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Well I've been building and flying or driving radio controlled models for over 40 years and during that time I like to think I've built up a reasonable amount of knowledge.

I'm also a qualified electronics engineer who has worked in radio frequency, analog, digital systems and software for more than three decades. In fact I designed and built my first RC set back in 1969.

For the past nine years I've also been involved in the design and manufacture of some rather sophisticated engine technology and UAV flight control systems.

So, chances are I've been there, done that and have a huge pile of tee shirts to prove it.

Right now I'm heavily into 3D flying and enjoy all aspects of the RC hobby. I may be old but I don't feel it.

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Good News: DSM starts hopping!


Dated: 3 Feb 2010

Horizon have bowed to growing unrest from customers and finally updated DSM2 to offer a constantly agile 2.4GHz RF link. (read their announcement)

This is surely good news for all those Spektrum and JR users who had been stuck with one of the few non-agile DSSS systems left on the market today.

Regular RCModelReviews readers will be well aware that I have been a strong critic of the limitations of DSM2 for quite some time and I have repeatedly said that sooner or later, DSM2 would have to be upgraded to a constantly-agile (hopping) system if it was to deliver the levels of performance needed in today's increasingly noisy 2.4GHz environment.

Well it would appear that I was right, and now I'm pleased to see that Horizon has finally agreed with me.

Also, as regular readers will know, Horizon have refused to engage in any dialog with RCModelReviews, for reasons known only to themselves. I certainly hope that now they've come to their senses in respect to the product, they'll also revisit their attitude towards me and this publication. My inbox is always open guys!

As you'll read in my review of DSMJ, I could not figure out why Horizon hadn't offered DSMJ to its US market, since the constantly-agile system is just so much better at handling a hostile 2.4GHz environment.

Without seeing the new system I am purely speculating but it certainly does look as if the new DSMX is a close variant of DSMJ. If that's the case then it's a big thumbs-up and a round of applause for commonsense.

Of course what remains to be seen is whether Horizon have also built in some clever little routines that will ensure the upgraded transmitters no longer work with some of those Chinese DSM2-compatible receivers. This could be a case of killing two birds with one stone.

Hats-off to Horizon and Spektrum for finally admitting (after years of denials) that DSM2 does have issues with hostile 2.4GHz environments and hats-off for them finally delivering a better product.

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