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Old 06-14-2017, 05:33 AM   #1
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I purchased my first stick, throttle and pedals that I ever owned from CH back in 2013. I bought it when I was playing Arma 2 DayZ. A friend showed me how awesome controlling a helicopter was with their products vs my keyboard piloting. Now I was a damn fine keyboard pilot but never knew how smoooth it could be with flight gear.

I graduated into IL2: Cliffs of Dover and eventually to DCS. CH has lasted me through three different states and the moving to go with it. The product is solid and will last a long time. I would recommend this as the budget flight gear for anyone looking.

It is straight forward, the programming software is also straight forward. The build quality is durable and they back their product.

CH uses potentiometers to track the movement of all their products. Well just recently I had an issue with one in my stick and one in my pedals. My controls would drift all on their own or not respond properly.

CH told me I was no longer in warranty. After a few emails they agreed to send me one for my stick. Later my pedals had an issue and they sent one for that. The internals are basic and it was easy to replace. All connectors, no soldering required. My gear feels brand new.

I can't see needing another set of flight gear for any reason. I believe it to be the best bang for your buck flight gear you can find. Thrustmaster is over rated and giving them money for that bundle of junk just encourages them to build more junk. I've seen the videos of what people have to go through to use it.

If I buy a new stick it will be from VKB sim and not because this one failed. Just because I'm looking to try something new for fun. CH stick works great for the Huey. I can fly that better than anyone I've seen online.

I'll back CH products for a long time as long as they back their products. They've done good by me. Hope you find the same experience or think about them the next time you need some gear.

Have a good one!
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Old 06-14-2017, 02:23 PM   #2
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CH uses potentiometers to track the movement of all their products. Well just recently I had an issue with one in my stick and one in my pedals. My controls would drift all on their own or not respond properly.

All connectors, no soldering required.
In some cases just solder the pot wires (or press the connectors with pliers) cure this drift's - caused be bad contact in that connectors.
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Old 06-14-2017, 04:25 PM   #3
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Nice to hear your expericence, Oscar.

I just got problems in a new rig with Control Manager under Win10-64. They tried to help me for 5 email.

In the end they just gave up. So did I. I will ditch my CH set (quite old) and will change for an A-10 Warthog.

Happens.

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Nice to hear your expericence, Oscar.

I just got problems in a new rig with Control Manager under Win10-64. They tried to help me for 5 email.

In the end they just gave up. So did I. I will ditch my CH set (quite old) and will change for an A-10 Warthog.

Happens.

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I'm running windows 10 64 with USB CH products. Some people are trying to use older game port stuff. You download CH control manager, install it, plug in CH stuff and it works.

My HDD died and I had to go through this process. I'm already up and running again.

There is something seriously wrong on your end if your products don't work.

Also you might want to research the warthog for complaints. I would never purchase one and I fly mainly the a10c. It pains me to see how junk they are and they are about to make a whole lot of money on F18 junk. They are not worth the money they ask for. That is my opinion.

Both of my buds have the warthog and they are not completely sold on the idea but its the only hotas they own. One was a CH guy like me and thought it would be cool. He gave his CH stuff to his son and wishes he didn't.
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I'm running windows 10 64 with USB CH products. Some people are trying to use older game port stuff. You download CH control manager, install it, plug in CH stuff and it works.


Hi OJ,

Tried everything on the book and never made Control Manager to work under win 10-64... I am using it in Direct mode anyway. This set is very old (10 years+) and it is time to move on.

Glad you succeeded.

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Tried everything on the book and never made Control Manager to work under win 10-64... I am using it in Direct mode anyway. This set is very old (10 years+) and it is time to move on.

Glad you succeeded.

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I assume their products from 10 years ago are game port then and not USB? Unless converted? Even so hat could explain the problem. 10 years of the same product is a lot of use. I wouldn't blame you for wanting to try something different.
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I have CH pedals that are 10 years old, and they still work great. CH ergonomics are not that great, but their stuff does seem to last a long time.
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I assume their products from 10 years ago are game port then and not USB? Unless converted? Even so hat could explain the problem. 10 years of the same product is a lot of use. I wouldn't blame you for wanting to try something different.
Nope... This is my 3rd CH set. First one was gameport and on my 2nd USB set.. First one died because of "mistreatment" flying IL2 too much...

Anyway, life goes on!
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I assume their products from 10 years ago are game port then and not USB?
CH sticks are the same model since ~2000 when their previous gameport stuff receive that (now obsolete) 8 bits (256 "steeps") USB 1.1 controller.

But, different combinations of Windows versions +other programs + User produce different results, on TARGET side (quote from other topic):

"...because the combination of Target, TrackIR and DCS World was not stable."

Same goes with Saitek keymapper (this far more bugged).

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Old 06-15-2017, 03:11 PM   #10
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I never found their pedals very comfortable, but still using CH HOTAS for over 12 years. Considered getting the Thrustmaster Warthog, but after playing around with it in the store it just didn't feel right.

No plans to change my CH gear any time soon.
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