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Wiring the Switch Array to our 2040 Digital Interface
The Switch Array was designed to operate with our Model 2050 USB Junction Box, but with a bit of effort and some electronics knowledge, the Array can also be used with the USB to 20 Button INTERFACE (Model 2040 - see above). As its name implys, the 2040 allows you easily connect up to 20 digital switch circuits to your USB Port.
They say that "A picture is worth a thousand words", so here is a diagram to show you how to wire up two Toggle Switch Array Panels to the USB Interface. If you wish to wire only one Switch Array, just connect the 5 RCA outputs to J1 - 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 (the First 5 Red Dots seen below)
Wiring for the Do-it-Yourselfers
Above is a photo of the backside of the 2060 Panel. As you can see, the RCA Jacks are labeled as follows (from Left to Right): +5VDC Power - Toggle Switch #1 - Togle Switch #2 - Toggle Switch #2 - Toggle Switch #4 - Toggle Switch #5
COMMON GROUND to ALL Switches is the Outter Casing of the RCA Jacks (This is where the Power Supply GND is Connected).
To test the 2060 for operation, it would be easier if you connect an RCA Cable to the Power Terminal on the Panel. When the cable is in place, apply +5 Volts DC to the indicated RCA Jack (see above). The outside casing is the power supply's GND connection. Now, using a VOM (Voltmeter set to it's 10 volt Scale), take the "BLACK" lead and connect it to your Power Supply GND Connection. The "RED" lead is touching the Glass Diode at the point where it is soldered to the PCB (This is the BANDED End). You will see a +5V for each of the 5 Diodes.
NOTE: If you touch the VOM's "RED" Lead directly to the center terminal of the RCA Jack, you will not see any voltage readings on the Meter. This DOES NOT indicate a malfunction of the panel. This is because the Diode Blocks the voltage (A diode is a device that allows voltage to pass in ONLY ONE direction). In the 2060, the diode BLOCKS the +5 volts from passing to each RCA Jack, but does allow a Ground to pass. This Ground is the Control Pulse that is needed by our USB Junction Box and our Model 2040 USB Interface.
Again, with the "RED" Lead touching the BANDED end of the Diode (X1), you will see a +5V on your Meter. Now, flip SW1. You will see this +5V go to 0 voltage (Ground) then back up to +5V again. This Pulsing action will take about 1/4 second. Flip SW1 again. As before, the +5V will once again go to Ground, then back to +5V in about 1/4 second.
Perform the same test with the remaining 4 Toggle Switches. The "Grounding Pulse" will be present.
To have your computer sense these Pulses, you would need to design your own USB Circuit that "sees" this pulse and passes it along to your computer for subsequent programming by your Flight Simulator. Or the 2060 can be plugged our Model 2050 Junction Box (the BEST Choice for the Flight Simmers with little or no electronic background) or wired to our Model 2040 USB to 20 Button INTERFACE (see above).
Wiring YOUR Toggles Switches
If you purchased the 2060 less the 5 mini toggle switches, it is very easy to wire your own switches in their places. Below is a diagram showing two of the five
toggle switch locations on the 2060 pirnted circuit board ( J1 - J2 - J3 - J4 - J5 ). Notice the small white rectangular boxs labeled A - B & C. These holes are
connected in parallel to the larger holes (immediately to the right). It is these holes where you solder the three wires connecting your Toggle Switches to the
The CENTER Terminal of the five Toggle Switches is soldered to each "B" hole on the PC Board. The TOP Terminal is soldered to hole "A"; while the
remaining toggle switch terminal is soldered to hold "C". Any type of SPDT (Single Pole Double Throw) toggle switch can be used with the 2060. The length
of the wire connecting the toggle switch to the 2060 PC Board has been tested up to 15 inches in length.
Connecting the 2060 to Our USB Junction Box (Model 2050)
Connecting the USB Junction Box to your computer is a simple matter. Find an unused USB Port on your computer
and plug in the Junction Box. When pluged in, your computer will start to look for and load the required Driver
Software. A small window in the lower right hand corner of the screen will indicate that New Hardware was found.
When the Driver software is loaded, you can click on the "START" icon (lower left hand corner of the screen). Then
click on "Control Panel". Then "Game Controllers". When clicked, you should see something similar to the photo
The Junction Box is displayed as: "USB Junction Box Model 2050". Using your Mouse, Highlight this text and click.
A new window will appear as shown above. Here you can see 24 RED Buttons indicating a Digital Switch Input. The
Junction Box is designed for 20 Inputs. So disregard the last 4 Buttons.
The photo below shows how you can easily connect the Switch Array to our Model 2050 USB Junction Box. Using 3
Dual RCA Cables (You can purchase these from Desktop Aviator - 3 Needed) , plug 5 of the 6 cables to Switch 1 to Switch 5 of the Switch Array. The other side of the same cables are then connected to any of the available RCA jacks on the 2050.
The 6th Cable delivers the needed voltage to power the Switch Array. Connect this cable to any of the 4 available
"+5VDC Output" jacks on the 2050. The other side is connected to the "POWER" jack on the Switch Array.
Depending where you connect the RCA Cables from the Switch Array to the Junction Box; anyone of the 20 Buttons
will light when you flip the Toggle Switch. Flip all 5 Switches to verify that 5 RED Buttons will light when the Toggle
is flipped. The RED Button will light for about 1/4 second. This is Normal.
If you purchased 2,3 or even 4 Toggle Switch Arrays, just plug the RCA Cables into any available RCA Jack on the
Junction Box. BUT REMEMBER: The Four RCA Jacks on the Bottom Row of the Junction Box delivers +5VDC and
should NOT be connected to ANY Toggle, Spring Return Switch, ect. that places a short on these jacks. If anyone
of these Jacks are shorted to GROUND, you might damage your computer's Power Supply.
We at Desktop Aviator have developed a number of Add-on Modules that can be easily connected to the Junction Box. Using the Junction Box will allow you to add a:
Other Add-on devices are to be added to this list in the near future.
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