Tuesday October 24th, 2006|
Today I received my Dynon serial to parallel encoder converter. I sort of wish I would have just gone with a transonder that takes serial input, but whatever. It's too late for that now. Anyway, I decided to use this instead of an encoder because a) it saves weight, b) it's much, MUCH smaller than an external encoder, c) it reduces the number of static line connections to be run and d) it makes it easier to adjust the encoder input -- you just do it on the Dynon instead of pulling an encoder out from behind the panel.
Here's where I mounted the encoder...passenger side behind the panel.
And here you can sort of make out the transponder working. The unfortunate thing about the 320A is that it doesn't tell you what altitude it's receiving. With the other tranponders that display pressure altitude it's easy to see if they're getting input from the encoder. Only thing I'm missing is finishing up the antenna install. It's not easy because the back of the transponder is very close to the subpanel. I'll need to punch a pretty good sized hole through the subpanel to be able to pass the BNC connectors through.