How to Setup Remote Control Helicopter Receiver

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How to Setup Remote Control Helicopter Receiver
Six-channel radio systems offer maximum control and superior aerial functionality. (Helicopter image by Dusi from

Many enthusiasts consider the radio-controlled helicopter to be the most difficult vehicle to manoeuvre. In most cases, helicopters utilise a 6-channel radio system, offering maximum aerial control. Learning how to set up your helicopter's receiver will ensure that your helicopter is prepped and ready to take to the sky. Understanding the necessary steps will prevent miscommunication between transmitter and receiver, which could mean the difference between fun flying and a terrible crash landing.

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Things you need

  • 6-channel transmitter
  • 6-Channel receiver
  • Helicopter

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  1. 1

    Insert the receiver crystal into the slot located on the receiver, then insert the corresponding transmitter crystal into the frequency slot on the transmitter. Mount the receiver inside the helicopter, following the instructions that came with your specific helicopter model.

  2. 2

    Check to see that the transmitter's elevator trim is set to zero, and that the throttle joystick is centred at midstick level.

  3. 3

    Insert batteries into the transmitter, then establish a connection between the radio receiver and the rechargeable battery pack. Engage the power switch and turn on the transmitter. Click the device selection function to enter the device menu, then set all radio channels from ACT to INH, disengaging all the receiver's channels and switches.

  4. 4

    Open the wing selection settings in the transmitter's menu, then engage the dual aileron servo setting in the receiver. Insert the right aileron servo's connector into the receiver channel labelled, "AILE." Insert the left aileron servo into the receiver's AUX1 input channel.

  5. 5

    Identify the elevator settings in the transmitter's menu, then engage the dual elevator option on the receiver. Insert the right elevator servo's connector into the ELEV input on the receiver, then connect the left elevator servo into the receiver's GEAR input.

  6. 6

    Insert the electronic speed control's (ESC) connector into the receiver's THRO (throttle) input, then activate it using the transmitter's motor function. Plug in the helicopter's gyro into the RUDD input on the receiver, then turn it on from the transmitter.

  7. 7

    Turn on the receiver and the transmitter, and test the functionality of all 6 channels. Move the joysticks and test that the corresponding servo is working properly.

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