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Rich too14/06/2018 08:54:42
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My Futaba 7c is getting on a bit and probably needs a service (if that is cost effective?), and with all the talk of a 400ft flying limit, I thought it was time to get a radio with telemetry.

For years I have been set on the 14sg as an upgrade, but after some reading I am now swaying towards the 16sz (almost the spec of the 18sz but much cheaper). It seems to have very positive reviews.

I would be interested in hearing opinions on it. Which would you buy?

We can't have Horus and Taranis hogging the limelight wink


Edited By Rich too on 14/06/2018 08:56:21

Timothy Harris 114/06/2018 09:27:16
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I have the 14SG which is a great radio . Despite not being “technical” I use quite a number of its features ( thanks to Malcolm Holts excellent instruction book!). If I was buying a new one I would go for the 16SZ with its larger screen and updated features as it’s a newer set. I find the Futaba “function “ set up incredibly easy to use and understand the 16SZ is similarly “function based”. That means you can have a number of channels doing the same thing but operated by one switch or stick. It’s easy and you don’t need to learn any nasty programming skills! The only downside on Futaba for me us the relatively flimsy antenna but overall quality is as good as I come to expect from them.

Edited By Timothy Harris 1 on 14/06/2018 09:27:47

Rich too14/06/2018 10:30:32
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Thanks Tim. Yes, a lot of the comments on the 16sz touch screen is that it is super easy to set up.

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator14/06/2018 10:31:19
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This is honestly not designed to annoy you Rich, but I sold my 14SG when I bought the Taranis. A decision I have never regretted. I offer this in good faith, simply as something to add to your considerations maybe?
Rich too14/06/2018 10:38:50
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Haha! None taken BEB wink I appreciate the advice, and also that many people are very happy with Taranis - but I have Futaba flowing through my veins laugh always have.

Steve J14/06/2018 13:00:41
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Posted by Rich too on 14/06/2018 08:54:42:

Which would you buy?

I would wait for the Jeti DS-12 and buy that .


Timothy Harris 114/06/2018 13:20:06
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Cheers Rich. A number of people also have Taranis at my club too and like it, but they are the slightly more tech orientated folk . I am a bit old fashioned and admit I’m not great at electronics, but I love the way Futaba just works straight off the shelf. I don’t do very complex models but will be using 9 channels when I put my Hurricane together and it makes it so very very easy😊

Tom Sharp 214/06/2018 20:35:47
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Posted by Rich too on 14/06/2018 10:38:50:

Haha! None taken BEB wink I appreciate the advice, and also that many people are very happy with Taranis - but I have Futaba flowing through my veins laugh always have.

thumbs up me too

Adrian Smith 114/06/2018 20:42:10
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Rich, I have the 14SG for some while and I am very happy with it. I have only ever owned Futaba purely because the TX and peripherals seem bullet proof. The use of telemetry bits are available, although I accept it is not the cheapest around. Once you get round the programming routine it is quite intuitive. yes

Jon Laughton14/06/2018 22:54:43
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For what it’s worth I have the 14SG & the 18SZ....they are both great radios. I prefer the 18 due to the colour touch screen and the logic behind it when used so if the 16 is similar to that then go for it instead of the 14. I second the purchase / use of Malcolm Holts kindle books - these are really helpful and interesting! It is now possible to copy models from the 14 to the 18 with the latest software updates from the Ripmax / Futaba website.

I cannot comment on Taranis as I have never seen one being programmed but do hear some very positive comments about them....however Futaba flows in my bloodstream too!😉

ASH.14/06/2018 23:54:18
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Futaba for me as well, I'm 'old school'. Never had a signal loss, brown out or such with my 7C on FASST. It is bullet proof. I bought a new 8FG Super and although it had 14 ch and backlit screen I just didn't like the programming method, too nerdy for me and I hated the feel of it so I sold it. I looked at the 14SG but that too was similar and not ergonomic enough for me. I then bought a s/h 12FG and could not be happier. Very powerful 14ch radio with 8 conditions per model and you don't have to work around things when it comes to programming which I detest. For me the weight and battery life are important too. The 16 and 18SZ are nice but I don't need all the 'bells and whistles' just solid functionality.

Rich, if you only fly FASST do consider a used 12FG or 12Z. There was a (like new) 12Z on BMFA classifieds the other day for £175. If you do go for a newer model do actually handle it first.

ASH.15/06/2018 00:11:35
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Apologies, forget my above post. I forgot Rich want telemetry.

Rich too15/06/2018 06:51:07
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Thanks for all the input gents yes

Rich too15/06/2018 08:47:20
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I'm making enquiries on getting a decent deal and I can't even get a £25 trans case thrown in for the 16sz - the margins must be very tight! surprise

Edited By Rich too on 15/06/2018 08:47:29

Devcon118/06/2018 23:07:38
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Some knowledgeable Futaba users here that could hopefully help, a Friend has just got an 18SZ and we were discussing telemetry functionality.

Looking at the specs on the Futaba site I couldn't see RSSI listed as a Rx telemetry output, does anybody know if this radio has any form of signal strength telemetry.


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