Transmitter Configuration


Step by step instructions:

  • switch off your transmitter
  • plug-in the usb cable

Your transmitter should switch on automatically. Only if it does the transmitter is working in trainer mode.

  • plug-in the usb cable into your computer. Connect an USB joystick or USB transmitter adapter before you start the neXt flight simulator. Remove all other joystick devices or usb simulator adapters.
  • start neXt
  • press esc
  • change to the settings > input device tab
  • press calibrate input device
  • Please create a new fixed-wing model in your transmitter

The input channel overview window displays the incoming remote control signals. Up to 20 channels are possible depending on your dongle or adapter. Each function (collective pitch, rudder, aileron and elevator) should move a slider. If not, you have to change the channel in your transmitter to an other channel. For Futaba you can do this easily in the transmitters function menu. Your USB interface may be incompatible when you have tried all other channels without getting a response in the input channel overview.

  • select your stick mode
  • then click on start calibration and follow the instructions there

     

 

RX2SIM setup video:

 

A short setup video by Simon Hildrew:

 

RX2SIM

How to connect a receiver to the RX2SIM

The RX2SIM offers up to 8 proportional channels and works with all common transmitters on Windows, Mac OSX and Linux. It's a wireless simulator adapter. You don't need a trainer port in your transmitter, you simply need a receiver.

Make sure that your computer has an Internet connection when plugging in the RX2SIM the first time. The needed driver will be downloaded and installed automatically. Switch the RX2SIM into joystick mode (mode LED purple: game controller). Plug in the RX2SIM into a USB port of your computer and press the black knob at the side of the RX2SIM for a short time. Then the mode LED changes to purple.

You should define special functions always as slider (for example autorotation).

We describe two receiver types.


Connect the Futaba R6008HS with the delivered cables to your RX2SIM. This should work with all brands because the servo outputs are standardized.

Switch the input mode of the RX2SIM to 'Single Channels'. Press and hold the black knob until the input mode LED changes to the next type. Then you can release the black knob. Repeat this until you have reached the needed input mode.

The input mode LED will light up continuously if RX2SIM detects proper input signals from the receiver.

The input mode LED flashes if there is no valid input signal detected, which might be caused by selecting a wrong receiver type, transmitter turned off or improper operation of the receiver or transmitter.

Switch the Futaba R7008SB into SBUS mode and connect it with one patch cable to the RX2SIM. Switch the input mode of the RX2SIM into 'SBUS' mode.

For some receivers, you need an capacitor to stabilize the cut-in voltage (330µF, 16V). For example Futaba high voltage receivers and JR receivers.

Without these capacitor, the receiver goes into low voltage error mode.

You don't need the capacitor for RX2SIMs that are delivered later than 8-25-2016.

  • JR XG14 TX has 3 X.Bus modes, it needs to be Set on INH.
  • You don't need the capacitor for RX2SIMs that are delivered later than 8-25-2016.
  • When using a single Spektrum® remote satellite connected to RX2SIM: The bind sequence on the receiver must be initiated by RX2SIM.

FMS compatible USB-dongle

FMS compatible USB-dongle

An FMS compatible USB dongle is compatible with Windows as well as with Apple Mac OSX computers. It is however important to use an adapter that is compatible with your transmitter, especially for mini jack adapters as there are differences for mono or stereo signal routing.

In our example we use a Futaba FX-30 and haven't changed any center or travel adjustment. The neXt simulator automatically calibrates the output to -100 / 0 / +100.

Reduce the servo travel in your transmitter if the Channel Overview shows + or -100 before your sticks reach their physical end of travel.

You can disable any undefined or flickering channels.

Now, lets proceed with the calibration. Just follow the instructions.

The sticks shown at the bottom of the screen will guide you visually and display the requested input. The default transmitter mode is mode 2. You can customize the transmitter mode in the settings > input device tab of the neXt simulator main menu.

The screenshot below shows the calibration result of our FX-30.

We reduced the dead zone to 2.

How to setup the transmitter (Example: Futaba T14SG)

How to setup the transmitter (Example: Futaba T14SG)

  • Switch on your transmitter.
  • First of all, we define a new model. Select therefore the 'LNK' button.
  • Then select the 'MODEL SEL.' menu and press 'RTN'.
  • Select 'NEW' and press 'RTN'.
  • Use the presets TYPE: AIRPLANE, WING: NORMAL, TAIL: NORMAL
  • Now the new model is defined. You can rename it to 'neXt'.
  • Switch off your transmitter and plug in the simulator cable.
  • Your transmitter switches on automatically and shows in the display 'DSC / TRAINER CABLE IS DETECTED'.
  • Select the 'LNK' button on your T14SG.
  • Then select the 'FUNCTION' menu.
  • There are already functions for Aileron, Elevator, Throttle and Rudder defined. Where they should be depends to the USB adapter. Please take a look at the two examples below. It's a good idea to disable the trim functions by defining '--'.
  • Scroll down to page 2. The SE switch is already defined as GEAR.
  • Then move to the 'VPP' row and assign there for example the 'SB' switch.
  • Now You can check the output by pressing the 'U.Menu/Mon.' button on your transmitter (servo output).

Start the neXt simulator up, press esc, change to settings > input device tab and press the Calibrate Input Device. Now take a look at the Channel Overview window. Each function should come out on one channel or button. Now you can start the calibration and follow the instructions there.


These are two example setups for the FUNCTION menu of your transmitter.

SuperSimX All in One (mode 2: G4 G5 G6, 5 proportional channels, 3 button channels):
  • 1 AIL, J1, -- (proportional channel)
  • 2 ELE, J2, -- (proportional channel)
  • 3 THR, J3, -- (proportional channel)
  • 4 RUD, J3, -- (proportional channel)
  • 5 AUX2, SE, -- (button)
  • 6 AUX3, SB, -- (proportional channel)
  • 7 AUX4, SA, -- (button)
  • 8 AUX5, SD, -- (button)

FunFly Simulator (no switch, 4 proportional channels, 4 button channels):
  • 1 AUX2 (not used)
  • 2 AIL, J1, -- (proportional channel)
  • 3 ELE, J2, -- (proportional channel)
  • 4 AUX2 (not used)
  • 5 AUX3, SB, -- (button)
  • 6 THR, J3, -- (proportional channel)
  • 7 RUD, J3, -- (proportional channel)
  • 8 AUX4, SC, -- (button)

Programm a Switch for Autorotation (Example: Futaba T14SG)

Programm a Switch for Autorotation (Example: Futaba T14SG)

  • Select the 'LNK' button on your T14SG.
  • Then select the 'Function' menu.
  • There are already functions for Aileron, Elevator, Throttle and Rudder that have been defined (channel 1, 2, 3 and 4). Don't touch them while they are working.
  • Scroll down to channel 5 and change the function name to 'Auxiliary1'.
  • Then move to the 'Control' row and assign there for example the 'SB' switch.
  • Now You can check the output by pressing the 'U.Menu/Mon.' button on your transmitter (servo output).

Start the neXt simulator up, press esc, change to settings > input device tab and press the Calibrate Input Device. Now take a look at the Channel Overview window. Move your 'SB' switch. If there is a button changing? Then you continue with the 'Button' workflow. If there responds a proportional channel to the switch? Then you continue with the 'Slider' workflow. Select Functions in the Input Device Calibration window.

Button:
  • Move the 'SB' switch to position off (motor on).
  • Click Switch in the autorotation line and move the 'SB' switch to position on (motor off).
  • You will now be able to recognize what assigned button is controlled by the 'SB' switch in the autorotation line.

Slider:
  • Move the 'SB' switch to position off (motor on).
  • Click Slider in the autorotation line, move the 'SB' switch to position on (motor off) and click next.
  • You will now be able to recognize what assigned channel is controlled by the 'SB' switch in the autorotation line.

Complete!

Programming RF Interlink (6.0 and above)

Programming RF Interlink (6.0 and above)

Follow the GUI instructions for stick calibration. You can re-enter the button configuration screen later without having to re-run the stick calibration section.

  • Select 'Functions' in the 'Input Device Calibration' window.
  • Start with Throttle Hold forward, Idle Up centered, D/R forward and Knob centered.
  • Click BUTTON for flight condition 1 and move Idle Up switch forward.
  • Click BUTTON for flight condition 2 and center Idle Up switch.
  • Click BUTTON for flight condition 3 and move Idle Up switch back (towards you).
  • Click BUTTON for flight condition 4 and move D/R switch down. Anytime this switch is down, Flight mode 4 will take precedence over all other flight modes.
  • Click BUTTON for restart, press the red button.
  • Click SLIDER for landing gear, turn knob fully clockwise and click NEXT to complete.
  • Click SWITCH for autorotation and move Throttle Hold switch back (towards you).

It is helpful when opening neXt to have the TH active (switch down), Idle Up set to middle position, Flight Mode 4 active (D/R mode switch down) in order for the program to detect proper switch positions.

Complete!

Mikado V-Bar Control

Mikado V-Bar Control

Use a regular USB cable, no other USB adapter is needed. Valerio Bottero describes it here: Video

Reflex XTR Dongle, Aerofly Professional and Aerofly 5 Dongles

Reflex XTR Dongle, Aerofly Professional and Aerofly 5 Dongles

If you would like use the neXt simulator with the Reflex XTR or Aerofly USB dongles on Apple Mac OSX computers, you will need to switch the Reflex dongle into joystick mode (Instructions). To use with Windows XP and Windows Vista, it is also necessary to adjust the servo center point and travel on your transmitter. Take a look at the output in the Channel Overview and move your sticks. The slider should not skip. The Aerofly dongle is working on Windows 7 and higher without any known issues and does not require any changes in your transmitter.

Use the servo center adjustment in your transmitter to move the sliders as far as possible to the center. Only the first four channels are required as shown in the screenshot.

The screenshot shows the Futaba FX-30 output for aileron, elevator, pitch and rudder. We moved the centers to their maximum values of +240. The channels in the neXt channel list must not exactly be located at zero. In our example they have a value of -33.8583 and -35.4331.

Disable unnecessary channels in the channel list.

Before you start the calibration, go into your travel adjustment menu of your transmitter (on Futaba these are called 'Endpoint ATV') and limit the servo travel. The output should never skip or limit at 100%. Reduce the servo travel in your transmitter if the Channel Overview shows + or -100 before your sticks reach their physical end of travel.

The results on our Futaba FX-30:
  • Aileron: 38 - 79
  • Elevator: 40 - 83
  • Pitch: 40 - 81
  • Rudder: 39 - 80

Now, lets proceed with the calibration. Just follow the instructions.

The sticks shown at the bottom of the screen will guide you visually and display the requested input. The default transmitter mode is mode 2. You can customize the transmitter mode in the settings > input device tab of the neXt simulator menu.

The screenshot shows the calibration result of our FX-30.

We reduced the dead zone to 2.

How to switch the Reflex XTR Dongle into the joystick mode

How to switch the Reflex XTR Dongle into the joystick mode:

Newer reflex XTR dongles have a ribbed button for switching the dongle into it's joystick mode.

  • Connect the dongle to the USB port (if possible not to a USB hub and pull off other dongles).
  • Press the button on the dongle and hold it down until one of the two LEDs will go out.
  • Then you can release the button.
  • Disconnect the dongle from the USB port, wait briefly and plug it in again.
  • So you have switched the dongle into the next 4 possible modes.
  • When the stick is in the joystick mode, the LED is flashing twice (mode 2).

 

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