Originally Posted by topspin
I have a couple of planes that I still fly with my 72 MHZ Futaba transmitter. I lost a nice plane years ago because I had the TX set to the wrong model and took off with the ailerons reversed (set up for another model). After that I put a number on the tail of each plane that corresponded to the memory number for that plane in the Futaba 6EX. These planes still have numbers so I don't make the same mistake again. Hope you don't have the same misfortune I had.
This labeling of tails is a great idea for the problem of no model match with Futaba .
I gotta be honest here , I'm kinda amazed that still Futaba has not included this important feature in their equipment . When I switched to 2.4 GHZ back when the DX7 Spektrum and 6EX2.4 Futaba were released , I bought one of each for testing to see which system I liked better . I flew them side by side for a while and the Spektrum won me over . I had none of these supposed "Spektrum lockouts" and never ran afoul of Futaba's lack of model match since at the time each system had only one plane each bound to them (two otherwise identical Horizon Taylorcrafts) . My 6EX2.4 transmitter DID have the "Zero GUID" defect and was handled by Futaba promptly . Although Futaba's lack of model match did not figure into my decision to go with Spektrum , It would surely kill the deal for me if I were making this decision now , since I've got a few dozen different models to keep track of .
Since Spektrum saw Futaba's frequency hopping system as clearly better , They copied it . Now , I think Futaba oughta go and copy Spektrum's model match feature , and then BOTH systems will have the best available technology available to their customers .