn on the power of your radio transmitter and go to the device selection function to enter the device menu. Set each radio channel from ACT to INH to turn off all switches and channels in your receiver.

  4. 4

    Locate the wing selection settings in the transmitter menu and select the dual aileron servo setting for the receiver. Connect the right aileron servo into the AILE channel of your helicopter's receiver and the left aileron servo into the AUX1 channel of the receiver.

  5. 5

    Locate the elevator settings in the transmitter menu and select dual elevators for the receiver. Connect the right elevator servo into the ELEV channel of your helicopter's receiver and the left elevator servo into the GEAR channel of the receiver.

  6. 6

    Plug the electronic speed control into the THRO slot of the receiver and activate that through the transmitter motor.

  7. 7

    Plug the gyro control into the RUDD slot and activate it using the transmitter.

  8. 8

    Test the transmitter and receiver settings by moving the sticks on the transmitter and watching for movement of the servos in the helicopter. Make adjustments wherever necessary.

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