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HelicopterRadio - Servo - Gyro - Gov - Batt › What's going to happen to all those synthesised Tx​/Rx units ,older PCM recievers.
09-14-2007 05:42 AM  10 years agoPost 1
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I recently got back to the forum ,after a hiatus of 12 months.Boy do things change rapidly.I am wondering with the advent of independtly branded 2.4 GHz systems which are now freely available for all the major makes, what would happen to:

1.purchasing of crystals

2.the 2048 PCM units

3.the 1024 PCM units

4.the synthesised units?

I am upset because had I known there to be 2.4 GHz systems back in say early 2006, I would not have purchased my synthesised Tx/Rx for my JR which did not come cheap either.
Also could someone bring me to date on the 2.4 systems ;if I have a few models and hence needing a few receivers ,how to I mate each receiver to the Tx module?
I also wonder if there are anyone still loathing to buy the ridiculously expensive 12/14 Mz Futaba radios now ,with the arrival of 2.4GHz?

Thanks

Infarcted.

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09-14-2007 08:46 AM  10 years agoPost 2
tadawson

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2.4 does not in any way detract from the software features of a radio like the 14MZ or 10X . . . and 2.4G variants of those (or newer, similar featured models) will be out shortly. 2.4 does not automatically make a simple radio do magic . . . you still need the software and features for that!

- Tim

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09-14-2007 11:59 AM  10 years agoPost 3
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Then how about the mid-ranged transmitters ,9303's and 9C's ,which are on PCM.Will they eventually phase them out?I know there are FAAST variants now ,so it seems they are competing against themselves...

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09-14-2007 01:09 PM  10 years agoPost 4
pH7

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There are 3 major players right now: Spektrum, Futaba, and XtremeLink. Spektrum always used radios built by JR and now JR sells their own radio with Spektrum technology. (Confused yet?)

These 3 use different technology and definitely compete against each other.

When you said
so it seems they are competing against themselves...
I assume that you meant that Futaba is competing against itself with the FASST and 72mHz systems. That is somewhat true, but it always is when a company introduces newer technology. If they don't, Futaba will lose out to the other companies that are introducing 2.4gHz technology.

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09-22-2007 01:26 PM  10 years agoPost 5
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Then how about the mid-ranged transmitters ,9303's and 9C's ,which are on PCM.Will they eventually phase them out?I know there are FAAST variants now ,so it seems they are competing against themselves...
You need to understand that JR and Futaba are supporting the global marketplace. Different countries use different frequencies. Not every country has approved 2.4GHz. It also costs the manufactures money to support the global frequencies used for modules, receivers, and crystals. I'm sure the manufacturers can't wait to standardize on a single global band (i.e., 2.4GHz) at which time I suspect they'll quickly drop support of non-2.4GHz equipment. I suspect we'll see a large phase out in perhaps the next 2-5 years. Also, since the 2.4GHz stuff is based on off the shelf components it's easier to develop and quicker to market.

  

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09-22-2007 01:54 PM  10 years agoPost 6
jsenicka

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It is a bit simpler.
In the US, we will see the last of the 72MHZ stuff come out of the pipeline and then it will be gone. All new stuff will be 2.4g. There will be parts stocked and such, but I doubt you will be buying a new radio on 72m in 2008. So they are not competing, we simply have a new technology superseding an old. The transmitters like 9C and 9303 will simply be updated to a new RF standard.

Someone said it right, that you cannot confuse 2.4g with radio software. The 9C and 9303 and the big dogs like 10/12x and 12/14z will still be there, with a new RF section.

I think most folks have waited on going to 2.4 to give the technology a bit of time to mature and to wait for a transmitter worth switching too.

My plan is to keep my current fleet on my 9ZWC2 and PCM 1024. Newer stuff will likely go to 2.4 and a 12FG

Jim Senicka
Team Manager, GrandRC Flight Team

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09-22-2007 02:10 PM  10 years agoPost 7
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It's possible, but I don't believe the 72MHz stuff will be phased out that quickly. I give it 2-4 years before there is a complete phase out. Heck, I belong to a plank club with over 200 members and a large percentage of the membership isn't even using computer or module based radios. While the heli community has a lot of early adopters of new technology, we still represent a small portion of the overall R/C marketplace. I certainly see no reason to buy a non-2.4GHz radio at this point, but there are a lot of pilots out there who may not be willing to make the switch.

I've already started selling off some of my non-2.4GHz stuff already.

  

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09-22-2007 08:36 PM  10 years agoPost 8
9387ASH

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Don't forget that 2.4GHz in Japan is illegal for RC usage, therefore the Japanese home market will still stay on 72 MHz. A few places in europe are reported to be banning RC use on 2.4 GHz between 2008 & 2010. Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands and Czech Republic are those that I have heard about. So the manufacturers will NOT be phasing out the standard Frequencies.... perhaps your importers/distributors will but thats up to them.

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09-22-2007 10:35 PM  10 years agoPost 9
Ace Dude

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Why are they banning RC on 2.4GHz in the countries you mentioned?

  

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09-23-2007 01:26 AM  10 years agoPost 10
9387ASH

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I haven't a clue really..... I have only heard this from 3rd parties.

I'm trying to find out if there is anything published.

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