The first thing you should do is consider reading the instructions. Every set I have
ever purchased indicated the batteries should be charged for approximately
before attempting to use the set.
Get the batteries on charge as soon as
you've read the instructions. You can not have any fun with your radio
when the batteries are dead.
After the batteries are charged, plug the switch harness into the receiver and the
battery into the switch harness.
Next, plug in all the servos starting with Channel 1 and working your way up.
Channels 1 through 4 are the basic channels for most airplanes. I
can't say for certain that channel designations are consistent from one
brand to the next, but I believe that they are.
Note that these channel designations apply to Mode 2 transmitters
which are used in the United States. I don't know how Mode I
transmitters are set up.
- Channel 1 = Aileron
- Channel 2 = Elevator
- Channel 3 = Throttle
- Channel 4 = Rudder
Tip: Always turn on the transmitter
first and receiver
second. Always turn the receiver off first and the transmitter second.
The idea here is that the receiver should never be on when the transmitter
This is an old rule that came about prior to dual conversion receivers.
Older receivers would go nuts when they were not receiving the correct
signal and send commands to the servos that could make the servos rotate
beyond their limits resulting in stripped gears or other damage.
It's much less likely to happen now, but still a good habit to get into.
With the system on move the sticks and
watch the servos. Now it all starts to make sense.
The rest of the stuff in the box is extra servo arms, servo extensions
(usually one), servo trays, mounting hardware and maybe a neck strap.
The term Channel has two distinct meanings!
Apparently someone decided this hobby should be more confusing so he decided
to recycle words already in use and give them additional meanings.
Definition 1: Channel = Frequency. For example, Channel 25 is
the frequency 72.290.
Definition 2: Channel = control function. Each function on the
transmitter is a channel. For example, aileron is a channel, elevator
is a channel, rudder is a channel and so on. A 4-channel radio has 4
functions. A 9-channel radio has 9 functions.
Note that the transmitter and receiver do not need to have the same number
of channels. You can use a 9-channel transmitter with a 4-channel
receiver or you can use a 4-channel transmitter with a 9-channel receiver.
At most you will have available the lesser number of channels, however.
In both examples above, you will only have 4 channels available.