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Old 07-11-2007, 05:20 PM
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Default Tower Hobbies 7 Channel Radio

I am wondering if the tower hobbies 7 ch. computerized radio is good for an airplane or am I better off using a different radio system. I am considering it as a radiosystem for this plane, http://www.qnet.com/~skif/plane.html Is it worth the money or am I better off with a different radio???
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Old 07-11-2007, 05:48 PM
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Default RE: Tower Hobbies 7 Channel Radio

If you're looking at the one in the link below its a great deal, but is 6 channels not 7
I have one and a friend at my club also has one, they are easy to setup and basically are rebranded Futabas at $119 is a great deal
http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...=LXLDP9**&P=ML

just in case I also own airtronics and Multiplex radios
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Tower doesn't have a Tower brand 7 channel radio. What radio are you actually looking at?
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Old 07-12-2007, 12:24 AM
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here is the link http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...=LXLDP9**&P=PU It is a nice computer radio with all the pre programmed stuff in it. Here is the specs... from the site

This is the Tower Hobbies System 3000 6XM 6-Channel FM Computerized Radio
System with No Servos.

FEATURES: Tx Includes:
241-position digital trims for four main channels
4-factory programmed wing mixes: flaperon, V-tail, flaperon/V-tail
and elevon (delta mixing)
1 user defined programmable mix
Dual rates and exponential on aileron and elevator
Servo reversing and end point adjustmenton all channels
Trainer switch/Throttle cut switch (trainer system requires optional
trainer cord-either TOWM6081 (square to square) or TOWM6082 (square
and round)
Adjustable stick lengths for both gimbals
Fully proportional flap adjustment dial
Audible low-battery warning
Retract switch
User-selectable stick modes
One year warranty

INCLUDES: Tower Hobbies 6XM 6-Channel FM transmitter with crystal
Dual Conversion 8-Channel Receiver with crystal
110V AC Wall Charger with Tx, Rx LEDs (70mA for Tx, 100mA for Rx)
4.8V 500mAh Sanyo NiCd Receiver Battery
9.6V 600mAh NT8F600B Futaba Transmitter Battery
Gold Plated Switch Harness with Charge Jack
9 inch (200mm) Aileron Extension
Neckstrap
Servo Mounting Tray with Rubber Grommets and
Mounting Screws (FUTM2670)
Frequency Flags
Instruction Manual

REQUIRES: Servos of modeler's choice

SPECS: 6XM TRANSMITTER
Channels: 6-channel
Transmitting frequencies: 72MHz band, channels 11-60 (72.010
72.990MHz)
Modulation Type: FM, narrow-band
Input Power: 9.6V 500mAh Sanyo® NiCd battery
Current Drain: 250mA
Output Power: < 0.75W
Model Memories: Six, with reset
Programmable Mixing: 4 preset, one user-programmable
Display Type: 40-segment LCD (liquid crystal display)

DUAL CONVERSION 8 CHANNEL RECEIVER
Channels: 8-channel
Receiving Frequencies: 72MHz band
Modulation Type: FM dual-conversion narrow-band
Input Power Requirement: 4.8V or 6V DC
Avg. Current Drain: 14mA approx. w/o servos
Intermediate Frequencies: 10.7MHz 1st IF, 455kHz 2nd IF
Receiving range: 500 yards ground, 1000 yards air
Dimensions: 1.1 x 2.2 x 0.8" (28.5 x 55.5 x 19.8mm)
Weight: 1.0 oz (28g)

RECEIVER BATTERY
Battery type: Sanyo® NiCd
Rated voltage: 4.8V
Rated capacity: 600mAh
Dimensions: 1.1 x 1.1 x 2.0" (28 x 28 x 51mm)
Weight: 3.4 oz (95g)
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Your going to want smaller/lighter airborne equipment.
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Default RE: Tower Hobbies 7 Channel Radio

Also keep in mind that includes no servos so when compared apples to apples that hundred and twenty buck price tag does not seem so special.
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Old 07-12-2007, 07:53 PM
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Default RE: Tower Hobbies 7 Channel Radio

I do have a HS-55 servo and some other larger ones from a swap meet. Any other radio's that are not to expensive and have a few channels to spare for other things that I may decide to build. My main use for the radio was to operate a plane that I hope to build (with a potental pan/tilt cammera...). I want to go off of other people's experence so any first hand accounts with a radio mentioned... would be nice. The radio I guess is more meant for a large scale plane?????
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You're building a small foam plane. It won't lift much weight and fly well. You've said before that you want to build a foam plane that looks much like a P-38. Another ambitious plan. Have you flown anything with power yet? It appears that you are sending (or planning to spend) a lot of money on marginal projects with little/no experience. Carrying a camera and controling it accounts for even more weight.
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Old 07-12-2007, 10:35 PM
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yeah, thanks for bringing me down to the earth again bruce88123 I am kindof an ambitious guy, for your knowledge, the first plane was a disaster (airfoil was not good, hand carved). All the experence I have with anything that flies is with a Blade CX (really hard to fly due to the annoing rotation...) I guess I am better off purchasing a Slo-V with the slow speed, low price... Is there anything that is better for the absolute beginner (me)??? I guess I should head down to the closest flying field for me and talk with people...
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Default RE: Tower Hobbies 7 Channel Radio

I'm not that good with small electric knowledge, being a nitro guy myself, so I'll let the others pick it up from here. Good luck now that you are on a reasonable quest. There is nothing wrong with building/designing your own but it IS going the hard way for a beginner IMO.

Going to the local field is NEVER a bad idea. At the very least it is a great way to learn things and meet new and knowledgeable people. Ask questions but don't be a pest, like I used to be when I was a kid, and get shooed away. The guys will be happy to answer your questions but are there to fly too.
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Old 07-18-2007, 05:51 PM
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yeah, I should probabaly decide wether or not to go with a heli, airplane, RC MT?????
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