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The 2018 Transmitter Survey!

Time to put our finger on the pulse again!

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Q: What is the main brand of transmitter you use?

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Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator09/04/2018 13:29:31
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As regulars and long standing members will know, over the years we have run a number of surveys to get some idea of trends in radio equipment use.

In the 2012 poll the top three were:

1. Futaba 41%

2. Spektrum 34%

3. JR 10%

In the 2014 poll we had the same top three but we got a change in the leader:

1. Spektrum 38%

2. Futaba 31%

3 JR 9%

In the 2017 poll we got a new name in 3rd place:

1. Spektrum 36%

2. Futaba 26%

3. FrSky 15%

Well a lot is happening in the radio market just now. All the big players have launched new models in the last 12 months, many with radical changes. So we thought we'd go annual on this poll and get a handle on what might be happening out there. Has Futaba strengthened its position? Has Spektrum's new iX2 made an impact and extended their lead? What about FrSky's new Horus range - is that bringing new users to FrSky, or is just existing Taranis users upgrading? Or, as a new name emerged, HiTec on up up maybe? Hopefully a new poll can give us a hint as to answers to some of these questions.

The actually poll board will appear shortly - so get ready to cast your vote! And if you would like to comment on the developing picture as the vote progresses please feel free to do so below.

BEB

Lone_Wolf09/04/2018 15:12:03
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I've had a JR radio since 2012 (XG11) and before that I had an entry level Futaba (6EX I think). I'm going to phase out my JR dependency gradually with a move to Multiplex.

I bought an MPX Royal SX 16 which I'll gradually migrate my models to. I have a Spektrum DX6 for indoor BNF stuff.

Shame about JR as my kit has been excellent. For me though I found MPX won me over.

The Wright Stuff09/04/2018 15:34:50
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Futaba. No reason to change since last year (the 2017 poll), for me, I'm afraid.

Dane Crosby09/04/2018 16:44:41
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DX7s and now DX 9 G2.
60 hours on DX9 now with no snags. I like the voice telemetry. The latest firmware upgrade gives greater flexibility.
Bucksboy09/04/2018 16:44:57
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Hitec Aurora. A great, easy to use transmitter. Same as The Wright Stuff, still works, no reason to change.

Steve J09/04/2018 17:15:03
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At the 50 vote mark we have Spekkie way out in front on 38% (+2% from 2017), Futaba second on 20% (-6%) with FrSky breathing down their necks on 18% (+3%).

Steve

Percy Verance09/04/2018 17:28:10
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I'm happy with Multiplex. I've used it for almost 30 years now and it has served me well. I have no reason to want to change.

I did once try to program a HiTec Optic 6 for someone, but it left me totally confused. You had to scroll past all the stuff you didn't want to get to where you did want to be. I've never had to do that, and I just found it frustrating.

Ron Gray09/04/2018 17:39:51
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What would be good would be some indication of the numbers who polled in each of the surveys.

David P Williams09/04/2018 17:45:30
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I've used Spektrum since it first came into the country - a DX7 and more recently a DX9 also. Never had a moment's trouble, but given the poor availability and cost of RXs I've been tempted to try Frsky. I have just bought a Taranis, a couple of RXs and some Sbus decoders to simpify connections in a couple of models with aileron, flap, retract and light connections in each wing. So - Spektrum will be my entry on the survey as most of my models still use it, but if I get on OK with the Taranis I will probably start switching them over.

Paul Marsh09/04/2018 17:53:59
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I voted for "Spektrum", but not bought any new sets since last time. Also it is my main protocol, so even if I, probably would from now on go into Frsky, but won't be main set until a few years' time.

As the cost of Spektrum rx's and availability, as D. Williams said, be going to Frsky I reckon.

I also use Hitec, Futaba and have a Tactic Set. Hitec are good, but the Aurora 9 is a bit short on channels, and as they said, they are not bringing a new TX out, or a 12, then if you are not moving forward, you are moving back.

Edited By Paul Marsh on 09/04/2018 17:57:11

Percy Verance09/04/2018 18:00:49
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It seems Futaba's market share has taken a knock. I suspected as much given the comments I've seen on the forum over the last few years.

Thirty years ago Futaba were the default choice, and  other makes rarely got a look in. How things have changed.......

Edited By Percy Verance on 09/04/2018 18:01:55

J V R09/04/2018 18:08:53
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Still FrSky, no change from last year for me

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator09/04/2018 18:19:29
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Posted by Ron Gray on 09/04/2018 17:39:51:

What would be good would be some indication of the numbers who polled in each of the surveys.

It varies quite a bit. But the figures are:

2012 - 441 votes

2014 - 1982 votes

2017 - 904 votes.

Assuming about 30,000 RC flyers in the UK, you'd need a sample of around 250 to get a reasonably accurate result, 90% sure of being within 1%.

BEB

Steve J09/04/2018 18:23:16
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Posted by Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator on 09/04/2018 18:19:29:

Assuming about 30,000 RC flyers in the UK, you'd need a sample of around 250 to get a reasonably accurate result, 90% sure of being within 1%.

Only it it was a random sample. The people voting on this poll are a self selecting subset of RC flyers so while the result is interesting, it is not statistically meaningful.

Steve

Edited By Steve J on 09/04/2018 18:24:10

john stones 109/04/2018 18:24:16
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Frsky, reason ? fed up being ripped off for over priced RX's

Reliability ? still 100% same as my JR was.

Ron Gray09/04/2018 18:50:33
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The problem with this survey is that it doesn't really show trends. A survey of all those who have bought a new Tx over the last year would give a better indication of where 'we' are going.

Devcon109/04/2018 18:57:56
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It's looking interesting with some emerging trends .

I'd be curious if the question " What Brand of Transmitter Have You Purchased in the last Year" was posed at some point in the future as an additional indicator.

Or would the results be much the same ?

Yes, I am bored, Its chucking it down with rain here in Devon. The only days I could fly I've committed to other things so thanks to this great forum, a shed tidy and plastic kit build I've managed to keep busy.

Devcon109/04/2018 19:01:44
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You must be psychic Ron Gray, I got distracted writing my post and saw your one pop up after I submitted mine.

kc09/04/2018 19:06:18
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I don't think the results so far show the real situation at clubs. FrSky gets talked about a lot on the forum but I never see one at my club. Its mostly Spektrum and Futaba with one Graupner at my club.

Also it's common for many of my clubmates to fly 2 makes - Futaba& Spektrum depending on which model they fly. That is they changed makes probably because Rx prices have gone up. Also many instructors keep both a Futaba and a Spektrum on hand to help trainees. Unless this survey allows us to vote for more than one make it won't show the true situation!

BackinBlack09/04/2018 19:21:01
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Most of our Club use Spektrum, a very few Taranis and Futaba.

I currently use Spektrum but will change to FrSky Taranis very soon. Reason - my DX8 is getting quite old now and replacement beckons. Spektrum has become way too expensive.

Edited By BackinBlack on 09/04/2018 19:23:58

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