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Are Hitec Feather RX's reliable???

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Old 07-30-2004, 06:20 AM
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Default Are Hitec Feather RX's reliable???

I have recently experienced a severe mishap with my Kyosho T-33 EDF where the Hitec Feather Receiver using a Hitec single conversion crystal on Ch59 with a JR622 radio was swamped when flying past someone on the flight line. The plane crashed 5 feet away from him and he wasn't even on an adjacent channel. Before the flight, the radio passed a regular range test and several antenna routing issues were identified and corrected due to passing too close to servos. After the crash, the radio equipment once again worked fine away from the offending other transmitter.

Does anyone have any similar experiences where the Hitec Feather receiver has proven unreliable or prone to taking hits?

Would like to hear from you before I pass this onto other club members. I am reluctant to condemn a piece of equipment until all the facts are in.
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Old 07-30-2004, 07:23 AM
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Default RE: Are Hitec Feather RX's reliable???

They are single conversion receivers that do not reject other signals well. I have used a couple on my indoor flyers and have had the same results. OK in close with no other flyers in the air or transmitters on.
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The Feather was reviewed in the February 2000 issue of Model Airplane News.
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Old 07-31-2004, 12:22 AM
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I use to fly my Zagi with one at 600+ feet and never had a problem. Well till I crashed inverted on an asphalt runway and smashed it that is
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I love Hitec but the Feather, in my experience, should have stayed on the drawing board. I sent the first one I had back to Hitec when I couldn't get more than about 200 feet out of it before major glitch problems. They sent me another, just as bad. Finally sent me a 555 which has been rock solid. This was a few years ago but I won't be buying another Feather. Try the Electron instead if you want to stay with Hitec.
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I had one feather RX....it had a short range which got even shorter if someone else was flying on a channel that was even close to mine (ch45)....I now have a berg5 in that plane and it has performed perfectly. My berg5 will range check as good as any other RX I have. Which is several times better than the feather would range check.
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Old 07-31-2004, 10:09 PM
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I am using one in my large foamie and am getting great range with no problems! However, there are no other transmitters around me.
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Old 08-01-2004, 01:58 AM
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I have used Hitec Feathers and have had no problems when they are used for what they were intended. On the packaging of my ones it states that they are NOT full range receivers and are intended for things like indoor electrics, mini helis and small park flyers that are flown close.
There is no way known I would use one in an eletric DF model like the T-33.
I am surprised that your local hobby supplier would even sell one for that purpose.
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Old 08-03-2004, 03:09 AM
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I am surprised that your local hobby supplier would even sell one for that purpose.
Can you clarify you concern around the DF? Is it noise or range that concerrns you? DF applications are not all high speed. The GWS A10 would be a relatively low speed example.
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