Tim Mackey

Tim Mackey  |  Sep 12, 2017  |  0 comments
Welcome to our new glossary, designed for beginners or anyone seeking clarity or the meaning of the many abbreviations used in connection with model flying. If there are others you feel we can add to the database then please use the forum thread link below to make your suggestions and we'll make sure they're included. 35 MHz (35 Meg)- see frequency 2. 4GHz / 2.
Tim Mackey  |  Dec 30, 2013  |  0 comments
Chargers can seem a little confusing at first but a good charger will soon become a valued tool. It seems that not long ago we had a very simple life when it came to batteries. Other than a few pioneering electric flyers, almost every R/C modeller had fairly standard equipment, usually comprising a model fitted with a two-stroke or four-stroke i. c.
Tim Mackey  |  Jun 08, 2010  |  0 comments
Photos by John Bowman (check out John's album for more photos) The first of the 2010 season PSSA ( Power Scale Soaring Association ) meetings got under way on a rather grey and doubtful day, at the famous Great Orme Llanduno venue Sunday 6th June. Things didn’t get off to the best of starts with the surprise announcement by the local council that the Orme would be all but closed completely on the Saturday of this planned two day weekend event – due to a car rally taking place around the Marine drive. Keeping a close eye on the met office reports, it was touch and go right up to Saturday night as to 'whether' the event would happen at all, as we had been experiencing some rather calm and pleasant conditions for a change – great for all but us slope soaring fans who like nothing better than a brisk 20 MPH westerly wind! Sunday morning dawned cloudy, but at least the forecast included some wind. Right up to 9AM or so on Sunday morning, several phone calls and emails were flying to and from the house – as we can literally just about see the Orme from our back garden - the trees at our place are a pretty good indicator of conditions, and that, coupled with the behaviour of the off-shore wind turbines which now blight our sea view helped cement the decision that we were good to go.
Tim Mackey  |  Nov 11, 2009  |  0 comments
Thanks go to forum member Pete B for spotting this bulletin about the DX6i transmitter. If you own a DX6i then best check this out. . .
Tim Mackey  |  Jun 04, 2009  |  0 comments
Ok, well inPart. 1you saw how she flew and fly well she does, but getting to that stage wasn't quite the picnicI had hoped for. Being a slow and methodical builder, I put the kettle on, got out the sticky buns, and turned firstly to the build manual. This is the now all too familiar pictorial offering of just a few pages, but I have to say this is one of the poorest I have ever come across.
Tim Mackey  |  Jun 02, 2009  |  0 comments
Like many other aspiring jet jockeys I suspect. . . .
Tim Mackey  |  Apr 15, 2009  |  0 comments
There's life beyond the Li-Po as these cell types continue to prove In part. 1 we looked at the popular and versatile lithium polymer cell and this time we're going to discuss most other types of battery. Firstly, let's examine some of the many other types of cell available to us while explaining the rationale behind selecting particular types for certain roles. First off though, remember that several different manufacturers / pack assemblers use the same basic cell when making up their products, then wrap it all up in a nice shiny label with their own particular brand name.
Tim Mackey  |  Apr 09, 2009  |  0 comments
The Li-Po battery has transformed electric flight This is the first in a two-part article all about cells and batteries; the various types, how to choose and use them, charge them, discharge them and heck, in these green times - even how to dispose of them! In this first part I am going to kick things off with a description of the modern energy source that is the Lithium chemistry based cell. Borrowing a little from my previous RCM&E articles "Electrickery" (which can be read on the site here, in the archives, link below) I shall endeavour to explain how to get the best from these cells, and their unique properties compared to nickel based cells. Now I am not a chemist, scientist, or even particularly technically savvy about the manufacture of these little marvels, but I have been a user of them for well over 5 years and have over a hundred different types and sizes in my arsenal, these fulfill many different roles not only in powering my electric models and radio equipment, but likewise, assorted auxiliary gear onboard my aeroplanes. The latter includes sound effects, simulated guns, and lighting while I'm "currently" (dreadful pun intended) experimenting with making a power supply unit from the newer lithium based M1 cells from A123 technologies, to feed my hungry chargers when out at the field.
Tim Mackey  |  Oct 14, 2008  |  0 comments
This was my first experience of a dedicated PSS model flying session, and I was struck by both the diversity of models, and the friendliness of the flyers. If you have not encountered this fascinating branch of our sport yet, why not check out the PSSA website at www. pssaonline. co.
Tim Mackey  |  Jul 04, 2008  |  0 comments
Having been experimenting with some of the newer battery technology (LiFe PO4s etc) I was looking for a new toy that could handle a goodly number of these cells, as well as all my other existing stuff. My GT8 was fine on Li-Po and could handle up to 8 cells at 7A - but had a few issues with larger 8-cell LiFe PO4 packs. This new 1010B also had a nifty balance plug adaptor board capable of accepting a wide variety of balance plugs (JST XH format) from different series wired batteries. With up to 10A and 10-cell handling, integrated balancing, and 200-watt capacity, it looked to be a capable machine.

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