Battery switch

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Battery switch

Post by Sidestep » Thu Jul 07, 2022 1:43 pm

When I enter instant action, my battery switch is in battery position. Switch to main position, wait 3 min for MFD’s to boot up, by then, have to eject….
Any ideas of how I can fix this??

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Re: Battery switch

Post by Buttons » Thu Jul 07, 2022 8:39 pm

is it pit related?
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Re: Battery switch

Post by Sidestep » Fri Jul 08, 2022 12:09 am

Yes, instant action and Furball. Tried AAR training, all the same.
There must be a setting somewhere that I can change….

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Re: Battery switch

Post by Sidestep » Fri Jul 08, 2022 2:51 am

Found the problem, switch was mapped to master arm switch. Select Master Arm on, battery switch would go to battery….argh. Something so simple.

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Re: Battery switch

Post by Buttons » Fri Jul 08, 2022 11:49 am

I’m glad it’s resolved. Even though it adds some complication I still kinda want a pit.
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Re: Battery switch

Post by Sidestep » Sun Jul 10, 2022 2:40 am

I think you should build one!

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Re: Battery switch

Post by Zeus » Sun Jul 10, 2022 9:34 pm

I encourage anyone that is even thinking about building a pit to give it a try. My advice would be...
  1. Start with a small proof of concept, just to make sure you see what it takes. A couple buttons mounted on a shoebox would work.
  2. IAlso HIGHLY recommend using Leo Bodnar boards for your interface (only capable of inputs; for gauges and lights you will need something else)
  3. Make a list of what switches you want to implement (ex: back right console has a handful of switches and knobs)
  4. Then make note of the types of switches you need (On/Off vs Mom/Off vs rotary, etc.) then go get the cheapest you can find (at least for starters)
  5. Wire the switches, plug in the Bodnar board and edit your *.key file - I am happy to help; once you see it, its really easy.
Once you do the above and see how easy it is, I would bet most people would agree that building the input side of a pit is way easier than they ever thought.
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Re: Battery switch

Post by Badger » Sun Jul 10, 2022 11:36 pm

Fully agree with Zeus.
Building even a limited pit is not that difficult, nowadays it's much easier than when I did it.

As an alternative to the Leo Bodnar board is the PoKey 57U. Does everything the Bodnar board does and more. I think it's even a few dollars less. A bit more on the set up side but, super easy once it "clicks".

I have 1 Bodnar board and 4 Pokey boards in my set up.

My original goal was to be able to ramp start without touching the mouse or keyboard. Goal met. ;)
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