Transponder for GA (Cessna)
As I await the delivery of some rotary encoders (single and dual) so that I can get on to the next phase of my GPS build I have started to thinking about my next "project". Since I enjoyed on line flying with ATC (ie. VATSIM) prior to getting into this whole pit building craze, I thought a transponder might be worth tackling. Something along the lines of a Bendix King KT71.
So off I have been the past several days "researching". I already have a GoFlight GF166A so I thought maybe another module of theirs would be the way to go. Then I got into the whole world of Opencockpit, IO Cards, SIOC, etc. A bit daunting to say the least but I am slowly getting my head around how all the pieces go together thanks to this site and others. Looks like it would be a long haul with a few bumps along the way. Seems to be a lot of pieces and I must admit I still haven't quite got figured out what programs need to be running when to get the SIOC "script" working in concert with FS2004.
All this is a long way of asking the other GA builders here if you have done a transponder and which route did you take? Appreciate any thoughts, comments or opinions.
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Get rid of unnecessary hardware and install a GF166 remote mount kit.
1 Board: $65
2 single encoders $26 (yours can do the job too if cheaper)
That 's all you need
Display the 7 seg digits behind a smoked plexi and use two encoders. One for the 2 left digits one for the 2 right digits.
I did exactly that for my 737 TRX
you already have the GF softwre installed which will avoid loading your processor with too many different softwares.
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Thanks for the suggestion Jack. Just so I understand this right I can purchase the board and 1-6 digit display module separately. Then I can connect 2 single rotary encoders to the board and using GF software "program" the 2 encoders to "tune" the 2 pairs of the xpndr code separately? I assume this means one encoder tunes the first pair between 00-77 and the seconder encoder does the same for the other pair of digits in the code.
Also I assume I can use 2 simple momentary push buttons (ident and VFR) and a rotary switch (function selector) connected to my Bodnar board for the other features.
If so, I'm liking this approach.
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YES to all.
You have a GF166
you can assign it to be a transponder
Just go to the GF config and do it as a test.
one side of the double decker encoder drive the 2 left digits the other one the 2 right digits
Nothing to program just mouse clicks.
The bare board (Check GF Remote kits on the GF site) has also two buttons input and two leds output that you can assign to Ident or many other functions.
Just browse the GoFlight doc.
you do not have to use another board.
It is simple as 123
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Between our posts I did exactly what you suggest..... converted my GF166 from a Com/Nav radio to a transponder and started experimenting. Works like a charm. Even used FSUIPC to assign one of the buttons as an Ident button. Unfortunately couldn't hook up with VATSIM ATC to see if it worked.
Any way this looks like the way to go. A 166 board, a 6 digit display, some pushbuttons and an encoder and I will be ready to go.
Thanks for getting me headed down this path. I think it is the one that best suits my skills, level of authenticity I want and most importantly my wallet.
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As above, Jack, thanks from me. I was not aware of the remote mount kits, although I know some people who use goflight kit and swear by it. This is the way forward for me too!
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