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    Question What part to start with?

    Greetings,

    I am really intrested to work on different panels for Flight Simulator for my Dad that is a avid flightsimmer.

    Question is, i am new to Arduino and Electronics in general but not programming.
    What panels would be easiest to start out with ?

    Been looking at a Radio Panel similar to this one http://www.saitek.com/uk/prod/radio.html or http://www.goflightinc.com/products/...le-radio-panel but don't know where to start ?

    I have the Arduino Starter Kit and ordered some extra parts but can always get more if needed.

    Thanks in Advance

    /Marcus

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    Re: What part to start with?

    If I had to choose, I'd prob roll with the Saitek over the GoFlight.

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    Re: What part to start with?

    Hi,

    Sorry that worded it wrong, i mean, i am thinking about starting by making a Radio Panel similar to either of those two.
    But i don't really know fully where to start on making a panel like that.

    /Marcus

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    Re: What part to start with?

    http://www.jimspage.co.nz/Multi_Radio.htm
    I'd start by looking at that!

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    Re: What part to start with?

    Thanks Sam, perfect thing to start with.
    Now to find all the parts and order them.

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    Re: What part to start with?

    First download the link2fs_multi software...
    Assuming this is for FSX
    http://www.jimspage.co.nz/link2fs_multi_fsx_v5h.zip

    Before you do any arduino, learn about the link2fs_multi program. You can change things in FSX by sending information just from link2fs_multi for testing.

    After that, learn to crawl.
    Take a single push button hooked to the arduino and make it do something in FSX thru the link2fs_multi. Look at Jim's sample arduino programs (sketches).

    Take a baby step.
    Try an extraction program. My first one was a gear light program that Jim has a sample for.
    I wired up 3 leds with 3, 330ohm resistors, so the leds don't pop.
    Put the gear down in the sim, and the lights come on when the gear is down and "locked".

    Once you experiment with a couple of simple things first, I think you will find your understanding of Arduino circuit building, and the understanding of (Arduino <-> link2fs_multi <-> FSX) relationship to solidify greatly.

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    Re: What part to start with?

    Thanks Fess_ter,

    Will do so.

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    Re: What part to start with?

    well said fess-ter,
    forser if you get stuck dont be afraid to ask, but do try to do it yourself first though! You'll learn a ton of stuff making mistakes. The arduinos pretty robust so it will take some abuse.
    for arduino i recommend having a look at jeremy blum's videos
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    Re: What part to start with?

    Thanks Vikingsraven, learning by doing is always a good course of course.

    Will start small as Fess-ter suggested and build "up-wards" as my experience increases.

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    Re: What part to start with?

    Also, you might want a simple reference book on Arduino programming to have in front of you. Brian Evans’ “Beginning Arduino Programming” comes to mind, but there are lots to choose from. Good luck with your project.

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