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Old 08-14-2003, 03:34 AM
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Hello everyone, I am a begginer and have only been flying a few months. I plan to stay in this hooby for a loooooong time because I am already addicted and cant get enough if it. I am flying an alpha trainer right now and use a JR Quattro 4 channel radio. Whenever it is time to move up to the next plane, preferably a low wing, should I just go ahead and buy a programmable radio and use it for a long time, like a 9 channel? Or should I just buy a radio for whichever plane I am going to be using it on? If it is better to just go ahead and buy a programmable radio which is a good one? Just wondering for future reference.
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Old 08-14-2003, 12:20 PM
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I thinks its best to have one radio with multi model memory and keep all your planes on the same frequency. To many times I've seen guys arrive at the field and say "Oh crap I grabbed the wrong radio". I use the Futaba 9C and I love it. I even have the Campac module so I have 16 model capacity.
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Old 08-14-2003, 02:04 PM
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If you are really serious and can afford it, buy a computer radio.

What you buy depends on your budget ! There are lots of good radios, and like everybody has a preferance in cars, I prefer the Multiplex Royal EVO - you would not need another radio for a long, long time. They are still a little difficult to obtain in the USA and pricey compared to a Futaba 9C. Since Hitec took over the marketing of Multiplex, people are hoping that the prices will come down!

Read reviews, look at value for money and then decide!
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Old 08-14-2003, 03:19 PM
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You won't find a better radio than the 9C. I also use the campac also and use about 9 recievers with it. I like it. Makes it so much easier. I had 7 radios. Now I just use one! You will love it.
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I would buy the best computer radio you can afford. Considering you have JR equipment now, I would look at a JR. That way you wouldn't have to have two radios to fly planes (i.e. if you bought a Futaba and then wanted to fly your trainer). Even if you retire your trainer, you could use the electronics (RX mostly) in other planes.

If that does not concern you, buy a 9C.
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Currently Futaba is throwing in the Campac at no charge with the 9C radios. Got mine a couple of weeks ago. Kinda overkill on my ancient Falcon 56 though. But I'm looking at it as a long term investment. The only down side I see is, if it breaks, ALL planes are grounded!
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Old 08-14-2003, 08:53 PM
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Futaba 9C all the way.
Packed with features, but so easy to use.(even easier than my FF6.)
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FREE CAMPAC!!!!!! Dang it.
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I would look at the best radio you can afford, and then borrow more money to buy the next better one.

Seriously though, it's hard to beat the 9C for versatility and bang-for-the-buck. The Europeans might know how to build a better (maybe) radio, but they need to lower their snout from the stratosphere and sell them at more realistic prices here in the States. I too hope their new Korean bosses will help with that.

The Multiplex prices in Tower's website don't look too bad, but still no 50MHz support.
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9C+CAMPac only holds 14...not 16
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Tha answer was in your question!

9C > .
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I have the 9C with a campac, heli version. My friend who flies JR stuff is jealous because it has SO MUCH more functionality. Now he is looking at the JR 10X just to get the same mixing functions! 10X= $650.00 9C=$279.00. To me its a no brainer. I started ot with a Futaba 6EXA and moved up within 2 months. If you are serious about the hobby, by the 9C if you just want to fly more then one plane get the 6EXA. Both are good radios.

Actually, I had a Cirrus 8 channel to start with but no multiplane capability. Thats another story though.
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Theres Nothing More To Say.............................

4 Words:

"JR Feel The Difference "

Fly The Best, Be The Best, lol
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Justin, I've asked this question a few times in different threads, but no one has answered for some odd reason. Maybe you can shed some light on this for me:

What can the 8103 do, that the 9C can't do equally as well or better?
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It wont do no more, and the 9C has can do nothing more IMO. Other than flying someone else's airplane, I would not touch a futaba with a 10 foot poll. The JR programs a hundered times faster if not easyer too. I like the feel better and as far as I know a futaba can't shoot a JR down but a JR can shoot a Futaba down. YES we have proved it in our club, lol
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Brilliant fact-giving, thanks for answering my question.
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Have you actually TRIED programming a 9C? Buttons will never be as easy as THE DIAL

THe only thing I like about the 10X more then the 9C is that on the 10X, almost every switch is 3-position. The 9C has 2. But I'm not gona pay $500 for a few 3-position switches
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Shouldn't the futaba 9C be compared with the new 9X from JR?

Not the older 8 series.

Anyone tried both and would like to comment?
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Well, the 9X looks like it is going to be a bit more expensive than the 9C. Might be in its own class. However, comparing it to what's available right now in the same price range leads us to the 8103.
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I just got my 9c Futaba TX and I love it . It has so many features and after you use it a few times its so easy to program .I got mine at Bruckner hobbies for $259.99 with compac (14 modle memory) and a 8 channel rx for an extra $40.00 and they both have crystals in them at no extra charge . Nothing but good news......
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Tim, that's where I got mine. They'll even upgrade your battery. THey really sell 'em the way you want 'em.

I've nothing against JR radios. They're great. But the comment about JRs being programmed faster makes me raise a brow. Just yesterday I helped a guy set up his new 3D plane on his JR 10X. After getting everything moving in the right direction (after getting everthing moving), it took a good hour just to set up the throws.

My 9C could've had them set in 10 minutes. 15 tops.

I can't comment on the programming ease of the 9Z as I've never used one.

Just my two cents. On top of the couple bucks I've already invested in this thread
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Yea I know, I have a friend that I just gave a Hitec tran to the prisam , and it only took a few min to set one of his planes up ready to fly. But on the other hand I have another buddy that has Jr , and he couldnt belive that I tuned everything ready to fly on a new modle in that short of time. It takes him at least 45 min to an hour to get everything set on his Jr too. Not to mention that mine cost a lot less than jr and has a lot more features and mixes and memory ( and looks and feels better too ) I have jr servos in my plane and they work fine on my futaba (they came with the plane ) So simple to program the futaba , they dont speek in secret code like jr.
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Nope, the dot-matrix screen allows for actual english

One of the things I didn't like about my Eclipse. And then the Prism before that was the same way. My poor Uncle has a Prism and can't afford a fancier radio. He spends all his money on new airplanes and not radios
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Originally posted by FLYBOY
You won't find a better radio than the 9C.
Sorry FLYBOY but......Compared to what ??

If you look at the RE9/12 specification you would have to revise that statement.

Here in the UK where the 9C and RE9 are about the same price there are people selling their 9C sets to buy a RE9.

Unfortunately pricing in the USA is still a problem but that has a lot to do with the weakness of the Dollar against the EURO!!

In other posts I noted a lot of talk about Campac modules being included in the price (I wonder why?) - RE9 has 20 built in model memories - no module to leave at home !!
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Originally posted by rorywquin


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Originally posted by FLYBOY
You won't find a better radio than the 9C.
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Sorry FLYBOY but......Compared to what ??

Quite! What about the Futaba 8+1ZAP, JR10, Multiplex 3010, Multiplex 3030, Multiplex Royal Evo 9, Multiplex Royal Evo 12, Multiplex 4000, Graupner MC22, Graupner MC24, Robbe FC28? The Futaba 8C or 8+1C in PCM is way down the pecking order.

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