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Old 01-14-2006, 10:23 AM
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Default Spektrum Radio for Boats?

Hi, I want to thank you for your help on the Range factor - a 1/2 mile is fine for my use. Has anyone used this new Spektrum DX6 DSM Park Model radio system for Boating? Help on this would be much appreciated, Skip
Old 01-14-2006, 07:18 PM
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Default RE: Range of new Spektrum Radio

try to go under car forum then sub forum car radio and look for spektrum thread, u might get some info bout the spektrum......

but 4 my 2 cents most radio signal will go farhter than an eyesight before be out of signal range...
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Default RE: Range of new Spektrum Radio

I want to thank you for your time. I was given a site on much testing of the Range factor and it is 1/2 mile plus. Now if I can find someones opinion for use with Boats. Thanks again, Skip
Old 01-20-2006, 01:18 AM
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Default RE: Spektrum Radio for Boats?

You dont want the ds6 for boats, thats for planes and helis, the spektrum for cars would work well though.
Old 01-20-2006, 08:07 AM
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Default RE: Spektrum Radio for Boats?

Skip,
It will work just fine for boats. Haven't seen the 'tech' site so was only aware that the range was over a 1/4 mile, which is much more than I'll ever need. I have seen one modification (swapped the 'control' module to another radio) which worked very well. The 'nice' thing about it is that the 2.4 Ghz band is non-specific, can be used for any kind of model. The 'available' channel scan feature is worth the price aside from the other 'bells-n-whistled', as far as I'm concerned. Also, from what I've heard, the supplier is out of stock at the moment, so there must be a few other R/C'ers who think it's just dandy too (knew I should have ordered one before now - lol!). The 'Spektrum' isn't the 'cure-all' of R/C radios, but it's certainly a step in the right direction.
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Default RE: Spektrum Radio for Boats?

The early systems had their share of problems with boats. Most complaints were for lack of range, a concern that even the AMA had with them. Another was electrical connectors rubbing against the case resulting in breakage. I'll save my money for now. When I register for a race, the frequencies are checked ahead of time and conflicts can be straightened out before leaving home. I race against the same people most of the time so usually there is no problem with having to change crystals at the race.
Old 01-20-2006, 12:23 PM
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Default RE: Spektrum Radio for Boats?

Can you explain in more detail why this Spektrum radio system you feel is not good for boats? Thank you, Skip
Old 01-20-2006, 12:27 PM
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Hi Ron, how are you feeling? Iv`e now got A.F. on top of everything else with the heart. Thank you for you information about the Spektrums, Skip
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Default RE: Spektrum Radio for Boats?

Better since the ICD was installed. Once you start having ticker troubles, it seems like it begins a chain of other "events".
Old 01-20-2006, 01:06 PM
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Default RE: Spektrum Radio for Boats?

Hi Ron, it certainly seems that way. You take care, Skip
Old 01-20-2006, 02:56 PM
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Default RE: Spektrum Radio for Boats?

With all this talk about the Spektrum radio's, my LHS has a DX6 park flyer radio for $199.99 Is this a good price or not. I'm not in the market for another radio but if the price is right.
Old 01-20-2006, 03:04 PM
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Hi, from what Iv`e heard that seems to be the going price. Iv`e searched around and haven`t found any better. Skip
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Default RE: Spektrum Radio for Boats?

STOP STOP STOP!!! Read that there "parkflyer" the ds6 is for helicopters,airplanes, and gliders NOT for boats. Dont want ya to buy the wrong model. The ds6 has 2 sticks which each go up,down,left, and right, for FLYING. How many boats use IDLE-Up lol. You want the ds3, a 3 channel land use model.
Old 01-23-2006, 02:38 PM
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I know that the Park Flyer is set up for aircraft but I thought that the 2.4 GHZ radios could be used on aircraft or land use. As for the 2 stick version, I have a large tug that is begging for some extra functions. The 3 channel radio will limit the amount of accessories that I can run.
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Default RE: Spektrum Radio for Boats?

The 2.4 Ghz band is not for any particular type model, it can be used by any of them, air, or land, or water (deep space if you can get the thing there). The reason the 'Spektrum' is sold as a 'park flyer' radio is because of it's range, something like a 1/2 mile or so. There are no restriction on the 2.4 Ghz band for models.
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Default RE: Spektrum Radio for Boats?

Its sold as a park flyer because people who fly planes and helis dont use 2 channel pistol grip radios, they use 6 channel dual stick flying radios with trainer and idle up switches...
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Default RE: Spektrum Radio for Boats?

I agree with Green Boat, for my tugboat I want a water cannon, working lights, and a working winch.
I could use all six channels.
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Default RE: Spektrum Radio for Boats?

It can be done , although the MHZ has 5-7 channels (depends) and is a pistol grip, I fly heli's but cant stand stick radios for my trucks.
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Default RE: Spektrum Radio for Boats?

cadillac_kid28,

Show up at Tualatin when the model boat guys run, and you will find all sorts of configurations for transmitter boxes. Many people in scale ship modeling will have an "unsprung" throttle so that they can "idle up" their engines and just let the boat run. This way they are free to run other functions.
The number of functions can run up to 22 on a seven channel radio.

Here is the running schedule for Tualatin Commons.
http://www.pmpba.org/index.htm

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I believe I had a trip planned there, will have to check the date, I think the thing here is what your doing with it. For racing I think a pistol grip style is better, while for you scale guys it doesnt matter if it has a ratchet throttle. I think we were just on different levels here. As a racer would most likely have no need for 7 channels. I think it has been cleared up now.
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Default RE: Spektrum Radio for Boats?

ORIGINAL: cadillac_kid28
How many boats use IDLE-Up lol.
I do.. Gets the heat on the motor before throwing in for the race. And I do know plenty of boat racers that prefer the 2 stick radio's over wheel.. For me, I'll just stick with my 3PJ FM..
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Hmmm, Just seems weird to be using a ratchet throttle in racing, then again im not sure how much you boaters adjust your speed as us car guys are constantly changing throttle.
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Default RE: Spektrum Radio for Boats?

It's only an idle up feature, not to be used once on the water or track but for initial starting. My Hi-tec Ranger III has it.
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Ok, things are just different, as helicopters use idle up to increase the headspead when doing 3D tricks, I guess boats dont do many tricks...

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