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What's the main radio brand you use 2017?

2017 update

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Beth Ashby Moderator03/02/2017 15:05:25
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We have brought this poll to you before, first in 2012 and then in 2014 and the results were different each time. 

2012 the top three were:

Futaba 41%

Spektrum 34%

JR 10%

2014 the top two switched:

Spektrum 38%

Futaba 31%

JR 9%

So we wanted to find out just how different your choice is 3 years later. So please enter our poll and discuss below!

You can take a look at the full 2012 results here and the full 2014 results here

Edited By Beth Ashby Moderator on 03/02/2017 15:07:05

Martyn K03/02/2017 15:10:14
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This will be interesting to see how this develops

FrSky in the lead - albeit with only 5 votes


cymaz03/02/2017 17:33:17
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Our club secretary still uses a Skyleader , week in week out !

Edited By cymaz on 03/02/2017 17:33:39

Stuart Z03/02/2017 17:49:59
372 forum posts

Use Futaba - very happy with it. Currently have 4 trannies and 10 or so receivers. Prior to that used Fleet.

Bill_B03/02/2017 18:23:45
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Had a few makes in my time and in chronological order they are; Macgregor, Horizon, Acoms, Sanwa, Futaba, JR, Spektrum and currently Multiplex.

Tony Richardson03/02/2017 18:51:20
603 forum posts
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JR at the moment with a mix of JR Spektrum Rx's, gradually changing to FrSky, would have stayed with JR but don't really like the look and feel of their new style Tranny plus the versatility offered by my Taranis is unmatched by any of the major brands except maybe Multiplex and they are not so readily available this side of the Atlantic.

Percy Verance03/02/2017 21:53:16
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Another Multiplex user here since the late 80's. Given me excellent service so I stick with it. I like the versatility of the programming. 


Edited By Percy Verance on 03/02/2017 21:58:32

Trevor03/02/2017 22:11:47
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Yes I too enjoyed the open programming of my MPX 3030 for many years. I got fed up of waiting for Multiplex to get to grips with 2.4GHz though, so fitted a Jeti module. Then Jeti brought out their own Tx, with even better open programming so, as the 3030 was getting a bit long in the tooth, I bought a Jeti DS16 and am still able to use those old 2009 receivers.

John Emms 103/02/2017 22:13:00
233 forum posts

For me it has been OS Cougar, Skyleader, and I would have stuck with Skyleader, but a move to the Netherlands meant I had to have what was approved there, so it was Sprengbrook. The end of the Sprengbrook saw a brief move to Futaba in the 90s before I "needed" the Graupner MC 24.

A sample Jeti transmitter module that was only intended for a quick trial led to me being purely Jeti from the first day that I tried it, and that remains in my MC 24.

Andy Palmer03/02/2017 23:30:20
253 forum posts
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I started with a single channel RCS Guidance System mid 60's, then single channel Macgregor, then various Futaba sets, Simprop Sam, before switching to Multiplex for my last 3 transmitters. Just got the latest version of the MPX Cockpit 9.

Andrew Ray03/02/2017 23:34:13
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Been a Frsky user for over 2 years now and haven't looked back. I like to set the basic model up in Companion on the computer, which only takes a few moments, and then adjust the throws and so on on the transmitter.

Martin Harris03/02/2017 23:55:08
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Posted by Trevor on 03/02/2017 22:11:47:

Yes I too enjoyed the open programming of my MPX 3030 for many years. I got fed up of waiting for Multiplex to get to grips with 2.4GHz though, so fitted a Jeti module. Then Jeti brought out their own Tx, with even better open programming so, as the 3030 was getting a bit long in the tooth, I bought a Jeti DS16 and am still able to use those old 2009 receivers.

Apart from coming from Futaba, exactly the same experience. I contacted John Emms within a couple of days of seeing the Jeti modules in the new products section of RCM&E back in '09. With a sizeable investment in receivers and sensors, I did resist buying a DS-16 for several months after launch but after biting the financial bullet haven't had a moment's regret. I'm very pleased with the continuing support and improvements in the software which has released even more of the system's potential at no extra cost and being able to speak to or email the factory development engineers is a real bonus.

John Privett04/02/2017 00:35:37
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I've said it before, but I used to be a Futaba user - since about 1974. But I started using FrSky FASST-compatible receivers shortly after they became available and never had a problem with them. Now enjoying the versatility and telemetry of the Taranis.

One thing that always surprises me on these surveys is how popular (apparently) Spektrum is.  Where I fly hardly anybody uses Spektrum - I'm not at all sure why,  maybe one of our early adopters had a bad experience with them?

Edited By John Privett on 04/02/2017 00:38:28

bouncebounce crunch04/02/2017 01:04:30
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Spektrum DsmX for me. The first 2.4ghz i received was with a ready to fly model, so built on that system.

Had my first crash incident in many years during the week and we found the culprit, the antenna wire had worn through at the Knuckle joint of the DX6i leaving me with loss of signal. not only that, I was explaining this at the field today and we checked another modellers transmitter and Guess what? his wiring is very close to being fully severed too, he was probably only a few weeks away from losing a model. I bet a few models have been lost because of this problem.

other than that the system has worked faultlessly for many years.

David Davis04/02/2017 04:23:48
3377 forum posts
592 photos

FrSky seem to be gaining in popularity and in my experience they are widely used by those with considerable IT knowledge and affection!

I am useless with computers and have little or no interest in them. (Good job I'm retired eh?) I have stayed with Spektrum for years. I have sometimes struggled to understand how to programme the transmitter but have always eventually worked it out so I see no need to change.

Chris Walby04/02/2017 07:07:31
954 forum posts
228 photos

Very interesting survey as this and previous surveys are obviously biased to the group of people on the forum and probably not that related to sales. ARTF and all included packages probably account for large quantities of sales all be it high volume. compared to low volume/high cost.

Well done for putting up the question (previous years and this one),

Cuban804/02/2017 07:57:16
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At the two clubs that I belong to (so about 220 members) only Futaba and Spektrum feature as the main brands. Frsky mainly as receivers used with mainstream makes of tranny, but only a few Taranis transmitters - the programming bother still being its weakness for most people and putting them off (including me). A pity because I think the gear is maturing and becoming quite good now.

Peter Miller04/02/2017 08:29:47
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Over the years I have used many makes. RCS Guidance system, MacGregor, Sanwa, Fleet (a lot) Futaba (Still love my FF8) Spektrum and HItec.

Most of my models are on Spektrum with one or two of Futaba 35 hz and a couple on Hitec.

Spektrum is popular in the club

Piers Bowlan04/02/2017 10:02:08
1826 forum posts
44 photos

MacGregor SC, ACOMS, Fleet, Futaba FF8/FF9, JR9303. Then JR XG11 currently and very pleased with it too, I wanted telemetry and the DMSS protocol. It is a crowded market with so many brands one wonders how they can all survive in the present climate, particularly JR who were always a minority player.

If I were to change brands I would definitely consider FrSKY although frequent 'improvements' in the software and 'upgrades' in the hardware could turn out to be a bit of a pain? I like the sound of Jeti but again a niche market and what is the future for them, although they have been around a while now. The problem of switching brands is that you have to change all your receivers so a bit of continuity would be most welcome. Still, if we didn't change brands occasionally they would all go to the wall.

Bob Cotsford04/02/2017 10:39:01
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436 photos

FrSky for the last five years or so. I'm not that surprised that Spektrum is ahead as there are lots in use in my club. I have to say though that there are a number of members who cannot be bothered with things like rates and expo - at least one member still sticks multiple models on one memory and sets up each model to suitsurprise


Edited By Bob Cotsford on 04/02/2017 10:40:26

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