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03-12-2003 04:19 PM  14 years agoPost 1
deckerv

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Wellsville, NY

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Do our transmitters have an average life expectancy, or just use them till the gimballs fall out?? I have an older Futaba 8uaf, when they first came out to market, and it still has more than enough programming than I need for my planks. I was just curious how often you replace your transmitters...

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03-12-2003 04:52 PM  14 years agoPost 2
FinnDave

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Kouvola, Finland

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I've had my 8UPS for three years and hope to keep it for another 2. I changed theTx battery last year when the original was not holding charge, it now has a 1650 MiMH.

David S., Kouvola, Finland

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03-12-2003 04:57 PM  14 years agoPost 3
midi0101

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Calgary, Alberta,​Canada

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Well, everything has a average life expectancy (also sometimes called MTB or Mean Time between failure). I case of a transmitter, it should be very high, since we do not have alot of fast moving parts on it.

So, IMO...as long as the tx does what you want it to do, you'll be fine. (besides the fact that one needs a new toy once in awhile)

Michael

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03-12-2003 05:05 PM  14 years agoPost 4
rockier

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Las Vegas

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I would hope that it would last longer then I would need it but laws change and the way the radios work will change again. I remember having a Galloping Ghost about 20 years ago and I would not use one of them now. So that is telling you that we need to change at some time to get all the cool new features.

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03-12-2003 06:20 PM  14 years agoPost 5
deckerv

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Wellsville, NY

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Thanks guys.. kinda what I was thinking. I'm almost tempted to put my planks on my heli transmitter as well, and just use the one TX... My heli transmitter is a 9c, and I have a memory pack on it, so I have 3 or 4 extra memory banks left when it's all said and done. What's your opinion?? Keep planks off the 9ch or populate the memory banks with planks??

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03-12-2003 06:22 PM  14 years agoPost 6
FinnDave

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Kouvola, Finland

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I have only the one Tx, so if I fly planks, they have to use it too. Currently I have one glider, the other memory slots are all helis

David S., Kouvola, Finland

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03-12-2003 06:55 PM  14 years agoPost 7
Optech

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San Diego, CA.

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I use an Airtronics Stylus. The 50 model card stores plenty of models so I use it for everything. I bought this radio in about '96 and with the feature upgrade cards have not needed anything else.

I do wish they made a sythesized module and receiver though.

Mike

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03-12-2003 09:06 PM  14 years agoPost 8
proptwister

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SW Missouri

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I would just put all your aircraft, planes and heli's, on one transmitter.

I use a 8103 for two heli's, one ultra stick in glider mode, two 120 size seamaster float planes, a .20 size mini T-6, 40% Giles 202, and the club trainer. For me, it is really handy to worry about one transmitter instead of 5 or 6. This is where the digital trim feature really shines as there is no need to reset trims when I change aircraft. I also installed a 1650 NiMH battery which gives me more than enough flight time for the entire day.

I've never had a problem with this radio but like othersn the list, I send it in every winter for routine maint. and cleaning. Rather have it worked on while the snow flies than on a warm summer day.

Works well for me. Your milage may vary.

Matt

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03-13-2003 02:29 AM  14 years agoPost 9
Airman98

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Southern Illinois

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I believe in buying the best and stick with it for a long time my JR10 airplane radio is over 10 years old and I will probably still have my 10x heli 10 yrs from now. I know people that keep upgrading every year and spending way more on half dozen junky radios than they would have on one good radio.
Tim

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03-13-2003 04:18 AM  14 years agoPost 10
Dyehard

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Cedar Bluff, Va.

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Airman98, I agree with you, buy the best and it will be with you for a long time. I quite useing all my other radios when I bought my 9ZHW six years ago, even if I buy another radio, I'll probably still be using the Z six years from now.

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03-13-2003 08:29 AM  14 years agoPost 11
helifever

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BE-8750

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i've been flying now 16 years and these transmitters have past my hands :

mc16 graupner
fc18 fut
fc28
9z wcII heli
ff9 heli

so average is every 3 to 4 years

helifever

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03-13-2003 07:52 PM  14 years agoPost 12
GT6

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Rockier- "I remember having a Galloping Ghost about 20 years ago"

That must have been an old bit of kit even 20 years ago

I have some 27meg gear from the 70's that still works when fed new batteries. Not that I would actually fly it! The servos show just how far we have come in that area in recent times.

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03-13-2003 08:03 PM  14 years agoPost 13
rockier

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Las Vegas

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GT6, You know this is dating us but the question was the life expectancy of a radio and there is always a time to upgrade. Yes so radios will take you a long way but when it start to get worn out it is a great time to get a new one to take you to the next 5 or so years.

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