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The Nav Lights system is almost perfect but I wish I had the prowess to make a couple tweeks. First, how can I program the chip so that on power up, the strobes are continuously on and the position lights and landing lights are controlled by a three position switch? The system would work like this--switch off = strobes on, position lights and landing lights off; switch middle = strobes and position lights on, landing lights off; switch up = all lights on. Second, in a perfect world, the system would have a rotating beacon circuit that is always on with the strobes! For now, I plan on using a RAM 04 rotating beacon and RC-Cam nav lights, but this will add the extra weight of a 9v battery and some extra circuitry. Lastly, it shouldn't be a problem, but I will have a strobe on each wing tip. I assume that I can wire the strobe LEDs in series and add the proper resistance.

Thanks for the advice in advance.

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Due to my schedule, I won't be able to help with the project customization that you requested. In regards to the wingtip LED's, you may be able to use series LED connections. For some very useful information on LED use, please see http://www.rc-cam.com/led_info.htm

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Ok, for what your asking;

get rid of 9v battery, not neccessary. Tap into your bec and make sure you calculate the resistors correctly for each led. Essentially find out voltage from bec, get multimeter and find out,also find out requirements of led, they are normally stated on the package as to what they can handle.

Check out

http://www.kpsec.freeuk.com/components/led.htm#calculate regarding how to calculate resistors and how to setup leds.

In terms of your switch... first of all find a switch that can do as your asking, then to trigger certain lights at each point of the switch you could do it with relays, but that would be kinda a pita, smarter and lighter would be transistors, do some reading there then post your next questions. Looks to me that you want strobes constantly on.

Actually... why not make it really simple and just get three micro switchs, you could even use dip switches, probably .50cents to a buck for one at an electronics store. And flick on and off which you like? That would be the most simple way.

Edit point: ah shoot you wanted it remote right. seems you can use the bit-cam idea from this site in special projects to flick on and off buttons. Guess it depends on how many channels you have free. Could always setup something where as you switch on it goes from one mode to the next. But that would be beyond my skillz.



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