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    How to make a simple switch panel

    Hi!

    I have been thinking about making a simple switch panel, with simple controls like landing lights on/off, gear up/down and so on.

    As the most common switches (on-on, on-off) seem to have 3 legs, how do I solder them to the USB control board? I haven't found a solution from the internet.
    I've surfed all around this forum and found some interesting link, but the closest result was instruction on "how to program the controller for switches and potentiometers".

    Thanks in advance and if it really happens, thanks for fast replys.

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    Re: How to make a simple switch panel

    Most switches such as toggles such as the SPST Toggle just have 2 legs (1 leg for on and 1 for off). As for a DPST toggle switch it will have 3 legs (ON-OFF-ON) So just connect leg one to input one on controller, then leg 2 to Ground, then leg 3 to input 2 on controller. To connect a simple SPST toggle to a controller, just connect leg one to input one, and leg 2 to Ground.

    The same goes for the 2 bit rotary encoder, just connect leg 1 of the encoder to input1 then leg 2 to ground, then leg3 to input 2. Now you have a nice rotary encoder that acts as a switch.

    Hope this help!
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    Re: How to make a simple switch panel

    Thanks!

    That opened up the things.

    And the programming is like this?
    http://www.lekseecon.nl/howto.html#onOffSPST

    The 2-leg switch is like on-off, so can it be made to be gear up-down?

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    Re: How to make a simple switch panel

    Hi there.
    Using SIOC is just one way to configure switches to OC Master cards, but personally I would go for leo bodnar cards to use switches, because Leo has developed an easy push-in-wire board, easy to configure, lots of inputs and no programming required. FSUIPC works a treat with his boards.
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    Re: How to make a simple switch panel

    Got any links? I'm getting excited

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    Re: How to make a simple switch panel

    Here is the website. Leo Bodnar is a global name is flight sim I/O boards:

    http://www.leobodnar.com/products/BU0836X/

    http://www.leobodnar.com/products/BU0836/
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    Re: How to make a simple switch panel

    'Will take a look. Thanks!

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    Re: How to make a simple switch panel

    Seems to be the one I've been looking for. I got the potentiometer part, but not the buttons really.

    If I solder buttons from row 1 to columns 1-6, do I get 6 working buttons, then solder row 2 to columns 1-6, do I then have 12 working buttons?

    Thanks again!

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    Re: How to make a simple switch panel

    Yep...you got it!

    You can also get 32 buttons out of the smaller card by wiring them in matrix mode!
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    Re: How to make a simple switch panel

    Cool... I'll order one of those and try it out. Thanks a lot!

    P.S. One last question, does the 2-legged on-off switch put gear up/down, lights on/off and so on?

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