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Old 08-02-2011, 04:18 AM   #1
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Just getting started and looking for a dependable radio. I'm leaning toward a Fataba 6 channel. Since I will be flying fairly simple planes for awhile, the 6 should be good enough, but down the road they may be more advanced, so then the extra channels may be needed. Is this a good choice?
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Just getting started and looking for a dependable radio. I'm leaning toward a Fataba 6 channel. Since I will be flying fairly simple planes for awhile, the 6 should be good enough, but down the road they may be more advanced, so then the extra channels may be needed. Is this a good choice?
Hi Welcome to Wattflyers what Futaba Radio system are you looking at, 2.4 or 72 Mhz, and where are you located at, USA ? reason i ask, is because other countries use different frequencies than 72 Mhz on FM, and other Transmitter Modes.

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I live in Cincinnati, Ohio, and want the 2.4.
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I flew futaba for 29 years but switched to dxm 2.4 when they came out . I then looked at futaba fassst system again last year and i can buy a 6 channel dxm reciever for around 50 or 60 bucks but a futaba will cost me a 100 so i bought another dxm and kissed my futaba idea goodby . They sell a nice radio but they are not in line with prices and lost me. Good luck with what ever radio you pick. joe
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Since you are new - I would really recommend the Spektrum systems. The reason is the Bind and Fly airplanes from Horizon - especially the small ultra micro planes.

They have wonderful simple planes too - just what you need. One is the Champ.

6 channels is enough for about 90% of sport flying.

So the DX6i would be a really good choice. Many available used too.

The 6 channel Futaba 2.4 system is NOT very advanced and the software is very dated IMHO. I am lucky and have owned and flown most of main brand 2.4GHz systems. I would rank the Futaba bottom of that list.

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Just getting started and looking for a dependable radio. I'm leaning toward a Fataba 6 channel. Since I will be flying fairly simple planes for awhile, the 6 should be good enough, but down the road they may be more advanced, so then the extra channels may be needed. Is this a good choice?

The members of the RC club I belong to that have gone to the 2.4 Ghz microwave radios have all gone to Spektrum/JR. Except one did buy a Futaba 2.4 Ghz radio.

One member is flying a $$$$ giant scale model with a Spektrum DX6i. No problems.

I've got two DX7's, one for a backup transmitter. After four years of flying with the primary DX7, zero problems, outside of having to replace the DX7 transmitter battery because it was worn out.

If you've got more than one model airplane, the Spektrum/JR "Model Match" feature is worth while. This feature makes it impossible to fly your model with the wrong model specified in your transmitter. Many RC fliers have observed club members taking off with the wrong model setting in the transmitter, and taking off with reversed controls. I've seen it happen with an expensive scale model. The usual result is a serious crash.

If the model setting in your Spektrum/JR transmitter does not match the model you're flying, the receiver in your model simply doesn't work and all servos are dead. (In fact several years ago, I tried to fly my Showtime 50 model. Turned everything on, nothing. Receiver dead. Servos dead. Looked at the transmitter, it showed "Showtime 50". Turned everything off, back on, same thing. Then noticed it was Showtime 50, Model #9. Forgot I'd copied Showtime 50 from model #4 to #9 for doing some adjustments on the programming. Since the transmitter had the wrong model number, #9, it stopped me from flying that model. Put it back to #4, and all was well.)

As for the "BNF" (Bind and Fly) models, I've picked up a tiny E-Flite BNF UMX Sbach 342 model a few weeks ago. This model weighs just over two ounces. But it most definitely is NOT a trainer!!! This model will do just about everything the big boys do. Rolls, loops, knife edge, spins, it does them all. And you don't need zero wind to fly it.

Just be wary of the "High Rates" for aileron and elevator recommendations. That model will roll so fast on high rates it is not possible to stop it right side up.

You can literally take it out of the box, charge the battery, bind it to your transmitter and fly it in 30 minutes. (Just be sure to buy a spare battery. I didn't. Oh well, charge time is some 15-20 minutes.

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The major brands are all good. Hitec, Futaba, Spektrum, JR, Airtronics. Can't really make a mistake with any of them.

Spektrum and JR use the same 2.4 GHz radio system so you can mix Spektrum and JR radios using the same 2.4 GHz receivers. And there is a Spektrum module for older JR and Futaba radios. I have one in my Futaba 9C.

Other that that, for the most part the 2.4 GHz radioa pretty much need to have their own brand of receiver. So look at the receiver line to see the size and cost of receivers. When you pick the radio you will be commiting to their line of receivers.

Do you care about Bind and Fly or iBind. These are brands that imply that the plane comes with a receiver already. In order to use that receiver you need a compatible radio or you will need to replace it.

Horizon has a BIG line of bind and fly planes and helis based on the Spektrum/JR radios.

www.hobbypeople.net have come out with iBind that works with their Airtronics 2.4 radios.

I am not aware of any such lines for Futaba 2.4 or Hitec 2.4.

You are right in that a 6 channel computer radio is a very good entry point. Even the simpler 6 channel radios have a good mix of features that can handle most sport flying.

If you have any plans of flying advanced models within the next 2 years you may want to look at the 7-9 channel radios. The key here is no the number of channels but the type of mixing software they have.

Helis use some interesting mixes.

R/E and RES gliders are fine on basic 6 channel radios but if you are going to get into the full house gliders that have 6 servos, you will want a radio with glider software.

Basically it all comes down to money, mixing and whether you are willing to take the risk to buy used.

8 model memories may seem like a lot. Who could ever use 20, right? You would be surprised at how fast those memory slots fill up. At least 8 should be enough to get started.


So, after all that, how much money do you have to spend?
What kinds of planes are you thinking of flying?
New or used.

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All the cool kids fly HiTec Aurora 9...

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All the cool kids fly HiTec Aurora 9...
AURORA WHO ? lmao joe
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One thing to keep in mind is the cost of receivers. Hobby City has Spektrum compatible receivers for under $10 and they work well. I've got in five planes and fly them to the limit of my ability to see the airplane. They are so cheap that I plan to use multiple receivers in my next plane. One for the fuselage and a separate one mounted in the wing. That way all I have to do is hook up a single power cable when I remove the wing instead of aileron, flap, and gear cables.

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One thing to keep in mind is the cost of receivers. Hobby City has Spektrum compatible receivers for under $10 and they work well. I've got in five planes and fly them to the limit of my ability to see the airplane. They are so cheap that I plan to use multiple receivers in my next plane. One for the fuselage and a separate one mounted in the wing. That way all I have to do is hook up a single power cable when I remove the wing instead of aileron, flap, and gear cables.
I connect 4 servo wings with a single cable without the need for a receiver in the wing.

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