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Futaba 8J 2.4 Transmitter and suspect DX6

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tigerman15/03/2017 21:04:39
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Have been thinking for a while about changing my Transmitter.I have two nice model ,a 72" Gipsy Moth and a similar size Harvard. I have been flying them on a Spectrum D6 ( not D6i )Having listened to all the debate about the DX6 and its problems or not I have become totally confused to weather the DX6 is reliable or not but I am not prepared to risk these 2 models so as all my other model are on Futaba I think I will put these 2 model on a Futaba transmitter just to be sure.I like the look of the Futaba 8J transmitter.,I take it this transmitter the 8J will not work with the Futaba 617 FS receiver but that is not a problem because the Transmitter comes with a R2008 SB receiver and it just means I will buy another R2008SB to go in the 2 models ,What is this transmitter like do not want to spend just under £300 just to find myself back at square one and find this transmitters has it.'s problems.A little fed back would be welcome if you have a Futaba 8J transmitter I would like to know what they are like. Anyone want to buy a DX6 ???? yes I know the answer to that "NO THANKS"

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Stuart Z15/03/2017 21:10:37
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Not had problems with my T8J. In fact not had trouble with my other Futaba TXs. Would be interested in hearing if others have.

..15/03/2017 21:13:55
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I have an 8J I bought last year as a backup and to use as a buddy to teach my son. Very nice radio even compared to my more expensive 14sg.

There don't seem to have been any issues of note on the forums etc and the FHSS protocol is as good as the FASST system, buy with confidence I would say.

tigerman15/03/2017 21:21:20
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Just look the Futaba T8J transmitter on Ripmax web site and it looks like it has been replaced by the Futaba 10J transmitter so not sure which one to get?

john stones 115/03/2017 21:47:32
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Don't seem to be much difference in the price ? 10j has lots of extra features, money permitting i'd buy that one. Not a user mind, but common brand at our club and well liked.

John

tigerman15/03/2017 21:57:28
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Think I will go for the 10J transmitter.Anyone tell me if you need a degree in computer science to set the models up on this Transmitter or is easy to set the models up on this type of transmitter I have only used the basic T6ex up till now .Reading the manual on the Ripmax site looks a bit confusing but I expect it all comes together when you sit down and go through on a quiet night with a cup of cocoa

john stones 115/03/2017 22:31:26
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Will be a learning curve whichever set you buy, you'll be o.k and if you do get stuck, folk will talk you through it on here

tigerman15/03/2017 22:37:48
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I am sure I will get there .One thing ,will the Spectrum servo fit into a Futaba receiver (the Futaba R300SB receiver) Hope so otherwise it could get expense if I have to replace all the servos!

john stones 115/03/2017 22:49:01
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Servos will be fine

Chris North 316/03/2017 05:15:31
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The 10J is a great radio and fairly easy to program. Different to the DX6i which I had before but the menu is fairly logical once you start to use it.

Jon Laughton16/03/2017 09:59:03
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Another vote for Futaba! thumbs up

tigerman16/03/2017 10:58:11
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Yes I really have gone of Spectrum/E-flite ,.There always seems to be an issue with Spectrum like the problem/or not about the DX6 etc I think I am going to get the Futaba T10J transmitter and will feel confident about flying my Gipsy Moth and Harvard again .At the moment I do not trust the DX6 to fly them .I have been told all sorts of thing like the DX6 just for no reason stop sending a signal and I have been told a lot of people have lost models.I know Horizon Hobby will replace the mother board or what ever the problem is but that is not a lot of good if you have just lost a £500 model

Martyn K16/03/2017 10:59:30
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I have a T8J and I have been very happy with it. Although the programming is quite intuitive for Futaba users and it will probably do 99% of everything that you would wish, what has put me off the Tx was the cost of receivers. Not too much of a problem if you only build or buy occasionally but my output was a bit on the high side.

Since adopting Taranis, I have hardly used my T8J but am thinking of resurrecting it for Slope Soarers.

Martyn

Jon Laughton16/03/2017 11:04:17
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Martyn's comment about receiver costs are very valid especially for FASST although FHSS is better priced.

I have used clone FASST receivers from FrSky without any problem on less expensive models / foamies etc and had no problems - would I trust a larger more expensive / complex model to a clone...perhaps!

wink

Jon

Trevor Crook16/03/2017 11:13:30
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Tigerman, have you personally had any problems? I'm a bit surprised you are thinking of spending a shed load of money to change radio brand if you have been using yours with no problem.

I went flying yesterday and out of interest did a quick count of transmitter brands being used to see how they related to the poll on this site. 8 Spektrum, 3 Futaba, 2 Multiplex, 1 JR and 1 Fleet (35MHz). No one was having any radio problems, and that has been the case most weeks I have been flying. The last crash I can remember that didn't seem to be pilot error was a couple of years ago with a Hitec set, but I've no idea if the radio was to blame.

All radio makes are now incredibly reliable

Denis Watkins16/03/2017 11:22:42
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Cheers Trevor

Common sense at last !

Jon Laughton16/03/2017 11:26:14
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I don't want to turn this into a Spektrum Vs Futaba debate but personally I have seen a lot of brown outs and a few models lost at our club - all without exception on Spektrum. I have never seen nor heard of any equivalent problem on Futaba or any other radio gear...

We all pay our money and we make our choice - that's the common sense bit eh? cheeky

Paul C.16/03/2017 11:29:30
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Hi Trevor, good post 👍 that is what I see at my local flying sites. Can't say that I have seen any make having reliability issues but I have witnessed some pretty iffy installations and the ocasional servo problem.

Paul.

john stones 116/03/2017 12:02:33
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Not a one has made a negative comment re Spektrum, read before you comment maybe ?

John

Barrie Dav 216/03/2017 13:09:34
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I've used Futaba radios for over 30 years without any problems. I now use the Futaba 14SG. Futaba is fairly expensive but the quality is there. FrSky compatible receivers work well with the SG14.

A good number of flyers use the FrSky Taranis now too.

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