Q:Whenis theHTS-Navi AFHSS units coming in? Everything reads late May….
Anyone using the telemetry HTS Packs toward a practical success? I'm a little late to the game with it, but have been playing around with the complete HTS pack on the bench this weekend while trying to catch up on thread info for this stuff.
I have to domore testing at our club field to really get the hang of it, butpreliminary tests at h ome seem to be working fine. Between the built in 2D display of the MPP-22 Telemetry softwareand Google Earth-it accurately recorded my movements of the unit goingup and down the streetwith the module in hand.The altitude seemed off and a reset got it closer, but maybe it’ll settle down at the field with a more open area?
There is a good bit of messing about to understanding the software and what you have to do to record the flight data. Example: I took me a while to figure out I had to be recording in order to get Google Earth to display the coordinates.
Also people considering the telemetry should look into getting the HTS-Navi AFHSS along with their HTS Pack.That is if you want to record your flight data and not tether your radio to a laptop.I seriously doubt that anyone will want to carry a laptop to the flight line attached to their radio.. I really think this device should have come with the Telemetry kit, IMHO.For an additional $60 it’s a no-brainer. So I have to find one in stock somewhere and get it on order.(FYI:The HTS-Navi AFHSS is a USB receiver that can bind to your receiver and receive the telemetry data and record it onto your PC the same way the HPP-22 unit does when connected to your 2.4Ghz module in your radio.)
Bottom line is to get the most of the telemetry you will be taking a laptop to the field with you and recording the flights whether tethered to the radio or over the HTS-Navi. It’d be nice if Hitec came out with a memory module to record flight data onto a USB to take home later…
Maybe for the future plane builds I’ll dumb it down to the HTS basic #55845 pack at $70 for the RPM and a couple temp probes vs. the $225 for the full kit. With GPS and Fuel, also.If I then wanted to use GPS I would swap it out to avoid the $120 optional weight/cost. And $70 is still high for a remote tachometer.Maybe the price will come down for this stuff, because there looks to be a lot of competition coming on the market.The components to Hitec’s Telemetry system are already being reverse engineered/decoded/and being prepped for aftermarket – it’s only a few microcontrollers and bits – a few dollars by themselves.That’s fine for Hitec to cash in on their efforts, but hopefully they’ll adjust the prices to keep us dedicated to their product vs. having to go aftermarket in the long term. Telemetry – an expensive gadget with caveats.But to someone like me who collects gadgets, it’s GOLD.