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Old 07-08-2011, 06:14 AM
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Hello all just found this site it is a wealth of information. I have a question thatI am guessing has been asked many times what is a good radio to purchase. I am starting out in airplanes I have had boats and cars in the past using Futaba radios that is the only radio I know. Is there a better radio for use with planes?

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Old 07-08-2011, 06:30 AM
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ORIGINAL: plbab

Hello all just found this site it is a wealth of information. I have a question that I am guessing has been asked many times what is a good radio to purchase. I am starting out in airplanes I have had boats and cars in the past using Futaba radios that is the only radio I know. Is there a better radio for use with planes?

Thank you
Paul
Futaba, JR/Spektrum, Hitec, Airtronics, Multiplex, and a number of others.

This kind of question can start Brand Wars where various proponents of one brand or another tout their product of choice. Go to your Local Hobby Shop (LHS), Local Flying Field, or to an RC Trade Show and compare the Look and Feel, Price vs Performance.
Old 07-08-2011, 07:04 AM
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One of the issues with these radios is setup. If you chose a popular radio at your club you will have plenty of local experts - guys that can sit down with you at the field and (re)configure your setup to maximize your fun.
Old 07-08-2011, 07:16 AM
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All of the big names (and several of the cheapos) accomplish their goal, controlling your plane.

If you want more help refining your choices start by telling us your price range. Keep in mind a good radio will outlast many airplanes and give you years of service and its better to spend some money up front for a decent radio than suffer repeated purchases when you get "upgradeitis"
Old 07-09-2011, 06:05 AM
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If you already have Futaba, I would stick with Futaba. Many, or all of the accessories that you already have will work with your new purchase.
If you switch brands, that will probably not be true (unless things have changed enormously, since the last time I went through that).

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Old 07-16-2011, 09:21 PM
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Yep....stick with Futaba, don't be a pioneer. Use what most of the guys

at your flying field are using....which is most likely Futaba.

Bob
Old 07-17-2011, 02:30 AM
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ORIGINAL: AirmanBob Yep....stick with Futaba, don't be a pioneer. Use what most of the guys
at your flying field are using....which is most likely Futaba. Bob
??. Have not seen that brand at local club for past three years, despite three of own amongst othersin shed. A little like going to the V8 races and watching those 30% sporting Ford colours & logos and those 30% wearing Holden (Chevy) and then along comes Honda/Toyota/Hyundai/Kia etc and clean up....
Like all electronics, there is now a very good all round mix with varying levels of support in different countries. Find one that meets your needs/cost/eyes and hands, no need to be budget but also no need to be over the top on expenses for same if not better result.

Homework - check the manuals and information available forany of interest:
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Old 07-17-2011, 02:32 AM
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Hi,

There is no bad radios really these days, butthe cheap no name parkflyers radios belong to just that - parkflying.
You can not go wrong with a Futaba 6, 7 or 8 ch FASST 2.4 GHz.
Futaba 8FG Super is probably the radios among Futaba that will give the most features for the money today
and a radio You can grow with for many years in the future. It will also be telemetry ready later this year
(all Futaba FASSTradios will be able to use telemetry in autumn).
For those interested in Futaba telemetry just read this (german) Robbe/Futaba document:
http://www.robbe.de/content_global/i...etrie_2011.pdf
(copy and paste text from the PDF document and paste in to Google translator and you can see what
Futaba will offer regarding telemetry for existing FASST radios).
I have a Futaba 14MZ myself.

If You want telemetry today Spektrum DX8 is a good radio althoug they had problems with the radio when it was
released but it should be no problem if you buy a new DX8 today.

On the other hand, telemetry is not that important but a nice feature that can make flying a little safer and also
some more fun. For me it would not be a top argument for chosing radio brand today.

/Bo
Old 07-17-2011, 03:39 AM
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ORIGINAL: AirmanBob

Yep....stick with Futaba, don't be a pioneer. Use what most of the guys

at your flying field are using....which is most likely Futaba.

Bob
I agree, well said...
Old 07-17-2011, 04:42 AM
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I love this! Last weekend I was at an event at my old club back in PA. We had a small crowd, maybe 20 pilots.

I saw 3 Fut radios there. One of the Fut pilots remarked that he needed Model Match (a Spektrum feature) for this one "cursed" plane he had since he seemed to have trouble remembering to change to the right model.

I guess it just depends what field you're flying at.

Andy
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All the companies have done very well, it all comes down to what the user really wants or needs. I have tried and used Futaba, Spektrum,JR, Hitec and they all worked fine. You have found the forums and a wealth of information. Time to do a little research and see what looks like it will fill your needs/wants.

Good luck to you!!

Andy
Old 07-17-2011, 11:36 AM
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ORIGINAL: AirmanBob

Yep....stick with Futaba, don't be a pioneer. Use what most of the guys

at your flying field are using....which is most likely Futaba.

Bob
I have never been to your field- but your comment had some validity 20 years ago in Utah and other western areas I often visited when attending pattern contests
Today the number of 2.4 Futabas I have seen can be counted on one hand
These all work very well .
Why the change?
Easy answer - the advent of the SPEKTRUM 2.4
These guys were firstest with the mostest and simply killed the rest of the new radio market with the 2.4 and the features they built into it.
Perhaps someday the ratios will shift to include other brands - maybe even some unknown at the moment.
Old 07-20-2011, 07:35 PM
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Well, Futaba has sort of priced them selves out of the market for the average

working guy. They are, in my opinion, way over priced. Hence... fewer seen at field.

JR radios are a little pricey too. Good, but expensive.

Spektrum has a lot of bells and whistles and problems... and excellent customer service...

Try to save up and get a Futaba... You will never be sorry.

Bob
Old 07-21-2011, 04:16 AM
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ORIGINAL: AirmanBob

Well, Futaba has sort of priced them selves out of the market for the average

working guy. They are, in my opinion, way over priced. Hence... fewer seen at field.

JR radios are a little pricey too. Good, but expensive.

Spektrum has a lot of bells and whistles and problems... and excellent customer service...

Try to save up and get a Futaba... You will never be sorry.

Bob
Spektrum sells the majority of the radios which means they will see more good and bad reports
The comments on line about problems are grossly overblown -but entertaining reading for the uninformed.
Old 07-21-2011, 08:39 AM
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ORIGINAL: BuschBarber

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Futaba, JR/Spektrum, Hitec, Airtronics, Multiplex, and a number of others.

This kind of question can start Brand Wars where various proponents of one brand or another tout their product of choice. Go to your Local Hobby Shop (LHS), Local Flying Field, or to an RC Trade Show and compare the Look and Feel, Price vs Performance (Highlighted by Zor).
My logic tells me that performance cannot be evaluated until one has used the unit for a while.

Quite obviously each user has his/her preferences which are often not explained or justified.

We already see the trend of boosting some specific brand in this thread as someone has already mentioned.

Look at the features you would wish to have. Perfomance will be there if the unit is from a reliable manufacturer as listed already.

Zor

Old 07-21-2011, 09:24 AM
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You may want to look at the 8FGA Super with an R6208SB receiver, the prices on these are great at Tower at $479 and with any applicable discount will be even lower.

For the price of an 8 channel radio you'll be getting 14 channels with S-Bus capabilities, online updates, and much more.


Sincerely,
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Old 07-21-2011, 09:59 AM
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AirmanBob,
Futaba is certainly not pricing themselves out of the market. In general they have tended to be close to Spektrum in receiver pricing. With the release of the T6J S-FHSS radio, that all changed. Now Futaba offers a true 6 channel full range dual diversity receiver for 15 bucks less than the AR600, and a 6 channel parklyer for 15 bucks than the latest Spektrum parkflyer receiver. At first it looked as though there was no upgrade path for folks buying this radio, wrong, the Futaba FHSS protocol is coming to other transmitters in the Futaba lineup, at least those that software upgradeable at first.
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Also an Airtronics SD10-G feature, but implemented so you can have more than one model setup without having to re-bind
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