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12-10-2004 03:49 AM  13 years agoPost 1
Heliavi8or

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I know that this should be in radios but I had to throw JR "props". I have just gotten back into the hobby and had sold my JR 8103. I was talked into buying the new 9303 and saw a post about "Throttle lock??" I have to say this is the best radio (9303) for the money (in my opinion) I have seen yet. What a breeze to program and so user friendly. I am very impressed. Just some feedback.

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12-10-2004 05:31 AM  13 years agoPost 2
oldfart

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How does it compare to the Futaba 9C? Have you had both to make a meaningful comparison?

Compared to the JR8103 I will agree, the 9303 is substantially better. As well it should be for the price and considering the difference in chronological technologies.

Just as a 2005 Grand Caravan SXT is substantially better then my 1997 standard Caravan. But I certainly won't claim it to be the best minivan on the market or even in its price range as I have never owned another 2005 minivan in its price range.

Ditto for similar cars from the same manufacturer ie. a 1992 Mercedes 190E compared to the 2002 C230. Same class of MB but from two different eras. Needless to say, the C230 is a substantial improvement over the 190E. But is the C230 the best for the money. Hard to say without testing it against others in its 2002 price class.

Just some food for thought when making such "relative" statements.

Phil

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12-10-2004 05:36 AM  13 years agoPost 3
Heliavi8or

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Well thanks oldfart for that unnecessary explanation on my lack of proper research. I thought I would throw my opinion (opinion; like I said in my post) in and let people know what I thought about the radio. You are forever wise and great.

By the way, I have owned Futaba and Hitec.

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12-10-2004 05:40 AM  13 years agoPost 4
JitsuGuy

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12-10-2004 06:03 AM  13 years agoPost 5
oldfart

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Heliav8tor,

Fair enough. I did not mean to be assumptive in any way. I just wanted to point out to many less experienced/newbie readers that such opinions must be taken with a grain of salt.

I just like to see any comparisons really compare like apples. e.g I like the big screen of the 9303 (similar to the bigger screen on the 9C) compare to the small unit of the 8103, , the menu/data scroll roller (similar to the "wheel" on the 9C) compare to the up/down scrolling buttons of the 8103, the fact that I can assign certain selectable functions to certain switches (similar to the 9C) but unavailable on the 8103, that the data is entered using buttons (as with a 9C) rather then directly on a touch screen (as with the PCM10series for example) etc. etc.

Sorry I did not mean anything personal. I just wanted to point out that the comparison your opinion is based on was of an 8103 to the 9303 only. Not necessarily as the "best radio (9303) for the money". As such a comparison would really require a comparison to other current radios for the same money.

Believe me, I can understand your enthusiasm for the 9303, it is a BIG step from the 8103. I can remember my enthusiasm for my new PCM10SXII from the PCM10 I had before it untiI I was able to do some very direct comparisons to a 9ZHP I acquired shortly after.

Phil

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12-10-2004 06:05 AM  13 years agoPost 6
Heliavi8or

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Fair enough. Thank you oldfart. I agree about the new things you pointed out on 9303. Happy flying.

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12-10-2004 06:21 AM  13 years agoPost 7
SPB

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Compared with the 9C JR 9303 is a better radio by far.

Much more easier in programming, bigger screen with more info displayed on it, better quality sticks, much better feeling holding it.

A new pilot here asked me two months ago what radio to buy. I suggested him to buy the 9X (9303) not only because it's a very good radio but also because most pilots here are flying JR so it would be easier to ask for help.

He found a good price for a used 9C in the classifieds section and he bought the 9C.

Last week when we were flying together he compared his 9C with my 9X and he told me that he should have listen to me and buy the 9X instead of the 9C.


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12-10-2004 12:04 PM  13 years agoPost 8
Euqor

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Balneario Camboriú, SC, Brazil

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In my opinion and based on my own experience, programming was always Futaba's weakest point.

This was the reason so many people moved from Futaba to JR in the 80's, that made JR the # 1 radio in most areas.

Of course, there are different opinions and tastes and several manufacturers have their product in the market. Some sells better than others.

I fly JR equipment, only. They have did good to me in the last 24 years and have improved in every model they released.

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