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Old 02-25-2018, 04:00 PM
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I have an 18SX and an 18MZ. My timer on the 18SX let's we switch between buzzer and speech. I can't figure out how to turn the speech on for the timer on the MZ.
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Old 02-25-2018, 04:04 PM
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I am not entirely sure that speech has been added to the 18MZ, I honestly cannot recall.

Have you updated to Ver. 2.7.2?

https://www.futabarc.com/software-updates.html

At any rate, it would be in the same location in the menus. I don't have my 18MZ handy right now to confirm or not.
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Old 02-25-2018, 07:47 PM
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Yes I have installed the latest update but I don't see it in the menu.

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Old 02-26-2018, 07:26 PM
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Gentlemen
I also have the 18MZ and find it very shocking that while the latest update has lots of programming items that speak, something that is as basic as timer countdown speech is left mute.
Even the lowly dxi transmitters talk.....
I have spent 3000 dollars on this radio and a Futaba radio that costs 1/3 as much has that feature.

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It took nearly 3 years to get the talking timer added to the 18SZ. The 14SG had it for a long time. On the other hand the 18MZ has the ability to have custom speech files for just about anything you can dream up. Plus you can load longer sound files, which is what I did for a timer with my gliders. The countdown for landing is very specific and the talking timer in the 18SZ/16SZ is not enough for that use.
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Originally Posted by FUTABA-RC View Post
It took nearly 3 years to get the talking timer added to the 18SZ. The 14SG had it for a long time. On the other hand the 18MZ has the ability to have custom speech files for just about anything you can dream up. Plus you can load longer sound files, which is what I did for a timer with my gliders. The countdown for landing is very specific and the talking timer in the 18SZ/16SZ is not enough for that use.

Could you you please explain this? I would really like to incorporate a countdown timer for sailplane landing.

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Old 02-07-2019, 09:36 AM
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Could you you please explain this? I would really like to incorporate a countdown timer for sailplane landing.

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Take a look at page 89 of the manual:

https://futabausa.com/wp-content/upl...18/09/18SZ.pdf

Basically you tap the button that defaults to "Buzzer" to change it to speech. It counts down every minute, then 20, 10, 9,8,7,.....

You cannot change that countdown. I use ot for soaring as well. It cannot be customized to reflect an F5J or F3J/TD countdown.
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I have an 18mz, not SZ. I thought you were explaining how to accomplish with the MZ.

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Take a look at page 89 of the manual:

https://futabausa.com/wp-content/upl...18/09/18SZ.pdf

Basically you tap the button that defaults to "Buzzer" to change it to speech. It counts down every minute, then 20, 10, 9,8,7,.....

You cannot change that countdown. I use ot for soaring as well. It cannot be customized to reflect an F5J or F3J/TD countdown.
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Sorry, I get lost in the Zzzzzzzzz. You quoted a post about the SZ, so I got lost!
For reasons I cannot explain Futaba has not incorporated speech into the MZ timers.
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I'll add that you can do a custom timer count down and load it into the MZ as a sound file. Then just turn it on with a switch.
BTW - I am primarily a soaring guy. I know you've been conversing with Darwin Barrie, so feel free to ask soaring questions you might have.
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Originally Posted by FUTABA-RC View Post
I'll add that you can do a custom timer count down and load it into the MZ as a sound file. Then just turn it on with a switch.
BTW - I am primarily a soaring guy. I know you've been conversing with Darwin Barrie, so feel free to ask soaring questions you might have.
Thank you, I was actually asking about the sound file idea, but looking at the manual, seems straight forward.

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That's what I mean by a custom timer. You can record one yourself and upload it or use some of the available versions floating around. THere are also several that are available as apps for both iPhone and ANdroid .

And you're flying gliders now?? We don't score take off, but we most definitely score landings!! And harshly, but not on style!
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Hi Bill,
I believe there should be a “Fuel” counter in the Futaba system at the very least for the 18MZ. Several Xicoy products have this and its a vastly more complex system than what Futaba needs to do. Simply put we RC pilots use timers so as not to runout of fuel, be it gas, kero, glow, or electrons. The products I rely upon in my turbines use the fuel pump voltage to accelerate or decelerate a counter and the telemetry display is a fuel percentage remaining on board. They are initially set up using a variable factor to allow for different size engines etc. using the same or different pumps. None of this is very complex, quite simple to set up too, and after a flight or two the variable is adjusted to ultimately yield accuracy well within 5%, which is way more accuracy than we require. How tough could it be to have a counter in the 18MZ that is variable rate changeable and mixed to the throttle stick, with a display on the Tx screen? Seems simple enough, but I guess there are factors of which I am unaware, because I have been suggesting this to Futaba for several years, without response.

Anyway thought you might pass this along to the powers that be...
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THis has been asked for a few times. So far Futaba has not implemented it. But I'll keep banging the drum!
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Originally Posted by FUTABA-RC View Post
THis has been asked for a few times. So far Futaba has not implemented it. But I'll keep banging the drum!
Thanks Bill, maybe this will be the time they listen!
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