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Old 08-04-2011, 09:17 PM
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I have a T6XAs, haven't used it in 7 years. Just when I put it and the hobby aside, it may have been causing interference with other receivers. It may also need a new battery. It works, but I don't trust NiCd batteries this old with something like a plane. Giving it a tune up and new battery may take more $ then it is worth. So a new radio may be on order soon...

Now I come back and there is a lot of talk about 2.4 GHz, and Spread Spectrum.

Whats the deal?

What should I be looking at for a nice 6 channel setup?

Thanks!

P.S. - My first post in some years, but I was member #505 or so back when this place first started. Nice to be back.
Old 08-04-2011, 10:04 PM
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2.4ghz and spread spectrum are the same thing. It is the latest greatest in radio technology for RC. Supposedly, there are no more interference issues since each transmitter andreciever "bind" with eachother and can not be affected by any other signals.There is no more "channel" to worry about. Each rx andtx communicate with each other and continuously find their own channel.You can theoretically have as many pilots as youwant flying at the sametime without interference.

However, there are still some glitches, as there always is with new tech. So a lot of us, including myself, are still flying with 72mhz radios. In fact, I still use a6Amyself. I happen to live in a rural area where interference issues with 72mhz are not a big problem. But if I lived in a more urban area, I would probably be more likely to switch to 2.4ghz..

2.4ghz is just like 72mhz in that you can spend as much or as little as you like depending on wether you want a top of the line JR or Futaba, or a just a basicradio or other brand. You should expect to spend between $300 and$500 for a decent new 6 channel radio and rx. Of course, you will always find good deals on used equipment if you're looking to trim the budget. You can search ads right here on RCU classifieds and probably find a suitable set up with flight battery and all for less than $300.

If you do decide to go with 2.4ghz, don't throw that T6X away, there are still many of us buying those 72mhz radios here and on e-bay.
Old 08-05-2011, 03:54 AM
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ORIGINAL: Elwood

I have a T6XAs, haven't used it in 7 years. Just when I put it and the hobby aside, it may have been causing interference with other receivers. It may also need a new battery. It works, but I don't trust NiCd batteries this old with something like a plane. Giving it a tune up and new battery may take more $ then it is worth. So a new radio may be on order soon...

Now I come back and there is a lot of talk about 2.4 GHz, and Spread Spectrum.

Whats the deal?

What should I be looking at for a nice 6 channel setup?

Thanks!

P.S. - My first post in some years, but I was member #505 or so back when this place first started. Nice to be back.
My first computer radio was a T6XA. I had two of them, on 72Mhz. The T6XAS added Expo and Rudder D/R. Batteries are cheap, now. You can probably get a 2500mah Eneloop Tx battery for $30.

The Spektrum DX7S is a nice low cost radio with Telemetry. There are other offerings from Futaba, Hitec, and Airtronics, to name a few. There are even cheaper radios from Hobby Kiing, but less history regarding how reliable they are.
Old 08-05-2011, 04:23 PM
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That Spektrum looks reall nice. What about the Polk radios? They were just coming out when I left the hobby, but really wanted one then.

Any links to the battery packs for my Futaba T6XA?
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That Spektrum looks reall nice. What about the Polk radios? They were just coming out when I left the hobby, but really wanted one then.

Any links to the battery packs for my Futaba T6XA?
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...poly_Pack.html
http://electrodynam.com/store/product266.html
http://www.hangtimes.com/nobsbatteries.html
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Thanks for all of the pointers. I am going to try and stick with the old radio, and look at that DX7s when it comes out.

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