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05-12-2008 05:14 PM  9 years agoPost 1
wxup

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Hanford, CA USA

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Have never posted on a forum so I hope I am doing this right. After 5 mos with a sim and a Honey Bee K2 I am trying to decide which radio to buy to move forward. I will only be a casual, on-and-off type flier. I anticipate owning a handful of heli and fixed wing models, flying moderate and some advanced aerobatics and probably some scale over the next 10 – 20 years, most of which will be after I retire when money to buy more radios will not be so available. So, I would like to buy one really good radio now and hope that it sees me through. As usual, am trying to avoid wasting money on “too much” radio, but would rather buy a little more than I need than find out 15 yrs from now that I don’t have quite enough radio for the somewhat complex model I just took an interest in. I am fairly “techie” and enjoy tweaking for max performance, and I appreciate extra functions that make things more flexible/easier.

I am looking in the price range of the Futaba 10C/JR X9303 and I would appreciate opinions on which of these or what other radio might be the better choice in my case and most important, WHY? I know I’ll get conflicting opinions and personal preference here and that’s fine. I might be talked into springing for a Futaba or JR 12 channel or similar if anyone can give me good enough reason(s) for spending the extra $s beyond a simple “more channels”. The Futaba 14 MZ however is definitely more than I want to spend.

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05-12-2008 05:21 PM  9 years agoPost 2
PilotDaz

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Seattle, WA

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I was going to suggest the DX6i because you said you would just be a casual on/off flyer. But when you say your budget is in the X9303 range that changes my opinion entirely.

Go for the X9303! It's a superb radio. Easy to program. Feels great in your hands. You'll find a LOT of people using it which is great when you need help.

You'll be able to grow into the 9303 and it will never feel like "not enough" radio to you no matter how good you get.

And over the Futaba: It has "model match" and "servo synch" which are great features that the other brand doesn't offer.

If you get the 9303, save some money and get the version without the servos because the 821's that it comes with are junk.

~Team Collective Mayhem - "My anger management class really PISSES ME OFF!"

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05-12-2008 05:53 PM  9 years agoPost 3
OK HELI

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Billings, Montana -​USA

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if money is no object then go for the X9303 but for casual flying and aerobatics for helis or planes the DX7 works great for around $200.
when you do get into scale then you never know what radios will come out in 10 to 15 years from now.

Raptor 50 Titan with DX7, GY401, and TT Redline 53 is Awsome!

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05-12-2008 07:04 PM  9 years agoPost 4
alf1096

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TX

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DX7 Great for the money.

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05-12-2008 09:09 PM  9 years agoPost 5
JRjoe

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Jonesville , IN ​USA #1

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x9303 2.4

Excellent Choice!!!!


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Indoor plumbing??? No, we don't need that!!!

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05-12-2008 09:16 PM  9 years agoPost 6
Pistol Pete

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Seffner, FL

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I am looking in the price range of the Futaba 10C/JR X9303 and I would appreciate opinions on which of these or what other radio might be the better choice in my case and most important, WHY?
Either radio will satisfy your needs "above and beyond" your wants and needs at this time and beyond.

Either one lets you download the manual with complete instructions and graphics allowing you to compare specs such as weight looks and above all programming BUT what it comes down to is how it will feel in your hands and how well you adapt to its programming sequence.

I have and use both brands, not necesarilly those models, but no complaints so far...the JR being my favorite.

~~Enjoying the hobby one flight at a time~~

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05-12-2008 10:01 PM  9 years agoPost 7
JetFire

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The Golden STATE

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Futaba FASST 7C


Trex700N Pro
DX8-2.4
Spartan/BL9088

-The ONLY way you fail is when you quit.-

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05-12-2008 10:21 PM  9 years agoPost 8
tauscnc

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Joliet IL

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The futaba 10C looks nice but the rear antenna, etc is just a killer for me. JR 9303 2.4, awesome. Model match, plenty of mixes, etc.

The JR 12X is great to, for an extra $1000 you get, from what I can tell that is really "useful" OVER the 9303 is:

1) backlite screen (nice)
2) Servo slow on the heli side (for scale stuff but you can get that elsewhere too)
3) timers that are stick assignable etc.

Is is worth $1000 more than the 9303...I am trying to figure that out myself.

taus
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05-12-2008 10:34 PM  9 years agoPost 9
bobthehobo9

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Embry-Riddle ​Daytona Beach, FL

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For the casual, on and off type flier that you say you will be, I think a DX7 is a great way for you to go.

it has a 20 model memory (all of which are assignable as either heli or plane)

it has a nice digital screen and an easy to use menu (at least for me)

it also feels good in your hands.

Beam E4--- Scorpion -8, Jazz 40-6-18, TP 3S, 401/9257, Radix 325

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05-13-2008 02:04 AM  9 years agoPost 10
blazobob

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us

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hi
someone told me the TX is the one thing you will buy , you won't crash , so get the best one you can afford , better to have a little too much than a little too little , for me that was a JR 9303 , and i am glad i listened , bob

RR Master wannabe

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05-13-2008 02:21 AM  9 years agoPost 11
rc.chris

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brunswick, ga. 31525

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I would get at least the dx7, I have 2 of them, my son uses one and I have another one that I aquired but if you dont minda little more money then the 9303. I got one a couple of months back and love it. It feels good, easy to program, and plenty of features. I used to be a Futaba man but no I feel like JR has just left them behind in the dust!

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05-13-2008 04:07 PM  9 years agoPost 12
wxup

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Hanford, CA USA

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Thanks so much to all for taking the time to read that long post and help out a beginner. Hopefully I can "pay it forward".

Looks like I should take a closer look at and handle the DX7 and 9303. Any one else want to put in their 2C?

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05-13-2008 05:38 PM  9 years agoPost 13
Swoop

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Newark, DE USA

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I have prgrammed and used both the 9303 and DX7/7202. When it comes to ease of surfing and adjusting the parameters, the 9303 wins hands down. You just can't beat the rolling selector and easy to read menus. If you can afford it, definitely get the 9303.

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05-23-2008 08:51 PM  9 years agoPost 14
Zaaaguy72

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MN

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Futaba Fasst!!!

I had a JR 7202 initially and made the change to 2.4 with Futaba. Initially, I missed my 7202's programming, but once you learn the Futaba, it is sooo much easier and Fasster!!!

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05-23-2008 09:05 PM  9 years agoPost 15
Frank Bostwick

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Cincinnati Ohio

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My 2C, I have a DX7 and I love it. I have come across stuff that makes me wish I had a 9chnl radio. Im sure Ill end up with X9303 but for $300 the DX7 is a great radio and a great value. If you can afford it do the 9chnl JR, plenty of room for Gov, Data loggers, retracts, lights on and on.

RIP ROMAN

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05-24-2008 01:37 AM  9 years agoPost 16
pilotBowman

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Ontario

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I would hace to say a DX6i is great for time to time flying, I do think the DX7 has more fetures and has model memory. I think its up to 10 models on the both, for the DX6i it only holds 10.

just go to http://www.spektrumrc.com/ and look around for the right one you thing you like

I will keep crashing untill I run out of $$$

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05-27-2008 05:26 PM  9 years agoPost 17
SkyWarp

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Planet Earth

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Futaba’s FASST system. JR’s Spectrum is over-rated. Sure!.. I like the model match and graphic display but I wouldn’t trade Futaba’s more bulletproof scanning technology for that. I’d rather base my decision on the rock solid connection. However, the included Nicd battery on most Futaba’s are garbage but nothing that can easily be swapped.

IMO


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05-27-2008 06:06 PM  9 years agoPost 18
Zaneman007

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Texas - USA

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First:
Get a 2.4ghz system.

Second:
Review the Futaba V. Jr/spectrum 2.4ghz Rx. Receiver prices and options vary significantly. I have always felt that this is left out in the decision process.
Next:
Review the Futaba V. JR Tx. Look at the swash mix capabilities. Will it do 140 CCPM? Review the graphics abilities and features.
Then pick the system that will take care of your needs now and in the future. Do not get anything under 7 channels, period.

In general, you'll probably never need 9,10 or 12 channels, but what you are really looking at is the programmability and features that the radio offers..

Third:
Do your own research, period. If not JR guys will have you buying all JR stuff and Futaba guys will have you buying all futaba stuff. I say, pick and mix. I'm constantly snapping off the tabs on the Futaba servo connectors to go into JR Rx.

IMO, I'd suggest the 2.4ghz 9303, based on your choices.

P.S. IMO there is the issue of high end and low end within the same brand. (i.e. there are some JR electronics that I will not touch, and there are some that I would highly recommend)

Fly high.

Old Guys Rule!

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05-27-2008 07:02 PM  9 years agoPost 19
TJinGuy

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Socorro, NM - USA

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I see it as a mixed bag. I love my 7C but the options can be overwhelming at first. I bet the DX7 is the same way and can't even imagine a 12C or the like. I hate the look and feel of the DX6i but it is feature rich for the price. The 6EX is a great radio in terms of feel and use but is limited on features. As for the whole Fasst vs Spektrum deal, I really like the Fasst system and the backing from Futaba but I wish there were more rx options and that the price of them was less. The radios are about the same cost but man does it get expensive to outfit more models.

- Chris

Team New Mexico
TJinTech

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05-28-2008 01:03 AM  9 years agoPost 20
Papa Sal

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Reno, Nevada- USA

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Try Futaba.....try JR. I fly Futaba....for 35yrs now. I've seen alot of radios. I have a 9CHS. Love It But just like the times, I wish the 10Ch had come out bfore I purchased the 9. Fast system is the only way to go. Oh and Quad Gimble sticks.....very smooth at half stick. My 9CHS is "jerky" at half throttle. And the 10CH 2.4 is around $599.00ish Cool. Like I said try them all: But buy for life Enjoy Papa Sal P.S. the 10CH has 7 point throttle/pitch curves. WoW

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