Berg started designing radio control transmitters and receivers in Holland
in 1960, when his first son was born and he figured the boy had to have
something to play with when he came home from the hospital. The first
"system" was a radio-controlled car with a variable duty cycle
controlled steering motor (galloping ghost) and variable
speed forward (only) motor control, all using one-channel switched-carrier
In the following seven years, Peter designed and manufactured several
multi-channel r/c systems using tone modulation with different tones
for different functions and produced these under the BFM name. Also,
he wrote a monthly column in the Dutch magazine Radio Electronica and
published some do-it-yourself receiver articles.
In 1967, Peter emigrated to the US where he spent nine years designing
command systems for satellites and, later, advanced video recording
systems. In 1976, he joined Kraft Systems in Vista, California to head
up the industrial control products department, and later became director
of engineering. While at Kraft Systems, he designed what were, as far
as we know, the first FM R/C systems manufactured in the USA.
Following the sale of Kraft Systems to an industrial giant,
Peter returned to the aerospace industry, where he was program manager
on several national and international aerospace programs.
In 1988, Peter started his own aerospace company, Berg Systems International,
Inc., allowing him to retire in 1996. Since that time, he has concentrated
on designing the highest quality receivers for the remote control of
model airplanes, starting with the Berg-6
and the Berg-6 mini, of which more
than 3,000 units are flying successfully today.
In early 2002, we introduced a brand-new design 5-channel receiver,
which has the best RF front-end we have seen in the industry. Signal
decoding is performed in an on-board microprocessor computer chip (micro-P)
which constantly monitors the incoming signal and by the means of internal
DSP (Digital Signal Processing) passes only valid pulses to the servos.
This receiver, which took a year to develop and which has been test-flown
by prominent pilots in the USA and abroad, went into full production
in April 2002. Test flights have been conducted in RF congested areas
(ten or more transmitters crowding the field), on the slopes, and in
partly reflective domes. All test pilots have reported absolutely glitchless
This receiver is as small as the Berg-6 mini,
performs better than any receiver we have ever developed, weighs 9.5
grams without the case (12.5 grams with case) and can be used in virtually
any type model aircraft or helicopter.
This receiver is named the
Berg-5*DSP produces five
servo outputs on transmitter channels 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6, so that it is
compatible with transmitters which use aileron/flap mixing on channels
1 and 6 and all helicopters which are set up to use CP mixing.
The Berg-5*DSP is manufactured
to be compatible with negative-shift Futaba/Hitec transmitters, and
it can be switched internally (requires soldering iron) to listen to
positive shift JR/Airtronics transmitters.
yeah, to show you that we have listened to you, we have made the Berg-5*DSP
available in pins UP (vertical) and in pins OUT
(horizontal) servo connector versions.
Berg-4*DSP "micro stamp"
receiver, using the same RF deck as the Berg-5*DSP,
is also now available. It is a high-performance micro 4-channel
receiver with digital signal quality monitor and is manufactured by
Schulze in Germany.
So, how about the future?
the bench is a new miniature 9-channel expander,
which will plug into your Berg-5*DSP
receiver and expand the channel capability to 9.
more product information, go here.
For availability, see RC-Direct
or your local hobby store.