For the past 8-10 years I have mainly flown JR and Spektrum radio gear. This is mainly due to the fact that my club is mostly JR people and it makes it easier when helping each other out if your familiar with the equipment. When we were back on 72mhz being brand specific was not as big of a deal as on 2.4ghz. Many brands of receivers would still work with other radios due to the analog nature of the technology. PCM and frequency shift issues changed this a little but 2.4 was the real killer. Things are digital now and need to speak the exact same language. So now we’re stuck with brand specific receivers.
This can be a big problem with bind and fly airplanes that are setup for a specific brand radio. For example a person with a new 8FG radio from Futaba would not be able to fly any of the Parkzone micro airplanes that are so popular. So they are stuck either not enjoying those planes or they have to buy a separate radio just for them. Tactic RC decided to do something about that for their receivers and airplanes.
The Tactic Anylink module is an external module that plugs into just about any major radio system via the DSC port. The DSC port or “Direct Servo Control” is mainly used for linking a trainer box to another radio. It uses a standard PPM code for interpreting the different control movements. By utilizing this feature Tactic has created a module that will take the inputs from your radio and transmit them out the Tactic’s 2.4 RF module instead of the radios own RF module.
The Anylink module requires cables to hook up to to different style radios. Tactic includes the cables that fit most JR / Spektrum and Futaba. If you have a Aurora 9 or some newer JR / Spektrum radios a different cable may be required but they are very inexpensive. I tested the AnyLink module on my JR 9503 and DX7 radios. The setup is simple. There are two wires that come off the module to the radio. The first gets plugged into the DSC port. This will turn on your radio so you only want to do this when your going to use the module. The second plugs into the charge port and this will power the AnyLink module. At this point you should see the green LED lit up on the module to tell you it is working. Tactic includes some VHB industrial style velcro to attach the module to your radio. I put it on the battery cover as that is the most easily replaceable part.
With JR and Spektrum you will need to program the AnyLink module to have the correct channel mapping. This is easily done by starting with the module powered off but plugged into the DSC port. Now hold the rudder stick all the way to the left or right while keeping the throttle closed. Plug in the power to the module via the charge port on the radio. Hold this for about 5 sec and you will hear 3 beeps. Release the rudder stick and you will hear 2 more beeps. At this point the module has remapped the channels and you should have proper control of each function of the airplane.
I tested the functions on two transmitter ready airplanes from Flyzone that work on the Tactic radio system. The two planes were the Playmate and the Fokker DR1. Both airplanes linked up properly and I had control in the correct directions. Both these planes are Rudder and Elevator control. So when the module linked the rudder on the radio to the rudder on the airplane it was on the left stick. Since I usually setup my 3 channel airplanes with the rudder control on the aileron stick I simply mixed rudder to aileron at 100% and I had control on both sticks.
Binding the radio to the airplanes was easy. Simply power on the airplane with the battery then power on the module on the radio and it will link. Check your throws for proper direction and your ready to go! This is a great solution for micro RTF planes as they so often have specialized radio gear that is not easily swapped out for gear compatible with another brand.
For more information on the Tactic AnyLink module check out their website here: http://www.tacticrc.com/tacj2000.html