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Robert Putley 106/01/2017 17:34:21
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Has anybody had experience with the new Spektrum tx

rcaddict06/01/2017 18:05:28
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robert - just remember that the new spektrums are DSMX only, DSM2 Rxs will not work

MattyB06/01/2017 23:26:20
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Lots of good info here...

Tom Sharp 207/01/2017 02:53:41
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the good thing is they will instantly switch from mode two to mode one at the flick of a switch and you can't accidently switch then back

Geoff Jackson07/01/2017 10:02:52
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Just bought one for playing with a mini multi rotor on DSMX. So far im impressed with its easy use. Ordered a lipo for it but being told March before in stock! Before anyone shouts the drone is for indoors with the grandkids! Im a fixed wing oily hand man rest of the time.

Robert Putley 107/01/2017 10:21:46
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Thanks for that Old git. Was aware, thanks again.

I was concerned that their was not a second coaxial ariel inside the tranny, having had problems with the an early DX6 with the single ariel. However, I notice that the ariel can be swung up and down, hopefully this eliminating the problem of having the ariel pointing directly at the model

Hamish07/01/2017 14:58:30
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robert - just remember that the new spektrums are DSMX only, DSM2 Rxs will not work"

Are you sure or am I reading an incorrect spec?

http://www.spektrumrc.com/Products/Default.aspx?ProdId=SPM6650

MattyB07/01/2017 15:21:21
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DSM2 transmitters have been banned from sale since the ETSI regulations changed in Jan 2015. They still sell it elsewhere in the world however, hence the content on that link. The UK version of that page clearly states the Rx that comes with it is EU spec and DSMX only.

Edited By MattyB on 07/01/2017 15:24:28

Hamish07/01/2017 15:37:38
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Thanks for the info.

Maurice Harvey25/02/2017 23:06:35
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I notice that Mike Freeman in his review of the DX6e gives the modulation as DSMX/DSM2. Model World, to their credit, posted a notification in the March issue stating that all Spektrum transmitters sold since 2015, do NOT support DSM2. Well done them for pointing it out in print.

Mike Freeman27/02/2017 08:01:11
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If I may please put the case for the defence...

Spektrum are a global player and the DX6e is available in DSMX and DSM2 modulation so, technically, my Datafile table is correct. My understanding is the DSMX only label applies to European sets only, DSM2 is still available elsewhere in the world. In hindsight, I can see a reference to this in my review would have been helpful so my apologies for that,

During my research I came across the document at the bottom of this post which states that DSMX and DSM2 Tx's and Rx's are both ways compatible (I have enlarged the relevant part just in case the text pixalates too much). From the posts above this appears to be not the case and I know that David has spoken to Spektrum about this and they have confirmed this document is wrong. I imagine David will be clarifying this point in the next issue of RCM&E.

With regards to Maurice's comment on the statement in Model World, I don't read this magazine myself but, looking at the Traplet website, I see they ran a review of the DX6e in their Feb issue. It could be their reviewer made the same assumptions as me and listed the modulation as DSMX/DSM2 and their comments in the March issue are a similar correction.

Modulation aside the OP asked if anyone had any experience of the DX6e. Well, I think it is a very capable set with lots of features for a reasonable price! More detail can be found in my review in the March issue of RCM&E.

Thanks, Mike

spektrum_ faqs.jpgdsmx-dsm2 compatabiliy.jpg

Denis Watkins27/02/2017 08:53:47
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There is an horizontal antenna in the rear handle of the Tx according to the diagram in the manual

Denis Watkins27/02/2017 08:53:47
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There are 2 Antenna on the DX6

There is an horizontal antenna in the rear handle of the Tx according to the diagram in the manual

Edited By Denis Watkins on 27/02/2017 08:54:29

Mike Freeman27/02/2017 14:23:15
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The DX6e transmitter has a single diversity antenna - there is no antenna in the handle. The single vertical antenna is adjustable so it can be set to an angle to suit how the Tx is held. I think the diagram Denis is referring to is on page 45 of the English portion of the DX6e's manual which looks to be a generic clause on safe distances from the aerials for all Spektrum Txs. Denis is correct, the DX6 has dual diversity but the 6e is definitely single.

For what it's worth the single diversity antenna on the DX6e has never caused me any concerns. The antenna fades count I see on the telemetry are always within the normal range of 50-100 per flight.

Denis Watkins27/02/2017 14:53:43
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Apologies but this diagram shows radiation from 2 areas,

Bottom right

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Denis Watkins27/02/2017 14:55:02
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Right Mike, I see what you mean

Phil Green27/02/2017 16:12:08
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Posted by Mike Freeman on 27/02/2017 14:23:15:

The DX6e transmitter has a single diversity antenna

For what it's worth the single diversity antenna on the DX6e has never caused me any concerns.

'single diversity' is a contradiction in terms smiley
Its either a single antenna (which it isnt if its a G3 EU model, is it a G2?) 
or two diverse antennas (which it is if its a G3 EU model)  

 

Edited By Phil Green on 27/02/2017 16:19:10

Mike Freeman27/02/2017 17:21:21
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Point taken Phil, thanks. However, the DX6e is neither G2 or G3. It is a first generation tranny which only has a single (but adjustable) antenna.

kc27/02/2017 17:49:53
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As DSM2 Tx can no longer be imported into the EU but are available in the rest of the world presumably this could be changed when we leave the EU.

So the question is - is it to our advantage as aeromodellers to not have imports of DSM2 Tx or should we be asking the BMFA to lobby the government to allow DSM2 to be imported again in due course after Brexit? Or should we lobby to keep restrictions on importing DSM2 even when we leave EU? Is this one of the useful bits of EU legislation!


Phil Green27/02/2017 19:26:27
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Actually the DSM2 protocol is not illegal under the new ETSI regs, however it
is not permitted at the full 20dBm that DSMX and other fully compliant protocols
generally employ.

It would be perfectly ok for Spektrum to import sets to the EU with both DSM2 and
DSMX protocol selections in the menus as long as DSM2 was limited to 10dBm
which would be perfectly usable for indoor or small park models.
DSMX of course can be the full 20dBm as its fully compliant.

Cheers
Phil

 

Edited By Phil Green on 27/02/2017 19:29:46

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