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geoff dales24/01/2018 16:43:50
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After having that hitec will not be releasing the 16 channel radio that was under development I’m seriously thinking of a change of brand. On some models I could certainly do with more channels to make life easier but it now won’t be happening. Thinking of trying the dark side FrSky Horus 10 or 12 thoughts and experiences please

Rocker24/01/2018 17:26:11
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Go Futaba ,brilliant customer service

AndyD24/01/2018 17:32:08
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if I didn't have the futaba 14 I would go FrSky,read lots of good reports on them,futaba,s are dear and falling behind the times.

Devcon124/01/2018 17:41:26
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Lots of opinions coming your way and I imagine all very valid, I will share mine.

I switched from another brand 2 1/2 years ago to FrSky and OpenTx.

For me it was a revelation using OpenTx, a learning curve to begin with but the rewards in terms what I can now ask my equipment to do is fantastic. The use of Telemetry data, mixing, voice alerts, and pretty much unlimited programming functionality is to me sublime.

The cost of equipment and peripherals is such great value and so feature rich it I don't see any other brands coming close as a whole package.

I use an X9D+ Taranis with upgraded Hall Sensor Gimbals and will soon be treating myself to the Horus X10.

I fly mostly electric from foamies through to a 3.7m moulded F3J and most types in between including FPV stuff and a quad.

The OpenTx community is very friendly and helpful and T9Hobbysport are a great UK agent for FrSky.

A bit evangelical but I wish I'd converted earlier. Hope this helps but enjoy whatever you choose.

Andy4824/01/2018 17:47:47
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Posted by Rocker on 24/01/2018 17:26:11:

Go Futaba ,brilliant customer service

Go FrSky and OpenTX, then you don't need customer service. cheeky

geoff dales24/01/2018 17:52:28
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I did look at the Futaba 16 but the price is prohibitive so is the price of the receivers . Am I right in thinking here that I can pop a module in the back of the Horus and use my hitec receivers until I replace them all.

Devcon124/01/2018 18:09:27
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Hi Geoff,

A bit beyond my technical knowledge re the module question but I'm sure a bit of internet mining will help. Maybe post the question into the FrSky thread to see if anybody has any direct experience.

When I moved from Spektrum I only swapped a couple of oft used models to FrSky but then as new models joined the fleet they started life with FrSky. I still fly some of my older, but loved, models using a 1st Gen DX8 which I've never had a problem with and will continue to do so.

flight124/01/2018 18:19:59
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Re Hitec modual for a jr socket is a spectra see

but for that price you could get two Fr sky rx's 4 or 6 channels with telem for that price.

if you don't like opentx you could look at the graupner/SJ range from airtek hobbies they look good.

Percy Verance24/01/2018 18:32:31
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It might surprise some folk to discover that Open Tx was around 25+ years ago, but oddly most seemed to avoid the particular brand of radio offering it it back then........ Funny how times change.

john stones 124/01/2018 18:44:04
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Posted by Percy Verance on 24/01/2018 18:32:31:

It might surprise some folk to discover that Open Tx was around 25+ years ago, but oddly most seemed to avoid the particular brand of radio offering it it back then........ Funny how times change.

They left it blowing in the wind Percy.

Another Frsky fan here.yes

Devcon124/01/2018 18:46:47
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Percy,

Interesting, I never knew it was that old but but when I was digging around for some info I saw a post that explained it was developed as a very niche programming tool and it was never imagined or intended to be the mass market object it is now.

Percy Verance24/01/2018 18:49:20
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I'd say you'd be right there Devcon. It was the Multiplex 3030 series by the way, back in the early 90's.....

John, a careful study of the technical specs of the gear will reveal who was actually left blowing in the wind, and who is actually just catching up.  4096 step resolution, new tech?   Nope. Introduced on the Mpx Royal 15+ years ago.....

Edited By Percy Verance on 24/01/2018 19:04:40

Paul Marsh24/01/2018 19:06:58
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Interesting how now, the recommendations are not "Spektrum". Two years ago, most would have said "Spektrum....", not one comment above now saying thus.

They (Horizon Hobby Europe) have really done massive commercial damage.

I'd probably say Frysky, as well. Not got one, but it seems a reliable system and know of many happy users. If I was looking for a new radio, I would probably get a Horus.

bert baker24/01/2018 19:11:21
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Multiplex

Jonathan M24/01/2018 19:15:57
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Okay, I'll say Spektrum!

It's what I have (a G2 DX7), its more than good enough for my modest needs, and - never mind the commercial damage - I really don't wish to add another learning-curve to my current load.

Percy Verance24/01/2018 19:16:05
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In all honesty it's much harder to recommend Spektrum now, given Horizon Hobbies strange marketing move. It does seem they have a UK servicing facility in place once more, but the whole escapade has been handled shockingly badly. Frsky are getting it right just now. They have a good presence currently, along with strong user feedback. They've also managed, through good marketing and availability, to bring about a situation where it's quite *trendy* to own their gear. I've not seen that since the heady days of Futaba sales back in the 70's and 80's........

No Frsky for me though. I'll stick to what I've used since 1990.

Edited By Percy Verance on 24/01/2018 19:27:31

stu knowles24/01/2018 19:17:34
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Another vote for Fr Sky, even if the TX range did not convince you, the quality, capability and price of the Receivers make it a no brainer.

john stones 124/01/2018 19:18:15
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Posted by Percy Verance on 24/01/2018 18:49:20:

I'd say you'd be right there Devcon. It was the Multiplex 3030 series by the way, back in the early 90's.....

John, a careful study of the technical specs of the gear will reveal who was actually left blowing in the wind, and who is actually just catching up. 4096 step resolution, new tech? Nope. Introduced on the Mpx Royal 15+ years ago.....

Edited By Percy Verance on 24/01/2018 19:04:40

No claim as to who introduced it Percy, bit of Bob Dylan is all.note

Percy Verance24/01/2018 19:24:11
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Well I will happily admit that times they are a change'in...........

geoff dales24/01/2018 19:33:40
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Came from spectrum dx7 certainly not going back there. Looked at multiplex it dose nothing for me like Jeti but like Futaba to expensive. Hitec certainly have done themselves no favours with this one

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