Grabber5.0
Has this ever happened to you? I was getting my F14 ready to take out last night, and the ESC kept re-arming. I notice any time the ESC wire on the receiver wiggled, it would lose power for an instant and reset. I thought it was a loose pin on the receiver, so I swapped it out for a brand new one, but it kept doing it. I'm pretty sure it's not a broken wire, but the connector itself, as I wiggled the whole length and it only cut out when I let the connector move. I was so ticked I didn't even look around for another connector I could solder on, I just walked away.
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Grabber5.0
I cooled off enough to look at it again this morning. I used a servo extension to isolate the problem to the ESC connector. I was pretty sure based on my testing that the problem was not the wires, so I pulled the wires out of the connector and squeezed each of the female connectors slightly with some pliers to tighten them up. Re-inserted them into the plastic connector and the problem was cured. This plane is soon to be a parts donor, so if I'm wrong, I'm not out anything and will solder a new connector on to the ESC.
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Grabber5.0
Well it worked fine, but flight time was cut very short because the battery wasn't charged. Last time I take someone else's word that a battery is charged.
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philliplunsford
Hey everyone, have a quick question. Trying to test the new motor for my new plane. When I plug in the battery. I get a beep beep constantly and the motor does not run. Batteries are fully charged. What does this mean? Thanks for any help with this
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MacLarry
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Hey everyone, have a quick question. Trying to test the new motor for my new plane. When I plug in the battery. I get a beep beep constantly and the motor does not run. Batteries are fully charged. What does this mean? Thanks for any help with this

That sounds like your ESC wants you to calibrate your transmitter's throttle stick. The ESC needs to know the limits of the transmitter stick's throw, so it'll assign the proper values to the throttle signal. Check the docs that came with your ESC (if you got them) to learn how to do that. Or you could try locating the appropriate file from the online vendor you bought it from. Sometimes they have that available for download. If no docs are available you can try doing the following:

- With everything powered off, move the throttle stick on your transmitter to the maximum throttle position.
- To be safe, remove the propeller from the motor.
- Turn on the power to your transmitter.
- Plug in the battery to your ESC.
- You should hear the beeping sounds coming from the ESC.
- Promptly move the throttle stick on your transmitter to the lowest throttle position - not too quickly, you want to be sure the change is captured by the ESC.
- Move the throttle stick back up to maximum.
- Unplug the battery from the ESC.
- Power off the transmitter.

Now, turn on the transmitter, plug in the battery to the ESC and carefully check for throttle response. If the ESC is still beeping, it probably means there are other features that can be programmed in the ESC. I'm not going into that. Moving the throttle stick should turn the beeping off.
You need to calibrate each ESC you own and only one time.

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Larry
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Grabber5.0
Well, interesting thread-jack. :/ Hope you got it worked out.

Took the F14 out tonight for a short flight before dark. It's been grounded since the last time I took it out and attempted to fly it and failed to control it in a tail wind. The wind had started to subside, down to about 8-10mph, pretty typical around here. For only my second time flying a park jet (yeah, I've been around the forums all this time and still haven't gotten comfortable enough to build and fly an RCP plan), I was pretty happy with how I did. The plane handled okay in the wind even as floaty as it is. Due to our position at the park I was most comfortable landing with the wind, and boy did that thing glide a long way! I let it float past us and down the hill about 50 yards or so. This was all after it had a run-in with the small tree behind us at the hands of my son, who claims he didn't see it. Uh huh.
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