Tactic Anylink 2.4 module

 

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

10 thoughts on “Tactic Anylink 2.4 module

  • February 12, 2012 at 6:38 pm
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    do you know if this will work with a POLK HOBBIES SEEKER III model radio, google their web site. the trainer port on the back is the same as the old round FUTABA. I am not sure if the connections are the same. can you determine if anylink would work with the POLK radio??

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    • February 19, 2012 at 2:58 pm
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      Mark, I’m not sure that they have an adapter cable yet. However the signal is a standard PPM signal and most radios will work with this. It’s just a matter of getting the correct adapter for power and signal.

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  • June 22, 2012 at 7:55 pm
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    Hello. I just acquired the guts from an F86 for use in a flat foamy jet I am building and want to use it with a Spektrum DX5e and also a Spektrum DX7 both are DFSM2 transmitters. How do I do this? My e-mail is above. Thanks much in advance Bob M…

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  • February 13, 2013 at 8:29 am
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    Thanks for the information. Will the “Anylink” system work on the Cox extra 300?

    Thanks

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  • February 14, 2014 at 4:56 pm
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    Will the anylink2 work with a Futuba PCM Fp-8sghp?

    thank you.

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  • February 10, 2015 at 11:38 pm
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    Would it work with my futabat6exp i have one and am having a hard time with to parkzones the cub and the umx cosair pls help i dont want to rush into a new transmitter
    till im confident ….with the parkzones then my trainer regards kev

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    • February 14, 2015 at 9:01 pm
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      Sorry kevin but this will not let you bind to the Spektrum receivers in the Parkzone airplanes. This will let you bind to an SLT receiver as found in all Flyzone planes that are TXR.

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      • February 15, 2015 at 1:38 am
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        THanx Vintauri ..I was gong bonkers thinking “what am I doing Wrong ”
        there seems to be so much false info ( or im a little confused ) which is far more likely …but ive bought a used DX6I that i think will sove my problems should be here tues or thurs … boy have things changed since i last flew my Fox 35 stunt on control line ..” people fly electric panes ” id never have thought it was real 🙂 but im learning ..Thank you so much once again 🙂 🙂

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        • February 15, 2015 at 2:11 pm
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          No problem. I agree that people there is some confusion with the name Anylink. The DX6i will work great for the Parkzone planes. I know what you mean on things changing. The first electric plane I tried to fly years ago was a glider with a brushed motor and a big heavy nicd pack that turned that sailplane into a brick. Thanks for stopping by my site.

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          • February 15, 2015 at 11:47 pm
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            Well last time I flew it was unheard of to fly electric now when i say “Nitro” they look at me weird 🙂 Kevin 🙂

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