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Q: New Poll - what's the main R/C brand you use (2014)?

Multiplex  
3%

 
 

Hitec  
8%

 
 

Futaba  
31%

 
 

Spektrum  
38%

 
 

Jamara  
0%

 
 

Graupner  
1%

 
 

JR  
9%

 
 

Taranis  
6%

 
 

Planet  
0%

 
 

Jeti  
1%

 
 

Turnigy  
1%

 
 

Older set  
1%

 
 

Other  
1%

 
 

(1982 votes)


David Ashby - Moderator15/04/2014 07:10:11
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We ran this poll getting on for 3 years ago now but thought it would be interesting too see how/if things have changed. Whether Spektrum have caught up Futaba, if Taranis is making an impression, and so on.....

I'm still a Futaba flyer myself, it has never let me down but Spektrum comes a close second by virtue of the bind'n'fly models available, especially during the indoor season.

 

 

 

 

Edited By David Ashby - RCME on 15/04/2014 07:29:39

Chris Jones 715/04/2014 07:33:27
282 forum posts

Taranis for me, more radio than I will ever need and the programming is not so hard once you get your head round it.

john stones 115/04/2014 07:43:29
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J.R and still 35 mhz

Andrew Ray15/04/2014 08:10:12
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Taranis has replaced JR as my main radio. I have had a PCM 9xII for many years and this has been my favourite for a long time, I still like the look and feel of the JR set and use it on 35 Mhz and 2.4 Ghz with a FrSky plug in module.

Peter Miller15/04/2014 08:33:31
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Not really fair. I can only vote for one.

I actually use both Futaba 35 Mhz and Spektrum equally.

I have also just invested in a Hitec combo but will not be using it as much because I have the others with lots of recievers. I just wanted to play with telemetry.

avtur15/04/2014 08:43:03
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A couple of years ago when returning to our hobby after a long break my radio choice was influenced by the compatibility with Bind 'n' Fly hence I am a Spektrum user.

The DX6i I bought has served me well, I have no real reason to change although my interest has been taken by the touch screen programming of the Aurora 9X

I wouldn't consider myself a potential Taransis user at the moment.

Tony Bennett15/04/2014 08:58:18
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Dx6i at the moment, though i feel a change coming on as i need more channels for the bigger scale stuff i am starting to build.

so not sure weather to stay with spectrum or change to some other make yet.

tony.

Josip Vrandecic -Mes15/04/2014 09:03:42
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Futaba .... Old symphaties and ancient habits ...never die...heart

GrahamC15/04/2014 09:14:30
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Just changed to a Taranis. Still have a DX7s and am waiting for my Orange module to come for my BNF models and then the Spektrum is gong to a club member.

The hike in Spektrum RX prices made me change and the Taranis price and features was the clincher...

Phil Green15/04/2014 09:17:00
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Nearly all all my (umpteen) single-channel & reeds conversions are Frsky - and it seems to be the module of choice for most retro R/C enthusiasts - but theres no Frsky option in the poll unless you're a Taranis user! smiley

'Other' seems unfair on Frsky, they're a major player now and dominate the conversion market.

Cheers

Phil

Mark Agate15/04/2014 09:19:26
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I'm a big fan of my Walkera Devo 12S system - seriously cool styling, full colour touch screen, 100% reliable, and 3.7V Tx LiPo (so no balancing worries).

Martyn K15/04/2014 09:20:40
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Futaba since 1979. However, I have one Futaba 6EX (ex 35MHz with FrSky hack module) and a Taranis on order. Ask the same question again in 12 months time.. Not sure how I will answer

I also have a Spektrum DX6i for helis..

Martyn

Edited By Martyn K on 15/04/2014 09:21:12

MikeS15/04/2014 09:38:16
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Using my Dx8 as my main radio but have my Dx7 as back up. Plan to get a Dx9 at some point.

Mike
chris basson15/04/2014 09:54:09
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Have been using Futaba up until now but needed to upgrade my tx and got a VERY good deal on a Hitech A9!
The Wright Stuff15/04/2014 10:02:46
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Very happy with Futaba, but it would be good to get a few more FTR (Futaba Transmitter Ready) models out!

Chris Barlow15/04/2014 11:13:32
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I use a Turnigy 9X for helis, quad and gliders and a Turnigy 9XR with FrSky module for planes. The versitility and programming options oln the Turnigy radios coupled with the cost of the receivers makes it a no-brainer for me!

Also never had any RX problems with either and they're used in gliders with FG & carbon fuselages and nitro helis with lots of high frequency vibration!

Piers Bowlan15/04/2014 11:28:24
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JR, using DSM-2 so that I can use Spektrum as well as JR Rxs. I have recently bought a JR XG11 and a couple of DMSS Rx for it, mainly for the telemetry features and the robust Tx/Rx radio link (hopefully!).

Been tempted by Hitec's new Aurora 9 as well as the Spektrum DX-9 but in the end bought JR again. Brand loyalty!

Bob Cotsford15/04/2014 11:34:16
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Taranis has taken precedence now, but I've still got lots of models set up on my Futaba FF9 - except that is really a FrSky conversion.

Phil G, I don't know whether the RF output section should count, my impression is that the question is really 'whose case and user interface do you use' rather than whose transmission protocol.

Stuphedd15/04/2014 11:58:44
666 forum posts
352 photos

Older sets ?????

My 2.4 Sanwa set is not old !!!!

cheers

Bill_B15/04/2014 12:56:52
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There is only one Radio for serious glider pilots, Multiplex.

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