Originally Posted by Sam_K
Which leads me onto another question I've been wondering about. I know you have to buy an Australian version TX to get the C Tick for legal and insurance reasons, but does the same apply for RXs?
The RX doesn't transmit anything, it's just a passive device, so I don't see why there would need to be any regulation on it anymore than say an ESC.
If it's OK to use imported RXs then you can buy them at overseas online stores for about half the cost from hobby shops herein oz
Not with our dollar going South at the moment, Sam mate. ...
I also checked prices at Esprit Model in FLA - one of the cheaper reliable US shops - a couple of weeks ago when our dollar exch. rate was around US90c, and even allowing for shipping, the price was about the same as here from some Oz shops then.
(I'll put in a plug here for David Pratley at Hyperion Australia, who sold me, because of the reasons below, my new Oz DX6i set - excellent service.)
Now with our dollar in the mid-60c ball-park and still going down, I'd get in quick and buy one or two here in Oz before the importers put the price up, which they undoubtedly will!!!
I was also forced - and I mean forced
- to buy an additional DX6i set to replace one bought from Esprit, purely because of this mandatory 'C' tick proviso, purely because of the applied 'No 'C' tick - No Fly' rule imposed for insurance protection by the MAAA, and therefore by most clubs as well.
Now I hate to be cynical ...
... yeah right! - But as you would undoubtedly be aware this 'rule' protects our importers as well.
For Spektrum/JR the importer/distributor is Modelflight/O'Reilly's.
I have it in writing from Horizons Hobbies, who supplies these sets exclusively, and which are sold and distributed by Modelflight to model shops in Oz, that there is only one type
of each Spektrum set made, and which are exported worldwide
However when I asked O'Reilly's if they would 'test' my imported identical radio for compliance to Aussie specs - for a reasonable fee, of course - and then attach some 'C' tick stickers, I received a very terse emailed reply - quote -'Sorry we can't help you'.
So that option was out, even though my replacement DX6i set that I then had to buy, and the one originally bought from Esprit Model in FLA USA, are absolutely identical
in every way. The packaging and the bar code on both boxes are the same, as are both the Horizons Hobbies produced Instruction Manuals. ... (which, incidentally, are excellent).
Even the Horizon Hobbies Warranty Card is there in the Oz set's box too, in addition to O'Reilly's warranty card.
While I applaud the vigilance of ACMA and our Modelling Governing Body in protecting us from ourselves ...
... and definitely from some other probably dubious imports, the Spektrum radios, apart from being identical in every way to those sold everywhere else, to those sold here, with both having FCC and CE compliance marks moulded into the Rx body, with a Tx label as well, and which, I'm sure, would have been far more rigourously tested.
This most probably applies to the Futaba Fasst and X-Treme systems as well.
However to answer your question about the Rx requiring a 'C' tick, I don't think it should either, because as you say, it is passive until bound to the Tx.
But the modules of the 6200 Rx that came with my Aussiefied DX6i actually both had 'C' stickers attached, so apparently they have to be compliant as well.
And there's the rub, because practically
speaking you should have individual Spektrum Rxs for each model, and at about $120 a pop for the 6200, it's gonna be expensive if you have a small fleet. ... :o
Having said that though, the considerable safety margin that goes with the Modelmatch facility that Spektrum radios provide, might be an overall saving from inadvertant shoot downs.
All points to ponder, although I'm not a happy camper with this unnecessary Oz red-tape.