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Old 06-09-2014, 01:40 AM   #1
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Default important tip for 9xr owners

Actually it's a tip for all radio owners.
Do not leave your transmitter lying in the grass when you have a new puppy.
They will pee on it.
First day of vacation and I'm out having fun with the 180 qx and momentarily put down the radio to adjust the lens on the camera. Turned around to see thhe dog pee all over the transmitter. It was off at the time so I dried it off best I could, inside and out, then tried powering up. Whisp of magic smoke then nothing.
Ended up driving an hour and a half into town to pick up a dx8.

To make things worse, I came home to a power outage. Can't charge any of my batteries to get flying again.

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Originally Posted by Wrongway-Feldman View Post
Actually it's a tip for all radio owners.
Do not leave your transmitter lying in the grass when you have a new puppy.
They will pee on it.
First day of vacation and I'm out having fun with the 180 qx and momentarily put down the radio to adjust the lens on the camera. Turned around to see thhe dog pee all over the transmitter. It was off at the time so I dried it off best I could, inside and out, then tried powering up. Whisp of magic smoke then nothing.
Ended up driving an hour and a half into town to pick up a dx8.

To make things worse, I came home to a power outage. Can't charge any of my batteries to get flying again.
Yikes, aren't animals fun?

You'll like the DX8 unit.

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Old 06-09-2014, 03:39 AM   #3
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I'm full of mixed emotions. Sad you lost an expensive piece of equipment to a puppies bladder , yet it's kinda funny when a puppies bladder destroys an expensive piece of equipment! But the 9xr seems like a cool radio that can do a lot, so still sad. But then you use this as an excuse to get a new tx! But you got a Dx8? Why not go for the Dx9 or other one in the new series? Budget?
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Feel the POWER of the Spektrum-side!
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Old 06-09-2014, 05:35 AM   #5
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Feel the POWER of the Spektrum-side!
Haha. That made my day.
The reason for the dx8 is simple. It's more than I need. At a price point I'm ok with.
There was also not a lot of choice at the lhs. Dx6, dx7, or dx8.
If had a few spektrum radios in the past. Old dx7, a couple of dx6i's.
I switched from them to the 9xr thinking having all that program ability would be great.
And if I ever needed all that I'm sure it would be. But in reality I didn't need it.
I do some pretty mundane flying with fairly standard planes.
At most I use 6 channels. Couple that with an open firmware written by enthusiasts for enthusiasts and you get an overly complicated device.
Seeing as I needed a radio now, and this was all there was, choosing the dx8 was a no brainer. I'm also getting in to quads and possible fpv so I've left myself a little headroom to work with.

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Yeah, the Dx8 is still nice. I must confess since the Dx5e that came with my Apprentice, my first plane, I've just moved up through the Spektrum ranks. 6i, 8, now the 18g2. Just comfortable with it.

Just yesterday at our club meeting, someone demonstrated his 9xr and I must say I'm impressed with the things it can do with that open sourcing and rf modules and such. But I think it would be more than I care to mess with. It seems the Spektrum programming is more straightforward and more than enough options for me.

Enjoy! And I'll bet you'll never do that again!
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So far I find the dx8 much easier to use. It's like going from a Unix/VAX mainframe to windows 7. Its just more intuitive. These fully customizable radio seem to have an idea that just because something can be done it should.
The problem with that is that only a very small percentage of users will ever use most features while most users struggle to simply set up their flaps without watching a YouTube video.
To tell the truth though the only difference I feel in quality over the 9xr is the switches.
They really are a world better. The gymbals though don't really feel that different.

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Originally Posted by Wrongway-Feldman View Post
...The problem with that is that only a very small percentage of users will ever use most features while most users struggle to simply set up their flaps without watching a YouTube video.
To tell the truth though the only difference I feel in quality over the 9xr is the switches.
They really are a world better. The gymbals though don't really feel that different.
Exactly why I prefer a more conventional radio. As far as the gimbal thing, I can't speak for the new Dx6 or 9, but pick up the 18 and and you feel like "I'm THERE! I'm in the big time now! " Don't touch one, or your pockets will be relieved of their cash! It suddenly made my dx8 feel like a toy.
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No one around here carries the 18 so I won't have a chance to hold one and drool.
So far I'm loving the dx8. Took only a few minutes to program in my 180qx and didn't have to reference the manual except on how to access the various programming modes.
I'm a little disappointed that spektrum stuck with the button hold and power on scheme to get to get to the setup menus. Would have preferred a direct method but I can live with it.

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Originally Posted by Wrongway-Feldman View Post
... I'm a little disappointed that spektrum stuck with the button hold and power on scheme to get to get to the setup menus. Would have preferred a direct method but I can live with it.
They didn't stick with it. The new tx's have it. It includes a big warning that when you go to the setup menu's, RF transmitting will turn off, do you really want to do it? Yes/no...

I guess they're afraid people might try programming in flight!
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They didn't stick with it. The new tx's have it. It includes a big warning that when you go to the setup menu's, RF transmitting will turn off, do you really want to do it? Yes/no...

I guess they're afraid people might try programming in flight!
My guess is some has all ready tried it

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Originally Posted by kyleservicetech View Post
My guess is some has all ready tried it
Although I cant imagine needing those settings while communicating with the Rx.

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