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Futaba sz18 and Sbus


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Can someone advise on Sbus and my SZ18 tx setup. I am going to use standard servos with my Sbus system and I know I have to purchase a Futaba SBD1 Decoder to run these servos, on my transmitter I can program Sbus servos etc but my question is can I programme the SBD1 decoder with my transmitter or do I have to purchase a Futaba SBC1 programmer to program the Decoder? 

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Malc

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Malc, no, it is not possible to ptogram SBD1 decoders from your radio. To program them you actually need the simple SBC1 or the more advanced, which I prefer, CIU-3.

 

Anyway and if you are going to use several ordinary servos I recommend you going for the SBD2, just a little more expensive than SBD1 but cheaper if you add the SBC1. SBD2 may handle up to 8 servos, you do not need any other accessory to program it and even it may accept a separate batery to feed the servos connected to it.

 

I do have both but rarely use the SBD1 units unless I just need one or two ordinary servos connected to a S.BUS receiver.....

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For running 4 servos in the wings you will need 2 x SBD1, as each one allow connecting 3 servos. You may connect the servos on each wing to a SBD1 decoder and then connect each SBD1 to a "Y" type cable connected to the S.BUS plug on the receiver.

 

If you go for the SDB2 you will have to make a normal cable installation with long servo cables up to the SBD2, this is 2 labeled long servo cables for each one as up to the SBD2 yours should be a "normal" installation.

 

So if you want to use the S.BUS capability of not worrying and messing with servo labeling and possible error when connecting them, best solution should be 2 x SBD1 decoders. If economy and practicallity for future models is your option, the SBD2 should be better.

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