Welcome back!!! I personally have 3 radios, 1 Futaba 6EXA FM 72Mhz I use with a few smaller electric airplanes (I use corona synthesized rx's for these to keep the weight down). 1 6ch 2.4Ghz that came with an RTF Airplane, And my favorite, a Turnigy 9x, that I added a smartieparts circuit board to for $45.00. This is my favorite radio! Less than $100 shipped. With the additional circuit board, I can download new firmware as it becomes available, since the firmware is considered "Open Source". The current firmware I'm running has increased my model memories from the original 8 to 16, and it has virtually unlimited mixing, all switches and pots (knobs) are assignable to whatever mix or channel I desire. I can use tx modules, should I decide I want to bind to Assan, Futaba, JR, or Hitec. Since my rx's cost is so low, I don't see why I would want to. Average price for a 6ch rx is $9.00, 8ch is about $13.00. I have flown 8 different airplanes, both electric and glow, and have had no problems due to radio failure.
I know, I know, a lot of the guys on here would never be so crazy as to fly with one of these radios, but I have, and the amount of money I've saved has bought me a few airplanes. Some one a the public field that I frequent said "Well, I wouldn't trust that radio with a $3000.00 airplane". I politely told him that $3000.00 to him is the same as $200.00 to me. And I will trust any of my airplanes to my Turnigy 9x.
P.S. My screen splash when I first turn my radio on says "Warning my radio will make you jealous- I can do it better, and cheaper"