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r6dan08/07/2018 10:50:13
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Ive got myself a cheap Futaba T6L to get in the air again, its like a childs toy but itll do the job for the moment, I had an 8FG when they first came out and was faultless but it seems they are almost extinct now,

So what are the up and coming transmitters to get? it seems theres lots more on the market now so im a bit lost !!

supertigrefan08/07/2018 11:01:26
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Stick with what you prefer, you don't need to go 2.4gig unless your club dictates it, I'm sticking to 35mhz, there are plenty of good, old quality Futaba TX's in perfect working condition at bargain prices on ebay.

r6dan08/07/2018 11:19:12
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I want 2.4 gig, im not going back to 1970's technology lol, Im also a licenced radio amature and know how much interferance there is with 35mhz its in my opinion outdated technology.

Its the actual new radio transmitters im not sure about, which ones are best/very popular etc.

 

Edited By r6dan on 08/07/2018 11:20:25

Chris Bott - Moderator08/07/2018 11:20:11
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Have a search on here for the word "survey" then go to the 2018 transmitter survey. You'll see what's popular these days.

When choosing it's probably worth taking into account what other members at any club you'll join, use.

If cost of ownership is important, then make sure you check the price of receivers etc too.

r6dan08/07/2018 11:22:05
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Cheers Chris, i will likely rejoin a club but for the time being ill just be slope soaring on the coast as its 10 mins away or crashing 3d depron in the garden hahaha

Chris Bott - Moderator08/07/2018 11:25:44
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If you're technically minded enough to be a radio ham, R6dan, then in my opinion you should really check out FrSky/OpenTx.

There's so much going for it including a very solid RF connection, 16 channels as standard and programming that can do virtually anything you can imagine.
Prices are excellent too.
r6dan08/07/2018 11:55:52
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The more I look in to them, coupled with posts from respected forum members on the "survey" the frsky looks very good and great value for money!

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator08/07/2018 12:48:05
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It is, technically leading edge at price you can afford.
Yes there is a learning curve initially as the basic technical premiss is different. But once you have that (and there is loads of support and help available) you're away.
BEB
supertigrefan08/07/2018 14:11:11
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Posted by r6dan on 08/07/2018 11:19:12:

I want 2.4 gig, im not going back to 1970's technology lol, Im also a licenced radio amature and know how much interferance there is with 35mhz its in my opinion outdated technology.

Its the actual new radio transmitters im not sure about, which ones are best/very popular etc.

Edited By r6dan on 08/07/2018 11:20:25

Yeah I guess you're right, that interference ridden, outdated 70s technology makes my models almost unflyable.

Don Fry08/07/2018 16:11:08
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Get your hand on the different makes at a local club. If it does not fit your hand it's no good. Remember that you can get tray units. They are all good

But if I were buying today, if you can live with it, one of the FrSky units would tempt

Devcon108/07/2018 19:02:59
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I know you've mentioned slope soaring as a current activity but what sort of models/flying are you intending on as that will help guide your radio choice.
r6dan10/07/2018 21:02:06
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Posted by Devcon1 on 08/07/2018 19:02:59:
I know you've mentioned slope soaring as a current activity but what sort of models/flying are you intending on as that will help guide your radio choice.

lots of slope soaring, i used to fly Ic too, had a carbon acrowot, extra wot, arising star with silly big engine, daft flat delta home made from insulation board things covered in brown paper again with silly big motors, an easy glider for relaxing maybe some electric this time too...so a broad mix.

i had way too many lol

SIMON CRAGG10/07/2018 21:23:24
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Try the Futaba 14SG, bulletproof bit of kit.

ASH.10/07/2018 22:01:09
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As Don says - 'if it doesn't fit your hand then it's no good'. It has to be comfortable to hold.

I had a new 8Fg Super and just did not like the feel of it. It was a girl's tranny, too slim smooth and slippery. I would not have been able to live with it. The programming was naff too.

Ergonomic design is important to me.

Trevor Crook10/07/2018 22:05:45
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Dan, I may be stating the obvious here, but are you aware that, unlike the 35 meg days, different manufacturer's sets on 2.4 generally have incompatible protocols. I only mention this because you talk about getting a different transmitter - if you buy a non-Futaba transmitter you will need receivers too, although FrSky transmitters will accept rf modules for other makes.

Apologies if you already knew all this!

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator10/07/2018 22:49:21
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Yes, but a 16 channel Rx with S-bus and Telemetry costs £28.19 from FrSky - a bit different frojm Futaba! wink 2

BEB

Devcon110/07/2018 23:07:12
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Hi r6dan,

From your history of models you sound like an independent thinker to me, on that basis go for FrSky you may not be disappointed but enjoy whatever you choose.

r6dan12/07/2018 22:57:56
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I’ll order one tomorrow, what standard 6-8 channel receiver should I go for? Looking to get a few to get me up and running as I’ve got a few models on the bench now!

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator13/07/2018 04:53:15
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The X8R is an excellent choice I think.
It has 8 servo connections (hence the name) but it is actually a 16 channel Rx the full compliment being available via an S-bus socket. It also has full telemetry support.
Not bad for under ?30
BEB
r6dan13/07/2018 06:02:58
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Cheers BEB ill look in to those.

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