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Upgrading my Transmitter

Moving from a basic, starter's 3-channel Tx

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Nigel Day09/11/2013 14:14:51
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I bought my starter kit nearly 5 years ago and have only got around to working on it seriously in the last 6 months.

The kit is a ben Buckle Junior 60 and should be ideal for a newbie. At the same time I was sold a Futaba Skysport pack with a 3-channel SS3 Tx and a R114F Rx with 2 x S3003 servos.

This all looks tickety-boo with the Junior 60.

I also though it would be good to try a flight simulator......

As I found out, the SS3 has no connectivity so using it with a flight sim is a no-no.

So, thinking ahead, I thought I'd invest in a 6+ channel Tx that can drive the R114F etc instead of the SS3 but would have PC connectivity for the flight sim. What would be even better would be for it to be upgradeable if I found that 2.4GHz was the way for me to go.

Question 1: What sort of 6+ channel Tx should I look for? Budget is tight at the moment and Ebay/2nd hand is OK.

Question 2: Are there any Tx that will drive the R114 AND be upgradeable to 2.4GHz - without breaking the bank?

Thanks in advance,


ken anderson.09/11/2013 14:40:35
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hello nigel-my recommendation to you is........ check out the Hitec 2.4 radio's they do a one for about £90.00 that will suffice for what you need and more.....the optic 6----that highlighted bit above is a shortcut to one of the dealer's .....


ken Anderson ne..1 .hitec dept.

Edited By ken anderson. on 09/11/2013 14:42:52

John F09/11/2013 14:42:05
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I opted for a separate Tx for the flight sim as, in my mind anywsy, less wear n tear.

I got the realitycraft tx from a cheapo flight sim and downloaded clearview for my flight sim. Works perfectly.
Andrew76709/11/2013 14:58:28
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1. Futaba 6EX or T7CAP on 35mhz will do what you want and be reasonably cheap.

2. Sadly no.....Tx's that will be compatible with your current Rx, but can be upgraded to 2.4ghz in the future will not be cheap except perhaps very old FF6,7 or 8s.


Bob Cotsford09/11/2013 15:19:57
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or the HiTec Optic 6 35mHz - if they're still available. Should be available second-hand but watch out for the Optic Sport as I don't think that takes a module.

FF8s and FF9s are still very good pieces of kit that would do all you want and more but that means they can still go for £100 or more second hand.

The problem I see is that a 2.4 module to plug in the back will cost you more than the value of your 114F receiver. Could you possibly flog your current gear and just get a 2.4gHz specific set? Ken's Optic 2.4 suggestion wouldn't be a bad starting point as I think the HiTec rx may be a bit cheaper than Futaba ones.

Then there's the whole 2.4 clone receiver market such as the FrSky and Orange offerings for Futaba and HiTec but that is an entirely different can of worms.

Edited By Bob Cotsford on 09/11/2013 15:21:34

Bearair09/11/2013 16:28:22
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Just about any 35mhz tx will work fine with your rx, its one of the advantages of 35mhz that you could use other brands without being tied to one manufacturer. Most 35mhz can be altered to 2.4g by using a Frsky hack mod about twenty quid. However this does involve a bit of soldering which you may or maynot be happy with. If you choose to go down this route then I would suggest a tx from JR, Futaba, Hitec or another well known brand.

Another option would be a Multiplex tx with there unit that goes in the trainer port and allows you to switch between 35mhz and 2.4g the downside is that 2.4g mpx rx's are not that cheap.

As has been mentioned before you could go for a modular tx from futaba or hitec such as the excellent Optic 6.

There is an awful lot of choice available for little money.

Nigel Day09/11/2013 16:53:24
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Many thanks to you all for the info and suggestions. I just need to give my brain cell a kick to get it sorting out the different options now....


Paul Marsh09/11/2013 19:07:41
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I might be selling a Futaba 6EXA with a brand new Vapextech battery in it. It's the 35mhz version - ideal for you rx.6 model memories. Don't need it any more. pm me if interested. price: I reckon £30 + £8 p&p.

Nigel Day10/11/2013 16:40:45
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Hi Paul and thanks.

Does it have a suitable connector to allow it to be linked to the Phoenix Flight Simulator do you know - with or without an adaptor?

Oh, and is it a UK model? I don't see much about it when searching online.


Edited By Nigel Day on 10/11/2013 16:43:29

Paul Marsh10/11/2013 17:55:34
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It's a uk model. People who know here know I don't buy c-rubbish.

Has the futaba square connector - which is ok, for your flight sim - as long as you've got the square plug.

John Privett10/11/2013 18:08:37
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Nigel, Phoenix is supplied with the JR-style connector (a 3.5mm stero-jack plug). To use a recent Futaba tx - like the 6EXA mentioned by Paul or the FF7 that I use with Phoenix - you just need the Futaba adapter.

kc10/11/2013 18:51:13
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Before you buy 35 Mhz stuff check with the club you intend to fly at. Just a few clubs only allow 2.4Ghz and some others dont like 35 Mhz even if they dont actually ban it.
In any case club instructors like to use similar Tx to their own so they can use a buddy lead. Also check what Mode is used in your club and what Mode is offered for sale. They can be changed now butit's a little fiddly.
Nigel Day11/11/2013 09:02:41
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Thanks Paul.

I'll go for it and take the risk that my local club(s) is/are anti-35MHz. I'll PM you shortly.

Thanks John, KC for the useful advice. I've seen Phoenix v4 on EBay at £50 with Futaba sq adapter included so it looks as though I should be OK in the short-term.

I'l tackle the 2.4GHz fence when I come to it......


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