The compatibility problem between the SmartWinch and 2.4 GHz radios is due to the 2.4 GHz system startup delay and the way the D model and earlier SmartWinch is put into setup mode. The information on the following pages was written with the assumption that this startup delay is not more than a couple of seconds. But some 2.4 GHz systems can take longer than a few seconds to start up. Should the 2.4 GHz system start up at the SmartWinch setup mode entry time then setup mode will be entered. If this happens simply turn the SmartWinch off then try again. NEVER turn the Tx off or pull the Rx lead out of the Rx if setup mode was entered accidentally otherwise settings may be altered. For how to program a D or earlier series SmartWinch with 2.4GHz, please go to the How to Program a SmartWinch page.
Compatibility issues with the 2.4GHz systems are completely eliminated in the E series SmartWinch. If your SmartWinch is an E model (280EF, 280ES, 280EL, 380ES or 380EH) there is no need to read on.
D Models and earlier. Solution to compatibility problems
I recommend the use of the RMGSwitch-BEC. It is a deck mount on/off switch with the ability to program any SmartWinch model when used with any type of RC radio system. It also eliminates the possibility of accidental settings changes due to slow 2.4GHz receiver startup. It replaces both the Pulser and Signal Line Switch both of which are no longer available.
I apologise for the current unavailability of the RMGSwitch-BEC. It is under design review and hopefully will be available in the near future. In the meantime, the Signal Line Switch is back in store.