Well with the crap weather NC has been having I started back on my joystick. I decided to just wire everything up and see if it would work.
And after it’s all said and done every function work as far as the signal it needs to send works when bench tested. Now I just need to see if it translates correctly to troller control board or if the resistance of the pots on the joystick are to high and slow the troller movements down or kill function.
Alright so even tho the bench test worked as far as the signal it didn’t 100% work when connected to the trolling motor. Left and right worked but on/off and speed didn’t. I tried every combination to get the prop to spin but never was able to figure it out. But dont worry i have a plan B, since i am unable to bypass the original circuit board I thought what would it take to incorporate it. Now i also saw that in 2017 Minn k changed the foot pedal to what they call the BT version. The BT version removed the slide pot for speed control and added a little turn knob for speed control which is basically what i was trying to do with the joy stick so i purchased a used one and took it apart, then proceeded to wire the joystick exactly like this pot on the BT version and still nothing. So i moved forward with trying to include the circuit board. I then proceeded to remove the plastic cover off of one of the buttons to see how its made
This is a close up of a button. The shiny piece that you see is basically a thin pice of metal that when depressed completes the circuit. Under that it looks like this
Well it depends on a few things like what pedal you have. I have a powerdrive v2 pedal and a powerdrive BT pedal difference is slide pot or twist pot. BT pedal is twist pot and requiers 2 less parts. then its basically how fancy you want or don't want it to be . my basic one will look like this v2 pedal w/ slide pot
now i do have a fancier Joystick with 2 buttons that i was planning on doing a few things different with but i wanted to get the basics down before i tried to get creative. like i wanted to see if i can have like a 1 button wide open throttle, and i was also going to move the mom/cont button ( rocker switch) to the other button. the buttons on these joysticks are momentary so to turn them into latching requires a couple different circuit boards to make that happen