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The A9 is a great radio! I have two, one since March of 2010. RF link is bullet proof, never have to re-bind Rx like some brands out there.

Easy to program with touch screen which is one of the best features. Very flexible capabilities as any switch or knob can support almost any feature or function.

Basic system provides downlink of battery voltage with adjustable alarms which is a good saftey feature.

I also have the Blue Telemetry system with GPS, current, voltage and RPMsensors to downlink and display speed and altitude etc. Works great and is very handy if you want to try different props etc with electric and see current range and rpm etc.

The Voice system which sounds out the TM data is a useful toy.

Ihave had Hitec radios since 2000 and they are very sturdy and reliable. I had an Eclipse 7 for about 9 years and converted it to 2.4GHz with a Hitec module before Igot my first A9.

Hitec Tx manuals are good. For a newcomer the Eclipse 7 manual was terrific since it not only gave good examples of how to set up your system but has good descriptions and pictures of what things and why you might need things like differential ailerons etc.

Hitec service and support has always been good. The handle fell off my Eclipse 7 after 9 years with the help of lots of glow fuel Ithink. $15 to get the case back replaced at Hitec.

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We were looking at the new speed sensor info its not to clear but it looks like you have to buy a new telemetry module for it to work. Will it work with my older telemetry modules??

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I don't know. Ihave the older Blue Tm and use the gps sensor speed. e-mail your ? to Hitec support and they will tell you.
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Aurora 9X - further Information
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"Ok guys... I'll answer any question I can but some insight into our thought process first:

The Aurora is an incredible platform but fell short in some areas... The 9X shores these areas up and allows for even further enhancements where the current radios memory was capped out.

1. Performance:
a. 4096 resolution (4 times better/ 2X better than Futaba and Spektrum)
b. Dual processors (one for programming, one for RF)
c. Re Engineered signal processing so the Optima RX performance is twice as fast (19ms frame vs. 41ms)
d. New Maxima RX's (Non Telemetry) have a 7ms frame which outputs all channels simultaneously for the absolute minimum latency. (FBL version in the works)

2. Case design:
a. Slimmer back with integrated stylus pen.
b. Vibration warning in rubber grip
c. Battery connector uses J plug (no plugging in backwards)
d. A & D switches are now 3-pos.

3. SLT: This is built in and selectable. With this protocol being open, any manufacturer could offer models compatible with it.

4. Head tracking: The 9X will support this.

5. Binding/protocol select: Built into the programming... no pushing buttons (except of the RX.)

6. Programming enhancements:
a. 7- point curves on all mixes
b. Stick activated switches
c. Swash ring (Kinda late of this one)
d. There's more, but I'm not listing everything.

Essentially, our goal was to update an already awesome product and not to change the category it was in by adding things that would significantly add cost. Note that the current A9 will not be discontinued. I am very pleased with the updated version and while it might not be a big enough jump for some to change, it does address the shortcoming of the current radio and allows us to compete better with any high performance radio on the market today reguardless of cost. Yes, we know that some wanted more channels but at this time, that was not possible and what % actually can use more than nine anyway? The Aurora essentially changed the landscape of the radio market and the 9X will be a tremendous bang for the buck offering higher performance, resolution, speed, and versatility for the future to further change that landscape!

Mike"

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The A9 is a great radio! I have two, one since March of 2010. RF link is bullet proof, never have to re-bind Rx like some brands out there.

Easy to program with touch screen which is one of the best features. Very flexible capabilities as any switch or knob can support almost any feature or function.

Basic system provides downlink of battery voltage with adjustable alarms which is a good saftey feature.

I also have the Blue Telemetry system with GPS, current, voltage and RPM sensors to downlink and display speed and altitude etc. Works great and is very handy if you want to try different props etc with electric and see current range and rpm etc.

The Voice system which sounds out the TM data is a useful toy.

I have had Hitec radios since 2000 and they are very sturdy and reliable. I had an Eclipse 7 for about 9 years and converted it to 2.4GHz with a Hitec module before I got my first A9.

Hitec Tx manuals are good. For a newcomer the Eclipse 7 manual was terrific since it not only gave good examples of how to set up your system but has good descriptions and pictures of what things and why you might need things like differential ailerons etc.

Hitec service and support has always been good. The handle fell off my Eclipse 7 after 9 years with the help of lots of glow fuel I think. $15 to get the case back replaced at Hitec.

Jim D
I have been a user of Hitec products for years. I am in complete agreement with all of the above. In addition, I also have never had any kind of problem with the A9 system.
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Default RE: New Hitec Aurora 9-Channel 2.4Ghz Radio System

Looks good to me!

Just not having to have 2 guys help to hold down on the all "bind" buttons and switches will make it worth the price.

Where do Imake my pre-order deposit.........

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Looks good to me!

Just not having to have 2 guys help to hold down on the all "bind" buttons and switches will make it worth the price.

Where do I make my pre-order deposit.........

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Anyone know where to get extension cables for the Hitec telemetry sensors, in particular the RPM sensor? Or is splicing in wire the only answer?

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Anyone know where to get extension cables for the Hitec telemetry sensors, in particular the RPM sensor? Or is splicing in wire the only answer? Jim D
Telemetry - Instruction Sheets & User Guide with pictures plus Enhancements Under Development.
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7. Extension Leads.
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Optical Sensor, with DIY extension, attached Heli tail pictures x 3
. At the present time, there are no extension leads for the telemetry units.
...."The stock length of the RPM leads are supposed to be longer on the next batch
but extensions are needed in many cases although this should help.
Temp leads can become inaccurate (I've been told) if they get much longer but I don't know to what extent.
There is an extension offered here that would work with the RPM sensors for now.- Mike"...
. Horizon often block direct link, search Horizon for SPMA2001 = 6" & SPMA9551= 12" Ultra Micro Extensions.
. SPMA2001 - pictured Spektrum site
Maximum separation between sensor & HTS-SS reported is 24"<30" "


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Any pricing or availability yet on the new A9X..??
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. " My goal is find a way to allow the A9 to continue to grow as well, and there are many things that could be removed but we'll have to see. Another thought is maybe a board swap for a fee... I'm not sure if it's possible though? - Mike.

Some screenshots from the new Aurora 9X provided by Mike are attached hereto.

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Gotta love that RANGE CHECK, BIND, SCAN menu....
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Hi

Those photo,s were put there ,..... Just to make us happy , " A-9 users " ,............. drol

Ya ,.......... right ,................ It,s the same radio ,............. I already want one !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Glad to see a great radio become even better , but i have to mention i am one of the folks asking for this radio in at least twelve channels.
I have aerobatic as well as a number of giant scale.
and it is so nice to use individuasl channels for everything , eliminates the use of matchboxes.
I have no problem spending a few more dollars for more channels. just my two cents.
And i am flying my A9 from the first batch of radios released
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Yep and after Mayberry gets all hopped up the price will be $479 just for the TX....
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You asked for a stylus and were heard...

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Aurora 9X:
Hitec Aurora 9X Maxima 6 RX/TX NiMh Batt/Charger$460
Hitec Aurora 9 TX/Maxima 9 RX/TX NiMh Batt/Charger $490

Hitec Product Catalogue 2013 currently available is in two parts due to max ,pdf file sizes permitted when transferred,
displays the Aurora 9X , looks like the Tower dates will be met:.

. Hitec Product Catalog 2013 #1 5.44 mb - pages 1 < 27 Transmitters, Telemetry Chargers and some servos.

. Hitec Product Catalog 2013 #2 8.27 mb - pages 28< 43 Servos and accessories.

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Will Hitec be showing the 9X at the WRAM show at the end of the coming week in NJ?
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Further to the previous post 4491, error Tower listing, should show as below because the Maxima Rx is not backwards compatible.

Aurora 9X - Tower ETA mid May 2013.
Hitec Aurora 9X Maxima 6 RX/TX NiMh Batt/Charger$460
Hitec Aurora 9X TX/Maxima 9 RX/TX NiMh Batt/Charger $490

The Maxima transceiver is not compatible with the existing module.
User must select the RX type when binding, copy of Mike's 9X Rx selection/range test/scanning screen attached..

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Will Hitec be showing the 9X at the WRAM show at the end of the coming week in NJ?
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So Mike is there anything coming down the line for Hitec to remain competitive with Futaba's fabulous cordless buddy system. The corporate types need to know the need for this and is a very real question and while in terms of aftermarket cordless units sold the numbers may well be low but those sales will be directly responsible for influencing a great many other sales to new folks and thats a fact.

For example the number one system now in use at our field is Hitec an finally beating out Futaba. But that can,t last with at least one other instructor using the Futaba cordless setup.

I have asked this question and all I get is links from the gentleman in Australia or obscure vague answers. Can you offer any hope or has corporate (at least the corporate that counts) even been made aware, I am afraid I will be forced soon at to have to abandon Hitec and change over to futaba at least for flight training purposes.



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So Mike is there anything coming down the line for Hitec to remain competitive with Futaba's fabulous cordless buddy system.
The corporate types need to know the need for this and is a very real question and while in terms of aftermarket cordless units sold the numbers may well be low
but those sales will be directly responsible for influencing a great many other sales to new folks and thats a fact.
For example the number one system now in use at our field is Hitec an finally beating out Futaba. But that can,t last with at least one other instructor using the Futaba cordless setup.
I have asked this question and all I get is links from the gentleman in Australia or obscure vague answers.
Can you offer any hope or has corporate (at least the corporate that counts) even been made aware,
I am afraid I will be forced soon at to have to abandon Hitec and change over to futaba at least for flight training purposes.
Thank you John
There are now a number of cheap wireless systems out there that makes little point in yet another.
Perhaps reason we have not yet seen any Futaba wireless trainer systems in use but have seen plenty of the cheaper units
which are reported to work vey well with both Futaba and Hitec systems amongst others.

The Futaba unit is expensive and limited because it does not work with all Futaba Tx, copy Manual attached.
Futaba WTR-7 FASST Wireless Trainer System US$99.98
Usage condition:
The student's transmitter MUST -
- be in the 7ch mode of FASST such as T6EX, T7C, TM7,
TM8's 7ch-mode, TM10's 7ch-mode, TM14's 7ch-mode, etc.
- have the micro connector trainer port.
The instructor's transmitter can be any type of Futaba's
transmitter which has the micro connector trainer port.
(It means that the instructor's transmitter can be FASST,
conventional FM-PPM, PCM1024, or PCM-G3.)
. Futaba WTR 7 Wireless Trainer System - Review (pdf).

Whereas a humble system which has been seen to work well, and would be hard for Hitec to produce one as cheap:
. HK "Wireless Buddy Box System 8CH (Dual RX Controller)" US$15.86

"The Dual Reciever Unit is a wireless buddy box interface that can be used in a variety of ways and even allows 2 different
makes of Transmitter to be used in a Buddy configuration!
This has amazing advantages over the traditional system that has always required the master and slave transmitter to be
the same make and on top of that, you have to be connected to each other via an easy to pop out short cable and in turn,
the cable ends have to match......the Dual Reciever Controller does away with all of that.
The Unit inter-connects 2 x 8 channel Recievers that do not have to be the same make and this in turn allows JR Servo
configuration to work with Futaba servo configuration and so on. As well as pilot training, this unit can allow 2 x TX to
control one model, this has many potential applications, for instance, for safe FPV flying, this will allow your observer to
take over the flight at the flick of a switch if need be. The unit is small and light as well as simple and fast to set up and isnt
much more expensive than many buddy leads!"

And even cheaper
. Wireless Buddy Box System 4CH (Dual RX Controller)US$8.96
. Hobbyking Wireless Buddy Box System 4CH (Dual RX Controller), recommendation, instructions & review

"all I get is links from the gentleman in Australia or obscure vague answers."
If that refers to myself, please check the attached image - NZ is a long way from Australia being a different country with different
government and currency not to mention the better football (rugby) team.
The average distance between New Zealand and Australia is approximately 1400 miles or 2,250 km.

See also sub Section "Trainer (Buddy box) cables - DIY " under
"Buddy Boxes, Flight Simulator & Interface." at:
Alan's Hobby, Model & RC FAQ Web Links (quick search = Ctrl+F)

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