What RC system do you use?

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Re: What RC system do you use?

Postby UncleFesterUK » Fri May 28, 2010 7:05 pm

Hello :) Futaba 10c with the FrSky module
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Re: What RC system do you use?

Postby Rob2160 » Sat Jun 19, 2010 3:41 pm

Hey Great website...

I really enjoy reading your informative reviews and have picked up plenty of new information... :D

I am just returning to the RC Hobby after a 15 year break...

My first Radio was a Futaba 4 Channel AM 29mhz, purchased in 1978.

It worked fine for 12 months until I lost a plane due to radio interference (later found out it was deliberate by a jealous school friend... some friend huh! :x )

So at the age of 15 I washed dishes for 12 months to save up for a shiny new "KRAFT 7 channel - Series 80 on 40 Mhz FM" Purchased in Sept 1980.

This was state of the art at the time and cost me $780 AU :shock:

I was the first one to have FM and ball raced servos at my flying club in Sydney.


This radio worked FLAWLESSLY for over 15 years (10 years of weekly use followed by less and less frequent flying until around 1995)

I still have it and replaced the internal soldered nicads myself about 5 years ago.. It still works fine and I range tested it (by walking) 2 weeks ago and got well over 1400 metres.

In 1990 I bought a Hitec 7 Channel that was overkill in a few slope soarers, but I enjoyed experimenting with the mixing (Flaperons, Aileron/Rudder etc)

From about 1995 I never operated anything, from 2000 to Jan 2010 my passion was model trains and $10,000 later I have the best collection of DCC trains at our club.. :oops:

2 Months ago a visit to the local hobby shop completely re ignited the RC passion... :o

I saw a Blade MSR helicopter hovering in the store and WOW.. what changes in technology...

So in the last 2 months..

I have bought 2 x Esky Dauphin helicopters, (Haven't crashed yet... I just like having a spare and they were on special)

and 1 x Twister Blackhawk..

Each of the three helicopters came with a suprisingly functional 2.4ghz radio that was of better quality than I expected for under $200..

Amazing value for money compared to my experiences in the 70's and 80's Here's a video of me flying the ESKY Dauphin after 3 days...


Last week I bought a STAR MAX F-18 Ducted Fan kit and built it.. (Still waiting to fly it.. I'm a corporate pilot and stuck in Darwin right now..)

The kit came with a 36 Mhz FM radio that looks cheap and nasty.. (The entire Kit, RTF, with Li Po and radio was $240 !!! I can't beleive you can buy an entire plane and radio for that price... In the 80's my $780 Kraft needed a $300 plane with a $150 OS Max engine to be useful...)

Anyway I digress... so after a few days of research, I bought a Spektrum DX6I....

Today in Darwin, I visited the local Toyworld and they had the Futabe 6EX 2.4ghz radio on special, so I could not resist...

I see there is much rivalry between Spektrum and Futaba FASST in forums and online so "What the heck... I'll get one of each and do my own testing"

After charging the Futabe radio today, I have just now walked outside the hotel and did a brief range check.. as per the instructions IE Power down mode...

I placed the receiver and servos (I bought servos and an RX Battery Pack just for testing) inside a plastic (Pelican) case and then inside a cardboard box (a rough approximation of being inside a fuselage...

I activated PWR Down mode and with my body between the TX and the RX (inside the pelican case) I managed to achieve over 200 meters! :P

Wow.. the manual suggests 30-50 paces, but I manged much greater than this.. in fact, due to the TX automatically coming out of PWR down mode after 60 seconds I had to end up running to get out of range before the TX returned to full power.. :lol:

At 250 meters (measured by GPS) I was getting slight red flashes on the RX but it was primarily green.. at the 60 second point, when the TX resumed full power the light was rock solid green and i walked it out to 800 meters with solid green on the RX... ( I would have gone further but I was worried some back packer would notice my TX on the park bench and take it..)

WOW and WOW!.. I'm impressed and can't wait to try this thing in the air..

When i get home and have a few days free I will be doing a side by side comparison, primarily range testing of the FASST, Spektrum and Ancient KRAFT 40Mhz FM radios and will post results on these forums..

Sorry for the long ramble, but just wanted to give you a bit of background...

Keep up the great work!

PS... just saw you mention on a video that people have asked you speak more slowly... Ha ha.. I love the way you talk fast.. My brain absorbs your info at that rate....
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Re: What RC system do you use?

Postby nzimmers » Sat Jun 19, 2010 5:02 pm

I *had been* using a Hitec Eclipse 7 with a Spektrum tx module ..... not a particularly good combination:

I was seriously considering getting a new Hitech Aurora but had my eye on Frsky...... decided to wait until Bruce finished the 2.4Ghz shoot out and was pleased that both the Frsky and the Hitech 2.4ghz received top marks -

I've switch from Spektrum to a Frsky module and I'm quite satisfied. I've noticed a difference, especially in my 2.4ghz wifi soaked basement while programming mixes, the spektrum could never take the wifi router near by but the frsky handles the interference with out a single hiccup.
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Re: What RC system do you use?

Postby JBC » Sat Jul 31, 2010 2:56 am

I use 2 Turnigy 9X's with Corona DSSS V2 modules and receivers, worked flawlessly for over 10 months now of solid flying :D
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Re: What RC system do you use?

Postby CustomPC » Tue Aug 03, 2010 5:04 am

Couldn't vote because poll is closed.

But i have a Futaba 10CHG FASST as my mine transmitter.

I also have a JR DSX7 in DSM-J which i bought cheap on ebay for SIM duties and to review DSM-J eventually.
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Re: What RC system do you use?

Postby crampy » Fri Aug 06, 2010 10:18 am

Turnigy 9X with FrSky module and a couple of Rx's. Got a 8 channel and a mini 4 channel Rx. All work mint.

I've also got another Tunrigy 9X (V2), just using the built in Tx module and Rx.
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Re: What RC system do you use?

Postby Welshy » Thu Sep 30, 2010 12:32 am

Running a JR 9XII with Corona DSSS v2 module. Other than 1 faulty rx out of the 8 I have bought, its been bulletproof
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Re: What RC system do you use?

Postby raptor22 » Tue Oct 05, 2010 1:14 pm

primary is a Futaba T8FG and the back up is a T6EX both on FASST.
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Re: What RC system do you use?

Postby RCModelReviews » Wed Oct 06, 2010 7:40 am

raptor22 wrote:primary is a Futaba T8FG and the back up is a T6EX both on FASST.

I just converted a T6EX from 40MHz to FrSky today.

The T6EX is *certainly* made to a price! In fact, I'd say that the HobbyKing/FlySky 4-channel is a better-designed radio than the T6EX. Mind you, the same is true of the bottom-end JR radios.

I think that if you're buying bottom end -- "brand names" are not worth the extra money.
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Re: What RC system do you use?

Postby pushinoldrc » Wed Oct 06, 2010 10:19 am

I have never liked the Futaba 6EX layout or program tree, and feel the same way about the JR 662, 6102, and the spektrum DX6, DX6i, and the DX7. They all feel like game controller toys. I think a lot of it comes from the weight of the units, having been brought up on the 7 and up channel (older) Futaba radios.
I do like the layout and program tree of the Futaba 6XA series, and prefer the looks of the Super version. I have had approximately 12 of these radios in the last year, and have sold all but 2.
I converted one 6Xs to the corona system, and use it for most all my planes, and have just started using it with my T-Rex 450, as it has selectable swash plate programming.
I am interested in the China systems but would like to know what the 'feel' and weight is. I don't like heavy radios, but I would like to 'feel' some mass.
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