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Old 08-13-2003, 08:26 AM
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Im working on a tug boat and i know nothing about controlers etc etc. basically i was wondering if you can offer any ideas on a controler and addons brand names and links that can do all this:

1-left motor control
2-right motor control
4-fire monitors on/off
5-crane swivel -left/right
6-crain raise/lower
7-crane cable raise/lower
8-wipers on/off
9-front spot lights swivel left/right
10-rear spot lights swivel left/right
11-diesel sound on/off
12-horn on/off
13-smoke generator on/off
14-fire monitors swivel left/right
15-bilge pump on/off
and 2-3 chanels or function for any possibly more future funtions.

Thanks for any help
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A Multiplex with the MULTInaut add on gives something like 17 channels, where channels 10-17 are 4 switches and 3 stepped servos.

Old 08-14-2003, 04:55 AM
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Buy two of the cheapest 8 channel radio's you can on different channels and use two receivers... No need to buy a super huge radio with everything but the kitchen sink when two cheepies will do, especially for something as non-precises as a tug boat.
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The most for the least is going to be the Tracker II by Polk's Hobbies.
For $275, you get a programmable 8 channel radio which has synth built in (ability to choose any of the ground freq's you want). With it at that price also comes a synth receiver including 900mah batteries for both the TX and RX, but you'll have to shop for your servos because it comes with just one.
But for a boat, you can get the cheapest servos out there and save a bunch of money that way.
Make sure that you ask for the ground frequency (75mhz) version whatever brand of radio you get.

The Tracker II offers 3 mixes of any of the 8 channels, so if you buy two radios and mount them side by side on a tray, you will have the ability to select which frequency either of the radios work on as well as to mix whatever channels you might want to make things toot and putt on your boat.

So, 2 (two) synthesized Transmitters AND 2 (two) synthesized Receivers that, together, will do everything you want and for only $550.
It will be hard to get that much for that little.


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