|Contributed by: Erick Royer | Published: January 2004 | Views: 35352 | Email this Article
Welcome to Adobe GoLive 6
Review by: Erick Royer
JR has done it again - creating the world's
first 6 channel radio system with many
features found in the industries top of the
line models. At first the thought of
owning a 6 channel radio system left me
feeling like I would be limiting myself,
much like a diet, where I would have to give
up all the features that I like, such as
programmable mixing, 5 point throttle and
pitch curves in heli mode, PCM fail safe
setting, and fully digital trims.
As I started to browse the manual and look
though some of the programming screens, I
thought for sure there was some mistake -
there were no features missing that I long
The first thing that jumps out at you with
on the 6102 is the large 1550 element dot
matrix control screen. The
clutter-free display displays the
information your need in a clear manner,
thus making programming and setup a breeze.
Graphs provided on the servo monitor and
helicopter pitch and throttle curve screens
rival those that are only available on the
high-end radio systems. This level of
detail makes it much easier to setup your
model and can dramatically help avoid the
"dual rate and expo" setup problems.
On either side of the screen are the
programming and navigation buttons. JR
could not have made programming this radio
any easier. The buttons are layed out
so they are easy to reach and labeled to
illustrate their specific functions.
No more "what does this button mean now"
concerns - the 6102 is just plain simple to
One of the more impressive features of the
6102 is the fact that it allows you 10 model
memory. This is a first in the
arena of the 6 channel radios currently
available on the market. You can
control your entire hanger with one simple
transmitter. Each model
features 8 character model naming letting
you program real names thus avoiding
The 6102's setup
mode offers many standard programming
features that make setting up your new model
an enjoyable experience. Servo
reversing is available on all 6 channels and
is easily changed with the use of the
graphical interface. Sub trim
and travel adjust take the guess work out of
setting up your servos in your model.
No more adjusting splines, servo arm
lengths, and hole positions to achieve the
desired servo movement. In heli mode
the 6102 features selectable swashplate
mixing to accommodate standard and the newer
CCPM swashplate designs.
Preprogrammed mixed for aircraft include,
Flaperon wing selection, Elevon selection,
and V-tail selection. The
6102 has a built in trainer function that
allows the use of a buddy box for
instructing new pilots. Other
pre-programmed mixes include
elevator-to-flap mixing, aileron-to-rudder
mixing, and flap system control.
There is an
awful lot of radio in the 6102 for the
price. Lets take a look at the
complete list of all the features and
advanced features that this new radio has to
Many features found
in radios that cost 4 times as much
4 Programmable Mixes
Ability to move switch functions
SPCM compatible with Failsafe
Only Mix #4
allows trim adjustments to work with both
- Perfect for most helicopter and
- An unheard of feature on most high end radios
let alone a 6 channel.
1,550 element dot
matrix display - Clutter-free display allows you
to focus on the information you need.
programming - You can use one radio to control
any model in your hangar.
naming - Allows you to program real names to
easily recall your models
FM or SPCM
modulations - Use the inexpensive R700 FM
receiver or take advantage of the failsafe features
with a R770S PCM receiver.
locations - Move the rate and mode controls
around to where they are most comfortable for your
Trainer and pilot link systems - The
Pilot Link function allows the buddy box system to
use the trims, mixes and programming settings from
the Master transmitter to function for the Slave
transmitter, saving very valuable setup time at the
field to compare and program individual files.
adjustment - Offers precise centering and
positioning for setting up your model.
- Program the end points on your servos to
prevent binding or increase control deflection, as
with 3D models.
- Reverse any servo on all 6 channels
Dual rate/expo for
aileron, elevon and rudder - Program multiple
flight conditions for your control surfaces.
Control system (DSC) - Setup your aircraft
without turning the transmitter's power on.
Digital trims - Precise control of control
surface trims with an audible beep for easy
adjustment while in flight
- Adjust stick length and tension
Throttle cut system - With the flip of a
switch you can program your throttle servo to fully
close the carb on your engine.
Failsafe system (for PCM only) - For safer
operation, you can program the servos to move to a
specific point in the event of signal loss to the
Servo travel screen - View a graphical
display that will indicate the servos positions and
Model copy -
Easily copy one model to the next.
- The "lithium" battery in the transmitter is a
long term storage battery to protect the memory.
Designed to last up to 5 years so that if the Ni-Cd
battery is removed or completely discharged the 10
model memories will not be effected.
- 1100 mAh 4.8 volt Ni-Cd
Charger - 50
mAh output wall charger for TX and RX
Flaperon, elevon and V-tail mixing
Flap system with elevator mix
4 programmable mixes
Helicopter Program Features:
5-point throttle and pitch curves
Normal and stunt curves
CCPM swashplate mix-90, 120, 180
The term "advanced features" is not one that you
usually hear when someone is talking about a 6
channel radio. While it is more common to find
6 channel radios with digital displays, it is not
common to find one that offers so many advanced
features and is so easy to program.
One of the most
useful features that he 6102 offers, in my opinion,
is the ability to assign switch positions and assign
multiple functions to a single switch.
Most 4-6 channel radios force you to use the dual
rate, landing gear, and flap functions form the
factory assigned locations. I like to put all
my rates on one switch, especially when I am flying
a 3D aircraft. The last thing I want to have
to worry about is flipping 2-3 switches when I am
entering or exiting a maneuver. The 6102
allows you not only to put all functions on one
switch, but it allows you to chose the switch that
is most comfortable for your flying style.
FM and SPCM MODULATIONS
The 6102 offers both
FM and SPCM modulations which allow you to take
advantage of the failsafe features found in PCM
mode, or you can use inexpensive FM receivers.
I personally like to use PCM mode on all my gasoline
aircraft as there is more chance that RF noise from
the planes ignition system can cause noise and pose
a danger while flying. I rely on the
failsafe settings to minimize the danger of having
an accident as a result of interference.
Up until now, I would have to rely on a 10X or 8103
transmitter that cost twice to 4 times as much to
get this feature.
PROGRAMMABLE MIXES (4 for airplanes and 2 for
The 6102 offers 4
programmable mixes for airplanes and 2 for
helicopters that you can use for any number of
different purposes. This function allows
mixing of one channel to any other channel and the
mix can be set to remain on at all times or be
activated by a switch of your choosing.
Programmable mixes 1-3 are designed so only the
master channel is effected by the trim adjustments,
while mix 4 features "Trim include" which will allow
the trim adjustment to effect both channels.
These mixes have many different uses, such as:
mixing out pitch or roll coupling when in knife-edge
flight, adding down elevator when you apply flaps to
keep the aircraft from ballooning, mixing two
channels for throttle in the event you have a twin
engine aircraft, as well as many other possible
solutions. The fact that this radio is so
versatile in that respect puts it in a class much
higher than your standard 6 channel radio systems.
The servo travel
screen is another feature that is even hard to find
in high end radio systems. This useful
function allows you to verify the stick movements of
the transmitter. It is also useful to test out
and verify any mix functions that are assigned
without the need to turn on the aircraft.
This is a very useful and time saving feature on the
5 POINT PITCH AND
THROTTLE CURVES, 2 FLIGHT MODES, AND THROTTLE HOLD
The 6102 also has an
impressive set of advanced functions for the
helicopter pilot including 2 separate sets of 5
point pitch and throttle curves with graphical
plotting commonly referred to as flight modes.
While many high end helicopter radios offer 3 flight
modes (normal, aerobatic, and autorotation),
many pilots only rely on normal and aerobatic modes,
making the 6102 a perfect heli radio for 90% of the
pilots in the hobby. The ability to
adjust 5 points on both throttle and pitch really
allows you to fine tune your helicopter for optimum
performance. The throttle hold function
is a third flight mode that is operated from a
different switch which will reduce the throttle to a
preset setting just above idle to allow the ability
to perform autorotations.
The 6102 also offers
a throttle cut function which is almost never seen
in a 6 channel radio system. This feature
allows you to program the throttle servo to close
the carburetor all the way with the flip of a switch
to safely kill the engine after your flight.
This is definitely safer than trying to pinch a fuel
line or block the exhaust.
FM - PCM(s)
Channel computer system
||1000-2000 (1500 neutral)
(9.6v) 600 mAh
Whether you choose the Airplane or Helicopter
version of the 6102, each system comes with NES-537
standard servos (5 with heli and 4 with airplane).
- Wide-spaced ball
bearing support for smooth precise control
- A zero dead band
amplifier to ensure accurate neutral centering
- A 3-pole ferrite
- Indirect drive
feedback potentiometer that gives additional
protection from vibration.
43 ounce inch @ 4.8 volt
.25 sec 60deg @
1.52 x .73 x 1.32
JR's new 6103 radio system offers BIG BOY
features at an entry level price. With
advanced features such as PCM modulation, assignable
switch positions, and multiple programmable mixes, I
can not find one application in my hangar that this
radio can not satisfy. Whether you are into
helicopters or airplanes, choosing the new 6102 will
have you resting easy at night knowing this is a
radio that you might never outgrow.
The comments, observations and conclusions made in this review are solely with respect to the particular item the editor reviewed and may not apply generally to similar products by the manufacturer. We cannot be responsible for any manufacturer defects in workmanship or other deficiencies in products like the one featured in the review.
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