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Old 04-28-2005, 08:48 PM
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Default Transmitter neck strap/tray for Futaba 9C

I have been paying attention to the way my Futaba 9C transmitter balances when I use a neck strap, and it seems like the transmitter is bottom heavy and wants to slide the face of it towards me. I am finding this annoying. [:@]

Does anyone know of a neck strap or small/light transmitter tray that would balance the transmitter in my hands a little better? I would like the transmitter to be parallel with the ground so I can rest my hands on the top sides of the transmitter and not have think about it sliding towards me.

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Old 04-29-2005, 12:21 AM
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Default RE: Transmitter neck strap/tray for Futaba 9C

You could try http://petalrc.com/photo%20selection2.htm
Old 04-29-2005, 11:27 AM
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Default RE: Transmitter neck strap/tray for Futaba 9C

looks interesting. know of any other similar trays?
Old 04-29-2005, 12:03 PM
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Default RE: Transmitter neck strap/tray for Futaba 9C

Madison sells one $50.00 ( have one - fits the 9CAP well )

[link]http://traymanusa.com[/link] sells one $200.00 ( All Aluminum )
Old 04-29-2005, 04:32 PM
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Default RE: Transmitter neck strap/tray for Futaba 9C

Tell me about it, I have never consistently used a neck strap in 22 years of RC, I have owned them and I have *tried* to use them on many different manufacturers brands, but it just seems too much to ask to place the eyelet half an inch lower! My 9303 manual even goes so far as to say that the neckstrap "hook has been positioned so that your transmitter has the best possible balance when you use the neck strap" . . well guess what, it is in the same place pretty much all transmitter manufacturers put it. . .half an inch too high for the thing to balance. [X(]

This has bugged me for as long as I can remember, and I just don't understand why it's not been changed. Must be a conspiracy to keep $200.00 tray makers happy ;-P

I have been contemplating a light weight LiPoly conversion or something like that to reduce the weight aft of the CG. . .

That said, I have seen a few folks who have added eyehook attach points to the little tabs on the back bottom corners of the TX and then wore a second neck strap that attached to those, seems like a decent and affordable idea in the absence of decent TX design.

I guess this must be a real pet peeve of mine, as my writing seems to be pretty fired up. . .hehe. . . ok . .break time.

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Old 04-29-2005, 09:26 PM
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Default RE: Transmitter neck strap/tray for Futaba 9C

I have this tray
http://www.urgear.com/cgi-bin/store/...ALEXP&mn=1&ck=
Expensive (about $60) but it works great for me
I have extremely limited strength, feeling, and dexterity in my arms and hands.
Without the hand rests on the tray I wouldn't be able to fly at all.
Old 04-29-2005, 10:11 PM
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Default RE: Transmitter neck strap/tray for Futaba 9C

Easiest way is to put a Harry Higley Heavy HUb on the antenna. HA HA! Works on airplanes.
Old 04-29-2005, 11:09 PM
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Default RE: Transmitter neck strap/tray for Futaba 9C

Don't laugh, Flying Geezer is actually correct. I don't do it myself, but I have seen several pattern pilots do what he suggests. They use a small weight that attaches to the end button of the TX antenna to "balance" the TX on the strap. Not all TX's "suffer" from the imbalance "problem". The Futaba 9Z and the JR PCM10 will balance very well when you move the antenna on the gimbal to what suits you.

Personally, I feel that the safest is when the antenna is pointed up as close to vertical as possible. The range of the TX signal is affected by the position of the antenna.

Just my 2c.

Safe Flying!
Old 05-01-2005, 12:34 AM
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Default RE: Transmitter neck strap/tray for Futaba 9C

Thanks for the info on the different transmitter trays fellas.

I was hoping I wasn't the only one feeling this way. [8D]

Was flying some more tonight and realising I could have more control If I don't have to hold the tx from sliding towards me.


Hey Futaba, ya listening

Thanks evryone,

Wood
Old 05-01-2005, 06:17 PM
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Default RE: Transmitter neck strap/tray for Futaba 9C

I have an acrylic tx tray for sale, that I used 4 flights with my Futaba 9C. PM me if you are interested.
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Thanks for the info on the different transmitter trays fellas.

I was hoping I wasn't the only one feeling this way. [8D]

Was flying some more tonight and realising I could have more control If I don't have to hold the tx from sliding towards me.


Hey Futaba, ya listening

Thanks evryone,

Wood
Old 05-01-2005, 08:22 PM
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Default RE: Transmitter neck strap/tray for Futaba 9C

why do you not like yours? Do you like a neck strap better?
Old 05-02-2005, 09:50 AM
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Default RE: Transmitter neck strap/tray for Futaba 9C

The 9C is one heavy little bugger probably due to being jammed packed with high tech electronics; however, I don't find the balance to be much of a problem using the neck strap. If I did, I'd have my manservant hold it for me!

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Old 05-20-2005, 04:34 PM
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Default RE: Transmitter neck strap/tray for Futaba 9C

The 9CHP was my first Transmitter. I now have a whole bunch of them. To take care of exactly the kind of " Holy gee there is a lot here to deal with!" I built a great gadget. I've sold hundreds of these and made a lot of guys and several gals real happy. Not to mention the US Navy. Take a look and drop me a line.
The 9CHP is a great unit, there is a lot there to hold. Luck to you. Jeff " www.rctraymanusa.com " Sandler
Old 05-21-2005, 06:59 AM
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Default RE: Transmitter neck strap/tray for Futaba 9C

I fly a Futabab 9Z, and yes, it is heavy. I always use at least a neck strap, and lately a tray from rctrayman. Love it.
To me a strap/tray takes the tension out of your fingers and lets them relax on the sticks.
It's sort of the same principle of using a release, instead of pull trigger in competitive trap shooting.

If you fly long enough, the strap takes it toll on your neck too. The tray eliminates this. For me, anyway.


Anyway, when I do use the strap, I use a tip picked up from watching Quique Somenzini.
I made a couple and can dig up a picture or two if I look hard enough.
Basically it is an "L" shaped widget that I would stick in the front of my pants. One half of the "L" in pants, one half to hold the rear end of the transmitter. There are variatioins on how to attach it to your body, and what to make it out of. I just used some hard "L" shaped plastic, and shimmed it up to fit the situation.

Anyway, just another way to do the same thing_bob
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Anyway, when I do use the strap, I use a tip picked up from watching Quique Somenzini.
Bob, that's interesting. It would be great if you could provide some details. Thx !
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Default RE: Transmitter neck strap/tray for Futaba 9C

Speaking Quique's set up, I saw him at toledo using a neck strap that attached to the tx cradle at two points, much like the petal rc unit shown on his web page,except that it does not have the flat piece underneath the tx. The link to petalrc is in a prevuous post. I am going to try to rig something up like Quique is running, trying to keep it simple.

I'll try to post a pic.

wood

well shoot, after looking closer at the pic, maybe he is running a flat piece of plexiglass or plastic under the tx............
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Old 05-21-2005, 10:26 AM
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rajul --> My other pc is in for repair right now. I searched for the link on RCU where the pictures and discussion was, but can't get it to work. I'll try again when my other machine gets back.

The dead link is at the bottom of the thread. Maybe there's a problem on my end --> [link=http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_426817/anchors_426817/mpage_1/key_belt/anchor/tm.htm#426817]thread[/link]
Old 05-21-2005, 10:30 AM
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Default RE: Transmitter neck strap/tray for Futaba 9C

Hi Bob, the link doesn't work at my end too
Old 05-22-2005, 06:15 AM
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Default RE: Transmitter neck strap/tray for Futaba 9C

This isn't the greatest picture. Basically it is the "L" shaped plastic with velcro on it. The black object is a piece of balsa, also with velcro on it. Slip the bracket in your pants [X(], slap on the wood [:-] and fly.

Hope that makes sense. If you can afford it, the tray is a better mousetrap though_bob
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Old 05-22-2005, 06:20 AM
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Default RE: Transmitter neck strap/tray for Futaba 9C

Hi Bob, thanks for the pics. The bottom edge of the Tx rests on the balsa, right ?
Old 05-22-2005, 07:06 AM
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Yep. Once again, there are lots of ways to do what I did. This was just a quick fix for me that worked. I think Quique had some kind of gizmo that he attached to his belt.

Take care_bob
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Take a look at WWW.MarkTrent3d.com and you will see why hundreds of guys and gals use the tray I have created. Great photos and his links page takes you to his solutions. They say a pix is worth a thousand words check out his. good luck , Jeff Sandler
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You got it Trayman.
I have one of your trays and don't fly without it. Like I said, the 9Z is heavy, and when you fly enough ( and get old ) it takes its toll on your neck.
The over the shoulder tray does away with that problem.

Take care_bob

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