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Old 02-24-2018, 04:39 PM
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I am an old school guy with a bunch of 72 htz radios. I bought my first G2 Spectrum DX6 radio for my first electric plane. Now I am putting together a Sabre 47 Profile with a OS 46FX on it. I assume I can use my old servos with this new radio. I have just been changing the plug in ends and using them on a Spectrum AR610 receiver. They seem to work alright. Is this ok or am I headed for trouble? These servos are 90's vintage Airtronics in good shape and I would assume they are antilog. I chatted with a tech at Motion RC and he said it wasn't a problem. Anyone done this. I just don't want to go to all the trouble of building this plane and immediately have a crash. Thanks for any help
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Old 02-24-2018, 04:53 PM
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The servos will work with the Spektrum radio system. If the servos are in good operating condition then the only issue I could see is the quality of your crimping or soldering of the new pins for the new plugs. If you have faith in that then your plane shouldn't crash due to a servo failure.
If the plane and components were expensive and it was a plane you wanted to keep around awhile then I'd spend the money and buy some new servos.
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I just retired some of my older Airtronics servos, but they were still working. They were running of Spectrum equipment, and had seen a lot of service. It was their time! I just buy pigtails, and heat shrink tubing, and solder the wires.
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Old 02-25-2018, 03:02 PM
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I just swap pins when going from Airtronics to Spektrum. No need to do any soldering.
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Swapping the pins works, but I figured the plugs were well used, so I splice on new pigtails.
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Some older servos were not intended for 6V operation. If you are using a 5-cell Nixx pack or LiFe pack, or an ESC with a 6V output you probably should look up the specs on your servos to be sure.
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For those of you who may be interested, Hanson Hobbies (and probably many more) sell kits to make up your own servo wires. You get the pins or sockets, and the female/male housings. Buy as much wire as you want and also pick up the crimping tool. I've desoldered the old wire off a servo right from the board, soldered on a new wire, then cut it to the length I needed and crimped the new pins on. No more splicing necessary.

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