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Old 06-21-2018, 09:44 AM
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I am trying to get some insight/opinions on what people are using these days radio wise. I have been out of the hobby for a while now and looking to get back into it. The last radio I used was the Futaba 12mz non 2.4 and the last radio I purchased was the JR 11x 2.4. I am currently looking at Futaba, JR & Spektrum could someone give me some insight on what you are using for 3D/Sport flying. I have looked at the Futaba 16SZ the Spektrum 9/ix12 and so on. as well as the JR 11XG.....Could someone give me some opinions on radios they use and what I should look at. Thanks in advance!
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Old 06-22-2018, 07:29 AM
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Peoples opinions on transmitters is much like opinions on the best brand of oil to use. They all perform the same task of controlling our airplanes, but ultimately you must decide on what equipment you would like to run. Most will suggest either of these 2 things to you:

1. Go to your local hobby shop and try out a few different models and brands. Your decision will likely be whichever fits your budget, your wanted features, and whichever fits your hands the best.

2. Go to your local flying club where you intend to fly at and see what most people are using. Programming assistance will come by much easier when there are a number of people using the same equipment that you do, so purchase what the majority is using.

Just a heads up, JR is now defunct and has been taken over by DeeForce Aviation. They have many of the same JR engineers working for them so the equipment will majorly be the same.
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If you still have the 11X, its programming with version 2 software isnít much different from the XG11. While I havenít had any problems with Spektrumís DMS protocol, my own preference is for JRís DMSS. I donít fly in a noisy environment. My experience is that both have good range and neither has been hit with interference. The DMSS just seems to bind a little quicker and surer. While Spektrum has been improving, the JR method handling its telemetry is neater in that all receivers report the receiver voltage. All other sensors are connect through a single harness which you can make yourself. There is no need for a special telemetry interface.

That said, getting sensors may be difficult until Dee Force Aviation gets rolling. There hasnít been any advancement in the sensors since JR Propo went bankrupt. Also, the present transmitters built either by JR or Dee Force donít support audio messaging. There are after-market add-ons but these only report the telemetry responses and not what in going on inside the transmitter, such as flight modes, timer, etc..

If you are looking at the XG11, you might consider an XG14. It has more programming capability in some respects than the XG11. The XG14's screen is smaller than the XG11's, which means that some of the menus will require more pages to do the same thing as the XG11. On the plus side, the XG14 is lighter, less expensive, and more ergonomic than the XG11.

It is interesting that Dee Force is trying to be more logical in differentiating their transmitters. They presently offer only two models. The T44 is similar to the XG11 special edition. It has the same programming as the XG11 but uses the XG14 gimbals and comes with the soft switch covers.

The Dee Force XG8+6 uses the XG8 case and gimbals but has the XG14 programming.

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Bottom line, buy Hitec. Avoid the Spektrum mania. I have used Hitec for many years. NEVER a problem with their products, which, by the way, are reasonably priced.
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Check this deal out:
https://www.graupnerusa.com/12CH-2.4...S1006.PRO.html

the 12 ch radio comes with three receivers (1 8 ch - 2 6 -ch) all for $469

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