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Old 02-26-2016, 07:30 AM
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Hello To start off I am just returning after a 17 years away from the [email protected] wasnt even thought of i dont think . My question is what futaba radios with module can convert using a spektum 2.4 module.I have a t9cap that I picked up but what other radio in the futaba line can I use thinking newer is better.I have 2 8 channel modules on hand to use.
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Hey jrok,
You have a very capable radio with the T9CAP & simply only need to get the Spektrum TM-8 2.4 module. If any of the module-based Futaba radios will change from PCM to PPM, you can use the Spektrum module. If your T9 has all the programming functions you need, then why change? I fly with an older JR10X w/both 72Mhz modules & Spektrum DM-9 2.4Ghz modules & never needed another Tx since the 10X has every feature I will ever need for my flying style/parameters. If you feel you may need more features that you radio can deliver, then perhaps, look to a Futaba T10CAP. If you want telemetry, then you will definitely need to upgrade to a more advanced radio, or use an after-market system such as those found on the HK site.

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The bad part about using a Futaba 9C is the latency between the elevators. The primary is on channel 2 with the secondary being on channel 8. You can actually see the lag by operating the elevators on the ground. Supposedly there is a way to do a mix putting the second elevator channel on #5 like the 9Z but I'm not familiar with that modification.

Secondly, the difference in the feel of native 2.4 system to the older 72MHz stuff is just unbelievable. I had a 9C and a 9Z so I've seen the problem. My brother kept using his old 9C until I gave him a native 2.4GHz setup and he was just floored.

I suggest that the OP buy a new radio as they are out there for prices not a lot more than what a module for the 9C will cost him.

Oh, I should ad something else; the programming interface on newer radios is much more user friendly and the capabilities of the newer radios, even the less expensive ones, are substantially more powerful than the 9C

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+1 to what Zeeb said. I also highly recommend buying a new radio and will add a few reasons. First, most any radio you use will be getting some age on it now days! Age isn't a good thing in this case as you may see stick pot problems, trim switch problems, etc. At minimum, the transmitter may need a new battery. Second, the Spektrum module is based on dated DSM2 technology that Spektrum abandoned several years ago in their new equipment. Yes, DSM2 is still supported but I couldn't recommend that someone start out with that system when better systems are available in all brands including Spektrum.

I understand the desire to keep an older transmitter going rather than just tossing it and I considered going that route some years ago. But doing the math and making comparisons, I just couldn't justify wasting the money on something that would be just a stop gap measure. There are so many low cost, decent systems out there these days, using an old transmitter with a new module just doesn't seem like a good way to go.
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I have some new one too a Tactis 858 And a Spektum dx7 just have to more spektum 8 channel modules for futaba

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