Originally Posted by KenK
Did you get the info you need or are you burried in the details? Let's net this out:
While I am not new to RC or Electric RC aircraft I have been away from it for about 5-6 years. Or more time does fly!!!
Now I see there is the 2.4GHZ radios??
I picked up a Flyzone Dr1 RTF with it's own transmitter.
I also got the Anylink adaptor for my JR Sport SX600 transmitter.
So my question is...What is going on here with the new (to me) 2.4GHZ and what should I think of getting for a new transmitter if I want to expand into larger planes again??
If I am in the wrong forum let me know as well.
I have been searching for days and could not find exactly what I need to know.
If you are getting a new radio, go 2.4 GHz. Period! Picking a radio, ANY RADIO, starts with budget, goals and type of flying you will do. Ignore all the RF chatter until you have this figured out.
FUEL - The type of fuel used, liquid, electric, glider, doesn't matter.
MODEL MEMORIES - For example, I fly gliders and small electric airplanes. I have a bunch of them so I want to have lots of model memories in the radio so I can switch between them easily. How many? Good question. How many planes do you plan to own? Is 10 enough? Will 20 do? More?
MIXES - I fly gliders I look for a radio that has glider mixing. If you are flying helicopters you want a radio that has heli mixing. So, what kind of flying do you plan to do? Do you need special mixes? Most computer radios have some kind of airplane and Heli mixing. Some add glider. Some have more advanced mixes and some have basic mixes.
CHANNELS- For most people 6 channels is plenty. Some Need 8 channels and some can't get by on 14.
BUDGET - Radios can be $50 and they can be $3000. Put a starting number on it. What is low cost to me might be high cost to you. If I was looking at a new radio it would be a midrange priced glider radio, about $400. Is that moderate to you or is that wildly expensive?
When looking at price, does that include a receiver? A $150 radio without a receiver is not cheaper than a $180 radio that comes with a $70 receiver.
HELP - Who will help you? If you have flying buddies and they like their radios, then get what they have. You will have an immediate source of help.
COMPATIBLE RECEIVERS - If you will always buy the same brand receiver as your radio, no problem. If you are the type who likes to look at low cost compatible receivers, then look for a radio where compatibles are available. I have seen compatible receivers for Spektrum/JR DSM2 (they work fine with DSMX radios), Hitec AFHSS and Futaba FASST.
BIND n FLY - These are planes that have built in receivers that you can bind to your radio. Horizon is the best known for these. They are based on the Spektrum/JR line of radios.
Hobbico has a line called TX-R based on their AnyLink module.
If you like these "bind and fly" type planes then get a radio that will work with them. If you like the Hobbico TX-R planes which are like BnF, then make sure your radio will accept your AnyLink module.
NOW YOU HAVE A BASIS TO LOOK AT RADIOS.