View Full Version : Is it ok to use Esky Radio gear on a 500 size heli?

12-30-2009, 03:36 PM
Im thinking of buying the HobbyKings HK500GT, its like the Trex 500 but a cheaper version.

I will be using the recommend power systems, but im young and i dont have any decent radio gear (not much money), so would it be ok to buy/use Eskys radio gear.

The 6ch PPM one thats used in the Esky Belt cp.

It would come to a cost of 38 pounds, but would it be worth it?


12-31-2009, 10:30 PM

01-01-2010, 08:04 AM
If you're already ordering from HobbyKing, why not try one of their cheap 2.4ghz sets? I use one and haven't had any issues apart from a problematic reciever on my Stryker. I put a new rx in and moved the antenna location and haven't had the issue since (might have been a faulty rx, or might have just been antenna placement)

The radio has worked perfectly on 2 other planes so it might be worth a shot (I was using their 6ch set which has to be programmed via PC)

01-01-2010, 02:03 PM
I looked at the TX you meant.

But does this one seem ok...


01-02-2010, 02:34 PM
I can't see anything wrong with it, but it is out of stock and is somewhat more expensive. I also can't offer any first-hand experience with that radio either.

Somthing to keep in mind (applies to both of these radios) is that they are a cheap, low quality radio, they have limited model memory (the one you linked has 5, the one I use only has 1 but you can save as many models as you want to the pc. You can then plug it in and switch between them at will), they (at least the one I got, it says the one you linked has a manual) don't come with any documentation, neither support exponential (somewhat important), and they aren't compatible with anything but their own brand of recievers. They also don't seem to be FCC approved so may not be entirely legal to use. Oh, and they use 8 AA batteries and mine goes through them quite quickly.


These cheap sets work, and are great for the price, but don't expect top-quality or high end performance. At the end of the day, you do get what you pay for. On the plus side extra RXs for my radio are only $15 a pop, so are great for cheap foamys and combat planes even if you do eventually upgrade to a 'real' radio.

01-02-2010, 03:01 PM
I just found a 72MHz Futaba 7C that went for only $80US on eBay, and that's 10 times better radio easily for only $30US more. I saw a 2.4GHz 7C that went for $101US, that's probably a 20X better radio than the hobby city for only twice the price. (look local for 27 or 35 mhz)

this is actually a very nice radio, check what it went for! http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Hitec-Laser-6-Channel-FM-35MHz-Radio-Control-System_W0QQitemZ160382335927QQcmdZViewItemQQimsxq2 0091129?IMSfp=TL091129212002r20547

I picked up a Futaba 9C in 72mhz for $160US shipped this last summer. It's a beautiful radio and I like it better than my new 9303 in some regard.

I often see some great deals on older stuff when people upgrade here:

Try placing a 'wanted' in the classified section here on wattflyer or the other big RC forums.

OKAY - I see some good systems coming up at a great deal local for you:
http://toys.shop.ebay.co.uk/Parts-Accessories-/34056/i.html?Brand%252F%2520Manufacturer=Futaba&Accessory%2520Type=Transmitters%2520%2526%2520Radi o%2520Equipment&_dmpt=UK_ToysGames_RadioControlled_JN&_fln=1&_mdo=Toys-Games&_mspp=&_pcats=19163%2C2562%2C220&_ssov=1&_trksid=p3286.c0.m282

My point is, put the effort to get a GOOD radio, if you don't have the funds, look used. My original radio from 1982 is a GOOD radio, and will fly most of my planes as well as my year old fancy schmancy 2.4 9303. A GOOD radio is worth far more used than a poorly made radio with no features is new. Granted, you'll need eCCPM capability for most current helis and that was the exact reason my 1982 and my 1992 radio couldn't cut it so I finally bought the 9303. There are still plenty of good computer radios for cheap to be had out there.....

02-11-2010, 03:06 AM
You can pick up a nice DX-6 Spectrum now for under 70.00$ used. Esky??? I whould go the few xtra bucks for something you will have for awhile. Besides you can fly more than one model with it.