Futaba 9CAP Excel 97 Worksheets for RC Sailplane Settings.

Included are six worksheets that you can use for recording your Futaba 9CAP sailplane settings (1).  Reasons for doing this might include troubleshooting setups, sharing them with others, verifying that programming is consistent among your sailplanes, or for archiving.  There are three sheets for the simpler Glider type, GLID(1FLP), followed by three sheets for the more complex GLID(2FLP) program.  Every attempt has been made to keep these worksheets simple and compact, yet to faithfully represent the transmitter's settings (2).  Each will print as a single page on most printers.  This will help you to visualize all of the program mixes and to better comprehend how they interact.  Three data entry methods are provided for each glider type, one using typeover, one using dropdown list boxes (3), and one with empty cells you can write in.  After you are familiar with these layouts, you will probably find that one best suits your own needs.  You should make a backup copy of this workbook before you make any changes. Each of the six worksheets is selected by clicking the appropriate tab along the bottom.  Be sure to extend your transmitter antenna if you have it turned on during program data recording or you may cause transmitter damage (4).  Please contact me at http://www.nmia.com/~tandberg with any comments or ideas for improvements.  I will keep the latest version posted on this site.

Dan Tandberg, MD
Albuquerque, NM, USA

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Description of Worksheets for GLID(1FLP)Screenshot

GLID(1FLP).  This is a combined display of the BASIC and the ADVANCED menus.  The default values are already typed in.  Data entry is carried out by typing into the appropriate cell.

GLID(1FLP)_Lists.  This page provides a dropdown list of entries for each data cell.  Each box is initially set to the default value.  Changes are made by clicking the appropriate box and selecting the desired value.  This is likely to be the fastest way to enter changes for most users; however the single page display is a bit 'busy'.

GLID(1FLP)_Empty.  This worksheet has all of the default data removed.  This is for those who wish to pencil values onto a printed copy while at the flying site.

Three similar worksheets for the GLID(2FLP) program follow.

1  These templates were written using my own transmitter and checked against the Futaba 9C manual, version_1.2.
2  Trim and Failsafe settings have not been implimented in order to save space.
3  Excel calls these "combo box" objects.  They are found on the View>Toolbars>Forms menu in Microsoft Excel 97.
4  "You should ALWAYS extend your antenna at least the bottom or first segment when turning the radio on with a module in place. If left in the radio with the radio on at your work area with the antenna collapsed for more than short intervals, the module will be unnecessarily exposed and may shorten the life or even immediately damage the module/transmitter."  [Futaba 9C FAQ]

Dan Tandberg, MD
The George F. Key, M.D. Endowed Professor
UNM School of Medicine
Department of Emergency Medicine
Ambulatory Care Center. 4-West
Albuquerque, NM 87131-5246
Internet: http://www.nmia.com/~tandberg