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David Ashby - Moderator20/03/2019 14:21:25
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I was chatting to another flyer recently and discovered his club has just banned the use of after-market receivers, anything that's of a different brand to the Tx. Usually Orange and Lemon brand items.

The club felt that these items were potentially unreliable and/or may be compromised by Tx software upgrades. Manny W mentioned it in the BMFA news a few months ago of course, but I wondered if taking such steps is a 'thing' or just an isolated occurrence?

Martin Harris20/03/2019 14:26:14
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Not at my club. However, should there be a demonstrated problem then it would be an option.

If we were driven by largely unsubstantiated reports of problems, we'd have banned one of the most popular brands many years ago!

Edited By Martin Harris on 20/03/2019 14:26:37

alex nicol20/03/2019 14:40:12
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Our club doesn't I'm pleased to say.

The thing is, how many 'cheap receiver' incidents were actually a receiver fault and not down to quality of installation, pilot error, cheap switches, -ve lead corrosion etc., in addition when you factor in how a lot of these so called incidents have a tendency to grow arms & far do you go, perhaps ban all batteries, switches and servo's that don't match the tx brand.

Ive used fasst Orange & Corona Rx's with a Futaba Tx with no issues. (ic & petrol powered models)

For me personally, if such a rule was introduced I'd have to seriously consider moving club

Colin Carpenter20/03/2019 14:43:35
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Certainly not. Lots of Lemon / Orange in use and no problems ! All receivers suffer from breakage of the insulation where they exit the Rx box ! As we are predominantly Spekkie , that's what we see. A bit of hot glue helps a lot I find plus straws for the long co-ax leads in Lemons ! Frequent examination helps too . Colin

Nigel R20/03/2019 14:58:59
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No ban in mine.

Most used TX brand, Spektrum, loads of Orange and Lemon RX in use.

Cuban820/03/2019 15:12:17
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Why stop at receivers? Ban after market batteries, servos, switches, extension leads, you name it really. Just plain silly on the part of those who have dreamed this up.

Peter Christy20/03/2019 15:14:18
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I think most of the members of one club I belong to would be grounded if they tried to enforce that! Most of the "incidents" seem to be related to poor maintenance, rather than faulty equipment!

I had to persuade one member not to fly this morning. He turned up with a new model, and while looking it over I noticed the Rx aerial was nearly completely chaffed through! And this was a 2.4 GHz set.....!!!



Bob Cotsford20/03/2019 15:26:40
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I wonder how that would work if you use plug in 2.4 modules and, for example, you used an Orange tx module with an Orange receiver or an FrSky pairing? No plugging a Spektrum module in for Spektrum bnf models unless you own a Spektrum tx?

brokenenglish20/03/2019 15:49:17
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Tim Flyer20/03/2019 15:59:54
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No we do not ban them for most of the reasons above . Having all sorts of rules about what goes in/out of a plane is silly. It’s the pilots responsibility to make sure the plane us airworthy and safe. Obviously if any of our club members did see a pilot trying to fly something that seemed dangerous we would advise him not to fly.

David Ashby - Moderator20/03/2019 16:19:15
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Yes, agree with the comments. It seems as if they're - unintentionally perhaps - negating individual responsibility.

Denis Watkins20/03/2019 16:38:57
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All welcome at my place, even 35mhz with mixed makes.

The Proviso is that they are overseen on Range Check, Faisafe, and Petrol Kill switch.

They Pass the above obvious requirements, and fly

Brian Cooper20/03/2019 16:41:26
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Nope, no ban at my clubs (I am in three).

Brian Cooper20/03/2019 16:41:28
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Nope, no ban at my clubs (I am in three).

Nigel R20/03/2019 16:45:14
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"The club felt that these items were potentially unreliable and/or may be compromised by Tx software upgrades."

Did they have any provable instances of third party receivers, attributable only to the fact that they are third party, exhibiting unreliable behaviour?

Don Fry20/03/2019 17:03:25
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Probably not a logic mindset. After all, the world is a flat disc, measles vaccine causes autism, and Liverpool will win the premiership. ( I know nothing about football and needed a third example, add team of you own as required).

Keith Sharples20/03/2019 17:08:28
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No ban at the club I'm a member of. I fly mostly (approx 85%) with lemon receivers and had no problems at all.

Frank Skilbeck20/03/2019 17:15:33
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Nope, but we do ask fliers to demonstrate their failsafe is set correctly. Last couple of radio problems we've seen have been with OEMs receivers and tracked down to faulty transmitters, but I think that's twice in the last 5 years.

Most problems are the moving trees...............................

Nigel R20/03/2019 17:22:50
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Agreed Don, but I had to ask... hard to drop the engineering habits sometimes.

Trees move at an astonishing rate, and fences and hedges have a remarkable ability to change height.

Lima Hotel Foxtrot20/03/2019 17:49:16
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I am in two clubs, and one of them has done this. Thus 7/8th of my fleet is grounded there.

This has been decided on the grounds of "it's an insurance issue" but I think it started thanks to an article in (IIRC) the BMFA journal. I could be wrong.

Utterly ridiculous. There have been no issues at all, but some fanny has got his knickers in a twist so everything has to change.

I wonder if the boat side of the club is going to insist on having matching branded TX to RX? And as it's a big racing club, will this be enforced on visiting competitors? The AGM this year is going to be hilarious.

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