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Old 10-09-2003, 06:48 PM
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Default futaba receivers

every time i ask someone what receiver should i use they all say the standard receiver that comes with the flight pack. they are seven channel. my planes are only four or five channel. isnt there a cheaper receiver in the four or five channel catagory. seems kind of a waste. thanks for any help.
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Old 10-09-2003, 08:54 PM
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I love the Hitech 555.....super little receiver.

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Old 10-09-2003, 10:28 PM
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Here's the issue. The difference between a 7 channel receiver and a four is only about $15.00. Sooner or later you'll move up to an airplane that has flaps or retracts and you'll spend money on a better one anyway. If you get the 7 channel now you can always move it from plane to plane and you'll save that way instead of having a four , then buying a seven for the second plane. Everytime I try to save by buying the lesser model I wind up spending more later. Just my 2 cents worth. Hope it helps.
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Old 10-09-2003, 10:29 PM
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Hi Tech is 20.00 less than futaba for the same number of channels. That's a good value
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Old 10-09-2003, 11:20 PM
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Unless, of course, you start running PCM. All of my PPM planes use HiTec Supreme receivers.
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Old 10-10-2003, 09:15 AM
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You can not go wrong with any of the FMA receivers either, as good or better than any of the others.
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Old 10-10-2003, 04:06 PM
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thanks for all the info. makes sense. just wanted to make sure i wasnt missing something.
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Old 10-10-2003, 05:02 PM
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If I am not mistaken, the R127 is the bargain basement futaba receiver for airplanes. Hitec has a great line of receivers that tend to be cheaper.
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Yeah, the RF127 is like HiTec's supreme 7 at $50 more.
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Default RE: futaba receivers

The issue (as far as price is concerned) is that the receivers all use the same decoder chip.The chips are 7 or 8 channel units.When marketing a 4 or 5 channel receiver,the manufacturer only brings out (wires) the 4 or 5 channels.The other channels are there,there just aren't servo connectors for them.So,the cost to produce a 4 or 5 channel receiver is the same as a 7 channel.That's why when you purchase a 4 channel system,it normaly comes with a 7 channel receiver.It would make no sense to put a 7 channel receiver in a 4 channel package,IF they could produce a 4 chanel one cheaper.But,considering they sell many more of the 7 channel version,the 4 channel actualy costs them More to produce.
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THis is a good point. I think that is why we will start seeing the 8 channel unit as standard from futaba. That way, they can incorporate the same receiver for everything from the 9C down. Remember, on the 9C, you only get 9 channels in PCM mode and that last channel is only a two position channel. An 8 channel PPM receiver will work for all futaba transmitters except the 9Z.


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The issue (as far as price is concerned) is that the receivers all use the same decoder chip.The chips are 7 or 8 channel units.When marketing a 4 or 5 channel receiver,the manufacturer only brings out (wires) the 4 or 5 channels.The other channels are there,there just aren't servo connectors for them.So,the cost to produce a 4 or 5 channel receiver is the same as a 7 channel.That's why when you purchase a 4 channel system,it normaly comes with a 7 channel receiver.It would make no sense to put a 7 channel receiver in a 4 channel package,IF they could produce a 4 chanel one cheaper.But,considering they sell many more of the 7 channel version,the 4 channel actualy costs them More to produce.
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