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Mark Reynolds20/02/2017 03:51:22
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Bump! Has anyone got any more info re this? I have been chasing up Hitec but they are keeping their cards close to their chest!

MattyB20/02/2017 12:41:40
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Sadly I think it's vapourware. They have been promising a more advanced higher channel count TX for years, but even if they came up with it tomorrow they have lost so much ground and so many customers I would think long and hard before investing in a system whose future was uncertain. I would recommend you look at another player with a more certain future, be that FrSky, Spektrum or Futaba (JR and other smaller manufacturers like Graupner and Multiplex may make great products, but IMO none of them are certain to exist in the RC market in 5 years time).

Steve Houghton 120/02/2017 13:24:51
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I think it'll come, but it appears to be taking a while, and then when it is out, it may still be behind the latest offerings from other manufacturers.

I'm very happy with my A9 and I only really miss not having a talking vario telemetry for when I'm thermal soaring, otherwise it's 9 channels and excellent programming functions are perfect for me. I certainly don't want to be changing manufacturer, not with the number of receivers I have, it would cost me a fortune.

MattyB20/02/2017 15:35:29
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I am not saying you have to change your existing A9, just that I would think long and hard before investing a large amount of money in a new system from Hitec given how far behind they have slipped and the rate of change in the RC marketplace. If the new set were not a commercial success getting RXs a few years in could be very difficult (remember it is already known Hitec will need to update their RF protocol in order to get more channels). As an example look at JR right now - with DMSS RXs hard to get hold of at present and JRs future in the air 28x buyers must be getting very scared that their expensive investment could be a paperweight in a year or two.

Percy Verance26/02/2017 07:58:33
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It seems odd there seems something of a delay with HiTec as they will undoubtedly have access to technology from Multiplex, whom have had 16ch sets on the market for 10+ years now. And it's even stranger when you consider HiTec have already *borrowed* some technology/know-how already re: 4096 step modulation for the new Flash 7 and 8, plus the Aurora 9x. Multiplex have been using 4096 step modulation for about 15 years now, so perhaps it isn't all that surprising given the tie-up between the two companies. HiTec and Multiplex are owned by the same person, although it's probably fair to say the two brands are aimed at slightly different areas of the market.

Matty

As far as HiTec are concerned, the UK market is chickenfeed compared to the US. That's where most of their sales and profit are made, and that's probably really all they're concerned about. Any new radio will be marketed there first, and we probably won't see it for at least a year or more. It's a slightly different story with Multiplex, as I don't think they have a distribution network in the US for their radios anymore, despite them being sold there previously. Most of the other stuff Mpx sell is still sold over there though, and I believe it's the biggest market for their foamie models.

 

 

 

Edited By Percy Verance on 26/02/2017 08:13:40

Frank Skilbeck26/02/2017 08:35:31
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But the Hitec 2.4 protocol is completely different to the Multiplex M Link, so would have to be re-worked, which may make it incompatible with existing receivers etc plus they would have to get it re-approved in the US which I understand is quite costly, hence why Hitec USA decided not to sell M Link in the US. Hitec may have also done some market research which has concluded that the market for 16 channel sets doesn't justify the costs.

Percy Verance26/02/2017 09:20:26
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Hi Frank

It does seem all the more strange that the protocols are so different. Maybe it's intentional Frank? I think I did read somewhere they did feel the need to retain completely separate brand identities.

It all seems a bit odd really Frank because if you can't shift a 16ch set in the US, then what are your chances elsewhere I wonder?

Some Mpx stuff is re-badged though Frank. The latest I've seen is the G3 gyro with a HiTec sticker on it.......

Frank Skilbeck26/02/2017 11:08:47
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Yes but chargers, ESCs and the G3 gyro don't need FCC approval. I suspect the stand alone Wingstabi units will end up being rebadged Hitec in the US.

MattyB28/12/2017 17:15:35
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For future reference - Hitec confirm in Dec 2017 that they have shelved all future TX development and the 14 and 16ch prototypes will not be brought to market... sad

“...We have been testing new beta versions of our 14 and 16 channel transmitters for the past year or so and I personally have been flying on them in my own personal airplanes, they are not vaporware as they exist and are functional- the 14ch itself was ready to roll into production and start distribution ASAP pending a couple small software bugs. The 16ch was nearly complete as well.

Over the summer this past year it was decided to NOT bring either one of these transmitters to market based upon worldwide market conditions and the associated high cost to produce, market, and support the product. It is with a heavy heart that we officially announce the cancellation of our new 14 and 16 channel transmitters, the projects have been shelved indefinitely. We apologize to everyone about broken promises to introducing new transmitters but transmitters have not proven to be our strongest point. Our current line of transmitters will still be produced and supported, and our servo technology is always ever expanding with new innovations around every corner.”
ChrisB28/12/2017 19:40:54
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Thanks Matty.

That is a very disappointing development...or non development as it turns out. I had hoped to invest in a new Hitec TX and I think the market needs some new competition but never mind.

geoff dales29/12/2017 22:24:42
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Been waiting for a long time for a new high end hitec tx because as much as the a9 is a great bit of kit it dosnt have enough channels . Looks like I will have to change elegance and buy a 16sz

Edited By geoff dales on 29/12/2017 22:25:23

Percy Verance30/12/2017 08:44:50
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Still a few options out there Geoff, and there are sure to be a number of suggestions. I'd hold off a while rather than dive in head first with Futaba. It doesn't seem to be the red hot favourite it once was. Receiver cost seems to be the main gripe at the minute, although there are shiploads of Fut clones around. Not everyone likes using clone stuff though.

 

Edited By Percy Verance on 30/12/2017 08:58:41

Steve Houghton 130/12/2017 11:20:58
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I did read on another forum only a week or two ago, a post directly from Hitec which stated that Hitec have suspended any further development of ALL transmitters. They feel that the market has become saturated and so they will now only concentrate on servo development.

I was disappointed at this news and so I will probably look at the Graupner system as I want talking telemetry on vario for my thermal gliders. Unfortunately Hitec don’t offer this.

MattyB30/12/2017 11:32:51
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Yes, that is what I linked to and reproduced in the post above on 28th Dec.

Wilson H30/12/2017 11:36:53
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Thanks

geoff dales30/12/2017 17:10:10
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Even a firmware update to 12 or 14 channels for the a9 would be great and a receiver to match

MattyB30/12/2017 20:42:50
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If that were easily possible I’m sure they would have done it a long time ago and released an Aurora 14 with a £200 price hike. I know their original protocol was never designed to go beyond 9ch though, so it may be that the transmission hardware does not have the capability to be upgraded. Either way, to get a 14ch to prototype stage then shelve it must have been a big investment write-off.

Frank Skilbeck30/12/2017 20:54:10
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And if they had to have another protocol for 14/16 channels then they would have to get this certified, and I understand that the FCC approval in the US is quiet expensive.

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